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Nobel Peace Prize

The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to US President Barack Obama.

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I'm Proud, but It Seems Premature

  • Oct 9, 2009
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Within ten months of his Presidency, Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for what he has done to bridge the gap between America and other nations.  It came as quite a shock to everyone, including himself.  And thus the Two Sided Politics has started again.  With the left saying this is a great thing for the nation and the right saying it's a horrible thing.  I've already talked once about how the Right isn't going to support anything Obama related.  As has already been noted... The Right Wing's hatred for Obama is greater than their love for America.  Upon receiving the Nobel Peace Prize Rush Limbaugh said he agreed with the Taliban in bashing Obama.  Of course, most political pundits are a joke when it comes to politics.

It's actually hard to state how I feel about it.  Am I happy for President Obama?  You bet.  I'd be happy for any President who won this award.  If President George W. Bush had won it, I would've been happy (George W. Bush was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize).  In a way we can take the praise of the Left and the criticisms of the Right to make a well balanced review.  Because they both make good points.  And we can just turn off Rush Limbaugh for a second and focus on the more appropriate responses that aren't actually being stated for the sake of enraging people or upsetting people, then we can actually make a good write up here.  So can we agree to put our own political beliefs aside for one minute?  If so, we can talk.  If not, then stop reading this review.  Let me be the first to put my beliefs aside.  Now it's your turn.

Are you ready?  Let's discuss.

In his address, Obama himself said that he didn't deserve this and that he felt like he didn't deserve to be in such company next to others who have done such remarkable things.  It is something to be proud of for sure.  Because it does show that perhaps America is starting to gain the respect it once had in the world.  Before other nations thought we lost our mind.  It might show this.  Really could.  A lot of people all over the world like President Obama.  On the other hand, it's also true that Barack Obama hasn't really done enough to really warrant such an award.  Even he thinks so.  But when George W. Bush was nominated... it wasn't as if he'd really done enough to earn it either.  In short, the award seems to have been given prematurely.  Almost as if they gave out the award in anticipation of what he will do rather than for what he has done.  If that's the case... then people across seas must REALLY love Obama.  So yes, there are a couple of things about it that can make one scratch their head.  Ten months into any Presidency isn't enough to really judge it.  It's neither a success or failure at this point in time, and because of that one has to wonder if Obama truly deserved it.  It's not about whether or not he has a record, it's mostly about the award being given prematurely.  If we were in the third year of Obama's Presidency or even the second perhaps it wouldn't seem so strange.  But ten months?  It seems a little hasty to bestow most prestigious award in the world to the President.

That doesn't mean we shouldn't be proud, and it most certainly doesn't mean a Republican can't be proud either.  We know there are some who are proud.  Because they understand the Nobel Peace Prize isn't just about America.  This is a worldwide thing.  This is why some of us can say that perhaps it is a sign of how the rest of world is viewing America at this point in time.  The tide is shifting with how other countries view us.

That's not to say some of the criticisms aren't warranted.  But it is to say that perhaps we shouldn't keep looking at this as a political thing.  I'm sure many will be rating this based more so on how they feel about Obama and the Democratic Party more so than the event in and of itself.  And how sad that seems to me.  It's sad that people are going to view this through the eyes of their own political views than anything else. 

Nevertheless, I'm proud of the President and Proud of America.  It's just hard to gauge because it seems a little premature.

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October 12, 2009
I thought this was a well-thought-out and balanced review! You did a good job of showing both sides of the story. Thanks for another great review!
October 11, 2009
I think the award was given to the "idea" of Obama, if you know what I mean, That would also explain why the award could be given so early in his administration--the "idea" of Obama has already happened, a black man has been elected President of the United States. That's quite an accomplishment and I think that even foreign countries recognize what a big step that was for our country.
October 10, 2009
You are thoughtful... This is a testament to the voters who wanted to change the direction American was leading the world. Now we are all playing nice in the global sandbox. Ya gotta say "the world is a better place for you and me ...just wait and see" ♬♪♩♫
October 10, 2009
Excellent work, Sean. I am also quite proud of this fact but I think this award came too early; premature as you've said. His term hasn't even reached its halfway point. I liked the way he humbly expressed his uncertainty (courageously I might add) and I for one, while I think he's did overcome several obstacles, he doesn't belong to this YET...not saying he won't, but the judges should have waited awhile. Even Obama himself feels that he doesn't belong in the same place as its previous recipients. Awards like this should have more meaning.
October 10, 2009
great review, as always. it's such a pleasure to have your thoughtful and reasoned opinions expressed here - really enjoy your perspective. thx!
October 10, 2009
I really enjoyed reading your opinions on this. However I feel like awarding this prize to Obama at this point has a strong correlation with the one of the biggest problems facing our nation. It seems we have an undeserved sense of entitlement and need for instant gratification. Just looking at the consumer debt and housing issues facing a large number of Americans reflects a lack of understanding of the importance of sacrifice, hard work and delayed self-gratification. Similarly, Obama has already been awarded the Nobel Prize without the work to back it up. I believe awarding this Prize to Obama at this point undermines the spirit of the award and reinforces the "instant gratification" issue that has plagued our mindset.
October 09, 2009
I agree with you that it's too soon. My negative rating of this is geared towards the Nobel Committee making this call than Obama himself. He has been very gracious in accepting this award.
October 09, 2009
You know what's funny, I JUST read your review and was getting ready to say the same thing to you.  I am proud and all, but ten months seems just too hasty.  Although I'm not sure giving a negative rating is really warranted.  It blows my mind that everything related to the White House gets politicized so much.
October 10, 2009
I agree with the both of you. Obama's response really won me over due to the simplicity, and the fact that anyone who heard about his response could respect. 'Humbled'
October 09, 2009
I'm very surprised our president has won the Nobel Peace Prize. Sure, he's only been in the office for less than a year, and I don't blame him, but what great thing has he done? Not to be too mean, but wouldn't it be easier than usual since there are so many democrats elected into high positions? I'm not saying I could do any better, but still. I have not yet heard a legitimate reason for him winning the prize, and I don't see that we have come any closer with other countries, and he didn't stop the war with Iraq; doesn't he want to go to war with Afghanistan? Anyway, good commentary, I mostly agree. Congratulations to our president, at any rate.
October 09, 2009
And that's partially what I mean.  It's just too soon.  Only ten months in and he gets a Nobel Peace Prize.  What I'm hoping is that when discussing this people can put their own political views aside and think about it.  Objectively, Barack Obama hasn't done enough to really get the award.  Likewise, in ten months it's not like he's been given enough time to do much anyway.
October 09, 2009
Great commentary.
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review by . October 09, 2009
“Let me be clear. I do not view it as recognition of my own accomplishments but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations," Obama said, speaking about being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.      He, along with the rest of the world, were surprised, and many not pleasently, this morning when the Norwegian Nobel Committee annouced him as the recpient.      Obama has now joined the ranks of …
review by . October 09, 2009
   I don't think it's a secret that I'm a conservative but before you write me off as someone who can only find fault in President Obama, let me say that I don't "blame" Obama for this one. He has been very gracious about receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, saying, "I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many transformative figures that have been honored by this prize." and announced that he will donate all of the prize money to charity.   …
review by . October 10, 2009
Get on the Peace Wave!
Yesterday AM  and before the Peace Prize announcement I mentioned to a  friend that I thought Obama was doing a great job. Asked why  replied that the world is so much calmer. We don't get daily Palestine  Israel  bad news, we are disarming, there was a UN vote and Russia France China voted with US, things are better in Middle East and  finally Cuba!  America has a most elegant  and inspiring world leader.       He became President …
review by . October 10, 2009
Tenacious Pufferfish
For those who think it was premature for President Obama to win the Nobel peace prize, pleas evaluate what you think one man can do. Obama can only bring us to the well of peace, it is up to us to drink/embrace it. He needs your positive support.  He can create the possibility of peace, will you help make it happen?   He is bringing the nations of the world back together that splintered away when Ex-President Bush was in office.  He is bringing back the respect that the United …
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
What did he do for this?
Quick Tip by . March 14, 2010
The Noble Prize has lost all credibility. The most ridiculous award ever.
Quick Tip by . January 29, 2010
Possibly the most ludicrous Nobel nomination ever. Shame on the Nobel committee.
review by . October 14, 2009
President Barrack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize award win is a giant step forward in bringing peace to the Middle East and rehabilitating America's image after the debacle of Bush Jr.'s eight years in the Oval Office.  It took a lot of stones for the President to Address the Arab nations and apologize for our country's past digressions in the Middle East.  This award win is also an excellent move in the right direction towards bringing dialog to our so called "axis of enemies", moving …
Quick Tip by . October 17, 2009
Obama's hugh ego is being played like a 10 cent kazoo! "The Nobel Peace Prize", indeed. It was an insult...and the boob fell for it.
Quick Tip by . October 13, 2009
While I am happy that President Obama won, I feel like it may have been a bit pre-mature. Never the less, Congratulations!
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The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded on October 9, 2009 to U.S. President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. He was awarded the Prize for his work to promote nuclear nonproliferation and for international relations especially with the Muslim world.

There were mixed reactions to Obama winning the award including criticisms such as the award was premature and inappropriate. Obama is one of three sitting US Presidents to receive the award.
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