The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Barack Obama has shocked many and met with mixed reactions. Read what people have to say on Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize below.
Obama has only been in office less than nine months, and add to that.. only 12 days before the Nobel nomination deadline last February.
But why did Obama win? Just what has he done to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?
It seems Obama is receiving the Nobel Peace Prize is more for the promises he has made than for anything he has actually done.
Obama has said he wants peace but he is running two wars in the Muslim world, in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and cannot even get a climate change bill through his own Congress… or convince the Olympic committee to chose Chicago either for that matter!
If you remember Obama said he would end the Iraq war. But he has been slow to bring the troops home and the real end of the U.S. military presence there won’t come until at least 2012.
Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize is a major topic internationally today. It yet again shows he is all about words and not accomplishments.
Here is what people around the world think of Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize win. There are videos as well below!
John Miller, National Review:
Obama isn’t the first American president to win the Nobel Peace Prize, but he’s the first to win it without having accomplished anything…Obama’s award is simply the projection of wishful thinking.
Mickey Kaus, Slate:
Turn it down! Politely decline. Say he’s honored but he hasn’t had the time yet to accomplish what he wants to accomplish. Result: He gets at least the same amount of glory–and helps solve his narcissism problem and his Fred Armisen (’What’s he done?’) problem, demonstrating that he’s uncomfortable with his reputation as a man overcelebrated for his potential long before he’s started to realize it.
Michael Binyon, the Times of London:
Rarely has an award had such an obvious political and partisan intent. It was clearly seen by the Norwegian Nobel committee as a way of expressing European gratitude for an end to the Bush Administration, approval for the election of America’s first black president and hope that Washington will honour its promise to re-engage with the world.
Instead, the prize risks looking preposterous in its claims, patronising in its intentions and demeaning in its attempt to build up a man who has barely begun his period in office, let alone achieved any tangible outcome for peace.
Rachel Abrams, The Weekly Standard:
Not A Parody…This is too perfect. Obama could turn it down on the grounds that not all his peace plans have come to fruition yet, but why should he?
Gideon Rachman, the Financial Times:
I am a genuine admirer of Obama. And I am very pleased that George W Bush is no longer president. But I doubt that I am alone in wondering whether this award is slightly premature. It is hard to point to a single place where Obama’s efforts have actually brought about peace — Gaza, Iran, Sri Lanka? The peace prize committee say that he is being rewarded for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy”. But while it is OK to give school children prizes for “effort” — my kids get them all the time — I think international statesmen should probably be held to a higher standard.
And, last but not least, the Taliban:
“We have seen no change in his strategy for peace. He has done nothing for peace in Afghanistan.”
Obama’s speech on Nobel Peace Prize:
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