I can't wait to read about how big of a joke the (Norwegian) Nobel Prize selecting committee is and that since nazi Germany loved Hitler and so many love Obama, it logically makes Obama Hitler.
Can you people be proud for once that we have a great leader? He is not perfect, nobody is, but for god's sake he is rebuilding what Bush ruined, and Bush ruined A LOT.
We are finally doing things we can be proud of, yet the American people have tried everything in the book against him: he's a commy, a muslim, or a fascist. He wasn't born here. He is hiding his grades from school. He is a liar. Did I miss anything?
I am sure the Nobel Committee just happened to miss all of that when choosing a winner.
It's funny, the first thing I thought when I heard the news was how certain people on this forum will react I have to admit I was definitely gob smackedsurprised but congratulations to the US.
I'm sure Fox news and all the conservative blogs will now be digging up dirt on all the Nobel Prize committee members and how the Nobel Prize means nothing... but they did a lot of that after Al Gore won one
there are many, many Americans who support and are proud of Obama. we look a little deeper into this man's heart. there will be plenty who disdain his accomplishment, but I am proud to finally have a President who cares.
"So what is the Nobel committee after in this case? Gro Holm, the senior commentator on foreign affairs at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corp., says that the prize committee was probably trying both to ratify Obama’s immense international popularity and put pressure on him to deliver on the promise of greater international peace and stability."
Thank you Earnest for your wishes and thanks. I am not sure we really deserve this. We are still at war, still making a mess in some parts of the world, where we should not. We, America has a long way to go. But thank you from one American anyway, for what it is worth.
Let's not get carried away here. He's a great man. Congratulations Mr. President. Give yourself a little pat on the back too. We were on line 4 in morning to put President Obama in the White House. Congratulations! to all Americans! All the love to you.
I must live in an alternative reality. What exactly has President Obama done to receive a Nobel Peace Prize?
What conflict did he end? For what historic issue has his leadership provided a breakthrough?
Congratulations to him, but I thought prizes of this significance were awarded for high achievements. His presidency has promise & potential, but at this early juncture, I fail to see any milestone to justify this honor.
If talking nice & playing well with others is what now constitutes the criteria for a Nobel Peace Prize, then I nominate Big Bird or Burt & Ernie.
So he received it for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples".
Sorry. I just do not see any "extraordinary" efforts. He is talking nice & playing well with others on the world stage, but so far, there has been no policy changes implemented that have addressed issues in a manner that has cooled off any of the hotspots around the globe.
I wish the man & his presidency all the best & pray for him to have wisdom & discernment to lead well, but prizes of this magnitude used to be about historic achievements.
Agreed. He was nominated only 11 days after he began his term of president. While I don't see any issue with him being nominated within a few years, or if he were to win a second term, this is just a little too soon. Promises...they are something you make to your wife or your child. Our country needs to stop living off of promises and needs to start getting actual results. I don't hate Obama, even as a republican. I can say that yes, he has managed to pull this country together, but more as a celebrity than a politician.
I am well pleased with it, the choice. Thanks for the praise to America y'all! But the truth is, it is for Obama, not the Nation. Just think, we have a First Lady who had a grt-grandmother born in slavery. It boggles the mind!
I was not blaming the US for the lack of world peace, I believe diplomacy works. About celebrity-drive, I was just repeating what is often said about the US to someone who was saying he only won because of his celebrity.
UW it's not just you, we've sent our kids to do our best for freedom loving people around the world. Alot have died giving up their lives and they allready had freedom. We feel it's so important that we would die for your right to know freedom. It is so infuriating to have people blow-off our sacrifices right or wrong, it only cheapens those young lives. Do we get it right everytime ? Hell no! But who else is even coming close to the same effort? I promise you the people on the ground believe what they are doing is right and good! It's unfair to those families who have sacrificed to have to listen are supposed friends criticize our efforts. They lost a son or daughter and only one came forward and made a fool of herself. The rest believed even through their grief it was the right thing to do. Thats why we don't want to be sucked into the liberal vortex so many of our,so called, friends have.
My opinions were not of this thread ,but more of a general nature is all. I have never heard so many disrespectful things said and spoken about a leader as I have heard about Pres Obama. Ive been told its the American way , I dont care really whose way it is . I think its rude. The guy won , he was voted in ,so get behind him ,not in his face 24/7.
I am not directing my thoughts to anyone personally ,merely expressing mine
I misread your posts & should have asked a question. My bad.
Sorry. I will be more careful in the future.
I agree that the general tone of ugliness directed at President Obama is unbecoming of a civilized society, but unfortunately, one does not have to look very far to see how ideologues of all stripes have always trashed the public square.
My intention was not to contribute to the ugliness, but was & is an honest assessment & question.
"Yes, you minority people....shut your stupid mouths while the majority tells you what's what. Songs of Hosanna to your leader. He is worthy, worthy, (say it, say it like you mean it) w o r t h y. Bow.....no, that's not low enough you troglodytes, l o w e r."
This just goes to show that socialists talk a lot about political dissent, but only when it assists them. Out of the other side of their mouth, they are trying to shut others up. They lack the intellectual and emotional patience to listen to, and to respond to, a dissenting view.
President Obama is a socialist. He is taking the nation in the wrong way in so many areas, it's dizzying: health care, the debt, abortion, Afghanistan, America's Christian heritage, the death lobby, the "Czars" (even autocratic Russia only had one). This is why his party is going to lose in 2010.
The Nobel Committee got it right when they gave the peace prize to Solzhenitsyn and Mother Teresa, but even a stopped clock is right twice a day....
Haha... For someone who didn't know the difference between socialism and nazism, I don't find your arguments even slightly credible. Keep drumming up the conspiracies, just make sure to let me know when to get my pitchfork.
To those making rational points: If there is one argument that I think is credible is that it is early; I agree. He has not had enough time to put his money where his mouth is, but the difference he has made up to this point, in my opinion, is marked. The fact is that HE was chosen, whatever way you spin it (and not by American liberals). I am certainly proud of his accomplishments and proud of my country.
The argument that Obama bribed the Nobel Prize committee sounds more like a conspiracy theory than a rational argument. Most of those who support it (a lot of people, evidently) are simply proud that America can be viewed in a positive light once again; that our leader is trying to heal wounds, not create them, like our last one. They certainly don't look foolish.
I respect the opinion of those who disagree, but not of those who just resort to name-calling and fear-mongering, which was an all-too predictable reaction from an America that passes from calling him communist to nazi without any sense of irony.
this will be my last comment on this thread as I am dismayed that citizens of the United States can be so filled with hatred towards President Obama. He could do everything right and these people will still dig and point fingers and attack him for being who he is, the first black president of the United States. I don't mind different opinions, but these are attacks on this thread.
Typical leftist response. "If you disagree with me you are a hate-filled racist." This has been in the Democrat Party playbook for years. This doesn't work any more except for the most ignorant that don't know they are being manipulated. Jimmy Carter played the race card the other day, but he's senile and is still living in the Pre-Brown Georgia south. Your attempt to make opposition to Obama tantamount to gun-toting, Confederaate-flag-waving, Bible-thumping rednecks is stale and moves nobody important.
Reporting from my "heavily Democrat" little corner in Massachusetts, US:
People are on the radio, saying they sincerely thought it was a joke. They're raising questions about the nomination deadline supposedly being February 1, 09; and asking what it is Obama did between the time he was inaugurated in January and the nomination deadline.
I actually thought it was a joke too, because yesterday at this time there was a joke news bulletin on about how Obama is suffering from bi-polar disorder (and then they want on with what later was clearly a joke).
(I don't make the news. I just report it. )
(Nice of folks who have said, "congratulations", though.)
As the Nobel prize people explained when awarding the prize , it was seen to be of International importance ,I believe they were looking outward (and not inward) acknowledging Obama's focus for the future ,driving home initiatives for International peaceful communications, as previous Nobel winners have achieved.
I usually don't respond to politics but outside of the fish bowl everyone thinks the fish is happy but inside, the fish thinks he's a prisoner. Inside the US our economy is collapsing and our unemployment growing, our government is grossly mismanaging tax money and embroiled in one scandal after another. Yes Obama has taken impressive steps towards many noble goals and I do think he will accomplish much and change things, but the truth is he hasn't done it yet...it's not disrespectful or insulting to say that, but recognizing the facts of the issue.
The committee praised Obama for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples" during his nine months in office and singled out for special recognition Obama's call for a world free of nuclear weapons, which he first made in an April speech in Prague.
I think that's the issue this was something he did in April, his nomination came on Feb 1 only two weeks after becoming president and before having begun any attempt at anything we are mentioning here. What did he do in those two weeks that earned this prestigious nomination?
It is a great honor for Obama, I don't think anyone is going to give the US an award for efforts towards peace though. Nelson Mandella actually ended apartheid though, he went beyond talking, suggesting, and planning. I think you miss the point this is a reward for accomplishment and result.
I am thrilled for our President and the remarks of those who continue to trash Obama and everything he does holds no relevance with me at all. You will read plenty today from those who can find no good in what he does, simply because of who he is. I am proud of his work and his continual fight through this amazing mess he walked into. Cheers Obama!
Look I appreciate the honor, but for what? All you're doing is supporting future problems if he doesn't handle this presidency right. The credibility of minority presidential canidates won't ever have a chance and opinions from the rest of the world will never be taken seriously again. If he isn't given the same scrutiny as any other leader it will ruin America. Somone even wrote he's the messiah! Please! Take off your liberal blinders for a minute and pay attention!
So, the Nobel Prize committee is aligned with the Democrats? Whether you will accept it or not, what the US does does effect the rest of the world. This has nothing to do with internal US politics. There are a lot of IF's in your comment. I pay attention to a lot, just because I disagree with you does not mean I am wrong or that you are right.
And, if Obama does screw up it would be ridiculous to assume that all minority candidates wouldn't get a chance. You don't have to be a minority president to screw things up as your president's have proven time and time again.
Anyway, I'm out of here. I'm home sick and I'm going to nap now. Feels like flu but I don't think it's swine flu
I realize that sometimes my comments may go over some heads. All I really mean is, that we can't all participate in the parade, sometimes we just need to sit on the sideline and cheer, or at least observe. The committee that chooses the Nobel winners have a right to choose whom they want. I agree sometimes it seems nuts, but it is their choice. Peace, CC
So no more logic reasoning to give the nobel prize' Just a whim or a 'convenient' vote ? That's sad .Sorry i came again on this thread, but i can't believe people are so blind.Can't you see the 'scenario' ? And said this, now i'm off.
I am referring to those on the forums in general. I see how you could have taken that to refer only to this thread. whether premature or not, they felt this his work and his actions at that point were worth of the recognition.
@Scott Obama haters have created several threads and made their loud noisy opinions heard many times ( maybe some of it was before you joined, but for a while there ,it was full of extreme religion and extreme politics ,when you have been around too.
Rebekah@ Yep , guess some people just will find fault no matter what. I sure wouldnt like his job, even with a large income, no way!
Yeah I know I've run across them here, and its all over the media too, not just Hubpages. people want someone to blame for everything that goes wrong in the world...and I definitely don't want his job, he's inherited a dying beast that's too far gone to be saved and everyone expects a miracle. Meanwhile they hamstring him at every turn. American politics....
America isn't a dying beast this corrupt government and crooked business mindset is a dying beast and needs to be put down, I think you read too far into something and inserted your own noun, Obama has inherited 25 years of mismanagement and poor thinking and now is expected to turn it around. That is American politics...blame someone else for anothers misdeeds.
If you're looking for a savior for 25yrs of mismanagement he doesn't have the experience! If we endeavor on a socialistic experiment and it doesn't work what then? What will be the excuse who will take the hit? Our government can't give away money that is not their's to give! Look for socialism or communism to work every body has to contribute, so how do you or our president propose to get welfare refugees, crack addicts, prostitutes, hustlers, pimps, illegals, lazy, stupid, uneducated, unmotivated, under-educated and rip-offs to buy in and start producing their fair share? Will you ask the motivated to work harder so they can carry the load or will you dummy-them-down to lets say street walker mentality? Or how about they work real hard but to be fair they only get the check a welfare mom gets? How long do you think they'll keep working that hard for no rewards? Why don't you ask Misha about what happens when people want more and they can't get it. You can give him any award you want or you think he deserves but all you're doing is putting up a storefront with nothing behind it.
Believe it or not there are alot of Americans who don't want to be like everyone else, We do cherish our independence. I've said many times we should close are borders and move towards isolationism. We can better control what happens here without outside interference. Before we clamp down on the wealthy we need to end the sweetheart deals with our trading partners. I honestly feel if the liberals saw the affect our withdrawl would have on the world economy they might exercise alittle restraint when dealing with us, now it's become totally disrespectful, even abusive.
I'm actually a common sense independent but that doesn't change a thing. I support the choice that makes the most sense, not the most popular. Isolationism thats been my position once I learned the people around the world treat us like a punching bag. They bad mouth our forgien policies and put tarriffs on our exports to protect thier industries. Where do these countries filled with hypocrites geting off and critizing us! They'd stab us in the back in a minute! We could send relief to a country one day then on the news the next day they'd call us murderers! We sent aid to indonesia after the tsunami, they made our planes land so they could cover or remove any name or indication it came from the US. Enough is enough!
Well, if you believe in being isolationist then you should not agree with any exports or imports (and that includes oil). I'd like to see how long the US would last if the borders were totally locked. The US puts tarriffs on imports also; there is a long ongoing fight over softwood lumber between the US and Canada. Other countries criticizing the US is no different than the US criticizing other countries; it's a two way street.
I agree with you, except foreign aid is a tiny drop in the bucket. You don't help people because you expect to be rewarded with gratitude; you do so because it's the right thing to do, period. Arguments against international aid on the "they didn't appreciate it" is basically an argument for stinginess.
If you want to go after the major spending and major umbrage directed towards Americans, why not tackle the military? Why are we "helping" so many countries around the world, to the tune of billions of dollars a day?
Aid is fine unless the time inbetween all they have to say is vile and hateful. I'm for pulling back, I'm not opposed to militarizing our border opening bases as a quick response defense staging areas. Puting our research money into the appropriate systems to defend us, would save a fortune. Here's the catch a compromise like that require the libs to get on board. I don't think they want any defense, unless it's snowballs.
What liberals do you presume to understand? 'Liberals' seems to be the voice of the devil's advocate in your head, with no grounding in reality. Just because Hannity and O'Reilly say liberals believe something doesn't mean it's true.
I saw the announcement, live, at first in Norwegian, all I heard was "Barack Obama" and a gasp of surprise throughout the crowd. Everyone was surprised by this and rightly so! 205 nominees and the award went to Obama? It just doesn't make any sense and it diminishes the prestige of the award and the committee.
Europeans hate Israel with a passion and would love to castrate the US. Arafat! That man had phoney tatooed on his forehead! That why the Europeans have little if any credibility with the consevatives in America and this non-sense is why we should become an isolationist country again.
I understand your feelings completely. America needs to move on and remove itself from the world forum we're war mongers and haters and since we mess up everything we touch we should mind our own buisness.
It leaves me wondering who the other nominees were. I voted for Obama and support most of his policies, but this still seems incredibly premature to me. I don't deny he's made some important first steps to better relations with the rest of the world, but that's exactly what they are. First steps. He ain't no Nelson Mandela!
Frankly, my first thought was that it was more a big old F*** YOU to Bush than an actual award to Obama. And happy as I am to flip off Bush, this doesn't seem like the most appropriate way to do it. ~shrugs~
By KARL RITTER and MATT MOORE, Associated Press Writers
Obama's election and foreign policy moves caused a dramatic improvement in the image of the U.S. around the world. A 25-nation poll of 27,000 people released in July by the Pew Global Attitudes Project found double-digit boosts to the percentage of people viewing the U.S. favorably in countries around the world. That indicator had plunged across the world under President George W. Bush.
The award appeared to be a slap at Bush from a committee that harshly criticized Obama's predecessor for his largely unilateral military action in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. The Nobel committee praised Obama's creation of "a new climate in international politics" and said he had returned multilateral diplomacy and institutions like the U.N. to the center of the world stage.
perhaps he received the award for what he had accomplished in the year ending at feb. 1. for those with a short attention span, there was excitement and electricity in the air, not just in america, but many parts of the world.
there was hope. there was a chance for change. it's obvious that the award was given based on the sense of unity prior to feb 1.
what he has done since then is of no relevance to what he did before then. in fact, if the award were based on achievements achieved from february 1 until today, there is little doubt it would have been given to sarah palin. you betcha.
LOL. A not-insignificant part of the reason I am such a strong environmentalist and anti-war advocate is because I refuse to let the human race kill itself off before we figure out long distance space travel. ~is a huge geek~
One has to wonder what fantasy trip the Nobel prize committee was on to have even considered this nomination yet alone ratify it. Apparently the planned world apology tour blaming “evil Americans” for all the world’s ills was enough for the 5-member committee, comprised of 4 women, including one avowed socialist, to swoon.
Since invitations to nominate are sent out to “qualified” nominators in September and must be post marked not later than February 1st and it only takes one “qualified” person to nominate, it is reasonable to assume the Obama machine had this one in the works for a while. Imagine doing all that peace prize stuff in just 10 days after the January 21st inauguration. Oh wait, how long does it take for a letter to get to Norway from here?
He must have gotten it for picking out the correct drapes or a bedspread with a Norwegian pattern. What a joke and a Hoax.
Who might the qualified nominator be? Considering the nominators qualifications rules list I would guess this “honor” fell upon Former President and Peace Prize winner Jimmy Carter. And since this information is kept, by rule, under wraps for 50 years we can only guess. Way to go Jimmy, another fell swoop in your continuing fight to prove us all idiots to the rest of the world.
We can now assume this great hollow victory will now be considered a success and another stepping stone along the path of the continued campaign towards mediocrity and the one world vision of socialistic complacency.
it does tend to diminish the value of the prize itself. Ghandi suffered and endured much in his quest for peace. the President was given this honor for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples".
i didn't see anything "extraordinary" in his first two weeks as President, or since.
"extraordinary" means: "beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable; "extraordinary authority"; "an extraordinary achievement"; far more than usual or expected".
i would say this about anyone who won after a two-week-old body of work, not just Barack Obama.
I agree with some with a little bit of everyone. It's great that America got this prize. Although I also agree that this is a little over the top. There are so many more people out there that have done so much more for our world. He hasn't done much. Yeah, he may be asking for no nukes but ya know what. He's also putting more of our troops in Afghanistan, bring us more into a war. I don't see that as peace.
I wish I had been on that committee to hear what their reasons were for choosing him. I think someone else deserved it, not him.
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