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Barack Obama Nobel Peace Prize?!?

The decision to award Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize definitely needs to be discussed today. Yes, Obama has pledged to reduce America’s nuclear weapons, but he hasn’t done it yet. Yes, he has, as the Associated Press puts it, expressed his “willingness to reach out to the Islamic world”, but he’s done that with speeches. Practically, he has continued two wars of occupation in the middle of the Islamic world and has continued unconstitutional human rights abuses against Muslim prisoners.

Obama hasn’t even been President for one year yet. This decision seems extremely premature to me.

What do you think?

24 thoughts on “Barack Obama Nobel Peace Prize?!?”

  1. Jacob says:

    I think we should get food for all of the children of the world. Can I have a Noble Prize now?

    1. Peregrin Wood says:

      Jacob’s got a solid line of critique – saying you want to do something doesn’t earn you a prize.

  2. Jim says:

    I’m in agreement with you. My immediate reaction, when I heard the news on BBC Radio this morning, was to think, “Oh, this must be a commercial for BBC Radio with some kind of fictional hook to it.” My second reaction, when they started discussing it in greater detail, was, “What????”

    He’s a nice-seeming man and everything, and maybe someday he’ll be up to par with other recipients, but this strikes me as more than a bit premature.

  3. qs says:

    Does this mean he will still bomb Iran?

  4. They call me ...Tim says:

    Peregrin has done more to promote Peace in the world, blogging their little heart out, than Obama has…once again, we will be laughed at and our ablity to do anything drops yet another notch.

  5. randy ray haugen says:

    i think this is a great day for america. to have our president recognized with one of the most prestigious prizes given in this world is outstanding. to think they believe in his promise that much should make even the worst cynics pick their heads out of the muck long enough to realize that things can be different. but, as obama said himself, it takes more than one man’s words to get things done. as far as i’m concerned this is one more reason for our support rather than our skepticism.

    1. Peregrin Wood says:

      So, then, are you saying that we should support Barack Obama’s position against same sex marriage?

      Should we support Obama’s decision to deny endangered species protection to polar bears?

      Should we support Obama’s effort to expand offshore oil drilling?

      Should we support Obama’s continued expansion of the White House Office of Government Religion without any reforms?

      Should we support Obama’s multipronged use of George W. Bush’s tactics to expand his power at the cost of our constitutional rights?

      Should we support Obama’s record-breaking military budget, and clap and call him a man of peace?

      R.R.H., I’ll keep my skepticism, thank you.

      1. qs says:

        Maybe this is like a preemptive strike.

        Force Obama to be peaceful.

  6. randy ray haugen says:

    jacob, all you need to do is ask jesus, he’ll feed the children, then you will deserve a prize,or don’t you believe in your powers of prayer that strongly? obama has done more in the last six months to make the world a safer place for everyones children(just by speaking) than the christians have in the last two thousand years. perigrin reaches a pretty pawltry crowd compared to the world stage the president has been given. he’s already done more for the minorities in our country and the world than anyone i can think of ,save martin luther king. you think it’s no great accomplisment for a black man to be elected president of the u.s.a.? now, for the governing he needs the support of those that elected him and he’s not getting it. he said as much himself, to truly earn the nobel peace prize, he can not do it alone. it’s tme to get on board. naysayers be damned. lets get positive. jacob, isn’t that what jesus would do?

    1. Jacob says:

      What are you talking about??? He should geta Nobel Peace Prize because he is black??? That has to be the stupidest thing I have ever heard on this site. And doing things to bring up the minorities in the USA has no bearing on the peace prize. I am sure he is a great man that I happen to disagree with on some very major issues, but being a great man doesnt get you the peace prize. I think you are missing the point.

      This prize is designed to honor peoples accomplishments, not their plans. If Obama does what he says he is going to do, fine, give it to him. Dont give him one for talking about doing it. Heck, you even admit it in your post; “now, for the governing he needs the support of those that elected him and he’s not getting it. he said as much himself, to truly earn the nobel peace prize, he can not do it alone”. He has not earned it yet.

    2. Jacob says:

      and name exactly how he has, “done more in the last six months to make the world a safer place for everyones children(just by speaking) than the christians have in the last two thousand years”. I cant think of anything he has done on this issue. Nothing at all.

  7. JD says:

    I’m not sure why everyone is so surprised. If they gave it to Gore for speaking green why not give it to Obamah for speaking peace? At least Obamah is on the subject. But maybe Obamah should have been in line behind B. Clinton. At least he tried hard to get Israel-Pakistan peace. I guess they all should be behind Reagan if you can attribute him with getting the Berlin wall down and ending (or pausing) the cold war.

  8. randy ray haugen says:

    if you can’t see the change in the world’s perception of the u.s. since obama has been on the scene then you are wearing blinders. that alone is making the world safer.
    i’m sorry to call your religious beliefs into question, but, it irks me that people who put so much faith into a two thousand year old story about a two thousand year old unfulfilled promise can so cavalierly dismiss someone ,who is living and breathing in our time, who is making such a profound impact on the world that they award him the nobel peace prize. why? because he hasn’t kept every promise from the campaign trail? it’s been less than a year since he was elected! he’s shooting for the stars and there’s a lot of flak in the sky. with the hopes and dreams we all have, maybe we should allow obama the “jesus standard”, it just might take another two thousand years. jacob, can you find that much patience for “just a black man”?
    I.T., any patience at all? maybe not the full two thousand years, but, through the election cycle? at least a full year in office.

    1. Jacob says:

      A. when you use this symbol, ” “, it means that you are directly quoting words. You dont get to make up what goes in the middle. No where did I say we was “just a black man”. I said “He should geta Nobel Peace Prize because he is black???” In direct response to your line about why he should get it.

      B. Neither myself or IT seems to be calling him a bad guy or saying he cant do it. We are saying he has done nothing yet. Everyone agrees that IF he does it THEN give it to him. Not give it to him and hope he follows through. My response isnt that he doesnt deserve it, its that he has nothing to ear it yet. The Nobel prize isnt about faith in what a person will do. If thats the case I think Dr. Bob should get one because he talks about working to cure cancer. I think Jim should get one because he has worked longer than Obama talking about world peace. I think Green man should get one because all he talks about is the enviornment and how to fix it. The simple truth is is that there are not enough medals to go around if we give them to all the people talking about doing things

      1. JD says:

        Jacob, Maybe the Green Man should get something for his work but why the Nobel Peace Prize? Maybe he deserves a Nobel prize for chemistry, economics or literature if he’s good enough in those fields but Alfred Nobel’s will specifically defines the peace prize to go to the individual “…who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity among nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” The Green Man’s good work doesn’t qualify. Al Gore should return the money and unless there was nobody else working for peace over the last year, Obama should refuse it. Albert must be rolling over in his grave.

        randy ray haugen, If you’re going to worship someone wouldn’t it be better to worship someone who still washes away sin and rose from the grave instead of a politician?

  9. Jan (Netherlands) says:

    If people don’t understand the meaning of the word “Peace” “Shalom” “Salaam” and the filosophy laying behind, then you are looking for direct results.

    But if you want to reach the hearts and minds of people in order to speak and listen, then you reach contact, maybe an action to reach “Peace”?

  10. randy ray haugen says:

    you don’t get it. he has already done it. changed the world’s perception. the people who award this prize(believe it or not) are very much in tune with world dynamics and may actually see this from a point of view that you can’t ever see.
    maybe obama should have promised eternal life during his campaign. then we could all jump on the glory train.

    1. JD says:

      randy, You’re right, I don’t see the world as a more peacefull place in Obama’s hands. And you are right again, I can’t see the view of the Nobel comittee any more than anyone else can. Each person has a unique point of reference. And if Obama would have promised eternal life, it wouldn’t be the first unkeepable campaign promise of his. He is a politician.

  11. Jan (Netherlands) says:

    @ with respect: randy ray haugen

    Do you really read the message I added as a reaction on the main article above, and did you realy understand it by heart?

  12. randy ray haugen says:

    jan, if you are saying obama speaks to the hearts and minds of the masses and in addressing the hope for peace has accomplished a mission in and of itself, then i understood and agree.
    i was still addressing “thee of little faith” in my last post. if only there was evidence of obama miraculously curing some sick people they wouldn’t be so quick to forsake him. hey! if he can actually pass health-care that would be a miracle and it would save lives. jacob, how do you feel about that?

    1. JD says:

      randy, I think you’re misplacing your faith.

  13. randy ray haugen says:

    i just read that if the nobel committee gave out prizes for NOT furthering the cause for peace, george bush would have won long ago.
    now that’s funny.
    jd, yes, most certainly, i have misplaced my faith.

  14. randy ray haugen says:

    clarification: i have not misplaced my faith in obama. i place my hope with obama. i misplaced my faith in those who should, by all rights, support him.

  15. JD says:

    randy, I hope Obama succeeds. We all lose if he fails. However, Albert Nobel willed the prize to go to who did the most or best work for the abolition or reduction of standing armies, for holding and promoting peace meetings for the previous year. In the year preceding the Nobel selection process, Obama was only president for less than two weeks before the Nobel prize submission deadline (Feb 1). This year the prize was awarded for nothing more than campaign promises.

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