December 11, 2009

Comment: Is the Nobel Peace Prize bad for Obama?

Posted: 06:21 PM ET

By Jonathan Mann, CNN

Oslo, Norway (CNN) - Barack Obama flies back to Washington today with arguably the most prestigious prize a political leader can win but it probably won't help him much back home.

"It's a high honor for our country. It's a high honor for our president," said CNN analyst Paul Begala, a Democratic Party strategist who was pleased that the U.S. president received the Nobel Peace Prize. "But I do think there might be a very slight, just very slight domestic down side."

Obama won the prize without ending a war, doing any dramatic diplomacy or revealing himself as a remarkable humanitarian.

In fact, many Americans are disappointed that he is sending 30,000 more troops into Afghanistan; hardly the traditional work of a peacemaker.

Many Americans are also disappointed for other reasons. Unemployment is high, the economy is sluggish and the administration is struggling with its enormous effort to refashion the American healthcare system.

"There is a real and growing perception that President Obama has accomplished very little," said conservative analyst Reihan Salam. "And I think if you look at the growing frustration with President Obama's foreign policies with the Left, his domestic policies with the Right... this unearned accolade is something that really rankles for people."

The Norwegian Nobel Committee said it wanted to recognize "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

But that doesn't necessarily impress American voters.

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TinkerBell   December 11th, 2009 7:18 pm ET

Obama is the devil. Cheating and murder in a fictional war.

Dodie ~ CA   December 11th, 2009 7:18 pm ET

@ Gerald Jolly

Ah, Gerald! Spoken like a true lawyer!!!

By the way, I second that motion! You let those “Bigots” have it... give' em' both barrels! I am right there with you!

David   December 11th, 2009 7:26 pm ET

Personally, from a purely objective perspective, I'm not sure what Barak Obama has done that would meet the criteria for a Nobel Peace Prize, but others more knowledgable than I am obviously differ from me. For that reason, he was selected, he should be proud, and he is a very noble and gracious man who never hesitates to acknowledge the good work done by others.
Now a word to those who are condemning Mr Obamas award. You are of course entitled to your opinions, but the world would be a much better place if you would just keep them to yourselves. You are a bunch of arrogant sods with a grossly overinflated opinion of yourselves. If Mr Obama is not entitled to this award, I can assure you that you are even less entitled to criticize him.

Dodie ~ CA   December 11th, 2009 7:35 pm ET

@ David!

Beautifully stated!

Like you, I am not exactly sure why President Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize, but I suspect it has something to do with the stark contrast between his administration and the Bush Administration. The point being that President Obama has traveled to numerous countries, reaching out his hand as equal to others, giving other nations respect and sorting out differenced through negotiations instead of being the world bully!

Ski2xs   December 11th, 2009 7:48 pm ET

GJolly. . .

Red, yellow, black or white. . .what has the man done to deserve it?? Rant?? Pontificate??. . .Make great speeches about what he would like to see?? Want to do??

The smallest deed is greater than the grandest intentions.

In other words. . .SHOW ME!

Ski2xs   December 11th, 2009 8:00 pm ET

And BTW. . .is simply making the statement that perhaps there's a lack of material there to effectively convey his worthiness of such an award make on a bigot?? . . a racist??

How shallow an argument GJ. It just doesn't come clean in the wash.

Angela Savage Austin   December 11th, 2009 8:11 pm ET

Are some Americans bad for President Obama?

slf   December 11th, 2009 8:25 pm ET

if you read the original wording of the award, i can see how he fits that very well. the award does not demand that specific acts be complete, but that the person has shown an outstanding vision/commitment to reducing armed conflict and achieving peace.

rosegarden   December 11th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Obama was selected by the Nobel Committee not the ordinary Americans, write to the Committee if you are opposite its decision. The blatant disrespect the President is irrelevant.

Joanne   December 11th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

It is very sad that when someone states that they feel President Obama has not yet done enough to earn the Nobel Peace Prize, he/she needs to be accused of being a racist or bigot. Some of you here routinely, everyday to be exact, post comments just to create controversy. I don't think a President who has reached out to other countries by giving a speech to them has yet done enough to earn the NPP. Perhaps in a few years when we can see the results of his reaching out, there would be every reason for him to receive the honor. I haven't read anything posted yet that states clearly why he received it. For a few of you to suggest others are this or this, including un-American, for feeling this way I would just say some might find it un-American to support the idea of giving the NPP to someone simply because he/she is not someone else who is deemed unpopular. And, sir, it is not certain white men who always receive the NNP. If you do your homework, it is certain people most aligned with Norway's political views. It's difficult for me to imagine that some people are too arrogant, too ignorant, or too brainwashed to give any issue an unbiased analysis.

william   December 11th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

excellent point Joanne!

R J   December 11th, 2009 11:06 pm ET

they shoulda given it to China or Iran.. at least they are not
launching wars on the world , violating international law
with robotic bombing raids….no one in the US deserved it.

Nobel Prize has been a travesty every since they gave it to kissinger.
Sure ,let’em have their little champagne parties in norway , I don’t care

Angela Savage Austin   December 11th, 2009 11:44 pm ET

Dear Joanne: I am 55 years young and my heart is old as breathe itself...that very first breathe of Life freely given to each of us by God. Before President Obama became President...I had lost all hope for humanity because we stopped communicating. President Obama is simply communicating what I believe is in everyone's heart...even when we have to peel back the layers of fear and hatred...there is love.

Chris J   December 12th, 2009 1:50 am ET

Nobel, good for him. Love, thats nice. Communication, wonderful. When its all said and done this president is on the way to becoming a one term president. The independents won't drink the koolaid next time.

R J   December 12th, 2009 5:04 am ET

That speech was like a 5th grade social studies report….uh gee
‘force was needed to stop Hitler from killing millions of people..’
Huh? That was so dense and uncalled for. Who wrote that blandness?

Why are media bumpkins sitting around praising this rubbish ?

john Smith   December 12th, 2009 8:22 am ET

Whether Americans would like to admit or not Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his words and most certainly not his actions, never mind his accomplishments. The Nobel Committee was swayed by his gift of the gab and shame on them for demeaning and desecrating the dignity and stature of the Nobel Peace Prize. Obama is a shallow man and the phrase which suits him best is "he is a mile wide and an inch deep"! He dabbles at anything and everything, making a mess of it in the process – he is more concerned with his popularity ratings in the world and that is why he is an apologist for everything American – rather than feeling ashamed of America why didn't he use his fancy Harvard education to improve the lives of his fellow countrymen, the Kenyans?

Gerald Jolly   December 12th, 2009 10:28 am ET

John Smith, how is POCAHONTAS these days??

Are you still apposed to our native people having equal rights??

Ted   December 12th, 2009 10:36 am ET

President Obama did not earn the Nobel Prize yet, it was given to him on the promise of his speeches in hope of fulfillment.

One should not put a big significanse on that price, following persons received it who were not known for their great interest in peace:

President Theodore Roosevelt, who started the american-spanish war with fabricated lies.
Prime Minister Begin of Israel, the british had a price on his head in the 1940s as a dangerous terrorist. Supposedly he killed hundreds of arabs with his gang.
Henry Kissinger, who started the mass bombardment of Cambodia and Lagos, killimg thousands of innocent civilians.
Yasir Arafat, whom we really cannot call a peaceful man.

So President Obama stands out, al least until now, as the nice guy until he gets bogged down in Afghanistan.
The Secretary of Defense of Germany, Guttenberg, declared twice within a week in interviews that the Afghanistan war cannot be won militarily.
The question arises, what do 30,000 addtional troops do there if we cannot win the war with them?

john Smith   December 12th, 2009 11:21 am ET

To Gerard Jolly – what a silly, inane response! Obama – a native? Of where? Kenya? Hawaii? Obama and peace in the same breath – when? – forgive me I have forgotten – oh! Okayyyy – was that when he labelled that cop, who dared question his Black Professor, as stupid?Or was it when his wife declared she was ashamed of America?

pat davis   December 12th, 2009 1:20 pm ET

Obama is the devil....doesn't sound like something a fairy would say.

Maybe you should change that name.....Sounds more like something Captain Hook would say!

James C. Taliaferro, M.S., QMHP   December 12th, 2009 3:46 pm ET

Larry. Barack deserves that award based solely on the fact that he is the first African American president who is currently changing the face, tone, and perspective on the world stage simply by his presence and words. Detractors who say otherwise are just that detractors. He is Harvard educated his wife is Princeton educated, he rocketed from the State Senate to the presidency in like 11 years. Just because we are at war does not make him any less deserving. He walked into the office with this mess–GIVE HIM A BREAK detractors! Notice in his speeches he says instruments of war not war itself (stuff like troop presence, diplomacy, etc.) not fighting itself. He refers to races/tribes/religions which encompasses the Jewish people and possibly the Muslims too. Like Palin said evil exists not war itself. Barack defines the New World Order taking place right before our eyes! The fact that he is giving his 1.4 million to clinics vividly shows how he is symbolically buttressing his own health reform platform. Go Barack!! I wish Rhodes Scholar Dr. Bill Clinton was successful in his lobbying for multiple terms because we could use you for many more years.

James C. Taliaferro, M.S., QMHP   December 12th, 2009 3:49 pm ET

Good point Joanne!!!!

serenitysdream   December 12th, 2009 9:00 pm ET

War is not peace. It never has been. It never will be.

There is something definitely wrong in this world when a PEACE prize is awarded to a President who is conducting WAR with at least two other nations

Peace can not be obtained by force.

There is nothing to be won in any WAR, there is only death and destruction....though the military industrial complex can use some of that stock piled equipment before it becomes obsolete and charge the American people more to replenish that stock pile once again.

The only winners in these wars are the war profiteers who create and then provide the weapons used to kill, injury and maim both sides.

still me just a new name   December 12th, 2009 11:18 pm ET

Gerald Jolly

Just because someone does not agree with your point of view does not mean they are racist.

Mark My Words   December 13th, 2009 2:03 am ET

The LIbs and Obama are spending us into a catastrophe. What's the matter with you libs supporting your own demise. If you want to spend and tax so much, then just tax yourselves and get all the government control over you as possible. Enjoy your misery sheeple.

Mark My Words   December 13th, 2009 2:05 am ET

Peace is obtained by the oppressed when they dont use force. They often rest in peace.

D. M. Taylor   December 13th, 2009 3:25 am ET

Well Obama got the Prize!

john Smith   December 13th, 2009 7:38 am ET

Gerald Jolly. Certainly took you a long time to look up the word inane – which is not surprising though since you think the word "opposed" is spelled "apposed". The election of Obama "the man of peace" caused more division in America and polarised the different race groups now more than ever. Your ranting and raving and personal insults make it as sure as God made green little apples abundantly clear that you are the racist bigot. If you for a moment can stop your navel gazing and self pity you will see that there are other people more deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize – just to name one – Abdul Sattar Edhi from Pakistan who provides a free (and in fact the only) ambulance service to his country without any Government aid or any contruibutions from any NGO's

pat davis   December 13th, 2009 11:41 am ET

The election of Obama caused more division in America?

eJay   December 13th, 2009 11:58 am ET

Obama has not started a war, he is only trying to end what the last administration started, and that is signs of peace.

James C. Taliaferro, M.S., QMHP   December 13th, 2009 2:11 pm ET

Ejay you are right! Pat Davis–Good point but I think the division is temporary, is for the good currently, but will subside once his measures and well thought-out and embattled plans take effect. Gerald Jolly I thought you were talking to me for a moment. mark My Words– you confuse me! Serenity dream he picked up on what he last administration left plus he doesnt use war just its instruments. Can you see this?

Gerald Jolly   December 13th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

James C. Taliaferro, M.S.

James I was not talking to you or about your point of view.

What I maintain and strongly believe is that the negative comments about the President recieving the Nobel Peace Prize are ill founded.

I am sure that there might be some persons more deserving, but the Nobel selection commitee made the decision, they were not coerced in any way by anyone.

I believe that a good part of why he was selected was because of his closing of Guantanamo, his promise to bring those responsible for the torture to the front, his promise to end U.S. presence in Iraq, and his insistance to get a comprehensive analysis of the situation in Afghanistan before he committed any more troops. It is also important to note that Obama has consistantly reached out to everyone with an opposing view to our U.S. policy on Arms, and W.M.D's.
He has not only promised but has delivered on many of his promises to help third world countries and has taken a very strong stand on Dafur and Zimbabwei and all this done in less than a year in office.

Antonio-elizabeth,NJ   December 14th, 2009 12:06 pm ET

The man has traveled to more countries than any other President in his first year, in a time when the worlds view of our country was in the dirt. what has he been doing? Networking of course. When people network they meet new people, they make new friends, and sometimes they make friends with past enemies, if that is not peace on a grand scale then what is it, you idiots.

Mark My Words   December 16th, 2009 2:20 am ET

The world likes us better because they see Obama as weak. They want a weak America.

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