Does President Obama deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?

The announcement from Oslo this morning that President Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, so early in his term, was a surprise to many observers — apparently even in the White House. Does President Obama deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?

  • Ilya Gorodisher

    A comment on the right wing criticism of President Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize:

    – The right wing opinion ought to be moot in light of their isolationist policies that go to undermine and minimize the importance of international organizations like the UN and the Nobel Committee. In short, why should we care about what the Right thinks about the award since they have apriori dismissed the very organizations who bestow the honor(s)?

    – Secondly, there is too much emphasis on what we think about the honor going to the President. Better equipped, more thoughtful and more experienced and esteemed panel than us, be we Rush Limbaugh et al or Ilya Gorodisher, has decided President Obama worthy. Who are we to argue that the N. Prize, say, in Chemistry ought to have gone to X rather than Y? What are the critic’s QUALIFICATIONS that make them think they are better positioned to evaluate President Obama vis-a-vis the Nobel Peace Prize criteria?

    Thanks,

    – Ilya

  • James

    No!

    The Nobel Peace Prize is EARNED not given.

    He can TALK like the Pied Piper of Hamelin,,, however is actual track record has resulted in nothing meaningful getting done.

    DON”T TREAD ON ME.

  • Ruby Grove

    I was thrilled to hear Obama received the Peace Prize. It is not too early but very timely. I feel he received it more for what he has not done as much for what he has done. He has not rushed into Iran with bombs and troops. He has not rushed more troops to Afghanistan. That is peace. He has said he wants to talk to world leaders. That is peaceful. If the rest of the world would take the peaceful route of talk, violence would end.

  • Tom Hegranes

    I expect that the republicans will continue on their same course of denigrating everything associated with President Obama. If the only goal is to return conservatives and the republicans to power, then anything do with this amazing President will be bad news. This should be accepted as an honor by all people who care about the welfare of the citizens of the world and in particular the citizens of our country. Even thought the award does seem a bit premature, maybe it will help to maintain the focus on a peaceful agenda as his tenure as President unfolds.

  • Al

    It seems to be a bit early for this. He certainly has the potential to make real progress toward world peace, I’m just not sure he’s done it yet. I wonder if the Nobel selection committee isn’t trying to sway his decisions on Afghanistan? I would think this honor might be quite a burden to shoulder for a sitting US president so early in the term. Perhaps that was the point.

  • Ilya

    James, thanks for proving my point. All in all, I think I’d take the Nobel Prize Committee evaluation over some signing off with the absolutely irrelevant “don”t tread on me!” James of this world gave us dubya. Twice. Why should their opinion matter at all after that? Their efforts ought to be directed at re-establishing their credibility after their bonehead choices past.

    – Ilya

  • Wendy K

    I think it is a world class award given to a deserving man. As an American I can feel the difference in perception by the rest of the world since President Obama’s election. That in itself ratchets down the danger. Yes he has a long way to go but what a tribute to his plans and demeanor.

    A little respect would go a long way for the ultra right but I have no expectations of that happening. As one UR speaker just said He couldn’t get the Olympics here how can he deserve this award. How ludicrous to tie the two together but there you go- the far right “rational thinking” yet again. I turned off the radio as I’m sick of listening to that type of irrational rambling. How about we all start to work together to make the world truly better?

  • Dawit

    President Obama is committed to engaging vigorously with the international community to find solutions and help lead the world toward a new era of global cooperation on climate change, and nuclear weapons-free world. This issues were totally ignored during the Bush administration. Obama deserve this award and we should be happy that our nation is once again accepted in the international community

  • ewj

    I am a supporter of BO, but do not feel that anyone deserves the Nobel Peace Prize this year. With the exception of the North American continent, there are major wars or genocide going on everywhere else.

    Yes, he is reaching out and helping to turn the world viewpoint of America around – but – it has not happened yet. I know it will happen but it will take a couple of more years.

  • kates

    Yes! Congratulations to the President.

    Per Norweigan Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland:

    “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.”

    He has given me hope, a key element to achieving peace worldwide.

  • Perhaps it is because in 1963 I stood in front of a class of seventh graders and told them that we would go to the steam tunnels under our building if we heard the sirens announcing a nuclear attack, I think the president is deserving. He has dared to dream of banning all atomic weapons and made the rest of the world consider dreaming the same dream. As the Bard said “We are such creatures as dreams are made of.” Certainly if we cannot imagine a world where peace exists, we will not find peace. Let us celebrate a leader who has made us dream ourselves better than we are; who is willing to reconsider whether or not sending more troops is always the right thing to do. In a dangerous world, imagining ways to find the truths that lay between us and are the property of no one of us may be the only road to realizing our dreams of peace. Such truths can only be discovered if we treat each other with respect. Obama does respect those who differ with him, here and abroad. I respect that. and so did the Nobel committee.

  • Deminn

    Nope. This award to him cheapens everyone else who ever won it and disrespects the very word “peace”. I ptiy the negative emphasis placed on Sweeden based on this cheapening of a once meritorious award. “instant merit” is not a thing of substance, whch is what this award attempts to conferr on a baiscly business as usual party first individual. Not a good sign of the times.

  • deminn

    A comment on the left wing criticism of President Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize:

    Hooey.

    Nonsense.

    We don’t have royalty here, even if a few loonies in Sweeden would like to support your concept that we should. Every american is positioned as fellow citizen to evaluate the presidents contributions to anything and their opinions are more significant than any committee sitting in Stockholm.

  • The objection is simple, he simply hasn’t done anything yet. The nomination process closed 12 days after he was elected. It’s painfully obvious that the committee chose him on popularity and image alone. It’s nice that Pres. Obama makes Democrats feel better about the world but that’s just subjective partisan feeling – hardly enough to warrant a Nobel. From where I sit, it really looks like the world has become more dangerous since he took office, not less.

    Pres. Obama was nominated “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” I’m sorry, there just isn’t anything extraordinary about it so far. I don’t see *anything* Obama has done, or even pushed for, that merits a place alongside Roosevelt, Linus Pauling, Mother Theresa, or even Al Gore.

  • Jerry Olson

    I expect President Obama’s record will be one of significant impact and influence, however, the writing of this record has barely begun. There is much potential, hope and hype. There are not yet many tangible results.

    Whatever one’s opinion is about President Obama, it seems this marks a significant change in strategy for the Nobel prize in the direction of trying to influence world events and politics and away from rewarding accomplishments of a career’s worth of work.

  • James

    Ilya, The Gadsden flag is a symbol of American patriotism, on that flag is written “DON’T TREAD ON ME”

    I feel BHO does not have our founding fathers fortitude to lead our great nation.

    If we feel compelled to be lead without question down a socialist path,,,, then our nation will reap the rewards similar to other European countries. I travel in such countries – seen the way they are governmental controlled. The United States of America has the most freedom and our leaders of the last 25 years have eroded the fabric that holds us together. Using “dubya” to refer to a past president makes you sound like a simpleton.

  • Paul

    He deserves the prize for bringing hope to the world. But, as Burgess Merideth once said; “Put oone hand out for hope and the other for [despair] and see which gets filled first.

  • Dave Johnson

    President Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize. Mission accomplished!

  • Sally

    How very ugly American of us to spend all this time criticizing another country’s award.

  • Ann

    Idk if he deserves it, but Gary Eichten sounded a little too exuberant when relaying the weekend forecast.

    “SNOW SHOWERS!!! SNOW SHOWERS!!!”

    ugh…please, no snow!

  • Michael

    Eventually President Obabma may very well achieve much of his agenda, but so far has not truly accomplished anything.

    If the Prize is going to be handed out for good intentions instead of actual accomplishments there’s really no prestige left to receiving it.

    My niece thought it would be nice if we could just put an end to war. I think I’ll nominate her for the award next year.

  • Matthew

    So, we’ve already spent hours this morning listening to everybody’s opinion about the Peace Prize. What we haven’t heard are discussions of who the other nominees were. After all, the Nobel Peace Prize deliberation is essentially a competition.

    Shouldn’t any valid discussion of the award be conducted against the backdrop of the other nominees’ worthiness? Anybody who knows anything about the others, post it here!

    -Matt

  • Theresia A. Crisler

    Mr. Obama does indeed deserve the Nobel Peace Prize, for he has articulated and announced a plan of hope for the world. The award of the Nobel Peace prize represents the great relief the world felt and feels Mr. Obama represents in a world where Mr. Bush started wars, threatened to start other wars, ignored the advice and counsel of allies and delivered the world its worse financial crisis since the depression. Mr. Obama has much promise and great determination. I believe that Mr. Obama won’t dissappoint.

  • craig

    The question ought to be whether Obama deserves the controversy that has erupted around his winning the Nobel Peace Prize. He has no control over what prizes he is awarded, and this premature award, however well-intentioned, creates just another controversy that distracts the nation from its more pressing issues.

  • Ed

    Of course he does. It is a vote of confidence in a president who views it as a “call to action.” It is an global expression of faith in this man and an affirmation of his philosophy and world view. Where are all those fundamentalists who believe in faith and claim to know all about it.? You of little faith!!

    I say pick a place on Mt. Rushmore for this guy, because he will be the best president we have seen in many, many years.

  • Katie

    Enough already. Mr. Obama didn’t lobby for the award; it was given to him by those who have the authority to do so. It really doesn’t matter what we think. This discussion is like that of disgruntled co-workers pouting at the water cooler. Buck up and be happy for the guy who got the prize!

  • Matthew

    Pardon me–I just found this using Google news. It’s from foxnews.com:

    “The committee does not release the names of nominees, and information in the nomination database is not made public until after a 50-year span — so if you want to know who Obama beat for the award this year, check back in 2059.”

    bummer.

  • Katannah Day

    Barack Obama has articulated a vision of peace and unity which is sorely needed throughout the world. This vision was introduced long before the period of nominations ended. It was clear during the campaign and even before that. I am distressed that so many people don’t understand that without vision, you have nothing. We have always thought of this country as a “beacon on the hill” but our light has dimmed in the past years; President Obama’s vision is helping to rekindle that flame. Thank you to the Nobel Committee for rewarding vision.

  • Beth

    It is an accomplishment to bring hope and motivation to a depressed international world. I believe that although the accomplishment is not tangible, it is arguably measurable and deserving of the recognition.

    I’ve heard accounts from international travelers today who say international support for Obama is huge and that the bringing of hope is an accomplishment in and of itself. It seems like the people of the USA are the largest critics of this.

    Yet we are also saying that the American people can consider owning a piece of this award because it reflects our willingness to be peaceful with other nations. To argue that our elected president diminishes the prestige of the award by accepting, but the peaceful American people deserve this award for electing and supporting him, is contradictory. The speakers on air today flip flop on this.

    I would like to see the American people be gracious that we have the opportunity to positively change our image internationally.

  • Jean

    Yes, absolutely. He has offered hope to the world if not here at home, or at least not at the speed with which some would like. His election immediately improved this country’s reputation overseas. We should remember too that the Peace Prize has been expended beyond peace to include efforts to address poverty, disease and climate change.

    Finally – is it really any of our business? The Nobel committee has their guidelines and they can apply them how they chose – who are we (Americans) to say whether their selection is right or wrong – all the objections I have heard are no different than Kanya West (spelling?) getting on stage during Taylor Swift’s award to say someone else deserved it more. I can only hope that the President’s idealism and seeming belief that everyone will act in the best interest of everyone as opposed to their own will continue.

  • ann

    Why would any American be upset about this nobel peace prize?

    Since when is peace a partisan issue?

    No matter how the nobel committee based their decision, isn’t this an honor for our country? The committee obviously saw something positive in our country worth acknowledging. Common folks, drop the pretense and show some grace.

  • Jan

    This is the best news! It has been depressing to hear the” local” vibe toward this gifted leader recently. This prestigious award sends a clear message from some very serious world citizens to America to sit up and pay attention to a blessing when you get one.

  • Tom

    The more important question is “how does this help America”. It’s good to know we have allies in the fight.

  • Michael McGinnis

    I’m happy for our president to have been awarded the Peace Prize. I believe it says the world, as well as the US, needs the hopeful leadership he is representing. His words offer the same spirit as those over the enterance to Ellis Island, words that speak of welcome, acceptance, valuing human dignity and promoting hope. The award expresses this same hunger tha brought so many peple to this country, a hunger that put Mr. Obama in the White House last year. Aspirations to the ideals the american flag represents has always been more important than the failures to achieve them. With each new experience we may take three steps forward and two back. But the idea that one individual, president or private citizen, can make a difference has been at the core of every great effort in our history. If, ultimately, he is only an inspiration, isn’t that by itself a remarkable sccomplishment?

  • Steven

    I have an idea for a bumper sticker: a picture of a U.S. flag flapping in the breeze with the caption, “Proud again!”

  • GMR

    What kind of question is this? What other country has a president who’s a Nobel prize winner? Isn’t this a great moment and one to be proud of? It shows how much the world appreciates this man, his message, and his election, perhaps more so than many Americans seem to. This should be a reason to be happy and enjoy, not to question and criticize. Mr. Obama has already said what needed to be said about that, and I appreciate his response. Congratulations, Mr. President!

  • Douglas

    This past June, we shared dinner with folks at a water-buffalo farm in Paestum, Italy. We were 15 travelers from 7 different countries who just happened to be at the same place on the same evening.

    Everyone around that table expressed to us their relief that the American people had elected Barack Obama as President. It was clear from the conversation that Obama’s emergence onto the world stage had already had a significant impact on people across the globe.

    Yet, some here are saying he hasn’t accomplished anything that deserves the recognition of winning a Noble Prize for Peace.

    Well, first, although he didn’t single handedly resolve the banking and economic crises in this country, his leadership was central to the efforts of folks here and around the world that were instrumental in avoiding complete collapse. Second, he hasn’t provided every American with full access to affordble healthcare yet, but there are over 500 legislators working hard on reforming our healthcare system. Third, there are those in the world who want America destroyed, but their arguments are beginning to ring hollow because this President understands that it takes more than “shock and awe” to promote democracy and bring peace.

    We are fortunate enough to have a President who by his very demeanor sets a high level of expectation and whose personal story provides an positive example for our youth. The rest of the world seems to be able to recognize the leadership capabilities of our President. Maybe it would a good thing for the nay-sayers here at home to broaden their perspective just long enough to take a fresh look at this President.

  • Joanne

    Yes he deserves it. It is a reflection of his leadership in the world and what his approach means to other leaders. How can we be anything but honored and proud to have this leader in OUR country. Stop with the haters.

  • Ann

    No he does not. I was dismayed by the choice of President Obama even though i am a supporter of his presidency. He hasnt done anything so far and i think this cheapens the Nobel Prize as so many spend a lifetime in the sciences and the arts before they win a Nobel Prize.

  • Greg

    Anything that incurs the wrath of both the Republican party and the Taliban seems good to me.

  • Cecilia

    The prize is an endorsement of what Obama hopes to achieve re world peace, nuclear disarament etc., as well as his efforts to unite the international community behind some common causes. I think that in some previous cases the peace prize was awarded as much to highlight and endorse the cause that an individual worked on, as to laud the actual acts of that individual.

    This is an honor for American as well as Pres. Obama and I wish people would at least this once not turn it into a partisan fight.

  • Rachel

    I can’t believe all of the nit-picking about whether or not President Obama deserves the prize! The criticism is that he hasn’t “done anything yet”. I say he has, but some things aren’t as easily quantified. He has spoken eloquently to the world of our willingness to work together, he has spoken to the Arab world with respect and dignity, he has reversed our terrible policies on global warming and the environment, he has dared to speak aloud about racism, he has nearly recovered our moral standing in the larger world, this is a reversal of policy that is monumental. He consistently stresses co-operation, dialog, mutual respect, national and personal responsibility, and the need for peace. Let time and tide unfold and let’s expect something good for a change, instead of always looking for bad.

  • Maureen

    We live in a culture of quick fix expectations. So, it is no surprise that some would question whether he has “done enough” in nine months to be worthy of this distinction. Perhaps the most important thing he HAS done is bringing our nation back into the community of nations with a commitment to cooperation, dignity, and respect. Beyond that, as pertinent as getting things done, is another point of importance: the transformation of HOW things get done and who is included. Perhaps we are finally out of the arrogance of “I can if I want to” in our government. This alone deserves recognition, and if our media can’t get that, the Nobel folks have.

  • Curt and Mary

    Yes, yes we are very proud. He already has opened many doors through out the world for hope of a unified world. All we need is cooperation from everyone from our own country and maybe we can have a peaceful world.

  • Dave

    Considering that submissions for nominations must be post-marked by February 1st (http://nobelprize.org/nomination/peace/process.html), that means that President Obama had only been president for 11 days.

    In that case, he had been nominated for simply winning the presidency. The question wasn’t if he deserves to have won. The question is if had deserved being nominated on February 1st.

  • Nicole

    His election alone, as the first African-American President of the United States, is an amazing accomplishment and I clearly remember the excitement and, yes, HOPE that persisted for some time after his election. It is not up to me to question this decision, but for the reason above, I support it.

    In addition, if even a portion of the passion that has gone into this discussion were instead directed toward the action needed to solve even one of the issues that we Americans are facing today, we would be so much closer to the ideal we all want. It is so much easier to judge and complain than to truly act. Please consider putting your passion to work to help all of us!

  • Bunnie Watson

    The manufactured debate over “does he or doesn’t he deserve it” is so typical of the prideful, know-it-all, “we’re the center of the universe,” “chosen people” attitude of many Americans. What right do any of us have to question a choice made by the Nobel Foundation, a private organization based in Norway? This is not an American award program, so we do not have a say in who gets any of the prizes. It is what it is, so denigration of a recipient is obviously an ignorant exercise by shallow minds.

    We DO have a right to question awards given out under the auspices of the government of the United States, specifically the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. We give our medals to war makers (35+ military men), spies, adulterers (Hyde and Thurmond), politicians (50+), and sportsmen, in addition to artists, musicians and scientists. I’m not sure what category Rumsfeld and Cheney go under.

  • Sarah

    I’m not sure why it is important what we think. Obviously, the Nobel committee had their reasons for honoring him with the award at this particular time. I think it is arrogant to critique their judgement. I don’t hear a whole lot of discussion about whether or not other Nobel prize winners are deemed worthy or deserving. So, why does everyone become hyper-critical of this particular honoree, President Obama, at this particular time? We are not the judges. If these prizes were awarded according to popular opinion, chances are Hannah Montana or Michael Jackson, Newt Gingrich or Michael Moore could win. That’s not the point. So, let’s move on and talk about something more important,…like…hmmmm…yeah, providing affordable healthcare for all people or ending homelessness or hunger.

  • Sara

    Many people are saying that Obama does not deserve this Nobel Peace Prize because he has not removed all US troops from Iraq and Afgahnistan. Why do so many feel that the only measure of peace is if we bring all the troops home? Will that one action help create peace in those countries? I don’t think so, and I think Obama is a great candidate and recipient of this award. As a voting citizen of this country, I am proud that we elected such a leader.

  • Ilya

    James,

    I am touched by your patriotism and especially your opinion of me formed on the merit of “dubya”. I am sure you can figure out where that casts you.

    My point, however, was on the irrelevance of your signature quote after commenting on President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize. Whatever feelings you might have about the President vis-a-vis socialism, our founding fathers et cetera, they are COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT to the subject of his Nobel Prize. Only a certain extreme group would feel compelled to recite the same ill-educated cliches and Limbaugh talking points at a time like this.

    This is the time for all Americans to be proud. However they may define their patriotism. Unless, of course, they define their patriotism by celebrating USA NOT getting the Olympics, as those boobs at the Weekly Standard did.

    Shame on the NPR for not commenting on that while allowing the learned commentary from their Weekly Standard luminaries this morning.

    Carry on.

  • Curt

    I’m so proud of the United States and President Obama. He has shown the people of the world that we are once again the beacon of hope. The discussions that he’s too new on the world stage and has not done enough to earn the prize are examples of partisanship at it’s worst.

  • joanne czeswik

    I celebrate the honor bestowed upon our President who is more than worthy of this distinction. The opinion of the Nobel Committee counts, however, not mine. I am sure the distinquished committe weighed this decision carefully for such a significant award. It is their opinion that matters and holds value throughtout the world. I praise their judgement.

    I deeply respect the courage and integritiy of President Obama and support his efforts in bringing about a better, more peaceful and hopeful world for all people. I applaud the Nobel committee on their choice.

    It is a very sad commentary on our country that there is such meaningless and hateful criticism of our President over this award and so much more. I am embarrassed that there is such ignorance and hatefulness among our citizenry. Even at this early date in President Obama’s term, I believe he is not only the best president in my lifetime, but he has the potential to achieve great accomplishments, if he is allowed to lead. May support for him and his efforts continue to grow and come from all those who speak up for Peace.

    Joanne

  • justacoolcat

    My first response was early this morning on Twitter “I wonder what part of the Nobel Peace prize involves not fullfilling promises to end a war,actually sending more troops, AND getting a dog?”

    As the day progressed and I gave it some serious thought I almost feel like this was a Nobel Prize given to the American People. I think the rest of the world feels that voting Obama into the office was the first sign in almost a decade that the United States is interested in something other than war.

    Is that a major step towards peace? I think so.

  • david mataya

    The Nobel peace prize for President Obama may not make sense when you think in terms of whether he ‘deserves’ it, but if you think in terms of the motivation for awarding it to him, it makes much more sense.

    By that measure I wouldn’t be surprised if he scores an Emmy this year as well.

  • Susan Sink

    I think it’s the wrong question (does he deserve it). Rather than focusing on Obama and what he has and has not done– we should focus on what it says about the Nobel Peace Prize. I think it diminishes the prize– there are so many deserving people with real achievements who could benefit from the publicity and money behind this award. I don’t like that the media has framed this debate as an assessment of Obama’s progress on peace. He didn’t ASK for the award or put himself forward in any way or claim any accomplishments in this area.

  • Steve the Cynic

    The Nobel prizes are never awarded posthumously. Might it be that the committee was afraid Obama would be assassinated before they could get around to giving him the Peace Prize?

  • Nancy

    I think this speaks to how the US is seen by the rest of the world. I don’t think most Americans realize how unfavorably we are seen by the rest of the world. Bush with his cowboy “Bring It On” mentality really hurt us and our reputation for being aggressive and war mongering. Obama represents a change in attitude and hope for peace in the world.

  • St Paul Activist

    Who is MPR to even be asking this question? The only news I need to know is that the Nobel Committee awarded President Obama the Peace Prize. Whether MPR listeners agree with the Nobel Committee is not important and it is certainly not news. I am sure FOX News appreciates the back up from public radio though! Please stop with the ‘man on the street’ interviews. They are not news and very irritating.

  • bob

    The question is moot. The Nobel committee decides who deserves the prize. They chose Obama, therefore he deserves it.

  • Whitney Stewart Harris

    Yes. President Obama certainly deserves the Nobel Peace prize. Any person of color who can do what it takes to be elected president of a country that has a history of over 5 centuies of slavery, violent racism and discrimnation in many forms certainly deserves to be recognized as one who can bring peace out of chaos in a profound way. And, yes, I’m raising the race card because it flies every day in America.

    We Americans should stop moaning and start celebrating not only President Obama’s selection but our ability to use a democratic process to move toward what another Nobel Laureate called the “Beloved Community.”

    Stewart-Harris

  • Joan

    My initial response was surprise (as was BHO’s!) but after reflecting on this throughout the day, I believe that this is a clear message that America’s standing in the world has been greatly restored by the fact that we elected such an amazing man.

    I remember well the outpouring of concern for our country after 9/11. Then GWB promptly squandered that and made us look like “evil-doers”. It is so heartening to have the reputation of America restored by President Obama.

  • DNA

    Given the best time-line; health care reform leading to universal health care for all Earth peoples, legalization and re-establishing hemp/cannabis as one of humanities most useful plants, and a general kinship attitude fostered amongst the nations and tribes and species of Earth will be shown to be Future History’s remembrance of the matter.

  • Andrea

    Yes. Obama has erased the horrors of the Bush administration and the wreckage left in its wake. In less than a year, Obama has restored the United States’ credibility as a force for dialogue, diplomacy and peace in the world. That is why he received the award. That he won this honor is not a reflection on accomplishments, but rather on on the immense relief and hope that the world (or at least the Nobel peace prize committee) feels with Obama now the president of the US. We have friends and we are winning over some who would be enemies. This places us in a stronger position than did pre-emptive war and the “you’re either for us or against us” mentality. We’re a world player again, not the world bully.

  • Andrea

    Yes he does. The world believes in the leadership of the US again. That is a big change, and in a very short time. The world recognizes the courage Barack Obama’s has shown as he has drastically changed our direction through his integrity of character as well as his clearly stated diplomatic objectives. That is what the prize is about this year. With the world’s restored confidence in the US, we – the greatest power in the world – once again have friends to help us create a better, more peaceful world. We don’t have to go it alone.

  • Robyn

    I think it is obvious what MPR thinks of President Obama being awarded the Peace Prize. 90% of your reporting today on this subject had a negative slant to it. Definitely not one of your brightest days….

  • Steve Klein

    The President himself stated the correct answer, I don’t deserve this prize. Yet he did go further and said he would accept it. His action should have been to respectfully decline the prize. This would have shown him to be a real statesman. Yes, the selection committee may have been irritated, but the President needs more experience and struggle to align himself with other prize winners.

  • Lily

    Yes, because he was selected by the committee and I trust their judgement.

    Mr. Obama has given hope to a new generation, disenfranchised by the previous Administration.

  • Sara

    I am so extremely proud that, once again, we can be considered a nation to look to for Peace. And this is a remarkable man, who cam from very humble beginnings, to become the first African-American president and only the fourth president to receive this prestigious honor. President Obama has given much of his time in service of his fellow men, which helped to shape this remarkable person, and his wonderful family. And, while his detractors are running around, using their energies to paint a villain, his just quietly goes on, doing what he feels is best for our country, making large inroads into our damaged world leadership. While I think that I might comprehend the need to saber-rattle, I do support President Obama in his need to talk first. Underneath everything, everyone is the same. Sometimes we just need to communicate our needs and feel that someone is truly listening to us.

  • Adam Mach

    WHY?! He has done nothing to improve the “American Dream”. Give me 12 Trillion dollars to spend on ?? then let me bail out a bunch of companies that don’t deserve it, then let me try to make the children of America pledge alliegence to me!! now where’s mine? or the sense in that?

  • Gae Jarvis

    Yes, he does deserve the award! He has stated repeatedly that we must talk to one another to solved “our’ wolrld’s troubles. The idea that discussion between people will solve our common difficulties has become a new idea that the Nobel committee wants to commend. This has been ignored for too long and with open and honest communication comes PEACE!!!

  • Robin

    Perhaps the man himself does not yet deserve the prize, but he is head of a nation that does. We try, Great God Almighty we try.

    Who else should accept it ????

  • Bill Kahn

    My previous entry was removed when MPR created this new question page, so it follows here again:

    “Of course he doesn’t deserve it. No one deserves it. We all stand on the accomplishments of those who came before us, and some of us have the opportunity to put them into wise use. President Obama has the dubious privilege of leading our nation in the twilight of its global hegemony and he has struck a chord with all but those who think it can go on forever. They could have done much worse.”

  • adolfo

    I do not advocate left or right nor independent or undecided, it has nothing to do with parties.

    The N.Price is almost operating as an advertisiment company.

    Mr. president Obama already has tremendous popularity and the N. Price is just hitching a ride. The price could not have come at a worse time though, Mr. President Obama, has to send more troops, Aphgans are at war no matter how much we prize ourselves with peace.

    The nobel commitee could have done better by selecting a less notorious figure in their list of candidates who could lend a hand to Mr. President Obama promoting peace, instead of loading one more responsability onto Mr. Obama.

  • JobyLynn

    I think it’s crazy to argue something that is left to the perception of the “rules” outlined by the founder by the group who chooses.

    Everyone can have their own opinion but should be basing it off of their perception of the actual words written by the founder which I have included here.

    People’s perceptions will never align perfectly with one another so it seems silly to me to have such strong opinions. Either you agree the criteria was met or not.

    I feel that based on the outlined criteria below, Obama certainly qualified for nomination and selection.

    Would he be a better candidate later, perhaps but that does not mean he did not qualify now.

    Beyond that, it is not my business to push my opinions on others because I am not on the selection committee.

    As for the selection committee keeping the nomination list sealed for a half a century, well you can still find the info if you dig because people who nominate will often talk about it.

    For instance, Denis Mukwege, a physician in the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo who opened a clinic to help rape victims was one of the nominees but I hardly think that comparing nominees is something any of us should concern ourselves with because our perceptions in this matter are unimportant as we were not part of the selection committee.

    Judge for yourself vvvvvvv

    In his 1895 will, award founder Alfred Nobel stipulated that the peace prize should go “to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace congresses.”

    Unlike the other Nobel Prizes, which are awarded by Swedish institutions, he said the peace prize should be given out by a five-member committee elected by the Norwegian Parliament. Sweden and Norway were united under the same crown at the time of Nobel’s death.

    The committee has taken a wide interpretation of Nobel’s guidelines, expanding the prize beyond peace mediation to include efforts to combat poverty, disease and climate change.

  • Shan

    When I first heard about Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize my response was “What For?” Now my response is “You can win the peace prize for good intentioned talk?” Because that’s all he’s done thus far is, talk.

    I always thought this award stood for something. I always saw the winners as dedicated heroes who spent the better half of their lives in pursuit of something grand!!!!!! Think of MARTTI AHTISAARI of Finland or WANGARI MAATHAI of Africa or THE 14TH DALAI LAMA (TENZIN GYATSO) of Tibet or MOTHER TERESA or even the first Nobel peace prize winners FRÉDÉRIC PASSY and JEAN HENRI DUNANT. These people stood/stand for something greater than themselves and they have been working their A**es off to achieve it!!!

    Obama isn’t’ old enough and hasn’t’ been working toward his “Goal” long enough to even be considered for this most prestigious award!!!! If he had any dignity at all he would have politely turned it down with grace and humility!!!! I am disgusted!!!!

    This is an outrage and a slap in the face to the people who truly deserve this award!! The people who dedicate their existence for something and never expect anything in return!!

    Now I’m not saying Obama will never deserve this award. I’m not saying that! What I am saying is he doesn’t deserve it now!!!!!!!!! He hasn’t been doing whatever they say he’s been doing long enough. I shake my head at this travesty and wonder where this world is heading!! Didn’t your grandfather always say you have to earn something to get it? Well Obama has NOT earned the Nobel peace prize yet!!!

  • Shan

    When I first heard about Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize my response was “What For?” Now my response is “You can win the peace prize for good intentioned talk?” Because that’s all he’s done thus far is, talk.

    I always thought this award stood for something. I always saw the winners as dedicated heroes who spent the better half of their lives in pursuit of something grand!!!!!! Think of MARTTI AHTISAARI of ..Finland.. or WANGARI MAATHAI of Africa or THE 14TH DALAI LAMA (TENZIN GYATSO) of ….Tibet…. or MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. …or…MOTHER TERESA or even the first Nobel peace prize winners FRÉDÉRIC PASSY and JEAN HENRI DUNANT. These people stood/stand for something greater than themselves and they have been working their A**es off to achieve it!!!

    Obama isn’t’ old enough and hasn’t’ been working toward his “Goal” long enough to even be considered for this most prestigious award!!!! If he had any dignity at all he would have politely turned it down with grace and humility!!!! I am disgusted!!!!

    This is an outrage and a slap in the face to the people who truly deserve this award!! The people who dedicate their existence for something and never expect anything in return!!

    Now I’m not saying Obama will never deserve this award. I’m not saying that! What I am saying is he doesn’t deserve it now!!!!!!!!! He hasn’t been doing whatever they say he’s been doing long enough. I shake my head at this travesty and wonder where this world is heading!! Didn’t your grandfather always say you have to earn something to get it? Well Obama has NOT earned the Nobel peace prize yet!!!

  • Karen Lumpkins

    This honor is NOT given out by the USA so we, as a nation, should STOP being so anti-Obama and be proud that a panel of people in Norway chose our President to receive this honor. We should be showing the world of our unity instead of our division. We should stop our bickering about whether President Obama was justified in receiving this honor as it could have been President G.W. Bush instead.