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Reaction: Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

By Garance Franke-Ruta

Updated 5:21 p.m.
President Obama on Friday afternoon sent his supporters an e-mail through the Democratic National Committee's Organizing for America group sharing words similar to those he spoke in the Rose Garden in the morning.

"Friend," he wrote. "This morning, Michelle and I awoke to some surprising and humbling news. At 6 a.m., we received word that I'd been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009.

"To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who've been honored by this prize -- men and women who've inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.

"But I also know that throughout history the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it's also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes. That is why I've said that I will accept this award as a call to action, a call for all nations and all peoples to confront the common challenges of the 21st century."

He continued, "today we humbly recommit to the important work that we've begun together. I'm grateful that you've stood with me thus far, and I'm honored to continue our vital work in the years to come."

Updated 4:29 p.m.
Answering a question of historical precedent, the AFP reports:

Six laureates have declined a Nobel. The only two to do so of their own will were Jean-Paul Sartre, who turned down the 1964 Literature Prize, and Vietnam's then-prime minister Le Duc Tho, who refused to share the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize with US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Adolf Hitler forbade three German laureates -- Richard Kuhn (Chemistry 1938), Adolf Butenandt (Chemistry 1939) and Gerhard Domagk (Medicine 1939) -- from accepting the prize, while Soviet authorities forced Boris Pasternak to decline the 1958 Literature Prize.

Updated 3:04 p.m.
Salon reports "President Obama won't be keeping the approximately $1.4 million that he won as part of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. He'll be donating the money to charity, the White House announced Friday afternoon."

Updated 2:46 p.m.
The Post's Howard Kurtz tweets: "Just interviewed top WH official. Fascinating that Nobel has become this negative they've got to combat."

Updated 1:34 p.m.
Following the shock and doubts of the morning comes a wave of congratulations from elected U.S. officials on both sides of the aisle:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.): "By ushering in a period of optimism in American politics, President Obama has become a great source of pride and inspiration for many Americans. I congratulate the President on this tremendous honor that he has earned with his dedication to a new type of politics based on hope instead of fear. I am confident that the President will work to continue to live up the ideals of this award throughout his term in office."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.): "President Obama is working to restore American leadership worldwide and build bonds of friendship across the globe. The Nobel Peace Prize is a testament to his leadership and vision and a tribute to American values. I offer my congratulations to President Obama on this outstanding achievement."

Former presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) (via The Plum Line): "I congratulate President Obama on receiving this prestigious award. I join my fellow Americans in expressing pride in our President on this occasion."

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R), as reported by Minnesota Public Radio: "I would say regardless of the circumstances, congratulations to President Obama for winning the Nobel Prize. I know there will be some people who are saying 'Was it based on good intentions and thoughts or is it going to be based on good results?' But I think the appropriate response is when anybody wins a Nobel Prize that is a very noteworthy development and designation and I think the appropriate response is to say 'Congratulations."

Updated 11:41 a.m.

A transcript of President Obama's Rose Garden remarks can be read here, courtesy of CQ Transcriptions. Below, an excerpt in which he accepts the award and explains what it signifies:

I am both surprised and deeply humbled by the decision of the Nobel Committee.

Let me be clear, I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations.

To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who've been honored by this prize, men and women who've inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.

But I also know that this prize reflects the kind of world that those men and women and all Americans want to build, a world that gives life to the promise of our founding documents.

And I know that throughout history the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it's also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes.

And that is why I will accept this award as a call to action, a call for all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st century.

Updated 11:33 a.m.
The Post's Glenn Kessler reports that French President Nicolas Sarkozy sent President Obama a warm letter of congratulations Friday morning.

"By awarding you its most prestigious prize, the Committee is rewarding your determined commitment to human rights, justice and spreading peace across the world, in accordance with the will of its founder Alfred Nobel. It also does justice to your vision of tolerance and dialogue between States, cultures and civilizations. Finally, it sets the seal on America's return to the heart of all the world's peoples," Sarkozy wrote.

"I am convinced that everyone, all over the world, will draw from this an even stronger determination to cooperate with you and with America" on the common objectives of justice, peace and "the planet's global balance," he added.

Updated 11:30 a.m.
Hamas has weighed in, telling Reuters the award does not count for much:

"Unless real and deep-rooted change is made in American policy towards recognising the rights of the Palestinian people I would think such a prize would be useless," Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas prime minister in the Gaza Strip, told reporters after Friday prayers.

Updated 11:27 a.m.
Global Zero, a group of more than 200 political and military leaders from around the world, is hailing the award's recognition of a goal it shares with Obama -- the elimination of nuclear weapons.

Said former ambassador to Germany Richard Burt, chief U.S. negotiator for the START 1 negotiations and Global Zero U.S. chair in a statement: "Global Zero applauds President Obama on receiving the Nobel Prize and for his extraordinary leadership, along with President Medvedev, to achieve a world without nuclear weapons.

"This award reflects a new international consensus that whatever stability nuclear arsenals may have provided during the Cold War is now outweighed by the growing risks of proliferation and nuclear terrorism -- and that the only way in the long term to eliminate the nuclear threat is to eliminate all nuclear weapons."

Updated 11:21 a.m.
The Associated Press reports "Former vice president and Nobel Laureate Al Gore is calling President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize win extremely well deserved and an honor for the country."

Updated 11:03 a.m.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine issued a statement expressing pride in the selection of Obama and what the prize means for America's international standing:

"The Nobel Committee's decision to award this year's Peace Prize to President Obama is an affirmation of the fact that the United States has returned to its longstanding role as a world leader. The President has made a conscious decision from the beginning of his presidency to reinvigorate diplomacy, by talking to our friends and our rivals. Those efforts to bring world leaders together are helping the people of the world to face monumental challenges like nuclear arms proliferation, conflict resolution and climate change," he said.

"With this prize comes a sense of enormous pride, but also an enormous sense of humility about the work that remains if we are to resolve the global problems facing humanity. Democrats will continue to work with President Obama to keep moving America forward, as we continue in earnest to sow peace, progress and understanding around the world."

Updated 10:53 a.m.
A Democratic National Committee spokesman "reacted furiously" to RNC chairman Michael Steele's statement, below, Politico reports:

"The Republican Party has thrown in its lot with the terrorists -- the Taliban and Hamas this morning -- in criticizing the president for receiving the Nobel Peace prize," DNC communications director Brad Woodhouse said. "Republicans cheered when America failed to land the Olympics and now they are criticizing the president of the United States for receiving the Nobel Peace prize - an award he did not seek but that is nonetheless an honor in which every American can take great pride -- unless of course you are the Republican Party.

"The 2009 version of the Republican Party has no boundaries, has no shame and has proved that they will put politics above patriotism at every turn. It's no wonder only 20 percent of Americans admit to being Republicans anymore -- it's an embarrassing label to claim."

Updated 10:48 a.m.
The conservative reaction can be summed up in one word: dumbfounded. The National Review Online is aggregating tweets catty and blunt on the topic from its writers, conservative bloggers and other media figures here. The Weekly Standard's William Kristol weighs in here. And GOPUSA's Bobby Eberle sends his group's e-mail list a message asking, "Are you kidding me?" The Post's Michael D. Shear and Anne E. Kornblut have more in here in their story, "Republicans Scoff at Nobel Prize Announcement."

Updated 10:25 a.m.
A surprising unanimity of opinion is emerging online that the award has been given to Obama prematurely -- and that this both poses a potential danger to his presidency and will serve as a challenge to the credibility of the Nobel-awarding committee in Oslo.

At Time magazine, Nancy Gibbs argues, "The last thing Barack Obama needed at this moment in his presidency and our politics is a prize for a promise."

Tweets ABC News's Jake Tapper, referring to a controversy earlier in Obama's presidency: "apparently the standards are more exacting for an ASU honorary degree these days."

(An Arizona State University spokesperson in April explained a decision to invite the president to give the commencement address without also giving him an honorary degree by saying, "His body of work is yet to come. That's why we're not recognizing him with a degree at the beginning of his presidency.")

The Post's David Ignatius also weighs in, explaining that the prize validates America's return to popularity in the court of world opinion: "The Nobel Peace Prize award to Barack Obama seems so goofy -- even if you're a fan, you have to admit that he hasn't really done much yet as a peacemaker. But there's an aspect of this prize that is real and important -- and that validates Obama's strategy from the day he took office.... America was too unpopular under Bush. The Nobel committee is expressing a collective sigh of relief that America has rejoined the global consensus. They're right. It's a good thing. It's just a little weird that they gave him a prize for it."

For more from the Post opinion writers, check out the Post Partisan blog.

Updated 10:02 a.m.
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has released a statement calling the award into question:

"The real question Americans are asking is, 'What has President Obama actually accomplished?' It is unfortunate that the president's star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights. One thing is certain - President Obama won't be receiving any awards from Americans for job creation, fiscal responsibility, or backing up rhetoric with concrete action."

Updated 9 a.m.
Syria is reacting warmly to the announcement, the Wall Street Journal reports:

"I believe Obama is working hard for peace," said Muhammad Habash, a Syrian member of parliament and director of the Islamic Studies Center in Damascus. "We in Syria believe that Obama's initiative have been suitable, and that Syria is now witnessing important steps to correct the relationship with the United States. I believe everyone here will be very happy for Obama."

Updated 8:39 a.m.
Does President Obama deserve to have won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize? Share your reaction in a Washington Post reader poll -- and then elaborate in this Post discussion group.

Updated 8:36 a.m. -- and again at 10:28 a.m.
President Obama will speak from the Rose Garden at 11 a.m., the White House announced. He is expected to address the topic of the Nobel award.

Updated 8:14 a.m.
More international reactions can be found over at The Lede. Among them:

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangarai of Zimbabwe, who had been among the favorites to win this year, told Reuters: "I wish to congratulate President Obama. I think he is a deserving candidate."

The Reuters roundup of world opinion, including from the Arab world, can be read here.

Updated 7:55 a.m.
Blake Hounshell of Foreign Policy magazine notes that "the Committee has been awarding these 'aspirational' prizes for years." For more on this topic, see Ronald R. Krebs's July 30 Foreign Policy article, "The Dangerous Prize."

Updated 7:49 a.m.
The Post's Juliet Eilperin reports that environmentalists are greeting the news with hopes that President Obama will go straight from Oslo to Copenhagen for climate talks in December, now that it looks like he will be in that part of the world -- just as Gore did in 2007. Climate talks start Dec. 7, and the Nobel will be awarded Dec. 10.

"We congratulate President Obama on winning the Nobel Peace prize," said Keya Chatterjee, director of climate change for WWF-US in a statement. "Now that we know President Obama will be in Scandinavia in December, expectations are even higher that he will attend the Copenhagen climate summit in person to usher in a fair, ambitious and binding climate agreement."

Updated 7:42 a.m.
Obama senior adviser David Axelrod tells MSNBC, "It's an honor, certainly nothing that anyone expected, certainly not the president himself."

Asked if Obama would accept the award in person, Axelrod said it was too early to say. "This is all news to us, so I don't know what we're going to do. I would assume so. The point is to rededicate ourselves to the causes that the president has brought forth," he said.

Probed on how conservatives appear, as Mark Halperin put it, as excited about this as they were disappointed Chicago didn't get the Olympics, Axelrod replied, "I would hope that everybody would view this is an affirmation of some very important causes for which we should all be dedicated."

Updated 7:34 a.m.
The Post's Howard Schneider reports from Israel:
In Israel, where raised expectations have been followed by little tangible progress, there was surprise from both sides of the spectrum.

"We congratulate him for this," said Ahmed Yousef, deputy foreign minister of Hamas, the Islamist group that runs the Gaza Strip and which remains isolated by the U.S. from peace talks because of its refusal to recognize Israel. But "we believe he has been rewarded or judged based on good intentions towards peace but not on his achievement. It was too early to award him. He has not don't that much yet."

Danny Danon, a member of the Israeli Knesset from the ruling Likud Party who has been critical of Obama's efforts to force Israel to freeze construction of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, also said the new U.S. president is being rewarded for a relatively thin list of accomplishments.

"This is the first time the award is given for wishful thinking," Danon said.

Hagit Ofran, head of the anti-settlement program for the Israel's Peace Now movement, said that while Obama's involvement in the Middle East has yet to produce a dramatic breakthrough, his election has still changed the dynamic.

She said it is unlikely that current Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu would have endorsed creation of a Palestinian state, or that he would consider curbs on Israeli settlement construction without a push from the U.S.

"All we hear is 'this is not possible, the Palestinians will not agree,' or 'this is not possible, the Israelis will not agree,'" she said. "He is being respected for his belief and determination to get things going. It is not peace and it is not enough, but his rhetoric did change many things."

Updated 7:30 a.m.
More news and reaction from the mediasphere streaming across Twitter:

Good Morning America: "'Both thought they were being punk'd'- @GStephanopoulos on two WH aides hearing of Nobel news."

Alan S. Murray: "Can someone explain? I thought award was for accomplishments, not intentions."

Jeffrey Goldberg: "It might be smart for Obama to turn this prize down, at least until he achieves peace somewhere. Or trade for Olympics"

Karen Tumulty: "guy with big check at door may have been less of a surprise today"

Ana Marie Cox: "Apparently Nobel prizes now being awarded to anyone who is not George Bush."

Marc Ambinder: "I bet this wil be CW amng Dems: RT @AdamSerwer: No joke obama should turn the nobel peace prize down until he's finished with his two wars."

Updated 7:12 a.m.
CNN reports, "After the president was awakened and told he had won, he said he was humbled to be selected, according to an administration official."

Updated 7:09 a.m.
Not happy with the selection of Obama for the award? The Taliban.

Reports the AFP:

"We have seen no change in his strategy for peace. He has done nothing for peace in Afghanistan. He has not taken a single step for peace in Afghanistan or to make this country stable," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told AFP.

"We condemn the award of the Noble Peace Prize for Obama," he said by telephone from an undisclosed location. "We condemn the institute's awarding him the peace prize. We condemn this year's peace prize as unjust."

Updated 6:54 a.m.
Bloomberg's Jones Hayden reports on reaction from the EU Commission:

European Commission President Jose Barroso said the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Barack Obama is "a tribute to President Obama's commitment to the values of peace and progress of humanity."

The award is "a reflection of the hopes that he has raised globally with his vision of a world without nuclear weapons," Barroso said in a note of "warm congratulations" to Obama, Pia Ahrenkilde-Hansen, a commission spokeswoman, told reporters in Brussels today. "This award is an encouragement for engagement by all those who can contribute to bring about a safer world."

Updated 6:49 a.m.
In the United States, the Twitterati appear perplexed by the selection of their first-year, first-term president for so august an honor.

Jacob Weisberg: "Aren't you supposed to do something for peace BEFORE winning the prize?"

Mickey Kaus: "Instant advice for Obama re: Nobel Peace Prize: Turn it down! It's win/win."

Kaus elaborates on his blog, warning, "the possibility for a Nobel backlash seems non-farfetched."

Updated 6:41 a.m.
Obama's family in Kenya reacts:

The Kenyan family of US President Barack Obama say they were honoured by the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to their favourite son.

"It is an honour to the family... we are very happy that one of us has been honoured. We congratulate Barack," Said Obama, the president's step-brother, told AFP.

Said said that the awarding of the prize to Obama "touches many people" because the US president represents "people from different walks of life."

Updated 6:33 a.m.
Reaction is starting to roll in from abroad. The AFP reports:

The Nobel Peace Prize won by US President Barack Obama on Friday should prompt him to start working toward ending injustice in the world, an aide to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told AFP.

"We hope that this gives him the incentive to walk in the path of bringing justice to the world order," said Ali Akbar Javanfekr, Ahmadinejad's media aide.

"We are not upset and we hope that by receiving this prize he will start taking practical steps to remove injustice in the world."

The AFP also reports on reaction from Afghanistan:

KABUL -- Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai said Friday that US President Barack Obama was the "appropriate" person to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

"We congratulate Obama for winning the Nobel," said Siamak Hirai, a spokesman for Karzai.

"His hard work and his new vision on global relations, his will and efforts for creating friendly and good relations at global level and global peace make him the appropriate recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize," he told AFP.

5:56 a.m.
CBS's Mark Knoller reports this initial White House reaction:

Spokesman Robert Gibbs e-mails one word: "wow."

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To all my right wing neo-con nit-wits. Fact: Obama is president of the USA.
Obama awarded the Nobel Peace prize.

Don't like it, too bad, just keep on crying in your tea bags, while the rest of the country tries to make this country and the world a better place. Viva Obama

But I understand, a Black man leading the USA, A Black man is now in a position of power. A Black man that can do more than sing a song, shoot a basketball, throw or catch a football, and all your lives you have been telling the lie that a Black man is inferior to the wasp. I can dig it.

Nor all your piety nor wit shall erase a word of it.

Posted by: TheGeneral1 | October 10, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Prestigious Noble Prize Demands Negotiation not War in Afghanistan
Deserve it by fetching Taliban on Mainstream through negotiation table
Kindly accept heartiest congratulation for Noble Prize which you received only for your expression to walk on Ghandi’s desire, "Be the change you wish to see in the world", not accomplishing any thing except creating congenial atmosphere by your doctrine of speeches. I repeat the Urdu poetry “BATHON SE BADLTHI HAI KAHIN QAOM KI TAQDEER – JUGNU KE CHAMAKNE SE ANDHERE NAHIN JAATHE” means “whether talking can change the fortune of Nations? – Darkness won’t go by sparkling of Firefly”
1.No much projects are started 2. Perhaps no single appointment is made from employment applications collected in your transition period. 3. Unemployment level keep raising 4. Bureaucrats still control all decisions of Government. 4. At international level no worth progress in Middle East peace, still Afghan killing is going on, India Pakistan relation worsen, misery in most of African countries continue, 5. Rather to say no change, when the “change” was your slogan.
Please Deserve Noble Prize by realizing the above cited targets to shut the mouths of your critics.

Posted by: mir_49yahoocom | October 10, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Prestigious Noble Prize Demands Negotiation not War in Afghanistan
Deserve it by fetching Taliban on Mainstream through negotiation table
Kindly accept heartiest congratulation for Noble Prize which you received only for your expression to walk on Ghandi’s desire, "Be the change you wish to see in the world", not accomplishing any thing except creating congenial atmosphere by your doctrine of speeches. I repeat the Urdu poetry “BATHON SE BADLTHI HAI KAHIN QAOM KI TAQDEER – JUGNU KE CHAMAKNE SE ANDHERE NAHIN JAATHE” means “whether talking can change the fortune of Nations? – Darkness won’t go by sparkling of Firefly”
1.No much projects are started 2. Perhaps no single appointment is made from employment applications collected in your transition period. 3. Unemployment level keep raising 4. Bureaucrats still control all decisions of Government. 4. At international level no worth progress in Middle East peace, still Afghan killing is going on, India Pakistan relation worsen, misery in most of African countries continue, 5. Rather to say no change, when the “change” was your slogan.
Please Deserve Noble Prize by realizing the above cited targets to shut the mouths of your critics.

Posted by: mir_49yahoocom | October 10, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

If "PaulRevere4" thinks that President Obama is a "Marxist Dictator," perhaps he needs to study the definitions of both "Marxist" and "Dictator." President Obama clearly is neither.

Posted by: danphillips | October 10, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Re the birther "usurper" comment: established case law, in addition to a 378-0 vote in the House, puts you firmly in the extremist fringe. For more info, see:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_born_citizen_of_the_United_States#Proposed_constitutional_amendments

Posted by: danphillips | October 10, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

If I were a former recipient of the Nobel Peace Price with A Gore winning it last year and Obama winning it this year a Global Elitist and a Marxist Dictator I would be seriously ashamed of the company I was in and return the the award!

Posted by: PaulRevere4 | October 10, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

If were a former recipient of the Nobel Peace Price with A Gore winning it last year and Obama winning it this year a Global Elitist and a Marxist Dictator I would be seriously ashamed of the company I was in and return the the award!

Posted by: PaulRevere4 | October 10, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I were a former recipient of the Nobel Peace Price with Al Gore winning it last year and Obama winning it this year a Global Elitist and a Marxist Dictator I would be seriously ashamed of the company I was in and return the the award!

Posted by: PaulRevere4 | October 10, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I were a former recipient of the Nobel Peace Price with A Gore winning it last year and Obama winning it this year a Global Elitist and a Marxist Dictator I would be seriously ashamed of the company I was in and return the the award!

Posted by: PaulRevere4 | October 10, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

America... America... GOD shed your Light on thee..... Now !!!!!!!! please !!!!

Posted by: superdeanie | October 10, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Why does it not surprise me that there are many still, who have no wish to acknowledge that we had an election and the best man won. I got over the failed efforts of Senator McCain and I realized that we finally have a President elected by the and for the people of these United States. Instead of trying to break him down we should be encouraging President Obama to do what he sees best to do.
We have a President who knows how to lead and he has surrounded himself with advisers who will be there to guide him in the way he should go. I do not think that President Obama will go astray. If ever we had a Christian President in the past, we have one now. Any, I say: Congratulations, Mr. President. May you have a wonderful three-day-weekend.

Posted by: richardcolonel | October 10, 2009 12:29 AM | Report abuse

The Nobel Committee must be selecting the recipient of the Peace Prize by throwing darts at a board, blindfold! I am a resident of the USA. However, I am not an American and I do not support any party. So, I am neutral when it comes to American politics.

Mr Obama is all talk and no action. He has blown a lot of hot air but, with few exceptions, he has done nothing substantial yet--certainly not to make the world a better or safer place. What's more, just hours before he was awarded the prize, he refused to meet with the Dalai Lama as he catered to the Chinese. By doing so, he has continued to ignore the heinous human rights abuse in China and the brutal subjugation of the Tibetan people. He also has continued the US's inhumane treatment of Cuba. How exactly does any of this promote peace, harmony, and understanding?

Posted by: Kaleo1 | October 9, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a usurper.

James Madison wrote the Constitution and used “natural born citizen” to refer to a person born to a US citizen mother and US citizen father. The class of "native-born" citizen was not established until the 15th amendment, and it did not amend Article II.

Vattel’s Law of Nations also holds “natural born” as requiring two citizen parents and born on US soil.

The American Law Review reported on citizenship in the Sep/Oct 1884 issue. Page two of the report states that “natural born” citizenship is the result of being born to TWO CITIZEN PARENTS!

http://www.scribd.com/doc/19071886/Are-Persons-Born-Within-the-United-States-Ipso-Facto-Citizens-Thereof-George-D-Collins

Because of his British father, and dual citizenship, Obama was not, is not, and never will be a “natural born citizen” of the United States. His birthplace is meaningless when it comes to his eligibility.

HOPE-for-CHANGE

Posted by: steveb777 | October 9, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

To vintel, who asks: "who in their right mind and of sound conscience can deny that the President has not already contributed to world peace?" Not everyone critical of the awarding of the Peace Prize to Pres. Obama is denying that he has made some peaceful overtures in many areas, and of course that's way better than what has happened for the past 8 years. But many critics are pointing out that others have done far more, and are thus more deserving of this prize; *and* that this President is still actively pursuing militarism while talking peace, *and* that many of his administration's policies are destructive (like poisoning and contributing to the extinction of wildlife).

Posted by: Student_Of_Irony | October 9, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

In the interests of world peace we all need the USA to accept its place together with the rest of us, not to just wander off doing its own thing - like a lone cowboy on the plains, petulant in the face of criticism. America is too important, too powerful and too commited to freedom and democracy to remain outside the international community. We all hope its years of hubris and unilateralism are behind it. The Nobel Prize is saying to America's Head of State, voted in by the American electorate, "Welcome back USA".

Posted by: ianf46 | October 9, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

It's the job of a leader to point the way, to say "this is where we should go". Obama has done this, said "Peace is what we want, let's go this way!" - and in the eyes of this old foreigner he's doing a very good job of it.

I'm confident that the direction the President is taking is the right one, the one that means people should be able to live without fear, without the heartache of people using them as pawns in their own private games.

I have a wife and two daughters too; I want them and their children, and their children's children, to be able to face the challenges of staying alive without the threat of orchestrated violence. I want them to live!

And if the Nobel Committee believes that Barak Obama feels the same way too, well I think that's one million Kroner well spent.

Posted by: nefariouswheel | October 9, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

This will make an interesting news item, but after all the arguments from the left and right what does it mean and what will be the impact of the President winning the award? It is apparent the Nobel Prize is, and has been for some time, more a statement about the people making the award than the recipient. It says nothing, affects nothing, changes nothing, and is much ado about nothing.

Posted by: skid9998 | October 9, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: StewartIII | October 9, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

I don't agree with it but maybe something positive will come from it regarding PEACE IN THE WORLD...its only an award.

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | October 9, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Despite the disgruntled GOP’s overt jealousy and attacks towards president Obama, I believe the committee choice is outstanding. The sole criteria for this prestigious award is that “the Peace Prize should be awarded to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”, according to Nobel's will. No one is more consequential than President Obama to realizing these goals. The president has brought good-will and hope for peoples of the world.

Posted by: JHigginss | October 9, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

The world was so tired of "Cowboy Diplomacy" that it doesn't seem at all strange that our new POTUS received this award. It might have been a little premature, but it does show us how "in the toilet" our relations were with the rest of the world under Bush. I say congratulations Mr. President.

Posted by: nwsjnky1 | October 9, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Let's look at the facts. In 9 months the president has done the following:

1. Reached out to Iran and invited them to dialogue. This is already producing tangible results.
2. Dismantled the missile shield in Eastern Europe. This turned the dommsday clock back 2 minutes in the opposite direction from which it was moving.
3. Reached out to Muslims and lowered tension in the world.
4. Improved relationships with the rest of the world's governments and won our respect back.
5. Quickly implemented a Bank Bailout and Economic recovery package that saved the world from financial ruin. This prevented thousands from starvation.
6. Has begun executing a plan for universal health care coverage for all Americans.

Who in their right mind and of sound conscience can deny that the President has not already contributed to world peace? You would have to be ignorant or unconscious to do so. Shame on all of you naysayers and spreaders of negativity. I say surely this negativity will certainly come back to you.

Posted by: vintel7 | October 9, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans posting here truly put themselves on the same footing as Hamas and the Taleban and clearly demonstrate that they are of the same mindset. These of course are the 3 major groups that have criticzed the President's award.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and John McCain on the other hand remind us that there are a few decent people that call themselves conservative. They were big enough men to put their politics aside and to recognize this manificent achievment.

Congratulations to the POTUS Barack Obama. You make us Americans and the entire World Proud. Surely you deserve this award and inspire all of us with your vision of hope and peace. God Bless the President of the United States and God Bless the USA.

Posted by: vintel7 | October 9, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Are the people that are saying disrespectful things about the President citizens of America? It sounds like the hate speech of alqeada members.

Posted by: GeoPoliticalGaffe | October 9, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Dwight Collins, why do you hate America?

You have just renounced your citizenship.

Take your hagiographic, sycophantic nihilism, hate speech, and neoconservative theocratic fundamentalism and preach it elsewhere.

Like the Moon.

Posted by: bs2004 | October 9, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

"Updated 3:04 p.m.
Salon reports "President Obama won't be keeping the approximately $1.4 million that he won as part of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. He'll be donating the money to charity, the White House announced Friday afternoon."

obama has no right to dispose of these funds, if he does so, he has stolen from the United states of America...

Posted by: DwightCollins | October 9, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Can I too get a Nobel Peace Prize for reneging on a campaign promise to stop a war (Iraq), escalating a war in progress (Afghanistan), allowing my Interior Secretary to facilitate the extermination of wildlife (removing greater Yellowstone area grey wolves from the endangered list), and my EPA to approve the use of slow poisons (Rozol and Kaput-D) to kill prairie dogs (causing them to slowly bleed to death over weeks or months)? This is obviously some strange new usage of the word "peace" that I wasn't previously aware of.

Posted by: Student_Of_Irony | October 9, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

We all are pleased about the greatest award for the courageus Pr.Obama.

Posted by: Lawrence | October 9, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

What a joke. I have lost all regard for the Nobel Prize awards. I thought they were given to recognize a body of work or outstanding achievement. Given that the voting was held before Obama did anything I guess you just have to posture enough. He is no Desmond Tutu that is for sure!!

Posted by: sh665 | October 9, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Sorry but all I can say is what a joke.

Posted by: bobettejamieson | October 9, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

The Committee has awarded the Peace Prize for the right reason, as shown by this statement: "Thorbjorn Jagland, the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee and a former prime minister of Norway, said the president had already contributed enough to world diplomacy and international understanding to earn the award."

We should collectively appreciate what an honor it is for the country to have our President receive such a high honor.


Posted by: neeljune | October 9, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

The Committee has awarded the Peace Prize for the right reason, as shown by this statement: "Thorbjorn Jagland, the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee and a former prime minister of Norway, said the president had already contributed enough to world diplomacy and international understanding to earn the award."

We should collectively appreciate what an honor it is for the country to have our President to receive such a high honor.


Posted by: neeljune | October 9, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Take it from a norwegian: The reasons for giving the Nobel peace prize to President Obama is the following:
a) Head of the Nobel comity, Mr. Jagland, former prime minister of Norway, would very much like to shake hands with the US President.
b) Mr. Jagland was just a week ago elected to the office as head of the European Council. He has "political momentum", and his ego is at an all time high. This enables him to get his will this year.
c) Mr. Jagland and most of the other members of the Nobel comity are retired norwegian politicians. Thats right: Politicians. This is their way to make a final political statement: "We like Obama!!!"

Posted by: NorwaySays | October 9, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

President Obama should spend some time bringing peace to the streets of his home town of Chicago.

We have children murdering children on a daily basis there.

Posted by: mwhoke | October 9, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I also find it interesting how people think Obama is an amazing character. He may very well be but from my vantage point he is along for the ride from a bunch of people who want him to be something he may or may not be. I would love President Obama to be what everyone wants him to be but my instincts are telling me to run and hide. Obama is not as big as the prefabricated legend given to him. This may bring everyone together in one Brave New World.

Posted by: jmroll76 | October 9, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Some folks on here are rather nuts but I will say this. I think people are putting the carriage before the horse. Great people are typically realized as such after a little bit of time. I read someone say that he deserves it for getting rid of Bush. Well, he didn't, term limits did. So thank the 22nd amendment. Or he deserves it for pushing out the GOP....well he didn't do that either. The people of the United States accomplished that, so the people of the US deserve this prize? I should have told the world I was going to cure cancer so perhaps I would get a Nobel in medicine before I actually achieved this declaration?

Posted by: jmroll76 | October 9, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

WASP American - like its British ancestors - are the most cynical in recognizing a blackman in WH who also happens to be nominated for Nobel Peace Price by Norwegian Nobel Peace Committee.

Unlike the cynical American Wasp culture, the conservative leaders of Europe - Sarkosy and Markel - are more than pleased by BHOs recognition. Because they also susbcribe to his global strategy on non-proliferation and disarmament.

The negative reaction by the right... tell a most cynical story of our times
ie. on the right of Palestinians to have a sovereign state of their own and Israel to accept a two-state solution after more than four decades of war and occupation.

Posted by: hariknaidu | October 9, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Sign a petition now - nobelpeace.eu ! Petition against the absurd decision to award B. Obama Nobel Peace Prize…

Posted by: podpiszmy | October 9, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Impressive, POTUS has done more in the first 9 months than most politicans do thier entire career. To my friends across the aisle in the red states, see we are making a comeback on the world stage. Relax for five minutes and enjoy this moment and let's use this as a bit of a leverage to show the rest of the world. Yes we can! To my supporters in the blue states,let's us celebrate this moment and understand that this is for all americans and for humanity. We must continue to forge the suceess of this award and continue the fight for world peace, nuclear prolification. We must undrestand that those who fear the unthinkable shall ultimatly fear that which they can not touch. That which they can not see. That which they can not feel. Faith in one's country, belief in one's self can go a lot further than any smear campaign, any attack ads any fear that is brought about by any political party or country. We are a great country, with success and challenges along the way. Congratulations Mr. President. Next up the US Economy, the two wars, GWOT and other assorted items both foreign and domestic.

Posted by: nlights | October 9, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Different reactions appeared in media on President Obama Noble Peace Prize, the Norwegian Noble committee recognized his creativity for “world peace, transformation
Brother-hood relation in international diplomacy giving people basic values and attitudes shared world majority for better future and make world free arena of nuclear weapons”
It is time demand needs to be solved for world peace Obama achieved this mile-stone in
short period as US president, has convinced world opinion for change in attitude, ‘ remove disparity between poor and rich, black and white and Nation sovereignty is protected on ethical human-kind values. Obama is fighting on numerous fronts in country and internationally for people prosperity the Noble prize strengthens confidence to materialize his vision of world peace for people better future in reality.

Posted by: kaushalramesh | October 9, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

The President HAS achieved something wonderful in his short time in office... he has replaced Bush, an arrogant ignoramus manipulated by a psychotic warmonger.
A step in the right direction surely?

Posted by: johnhall50 | October 9, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

An Ode to BHO:

Barack Hussein Obama came from the Chicago machine;
Naïve folks thought he was new and bright and squeaky clean;
Mmm!Mmm!Mmm!
Barack Hussein Obama spewed golden words galore;
Those who fell for his golden charm are free as birds no more;
Mmm!Mmm!Mmm!
Barack Hussein Obama the jobs are, the bills are high
Yet around the world he continues to fly:
Mmm!Mmm!Mmm!
Barack Hussein Obama our allies has dismissed;
And all but the Muslim world have been openly dissed;
Mmm!Mmm!Mmm!
Barack Hussein Obama he conned a few but many knew;
He sits atop his mighty throne while this country goes askew;
Mmm!Mmm!Mmm!
Barack Hussein Obama his ego unrestrained;
He’ll soon find out to his dismay the anger that been unchained;
Mmm!Mmm!Mmm!
Barack Hussein Obama the Peace prize he has won;
An award previously given to the biggest clowns under the sun;
Mmm!Mmm!Mmm!
Barack Hussein Obama in Europe he’s a wordly hero;
Yet in reality his accomplishments add up to zero!
Mmm!Mmm!Mmm!

Posted by: yankee11 | October 9, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I am stunned, but not surprised by the predictable negative comments about President Obama's selection for the Nobel Peace Prize. I am thrilled that someone who has integrity, vision, committment and leadership has won the prize. As a teacher, it is a validation of GOOD and the choice to lead for GOOD for all. Our society has more and more devalued INTEGRITY and VALUES that were the hallmarks of those of us growing up in the 50s. To those who say he has done nothing, I completely disagree. He has modeled for the world intentions of harmonious relationships and respect for one another. Since when is our behavior and how we comport ourselves "doing nothing"? If George Bush had shown INTEGRITY, he would have had tremendous influence on the world, as well. Sour grapes are on exhibit in all the negative conmments. Let's all set some higher standards for ourselves.

Posted by: tulatula | October 9, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

HAhahahahaaaa!

This is hilarious; not just the patent absurdity of giving a Nobel Peace Prize for things someone claims they would love to do in the future, but also the DNC claiming that anyone who thinks otherwise is one of the terrorists. By that "logic," is Obama signing on with the Syrians and the Zimbabweans since they are so congratulatory to him? It certainly would explain the drubbing he has laid out on the economy (Zimbabwe) and the demonizing of political opposition (Syria).

But look on the bright side, according to another of Obama's forward-looking genius speeches, our unemployment won't pass 8%! So we have that going for us, which is nic-huh?

Oh.

Nevermind.

Posted by: zippyspeed | October 9, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Think of it this way guys, Your REPUBLICAN President had such a NEGATIVE affect on our WORLD, that the nobel peace prize commitee is willing to acknowledge the courage of a man who's willing to put forth the dedication and resilience towards cleaning up YOUR President's screw ups, WITHOUT those actions even being accomplished yet!!!! Far fetched?...Maybe. But I guess the excitement of having a President who actually has our well being at heart, still hasn't grown old!!!!!!

Think of how WORTHLESS the prize would have been if BUSH would have won!!!!! WOW!!!

Posted by: Raymodmv80 | October 9, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

The world recognizes "our president" as a leader to be trusted and respected, now will it be possible for the neo-cons and Obama haters to do so?
What a historic moment, one that will stay in mi mind as a reminder that the United States, thanks to this president, is again the leader of the free world view not with fear or hate but with respect and admiration.
Thank you president Obama for making US proud again.

Posted by: postDC | October 9, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

President Obama got one thing right in his reaction - he doesn't deserve this award. This is not a man who has stood up for democracy - he used the Chicago political tricks to kick off all his opponents in his first election. He hasn't reversed the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" or advocated for equal rights. This is a joke - A JOKE - and diminishes the contributions of the Red Cross movement, those who have sacrificed for human rights, and everyone committed to bringing peace and eleviating harm in this world. I have less and less respect for this buffoon each and every day that passes.

Posted by: clawrence35 | October 9, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

My sense already was that political correctness was creeping into Nobel prize selection. Of course, the Peace prize is political by definition and it has been given to a wide spectrum of politicians. But, at this stage of the President's career the prize seems like a premature distraction from the many uncertain initiatives that he has under way.

Posted by: dnjake | October 9, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Looks like selectors caught in President Obama's popularity :-). Prize would have been more credible have they waited for next selection. But, anyways we will take it as it is a much needed endorsement for regaining the lost image of US in the international community.

Posted by: SaveAlife | October 9, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

By George, the Nobel Peace Prize committee practices affirmative action.

Posted by: Rehcab1 | October 9, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

the nobel prize for peace should have been presented to the vast majority of the voting americans who elected obama to office. they are the ones who finally and completely rejected george w. bush and his administration's attempts to bastardize the constitution and terrorize the world. george w. bush a/k/a boy george a/k/a the worst president ever a/k/a the puppet who presided over the demise of the republican party. thank you!

Posted by: live_free_or_die | October 9, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Michael Steele eagererness to get out there and be one of the first to criticize the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Barck Obama is in keeping with his selection as Chair of the Republican National Committee in the first place. Find a Negro who will be be a "credit to his race" by cutting down to size a high profile black man out of favor with those who chose the Negro.This was the role Floyd Patterson assumed when he fought Muhammad Ali back in 1965.

Posted by: JohnY1928 | October 9, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

The light of hope is shinning around the world because of this man. Congratulations Mr President!!!!

Posted by: GeoPoliticalGaffe | October 9, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

GOP/STeele: The correct response to our president receiving a world class prize for peace is either "Congratulations" or "Thank-You". These people have no self respect, no boundaries...and no idea how to behave. The world is now differentiating between the kind of Americans they feel community with and those they would rather have float off on an ice flow.

Posted by: blosmurph | October 9, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

President Barack Obama receiving this award signifies that the world yarns for leadership from the United States of America. We are the world's only superpower and if our president is engaging with the rest of the world to achieve world peace, this is a very good thing.

Yes, I am taken aback that he won this award but I do believe that this awards speaks volumes towards what the world really want (i.e. World Peace!!!).

Posted by: ronhamp | October 9, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Obama is a great man!! He has accomplished so much since taking over and isn't it amazing how he has done so much in such a short time! I am so thankful we've got such a leader here instead of some other place in the world having him to love! Many time I find I can hardly contain my enthusiasm for his leadership particularly during those times when he's not on TV. I really don't know why we had to wait over 250 years for such a leader!

Posted by: quiensabe | October 9, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

With the choice of President Obama as recipient for the Nobel Peace Prize, the world's sigh of relief from the former cowboy administration is validated. Rather than force, Obama has chosen reasoned debate. Rather than regime change, the President has elected diplomacy. Rather than aggression, he has chosen the path of peace. It is time that the ranting birthers and deathers and hypocritical Christian representatives embroiled in indiscreet trysts and corporate-sponsored tea parties recognize that we have the most intelligent, peace-loving, capable, and moral President we've experienced in decades.

Posted by: nunezcabeza | October 9, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

My concern is that other countries -- those who see the dominance of the U.S. declining -- love it that Americans who are feeling cheated by this President's so-far performance and now have to listen to the crowing of his media (Matthews, Shultz, Maddow, Blitzer, Carville, Begala).

This President has demeaned America in speeches to other countries -- I guess that is what the rest of the world wants -- the fall of the U.S. and democracy as we knew it Before Obama.

Posted by: pjcafe | October 9, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Poor Mikey Steele. The other brother has shown him up again, and all Mikey can do is whine and bleat.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 9, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Nobel Org rejected Mahatma Gandhi 5 times before he got assassinated. He still didn’t win the Nobel Prize, but he did indeed won the Peace for the country he fought for. That’s something for an accomplishment. In his footsteps followed Nelson Mandela and MLK Jr.

This recognition is for doing something for World peace, not for talking about it.

Posted by: Ram_K | October 9, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Barack Obama - president of the World!

Messiah of the Globe!

Lifetime Batting Average of .410!

Posted by: pgr88 | October 9, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

When it comes to the Nobel Peace Prize, it's actually more important what the world thinks of the decision, than Americans. We forget that the jurors are looking at candidates from the outside in, not the reverse. In fact, Obama has done more in his short tenure to reverse the disastrous affect of the Bush years on world opinion than most would think possible. While the decision might have had more weight farther into his Presidency, it nevertheless is a significant nod for all Americans that we are seen as being on a positive course towards promoting greater international agreement on issues affecting the citizens of the world, not just the US.

But kudos to critics like Jake Tapper and Jeffrey Goldberg for agreeing with Hamas in their scepticism -- see, already there is greater harmony in the universe!

Posted by: Koko3 | October 9, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

ROTFLMAO ! ! ! What a joke. Arafat, Gore and Carter...Obozo the eunuch is in good company with the weak and irrelevant. The only award this failed, wimpy, noballs president is qualified for is an Emmy for his lying performances on TV.

Posted by: jackm70 | October 9, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

"Give me a break -- this whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen."
-- William Jefferson Clinton,(2009 Nobel Peace Prize 'Thrown Under the Bus' Nominee)

Posted by: mpwynn | October 9, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

This is a great day for America and a sad day for her enemies. Both foreign and domestic.

Posted by: GeoPoliticalGaffe | October 9, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

As with most media-hyped events, people would prefer to just mouth off instead of getting their facts straight. Unlike the other Nobel Prizes, which recognize completed scientific or literary accomplishment, the Nobel Peace Prize may be awarded to persons or organizations that are in the process of resolving a conflict or creating peace. So, clearly his efforts towards creating peace, REGARDLESS of what he has accomplished thus far, qualify him for this prestigious honor. I completely disagree with all those who say he should turn it down...what would that say about his beliefs and goals for the future? Don't hold your breath, naysayers.

Posted by: charcharriv | October 9, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

U.S. Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele contended that a prominent man received something he didn't deserve "as a result of his "star power' rather than meaningful accomplishments." Is it safe to assume he was talking about himself?

Steele is the point man for Republicans who don't want America to get an Olympic bid, or a Nobel, or tend to the sick under Obama's watch because it emphasizes its only accomplishments were war, Katrina and torture so far in this century. Instead they sponsor these bloodless coups and traitorous insurrections to sabotage duly elected leaders from doing what they were elected to do. They did it with Clinton with their hypocritical criticism unrelated to his job, and they are doing it again. As long as the wackos and dittoheads who donate their $25 in droves serve the interest of billionaires and neocons, they will be fed their red meat.

Posted by: achamblee | October 9, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

While I think it's ridiculous at this point to award the President the Nobel Peace Prize, I am also struck by:

1. When the US lost the 2016 Olympics last week, the GOP cheered.
2. When the US President wins a Nobel Prize this week, the GOP boos.

Does the GOP love America? I guess only when they are in charge.

Posted by: bpai_99 | October 9, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

First, the brutal left-wing terrorist group FARC -through its foremost civilian apologist and enabler- was leading the betting sites yesterday as the most likely winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and then it was awarded to a man who has achieved absolutely nothing. I believe this is the year that the Nobel Peace Prize lost whatever relevance and legitimacy it retained.

The world is upside down. We make heroes out of villains and revere phantoms and shadows. It is a scary time indeed. I cannot shake the terrible feeling that 2009 is the 1933 of our era.

Posted by: Juan__ | October 9, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

sankrah5577 wrote:
"God richly bless President Barack Obama! Truly you have demonstrated that your heart is golden and a true man of peace. Blessed are the peace makers for they shall be called the children of GOD!! May God honor you more and excel above your peers. You will rule with integrity and justice and put your foot on the necks of your enemies. Those who rise against you are dommed to fail and will surrender to you. You are destined to be president of this great country for TWO FULL TERMS!! GOD BLESS BARACK OBAMA. WE are proud of you."
! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
No personal offense intended, but this person's rantings sound unhinged to the point of being dangerous to themselves as well as to others...'They also sound like they think Obama was crowned KING, Furhrer, and Dictator all-in-one, rather than elected Civil Servant-in-Chief.
'DEFinately too much Kool-Aid for this person...a dose of reality is sorely needed. This person must tune in to CNBC 24/7, and it sounds like they need to be fitted for a straight-jacket, a rubber room, and heavily sedated.
As with all things, the Nobel prizes have evolved into something very political, and this is more evidence of that.
The BEST comment here is the one that urges Obama to decline the award as being premature...but that would take character, unselfishness, a realization that everything in creation is NOT about him, and a willingness to show that his EGO is not quite yet the size of the moon. Obviously, he won't do this. Michelle would likely scratch his eyes out if he did.
I pray every day that Obamessiah is NOT a two-term civil servant...as he will do far too much damage in just one term...God Bless America, and May GOD save us all from self-serving socialists who inwardly hate all that America has stood for in the last 200+ years...

Posted by: rhewitt | October 9, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

He is next in line for Oscars & Emmys. Oh.. forgot, Tony Awards well.

Posted by: Ram_K | October 9, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

This award was strictly "on the come." But I suppose if the award can also be based on hope, Obama deserves it.

It does mean however that the Nobel committee isn't above playing politics.

Obama will have to disown the pressure it places on him to behave as a pacifist when pacifism isn't called for.

Posted by: Bluefish2012 | October 9, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

President Obama is not only the leader of the USA, but the leader of the world. God Bless Him, Protect Him, and make Him successful in his efforts towards World Peace!

Posted by: GeoPoliticalGaffe | October 9, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to OUR president! I'm not sure what he has actually accomplished so early in his presidency to merit such a distinction. But he is OUR president and putting politics aside, America should be proud.

Posted by: NewsDoggie | October 9, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Memo to Michael Steele, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and other right wing bloviators, gun nuts, Richard Mellon Scaife, teabaggers, birthers, survivalists, Bob McDonnell, wingnuts, home-school fundamentalists heading to Patrick Henry University, and Neil Clark Warren:

President Obams is the current Time Person of the Year and the current Nobel Prize winner. You are not.

Sit down, shut up, and let us run the country while you flap your gums.

Posted by: bs2004 | October 9, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

To Jameskillian:
You have the nerve to do what the media has done -- suggest that Obama is the Second Coming -- the Messiah, etc. --
The Nobel Peace Prize just lost all credibility but it continues to expose those with "tingling feelings" running up and down their legs.
A travesty -- there were DESERVING people -- Obama was nominated two weeks after taking office -- The DO-NOTHING but TALK PRESIDENT.
Awful commentary on the intelligence level of the committee.

Posted by: pjcafe | October 9, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

The Neocons will hoot and howl over this, as they prefer war to peace. The birthers and Birchers will also hoot and howl, because that is what they do. Charles Krauthammer will hoot and howl because he desparately wants a war with Iran. Normal people, like myself, will wonder whether or not accpeting the award at this point runs the risk of tying Obama's hands on foreign policy by making it more difficult for him to threaten the use of force as an occasional trump card, or whether or not
it might elevate his prestige to the point that foreign leaders will take his initiatives more seriously. Time alone will tell.

Posted by: RadicalGlove | October 9, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Hi.

The Nobel prize is from Sweden, not Norway.

Posted by: wevans11 | October 9, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Let us all be proud Americans and join together in this wonderful recognition in awarding this prize to our young, idealistic and truly remarkable President, Barack Obama, who espouses peace and good will throughout the world. Is it only at the Holiday season in December that our nation expresses good will to all? All Americans, no matter what their political affiliation, should stand proud.

Posted by: scottsandy02 | October 9, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse


This Nobel Peace Prize was more of a rebuke of Bush's reign of terror, than a "prize" for Obama.


Posted by: demtse | October 9, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

The Nobel Peace Prize is a "JOKE" with recipients sucha as Carter, Arafat, Menchu of Guatemala, Gore, and now Obama... puff...this award is frivolous and completely tilted to the left and partial beyond belief. You know who was going to be winner other than Obama: None other than "Piedad Cordoba" the Colombian Senator and collaborator of the FARC and Chavez. What a piece of junk!

Posted by: jrega67844 | October 9, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

The man seems to be making more progress in the world than he can make at home. Maybe it's because there are so many haters in America today, fearful people throwing around words like "communism" and "socialism" and "Nazi" without even knowing what they mean... still fighting the cold war, WW II? But before they go to the dictionary for those I'd suggest they look up "Patriot." We've lost our courage to change, to innovate. All we want to do is turn back the clock to the days when we ran the world. Guess what? It's over. Find a new way, America.

Posted by: commonsense53 | October 9, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately this devalues the Nobel Peace Prize. Effectively Obama is being awarded it for not being George W Bush. That's something that we're all grateful for, but seriously, the Nobel Peace Prize?

Hey, Nobel judges, next year chose someone like Dora Akunyili because she has actually achieved something (and at considerable risk to herself). Her fight against counterfeit drugs in Nigeria has helped her fellow countryman get better medical care and also benefits the rest humanity because counterfeit drugs (interspersed with the real drugs) allow immunity to the drugs to develop. Just a thought.

Posted by: BeerSummit | October 9, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

How about this for a gracefully decline speech:

I think of all the great leaders who have gone before me. The men and women who, if only the price selection committee could have had had the opportunity and benefit of seeing the unbiased assessment of their accomplishments, would have been honored with this award. For they are each and all far more deserving than momentarily am I.

I recall those of blessed memory, and here are but a few: Ghandi, Meir, Atatürk, Churchill, Reagan, Bhutto. I think of those still part of the international community of peace seekers: Gorbachev, de Klerk, Kissinger, and too many to list comprehensively.

I wish to one day return to another chance at this occasion to accept the honor of the Nobel committee. But today, I must humbly decline their honor, as I have work to do and people to serve.

Posted by: dovbenmen | October 9, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Nice try clawrence35 but come on--gravitas? You can with a straight face talk about the need for gravitas after 8 years of George W. Bush hunting and pecking around the Oval Office for phantom WMDs?

Naw, it just doesn't work. This is the first President we have had since JFK who has had real gravitas. And BTW, Obama is going to be around for a good long time so you might just as well get used to it.

Posted by: jaxas | October 9, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Once again, Americans for some reason think that the world is waiting for their opinion. American public opinion has nothing to do with this award; it is given by the Nobel Institute and the Norwegians. Who really cares what Americans think? The rest of the world also knows that this is the same American public that twice elected Bush president and that also supports such idiotic notions as Intelligent Design. Go Norway!

Posted by: fco1922 | October 9, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

"I Ain't fer da No Bell prize fer Obama cuz he be wantin death panels and fer our old folks to havin youth in asia."

Posted by: hayden1 | October 9, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Kudos to the President! It just goes to show you that the world truly values engagement over enlargement--work with our fellow nation states, rather than alienate them through wars of choice.

Granted it seems a bit hasty and premature; however, it could be viewed as a mandate from the international community (instead of relying solely upon past achievements). By this I mean that it is like an admission letter to Harvard Med. School. "You've done a good job so far to get here, but now the really hard work begins...so get to it."

On that count, the American people must now make Obama be a better president, and not just in comparison to Bush II, but in the whole of our still-experimental democratic republic.

Let us have the audacity to hope that the administration does not go on a political drinking binge to reward itself, but sees the prize as a recognition that they are on the right path.

Posted by: cash-less | October 9, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

What IS that smell!? Did Limbaugh have another uncontrollable bowel movement?

Posted by: jaxas | October 9, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

ALAS! The Republicans, the conservative talking heads, the Taliban and Al Quaeda have something in common.

Posted by: hayden1 | October 9, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to President Obama - he has not only trivialized the role of commander in chief of the largest armed forces - but he has also diminished the gravitas of a Nobel Prize. The Nobel committee has now reduced their award to the equivalent of "The Peoples Choice Award".

Posted by: clawrence35 | October 9, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Is this the consolation prize from the International Olympic Committee?

I didn't even know the Noble committee had a category for corruption and ineptitude or was it for hoodwinking and self service.

Posted by: DrMysterious | October 9, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Hey Rush...
Barack Hussein Obama!!!!
MMMM MMMM MMMM!!!!!

Posted by: GeoPoliticalGaffe | October 9, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Obama hasn't accomplished any peace yet, so the Nobel prize is grossly premature. I'm really quite disturbed by the Nobel committee's action. Clearly they want to influence Obama's future actions rather than reward past ones.

I think Obama should decline the prize. He doesn't need the money, and doing so would demonstrate a level of humility and integrity that we all long to see in a leader.

Posted by: semitone | October 9, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Congrats President Obama, Congrats America. We truly have a man of peace and a man of vision leading our country. What we need now is a media that will not create a backlash where one does not exist. The Republican party and its leaders have yet to say one word in response to the President receiving the Nobel prize. So what does the media do? It responds for them?!?!? WTH!!! How jaded can you guys get????

Posted by: wastecan | October 9, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Reading the pages of these silly blogs one would think that Obama had committed some form of high treason. Fortunately, such puerile opinion is mostly fringe fodder for the tiny, narrow band of nutbags who frequent these blogs. The majority of the people on this plnet are not going to care one way or the other and they certainbly are not going to be part of any phony "backlash".

Sighhh. The right is forever trying to gin up some sort of phony backlash against this President. It won't work fellas. Give it up. Obam is popular, is widely liked across the planet and is so far above you silly little right wing bungs crawling around his shoes that maybe he does seem like a Diety. But that is your fault for being so small in comparison. He has real stature. You have Limbaugh, Beck and the rest of your feckless, miserable cholicky crowd.

Posted by: jaxas | October 9, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Ha, Ha

Posted by: GeneWells | October 9, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Racism? How does race apply to the peace prize? The award has nothing to do with race, except the elimination of the nuclear arms race! LOL

Posted by: GeoPoliticalGaffe | October 9, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Deserved or not, this Nobel Prize is a gift from someone trying to influence and manipulate the future actions of the President of the United States. I think ethics policies should come into play and the gift should be declined or accepted on behalf of the American people (and not specifically to BHO).

Posted by: gardedgarton | October 9, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Why do we humans have such a tendency to want to "crucify our saviors"?

Look at what Jesus taught, peace and love, and it riled a mob up enough to literally nail him to a cross until he died.

Martin Luther King asked us to treat each other with dignity and respect, and the country feared him as a subversive and he was assassinated.

Barack Obama tries to use diplomacy and mutual regard to bring peace among nations abroad and bring universal health care to those in his own nation, and so many hate him and can speak no kind word towards him.

Posted by: JamesKillian | October 9, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Barrack Obama the human being - not the U.S. President. As such, Obama the human being definitely deserves the award based on the fact that he had the courage and "The Audacity of Hope" to run for the U.S. Presidency (in a country still dealing with the effects of racism) and actually won it.

Posted by: lb77 | October 9, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Look. Like it or not, just by being elected Obama changed the dynamic in the world toward a more rational, reality based doctrine on war and peace. Yes, yes I know Limbaugh's bowel refux problem will be irritated and the choilicky Glenn Beck will be weeping copious amounts of tears, not to mention the chronic anal irritation that Obama has been to the Weekly Standard carps but, the majority of the American people will accept this with no small degree of pride and gratitude that we have a President who at the very least is not afraid to espress sentiments of peace and the hope that maybe someday we can rid the world of the scourge of nuclear weapons.

I think he deserves the award for no other reason than he stood up early against Bush's crazy Iraq misadventure--a feat that most democrats and all of the GOP could not muster sufficient spine nor reason to do.

Posted by: jaxas | October 9, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I suggest you refer all questions to the Norwegians and not use their decision to bash Obama (who did not seek this award).

The only motives I can think of are that the Norwegians are trying to get Obama to beat up on the Israelis and they are trying to stop their OPEC buddy Iran from having their nuclear facilities bombed.

I like Obama, but the Norwegians' decision is based on things only the Norwegians seem to know.

Posted by: stivgdgy | October 9, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

At first they were happy that the USA lost the vote Olympics and now they're unhappy that The President of the USA won the Nobel Peace Prize? What happened to "Country First!"???

Posted by: GeoPoliticalGaffe | October 9, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

For the love of God, will SOMEONE in the White House help him make the right political move here? Thank the committee, be gracious, then DECLINE the honor as being premature. BE SELF-COGNIZANT, like you were last year but haven't been lately.

There is NO benefit to be had from accepting it, and a ton or reward for declining it. It would make him look more realistic and earn credit even from some of the biggest a---holes on the right who mock him as being self-important. Decline , decline, decline, please!

Posted by: Marcus3 | October 9, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

God richly bless President Barack Obama! Truly you have demonstrated that your heart is golden and a true man of peace. Blessed are the peace makers for they shall be called the children of GOD!! May God honor you more and excel above your peers. You will rule with integrity and justice and put your foot on the necks of your enemies. Those who rise against you are dommed to fail and will surrender to you. You are destined to be president of this great country for TWO FULL TERMS!! GOD BLESS BARACK OBAMA. WE are proud of you.

Posted by: sankrah5577 | October 9, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

This is funny. Well, he sure does a very good job of talking about peace.

Posted by: forgetthis | October 9, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I believe that Obama was chosen for the hope he brings to the world that he can negotiate world peace. He inherited two wars. a boatload of domestic issues and strained international relationships. Since he has been in office, he has extended an open invitation to talk to nations around the world. Peace starts with accepting people/nations as they are, and opening a dialogue to reach a peaceful accord. Not everyone will agree with his being chosen, but then again, none of us are on the committee that decides who gets the award. I think their choice is just and gives Obama a constant reminder that he cannot fail in his endeavor to reach world peace.

Posted by: TVDIVA | October 9, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

This is GREAT! To all the naysayers, think of it this way. When was the last time someone has created this much hope on a global stage for peace? Although he may have only been in office for a short period of time, the effect he has had on the world from his campaigning and his speeches has inspired others on Global scale. When was the last time a US President has made efforts to reach out to the Muslim world? The processional effect of his efforts have been major.

Posted by: goscott2 | October 9, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

some of us will be very happy for the "unelectable" president from last years election because we voted for this man. others will be all about sour grapes and ugly republican postureing and thus in their all consumeing hatred, belittle the accomplishments of this great man our President. my vote was not wasted. rcm.

Posted by: rcbootsmiller | October 9, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

What an outrage! My unborn granddaughter should have won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for curing cancer in 2056.

Posted by: zippyspeed | October 9, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations Mr President! Your efforts towards peace brings promise and hope to the world.

Posted by: GeoPoliticalGaffe | October 9, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

I read the title of this article and I couldnt help think this wow moment has happened before. I know its not fair but its funny and I cant help it.

"Wow" - Gibbs 2009

"Wunderbar" - Gobbels 1939

Posted by: Homunculus | October 9, 2009 9:07 AM
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You forgot a couple:

"Mission Accomplished"
"Wanted: Dead or Alive"
"Fool me once, shame on me...fool me...you can't get fooled again".
"Is our children learning ?"

And my all time favorite: "I gave up golf." - George W. Bush 2001 thru 2008

The last one alone should have gotten the little prick something, don't you think ?

Other than ridicule from the international community, I mean. He asked for that.

Posted by: dennissuper | October 9, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

It not for us to say, is it ? However, I think the rest of the world wants a lot more stability in financial, economic, and social happiness, and is definitely looking to the US to provide it in a "peaceful" way !

Posted by: mredhp | October 9, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations, Mr. President. Please turn it down.

It is too early. Please recognize that instilling hope in not only the American public but in the Global community as well has been recognized, but accepting the award at this point is neither warranted nor wise.

Posted by: joelhar1 | October 9, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Well I am sure, The Iranians, Syryans, Libyans, Chavez, Castro, Taliban, Red Chinese, N.Koreans are all pulling for him!

Posted by: NeoConVeteran | October 9, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Eat that Rush!

Posted by: GeoPoliticalGaffe | October 9, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Hooray!! The first Nobel Peace Prize ever bestowed by the New Haven Fire Department!

Posted by: JimmyCarter | October 9, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

to those people who think obama does not deserve the nobel prize,you are entitled to your sorry state of minds,whining and criticizing.i wish all of you could have a dose of humility and just be happy for another person whether you agree or not.i'm an american but i find the attitude of many so so selfish.

Posted by: nova94v | October 9, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Norwegian's award to Obama on promise rather than substance is a rush to repudiate the disastrous Bush years of unilateralism and warmongering.

I think the Peace Prize committee is sending a clear message to the American people: get along with the world and not rule the world.

Posted by: dalaohu1 | October 9, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Left to clean up the mess of two wars and a failed economy given to him by his predecessor.

Sure the guy deserves an award, and to tackle the problem of healthcare, which was exacerbated by the Bushies, he certainly deserves an award.

But the Nobel Peace Prize? That's very questionable.

Posted by: jsmith33351 | October 9, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

The good news:

In light of the cash award, the president is now free to serve his term without pay.

Posted by: BobPolicy | October 9, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

The Nobel Prize Committee has just reconfirmed their continued demise of this once prestigious award. Oh!! I remember now!! They did that when Jimmy Carter won the award.

Posted by: jamarty101 | October 9, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Let Drugball, Hannity, O'Reilly and Silly Ann eat their hearts out. After all they are not experts on anything but still get paid million of dollars to say what the elite wants them to say. Usually little or no truth involved.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | October 9, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

What a busy time! When is the crucifixion scheduled for?

Posted by: ravitchn | October 9, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Personally I thought Miss America should have won.

Posted by: Anders5 | October 9, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

what an insult to the many people who have worked entire lifetimes and dedicated their lives to actually doing something concrete to foster peace throughout the world. i would feel this way to anyone who the norwegians selected for this award with little or no accomplishments to justify it, it is sad to see such a prestigious award presented top someone who has offered nothing more than wishful thinking as a basis.

Posted by: htonamie | October 9, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

I think Ana Marie Cox hit the nail on the head: Obama got the Prize for "not being Bush."

Well, I could have gotten the prize for the same reason.

Simply ridiculous. Even my Democratic friends are embarrassed and concerned about a backlash due to ridiculously high expectations.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | October 9, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

I read the title of this article and I couldnt help think this wow moment has happened before. I know its not fair but its funny and I cant help it.

"Wow" - Gibbs 2009

"Wunderbar" - Gobbels 1939

Posted by: Homunculus | October 9, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Actions coupled with results are louder than words. Obama's only qualification as Nobel Peace Prize Winner seems to be his being the President of USA, otherwise there are many others unknown to the world, yet their efforts are more potential, tangible and stronger than Obama.

Posted by: masroorhshah | October 9, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Obama can make a vapid speech about Muslims inventing things they didn't invent and one about how it would be so wonderful to have a world without nukes. But 9.8 percent unemployment - who cares.

Posted by: birvin9999 | October 9, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

President Obama deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for just removing the Republican War Criminals from power, Bush "The Moron" to be followed by Old Man McCain and his idiotic choice of Palin "I can see Russia from my house" moron! Just that alone qualifies, it is a better world for all humans everywhere! For those who hate President Obama, tell me one President in recent history, even FDR, who has inherited a greater nightmare of economic, financial and foreign policy fiascos left by Bush-Cheney than President Obama? At least with President

Posted by: kemcb | October 9, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Why the heck did he get the nobel peace prize??????? He didnt do anything! If Obama got it then Bono definetely should, he's done more just by dedicating walk on to Burma's leader in jail.

Posted by: hawk7381 | October 9, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

This is a little early for Obama to win the Nobel Peace Prize. I have no doubt his foreign policy will produce great things over time, but all he has changed right now is the dialog.

I have a different thought about why award Obama the Nobel Peace prize now. Listen to conservative talk radio -- Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh complain, belittle and encourage FEAR about nearly everything Obama does. The shouting at the town halls, carrying guns to Obama speeches. The Nobel committee is probably looking at this, seeing the parallels with the past hate and fear of ML King, JFK and thinking, hey maybe its better give it to Obama now. With all the fear-mongering going on in the US, next year may be too late.

Posted by: PJW5552 | October 9, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Does President Obama deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=6264
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Posted by: usadblake | October 9, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Actions coupled with results are louder than words. Obama's only qualification as Novel Peace Prize Winner seems to be his being the President of USA, otherwise there are many others unknown to the world, yet their efforts are more potential, tangible and stronger than Obama.

Posted by: masroorhshah | October 9, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

God! Obama is a great salesman... Can't make peace amoung the people the Great Nation he is President He is a one time President....I wonder how long it take the people of the other nations to find found that he says one thing and does another. The Noble prize Peace prize belongs to someone else that is honest and has a an understand of what Freedom is. I know he is on T.V. every day selling him self and socialism. He sure in not the American people's choice of such Noble prize

Posted by: akeegan2 | October 9, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

(The best thing about this award is that the Taliban condemn it!). I hope this shores up the President's belief in modeling the behavior he would like to see in others. We need other world leaders to join us to look for solutions to our common and complex problems. We are all entertwined; the 21st century needs more mature and intelligent approaches than simply trying to be #!.

Posted by: JulieMcNamara | October 9, 2009 8:48 AM | Report abuse

This is not the worst selection the committee has ever made. The Peace Prize lost its last shred of legitimacy when Yassir Arafat, who STARTED a war, won it. After that, they could give it to almost anyone short of Saddam Hussein without debasing it.

Posted by: gilbertbp | October 9, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

This is not the worst selection the committee has ever made. The Peace Prize lost its last shred of legitimacy when Yassir Arafat, who STARTED a war, won it. After that, they could give it to almost anyone short of Saddam Hussein without debasing it.

Posted by: gilbertbp | October 9, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

This is good stuff and it's driving the republi-quacks over the edge.. just look at how they're howling and whining on this post.. Congrats President Obama, please keep America moving forward in the right direction.. oh, and please ignore the repubs because they're out of ideas out of morals and best of all they're out of power.

Posted by: VietVet68 | October 9, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Re this reaction:
Marc Ambinder: "I bet this will be CW among Dems: RT @AdamSerwer: No joke obama should turn the nobel peace prize down until he's finished with his two wars."
Shouldn't Ambinder at least acknowledge that these are Bush's two wars, left as part of the Bush legacy to Obama, the USA and the world?

Posted by: GreyD21 | October 9, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Look, the emperor hasn't any clothes!

Posted by: ashmadcu | October 9, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Big Mistake. Award such as the Nobel Prize should be given for specific accomplishments not for anticipated accomplishments. Unfortunately this is a trend that is quite evident in the world today. Awards seem to be based more and more on image and the right words rather than specific accomplishments. I would like to see a listing of the other 204 candidates to see why they were nomianted. I would bet at least one of them had hard accomplishments already achieved.

Posted by: thomaskesolits | October 9, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

In selecting the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, the Nobel Committee bases its assessment on nominations that must be postmarked no later than 1 February each year. Nominations postmarked and received after this date are included in the following year's discussions.

On February 1st, 2009, Obama had been President of the United States for approximately two-weeks, the first week of which was spent participating in various inauguration events.

Now you can guage real the value of this year's award.

For full details about Nobel Peace Prize process, see http://nobelprize.org/nomination/peace/process.html

Posted by: waltonr1 | October 9, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Obama is nothing short of amazing. I still watch his speeches on YouTube--the DNC acceptance speech, the speech on race, his Berlin speech, his speech to the Muslim world.

This man is beyond extraordinary. Americans should be thanking their lucky stars that someone with his talent and humanity would put up with the stuff he has to in order to lead them to a better place.

Maybe, in the end, that is the greatest measure of this man's transcendent qualities: he is willing to bear the ridiculous carping he receives at the hands of his own people in order to lead them to a better place.

I wouldn't do it, that's for sure. You probably would not, either.

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | October 9, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

President Barack Obama is the right choice for the 2009 Nobel peace prize. An ordinary man, who works relentlessly and has reached the most powerful office in the world. But the most important factor is that he has time and again confirmed publicly, the compassion for the less privileged, and the inner-strength of intention to bring about peace to the entire world. This time it is no mistake. It is better to encourage an honest intention, rather than blunder, as in the case of Mahatma Gandhi... by not awarding a man of the millennium.

Posted by: acn0211 | October 9, 2009 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Once again, I find myself overcome with joy and elation over the choice of President Barack Obama for the Nobel Peace Prize. He has shown that character and not color are truly what the measure of a man is. He is walking it like he talks it, and all true Americans should do more to forward the ideals that our great nation represents in reality, real freedom based on love of mankind, not love of money or materialism.

Posted by: michelangelocooper | October 9, 2009 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Gibb's reaction was "wow." My reaction was "what?"

Posted by: maus92 | October 9, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to our President for this prestigous award. He is a good man with a kind heart. Something we have not had in the White House in over 8 years. I hope this award will push him to get out of Bush's two wars he created and move this country to a better place among the western world. Healthcare for all Americans is a good start.

Posted by: BaysoxFan39 | October 9, 2009 8:03 AM | Report abuse

As we say here in Scotland, is the Nobel committee having a laugh? This is, of course, not the first time they made this grand error in judgment, but this grand example of shortsightedness from them is just beyond simply baffling and careens into the simply absurd. This is one that needs a serious rethink.

Posted by: jsdoodlerex | October 9, 2009 8:02 AM | Report abuse

It just goes to show you that it's not about merit anymore and it makes the Nobel Peace Prize a joke. Nobel should be rolling over in his grave. This is a joke and should be an embarrasment to the institution. Good people that deserved the award were pushed aside for politics. They should be ashamed.

Posted by: awatts1 | October 9, 2009 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Obama is nothing short of amazing. I still watch his speeches on YouTube--the DNC acceptance speech, the speech on race, his Berlin speech, his speech to the Muslim world.

This man is beyond extraordinary. Americans should be thanking their lucky stars that someone with his talent and humanity would put up with the stuff he has to in order to lead them to a better place.

Maybe, in the end, that is the greatest measure of this man's transcendent qualities: he is willing to bear the ridiculous carping he receives at the hands of his own people in order to lead them to a better place.

I wouldn't do it, that's for sure. You probably would not, either.

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | October 9, 2009 7:51 AM | Report abuse

So the new criteria for a Nobel Peace prize is that you aren't George Bush. I'm sorry but Obama already received his "I'm not George Bush" prize when he was elected president. Perfect. Since the nominations were done when he was in office for two full weeks, I can clearly see how he deserved the award. My goodness how the world has reacted to a man with no discernible talent other than reading from a teleprompter. I'm embarrassed for the committee for their lack of respect for Alfred Nobel in giving the award based on words and not deeds. I see Ghandi still hasn't received one. My only real question is if the Nobel Prize for Peace comes in a one ply or a two...

Posted by: kingpablo1 | October 9, 2009 7:49 AM | Report abuse

No birth certificate and foreign father and is allowed to be president even though not natural born. Didn't write much if anything as president of Harvard Law Review. Ayers ghost wrote his book. This is the Obama pattern. This is an affirmative action peace prize. Obama is not NBC and therefore is not president and therefore couldn't win the Nobel Prize legitimately for work as president. This is more fraud from his b.c.

Posted by: OldAtlantic | October 9, 2009 7:47 AM | Report abuse

It came down to two candidates for the committee. One was not available and could only be reached by a human mule traveling a circuitous route blindfolded and many hand offs and checkpoints. Oh what the hell, give it to the other anti- American tool bag. Somewhere in hell, another recipient of the ignoble, Yassir Arafat is laughing.

Posted by: pauldia | October 9, 2009 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Check out the 7:34 entry. Likud and Hamas both believe that the Nobel Peace Prize is premature. They found something thy can agree on. Isn't it nice that Obama is bringing people together?

Look, I'm an Obama supporter but this seems a little silly.

Posted by: NickNaigm | October 9, 2009 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Nobel committee fail. It makes them look like petulant 8 year olds.

Posted by: keepandbear | October 9, 2009 7:43 AM | Report abuse

It'll just be a wee bit more embarrassing when he orders the next bombing sortie, no? Say over Iran...

Oh, you think this award may make Obama even less willing to engage militarily abroad?

Well, then maybe the Nobel will help to give Ahmadinejad and Putin their world free of American influence.

Great job, then! Definitely makes the Nobel appear to be given purely for years of struggles and hard work in the service of peace and not at all for similar political convictions.

Posted by: DC_Realist | October 9, 2009 7:43 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure that the Conservatives will be saying that it really was awarded by Bill Ayers.

Posted by: DocinDC1 | October 9, 2009 7:41 AM | Report abuse

The BEST part is all of the neocon A***oles and the White-Wing Fringers choking and sputtering and reaching new lows (if that's possible) in their comments!
They are mad because this is NOT a FAILURE.
OBAMA MUST FAIL!
OBAMA MUST FAIL!
OBAMA MUST FAIL!
This will surely increase the pressure to impeach him! LOL.
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!
Choke on it, morons.

Posted by: Tomcat3 | October 9, 2009 7:37 AM | Report abuse

This is an inspired choice. NOW is the time to recognize Obama's obvious commitment to goals we all ought to share--now, when he still has years in the Presidency in which he can continue to exert his influence in the interests of world peace and justice.

Congratulations to the Nobel Committee!

Posted by: JCinBelgium | October 9, 2009 7:35 AM | Report abuse

that's some resume. i am quite proud of this young man, and i can say this since am 64yrs old. mlk must be smiling down from above about now. wonderful and fitting selection. God bless him in all of his further endeavors and God bless the USA!!!!!!! hooray. this should be a wake up call for all young Americans, to reach and achieve their highest goals. it can happen. pull up the pants, cut that hair, clean those chins and become a spokeman/woman for this great country of ours.dress for success. way to go Mr.President. education and being articulate is the key.

Posted by: yvonneprivera | October 9, 2009 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Welcome Mr President

I belive the Nobel Peace Price Comity made both the right, and a good, desition.
President Obama, and his staff, have started several peace initiatives.
Hopefully this price will aid their efforts in a positive direction.

The President are, of course, most welcome to Norway.

Tore Paulsen

Posted by: torepaulsen | October 9, 2009 7:17 AM | Report abuse

This is quite a surprise. I was expecting he would get the Nobel Prize in Literature for "The Audacity of Hope".

Posted by: RC11 | October 9, 2009 7:16 AM | Report abuse

Yes, it's premature in that it is early in his term as president but it really speaks volumes to the obvious truth that the world had suffered 8 years of profound depression and remorse at what the United States had become under the Bush Administration. The award to him, so soon, should be seen as an affirmation of the historical recognition of what this country represents to the entire world. It is the ideals that we represent and the possibility that we may still represent those ideals that the Nobel Committee is so ecstatic about and that moved them to act so early. Hurrah for us and congratulations to Mr. Obama! May he now have success in building a foundation for this award that will eventually benefit the whole world.

Posted by: DefenderDick | October 9, 2009 7:11 AM | Report abuse

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