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Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize... Do you think he deserved to win?

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Side Score: 103
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Side Score: 116
5 points

No... He hasn't earned it yet.

But he won the prize because the people who think he deseved it believe in his potential. He has the drive and the ability to bring peace to a lot of the countries now in turmoil.

Fox news said that he won the Nobel on the basis that he's "not Bush." Well he isn't. His emobodyment of everything anti-Bush sent an imidiate calming over the earth. The simple act of him being our president was proof of hope to those inside and outside of the US.

4 years ago | Side: yes
pvtNobody(641) Disputed
4 points

He was President for all of a month when he was nominated for the prize. People should be selected for awards for what they do and not what they intend to do or who they are. This just proves that the Nobel peace prize is a joke.

4 years ago | Side: No
2 points

The Nobel Prize (Swedish: Nobelpriset) is an annual, international award originating in Sweden. The award was established in 1895 by the Swedish chemist and inventor of dynamite Alfred Bernhard Nobel.

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4 years ago | Side: No
Pineapple(1443) Disputed
1 point

Who he is and his intentions have already inspired peace and hope.

Lableing the Nobel Peace Prize as a joke is a very childish reaction.

4 years ago | Side: yes
cmodonnell(1) Disputed
2 points

Time and again those of you who support the notion that President Obama deserves the Nobel Prize, state his "calming" influence and his "inspiration". But the facts do little to support that notion. Were or are the Taliban calmed? Did the Russians decide to fully enforce sanctions against an about-to-go-nuclear Iran? I wonder if the Polish and Czech Republic would agree with your "calming" description; or rather are they now feeling betrayed and vulnerable.

It should take more than fuzzy warm feelings to earn such a prize, particularly when some of President Obama's actions and deeds might result in more violence and strife.

It should smack anyone who cares about peace as an insult that President Obama now sits as an equal with the likes of Nelson Mandela, and Mother Theresa. Really, is President Obama's efforts or actions in any way comparable to these individuals?

If the Nobel Prize is going to be awarded on such ephemeral criteria, then the Nobel Committee should be prepared for the trivialization of the award. Starting with Al Gore winning (now winning twice), Jimmy Carter (who ushered in another few decades of violence in the Middle East) and United Nations and Kofi Anin winning (in the same year that massive scandals were uncovered), it would seem that the Nobel Committee has lost any claim to be a serious contemplative body.

4 years ago | Side: No
5 points

I say "yes" with the qualification that it wasn't really all that warranted.

A common misconception about the Nobel (Peace) Prize is that it's simply given out for what people have already done. But the prize is also given out to draw attention to global issues, peace initiatives or environmental dilemmas (etc.). And Obama is currently waist-deep in that stuff.

I think that this is more of a challenge to Obama and his presidency--than it is a simple award to Obama--to try to do more to steer the world towards a better path. The United States President has the most weight of any world leader in sociopolitical arenas and people look to the US President(s) to help shape the world. And what better burden is there than having to shoulder the promise of a Nobel Peace Prize?

4 years ago | Side: yes
ThePyg(6743) Disputed
1 point

I was brought back to this debate, and saw your argument.

Interesting stuff. What you're saying is that the Nobel Prize being given to Obama was merely a political move instead of one to reward him for his accomplishments in attaining peace (which would have been weird, since he has done nothing of the sort... at least Bush helped Africa; Obama has done nothing).

Not that many advocates of Obama admit that his prize was merely political. If only we could get advocates of Al Gore to do the same.

4 years ago | Side: No
4 points

Like most people, I was surprised by the Nobel award.

Then I recalled that the Nobel Peace Prize is often given in recognition of efforts, not accomplishments, and that the Nobel Committee often favors individuals who symbolically stand in place of a larger cause and larger group (e.g., Desmond Tutu on behalf of those who fought against apartheid).

In that sense, the conservative pundits are right to a point in saying that Obama got the award for not being GW Bush. What they have left out of that analysis is that it is perfectly normal and justifiable for the Nobel Committee to award the prize as an endorsement or a spur-to-momentum for a particular political cause or position.

Meaning, in other words, that the international community and the Nobel Commission in particular thinks that the recent shift in American politics is such a momentous change in favor of peace when compared to the policies of the former administration that America -- or at least, American liberals -- deserve a Nobel Peace Prize in acknowledgement of this shift.

(Which says what, precisely, about how conservative American politics are perceived by the larger global community? Hmmm . . . nothing very favorable, I'd venture.)

Rachel Maddow gives perhaps the best analysis of the award that I've seen yet, and explains more eloquently than I could, so I have included a link to her video clip -- which I feel is very much worth watching in order to put the award into an appropriate context.

Rachel Maddow: The Nobel Prize & 'Obama Derangement Syndrome'

4 years ago | Side: yes
3 points

Although, I don't think he really deserved to win the Nobel Peace prize, its difficult to find any other candidates who deserve it more. Its true he is still the commander of forces engaged in war but I think, like another poster mentioned, that he has to most potential to make peace in the world. Another, strong point in his favor is the celebrations and rejoicing of the whole world after his election.

4 years ago | Side: yes
3 points

I can appreciate you positive spin on it. At least now some countries may like us after Obama had to keep apologizing that we are mongers as a nation.

4 years ago | Side: yes
3 points

i think yes. Most of the world loves america now other than when we had bush and office. Also who else would get it? Glen Beck said it should go and give it to the protesters (i belive they started the no peace, if we invaded a country and stared attacking them, why would our country get award in peace, thats what they are doing.)

4 years ago | Side: yes
2 points

Well I'm pretty sure the black community was getting fed up with white people as the symbol of this country for so long that Obama taking office did keep the peace between the white and black communities. (;

4 years ago | Side: surely I jest
2 points

He does deserve it.

Why would he not?

He IS trying to help the world and

the United States.

Just because he hasn't put a huge

amount into law yet doesn't mean a thing

If you read correctly, they said he won

for his efforts! so yes!

4 years ago | Side: yes

You know, I think you may be onto something there. Maybe we should award the super bowl trophy to the team who tries the hardest. And hand out diplomas based on trying. And paychecks as well. I mean, Why stop there ;)

4 years ago | Side: No
Banshee(288) Disputed
2 points

Your examples are not relevant to this context. Sporting events are competitions with defined winners. Diplomas are awarded for credits earned by completing course requirements. Paychecks are collected for hours worked at a series of given tasks. But world peace is a process. It's not like all it takes to achieve world peace is the right team, or the right training, or the right number of manpower hours -- because creating peace is not really an issue of talent, training, might, or manpower. It's an issue of inspiring large groups of people to dedicate their continued efforts to peace. If you are waiting for world peace to break out because of the acts of a single individual before you award anybody the Nobel Peace Prize, you are going to be waiting a very long time.

So of course it's appropriate to award the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of efforts.

4 years ago | Side: yes
DJSNuva1(76) Disputed
2 points

Even Barrack Obama said "I don't desere this award". You are arguing against the president?

4 years ago | Side: No
MikeyRichard(17) Disputed
3 points

He is a very modest man, if i won the Nobel Prize i'd probably be pretty modest also.

4 years ago | Side: yes
1 point

It wasn't because Obama deserve the award, it was Who can we pretend to give the prize winnings to? They don't have any money to be giving away at this time, you know?

4 years ago | Side: yes
MisterGuy Disputed
2 points

What are you even talking about?? This statement makes no sense:

"They don't have any money to be giving away at this time, you know?"

4 years ago | Side: Not yet
1 point

OF COURSE HE DOES!.......................................................

4 years ago | Side: yes

y wouldn't he deserve it. even thou i am just a child i know that he is just like the other people who won it but he is just the president. i am so tired of these haters hating to Obama because he is black. i hope yal no that know the he is also white. but it is ok but he dose deserve it.

4 years ago | Side: yes
1 point

yes he deserves it why wouldn't he why cant everyone support him just for being the first Black presided that has made it. Many people says he does'nt deserve well think twice and remember it was very tuff for him because many people don't want to see an African American president. But you cant give up on him now he deserves it and at the end you will really see why. So have faith in him and believe in him come on he's new at this don't be so hard on him just watch all the work he's going to do then you will see that he Will earn every award that is giving to him. All he need is for everyones support.

3 years ago | Side: yes

Hell mo! Even Obama said so himself.

NOTE: The dead line for nominating someone for this year's Nobel Peace Price was February 1. Obama was in office in January 20. That means that he was in office 11 days before he was nominated. Come on! Weren't we debating a few days ago what has he done so far? And today he gets the Nobel Peace Price. Please!

My eye doctor says that I have to stop visiting this site. He says that all this eye rolling is wearing out my eye balls ;)

4 years ago | Side: No
2 points

I liked the last comment. So I gave you a point. Lol.

You're right though.. this is politics brought into something that as far as I know has kept its hands clean from it.

4 years ago | Side: No
Manastacious(19) Disputed
1 point

What about the case that they nominated him to watch him and if he deserved it they would award him? No one thinks of that situation. He deserved the award more than anyone else in the world.

4 years ago | Side: yes

OK, so now he's been in office for several months. So..., what has he accomplished towards peace?

4 years ago | Side: No
3 points

I do think he's a good diplomat, but in order for him to really deserve this prize, I'm pretty sure he has to actually ACHIEVE peace first. x) I see why it was a good move for putting political pressure on him to continue peace efforts, but did he deserve this honor? Not really. I don't mean that as insulting, it's just that he hasn't actually achieved the goal of peace in any major way.

4 years ago | Side: No
Banshee(288) Disputed
2 points

in order for him to really deserve this prize, I'm pretty sure he has to actually ACHIEVE peace first.

Actually, no. Madden points out how often the award is given in recognition of effort rather than accomplishment. Aung San Suu Kyi has not toppled the Burmese military junta; she got the prize for her efforts. Desmond Tutu didn't end apartheid, which was still going strong when he got the prize; he got it for efforts. Carter didn't create a lasting peace in the Middle East; he got the prize for efforts. And so forth.

:)

4 years ago | Side: yes
1 point

Okay, that's true. I just don't know that his efforts are significant enough. I'm sure he WILL make significant efforts for peace; and I really like Obama foreign affairs-wise. But I think the prize shouldn't have been given prematurely.

4 years ago | Side: yes
2 points

The prizes are awarded by different associations. The Nobel Prize in Physics, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences are awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences; the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine by the Nobel Assembly at (the) Karolinska Institutet; and the Nobel Prize in Literature by the Swedish Academy.

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4 years ago | Side: No
MisterGuy Disputed
0 points

have all of the former Nobel Peace Prize recipients "achieved peace"?? Nope.

4 years ago | Side: Not yet
Awen27(540) Disputed
1 point

Very true, but I'm still not sure he did enough to warrant a Nobel Peace Prize. Although he did close Guantanamo, and that was significant. I don't know. I just feel like he hasn't done enough yet. This, of course, is through no fault of his own; he hasn't had time to do enough yet...

Maybe it comes down to knowing who the other nominees were, what they accomplished, etc.

4 years ago | Side: No
3 points

I think that president's should have to do more than just get elected to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

4 years ago | Side: No
2 points

The members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee that were to award the Peace Prize were appointed shortly after the will was approved. The other prize-awarding organisations followed; the Karolinska Institutet on June 7, the Swedish Academy on June 9, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on June 11.

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4 years ago | Side: No
3 points

Let me ask this , what did Obama do that was so wonderful for this country? He was to busy playing golf rather than to decide to send or bring our troops to or from the war? I can't explain this to you liberal Democrates cause 99 of 100 says you won't listen watch a show called ''Glenn Beck'' 5:00 everyday on fox and open your ears and not your mouth!!!

4 years ago | Side: No
MisterGuy Disputed
1 point

"He was to busy playing golf rather than to decide to send or bring our troops to or from the war?"

We have a President that CAN do more than one thing at once yanno...for a change anyways. Beck is a loon of the first order IMHO.

4 years ago | Side: Not yet
aedm(98) Disputed
2 points

If you were playing golf would you want to worry about everything? and your just a normal person,he is the president,you didn't catch bush playing golf while 9/11 was happening,he did everything he could to prevent having a major terrorist attack again,did we? NO If that ain't the truth GET THE HELL OUT OF AMERICA,the troops are fighting for YOU and obama and the rest of the U.S.A and obama can't give them a quick simple straight answer ,instead he will play his 18 holes ? sounds to me like our president don't give a crap about our troops! If he can do more than one thing at once then why don't he? Look at your facts before you argue!Or find some!

4 years ago | Side: No
3 points

Of course he didn't deserve it. That's why I no longer believe that majority of Nobel Prize winners really deserve it, plus it decreases the value and hard work that older prize winners had to do to gain such a honorable award.

Nikola Tesla (not Thomas Edison) made more contributions to the development of electric power and never won a Nobel Prize eventhough it is more than obvious that he deserved it.

4 years ago | Side: No
3 points

My 1 year old cousin is going to be nominated next year for her efforts to bring world peace to her diaper. Right now, though, like Nobama, she is full of crap.

4 years ago | Side: No
MisterGuy Disputed
1 point

Your "argument" is basically a non-argument that feebly attempts to smear Obama with a far Right-wing slogan.

4 years ago | Side: Not yet
3 points

Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize... Do you think he deserved to win? No, when Hitler came to power, the German people believed that he would change everything, but did the world give him a Nobel Peace Prize? No. If somebody say's i was comparing Obama to Hitler you should rethink. I'm a American and i support my president no matter who he is even if i don't like him.

4 years ago | Side: No
3 points

Simply look at the facts. He was nominated after 11 days. He didn't even have a chance to attempt to make world peace. He was probably still unpacking all his stuff. If he had actually had a chance to try, he may have deserved it. But 11 days? Thats just too soon.

4 years ago | Side: No
3 points

deserves peace prize? thats why we are billions of dollars in debt, that he wants to form a socialist gov, that he wants to start an other war in the middle east before we have fixed or finished the one were already in, well the peace prize is joke i hope you all know. Afrat a PLO terrorist and conspirator won it, so any one can get it. obama cause hes black, and maybe you for some other bogus reason.

4 years ago | Side: No
3 points

No, I don't even know the reason they gave for giving it to him.

4 years ago | Side: No
2 points

Of course not; he has done nothing to actually create peace.

He is nothing but a good speaker. If you really want to give someone a nobel peace prize for bringing hope and change to their people, try Che, Hitler, Stalin or Mussolini. Those guys were very inspirational.

4 years ago | Side: No
2 points

Obama hasn't done anything let alone bring peace anywhere..oh yeah he did he's spent more money than all the past presidents combined but correct me if i'm wrong they don't give a prize for that do they? Obama strokes his ego enough the way it is and they give him a nobel peace prize just adds one more thing to his ego...if you don't agree well then you're probably a racist lol

4 years ago | Side: No
Banshee(288) Disputed
1 point

You are wrong, and I am correcting you.

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The Grand Old Spending Party

http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa543.pdf

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Presidents and the Federal Debt

http://zfacts.com/p/480.html

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"Obama Is Spending More Than All the Other Presidents" Debunked

http://www.crotchshotradio.com/2009/06/obama-is-spending-more-than-all-other.html

4 years ago | Side: yes
jtopolnak(156) Disputed
2 points

Has much as I think Bush was not a true conservative and I hated his spending which is even against the definition of what a true conservative is. The new administrations proposed budget makes Bush's spending look like peanuts when we are now talking about Obama going into the 10 trillion over the next ten years that's why everybody is worried about inflation kicking in. That is real money that has to be paid back. Right now there is no control over spending at all on both sides and it is going to kill us if it is not handled.

4 years ago | Side: No
2 points

I would just like to know what great feat of peace did Obama do? Did he stop a world war or did he stop world hunger? Not saying Obama is a bad guy i just do not know what he did to earn this award.

4 years ago | Side: No
2 points

So Ronald Reagan tears down the Berlin wall and frees millions of communist slaves and he doesn't even get a wink at the Nobel Prize. But only 11 days into Obama term they have deemed him to receive the Nobel Prize. It's comes off a little suspicious.

4 years ago | Side: No
3 points

What??? Ronald Reagan DID NOT tear down the Berlin Wall! Gorbachev did. Reagan was just one of many leaders around the world who WANTED that wall torn down. We, as Americans, like to think WE solve all the worlds freakin problems. If you go to any other country... ANY ONE, the citizens will tell you that THERE country is the most powerful, influential country on earth. I wouldnt be suprised if people thought Gunter Schabowski is responsibe for the fall of the Berlin Wall.

4 years ago | Side: yes
2 points

But Reagan and his diplomacy with Gorbachev they had a great relationship and he was hugely influential with the tear down.

4 years ago | Side: yes
2 points

It's kind of ironic that it came only days after the whole SnL skit of Nothing.

4 years ago | Side: No
MisterGuy Disputed
1 point

What does SNL have anything to do with the Nobel Prizes??

4 years ago | Side: Not yet
jtopolnak(156) Disputed
2 points

It was the timing and the irony of it after they did the skit if you have not seen it quite funny.

4 years ago | Side: No
2 points

I haven't seen anything that he did that is worth the nobel peace prize. nothing.

4 years ago | Side: No
2 points

The entry for the award was 10 days after Obama began his term. I'm pretty sure he didn't do anything that great in a week and a half.

4 years ago | Side: No
2 points

no all he has done is speak! boring, i mean really it doesn't take a genius to open their mouth and say some words

4 years ago | Side: No
1 point

Well...Obama did work to help the Americans. However,in this short time ,I don't think he deserved to win...There is even more people who did worked and deserved to have a prize,but they didn't!!So where is the point of letting Obama to win this Nobel Peace Prize?Did he do anything that make the world peace??Definitely No!!He made the world even worst!! What he did was to let wars going on, more and more people died because of those dumb wars!!!

4 years ago | Side: No
1 point

No.

because if i compare him to Dr. Manmohan Singh who has also won Nobel price for Peace then Obama is not the right person to get this. U can compare both the personalities !!

187 days ago | Side: No
0 points

No human being should win any prize while fighting any war!!!!!!!!!

4 years ago | Side: No
MisterGuy Disputed
1 point

Obama is undertaking an objective to end the U.S.'s involvement in the horrendous Iraq War. He has also smoothed relations with Russia, and he is working to smooth relations with Iran as well through direct talks.

4 years ago | Side: Not yet


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