Does Obama deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?

October 9, 2009

U.S. President Barack Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. The Norwegian Nobel Committee said Obama had been awarded the prize for his calls to reduce the world’s stockpiles of nuclear weapons and work towards restarting the stalled Middle East peace process.

The committee praised Obama for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”

“Very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future.”

The laureate wins a gold medal, a diploma and 10 million Swedish crowns (1.4 million dollars or 878,000 pounds).

Obama was one of a record 205 nominees for this year’s prize and the decision has come as a surprise to many. Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, had been tipped as one of the favourites.

Despite his ambitious international agenda, Obama is yet to make a significant breakthrough in the Middle East or effectively deal with the threat of Iran’s nuclear programme and his country is currently fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Has Obama done enough to justify winning the Nobel Peace Prize? If not, who do you think should have won?


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it works like a bit of blackmail – he surprisingly started the nuclear reduction move which is so unAmerican. after this award there can not be going back to hawkish American tendencies. he has to see it through, lest he becomes just another joke – a brighter Bush

Posted by chippa | Report as abusive

The Nobel Peace Prize should be earned, not merely awarded for what we hope will happen. Obama is not responsible for the peace seen in the world since his election, re a prior post. Peace is a long-term process, and affected by many things. The vision of a newly-elected president with no proven accomplishments is clearly not the cause.
People like Ghandi have a vision, and sacrifice their life to it. Where are their awards? Why is Obama such a presitgious award simply for saying he has a vision? How political and sad.

Posted by Susan Elamri | Report as abusive

The Russian leader complimented Obama on receiving the nobel award,and suggested that there could be a new UNDERSTANDING between the two countries.But also said in the expectations that Obama hoped that they would join him in sanctions against Iran,WE KNOW THAT THERE MIGHT BE A TIME WHEN SANCTIONS WILL HAVE TO BE IMPOSED AGAINST IRAN,WE DO NOT THING THAT THIS POSSIBLY THAT TIME,Sucked in again Obama!

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

I think he deserved it for what he has accomplished already. Yes, it’s easy to poke fun, but Obama is a huge figure in world politics.

Here’s some accomplishments that are very important to me:

1. he’s not Bush (that one could have won it for him all by itself)
2. Signed a detailed executive order to ban torture and inhumane treatment of prisoners.
3. Lifted a ban on giving federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide abortion information.
4. Released the interrogation memos without consulting the Bush staff and/or Bush about it. And they were only partially released some of the information in the memos were not made public.
5. Pushed for enactment of Matthew Shepard Act, which expands hate crime law to include sexual orientation and other factors.
6. Granted Americans unrestricted rights to visit family and send money to Cuba.
7. As promised gave a speech at a major Islamic forum in the first 100 days of his administration.
8.Directed military leaders to end war in Iraq. Followed by a successful military drawdown.
9. started talks with many foreign leaders

It has become clear that it was a political maneuver driven by former Norwegian prime minister, who heads the Nobel Peace prize committee: dUSTRE59E3M720091015

This imbecile managed to damage his own country’s reputation, and much worse – he tarnished the image of the Nobel Peace prize, and that’s unforgivable.

Norwegians should give him the boot ASAP

Posted by clearly not | Report as abusive

Absolutely. I feel if we genuinely look at the fact that he has been in office for 9 months and has tackled the most controversial issues of our time, yes, yes he deserves it.
Please keep an open mind and heart when looking at his administration.
Thanks, MLSD

Posted by Mildred | Report as abusive

Its not fair to give a noble peace to a person who really don’t deserve it.

Fact One:
Gandhi, who is well known across the world even when the media awareness was less he influenced many people and is the role model for many across the world for his peace. Even he did not get one noble price. How can this Obamaaaa Get a noble peace withing nine months without doing much for the people.

Fact two:
In Obama’s case the previous President was a diplomat and promoted war. Once Obama came into the seat he was working on what he needs to work on…
If someone performs his daily task properly does he deserve a noble peace…

I never like this.. Obama should feel shame to take this award which he does not deserve………

Posted by Maddy | Report as abusive

Mike – no doubt you mean well and are sincere. That was the worst list ever read by these open eyes. Shrink government.

Posted by gleebonics | Report as abusive

Mr. Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize and dedicated it to “all those men and women across the world who sacrifice their safety and their freedom and sometime their lives for the cause of peace”. But a war played since 2001 by equivocal means may hugely increase the hate and reactive identity across the world. For instance, in October 2009, the majority of a series of coordinated attacks in Pakistan was made by young people against its police, intelligence and army institutions, and against U.N. forces and institutions as well. Those events have echoed eight years of U.S. unilateralism, theologized intolerance, human rights abuses on behalf of security, and lack of financial regulation. After eight years, good intentions and good examples are better than nothing. Mr. Obama’s nine months of government inspire good example to leadership, not miracle. That is very important after Bush era. So, the “strategy turn” of Obama administration that was awarded by Nobel Committee. The Bush’s loyalists are hypocritical for sneering — with absolutely no recognition of their own culpability — that Mr. Obama has not yet ended the wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq. Eight years of equivocal games and strategy errors don’t end in nine months.

i think that obama should get the nobel award. like a guy up there said we have to keep an open mind and heart when looking at his administration. i am in 6th and we know about what great things obama has done for u including the stop of iranians attacking india and the united states. so let us think in the positive side. afterall we are responsible for obama getting the award. so if you think it is wrong then it is your own fault. thankyou.

Posted by polo | Report as abusive

It greatly saddens me to see the lack of support among his own countrymen for the receipt of this award. President Obama turned our nation from one of fear, to of hope: hope for nuclear disarmament, for better relations with the Middle East, for the end of Gitmo torture, even for domestic unification. The NPP is not necessarily awarded for what has been done (see MLKJr being awarded far before any true civil rights progress was made), but for a commitment to the idea and HOPE of peace, and President Obama has stood steady in his dedication to these ideals. We should be proud of our leader! He took office in a time when the US was in a bad way regarding foreign relations and has managed to mend and rebuild nearly all of those fractured alliances. In his acceptance speech, President Obama acknowledges that his work has just barely begun, but I fear that in this climate of hate, he will not be given a chance to complete his mission. Bravo, Mr. President, and congratulations! You absolutely deserve this award.

Posted by gabriella | Report as abusive

Yes Barack deserves the award and honour. The Nobel Committee was unequivocal in the reason why he was given – “his extraordinary efforts …..”. If there is anyone that fosters cooperation between people today – Barack is the man.

Posted by Omagbemi Kakayor | Report as abusive

In my point of view i dont think so that the person like Obama deserve a noble prize.


Although I approve of a good deal, not all, of the work that our president, Barack Obama, has done to date while in office, I don’t think that work warrants receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. With all probability he will/should receive it in the future. That said, I will add that since 1994 when PLO/terrorist leader, Yassir Arafat was 1/3 recipient of the ‘Peace Prize’, I have lost most respect for the selection committee.

What do you know ?
I know it’s late but better than nothing to a dumb-axx and a Nobel Prize.
Alfred B. Nobel (1833–1896), the Swedish chemist and engineer who invented dynamite, left $9 million in his will to establish the Nobel Prizes, which are awarded annually, without regard to nationality, in six areas ( peace, literature, physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, and economic science) ” to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind.” the first awards were distributed in 1901.
Great ! Great ! Great ! Mr. Nobel has been the genious, the thinker and the Industrialist With a Conscience.
I always admire and greatly respect the Nobel Foundation. This time The Norwegian Committee awards the peace prize. It obviously comes about the dumb-a__ Obama, I have a question for you all.
Who nominated Obama ? What has Obama actually accomplished ? any contribution so far ? It’s just no more than sweet talks on international stages with unpredictable results at the end of the turnel.
Is he a huge thinker or a very good talker ? His messages to the world are simply as diplomatical and practical as first grade teacher trying to tell 12 grade stubborn kids. It sounds great but everyone knows it would’t work that way.
You see, Central and South America, and with Chavez, Is peace coming yet ? Israel and Palestine, peace yet ? Iran, peace yet ? Obama promised before election that he’ll brings troops home. Are they home peacefully yet, to those love ones believed in his speeches ? Don’t hold your breath, he pulled troops out of Iraq and send to Afghanistan right in your face.
Next, North Korea, peace in sight yet ? How about China occupied and suppressed millions of Tibetan for a long long time, and now China bullyingly took over several groups of island from Vietnam.
People, do you see peace restored any where yet ?
I do not, I even feel myself embarrassing for what have happened in our country such as O.J. Simpson trial, bank and company’s CEO and officers beg for bail out and turn around rob our tax money for their bonusus, benefits, allowances.
And now more funnier and disgustingly, here comes a great peace making man in the whole world, President Obama. Oh Really ??? or silly ??? Is this another laughable joke ?
Wow, ” Yes, we can do ” stupid ! See for yourself and believe or not what communists or Obama says.
Lady and gentlemen, You are so intelligent to know that ” talk is earier than done “. Remember this proverb, ” An empty barrel rattles louder “.
In my opinion, Chairman of Nobel Prize just plays by waving a carrot in front of President Obama. What do you think ?
America sweeper

Posted by Hilo in USA | Report as abusive

Why ask the question? If enough eraders say no will it convince the Committee to ask for it back? It is insulting to the President of the United States and smacks of racism.

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Posted by GoodKarmaToday | Report as abusive

sure. i do belive that. it can be a real incentive or prize to Obama for the peace he can bring in his term. that much is the confidence in him by whole world or ‘prize in advance for the peace to bring in to Obama’

another thing is, the decision of the nobel committee is always to be resptected. there is no much point in questioning that.

Posted by change123 | Report as abusive

the nobel peace prize committee have debased their value by awrding or bribing the president of a gun totting lone superpower who bully smaller nations, and lost to a bunch of pyjamas guerrillas in the tiny nation of vietnam

Posted by maybelieve | Report as abusive

I agree with those who say this wasn’t deserved…and Lech Walesa’s negative comments on the president recently is telling. Welby

Posted by welby | Report as abusive