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Does Obama deserve a Nobel Peace Prize?

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Some interesting history behind the Nobel Prizes.

Alfred Nobel was known while he was alive for the invention of dynamite. In 1888 it was mistakenly reported that he had died, with a newspaper title of "The merchant of death is dead" and which said "Dr. Alfred Nobel, who became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before, died yesterday".

On the contrary, Nobel had held a hope that his creation of dynamite would result in the end of all wars, saying:

"Perhaps my factories will put an end to war sooner than your congresses: on the day that two army corps can mutually annihilate each other in a second, all civilised nations will surely recoil with horror and disband their troops."

Partly after seeing how he would be remembered, which was not the way he wanted, he put in his will that 94% of his money should go towards the creation of the prizes.

 

For those of you who don't read the news, Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize today, just 9 months into his presidency.

 

Personally, I can't see why. The award seems to have been given on the basis that he wishes to remove nuclear weapons from the world, rather than him actually having done anything worthy of it. On that basis, couldn't any politician just say "Hey, I wanna bring about an end to violence in the world!" and automatically be a candidate for the prize?

 

What are your thoughts?

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I find it laughable and pathetic really. They honestly had no one more deserving. I think he shouldn't have excepted it. He knows he hasn't done anything to deserve it. I think it deminishes the value of the Noble Peace prize and those before him who truely earned it. Big PFFFT whateva! haha

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My support of Obama is waning. Nobel Peace prize? I don't think so.

 

I'm not sure I know of anyone else who deserved it more, I just don't think it really makes sense for it to go to him.

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I find it laughable and pathetic really. They honestly had no one more deserving. I think he shouldn't have excepted it. He knows he hasn't done anything to deserve it. I think it deminishes the value of the Noble Peace prize and those before him who truely earned it. Big PFFFT whateva! haha

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I agree. He has done nothing that would earn him the prize.

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no. that is all

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hell no. it was a political decision. its pure bandwagoning.

 

i know this is going to offend some. but if Mr. Obama was Mr. O'Brian and was mid 50s man of irish descent and white hair would he of got the prize? the accolades dont match his achievements. I heard they even want to put him on money already? i fear that he will not live up to all this and what will happen to america then when the disappointment sets in?

What has he accomplished so far? apart from actually getting elected? yet a nobel peace prize and talk of being on money just for being elected. Is the worl that desperate for heroes that they will make him one and blind themselves to the fact that he hasnt earned it.

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He hasn't done anything worth it yet... he hasn't had the time to do anything significant. Sure, he's made big policy changes but that really shouldn't be enough to qualify him for the prize.

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DId you guys know the nomination period for the Nobel Peace Prize ended on Feb 1, which means Mr Obama got nominated 2 weeks into office and I am sure as hell he did nothing much during that 2 weeks to warrant a Peace Prize nomination.

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He didn't do anything to deserve it, plain and simple. And, honestly, even if he did he shouldn't get it until there has been enough time to really understand and evaluate how he effected world politics.

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The Nobel Peace Prize has been politically motivated since Yasser Arafat (leader of the PLO who financed and supported terrorism) won it in 1994. That being said, does Obama deserve it? Maybe after his presidency, but not now. We haven't seen the full effects of his policies. I think that Obama is more of a symbol of world progress for the Nobel committee.

 

While on the subject of the Peace Prize, I think it's appropriate to bring up one of my heroes, Norman Borlaug, who recently died in September. Borlaug won the Nobel prize in 1970s and has saved millions of lives from starvation, disease, and malnutrition by genetically mortifying food so that it can be grown in dry, harsh weather conditions. It's a shame that people like him go through life virtually unknown.

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Yes, he does deserve it. I can't wait for next year when Nancy Pelosi gets one for saying hello to Rush Limbaugh as she passes him on the street.

 

I remember when the scientists who created Viagra won a Nobel Prize. Everybody was all up in arms about that too. Sad to say but they have done more for the world than Obama currently has. At least I know when I'm 70 and paying for hookers, I'll still be able to get it up.

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Borlaug won the Nobel prize in 1970s and has saved millions of lives from starvation, disease, and malnutrition by genetically mortifying food so that it can be grown in dry, harsh weather conditions. It's a shame that people like him go through life virtually unknown.

 

i hope you meant genetically modifying? the thought of mortifying food has left me mortified. lol

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no. that is all

 

Words of wisdom.

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While on the subject of the Peace Prize, I think it's appropriate to bring up one of my heroes, Norman Borlaug, who recently died in September. Borlaug won the Nobel prize in 1970s and has saved millions of lives from starvation, disease, and malnutrition by genetically mortifying food so that it can be grown in dry, harsh weather conditions. It's a shame that people like him go through life virtually unknown.

 

It's a shame people go: "OH MY GOD GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD THE MOST EVILEST THING IN THE WORLD!!!!11111"

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i,m thinking : "i cant beleive he asked this question in a serious tone."

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I found these two articles most interesting when I found out about Obama's win.

 

http://www.thenation.com/blogs/notion/482879/did_obama_deserve_the_nobel_peace_prize

http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/10/09/obama/

 

The first makes mention of the importance of his being the first black president which, I'm sorry, people are just too quick to overlook for a variety of reasons.

The second is a link-heavy (which I love) discussion of some of his accomplishments as a senator. I think people forget he may have actually done some things while he was in the senate. (Sponsored 3 bills that were enacted in the 3 years he was a senator).

 

I'm by no means an Obama worshiper but I'm not happy when so many people ignore the the accomplishments (and bungles) of someone. Maybe he didn't save millions but he's not necessarily in that position to do so at this time. Some of you said yourselves that you couldn't think of anyone else who really deserved it. Thus, if we can't think of someone who saved the world, we might as well go to the next best thing, a possible symbol of hope and progress for the world. Someone who's in the best possible placement to do good. Believe it or not, hope can do wonderful things and I really think that's what the Nobel prize committee had in mind. Unfortunately the world (moreso America) is just far to negative nowadays.

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