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Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

President is surprised, but “humbled”


 

Just before 6 a.m. on Friday, U.S press secretary Robert Gibbs made a call to the White House, waking up President Barack Obama to give him the good news. Earlier that morning, the Nobel Committee in Oslo, Norway, announced that Obama is this year’s recipient of the annual Nobel Peace Prize. The Committee cited the president’s “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” Obama was apparently stunned to have received the award only nine months into his presidency. Even his closest White House aids expressed their surprise:”There has been no discussion, nothing at all,” said the president’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel. The award committee drew specific attention to Mr. Obama’s work in reducing the world’s nuclear arsenal. “He has created a new international climate,” said the committee. “Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future.”

The New York Times


 
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Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

  1. Ahhh… what?!? Nothing against Obama, but this is waaaay premature. Like giving the chemistry prize to a new up and coming chemist who hopes to one day synthesize the cure for HIV.

    • Except he got it for “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples", which he has already accomplished to some extent.

      • Except that he did it by not being George W. Bush, rather than any specific efforts on his part.

        Then again, Sarko was one of the other contenders, and past winners include Yasser Arafat, Henry Kissinger, Sadat (who invaded Israel), and Teddy Roosevelt (the most pro-war President in US history).

  2. This is embarrassing. He’s put a lot of irons in the fire, but he has little in the way of completed work.

    • He has accomplished very little.I think he's all, hat no cattle.It dishonors those that the noble peace prize was intended for.

  3. Let's all hope that this President can live up to the expectation that formed the basis of granting this honour.

    • So far…mmmmmm…not good at all! the only reason why he looks somehow improving America is because finally Bush and Chenney are out ! But President Obama is a beautiful speaker with a beautiful dream…I do wish him the best!

  4. I wish Obama the best, but it's pretty clear that the Nobel Peace Prize is decided largely on ideology rather than accomplishment. Yasser Arafat? Jimmy Carter? Al Gore? And now Obama. Not a lot of credibility left I'm afraid.

  5. I wish Obama the best, but it's pretty clear that the Nobel Peace Prize is decided largely on ideology rather than accomplishment. Yasser Arafat? Jimmy Carter? Al Gore? And now Obama, within his first year in office after zero major accomplishments. Not a lot of credibility left I'm afraid.

  6. Agreed as far as way too premature…

    That being said, it does seem that more recently, the Nobel committee seems to award things to encourage a path of action rather than an actual outcome by putting its weight behind it…a "stamp of approval" if you will…

  7. I thought t giving Al Gore the Nobel Peace Prize was the low point but I was wrong. The committee is apparently more impressed with the recipients political persuasion than actual accomplishment. They should be honest and rename it the Nobel Politically Correct Prize.

    • I don't agree, Al Gore's wasn't that bad of a choice.

      • Al Gore is not championing AGW because of peace, altruism or any other lofty goal. He is a hypocrite who flies all over the world (buying offsets from his own company) to lecture the rest of us about our carbon footprint. Meanwhile, his own home and lifestyle are energy hogs. Gore's love for humanity doesn't extend past his bank account. So on second thought, Al Gore is still the low point. Obama at least has a goal beyond his own gain. Unfortunately, it's turning the US into a European welfare state and sucking up to dictators.

        • I disagree, even though Gore was wrong, and he has done a lot of stuff, such as a movie.

          Obama has produced nothing, except for a stimulus package that has proven a failure. I suppose he did write a book. But then again, lots of people write books.

        • I disagree, even though Gore was wrong, he has done a lot of stuff, such as a movie.

          Obama has produced nothing, except for a stimulus package that has proven a failure. I suppose he did write a book. But then again, lots of people write books.

      • Since global warming does not exist, Al Gore's selection was a farce.

        This is becoming increasingly evident in the scientific community. Especially now that it has been shown that many of the leading papers used as evidence for global warming were using falsified data.

      • Since global warming does not exist, Al Gore's selection was a farce.

        This is becoming increasingly evident in the scientific community. Especially now that it has been shown that many of the leading papers that were used as evidence for global warming were using falsified data.

  8. The Iranian dissidents and all those bravely sacraficing in the name of peace and stability? Sorry.

    Apparently airing flowery platitudes about "hoping" for a world without war, trumps actual actions for the cause…such as…oh I dunno….risking one's life, or having one's family captured, tortured and murdered.

    Then again, anyone can have the courage to sacrifice everything for the cause of peace. Reading a professionally written speech about peace off of a teleprompter – now THAT'S praiseworthy.

  9. Guess which entity also one the Nobel Peace Prize…pre WWII?

    That's right, the League of Nations, which favoured platitudes over action, in the face of looming threats. Result: the greatest human tragedy in the the history of mankind.

    In wholly unrelated news, Obama's newfound partner in peace – the target of Obama's "extended hand", – Iran, today threatened to "Blow up the heart of Isreal." (while racing to develop the means to do it).

  10. How unfortunate. Another organization has seriously hurt their credibility by pandering and political points quest. Is there nothing you can believe in anymore? Obama has done nothing and it remains to be seen if he will actually ever accomplish anything. This award is a farce. What next, a Nobel for Iffy?

  11. I won't take the Peace Prize seriously until the eggheads award it to the Marines.

    Si vis pacem, para bellum.

  12. This is a JOKE his soft policies on Iran and terrorism in general is going to cause more harm than peace! Harper is more worthy than this guy who two months in his term was nominate for this prize.

  13. Well, those deciding the winner of the Peace Prize have never been afraid of controversy and tend to have looked favourably on effort. I certainly understand the criticisms against Obama winning the prize, but his selection, while unexpected, seems to be in keeping with their previous selections.

  14. I wish Obama the best, but it's pretty clear that the Nobel Peace Prize is decided largely on ideology rather than accomplishment. Yasser Arafat? Jimmy Carter? Al Gore?? And now Obama, within his first year in office after zero major accomplishments. Not a lot of credibility left I'm afraid.

    To quote Armisen on SNL: "So looking at this list I'm seeing two big accomplishments: Jack and Squat."

    • Well, Jimmy Carter did help broker the Camp David Peace Accord between Israel and Egypt.. that is noteworthy isn't it?

    • Well, Jimmy Carter did help broker the Camp David Peace Accord between Israel and Egypt.. that is noteworthy isn't it? As for Al Gore.. he helped and continues to help show the dangers of climate change to the world and the danger inaction like what Harper and his sycophants online would have us all do poses.

      I think those are very worthy awards to very worthy gentlemen – whether the right-wing thinks so or not.

      (As for Obama, one person said this AM that he congratulates Present Bush for helping President Obama win the award so early in his tenure).

    • Well, Jimmy Carter did help broker the Camp David Peace Accord between Israel and Egypt.. that is noteworthy isn't it? As for Al Gore.. he helped and continues to help show the dangers of climate change to the world and the danger inaction like what Harper and his sycophants online would have us all do poses.

      I think those are very worthy awards to very worthy gentlemen – whether the right-wing thinks so or not.

      (As for Obama, one person said this AM that he congratulates former President Bush for helping President Obama win the award so early in his tenure).

  15. Awarding the peace prize to a terrorist? What a joke!

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