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Why No Kudos for Obama?

Response to President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize seems to be falling into two broad categories: the overwrought and the overthought. Why not a simple note of congratulations?

The right-wing blowhards, of course, are braying that this is some kind of surrender to the wooly-headed, socialistic, One World ideology of cheese-eating (or herring-chomping) Eurocrats. These same bags of wind were delirious with joy when the sports division of the One World conspiracy, the International Olympic Committee, turned down Obama’s personal appeal in Copenhagen. If someone else had won the Nobel, they’d be cackling that the president had been given another comeuppance. All this just proves that if Obama were to cure cancer, the blowhards would complain that he’s put thousands of hard-working, red-blooded American oncologists out of work.

Others say the award is “premature.” Okay, I can see that argument, but the Nobel committee apparently considered Obama’s redirection of American foreign policy toward multilateralism a groundbreaking accomplishment. The committee, it seems, thought that for the most powerful national leader in the world to embrace international cooperation and envision a world no longer menaced by nuclear weapons was a giant step forward. I can see that argument, too. In fact, I think I agree with it.

Still others, claiming to have Obama’s best interests at heart, say the award is an unfortunate blow because it “creates expectations.” Excuse me? When you’re president of the United States, aren’t great expectations – even unrealistic expectations – pretty much part of the deal? You think they haven’t figured that out at the White House by now?

Maybe I’m insufficiently cynical, but I never thought of the Nobel Peace Prize as having such a tremendous downside.

By Eugene Robinson  | October 9, 2009; 4:40 PM ET
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Mr. Robinson,
Never did I believe a writer of your caliber could be so slanted as to outwardly gush over anyone, much less a man of color. Aside from slinging tasteless names all over you have single handedly given the President a new title! Messiah! Obviously you have been blessed beyond comprehension, only to squander it away on the worship of dust.

Posted by: CS_GUY | October 9, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I was thinking exactly the same thing: Why not a simple "congratulations!" When is it a bad thing to be acknowledged for anything, however early or late, big or small? And great expectations? Critics already have oversized expectations that President Obama can never meet.

Posted by: philwu | October 9, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Please cite one accomplishment Obama had on 2-1-09, when nominations went in, that warrant this award?

Posted by: mgrantham2 | October 9, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

The great achievement for which our president was awarded the Nobel prize was probably that he dared to position the U.S. as it is: a great country, but not one to tell the world - you are either for us or against us. The rantings of the Right gives perspective to what wisdom and courage this takes.

Posted by: HGTj | October 9, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

"Please cite one accomplishment Obama had on 2-1-09, when nominations went in, that warrant this award?"

Easy. Saving the world from John McCain and from four more years of America's appalling Republicans.

Four years of Republicans = at least one war, so we can say that Obama prevented at least one war just by winning the election.

Posted by: bourassa1 | October 9, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse


When did you start caring so much about the Nobel Peace Prize? You rightwingnuts are all the same.

An AMERICAN won the Nobel Peace Prize, but to you, its' bad because it is President Obama.

America lost the olympics, but to you, its good because President Obama tried to make it happen.

He won because the committee felt he deserved it. Had they felt otherwise, no matter what he did at the time of the nomination he would not have won.

I'll say one thing, his election alone warrants the prize. Had McCain/Palin won, the world would be a much colder, more dangerous place with Palin anywhere near the "button."

Posted by: eternalemperor | October 9, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Eugene. I think the prize is also a recognition for those of us who support President Obama's hopes, dreams, and the tone he has succeeded in changing in the world and on his part in the country.

Posted by: gailjens | October 9, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama got the Nobel for restoring international relations to normal after eight years of war, torture, and criminality under Bush and Cheney.

That was not guaranteed to happen, for example President Palin would not have done it.

The end result of Obama's reforms will be felt in the future, but it's not unreasonable to award him the Nobel now for putting us back on the right path.

Posted by: ottoparts | October 9, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse


You are not only outnumbered among americans, you are outnumbered among WAPO columnists. Sometimes a thing can be such a mockery that you can't even politely say "congradulations" without adding sarcastically, "for winning an award for breathing."

This was so premature and transparently political its worthless. even democrats think it was undeserved. So thus the DNC apparenlty thinks most of their own party is siding with the Taliban, too.

Are you really going to say that in 2009 no one sacrificed more and/or accomplished more in the name of peace?

Like here is one: the protesters in iran. unlike obama, they could actually use the prize money. They are easily more deserving than obama. and that is just off the top of my head. i am sure with a little research i could find others.

This is a question that separates liberals with a modicum of honesty from hacks. only a hack says that obama deserved it.

Posted by: awalker1972 | October 9, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Mr. Robinson, Congratulations Mr. President for winning this prestigeous award. What you others are also forgetting, is that he may have officially been in office since February he has actually been leading the country since the day after the election when the folks in the "Bushes" dropped the country off like a hot rock to fend for itself! Again, an award deserved for giving us an opportunity as a nation to hope if nothing else (for now)

Posted by: 51808moodya | October 9, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Why no kudos?

How about because, as I understand it, the nominations had to be in by February 1, 2009. Which means that Obama had been president for all of 11 days at the time that deadline passed. What exactly did he do in those 11 days to warrant getting a Nobel Peace Prize? Or any prize? Or even a discount at a Jiffy Lube?

Whether you are a fan of Obama or not, I don't know how anyone can see this as anything but an overtly politcal farce that cheapens the peaceful accomplishments of people who honestly deserve international recognition for their efforts.

Posted by: BurgundyNGold | October 9, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Please cite one accomplishment Obama had on 2-1-09, when nominations went in, that warrant this award?

Posted by: mgrantham2 | October 9, 2009 5:03 PM |

Why don't you ask the Nobel Committee?

Obama did not ask for the prize.

Posted by: Gatsby10 | October 9, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

For a couple months now, I've been rethinking the two votes I cast for Obama.

His failure to decline this undeserved award gives me a good reason to rethink some more. And the mindless toadyism reflected in pieces like this one gives me yet another.

Mr. Robinson does such a consistently thorough job alienating moderate voters that I'm convinced he must be a closet right-winger. This is why I stopped watching MSNBC....

Posted by: Itzajob | October 9, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Indeed! Congratulations are in order and so is a pox on all of the naysayers.

Posted by: sundog2 | October 9, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

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

Posted by: podpiszmy | October 9, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I think it's GREAT that President Obama has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize! When I heard it on the radio this morning on my way to work, I was ready to start honking the horn and shouting out the window--like Election Night last November. It is a vindication of all the crap that we've had to endure for the last 8 years. I am once again proud to say that I am an American!

Posted by: lalava1953 | October 9, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I also think it was a bit premature, but that's certainly no reason to cry foul and start a whine fest as the right wing is doing. Weren't these the same clowns who demanded that everyone give our last Prez unending loyalty just because he was holding the office? What happened to that argument?

It just seems like the committee saw a complete 180 in tone from Obama in regards to foreign policy and our last leader was soooo bad in that area that it warranted a prize (probably for avoiding some new war had he lost the election to McPalin). They jumped the gun, but it isn't completely unwarranted to give Obama the prize for the turnaround in our relations with the world.

Posted by: theobserver4 | October 9, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I completely agree. I can not believe the people who claim that this could have a downside, these are the same people who suggested there could be a negative of Mr. Obama going to Copenhagen to compete for the Olympics. Frankly, there could be a downside to getting out of bed everyday.

If Mr. Obama analyzed every step he took to the extent that the writers at the AP and apparently millions of others would suggest that he should the poor guy would never leave the White House.

Congratulations Mr. President!!!

Posted by: Brigadere | October 9, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse


You do a great job, being a PR flack for Obama, Gene. Congratulations. Van Jones and Rev. "GD AMERICA" were actually white devils.

Oh -- and U-Mich. football sucks. They are the MESSIAH of Big Ten football -- living in the past.

Posted by: russpoter | October 9, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations, Mr. President. Today, your detractors, particularly the RNC, in a thoroughly predictable and public way, reacted with sarcasm, cynicism, and hatred. Not content to acknowledge you did not seek nor campaign for this award, they actually aligned themselves with the expressed public views of the Taliban and Al Qaeda. As a moderate and fiscally conservative independent, who has voted in every election since 1968 and who, in the past voted for many Republicans, will express my opinion by vowing to NEVER again cast a vote for a Republican

Posted by: BBear1 | October 9, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

The vote to give the prize to Obama was not taken on Feb. 1. Nominations must be made by that date. You can excoriate the
person(s) that nominated him using that date but the five people who voted had the summer and possibly right up to the date of the announcement. Premature maybe but not Feb. premature. Most of the pundits and political apparatchiks decrying the award would have done the same if he had been given the award in the fourth or the eighth year of his presidency.

Posted by: sauerkraut | October 9, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

if you don't want your boy impeached, I suggest he give the prize money that the constitution says he cannot dispose of to the treasury...

Posted by: DwightCollins | October 9, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson, I posted this earlier on the WP main story comment page.

"Affirmation of the correctness of this award is more than evident by the frenzied comments of Republicans, neo-cons and the broad spectrum of right-wing airheads, those folks who dragged the reputation of the U.S. into a swamp of torture, assassination, kidnapping, war-mongering, war profiteering, economy destroying greed, negligent homicide (Katrina) and the politics of division and racism.

Clearly this award goes not only to the President but also to the people of America who rejected 8 years of the Bush/Cheney criminal assault on the American people and the rest of the world.

At the very moment we elected Barack Hussein Obama President of the United States the world became a better place as was evident by the reaction to the election. Since then the President has adhered, in principle, to the promises he made. Where he has failed to accomplish his goals (so far) the finger can only be pointed at those "no-change at any cost" terrorists whose only goal is to see the President fail.

Congratulations to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, President Barack Hussein Obama, and the American voters."

Posted by: apspa1 | October 9, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

"Redirecting" foreign policy is not synonymous with "effecting" foreign policy.

To date, Obama's has only oratorically redirected foreign policy by emasculating the United States as its apologist-in-chief. Consequently, he has gained new "friends" for the U.S.--Chavez, the Castro brothers, and Zelaya.

Obama's chief change in foreign policy has been to honor and celebrate dictatorships while undercutting democracy. What a president!

Posted by: judithod | October 9, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson -- If President Carter and Vice President Gore received Nobel Peace Prizes, then President Obama can receive one, too. And, when President Obama discovers a cure for cancer, then he should receive the Nobel Prize for Medicine.

Posted by: Totheright | October 9, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh Eugene you know the Republifreaks are losing their mind with jealousy and envy.

They're the same way with every Democrat that is both smart and good looking, and happens to be President of the United States (yep the despised Bill Clinton too for being too handsome and too smart).

Posted by: lindalovejones | October 9, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

I thoroughly concur with Eugene! I applaud the NC for bestowing this prestigious award to president Obama, "he has in fact by his presidency, help put America and the world on a different and more positive path". America was (how soon some have forgotten..) was on a destructive path for the last eight years, a path that "spilled" onto the rest of the world.

Yes, I to can objectively see the argument of "accomplishments thus far", as well as I can see (and do concur with..) what the NC looked at in giving this award to the president: "Obama’s redirection of American foreign policy toward multilateralism a groundbreaking accomplishment."

Eugene, I as well agree that "people cannot actually think that because he won this award, there is now a lot expected from the him.....excuse me but are you people crazy?" He is the president of the most powerful country in the world, "he walked into the White house with "huge" (let me reiterate that word...HUGE) responsibilities and expectations on his desk!"
Eugene I again agree with your rational thinking, "I as well do not believe that there is a 'downside' to winning such a prestigious award." In my opinion only a despot/illiterate would make such a foolish remark.

CONGRATULATIONS MR.PRESIDENT...GOOD SHOW!!! There is a still yet a lot of work to do, and we are counting on you (with our support..) to correct these challenges, so let us all help the president in these endeavors... We continue on working towards these goals, with the slogan of change as our call to action...."Yes We Can!!!"

Posted by: rayven-t | October 9, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

The reaction from the right makes them look like small, petty, partisan children.

Posted by: Hillman1 | October 9, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Bravo Obama! Bravo Obama! Bravo Obama! Bravo Obama!Bravo Obama! Bravo Obama! Bravo Obama! Bravo Obama!Bravo Obama! Bravo Obama! Bravo Obama! Bravo Obama!Bravo Obama! Bravo Obama! Bravo Obama! Bravo Obama!Bravo Obama! Bravo Obama! Bravo Obama! Bravo Obama!Bravo Obama! Bravo Obama! Bravo Obama! Bravo Obama!

Posted by: paris1969 | October 9, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

The problem is that conservatives by and large hate America and everything good that it stands for. Today’s over-the-top condemnation of what should have been a national moment of pride is proof that conservatives are at heart anti-American.

Posted by: codexjust1 | October 9, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

I only can comment "Hurray for Mr. Robinson and the Nobel Committee and congratulations to the President. The hatefilled GOP is not going to gain any votes with their vitriolic commnents. They are showing their lack of patriotism and their infantile behavior!

Posted by: mkgardner | October 9, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Why No Kudos for Obama? Like Wayne from Wayne's World, he's not worthy.

Because maybe he doesn't deserve it?

I don't congratuate or feel pride for unworthy people who are handed achievements for no legitimate reasons.

Posted by: adamnescot1 | October 9, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse


Obama's foreign policies are viewed in Europe as a great departure from the Bush Administration's jingoistic policies, and it seems that the prize is not about rewarding Obama for what he has done, but for what he hasn't done. However, here in the States rewarding a Nobel Prize to Obama for doing nothing is tantamount to giving a prize, sticker or a candy to a kid for good behavior. Many people in this country don't think Obama deserves the prize, because they see that the most salient accomplishment Obama has made is to nod, smile, fold his hands and sit quietly and attentively at his desk, like a good little kid. Thus, people in this country are wary of the Nobel Peace Prize, because they see it as a kind of BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION technique to control the president's hands. They worry that Obama from now on will be subjected to higher standards of conduct, when it comes to foreign policies. Many of Obama's detractors would rather see a continuation of Bush's policies, and see Obama's indecisiveness, as a sign of a weak president, who lacks resolve, and who would rather sit on the fence, to see which way the wind will blow, than to take a risk. They would rather see more soldiers die in Iraq and Afghanistan than to quit, pack up, and come home. The Europeans think the opposite of Obama, and are greatful that he is more inclusive and restpectful of them. They like it that Obama is not a jingoistic, impulsive bully like Bush.

Posted by: fridaolay | October 9, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I think you know the answers to your own questions. The tantruming children of the Republican Party and right-wing are now absolutists who are dedicated to pure hatred and obstructionism. They will fight health care, economic recovery, sane environmental policies, and all other positive change as if their lives depended on it.

Obama deserved the award. Most reasonable and rational people realize that. Due to the bombardment from all the crazies, I think he deserves more awards. Rev. Bookburn- Radio Volta

Posted by: revbookburn | October 9, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

i'm happy our president received this award. it's good for him, it's good for our country and it's good for the charity or charities that will receive over $1,000,000. win, win in my book.

Posted by: frieda406 | October 9, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Please cite one accomplishment Obama had on 2-1-09, when nominations went in, that warrant this award?


Too late, Mike Huckabee put the sleight-of-hand talking point out there for Republicans.

Seriously, none of us knows what the committee's reasons were for the award and I, like Eugene, understand the questions about why the prize before the accomplishment (I don't agree, however). But we do know he's substantially change the way the influential US interacts with the rest of the world in a positive way. He managed to get elected despite being black and despite saying some unconventional things. And we also know minds were not made up nor was a vote taken on 2/1/09.

Too other good ones:
"Obama could cure world hunger and then be accused of causing overpopulation"
"Obama could achieve world peace and be accused of crippling the weapons industry".

Posted by: tjconnor | October 9, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

All these Noble Prizes and honors sound more like the British Honors, annually dished as honors of the empire for the British to have any empire. Or the US Presidents dishing out Highest Civilian Honors of Merit as some politically expedient hog wash. The last being dished to Breamer the Conservative Republican Bush envoy to Iraq, responsible for the half a trillion dollar fiasco and George Tenant the CIA director with his " Slam Dunk " fabricated evidence of WMD that Saddam had to start the fraud Iraq war.

President Obama being singled out for this award may be a little premature. Perhaps the onus of it will propel the man towards ending the fraud Iraq war, withdrawing all the US troops and also ending the BS untenable war in Afghanistan. Of course the right wing war mongers and and the like minded conservative republicans with their perverse ideology of inequality, rights only of their kind are not over joyed and will have one more claw in the side and a bone in their throats that will choke the life out of their perversity.

As far as the US, the ideological divide, polarization and the destruction from within will get worst before any thing will ever get better, that is if it ever will.

So Obama gets $1.7 million and the rest of us starve. Shove it Noble !

Posted by: winemaster2 | October 9, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the Nobel should go to his speechwriters and smoke and mirrors PR team.

Posted by: onkobo | October 9, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

I too think the "premature" argument has some validity.

But I also think that if we had continued down the disastrous path charted by Bush, there was a very real (and terrifying) chance that the world would have been plunged into anarchy.

I know some will dismiss that statement as hyperbole, but I don't. The feeling of panic last October was very real, and McCain wouldn't have offered any solutions (except more tax cuts for the rich, of course).

I think preventing a worldwide economic meltdown, and the anarchy and wars that surely would have followed, is reason enough to give Obama the prize.

Posted by: wagner3792 | October 9, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't vote for another Republican if they got Abe Lincoln's heart started again.

Posted by: rbmurals | October 9, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

As Obama said, he doesn't deserve it -- and he really doesn't!

Posted by: mihalick | October 9, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

KFC is giving Obama a bucket of grilled chicken.

Posted by: BO_Stinks | October 9, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he won the award because the world is happy to see a differnt way of thinking.

Posted by: slovelace | October 9, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Three Nobel Peace Prizes: Carter, Gore, Obama. There you have it, the three stooges.

Posted by: delusional1 | October 9, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Why no kudos? Because very few people are as obsessed with undeservedly ballwashing the President as is Eugene Robinson, and thank goodness.

Posted by: charlesbakerharris | October 9, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse


You are such a sycophant.

Posted by: shewholives | October 9, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I can see that none of the people opposing the Nobel Prize for Obama bothered to read the committee's stated reasons for doing so.

Sure, par for the course. Check around. You'll find an interview with Thorbjorn Jagland, the committee’s new chairman, which is both charming and explanatory.

Posted by: FedUp1 | October 9, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

They were going to give the Nobel Peace Prize to Rush Limbaugh, but they were afraid he would use the prize money for Oxycontin and Twinkies.

Posted by: republican_disaster | October 9, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

"If someone else had won the Nobel, they’d be cackling that the president had been given another comeuppance".

Give me a break. Nobody among conservatives thought he was even in the running. It just didnt make sense. If just about anyone else had won the prize, cons would have griped about the merits of the choice but not a word would have been said about Obama's "comeuppance". If anything cons would have made remarks about how Obama "The ONE" should have won it, making fun of the questionable winners the committee has picked in the past.

Posted by: witchman63 | October 9, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

He did exactly what to deserve an honor? He apologized for America. How wonderful.

Posted by: PS7900 | October 9, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

As a soldier for 21 years I have never been so embarrassed by my country in all my life to think we fight and die for this kind of world show of disrespect of our Commander and Chief. And people wonder why we are always under attack..BECAUSE THE ENEMY SEE'S THE DISRESPECT AND ACTS ON IT!

I have cried all day.

And just in case they forget:
Cash for Clunkers Extension

Signed: Thursday, August 6, 2009

Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

Signed: Monday, June 22, 2009

Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009

Signed: Friday, May 22, 2009

Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act

Signed: Friday, May 22, 2009

Helping Families Save Their Homes Act

Signed: Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act

Signed: Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act

Signed: Wednesday, April 21, 2009

Omnibus Public Lands Management Act

Signed: Monday, March 30, 2009

Small Business Act Temporary Extension

Signed: Friday, March 20, 2009

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Signed: Tuesday, February 17, 2009

DTV Delay Act

Signed: Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act

Signed: Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

Signed: Thursday, January 29, 2009

Posted by: sweetp_b307 | October 9, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, Mr. Robinson would gush over Obama even if he skinned and ate children. No objectivity, no realistic view of anything Obama does whether good or bad and he had done both. Too bad our media is now nothing but a mouthpiece for the liberal left in this country. The overwhelming majority of the media has been taken over by liberals in the last fifty years much as many of the leading foundations (Pew, McArthur, Ford, Rockefeller) have been taken over by liberals. Academe has long ago lost control to the liberals.

Pew (Sun Oil), was a devout religious person, McArthur was a conservative who earned his money in insurance, Henry Ford III because so disgusted with the takeover of the Ford Foundation by liberals he resigned. Once taken over these organizations supported and funded only liberal studies and causes.

Yes, the country is doomed. The liberal elites know exactly what is happening and cheering it on because they will be little effected. The 50% supporting them that pay no taxes and are do dumb to understand believe there actions will lead to more handouts for little to no work not realizing that in reality there lives will get worse.

Posted by: georgiarat | October 9, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Robbie-Baby, your man Obama is so far in over his head, he needs scuba, oxygen, and a crew of decent advisers to raise his administration from the depths. Face it. The man has never run a business, met a payroll, held a job in the private sector, nor served in the military. His college transcripts and dissertaions are cloaked. Heck, he isn't even an American citizen. Nonsense? Prove it. How was he elected? He's the ultimate A.A. candidate, with all his faults, foibles and Constitutional issues papered over by media that was in the tank. This man is a disgrace to his office, and all one needs is to look at the reaction of his fellow Islamics and Western leaders to gauge the outrage of a Nobel being bestowed upon his pointy head: "What has HE done?".

You, Robbie-Baby are in the same tank, swimming with the same foul, left-wing/socialist/Communist freaks that supported Arafat, that now support Achmedinejihad and a host of others that wish only destruction of the United States. I don't know why you bother with these tomes, Robbie. We're onto you.

Posted by: JamesChristian | October 9, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Sweetp - thank you for your service. We come from the same place. My husband served for 25 years and my son is serving now. This is a disgrace. I have never seen so much hatred and all this for a pathetic party to get re-elected. Now that we know how they really feel, they will never be elected again.

Thanks again for your sevice. At least military familes have class.

All you have to do to shut up the envious Right is to ask them what Bush did? They stare into the headlights!

Posted by: Julescator | October 9, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes what you don't do is more important and more helpful than what you do.

Mr. Obama is no George Bush, Dick Cheney, John McCain or Sara Palin and that probably has saved the world. Well done, Mr. President.

Posted by: Karmicquickdraw | October 9, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Ha! Obama gets the Liberal's Nobel Prize for not being Bush!

I would love to see some further investigation into Obama's trip to Copenhagen. It's to far fetched to think it was really to give Chicago a shot over Rio! Now it appears, showing up in the region made him eligible for losing - second place gets the Nobel Prize.

Liberals are always good for some chuckles!

Posted by: 2009frank | October 9, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

The Nobel is a farce.It no longer means anything.Yasser Arafat won a Nobel for peace before he led the Intifada.

Posted by: bowspray | October 9, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

And for what sir shall we congratulate Obama for? Receiving a prize and not earning it? Your opinion is so slanted. I never read an honest and factual opinion from your column. Everyone is just confused and flabbergasted. The Nobel Peace prize is a sham.

Posted by: ProudAmerican1 | October 9, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson,

I too am overwhelmed by the lack of kudos for our President. He deserved the prize, and what a shame that more Americans don't join in the praise. We should all be so proud!!! Thank you for the support - and keep at it.

Posted by: dangerosa | October 9, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Mazel Tov, Mr. President. Keep up the good work

Posted by: lsigalov1 | October 9, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

The hatred that the conservatives have for this president is astounding. They cheered when this country lost the 2016 Olympics bid. Now they are frothing in the mouth because he won the Nobel Peace Prize. It was nauseating to hear Rush Limbaugh agree with Hamas and other terrorist groups that President Obama did not deserve the Nobel Peace award. Rush is palling around with the terrorists! (Remember Sarah Palin's 2008 campaign theme). The people who always preached patriotism to others have shown us whom they really are. They rather have this country fail than see the President succeed for the American people.Jealousy and hatred tend to make people act unreasonably and irrationally, and that is what is happening to the so-called conservatives.

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

I'm not an Obama supporter but I think the real reason for all the gnashing of teeth is because Obama is the first president in living memory to truly challenge the presumptions of the entrenched, solipsistic war machine in Washington.

Posted by: patrick3 | October 9, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Yes the response is odd.

Who cares.

Eyes on the prize.

Just a wonderful day for America.

Posted by: secretscribe | October 9, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Why no kudos? Are you joking?

Who gets a Noble Peace Prize based on 12 days of work???

And I'm sure the dissenters MUST be racist, of course.

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | October 9, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Yes, BHO does deserve the same award that terrorist Yasir Arfat got and that Jew hater Jimmy Carter got and that moron Al Gore got. This is the new world where people that hate America and American values are loved by the leftist elites like the boneheads in Norway

Posted by: gagalbert | October 9, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Has Robinson considered putting on a cheerleading outfit?

Posted by: teekay1 | October 9, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

So Pres Obama has reached out to Muslims. I guess what Pres Bush did after the tsunami, you know, giving $billions in relief that saved hundreds of thousands or millions of Muslims' lives, wasn't reaching out. Nor was Pres Bush reaching out when he saved millions of Christians and Muslims in Africa with his funding to combat AIDS, or when he liberated millions of more Muslims in Iraq. The response to Pres Obama getting this prize is not jealousy, it's pity. He's being patronized, and despots around the world are chanting with much amusement, "Barack Hussein Obama!"

Posted by: joneu316 | October 9, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

John McCain deserves credit for his classy reaction this. But he has been very rare among conservative and Republican notaries. For the anti-American conservatives who cheer loss of the Olympics and boo the receipt of a Nobel by an American president I say: love it or leave it; move to a Taliban controlled area of Afghanistan so your buddies can take care of you.

Posted by: twm1 | October 9, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

the 'he hasnt done anything' bleats of the obama haters are a joy unto my ears

Posted by: arthurflowers | October 9, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

For heaven's sake, it's the Nobel Prize! Give the man a break! If he were raptured up on national TV, the right-wingers would criticize God and boycott heaven. The bitterness and jealousy shows an astonishing lack of grace and common sense. In my opinion, the decision is both an expression of great hope (in the face of risk), and a reminder that much is expected--by the entire world. And I think that's appropriate.

Posted by: sjohnston1 | October 9, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Barack Hussein Obama! MMMM MMMM MMMMMMMM!
So you right wingnuts thought President Obama couldn't multitask enough to spend 18 hours in Denmark lobbying to bring the Olympics to Chicago. Then you celebrated his failure to achieve this. You guys were just partying over this, despite the fact that the Olympics would have been a major boost to the sagging Indiana economy. Country first my fat butt! Then the President you love to hate wins the Nobel Peace Prize and you guys are apoplectic! My Lord what a horror...a sitting President wins an award devoted to the pursuit of world peace! Let us hang our heads in shame, don hair shirts, and walk about shouting "unclean unclean"! Your contradictory behaviors can be chalked up to the fact that last November your team had its clock cleaned and your leaders are radio talk show hosts, but can't you manage a moment or two of pride for the accomplishments of your Chief Executive? I occasionally managed a modicum of pride in Presidents Bush and Reagan despite the fact that I did not vote for any of them, but you righties can't seem to manage even that bit of equanimity.

Why don't you just admit you hate him because he's black?

Posted by: irv1 | October 9, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Please cite one accomplishment Obama had on 2-1-09, when nominations went in, that warrant this award?

Posted by: mgrantham2 | October 9, 2009 5:03 PM |

How about beating out all other candidates for President of the United States? And NOT needing the Supreme Court to help. Are you now suggesting that winning the election for the highest position in the United States is not an accomplishment?

Posted by: catmomtx | October 9, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

I used to read your column and television commentaries because you were at least willing to listen or consider other points of view than your own. Unfortunately, you have obviously decided that the path you wish to tread is as political hack for the Obama campaign.

If flowery words are all that it takes to be considered for the nobel(lower case intentional)then every demigogue on the planet should be automatically nominated every year.

Posted by: eaglassmyer | October 9, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

You sure like the word "blowhard"
Do you really think he deserves this award?

Posted by: jtcmd | October 9, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Amidst the hub-bub surrounding the President’s awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize, I’m reminded of the teachings of a wise man who impacted my view of human aspirations many years ago: the difference between Having, Doing, and Being. With a focus on Having, we tend to evaluate everyone by what they’ve accumulated. In contrast, putting our attention on Doing encourages us to see what someone accomplishes. There’s a time and place for focusing on both Having and Doing.

When it comes to Being, however, we're looking at something more fundamental. In Being, we are becoming something, we are laying down the foundation that shapes direction. In Being, we initiate the processes which eventually result in Having and Doing.

Many who are skeptical about Obama’s recent recognition are stuck on Doing. "He hasn't accomplished anything yet" is their lament.

My view is that every time Obama makes an international or domestic speech asking each person to do their own part, encourages children to take their education seriously and become the innovators of the future, lays down a vision of a nuclear-free future or a nation where everyone has access to health care – he is doing much more than talking. He’s fully embodying the values that would create a better world and asking others to do the same. He’s laying down a construct to guide, challenge and inspire others to be their best selves. He’s standing on principle. He’s emphasizing Being, before Doing, and thus some don’t recognize the magnitude of his impact.

Surely the Nobel Committee (who takes the business of Peace very seriously) recognized the value of this kind of contribution when they chose Barack Obama to receive their highest award.

Posted by: meriahkruse | October 9, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Eugene - Firstly, this divisive, hateful derision by the wingnut malcontents will never cease as long as Obama is in the Whitehouse.

We have a component in our society of ill-educated, fear-filled, whining cowards and racists who, by virtue of Fox News and Wingnut Radio, believe that they somehow add value to the USA and the world in general, when in fact, all they do is try to perpetuate the lies, hatred, deception, arrogance, and fear of the past administration.

As you say, Obama could cure cancer tomorrow and the cretins would still hate him.

Hate, fear, and loathing is what these cowardly people do best -- it energizes their otherwise weak, deceitful, bitter hearts.

But, to h3ll with them.

Congratulations President Obama!

Congratulations America!


Posted by: Frank57 | October 9, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

No one but anti American, unpatriotic, treasonous President Obama haters would disparage the Olympics and the Nobel Peace Prize. You haters must be very proud of your ignorance and hatred judging from the various post I have been reading. The world is laughing at you haters and seems to be doing everything in their power to irritated the heck out of you all.

Oh, and for all of you who want to use the excuse that if you disagree with Obama.... Find a new excuse because that one is not working. It is hard to accept that excuse considering for some of you President Obama has never and will never do anything right. No matter what he does or says it will be wrong. Just like with the Nobel Peace Prize. He had nothing to do with it and you all have decided he's wrong, their wrong, everyone ever connected to the Nobel Peace Prize and whoever has ever won it is now wrong. Get over yourselves.

Posted by: catmomtx | October 9, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Robinson, you are a disgusting blow-hard, perhaps blowing the hardest of all. Your man-crush for obama is ridiculous.

Posted by: trjn30 | October 9, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps you would also like to have the SuperBowl MVP trophy awarded to your favorite player in the 1st quarter of the game?

Obama says he wants to eliminate ALL nuclear weapons. What a weird idea. If all the nuclear deterrents were to disappear tomorrow morning, WW3 would be under way in less than a week.

BTW, they gave one to Yasser Arafat.

Posted by: jabez | October 9, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

palin reponds to obama prize

Posted by: mekruli | October 9, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Like I said the Kanye Wests' are trying to snatch the victory and the moment from the winner even before the Pres made his acceptance speech. What a bunch of hypocrites and Jockasses

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 9, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

It was a stroke of genius on the part of the Nobel Committie.

President Obama could be a modern FDR if we all just learned to IGNORE the Republicans, because of the six most important words in politics today --


We can get anything we want.

All we have to do is to vote as a block, just like the Republicans do.

Its a good technique.

We Democrats should adopt it --

especially when we have a

D E M O C R A T I C S U P E R M A J O R I T Y !!!!!!!

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

The problem is that the Republicans are horrified that they will now have to post a candidate in 2012 who has some kind of Kennedy-esque appeal and that is going to be hard to find within the Party of Oppose, Oppose, Oppose. Otherwise the Republicans have little standing to criticize Obama since he is trying to clean up their mess , their wars, and their fiscal damage

Posted by: Waterloo1 | October 9, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Not too long ago you were arguing that the President can't please everyone and he should be given time. Now you say that as president, of course, there are high expectations. You turn faster than a wind mill in a tornado.

Posted by: rag91354 | October 9, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Thanks again, Mr. Robinson for wisdom in reporting.
As a former WASP, born in Birmingham the same week as MLK Jr., It is a PROUD feeling that MY USA is finally experiencing Leadership and Reporting based on wisdom instead of race.

Posted by: lufrank1 | October 9, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson, in his Obama adoration oratory once again, said:
Maybe I’m insufficiently cynical, but I never thought of the Nobel Peace Prize as having such a tremendous downside.
Maybe I'm sufficiently cynical, but I thought winning a Nobel Prize was for something wonderful you had actually done, not spoken about doing. But then again, the committee has shown that I guess anyone who wasn't Bush could have won it this year. It is criminal though that the final date for consideration of his accomplishments was just 10 days after he took office. So I guess working your heart out for women in Afghanistan and suffering for years in that pledge, or even Bill Clinton's world committee to promote aids prevention and even Bono for all he has accomplished - all second fiddle to a man who has great speech writers and a working teleprompter.

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

Nobody not a Republican should care what any Republican thinks about anything.

Before 2004, maybe. But the election of 2004 was very much a referendum on the use of torture and anyone still on board with the GOP was declaring himself to be OK with torturing prisoners of war, so to hell with them.

And they've gotten SO much worse since then.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 9, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Nobody not a Republican should care what any Republican thinks about anything.

Before 2004, maybe. But the election of 2004 was very much a referendum on the use of torture and anyone still on board with the GOP was declaring himself to be OK with torturing prisoners of war, so to hell with them.

And they've gotten SO much worse since then.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 9, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson

You know why President Obama gets no kudos, but I will try to explain it in standard Right Wing Rhetoric so the far right can understand. ODS - Obama Derangement Syndrome. This term should sound familiar since its the lame excuse the far Right coined when the Left complained about how former President George W. Bush lead us into a false Haliburton for profit war, allowed the banks to cripple our economy, and turned a former President Clinton's Surplus into a deficit three times the size of the original surplus and now that country is on the brink of a depression, they want to worry about the deficit wink...wink. What a bunch of hypocrites.

Posted by: IamLegendary | October 9, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

All Americans should take pride in the fact that the President has won a Noble Peace Prize. So congratulations Mr. President.
I personally disagree with most of his policies, but he is still my President and I am proud of, and happy for him receiving the award.

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

9 months of George W. Bush = 911

9 months of Obama = Nobel Peace Prize

We report, you decide.

Posted by: rs12 | October 9, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I'd just like to know whether it was Emmanuel or Axelrod who put in the nomination and for what reason when he had just been President for 11 days?

Posted by: justmyvoice | October 9, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

They didn't vote on the award till late Sept or early Oct. He has had plenty of accomplishment, except to those who believe George Bush should have won it for starting a war with lies. The most important thing, I believe, is that Obama knows that peace is a process and he is pushing that process everywhere. War is easy to start, but peace is hard and takes a lot of patience and time and energy. Obama knows this and promotes this process as best he can. Americans, however, seem to think only in short term results and short term profits... nothing else matters. That is why they criticize this award. They are cynical and short-sighted. They can't see the forest for the trees. Obama has turned the world in a new direction. That the world is celebrating. They appreciate it, even if Americans are blind to it.

Posted by: goldie2 | October 9, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

The Nobel committee consists of five politicians appointed by a leftist parliament in a puny socialist country with the population of Minnesota.

It's a wonder these purely politicized awards were ever prestigious. They are less credible than the Golden Globes.

Posted by: DagnyT | October 9, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

President Obama is so deserving. I'm sure he will continue to weaken our national security in order to change the way the world perceives us. Ahmadinejad has to be rejoicing knowing we will never play hardball with Iran's nuclear weapons aspirations. International acceptance, meaningless awards and accolades are more important to Obama than the safety of the citizens he was elected to protect.

Posted by: davidkarl | October 9, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Given the standards used by the Nobel committee, most Miss America contestants could be in the running.

Posted by: WylieD | October 9, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

If Obama is worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize for his achievements of appeasement, then one a Peace Prize should be awarded posthumously to Neville Chamberlain. Perhaps within the three years remaining in Obama's term he will equal Chamberlain's record.

Posted by: dahutchinson | October 9, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

As the author says, If President Obama cured cancer, the republicans would say he had put oncologists out of work.

All this on camera over the top attacking the President for anything and everything may be plenty of fun. Those doing the ranting seem to be enjoying every minute of it.

It's going to seem like a whole lot less fun come election time when republican candidates are trying to regain the public's trust and it's vote. These film clips will go a long way in educating moderates who may be undecided. They'll be horrified. Want to bet how the gun carrying Townhall screamer goes over with moderate suburbanites?

Posted by: fredfawcett | October 9, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

You're right. A prize for everyone. Everyone's a prize. Blue ribbons all around.

Posted by: aloysius1 | October 9, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Republicans cheer when America loses the Olympics to Brazil, they boo when an American wins a Nobel Prize, and they gleefully give each other high-fives when more Americans are thrown out of work.

Why do Republicans hate America?

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

I'm proud of my President! :)

Posted by: jimmyminder | October 9, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Obama is God's man on earth. So why are you surprised he won the Nobel Peace Prize? God wants peace on Earth, good will to all. Obama wants peace on Earth, healthcare for all.

Check it out. It's in your Bible.

Posted by: jkurts101 | October 9, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

The nominations had to be made by Feb. 1 but the final choice of this year's peace prize winner was not made until October. If you look at the history of the Nobel Peace Prize, many of the winners were given the award for work that had already been completed. It would be too early for President Obama to have been selected if that was required. Many other Nobel Peace Prize winners received their award because the Committee recognized their work as important and promising and wanted to encourage its success. I think President Obama fits well in that group. Congratulations, Mr. President!

Posted by: fstewart61 | October 9, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

When John Kerry was running for president, we were suddenly informed that medals are handed out like popcorn and that Kerry most likely faked his injuries before a gullible commission to get them. Now we are informed that the Nobel Prize committee is a claque of "leftists' from a country the size of Minnesota who conspired to divert the prize.

Posted by: Waterloo1 | October 9, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

I strongly supported Barack Obama in the presidential election, but he certainly has done nothing to deserve this prize. It is as if one of the science prizes had gone to a recent Ph.D, just starting out in the field, on the grounds that it might encourage her or him, some day, to accomplish something worthwhile. Of course, the science prizes mean something, while the peace prize is widely regarded as a joke. This choice will do nothing to enhance the prestige of the peace prize, although at least it is not as stupid as awarding the prize to people like Henry Kissinger or Yasir Arafat.

Posted by: lydgate | October 9, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Robinson defends Obama because he's (half) black. Duh! When will we call a racist a racist despite all the white guilt? After all, the Norwegians are as white as can be. They don't know what the youngest child in America knows: It's a perpetual no-winner game.

As for all you guilt-ridden white liberals here in the U.S.A.--stop trashing those who see through this fraud.

Peace Prize my warmongering axx This joke ain't even funny.!

Posted by: elgropo1 | October 9, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

The Norwegian Nobel Committee

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2009

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.

Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama's initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.

Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population.

For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world's leading spokesman. The Committee endorses Obama's appeal that "Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges."

Oslo, October 9, 2009

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 9, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Mr President Congratulations for winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

Being a Democrat,Human and an American I'm glad you won the prize. But that does mean that I respect your politics or the way you are taking care of business, but I'm still glad the USA & you as our President was recognized in any form.

Don't get me wrong I was proud as anyone when you won the election, but I do wish you would wake up and listen to the people just once, I feel that the White House & You have been in constant turmoil since your election. Some call that to many Chiefs & not enough Leadership.
I think your heart is in the right mode, but you let those that you surround yourself with dictate to you & you've lost your way since the election. You seemed so kind & so strong when you were a candidate & now you are beginning to sound like a dictator more than a President. I do hope you will start listening to the people & your heart & not the goons that have ingratiated their way in to your White House. I just hope you have not waited to late to reverse your course.

Posted by: wildfire1946 | October 9, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

People don't know what they objecting instead of punits and naysayers read what the committee said. CNN will tell you what Rupert Murdock's Wall Street Journal opinion page said before they will do any work and tell you what the committee said.

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 9, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

THANK YOU, sweetp_b307, for outlining some of the achievements of our president. I'm always amazed when I hear people say he has done nothing since being in office. (And I'm so ashamed of the hateful disrespect that so many Republicans are displaying.) I'm certain that President Obama, with the Nobel Peace Prize under his belt, will continue to work and achieve on behalf of the people of America - and the world. Congratulations, President Obama!

Posted by: gsross | October 9, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Why does the right hate the United States? Last week they cheered an American loss when Chicago lost their Olympics bid. This week they are whining and whimpering while begging for failure in American policy. Then to top it off today they are complaining about an American win. The Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to our President and they complain. Why do they hate the United States?

Posted by: leejohansen | October 9, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Eugene...the term "wooley-headed" is a racial slur. I'm offended and I demand that you print a full apology in your next column. Wait...maybe it's nappy-headed. Never mind.

Posted by: ddnfla | October 9, 2009 11:50 PM | Report abuse

I have to ask carping Republicans, "And Henry Kissinger, who won his for the Vietnam War and who later gave the 'green light' to the Argentine generals for the 'dirty war' (a story I broke in The Nation on October 31, 1987) deserved the Nobel Peace Prize?"

Barack Obama reaffirms the best of our values and who we are; Dr. K was/is their antithesis.

Posted by: Martinedwinandersen | October 9, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

lindalovejones should change her user name to "monicalovejones". Read her post. I think the woman needs a man...and quick. Don't bother, lindalovejones, I ain't interested. I prefer intelligent women.

Posted by: ddnfla | October 9, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to the President! Isn't this the only way for all Americans to say to the President of United States of America when he won the Nobel Prize? Why so much hatred and bigotry? If your own son received a surprise award, would you scold him or brag about him? When other people adore your own son, would you trash him instead? Why hate Obama so much? I just want to thank Robinson for his courage to speak out for our deserving President who has been working so hard to save America since his election. Thank God for Obama.

Posted by: mingftsai1 | October 10, 2009 12:09 AM | Report abuse

As Americans we should have great pride in one of our own being given such an award. We are so polarized that all this global award has done is to make positions more firmly entrenched. After listening to Rush Limbaugh's comments i am beginning to think that the fractures withon our society are enormous. Congratulations Mr. President for brining us back to the global stage in a positive way.

Posted by: Thinking4 | October 10, 2009 12:24 AM | Report abuse

I have thought about this all day and have come to the following conclusion - the Nobel committee was the one who felt the president deserved this honor and, considering their past choices, I think we should respect their wisdom.

The president has a long and difficult road ahead of him and I think that the road has now gotten a little tougher. I am also appalled by the venom that has been displayed today. The would is watching us and expecting us to live up to our purported ideals. And, once again, we have shown how petty we can be.......

Also, for the haters, he isn't keeping the money - it's going to charity. I'd like to see if another unnamed politician would have done the same.......

Posted by: Marrone | October 10, 2009 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Obama has not really re-directed American foreign policy. It would take a couple of decades of sustained presidential victories by Democratic center-left candidates to nudge out people like Council on Foreign Relations, AIPAC, defense contractors, Christian evangelicals, and other assorted neocons from being able to bend American foreign policy to their will. I like what Obama is attempting to do and I support decisions he has made thus far to end the ballistic missile defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic, and to engage in negotiations with Iran. But the Nobel Prize should be reserved for a major sustained accomplishment. By awarding it now, it has been reduced to the level of an "attaboy" or a congrats in the office hallway, instead of a major award to standing applause like when Jimmy Carter brokered the Camp David accords. By giving the award at this time, the best that can be said is that the Oslo committee acted prematurely.

Posted by: ripvanwinkleincollege | October 10, 2009 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Maybe the Nobel committee is meddling in American politics....

Posted by: kyoto27 | October 10, 2009 12:51 AM | Report abuse

ROFL, you got to love the format that the Norwegian leftists have given to their Prize. They select somebody that has done nothing in hopes that that person will do something to deserve it. That is, if it's a leftist thing that pleases them.
Leftists and liberals are just plane goofy and like nails on a chalkboard.

Posted by: ekim53 | October 10, 2009 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Mr robinson:
For the hope he has raised, of a world turned away from war; for his longtime opposition to killing little Muslim children, although he has not yet figured out a way to get completely out without further loss of life; for the little African children of the world, the little Chinese/Asian children, the little European children, who can hope to live in peace with their neighbors; for holding out the open palm to Iran and North Korea, to negotiate the nuclear weapons situation; for the fact that he is young and optimistic, and can inspire the next three generations after mine to do their best for a better world; for being an erudite president, who speaks well,and is not afraid to pause and think before speaking; for being right(on the Henry Louis Gates affair) but having the guts to take back what he said, in the interest of closure; for the Big Manness of the beer summit on the White House lawn; for visiting a small Caribbean island for the Summit of the Americas, and shaking hands with Hugo Chavez there, this island named after the Triune God; for the respect paid to the Olympic Committee in going to Copenhagen to represent us, and so , putting us on an equal footing with other contenders; for recognizing that the struggle continues to make the world a better place, and arising each morning ready to move forward in hope; I salute this child of a tropical mating, this man whose blood lines bring together three peoples- First American, European and African,and whose childhood experiences gave him Asian relatives; for this man, God sent, who is leading us into a new way of being, not of bullying and threatening, but of talking towards peace; for all of this, and all he will do, I salute my President, and offer my eternal gratitude for being an American in this time.

I congratulate him for winning th Nobel Peace Prize, and for remembering as Desmond Tutu said, that "whenever a man stands tall, he knows he is standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before".
I salute him for deciding almost instantly to give the prize money to the needs of others, and I challenge the Republicans who made money on the stock market today, which surged at the news, to give their profits to provide artificial limbs to the children of Pakistan and Afghanistan,left legless by our bombing. Since they resent the prize, they should give away the profits they make from his winning a prize he did not seek..
I bless all those who continue to support our president daily, with their positive thoughts, prayers and fasting.I bless the Nobel Committee for their courage, and faith in him.

Posted by: elainedatter2 | October 10, 2009 1:14 AM | Report abuse

As a non-American and non-white living in Asia for the time being, I can say, from my perspective, that Obama has made the international political arena outside the United States much more positive, more hopeful, and less poisoned. There is now less anti-Americanism among the people I know personally, which is no small achievement. However, awarding Obama the Nobel peace prize at this early stage will rule out the prize for him when he later acccomplishes peace on a greater scale, as I think he will. So, with due respect to Mr. Robinson, the prize is a bit "premature" in this sense, and does Obama a slight disservice. Moreover, a delay of one or two years in awarding Obama the prize will give his detractors little ammunition to belittle and taint his prize, as they are doing now.

Posted by: bentleychan | October 10, 2009 1:16 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Mr. Robinson, for a great article. Your assessment was really on-mark. I'd just like to know, from all those against the awarding of this high tribute to Mr. Obama, is it their wish that this honor go to someone from another country instead? All Americans should be proud that this award has come to OUR COUNTRY, whether or not they love the precise recipient of it. They are saying it would be better for us as a nation if it had gone to someone other than an American? If you can see the high honor of the award at all, then you should be proud that it came to any one of us. If you see it as of no value, then you are arguing against, basically, nothing. You can't have it both ways.

Posted by: Carillon_Belle | October 10, 2009 1:26 AM | Report abuse

"The Committee has attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons."

How can anyone who lives near Russia be DUMB enough to think doing away w/ nukes will make the world more peaceful? Do they want to see a 21st century version of the pre-atomic 20th century?


"His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population."

So, say goodbye to free trade and globalism, and say a big hello to nationalism, protectionism, and ethnic warfare. Are those Norwegian idiots on Ecstasy, or Haldol? Have they never been outside the borders of lilywhite Norway?

Posted by: jabez | October 10, 2009 1:29 AM | Report abuse

"If Obama were to cure cancer, the blowhards would complain that he’s put thousands of hard-working, red-blooded American oncologists out of work." -- Excellent line, I'll have to remember this one.

Personnally, I believe it was a bit premature. . . . . . I know that after following Bush, any definitive turn for the better was monumental. In this however, Obama was following the line of many great peace loving American Presidents; none of whom received the Nobel Prize within the first year of office.

Nevertheless, I believe my views are colored by being American. The Nobel Prize is a world prize, and it might help us to realize how the rest of the world views Obama. Ironically, it reflects what Obama is trying to do, bring the world and America together in the joy of Peace. . . . . . I believe that this is a cause for celebration, that the world should view our President in such hopeful regard. . . . . . I pray that those on the Nobel Prize Committee were visionaries.

Posted by: Here2day | October 10, 2009 1:42 AM | Report abuse

By others, you should specify "liberals." Or, if you prefer, "other liberals." Nevertheless, it is a false dichotomy. Liberals are arguing in good faith, conservatives - not so much.

Posted by: daphne5 | October 10, 2009 2:06 AM | Report abuse

It's a peace prize. It's awarded every year. There isn't anything particularly strange in awarding it to a guy who brought his country back from "bring it on" stupidity to the goal of engagement, discussion, and disarmament. (And that last thing could pay for universal health care many times over, by the way.) Simple congratulations are in order.

Posted by: cdavidj | October 10, 2009 2:18 AM | Report abuse

In these comments I read so many people asking what has President Obama achieved. Sometimes changing the mind set can change millions of people and their lifestyles.

Eg. Great religious leaders have used words to change lives and ways of billions of people in the world over a period of thousands of years. Hence people should not underestimate the power of creating a positive mind set, which is good for the entire world.

Posted by: raviran123 | October 10, 2009 2:47 AM | Report abuse

obama gets some dividend from being "multilateral?"

excuse me, but the USA is in debt, morally bankrupt on some levels, and overextended on handshaking the primier of China on your papers frontpage.

so China is our new peace buddy?

obama only looks decent by comparison with his predecessor. that is hardly cause to laud his record and aspirations.

let him grow a backbone and do what is politically difficult: be a peace warrior.

create a Dept. of Peace as Kucinich has suggested.

Posted by: forestbloggod | October 10, 2009 3:15 AM | Report abuse

Why no kudos? The answer is real simple: because Obama hasn't done a damn thing. At least Carter got the Camp David accords signed. If Obama had any character, he would not have accepted the prize out of principle, just as George C. Scott refused the Academy Award for Patton.

Posted by: Wildfire1 | October 10, 2009 3:19 AM | Report abuse

what a depth of hatred there must me in America, your President win the Nobel Prize and a lot of Americans are angry.If an Australian Prime Minister won such an honour I would be immensely proud what ever side of politics he was from. I repeat your President won the NOBEL PRIZE be proud.

Posted by: aussiebarry | October 10, 2009 3:25 AM | Report abuse

Please, people. President Obama did not "win" the Nobel Peace Prize. He did not compete, did not submit a CV, did not promise anything to anyone. The Nobel Peace Prize Committee awarded the honor of its own volition.

It is their honor to give. President Obama had no say in the matter. Perhaps we should be proud that an American President is held in such high esteem by our longtime Norwegian friends. Where I live in the Great State of Washington, every third person hails originally from Norway. Why not accept the award, be happy about it, and work hard to make the Nobel Peace Prize Committee's goals a reality?

Posted by: goodhope66 | October 10, 2009 3:51 AM | Report abuse

Please, doesn't anyone remember how quick the Bush Admin was to claim "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq? When the conservative nit pickers complain Obama has done nothing to deserve the Nobel, let's remind everyone one more time how fast off the mark the right is when it suits their purposes.
Plus, at the end of the day, what would you rather we be known for, peace, or blowing people up (a la Mr. KRistol).

Posted by: mcmechanism | October 10, 2009 3:59 AM | Report abuse

"Why not a simple note of congratulations?"

Because it's either silly or a travesty, depending on how much you care about the award. I cannot keep a straight face thinking that there is nobody who has done more for actual peace than Obama, no one who has risked or sacrificed more.

I guess I just didn't know much about the Nobel prizes, having mostly read about them in science-related areas.

Posted by: ihatelogins | October 10, 2009 5:10 AM | Report abuse

Why no kudos? He hasn't done anything yet! I voted for him, and I hope he manages to accomplish all the lofty promises he made. But when I look at his ACTUAL foreign affairs track record, I'm disappointed:

- Didn't he promise on the campaign trail that we could be out of Iraq 11 months after he took office? That's November, baby - ain't gonna happen. Yes, yes, I know he didn't get us in there. But it doesn't even look like he has any kind of plan to get us out yet - a good reason why this prize is premature at best.

- Do we have ANY idea what his Afghanistan policy is? Oh, and now he wants to draw a distinction between the Taliban, who have a lovely history of killing women who leave the house without a male relative and blowing up Buddhist religious art, with the garden variety al-Queda terrorist. He's just giving himself an out to leave when the situation's still screwed up for everybody. Mark my words: he'll say, "We can go now. All Al-Queda have fled to Pakistan. Only Taliban are left here in Afghanistan. Our friends the Pakistanis have their own country under control." Can you say Vietnamization?

- Has he figured out what to do with Al-Queda suspects if and when he closes Gitmo? And is he going to make the January deadline he gave himself? Again, Gitmo wasn't his baby, but he asked us to vote for him so he could clean up Bush's mess. It doesn't sound like they're anywhere near through resolving what to do with all those Gitmo inmates, or what courts to try them in, or anything.

I wish Obama nothing but success. I'd love for the U.S. to quit being the world's policeman. But I believe you hold your elected officials to their promises, and that honors should be earned.

Posted by: kristen6 | October 10, 2009 5:23 AM | Report abuse

Me thinks it's pure WASP racism....

Nothing more than an inability to not only stomach his intuitive intelligence - which Europeans btw admire - but his non-WASP culture and multi-lingugal ubringing in far corners of the world.

The POTUS is a more normal guy than they can trust or even believe because they're not used to a blackman in their colonial WH.

It's just too much for the WASPy class, me thinks.

Posted by: hariknaidu | October 10, 2009 5:54 AM | Report abuse

Sic Gloria Transit, this might mean Cheney came in second.

Just kidding Mr. President. Congratulations!

Posted by: gannon_dick | October 10, 2009 6:10 AM | Report abuse

Eugene, it is really very simple. Traditionally, recipients of the Peace Prize have spent at least a number of years, if not decades, heavily involved in peace supporting or enhancing endeavors. Obama has, at best, spent a couple of years talking and talking and talking with the support, unwavering, of his teleprompter. He has not DONE anything yet, peacewise except talk. He has not yet ACCOMPLISHED anything except take advantage of every possible photo op and opportunity to talk, talk, talk. And I am NOT one of the right wing people of whom you speak. I am an independent with no current use whatsoever for either party.

Posted by: nana1ellen | October 10, 2009 6:30 AM | Report abuse

America is not only in an economic decline, America in spiraling toward a moral collapse of inquisition proportion. We're a heart beat away from a 21st century Jewish-Christian tribunal. America's number one attribute is WHITE HATE. No where else on earth is evil so swift and good so slow to rise.

Posted by: DoctorMaia | October 10, 2009 6:32 AM | Report abuse

Every action has a reaction. It's elementary...

After 8 years of Bush/Cheney thuggery the world breathes a collective (oops, I'm no socialist), sigh of relief. Establishing normal is a big thing.

Elected president, then Nobel Laureate, I can't imagine the pressure Obama lives with every day. Especially after (see above)...

Yes, just a simple congratulations. And Malia got it right. Mr. O (aka daddy) shared the day with the White House dog's birthday. Happy Birthday.

Posted by: manray123 | October 10, 2009 6:55 AM | Report abuse silly goose. No kudos?! He's he's taking our country away from us! He was born in Kenya! He's a Commmie/Socialist/Fascist/Liberal! He's gonna take out guns away! He's a Harvard affirmative action elitist and a thug from the South Side of Chicago! No Kudos!

Posted by: BrooklynDemocrat | October 10, 2009 6:56 AM | Report abuse

The only thing it proves is that these international awards do no to any thing .

When Obama gets something done please alert us all.

Posted by: DCDave11 | October 10, 2009 7:03 AM | Report abuse

What sends a thrill up the legs of those Norwegians was the specter of an American president who despises America and is hell-bent on destroying her.

The Times of London said it best: The Nobel committee threatens to put the entire comedy industry out of business.

Posted by: thebump | October 10, 2009 7:05 AM | Report abuse

I think the award should be named "The anti-republican premature stick it in the eye" award. Along with the Pulitzer Prize, these 2 awards the most self-serving worthless and shameful awards on the scene. And to give away that much money is another assault on reason. I'll bet that Obama gives the award money to ACORN,that "honest and upstanding" oragnization. To be cynical in this day & age is to see the world as it really is: corrupt as hell! Nice going, human race.

Posted by: sdansker2002 | October 10, 2009 7:09 AM | Report abuse

"All this just proves that if Obama were to cure cancer, the blowhards would complain that he’s put thousands of hard-working, red-blooded American oncologists out of work."

You would know Gene. This is the same behavior that you and the rest of the hyper-partisan left demonstrated over the past eight years.

Of course the hyper-partisan right is a bunch of fools. Just don't delude yourself that you are any different.

Posted by: bobmoses | October 10, 2009 7:20 AM | Report abuse

I think that "multilateralism" needs to percolate just a bit don't you? We are seeing the emboldening of many a despot in the world. Israel and Iran tensions have never been greater. Obama's multilateralism is creating a vacuum of power and stability so I think I'll wait before the kudos are issued.

Posted by: hz9604 | October 10, 2009 7:23 AM | Report abuse

How long have you had your severe biased attitude and chip on your shoulder? When you won't see the obvious because of a closed mind, you have a serious problem! Unbelievable! Is there no unbiased journalism anymore?

Posted by: creed4275 | October 10, 2009 7:27 AM | Report abuse

I salute you for your courage to write this article. It is such an embarassment to our country and our leader for the response to our President to win the Noble Peace Prize. The President wil not take the bait from the GOP, Conservatives, rightwing nutcases, nor the hateful racial slurs. Our President is a "Gentleman and a Scholar". I salute you President Obama! There is another great read at www.lmaze43.wordpress &

Posted by: catlitterpolitics1 | October 10, 2009 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Common misconceptions about the Nobel Peace Prize
By The Associated Press The Associated Press

• Myth: Candidates can be nominated until the last minute.

The nomination deadline is eight months before the announcement, with a strictly enforced deadline of Feb. 1.

Mr. Obama took office on 20 January, 2009. Thus he was in office a maximum of 10 days when he was nominated.

Posted by: jamessnovak | October 10, 2009 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Because people are jealous. Here's a guy who knows how to get on the world's wavelength and to signal that maybe proud USA will look at the world like everyone is equal and we're not more equal than others and people don't like it here. Julius Caesar wasn't feared because he was bad at his job. He was despised by some because he was too good and they merely wanted to milk the system and line their pockets with money and power. How is that at all different from what has happened this year?

Posted by: Jazzman7 | October 10, 2009 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Finally, at least one voice to cry in the wilderness of POLITICS!

Posted by: Geezer4 | October 10, 2009 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Bush actually reduced nuclear stockpiles by more than 50%.

Freed the women of Afganistan from the Taliban.

And liberated a country of 30 million from a tyrant.

Obama was in office for 11 days and has accomplished nothing since.

So, the choice for Peace Prize is obvious.

Posted by: drjcarlucci | October 10, 2009 8:19 AM | Report abuse

The right-wing nuts go at it again. Typical for self-centered non-entities. Get a life...

Posted by: hald | October 10, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson --

Well put. Perhaps those Americans who are so concerned that President Obama has not yet "done enough" to deserve the award will work with the President to fulfill the global policy objectives that he has set out. However, from their tone, it seems that many of them are opposed to his goals and worried that the award of the Nobel Prize will validate and advance his initiatives.

Posted by: QuizMaster | October 10, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Here was the purpose of the prize: "shut up American conservatives."

Posted by: hipshot | October 10, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

"Multilateralism" means "being as spineless as the Euroweenies."

So beta male Obama joins the spineless Euroweenie club with his acceptance of the Nobel Euroweenie Prize.

I'm sure his bowing to the Saudi royals helped his cause.

Posted by: mediaskeptic | October 10, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Obama's achievement is really, as Pres. Obama said, America's achievement. Obama really has not had time to accomplish; he's only had time to articulate what he would like to accomplish. And this is what America voted for and why Obama won the election soundly. Not to take anything away from Obama, but I think this is a nod to the American people for trying to make itself more considerate and cooperative with the world in pursuit of its own national interests. Whether we oppose Mr. Obama or not, we should pat him and ourselves on the back and give up useless quibbling.

Posted by: bryan37 | October 10, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Ahh, another fine piece of crap from the Post's Kindergarten Columnist. (Name calling speaks so well of us, doesn't it?)

Hey Gene, want a "congratulations"? Here you go: Congratulations, you're the worst writer in America.

Posted by: HookInMouth | October 10, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

The world knew we had a different sort of person when he refused to engage in the politics of personal destruction, saying that was not how we should elect the leader of the free world.

His deft touch in all kinds of relationships since that time have left us breathless in their boldness, their never-done-before routes to common goals.

Americans have never seen the insurance companies and the pharmacies offer to help get better access for all people. Who knew that Iran would be content with nuclear materials purchased from Russia, refined by America, and rendered incapable of being made into weapons?

Why are we now discussing how few Al Quaeda there are in Afghanistan and understanding that Packistan's nuclear capability is what we have to protect?

Because this President has made every effort, left no stone unturned to try to find solutions..all of it could have happened under Bush, they didn't because he was all hat and no cattle.

Now we have a president concerned for the least of Americans, and the world...

We are greatful, pleased that his vision has been so honored... congratulations, Mr. President.

Posted by: dutchess2 | October 10, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

We have 104 trillion dollars in unfunded mandates, but we the sheep insist on being distracted by the elephants and the donkeys.

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

Why no kudos for Obama?

How about, as your paper's lead editorial points out today, this award is one "that almost makes you embarrassed for the honoree"?

Or, as Obama-voter Ruth Marcus wrote on this blog yesterday, "This is ridiculous -- embarrassing, even"?

Oh well, we all know Ruth Marcus and the WaPo editorial board are right-wing blowhards.

Posted by: yoyo3 | October 10, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

When asked to justify the award, all Leftnuts, include Eugene, can say is "he's not Bush! CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS!"

All the Leftnuts are doing is showing how out of touch with the rest of America they are. Nearly everyone outside of the readership of a Eugene Robinson column has said what a shame this is, most importantly many in the international community. In fact, the reports in Oslo gasped when they announced the award.

Real advocates for peace in 2009 were snubbed for a political slap in the face by a Committee made of socialist legislators. It's his first year in office - why not wait until some of his "changed" policies take place?

BTW: speaking of change, how's that embargo on Cuba working out? How about pulling troops from Afghanistan? Oh, that's right, getting ready to commit 10,000-40,000 more. How is your hunt for Bin Laden going?

The truth is, there's been no change. This is why it is impossible for a socialist to run effective foreign policy. The world's a tough place when you get those intelligence reports every day. You're a target because you're the best and the wealthiest - exactly the types of people you blame and take down on the domestic front. Tough to play both sides.

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

Those who say that Obama's Nobel Prize is undeserved or premature do not understand just how disconcerting and downright scary the Bush administration's approach to international relations was to the rest of the world. Obama's rapid and obvious shift back to a more sophisticated approach that does not involve military threat to the exclusion of diplomacy was a great relief to the international community. That relief drove the Nobel Committee's vote.

Posted by: tunkefer | October 10, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

I did just that. I went on to and sent my congratulations to our President for the honor bestowed upon him.

I thought the honor was primarily awarded him because of his continuing work with 'loose nukes' which he started as a Senator. The Lugar-Obama bill (extending Nunn-Lugar program activities, detection and interdiction capabilities, second line of defense) was introduced in April 06 and signed into law by President Bush (43).

When meeting earlier this year with President Medvedev, they came to an agreement to decrease both countries nuclear arsenals and promote nonproliferation.

The above is in large response to those commenters who has questioned what the President has already done.

Posted by: DariMD1 | October 10, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

For Obama to win this award borders on the ridiculous; even liberal pundits (excluding, of course, Obama's Gatorade boy Mr. Robinson) are saying so.

"Obama’s redirection of American foreign policy toward multilateralism"

"to embrace international cooperation and envision a world no longer menaced by nuclear weapons was a giant step forward."

But the nuclear stockpiles in the world are still growing. Obama's not reduced the US stockpile or anyone else's. His multilateralism has not brought a resolution in Iran, N.Korea, Palestine, Iraq or Afghanistan.

By your own admission, Gene, Obama won the award for his policy stance - by definition this is "political". If a philosophical political position is considered an "accomplishment" then at least have the honesty to acknowledge that the terms have been redefined.

However, to criticize Obama for this is equally ridiculous (unless he was the one who nominated himself). The dunce cap doesn't go to Obama, as most of the righty critics would like to believe; the dunce cap goes to the 5 Norweigians who succeeded in making a political mockery of a once prestigious award.

Posted by: p1funk | October 10, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, Mr. Robinson. Please don't ever become sufficiently cynical.
Last night I saw Ruth Marcus on Jim Leher's News Hour. She said the prize was undeserved. David Brooks actually said, out loud, that "'s a joke." For the first time ever I turned off Jim's show.
Minds are getting smaller every day. A lot of people outside Sweden's Nobel Committee evidently don't see the value of a true Visionary who is able to communicate a vision of peace. He's not the Messiah, he's the North Star.

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

After listening to Bob Schieffer angrily criticize the decision last night on the CBS Evening News, my nineteen-year-old daughter asked an extremely penetrating question. Why, she asked, is that man so angry at the President for winning a prize? Frankly, I couldn't have put it better myself. Regardless of the Nobel Committee's motivations, I would think that most patriotic Americans would be proud that their president is so well regarded by the rest of the world. There's more than a little irony in the fact that the most vociferous critics of the award are Iran, the Taliban, Israeli hawks, and conservative Republicans. Politics does, indeed, make strange bedfellows.

Posted by: pbk3rd | October 10, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

I think Gene is feeling a little insecure about his own winning of the Pulitzer despite being wholly undeserving of it.

Gene, we don't really feel like being gracious in the face of people who call us "blowhards" and "teabaggers" while trying to rob us of our money and our futures.

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

Mr. Obama was put into the Noble Peace Prize running on February 1, 2009. That was a full 12 days after he took office as President of the United States.
Up to that point he had done very little except run for political office. He should not have been nominated or given the prize. Who nominated him anway? What were they thinking? It is degrading and embarrassing.
By giving him the prize and him accepting it, under any circumstances, renders the USA a laughing stock and makes the prize worthless.

Posted by: nychap44 | October 10, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Kudos Mr. Robinson for your thoughtful remarks. President Obama's selection as the Nobel Peace Prize winner for this year is a surprise and articulates the hopes of many in this country about what Mr. Obama committed to do. I join with many others in hoping he succeeds: creating a truly safer world. Yes, the award underscores the expectations held by many in this nation and around the world that Mr. Obama can significantly contribute to a saner, safer world in which more people can prosper.

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

re: Please cite one accomplishment Obama had on 2-1-09, when nominations went in, that warrant this award?

I was on the mall in DC on inauguration day because I wanted to witness for myself the extraordinarily rare event this man had accomplished, of uniting the u.s. population and turning the tides of fear and loathing that had driven past elections and life post 9/11 back toward the u.s. as a participatory democracy, and he did all this while being black in america!!! over a million people of all backgrounds gathered in one place not to demonstrate AGAINST but to share a single POSITIVE experience of good will here at home. It was extraordinary and to not see or acknowledge just how extraordinary this event was one would have to TRY to not be impressed.

Oh, and he inspired my 70 year old aunt to get out and vote! She had not voted since the 60s, the turmoil, assassinations, vietnam, she lost all faith in u.s. politics and elections. As he did for her, I'm sure he did for many others.

and, sorry, i'm a middle-aged white chick and i don't care what y'all say about "post-racial", the u.s. is NOT post-racial and younger generations are just as inclined toward bigotry as old, might manifest in different ways, but it's always there. people can be encouraged to rise above their biases and prejudices to focus on what unites us or they can be torn apart by what divides us. he challenged us all to look past our prejudices and maintain the focus on what unites us, particularly the policy issues that unite us. Only when we're "right with ourselves" here at home can we have anything to bring to the international table, which is what others outside the U.S. were witnessing and likely commenting on by way of this particular nobel.

for criminy sakes, the prize is just a symbol awarded by a panel of norwegians, accept it as that and be done with it. i've never been bothered by decisions they've made about any of their awards because it's just a symbolic gesture!! there is nothing wrong with acknowledging when someone instills in others such global feelings of good will that this man generated during his campaign. accept it, be done, enough all ready.

and kudos to obama for his accomplishments.

Posted by: ltwp5 | October 10, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

What President since Jimmy Carter has not embraced international cooperation and envisioned a world no longer menaced by nuclear weapons? Well, aside from W, on the cooperation thing, anyway. But they didn't all end up with Nobel Peace Prizes.

The only American I can think of more deserving of the prize for recent accomplishments than President Obama would be Taylor Swift for not bopping Kanye West on the head with her microphone.

Posted by: billmosby1 | October 10, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

OK, Gene.

Congratulations President Obama, now start to earn both this award and to start acting like a President.

One reason, as Mr. Robinson, put it that so many are "overwrought" about this award is that it is a reflection of a President and Administration which is operating on appearance and "potential" to be great rather than on real, practical and pragmatic accomplishment which will define greatness in reality and retrospect.

One often hear and more and more believes a valid criticism of the Obama Administration that it is still conducting a campaign and has not yet began to govern; that it would rather keep poll numbers for the President high than alienate any interest group by hard decision which just might cause him to fall below the magic 50% figure which is a bellweather in elections but which means little to a sitting President unless his, and his team's, primarty objective is re-election above all else. This award falls right in line with that strategy because it is an "accomplishment," like a visble speech before the UN, a trip to pitch the IOC or a speech before an assembled crowd of a quarter million in Europe all of which get you on the Evening News and in the papers but which, in and of themselves mean absolutely nothing.

My biggest fear relative to this honor and accomplishment is that it will confirm for Mr. Obama and his brain trust that their strategy of governing by sound bite, photo op and a message of the day scenario which leaves no interest group untouched by his personal hand (visit a school, host a party for the troops, etc. etc. etc.) is actually governing.

So while I am proud for Mr. Obama in his being awarded this prestigous honor I am not so blinded by its consequences. The Nobel like any other award should always be seen in context. The context for any American who can think straight and is aware of what is going on in the world is it comes, in large part, as a recognition that many around the world are grateful we have decided to reengage and become an active multi-lateral player in the great issues which many nations are concerned about. It does not mean Barcak Obama and his team have actually achieved anything about those issues in real terms.

Simply put, Gene, the jury is still out and the Nobel Committee
might have placed both a burden on our new President and sent he and his team a signal that will make it more difficult to do the heavy lifting and hard decision making which are needed.

Posted by: bobfbell | October 10, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

OK, Gene.

Congratulations President Obama, now start to earn both this award and to start acting like a President.

One reason, as Mr. Robinson, put it that so many are "overwrought" about this award is that it is a reflection of a President and Administration which is operating on appearance and "potential" to be great rather than on real, practical and pragmatic accomplishment which will define greatness in reality and retrospect.

One often hear and more and more believes a valid criticism of the Obama Administration that it is still conducting a campaign and has not yet began to govern; that it would rather keep poll numbers for the President high than alienate any interest group by hard decision which just might cause him to fall below the magic 50% figure which is a bellweather in elections but which means little to a sitting President unless his, and his team's, primarty objective is re-election above all else. This award falls right in line with that strategy because it is an "accomplishment," like a visble speech before the UN, a trip to pitch the IOC or a speech before an assembled crowd of a quarter million in Europe all of which get you on the Evening News and in the papers but which, in and of themselves mean absolutely nothing.

My biggest fear relative to this honor and accomplishment is that it will confirm for Mr. Obama and his brain trust that their strategy of governing by sound bite, photo op and a message of the day scenario which leaves no interest group untouched by his personal hand (visit a school, host a party for the troops, etc. etc. etc.) is actually governing.

So while I am proud for Mr. Obama in his being awarded this prestigous honor I am not so blinded by its consequences. The Nobel like any other award should always be seen in context. The context for any American who can think straight and is aware of what is going on in the world is it comes, in large part, as a recognition that many around the world are grateful we have decided to reengage and become an active multi-lateral player in the great issues which many nations are concerned about. It does not mean Barcak Obama and his team have actually achieved anything about those issues in real terms.

Simply put, Gene, the jury is still out and the Nobel Committee
might have placed both a burden on our new President and sent he and his team a signal that will make it more difficult to do the heavy lifting and hard decision making which are needed.

Posted by: bobfbell | October 10, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

When you see the Republican Right reaction to the Prize selection, you begin to see the style of leadership that America had become subjected to over the last eight years,,, comtempt for anyone different in belief or looks (racist), meanspirited, paranoia, contorted faces spewing bile, self righteousness, dismissive, etc And you see why the world had become disillusioned over America's leadership in the world, and when you see that America, under this leadership began to act unilaterally on its own self righteous, political and militaristic objectives, then you can see the new American President as someone who is less threatening to the world and to peace,

Posted by: EastCoastnLA | October 10, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Mr. Robinson.

The real question is why Republicans hate America so much??

Bad mouthing our Commander in Chief at every turn?

Cheering for Brazil over he USA??

MY guess is these Republican 'hatriots' hate us for our freedom.

Posted by: screwjob1 | October 10, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

It's about America, stupid people! Thank God for President Obama!

Posted by: Miracle05 | October 10, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, Mr. Robinson!

FINALLY a BALANCED voice of reason. The republicans are great spinsters- they spin Obama's great strengths into weaknesses. The feeble-minded follow them without ever hazarding an independent thought. Ridiculous.

Congratulations, President Obama! You set out to improve America's image abroad. Job very well done!

Posted by: mm14 | October 10, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

This might be the first Gene Robinson column that is 100% right. I rarely agree with him, but he has this one right. Our President (love him or hate him) won the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE and I'm not seeing anyone congratulate him. And the same people who took joy in (what what supposedly) a personal rebuke are now complaining about what "Europeans who hate America" did. Incredible.

It's fine to disagree with Obama's policies, but this hate anything and everything is not only wrongheaded, it is ridiculous. As someone else said, if Obama supported a sunny day, the Republicans would come out in favor of rain.

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

"Please cite one accomplishment Obama had on 2-1-09, when nominations went in, that warrant this award?"

Piece of cake. He inspired Democrats, Independents, and moderate Republicans to take back their country to show the world that Democracy is alive and well in the US. By simply being elected, he restored faith in our political processes.

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

Just imagine the horror and apoplexy if the Olympics were coming to America, too. The "rationale" of these "patriots" is elusive.

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

Dear Mr. Robinson,

Thank you for always for saying what needs to be said civilly, clearly and simply.

The venomous reactionary jealousy of President Obama on the part of the right wing has now been fully exposed for exactly what it is - by their own words.

They continue to express themselves as Un-American individuals - actually in some cases even traitorous Republican members of congress - whose oath of office obviously means nothing to them - as only the first year of the Obama presidency unfolds.

By the way could you please write to promote an investigation into how these Republican congressmen paid for their trips to foreign nations to speak against the United States Government.

They need to be thrown out of office.

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

Hello people, this thing about NOMINATIONS being made on 2-1-09 means people were NOMINATED, not given the award. Obama was chosen from a field of 205 nominees, including 172 individuals and 33 organisations. In other words, someone else besides Obama could have received it. So, what has occurred between Feb. and now has influenced the SELECTION of the winner. And, Obama accomplished more in one day with Iran, by negotiating, than Bush accomplished in 8 years of "axis of evil." If Obama had bombed Tehran, for example, would he have received the award?

Posted by: bbrockhouse | October 10, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

I intend to be an influential journalist that reports significant revelations that bring new hope of health and prosperity to the world.

Where is my Pulitzer?

Posted by: 2009frank | October 10, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

All this negativity makes it clear that Obama's quest for civil discourse in our society is not there. I fully agree with you Gene, simple heartfelt congratulations would have been sufficient.

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

"But if by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal."
John F. Kennedy

And, I'm proud to have President Barack Hussein Obama representing my country to the world.

Posted by: joy2 | October 10, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse


At this point, you should just propose to Obama and move in.

You have such a man-crush on him, I'm guessing your wife is looking at you funny.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | October 10, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Finally, an excellent article.

Posted by: playa_brotha | October 10, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

"How can anyone who lives near Russia be DUMB enough to think doing away w/ nukes will make the world more peaceful?"

Has it ever crossed your mind that people who live next door to the Russians are in a better position to understand them than you are? Your outdated, cartoonish view of Them Damn Russkies is of no value, in this century.

And, I hate to tell you - most of the world is less nationalistic than many Americans.

Posted by: strum | October 10, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I think even President Obama realizes it is a premature award.

Posted by: jslivesay | October 10, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Why no kudos for Obama?

Because we are all racists, Robinson except of course you. All us white folks including those who voted him into office all hate blacks for the color of their skin while ignoring their talents.

We should all be hung for our racism and leave you blacks to rule a new world of fairness, equality, and competence. Start with the lilly white IOC, and second with any critcs of the Obama administration, than all the rest last for simply being white. We whites know down deep we merely pollute the pristine black world. We whites are just an evil you blacks have to tolerate. I promise, masser Robinson, I won't have any mo white kids.

Posted by: reginacoeli | October 10, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Agreed. The obvious reaction, back when we all used to be Americans first, before we had to assess everything from the war in Iraq to the price of lettuce through the prism of being either Democrats or Republicans, would be just to say: "great! this is a wonderful thing for our country," and leave it at that.

Has Obama "earned" it? It's not for him or us, to say. The choices the Nobel Committee makes are its own affair, though it's worth noting that hardly any of the previous prizewinners were people who had actually achieved peace - more like they were given credit just for trying. In that sense he's probably earned it as much as anyone has.

You're also right that naysayers will say nay no matter what happens; forget them, they're already in Karl Marx's dustbin of history. But for those who think the Eurocrats are trying to influence Obama's future choices, I can only say if that is the Nobel committee's plan, they don't understand the U.S. very well; I suppose Obama will try not to be influenced at all, but the fact of this prize being awarded at this awkward time probably would push him (or any U.S. president) in the other direction, to prove he wasn't being pushed around by the Europeans.

Posted by: threeoaksgone | October 10, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

It has been a laughing good time watching all the neocon heads explode over the past day. I look forward to 7+ more years of it with glee!

Posted by: OldManTalking | October 10, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Robinson, the world is waking up to the fraud that the left has unleashed. But as a loyal maggot, you will go after all those who see the truth about your messiah and the rest of the frauds on the left with vicious, rabid attacks. You disgust me.

Posted by: ArlingtonHokie | October 10, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

MGrantham2 writes:

"Please cite one accomplishment Obama had on 2-1-09, when nominations went in, that warrant this award?"

How about being elected the first Black president of the United States? How about running the most perfect campaign ever? How about turning the tide of voter dynamics all across the nation? How about inspiring a following of the international community that had hated our guts for 8 years? And if you don't think the latter makes it easier for the US to champion its causes, you need a lesson in diplomacy 101.

How foolish we are to think that the Nobel Peace Prize is tied to only the Presidency or political agenda. It's actually given to people who pursue *peace*. No matter how many days you've been in office.

Posted by: tpwpny | October 10, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

President Obama didn't ask for the award. He was as surprised as everyone else when he was awarded it. He expressed humility and vowed to try to be deserving of it. What else do you conservatives want him to do? Give it back? What does it say that the only three groups I hear deriding this honor are Hamas, al-Qaeda, and the Republican National Committee?

Posted by: CommanderBarkfeather | October 10, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Why no Kudo's for President Obama?

Well, it's because the Right-Wing spectrum of the countries political system was a complete "FAILURE" for 8 years and so were their previous Leaders, and so are the people who currently represent them now.

When your party is a Failure, then what else do you have to make yourself look more intelligent and superior?

You simply keep clawing and trying to tear down the opposition with every move they or he makes.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | October 10, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson; Nobel winners areeeee. Woodrow Wilson, a racist; Carter, a loser; Arafat, terrorist; Gore, prevaricator; and now Obama, a Marist. You really want the gold? This is not the best group to associate yourself with Gene. Then again I expect no less from a liberal sycophant like yourself. In antiquity Gene you would have been like the different groveling nobles begging for the opportunity to empty Louis XIV's chamber pot. How many would you have knocked out of the way to empty it?!

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

Not that we need any more comments, but maybe for balance? The prize represents Europe, remembering WWI and II, by thanking the President for initiating a saner tone into volatile world problems. Not being as insular as the U.S., they appreciate his broad knowledge and under-standing, and wish to encourage him to move forward with negotiating an end to nuclear proliferation and weapons of more and more massive destruction.

Posted by: jeangerard1 | October 10, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

This award was given for NOT being George Bush, during whose Presidency the US was accurately viewed around the world as the single greatest threat to peace on the planet. Keep in mind that Obama was alive PRIOR to the election and from the beginning opposed unilateral invasion and occupation of Iraq without provocation or reason. The world hasn't been opposed to our invastion of Afghanistan to root out havens for those who attacked us on 9/11, and a few countries have joined in our effort there.

Posted by: dolph924 | October 10, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Not that we need any more comments, but maybe for balance? The prize represents Europe, remembering WWI and II, by thanking the President for initiating a saner tone into volatile world problems. Not being as insular as the U.S., they appreciate his broad knowledge and under-standing, and wish to encourage him to move forward with negotiating an end to nuclear proliferation and weapons of more and more massive destruction. Congratulations to him and to them! America, wake up and smell the roses!

Posted by: jeangerard1 | October 10, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I was in Rome, Italy, on the evening of October 26, 2008. There was a massive anti-Berlosconi rally. People everywhere.From a Cafe with a great view of the Colossuem, I watched people massing in three directions. The cafe was crowded.I decided to wait there for my younger friends who walked down the steep hill. There were two women there, one about fortyish, and her mother who must have been close to seventy. They had come in for coffee before heading to the train. I asked the younger if she spoke English, and what the rally was about. She said it was because Berlosconi was a crook, and this was a democratic rally against him. The leader of the rally, she said, is "our Obama". I asked her if I could have her poster as a souvenir. She gave it to me laughingly and walked off. Then she turned back, "When you go home to America, Vote Obama, hear? He is our hope too!" I promised I would; then she ran off to meet her mother patiently waiting in the crowded street.I do not know her name. Her poster hangs in my study:"UN'ALTRA ITALIA
E POSSIBLE" If she could read this, I would want her to know that I voted for him; and his campaign materials, along with my early voting ticket, are part of my treasures for this decade.One America is possible. He said that in 2004 at the Democratic Party Convention.
The world rejoices for him.
Let us also rejoice, and be glad of him. Jubilate!

Posted by: elainedatter2 | October 10, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

"Why not a simple note of congratulations?"

Because he hasn't done anything. (It's stunning that you need to be told that.)

"If someone else had won the Nobel, they’d be cackling that the president had been given another comeuppance."

This line represents perfectly the depth and honesty of your thought.

Posted by: couwnt | October 10, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

The peace prize was awarded to the man Obama is not the Presidency that he holds. The "peace" that the world sees is his ability to have the majority of white people in the most racist country in the world putting him in the White House. His peace initiative comes from having youth become part of the voting process as never before. His "peace" came from being the upright moral man that he is, ( not putting 16 yr. old "baby mamas" on the world stage, not having affairs, not evading taxes, etc.) The peace he has is inward, and despite what pundits say, I really believe he can get you and anyone else "told" if he had to. But he has peace because he chose the high ground. MLK got the Nobel Peace prize but was killed before he had "accomplished anything". Nelson Mandela's 31 years in prison did not accomplish anything until it was almost time for him to be freed. So to those who feel Obama has not DONE anything to deserve the prize, visit the library, and know your history.

Posted by: cynthia624 | October 10, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I would congratulate Obama if he had done ANYTHING to deserve any kind of an honor. The truth is that he is single handedly (unless you count congress) destroying America. Very soon we will be just another Chavez's Venezuela. Thanks Obama. Now take your nobel and stick it.

Posted by: aaniko | October 10, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Unlike Obama apologist and cheerleader Robinson, here's an honest liberal:

George Orwell said: ""War is Peace" "Freedom is Slavery" "Ignorance is Strength" ,

Today, these quotations are on my mind; not only because of the apparent hubris on the part of the Nobel Committee, but also because of the openly ignorant arrogance being displayed by so many of my fellow Americans.

War is not Peace. War is war. President Obama is carrying out the exact same wars on the exact same fronts as did President Bush. There is no difference. The civilians in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan are just as dead when killed by troops under Obama's command as they were when killed by troops under Bush's command. Our young American troops are also just as dead.

At least Bush was honest. He said and did what he believed was right. I disagreed with him. I thought what he said and did was wrong. But, now people are blushing with bliss over what Obama says and how he looks; but what he does is identical to Bush; and they still blush with pride and joy.

I have lost respect for people I have known for forty years. People who have said they stood for peace since Vietnam. I now consider them frauds and liars on the largest scale.

Most self-proclaimed Pro-Peace Democrats should be ashamed, but in this society; in this culture; the shameless never recognize themselves. jessica c.

Posted by: kohnfjerry | October 10, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations, President Obama!! To those who so self-righteously declare he's done nothing to deserve the prize, I say please remember the sight of 80,000 Americans of all colors and ages celebrating in a stadium in Denver last year - when Obama got nominated. Remember the sight of hundreds of thousands of Europeans last year cheering our president. Remember a speech on race that was pivotal. Remember an election victory that was phenomenal and peaceful and glorious, with huge crowds in Chicago. Remember an inauguration that was spectacular for displays of joy and for the size of the crowds that attended on a very cold January day.

Remember that no other country on earth has come so far in the direction of equality among the races as we did on that day. If you scorn all that, I pity you.

What had President Obama done by the time of the nomination? All that and more. Who can remember a candidate that brought that many diverse folks together-- most of whom had worked hard for that victory? I'm talking about all those big moments, not just one party's worth, or one small element's worth. And he saved us from the disaster of the McCain-Palin ticket. That's a big plus for world peace right there.

Obama came from extremely humble beginnings and, with his race and his name and his obscurity all working against him, he brought millions of people together. Try it sometime. It's not easy. I have found hope and inspiration from every one of those events. They helped heal us as a country from eight years of bad policy and worse politics -- the politics of hatred and division.

The voices of hatred are louder and meaner than ever from the losers of that election. They sound absolutely putrid in their bitterness, and one has to wonder at the intensity of their ability to pour constant hatred upon a man -- no matter what he does!

If he loses the Olympics (and note, it's all his fault), he's lost prestige. If he wins the Nobel Peace Prize, for God's sake, the same people hate him for gaining prestige. Gene is right that if he cured cancer, he'd be criticized.

This current sewer of hatred is not about anything rational, but rather about revenge, an ugly emotion. Revenge for feeling bitter about the failures of George Bush. We need to call it what it is and ignore it.

The rest of us, the majority of us, will go on being proud of our President. Proud of majority of voters who heard, understood, and believed the message of Peace.

Sometimes, folks who live in other countries see us more clearly than we see ourselves. They're the ones who gave the Prize. They saw an amazing election. They were inspired. They gave a prize. Done.

Don't forget that Martin Luther King, Ghandi, and Lincoln had to face ridicule at the least and also hatreds of immense proportion. The greater the leader, the more hatred from the bitter ignorant few. Always the case.

Posted by: cturtle1 | October 12, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Exactly, what has Obama accomplished during his Presidency other than apologizing for our arrogance and siding with our enemies? Nobel PEACE Prize, why did he belatedly issue a statement against Iran following their election regarding the treatment of their own people? Why has he been so late to respond to General McChrystal’s request for more troops. I guess flying off to Copenhagen was more important. These are just a few issues that I have with him. And don’t tell me that the stimulus is working either. As far as I’m concerned he hasn’t done anything for this country to be proud of rather he’s disgraced this great country.

Posted by: jvarrowtruck | October 15, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

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