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What Exactly Did Obama Do To Deserve The Nobel Peace Prize ?

by @ 8:48 am on October 9, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Foreign Affairs, Politics

The Times of London can’t figure it out:

The pretext for the prize was Mr Obama’s decision to “strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples”. Many people will point out that, while the President has indeed promised to “reset” relations with Russia and offer a fresh start to relations with the Muslim world, there is little so far to show for his fine words.

East-West relations are little better than they were six months ago, and any change is probably due largely to the global economic downturn; and America’s vaunted determination to re-engage with the Muslim world has failed to make any concrete progress towards ending the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

There is a further irony in offering a peace prize to a president whose principal preoccupation at the moment is when and how to expand the war in Afghanistan.

The spectacle of Mr Obama mounting the podium in Oslo to accept a prize that once went to Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi and Mother Theresa would be all the more absurd if it follows a White House decision to send up to 40,000 more US troops to Afghanistan. However just such a war may be deemed in Western eyes, Muslims would not be the only group to complain that peace is hardly compatible with an escalation in hostilities.


Mr Obama becomes the third sitting US President to receive the prize. The committee said today that he had “captured the world’s attention”. It is certainly true that his energy and aspirations have dazzled many of his supporters. Sadly, it seems they have so bedazzled the Norwegians that they can no longer separate hopes from achievement. The achievements of all previous winners have been diminished.

Thanks to this decision, the Nobel Peace Prize is the international equivalent of getting the prize out of a box of Cracker Jack.

9 Responses to “What Exactly Did Obama Do To Deserve The Nobel Peace Prize ?”

  1. steveegg says:

    To be truthful, when Yasser Arafat and Al Gore won the Peace Prize, it became a Cracker Jack prize.

  2. Let's Be Free says:

    The next one will be for economics — spreading the wealth by weakening the dollar.

  3. steve,

    yea, but at least they actually DID something

  4. steveegg says:

    They may have “done something”, but it wasn’t anything peaceful.

  5. I don’t disagree, but this is like making a kindergarten kid valedictorian of his high school class

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  7. EJ says:

    Im really hoping SNL makes fun of this.

  8. Rocky says:

    You guys should understand that the world doesn’t stop at the US borders. You’d understand how important his speeches were. But of course, you’d need to travel a little and be less arrogant… That day you too will deserve a nobel prize.

  9. Rocky,

    Speeches are great, but accomplish nothing. Great, we all feel good. But Hamas is still blowing up Israelis, and Israel is still killing Palestinians. Muslim extremists still blow up other Muslims daily.

    Iran is still building nuclear facilities, North Korea’s still working on perfecting their bombs.

    Exactly what has he done, other than talk.

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