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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And all King gave us was a dream, right? Clearly, Americans have no clue what the award actually represents.

Here’s a hint: It does not go purely to someone who has spent their entire life pushing for peace. Since so many seem so challenged to find what the award actually DOES mean:

“Henry Dunant, founder of the Red Cross, shared the first Nobel Peace Prize in 1901 with Frédéric Passy, a leading international pacifist of the time. In addition to humanitarian efforts and peace movements, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded for work in a wide range of fields including advocacy of human rights, mediation of international conflicts, and arms control.”

Note the words ADVOCATE and MEDIATE – look them up if you have to.

“On 27 November 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his last will and testament, giving the largest share of his fortune to a series of prizes, the Nobel Prizes. As described in Nobel’s will, one part was dedicated to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”. Learn more about the Nobel Peace Prize from 1901-2008. The 2009 Nobel Prize is not yet included.”

A note to the dullards – Obama did not win for Iraq, or Afghanistan, both started by our previous President. And only a true invalid would expect that he could have made complete withdrawals on both fronts and not caused more damage.

Posted by Justin | Report as abusive

Nobel (peace) recipients are mostly bogus, but I believe Obama is a worthy choice. The prize went to intense war-mongerers like Theodore Roosevelt, Kissinger, Elihu Root etc. BUT GANDHI NEVER GOT IT. Mother Teresa, who was a product of right-wing propanganda and myth-making was another recipient (I am form Calcutta and have never witnessed any charitbale function of her order).

Posted by rama chatterjee | Report as abusive

I’m still trying to figure out what he’s done period. So that begs the question what has he done to win the Nobel. I guess from my view point he’s a man of many words but no action to back them.

Posted by Todd | Report as abusive

this whole award is now not only insignificant, it is also a complete joke.
This is not given for an achievement now, it is given to the most left-wing nut they can find.
Even Clinton is more deserving, and that is saying something!!!

Posted by ELsie McQuarrie | Report as abusive

he doesn’t deserve it. he did nothing to earn it. it is probably motivated by political correctness, racism, politics, butt kissing, or whatever. al gore didn’t deserve his, either.

For those of you who don’t think Obama deserved the Nobel…don’t fret…he’ll deserve his second Nobel in about 25 years.

Posted by Bill Cowne | Report as abusive

No, and it’s a slap in the face to all those who have really worked for peace. It has forever cheaped the prize and really made it a joke

Posted by april | Report as abusive

now i understand clearly way president oboma has been hesitant about sending troops to afganistan. he didn’t want to jepordize his chances of winning the noble.

Posted by joanne | Report as abusive

Did any of you actually look at the Nobel website? It explains the process of choosing the winner. The nominations are submitted in SEPTEMBER of the previous year (two months before Obama was elected). Granted, his name could have been submitted after, but the deadline for submissions is FEBRUARY 1… a mere two weeks after he took office.

How can you actually convince yourself that he was chosen out of merit, and not because of his color? Former receipients of the prize and all people of color should be outraged. This has made a mockery of both.

Martin Luther King, Jr. said in his I Have a Dream speech: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Dr. King was all about equality, not special treatment. What a shame that all he fought and consequently died for has now been so distorted by those with their own agendas that have everything to do with private interest and nothing to do with equality.

Posted by Glenanne Robinson | Report as abusive

Obama has done nothing as yet to get the Nobel.
He has even embraced some of the Bush policies that his campaign against got him elected. He will not get a second term if he continues with egocentri rhetoric with no real achiement. He is a typical politician that was simply elected because no one wanted anothe Bush in the form of McCain.
As for “don’t ask don’t tell” bigges opponent was Colin Powell who would never had gotten to be Secretary if Truman hadn’t desegregated the military. Its time to desegregate and let the gays stay NOW! I do not expect Obama to do anything but talk about it!!!!!!!!

The president himself said that “I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments.” Alfred Nobel in his Will, stipulated that the prize should be given to people “who end militarism and war and are for disarmament”. I simply could not comprehend why Norwegian parliament which I think is making these decision for Nobel prizes, broke the Will of Alfred Nobel when president Obama is considering to send more troops to Afghanistan. Besides, president Obama has not shown toughness on disarming Iran when they had a secret nuclear facility which could be used to produce nuclear arms. The Nobel laureate president Obama may project a contradictory image to the world if Iran were to test a nuclear bomb someday soon. The whole thing seems like giving a trophy to a good player before winning the game and it is my commonsense opinion that it was unfair to do it so. However, I would image that this would enable president Obama to talk more about nuclear bomb free world but such a thing may be an impossibility or with a very little probability when the world is facing energy crisis and more and more countries are seeking new ways to make energy including nuclear energy. So, in my opinion president Obama may be talking about an impossibility and diverting precious time that otherwise could have been used for job creation and Green energy production when the country is continually loosing jobs in huge numbers for quite sometime.

I also wonder that if a person thinks, one doesn’t deserve something, he must refuse to accept it to show integrity to the world. It’s like a dance teacher refusing to accept math professor job which only makes dance worse.

Besides, when Republicans come back to power Norway could have serious consequence and perhaps the Nobel Prize may be totally barred to any Americans because of the upstart award.

Posted by Observer1234 | Report as abusive

It’s a pitty that President clinton who took the risk of going to North Korea and diffusing nuclear tension did not get any peace prize.

This Nobel prize award does not make much sense and President Obama must reject it as he mentioned he doesn’t deserve it. This would give him double the honor world wide to show integrity and fairness.

Posted by Observer1234 | Report as abusive

What exacttly is the criteria for receiving a Nobel Peace prize?

Posted by josejimenez | Report as abusive

Barry has SUCH a big ego. I think like I really should have received the prize. Really.

Posted by Nancy P. | Report as abusive

Hell yeah, he has accomplished a lot. He has bankrupted the country and caused ammo to disappear. If that’s beginners, I don’t want to see the finale.

Posted by Hayduke | Report as abusive

I don’t thing that Obama deserves the highest nobility award, though Obama is working hard for the restoration of democracy around the world. but giving a Nobel Peace award is not fare.
Nobel peace Award is the Award for those who have worked for decades to achieve it. so I think it should be revised with great concentration.

Posted by Abdul Waqas Abro | Report as abusive

See him get the award almost made me laugh!! What a joke
I didn’t realize giving speeches and promises that aren’t met, was enough to get a Nobel Peace Prize……
Gee what a slap in the face to all the people around the world that really work toward peace.
Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t he at war??????????? Strange………

Posted by Crystal | Report as abusive

I am double degreed mensan and am astonished at the ignorance of the postings I have seen. The award was not really to Obama. It was to the United States and the representative democracy that put Obama into the presidency. The European attitude is that We are a bloc. Obama merely represents that bloc. Obama is the plenipotential representative of the people that voted him in. The MESSAGE was CHANGE. The award was merely for that CHANGE. Therefore, the award is to the electorate that agreed with the CHANGE.

Posted by Ron Han | Report as abusive

No. Simply, No. He has not done anything yet. He made few forward looking, political statements, which has zero meaning until achieved. Period.

Posted by Muralisk | Report as abusive

I’m convinced that the nobel committee gave Obama the peace prize to SHAME HIM into actually doing something!

Posted by cfp | Report as abusive

Its ridiculus that the president of a country STILL at war wins an award that celebrates peace – contradiction! Ilike Obama, but I DO NOT agree with this!

If the value of Noble Prize goes down, he will get it every time.

Posted by jumper | Report as abusive

He is not getting the award for what he has done which is at this stage nothing,he is getting the award for what George Bush has done,this is a protest against Bushes policies,If Al Gore had been leaving office not Bush he won,t have received squat,so lets not take it out of context they are only giving it to him for this reason therefore he should give Bush some credit.Come on Eric h take your hat to George because Obama,s got this ridding on Bushes shoulders.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

No, he doesn’t deserve it at all!. What has Barack Obama really done? Can he ever stand up to the lights of people like Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela? This has forever cheaped the Nobel peace prize, I have lost all respect for it.

Posted by VK | Report as abusive

There is no doubt about he is not deserving Nobel prize.But he will think about this honor before taking war related decisions.It will help for the world peace.Lets see

Clearly, the Nobel Committee went out of their way when they conferred this honour on Mr Obama. Mr. Obama, did himself no good, by accepting the prize. It may appear churlish, but he showed a clear lack of grace, unwittingly ignoring the work of the other nominees this year, by accepting this honour out-of-turn. He appeared more like the ‘teacher’s pet’ at school ascending the dais to receive yet another prize.

The Nobel Committee anyway has a history of such behaviour- ignoring the Mahatma is a case in point.

I only hope this honour ‘thrust’ upon Mr Obama does not force him and his admistration to ‘push for peace’ in disputed areas across the world. Surely, he will have to ‘live upto’ the award in the coming days, and one hopes he does not do anything foolish.

Who knows, ‘forcing’ the hands of the leaders and people of regions under dispute for peace may trigger more hostilities in these regions, than by leaving it to the people concerned to resolve the issues!

Posted by Welingkar | Report as abusive

i think noble price doesnt carry any value if given to obama.there should be some extraordinary or above human achievement for one to embrace this prestigious prize

I dnt think the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to just short term achievements, i think they look at a lifetime and for that BO deserves it! who else in the recent past after Nelson Mandela has caught the world’s attention and inspired so many to believe the unbelievable and think the unthinkable? for that reason, he is among the greatest human beings for this moment!

Posted by Nat | Report as abusive

Iraq, Afghanistan and what not… as somebody rightly said ‘I’d kill for a Noble Peace Prize’

Posted by Nikhil | Report as abusive

I think they should have giving the nobel peace prize to Michael Jackson instead!! He was far more deserving than Obama…….who todate has only gone and talked big….but hasn’t delivered anything!!

Isnt the Nobel Peace Prize given for accomplishments, not for promises!!

Mahatama Gandhi was far more deserving.

Posted by Kitty | Report as abusive

I don’t really understand for what he’s got Nobel prize for, he hasn’t done anythign to reduce any tension or increase peace in the worls. If someone who’s US president just says that they wanted to reduce Nuclear weapons, doesn’t entitle them for this award. He should have been tested for atleast his terma and then his actions would have been accounted for.

This is clearly a sign of Obama bandwagon and i am sure there’re lot of other deserving candidates who has spent their lives for the “Peace” of the world..

Posted by Sandy | Report as abusive

if making promises was the criteria to get the Nobel prize…then his Indian counterparts are more eligible than him!!?

Posted by aftab | Report as abusive

Obama has left an impression of dignity and respect.
To go where no man has dared to traveled before, into the hearts of others around the world and not just in America.
I am proud to call him our President whom has such believe in the unity and love of others that it spreads world wide and that is why he deserve the noble prize. The Odasity of Hope

We love and Thank You Mr.President

Posted by Msmorality | Report as abusive

Some people say he deserves the prize, but do they really believe it??

I think it’s morally wrong to award a prize to someone who hasn’t earned it.

Posted by correct | Report as abusive

Peace is not won by long duration of fighting for it but by experiential attainment . The crotics of Obama Nobel Peace Award cannot deny the wave of global peace since Obama came in as US President. Congratulations President Obama You surely deserve the Peace Award (Nigerian)

It is really difficult for me to believe that Obama would be the winner of the peace prize.Obama hasn’t yet been tested enough though he has preached peace to his people and the world.Every words of him must be tested and proved by his practical deeds.The world ,specially the developing nations , expects much from Obama’s adminstartion .There are so many wars and human right abuses at this moment so he should have resolved all these crises and he should have done his “peace ageda assignments” properly before the peace award .

Posted by Jeremy | Report as abusive

I am appalled by the audacity of the Americans. The Nobel peace prize has lost all of its value. This is more ridiculous than Bill Clinton case, the man killed a couple of thousand civilians in Belgrade and he got a peace prize. Obama didn’t lift a finger to reduce nuclear armament; in fact, his and the previous administration are developing 4th and 5th generation! I doubt even a dozen soldiers came back from Afghanistan, and Iraq continues to be a disaster.WHAT peace did he achieve!?

And to reply to the wiseguy below saying peace is won by “experimental attainment”… what does that even mean???? Oh, lets give Obama the prize and the world might get more peaceful? Ridiculous!

Anyway, forget it… Nobel invented dynamite, and maybe it is fitting that the United States presidents get this prize… It’s rather symbolic, since they, just like Alfred Nobel, have blood on their hands.

Posted by johnny | Report as abusive

In as much as Obama is currently the toast of all nations and a lovable entity respected by all… well almost all, including me.
I still really do not think he deserves the award just yet. Like someone already pointed out, the award committee should have given him more time to actualize his promises/dreams of peace among all nations. A 2% achievement ratio of this set-out goal might put him in the race for the Nobel prize, but right now, its just talk talk talk no measurable aachievement.

Posted by uche | Report as abusive

President Obama is my hero, he is doing and working hard on many fields that others have feared to change, from having the courage to face the unknown negative forces that disrespect the highest office in our country “America”. I credit him for bringing America together by agreeing and disagreeing without fear of death or harm. Our system works because our President is willing to put himself in harms way by disturbed people. I know of some racist that speak of great harm. The March to Washington DC by Gay Activist is a great move to improve and promote the best in our Military. As a Navy Veteran I was a victim of MST and left untreated by threat of violence if reported. Lets make one small step to ending hate in the military

I have no idea why he was chosen and awarded the prize. By choosing him, the Nobel Committee has made a very wrong decision to devalue the prestige of the Nobel prize.

Obama has done nothing in the US and worldwide except too much talking like a demagogue.

The best person for 2009 Nobel Peace Prize would be Bill Gates who has been working to combat diseases worldwide.

Posted by Tri | Report as abusive

it is the right of the noble peace committee to award any body they think, but obama does not have to accept it ,on the ground of merit

Giving the Nobel Prize to Obama is like giving it to Neville Chamberlain. Worse, since at least Chamberlain did appease Hitler in Munich. Verbiage from Obama without any results, merely hope for future results is idiotic. As an American I am embarrassed and as a rational adult I am disgusted. Nothing was done to earn the award, just everyone trying to prove they aren’t prejudiced. What a sick joke on the whole world.

Posted by Mark | Report as abusive

Absolutely, positively, without a doubt, NO~! And I mean Hell no! What has this left wing radical socialist done in his short 9 months as president to warrant such a once endeared award? In fact, he not only has done nothing to promote world peace, he’s talking about sending more troops to Afghanistan! Yeah, that’s a peacemaker right there alright! So far, if one does the math, he or she can clearly see this was a biased and pre-chosen award. The man had only been in office less than 2 weeks before the end of the voting. I’m appalled at the lack of integrity and failure of the Nobel committee to find a better recipient. Hell, even Hillary has worked harder for peace in the past than this guy. And I don’t care what color he is….. don’t forget for all you race card players out there, his mom is as white as they come! What a lousy choice……

Posted by thompson | Report as abusive

I am still trying to understand how Mr. President deserve to win. I read the explanation on the Nobel prize’s website and I am still not convinced. He’s awarded for his promise to make world peace??? What was his action? What have he done? Anyone can make a promise…

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Posted by ahna | Report as abusive

Finally, Venzuela’s Hugo Chavez has said something intelligent that makes sense & suprisingly, I agree with it: ” said on Sunday that U.S. President Barack Obama had done nothing beyond wishful thinking to earn the Nobel Peace Prize”….finally, clear thinking from the left.

What has Barak Obama done to win a Nobel prize in anything, let alone the peace prize? In 9 months as President, less than 4 years as U.S Senator, WHAT?….this is a joke & diminishes the value of all the real peace prize winners of the past – those past winners should return theirs to protest this mockery.

And the irony? He is too arrogant to refuse it.

Posted by stvngr | Report as abusive

Nobel peace prize has become a joke now. Just by listening to the promises it has been awarded.

Posted by Suresh | Report as abusive

No Obama does not deserve the Nobel Peace Award! He is driving the United State Of America into the ground! I don’t think bankrupting America is peaceful do you? I don’t think choosing to dismiss the constitution of the United States just to make his own rules peaceful do you? As far as I am concerned Obama wants to destroy the United States and is doing a pretty good job of it! We are a nation created under God and have freedom let us keep it that way ! We should not stand for anything less!

Posted by Lora Hurd | Report as abusive

He did not deserve for Nobel. But if he took up the award seriously and he will make plan for peaceful in world in next coming years.

Posted by Karthik | Report as abusive

President Obama has the commitment, vision, fortitude and willingness to make this a better world for everyone however I don’t think this alone would warrant the award. This award should be given for the missions accomplished. It’s like a bank account what has he been credited with and over what period of time. I love Obama and he is doing a wonderful job amidst this global turmoil but it’s to premature to award the Nobel Piece prize on wishful thinking. Thank you
Dominic Stagliano, Canada

Posted by Dominic Stagliano | Report as abusive