Barack Obama: Nobel Laureate 2009

Barack Hussein Obama, the 44th President of the United States of America
Barack Hussein Obama, the 44th President of the United States of America

I do not agree with his stance on many issues. I question some of his tactics. I worry about his vision for our future. All things considered, I am not a fan of Barack Obama’s politics. I am, however, a fan of Barack Obama.

Today our President was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize by the Norwegian Nobel Committee. The announcement caused quite a stir around the globe. “Did he deserve it?” being the number one question asked by his biggest objectors.

The Nobel Peace prize is a very prestigious honor. It has been awarded to great humanitarians such as Theodore Roosevelt, The Organization of the Red Cross, Mother Teresa, and Nelson Mandela.

According to NobelPrize.org, the Peace prize should be awarded to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."

I read a TimesOnline article that tried to explain why Barack Hussein Obama was awarded this high honor. The article quoted the committee as saying that Obama deserved the award for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” The committee went on to say that he has, in a very short time, made a “change in the international climate.” The committee praised Obama in saying, “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.”

I do not sit on the committee that doles out these prizes, so I cannot speak for these people. But I will agree that Obama deserves some sort of award. Even I, the staunchest of right-wing fiscal conservatives, found myself hoping for a better tomorrow whenever I listened to his campaign speeches. Even I, the most devout of W. supporters, found it difficult to vote for the “same old, same old” that John McCain seemed to be offering when compared to a young, handsome, energetic candidate.

I do not know what criteria it takes to be a Nobel Peace prize winner, so I do not know if Obama really deserved the award. I do not know much about the Nobel Peace prize, honestly. I mean, did Al Gore deserve it? Yasser Arafat? Or any of the other 115 or so Laureates? I do not know.

What I do know is that Obama is the first ever black man to win the votes of the majority of the American people. What I do believe is that he has the best of intentions in mind for this country and for the American people. Regardless of whether or not I agree with his solutions to our problems (or even what the actual problems are), I am willing to give the Commander in Chief the respect he deserves. I will never insult his intelligence or mine by siding against him merely because he is a Democrat.

The First Dog, Bo
The First Dog, Bo

I have never lived with a single parent, I have barely seen my grandparents, I do not have any daughters, and I do not like dogs. But Obama and I do have one thing in common – we both want what is best for America and its people. Even though some refuse to even give him that much credit, I am mature enough, fair enough and wise enough to give credit where credit is due.

If I refuse to even entertain anything he has to offer, than I am no better than the W. bashers that I find to be so offensive. If I refuse to listen to Obama’s suggestions for a better tomorrow, then I MUST ask myself, “Do I care about being a Republican, or do I care about the future of this country I adore?”

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Scott.Life 7 years ago

This was definitely a surprise for everyone. Its been all over the forums today and the news.


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broussardleslie 7 years ago Author

Definitely. I certainly have opinions about whether or not I think the Nobel Peace prize is slowly becoming a political commentary rather than a prestigious award for the great humanitarians of the world...

I didn't bother checking out the forums; I figured it would just be name-calling and stonewalling.

All I want is for people to truly listen to others...We all have disagreeing opinions about every facet of life. But if we just open our minds, we could actually learn something.

Thank you for visiting my hub, Scott. Is it too early in our careers to tell you that you are my favorite fan?!!


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wyanjen 7 years ago from Wyandotte Michigan

Kudos for your quick research. I am an Obama supporter, but I'm not sold that he deserved this. I hope he "earns" it after the fact. I'm trusting him to, but it is just way too early in his presidency to know whether his policies will be correct.

We have lots of open doors right now, but we haven't picked which ones we are going to walk through.

Thanks for posting a Hub instead of hashing it out in the forums.

Peace

Jen


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broussardleslie 7 years ago Author

I trust he'll earn it too, Jen. He certainly has the capability :)


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steffsings 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

..."did Al Gore deserve it? Yasser Arafat? Or any of the other 115 or so Laureates? I do not know."

You raised some very good points and your conclusion that says you are willing to listen before passing judgment is a welcomed stance. You've really made me think tonight. great hub & great topic.


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broussardleslie 7 years ago Author

Steff:

Your comment made me so happy! Thank you for recognizing my willingness to listen - that was my whole point!


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vanderhaven 7 years ago

I went and did some research on the Nobel prizes throughout the years and it impressed me how the Nobel family ever even thought up and made this prize in the first place. It was written in his last will and testament how to divide up the prizes and things of that nature. The committees that dole out the prizes to this day are the same ones that were appointed in the beginning. Anyway, for me, Obama getting the prize , made me go do some research so that was cool. :) Whether I agree that he should have got it, --well, my answer would be that I am not a supporter of it. BUT-

It spurred me into some action and my knowledge is enriched and I am happy about that.

Thanks for posting this timely and informative hub Leslie. :)


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broussardleslie 7 years ago Author

I am so glad that you were inspired to do something, Vanderhaven. The best citizens are INFORMED citizens!

Thank you for stopping by, and for leaving a comment. Thank you for sharing what you learned about the Peace prize, too! It is helpful to know that the Nobel prizes are a family thing...similar to a scholarship, they can be doled at the family's discretion. Interesting!

Again, thank you for stopping by!


Cougs 7 years ago

It came as a surprise to me that he had won a Nobel Peace Prize since I had never heard of him before his presidency. I know - ignorance! Is he our modern day Mother Teresa? I guess time will tell


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broussardleslie 7 years ago Author

Thank you for the comment, Cougs!

A lot of people had not heard of him prior to his campaigning.

I don't know that he'll be Mother Teresa-like, but I believe he'll do something productive. (Whether or not I agree with his choice of what 'productive' is...)

Thanks again for the comment. I hope to see you around.


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Jeff May 6 years ago from St. Louis

It is refreshing to read your "Republican" views and open-minded approach. We all should be tired of both left and right extremists and the corresponding cable news outlets.

Obama has enough to do, so I don't think they did him any favors by awarding the Prize.


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Wealthmadehealthy 6 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

I agree a bit with alot which is said in the hub and in the comments...I am sorry to say, I do not believe he earned the prize, and as far as never hearing of him before...noone had...so my contention is, what in the world did he get it for, certainly there were more deserving people who would have been proud to have it....as far as what he will do....I will reserve my comments on this....

This was a wonderful hub....and I am honored to know your views....


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broussardleslie 6 years ago Author

Wealthmadehealthy: Thank you for visiting my hub.

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