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U.S. President Barack Obama failed in his bid to win the Olympics for Chicago when he traveled to Denmark last week. But Scandinavia gave him an unexpected consolation prize Friday - the Nobel Peace Prize.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that Obama had won the illustrious award for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."
Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to win the award since Woodrow Wilson in 1919 and only the third occupant of the White House to be recognized with the award. But Obama has only held the presidency since January this year - just eight months. Already the award has drawn both praise and criticism from around the world.
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The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded 89 times to 119 Nobel Laureates between 1901 and 2008 – 96 times to individuals and 23 times to organizations.
In his last will and testament, Alfred Nobel, who invented dynamite, indicated that the prize for peace should be dedicated 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."
What do you think? Are Obama's attempts to change U.S. political direction and renew diplomatic engagement enough to merit award of the prize?
What is "extraordinary" about Obama's efforts for peace since the start of the year?
Or is awarding a prize to a leader who has yet to reach the end of his first year simply too premature?
Let us know what you think and we will use some of your comments in the show.
This is a joke.
I don't agree to this award. He may prove to be a deserving candidate later but certainly its too early to make this judgement now.
As a Norwegian I am not very proud of the committees choise. Nothing on Obama as president, but many Norwegians feels that it is way too early, he has great visions and ideas, but they have yet to be prooved. I feel that the committee is loosing its grip, it feels more like they want a "big shot" as Obama to our meek, tiny, obscure little contry. Mabye the Nobels Peace price should be awarded every five years, and not so often. It seems to loose its value.
He does not deserve it since he has not accomplished anything toward peace. Just saying you want peace is not enough. This year the Peace Prize is a popularity contest.
He desreve it very much. He is the only one who deserved it. I am so happy that Norwegian Nobel comite has realised it.
He maybe will deserve it in the future, but now he's sending 40.000 more troops in Afghanistan. Isn't it too early for a Nobel? He could get Nobel for Hope and Good Will, not for Peace. Not yet.
despite the respect i have for the president, i think it's to early to have this price.Everything is in process and isn't realised.
No way, I think a person needs to spend thier life promoting peace to get it (mother teresa for example) not just 'try' to change stuff for a few months...
What is extraordinary is the fact that he is invoked a sense of hope amongst different peoples. Perhaps that in itself is the first step to peace – hope that people can co-exist. and not fear and hate for others who are different!
No. I voted for him because I wanted a change in the war policies of the last 8 years. However, he has been in office less than a year. While he has done a great deal to improve the respect other countries have for the US, I think it is too premature to award him the prize. If he continues the way he has, then it would deserve it, but not yet.
I think that the Nobel Prize Committee saw great potential in Obama and by awarding him the coveted prize challenges him to prove that he is worthy of their choice.
Absolutely he deserves this prize. He is peace -maker.
No I do not think he does. I think Obama won this prize for who he is, and not for what he has done. Some might argue that he would not be who he is had he not done what he had done, but I believe there are numerous people in the world who might be more qualified to receive this prize. I stood by Obama all through the presidential campaign and I was elated when he became president, but I believe he has yet to show “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
No Obama doesn't deserve it...This clearly shows that being the President of United States has worked in his favor...He has not even travelled to BRIC nations till date and he has only been making attempts to do few things...Not a Nobel Prize effort...This also shows the Norwegian commitees scrupulousness in awarding someone with an award even before he did something commendable...
For the first time in a long time people around the world are starting to feel positive about the US because we see a president who doesn't want to bomb all opposition back to the stone-age. A man with a vision for a nuclear weapon free world is something we long ago stopped hoping to see in the US. Also now that someone who is capable of understanding the science of ACW is in charge of the country that adds most to the problem maybe we have some chance of preventing world catastrophe.
Perhaps it is too soon for this prize but maybe it will give Americans a sense of the despair the world felt at the actions of the the US before Obama was elected. This is a man who everyone should be supporting because if even a fraction of his vision for the US and the world comes to pass it will improve life for all of us. This prize is the world saying to conservatives – stop your foolish bickering and get behind your country and the world. Every man is not an island.
Absolutely Obama deserve the award, every thing he said, he is making effort to accomplish it. He said we should live in a world without nuclear weapons and he is doing exactly that.
If he doesn't, who else dose?
Yes Mr Obama deserves the Nobel Prize exactly for the reasons given.
Great the choice of the Committee. I am extremely happy today and I see that there is hope.
Yes, he definitely deserves the prize, might make some people opposing his efforts to create a fairer world think again! The international community is obviously behind him as he tries to establish peace in some of the conflict areas he inherited.
i don't think so, he has done nothing which could be extra ordinary achievement. He is getting much attention because of the fact that he is the first black person to lead the biggest economy of the planet.
He probably deserves it, problem is, it's way too premature.
If it was this easy for the other winners in physics, medicine and so forth, why bother working hard for years providing us with new scientific breakthroughs. Or for peace for that matter. Maybe I'll get it next year if I claim that I would like to discover the cure for cancer. It seems to be enough to talk the talk without walking the walk nowadays.
Absolutely, this man has done more for World Peace in the short time he has held the job of President then Bush did in his his 8 years of office. You could say that Obama is clearing up Bush's mess.
What a joke. Deliver results and get the prize, don't get it for the speeches. He must have been nominated in his first few days in office! I hope he donates the $1.4m prize to charity, now that would be worth a prize...
I like Obama... but no.
The US still has troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Daily remote bombing inside of Pakistan. Guantanamo is still open for business.
Where is the "peace" in this Peace Prize?
What a joke.
When Gandhi was not awarded nobel peace prize , how come president obama get one so soon, its not only premature but also diminishes the importance of such a prize , keeping well in mind that he is the leader of a nation that is fighting wars for one reason or other, pretty much all over the world.......
It is a joke. The Norwegian authorities should hang their head in shame. Nothing against Obama, he is a great guy doing a great job but Nobel peace prize is a altogether different thing. He hasn't done anything to deserve this (yet). Do the nobel committee realise how big a blunder they have done and undermined the honour attached to the prize? Shame ! there were many more deserving candidates. It all looks a PR stunt to me.
Obama may be a good man, but the award is too early for someone who has made any commendable effort in making the difference...In fact late Ronald Reagan deserved a Nobel Prize and all the ex-Presidents of the United States if Obama gets the Prize...Obama all hyped up DRAMA nothing else....
YES - Obama dared to show the world an America that we all can be proud off, an example for us all -.that offers hope and balance
He might deserve it one day in the future, I think it's premature at
The president has shown his desire to pacify the Muslim nations who simply laugh behind his back as a weak leader with no understanding of how their real agenda works.
In the process he has sold out Israel and has placed them as the "bad guy" and positioned himself as a lawyer for the other side. That may be "nobel" but that isn't the job of the president of the United States.
Evil people respond to one thing, and that is a gun to the head. If WWII didn't show us that evil can not be pacified or negotiated with, than nothing will.
George Bush might have been to hasty with Iraq, but at least he showed the world that evil will not be tolerated. Obama as shown the world that evil will be praised and good will be condemned. This is the worst decision that this panel has made since Arafat won for the "peace accords." Isn't it funny that Obama and Arafat are pursing the same agenda. Just a thought.
What have he done?
There are so many organisations (like UNICEF or UNCHR) who have done so much for peace and helping others... Mr. Obama has only been in office for 9 months. This kind of option only takes out value from the once prestigious Nobel award.
No. I think it's some kind of joke if 6 months of talk can give you a Nobel prize for peace. The award should be for achievements and not rhetoric.
Its all the more surprising when you have the winner leading an army of thousands to a bloody, futile battle.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee must be obtuse and senile to have awarded the peace prize to Barak Hussein Obama. What has he done to deserve this award? Nothing....and the component members of the Committee daintily swoon at the mere mention of the word 'Obama'. This is an Obamination of the Nobel Peace Prize!
Yes. Yes. Yes. President Obama is the ideal person for this award.
I think he deserves the prize, probably not much of what he has acheived (not to say that he has inspired a whole world which in itself is a huge achievement) but to encourage him to continue the path he has started on. I believe the prize is equally a restrainning weapon to remind him that the world depends on him to carry on with diplomacy rather than military might to work towards peace. He surprisingly deserves the prize.
This is ridiculous. He hasn't done anything so far. Lots of promises and eloquent speeches and no action... Sheer madness – makes the Nobel prize meaningless.
YES HE DOES!!! Congratulations...President & Michelle Obama
Yes, very good.
Now, that was too quick an achievement.
Possibly he will have to now live up to the honour and show that he was indeed worthy of the prize. That's original thinking from the committee!
Now Obama can't afford a bad move. Good Luck!
They could have waited for a few more years – until it's obvious that Obama really made the changes he promised for the world.
ABSOLUTELY!! I am tremendously proud of him and to call him My President!!
Name someone within the last year, that have given hope to all that peace in this world is attainable his dreams are the dreams of all people in this world – WORLD PEACE. In the short time that he has been on the national/world scene his impact on PEACE is truly deserving for him to awarded the price. The world is a better place just by him winning the White House.
Personally I don’t thick he deserve to win the prize. As he was only in the office lest then Year and he didn’t make any significant contribution for world peace yet.
I think he should be judged on his actions rather than his words. Obviously the committee has fallen for his words only
He shouldn't be awarded yet. This award gives me a bad taste in the mouth and to the nominees wich accomplished real actions for peace.
Obamamania has gone too far
absolutley not!!! What a political sham.. Now lets see if he delivers troops as requested.. Now that he is a most peaceful person on earth.. What a laugh.. Kiss rings and dictators and you will be rewarded..
Congratulations, the american people should be proud of this president
Yes, President Barack Obama has inspired the world to believe more in the international community and was able to retain some of the lost faith in the United States diplomatic efforts. He is capable of bridging the cultural gap between the international community and to inspire its youth to demand a better future. His efforts in engaging with Iran and North Korea has earned him the trust and respect of the world. He has proven to the extremists of the west and the east the words are more powerful the echo of explosives. For all the believers in the nuclear disarmament , its great to know that the President of United States is on your side...
Congratulation mr. President!!
Absolutely not. This is an award whose recipients have shown extraordinary effort in bringing about peace and prosperity to their respective nations and throughout the world. President Obama has not been in a position long enough to have made such a global contribution to the pursuit of peace. Every armed conflict that was active at the time he took office is still active today. So I ask: What has he done to bring peace to our world? By awarding Barak Obama the Nobel Peace Prize, they have diminished the significance of the award.
Congrats to Mr. Obama, but honestly I think its too premature. He is still in the process of trying to make things happen and hasn't yet achieved much so far to deserve such an award. I think it should have been appropriate to see some concrete achievements first.
Are there really very few people working for peace in the world? I personally think the Scottish justice minister who endured every criticism to release a prisoner on humanitarian grounds deserved it better than Mr. Obama for his courage and conviction.
I think people are forgetting that the Nobel Peace Prize is a WORLD prize, not an American prize. This has nothing to do with what he has achieved politically in America, but for the role he has played on the world stage. As an American who lives in the world beyond the United State's borders, I can say with certainty that no matter the political climate within America, Barak Obama has made an incredible and positive impact on the world as a whole.
Yes, to echo Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Nobel Laureate:
Archbishop Tutu on President Obama – extraordinary perspective. "“What wonderful recognition of someone who has already made such an impact on our planet with regards to the Muslim world, nuclear disarmament, climate change and, to some extent, ...the Middle East. He has reached out to the Arab world, including Iran, and North Korea. In a way, it’s an award – coming near the beginning of the first term of office of a relatively young President – that anticipates an even greater contribution towards making our world a safer place for all. It is an award that speaks to the promise of President Obama’s message of hope." Via Ray Hartley at Times.
What did he do to deserve the prize? All other recipients have had a positive effect on the world. He might be a great guy, but I do not see what he did to achieve this prize.
A bit premature you might say. Although shifting global policy and and winning the election on the message that the last 8 years was big a mistake is probably the most important thing for World Peace in a long time. But then the prize would go to 52% of the US-population, not to Obama.
He is still the president for a country involved in two offensive wars, but for the hope of peace and just for a US president to talk about a nuclear free world is a fantastic change to the darkness of recent times.
Obama gave the Americans a new chance to be accepted. In the past, US foreign affair policy has made both friends and enemies with other states as a result of the dominant position the US has in recent history. With that position comes a great responsibility. The Bush administration did not grasp that concept – or if they did they were very unfortunate in executing diplomacy. With a new face and a new slogan Obama gave the whole world hope for a new, better future with improved relationships between the US and its allies and the Middle East and Russia. He realizes that wars have never been solved with battles, but only with talks (diplomacy). He reaches out to the states that were declared ashes of evil by Bush and creates a lot of goodwill by doing that. The challenge he faces is not only to get Iran and Northern Korea to the negotiating table, but to give them sufficient reasons to cease developing nuclear warfare and become respected members of a new world order. Obama deserves the price for trying to change the world, but if he will succeed is something we will only know in future
All i can say is well done Mr President !
I think many are surprised by this award. What exactly has Obama done to promote peace in the world? Visits to Africa, the Middle East (for his first overseas interview) and soon Japan; not one of these were to expand the message of peace. Let's be honest, he travels to promote America, its strength in manufacturing and exports, in hopes of gaining foreign investment. As we all know, America needs money, more than peace at this moment.
I think this award at this time is far too premature. He should have been judged on longer term results.
Whilу I do think that President Obama has made a significant effort to re-start numerous peace efforts and utilize new approaches to old problems, he has accomplished just that so far. I do think that he will deserve the Nobel Peace prize if he accomplishes even 30% of what he set out to do, however I do believe this year's win is premature.
Well, I guess it was too early to know if Mr.Obama really deserve the prize, but I guess I it will put him under pressure to do more to spread peace specially in the Muslim World.
Yes he does- he and Hillary Clinton does a great job for the peace
in the world and this should encourage them further to creat peace in the Middle East as well as in Afghanistan and with Iran
Unless defeating the Clintons can be considered as significant contribution towards world peace, Obama has had precious little time to contribute enough to deserve the biggest award on earth. If anything, this premature recognition would set a level of expectations more appropriate for epic heroes.
yes, of course he deserves it. Congratulations Obama.
Although I did not know he was in the running, I am proud that he was chosen. President Obama continues to make me a proud American.
He would win it anyway in the next few years for the efforts that he has undertaken this year but handing it to him this early might distort those efforts. Anyway, there are very few people this year that have stood out in initiating peace initiatives so just for the luck of good competition in this area.. he is might just be the best choice.
Amterdam, The Netherlands
Of course he deserves it .Who else around the globe deserves it if not him.
I really don't see any political figure in the world who really can get the prize.At least he is showing good faith and maybe this prize will push him to seriously act towrds planet peace .
What??!! The man hasn't done anything specific, other than "hope" that people could talk and get along, sort of like Rodney King. Couldn't the Nobel folks wait until he has actually done something quantifiable before knee-jerking on this. I have lost respect for this group.
It is an absolute outrage. Obama should turn this down. What has he done to deserve the nobel peace prize. This will just give more fodder for the republicans to attack him. It is becoming all about Obama. The issues are getting swallowed in Obama's bloated ego. Enough Mr. President, we care for USA more than the brand image OBAMA.
This is a joke, right ? They cannot be serious !!
There are far more deserving folks out there for this.
Guess winning a Nobel Peace Prize no longer means much any more.
Absolutely. Within 6 months of taking office (and arguably even before), Obama has done more to reach out to mistaken adversaries and old allies alike to strengthen ties and rebuild relationships that were so severely damaged by the negligent policies of the Bush administration.
Let's hope, however, that this doesn't affect his resolve to defeat Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan or give Israel, the sole Middle East democracy, the solid support it needs in her efforts against Hamas, Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda, Syria and Iran.
this news has come as a complete shock to me.
He does'nt deserve to win the prize at this moment.
He should have tangibly contributed to world peace in some significant manner other than by giving speeches calling for world peace.
He has not done this and so there is no locus standi for him to win this prize.
This is just a joke, and a big joke.
No he did not. I haven't yet seen any specific action from Obama to improve multinational cooperation and diplomacy. No movement on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict....nothing. No real action in Iraq. Sabre rattling toward Iran. Nothing towards N. Korea. So what diplomatic action is the Nobel committee talking about? Seems like lame pandering to the "rock star" Obama crowd....I voted for him but this is lame.
yes he deserves it. Yes we can!
As a Norwegian I am emberessed by the comitees choice of winner. I think the Chairman (former prime minister Jagland) whises to meet Obama.
The President has good intentions, but has still to make his changes (after only 9 months)
The prize has been a joke since it was received by Arrafat....
This is an excellent choice. Obama has really sparked hope and renewed confidence in the US among people elsewhere in the world, and in his first months he has already made a sea change in the way the US engages with the rest of the globe – well done!
I think this is an outstanding move by Nobel Committee. A very cunning one I must add. This will endow him with much deserved support at home for his initially announced policies. In my opinion it is rather a mandate than an award.
Absolutely he has done enough work of unitin people in the world.His an angel of peace.
If he doesn't, who else deserves it?
Obama is the best thing that has happened to the United States of America in a VERY LONG time. It is amazing how much distrust and hatred there is of him and what he is trying to do to get the country back on track – yet here we see him win a most prestigious award. Good onya Obama!! You go dude!! Keep up the most amazing work. There are many very proud of you and what you stand for and what you are doing.
I didn't know rhetoric alone would qualify a person... let alone win the Nobel Peace Prize... come on people... I'm sure someone, somewhere has done concrete efforts to bring peace somewhere in the world... now, it's all about talk?
I think it was well deserved and I am proud to be an American.
Obama is in power as US president since 10 months. What has he achieved? Some results? I´m sure not for sending more troops to Afghanistan. What has he done for the world peace? With all respect to Obama, to say it frankly: He has got the prize for a vision.
I am an American who lives abroad, and am not in opposition to his administration. However, I have not heard of anything so extraordinary in his presidency that would deserve a prize. All I have heard is that the economy is horrible, his health care is under extreme opposition, and that he has not come through on a lot of his promises....
I would rather have seen Bill Clinton get the award. Obama is still wet behind the ears, and to me has not done much worthy of a noble prize. The funny thing is that when he spoke at a University graduation in Arizona last Spring he did not get an honorary degree, but he just got a Noble Prize....
I am just wondering how I will explain to my European friends the reason why he was awarded the prize during my weekend get togethers...
Tom – an American in Greece
no too soon
NO – I really like the guy, but nothing is achieved by him yet. Maybe one day in the future he will deserve it, in fact, let's hope for that.
I feel this award is a more futuristic award, an award to build on. I like the idea, and Obama could be and is sending out very good vibration all over the world.
I think it's great!
Nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize were due on February 1st. Do we really think Obama did anything during his first 11 days in office worthy of one of the most respected awards in the world? He did not deserve to be nominated.
I also find the timing ironic. Wasn't it only 6 days ago that SNL blasted him for inaction? Hilarious.
a bit premature... so if I had to vote, I would have waited one more year.. the message sent is: we give this to him so that he continues to fight for peace, and to give him credibility towards the 'enemies'. Problem is: the enemies think the Nobel prize is Western... so, difficult for me to say congrats. from a human rights activist
What a shame! on what ? he just talk and talk..no real achievements in any front ! world peace? common
The Nobel committee has made a big mistake on this one..
same like they gave it Carter and Arafat...
Absolutely! What he's done to change perceptions about the U.S. and to alter ways of thinking by calling everyone to accept responsibility for world peace and world survival cannot be overstated. He is a remarkable man with remarkable talents.
Changing the tide of the nation's thought and emotional stance is no small feat. This alone moves us toward a greater Peace, that is a greater sense of acceptance of our differences, as well as our shared humanity. E pluribus unum...out of the many, One. This is the basis of all Peace, and Obama has embodied this concept in his actions, in his words and in his Being. He has given us Hope for what is possible. In this Hope we rest, we come to Peace within ourselves. He has called us to power, to empowerment, to do what we each can do to help one another, to heal the Earth. This empowerment brings us individually to a realized participation in our own future. There is Peace in this. Yes, he deserves this. And most importantly, he is not one then to rest on his laurels...this will only serve to fuel him to greater service in the world. And I hope inspire us all to do the same and to have an uplifted feeling about our nation, not based on inflated pride, but on values that are true, and real. We can hold our head high, knowing that we are leading the world to Brotherhood and Peace for all. .
What exactly has he done to deserve this honour. The Nobel Peace Prize lost its aura and honour the day it was awarded to Yasser Arafat. Sure Obama talks the talk, but he has not been around long enough to walk the walk. I would gladly stand corrected if someone could list his achievements in this area (measurable achievements, not just talk and promises) and who else was in the running for the award?
Nothing of any significance achieved apart from the highest budget deficit since World War II.
He is handsome and is a good talker though. Bravo Obama! Proof all you need to be is a good salesman and people will offer you everything.
I like Obama and think he is doing a great job. But I think they should have waited for him to complete what he has set out to achieve.
Ha, ha what a joke. How can you even ask the question? Do you think he deserved it? NO! And sadly, there were some people who actually did deserve the award. Politically this will hurt him more than it will help. Most American's will see this for the stunt that it is. Only the far left thinks he has done anything or think he deserved it. I assure you this did not and will not help his standing here at home.
Mr. Obama has certainly deserved this honour. We hope that the American people will stand behind their President and lead the world towards greater fraternity among the inhabitants of this planet.
Congratulations to the US for having chosen a visionary President – Congratulations to the Obamas!
In the political arena, during the last years I cannot think of other individuals or organisations that have made bigger efforts. With George W. Bush's "Either you're with us, or you're against us"-approach, there wasn't much else happening in the arena than the exchange of threats. It was as if the only thing that mattered was to see who had the biggest muscles. Besides W, Putin and Ahmadinejad come to mind. The UN (Security Council) may have been working under the same principles as they always have, their power to change things has become weaker over the years. Even Tony Blair, in his important mission as envoy to the Middle East, has not accomplished memorable results.
With Obama's unique speaking style and his wish for dialogue, it was as if he cleared the air and let everybody start a fresh. He may not have created peace (yet), he sure has made huge efforts.
I think he deserve it, because the world needs someone who dares to take steps, I’m just saying even though he hasn’t achieved much he is getting close, at least he is trying. I think everyone he tries to change the world for the better on such a level deserves a Nobel price.
He deserves it a million times
I think Barak Obama deserve this award just as much as everyone else who have already gotten it.
He is for peace, he seek to make peace among nations and people, therefore no one deserve it more than he does.
My initial reaction was WHAT!!!
But after reading the explanation of the chairman, I think the committee is right. Obama deserve the award
First I would like to say that I am from India. I am a big fan of Obama, supporter and well wisher.
However I feel that Obama did NOT at all deserve the prize, if it he would have been nominated say after 4 years and if things which he did did result in a major positive action, then it would have been fine.
He should refuse the award and say that my time is not now for it.
I am disappointed by the Nobel committee on what has happened.Its shocking.
Is he been compensated for losing the Olympics -Denmark, Sweden, Norway : Nordic Country????
This is some kind of a joke.
Obama?Nobel Peace Prize?
well he gave hope to the world...that is true....and he is TRYing to change the US diplomatic engagement in world affairs....that is also true.....
but a Nobel Prize?????too soon, and too scary for me....too much pressure on his shoulders...the world should not rely on one person, even if that one person is the President of the United States of America....he CANNOT be the fixer to all problems, and he definitely hasnt done anything extraordinary to promote world peace....I am a strong supporter of Barack Obama, the night of his election i danced along with my fellow "H" students to the music of his words...believing that "there is nothing wrong with hope"...well i am still hoping.....
Even in this violent time he continues to show compassion with strength.
Barak Obama may not have yet achieved much for world peace, but he is the best chance we have got for a better world.
I could be that winner if I was Latino First American President.
Rest you know.
Without doubt, we may applaud president Obama for the remarkable change that he has brought, particularly in US foreign policy, making it more engaging and effective. However, less than nine months into his presidency we have yet to see the concrete results for Obama's efforts. Perhaps awarding him the peace prize was a little premature.
You have a great new president! But I think he does not deserve the price because he is fighting 2 wars in Iran and Afganistan. Apart from that he is head of a nation wich is overconsuming and therfore depleting the natural resources in the world leading to poverty death and destruction in other parts of the world.
Mark Geurts Netherlands
Obama's triumph in the last U.S. election gave hope and aspiration to people belonging to the minority not only in the U.S. but all over the world. He has showed us that we too can overcome!
Though I am a great fan of obama, this is too premature. Makes the this years prize look like a joke
I do not think Obama deserves the Oscar. USA was weary about a president who spoke only about war for last 8 years. Obama, in order to win had to speak everything in reverse of what Bush said/practised.
Obama has yet to show progress in any significant foreign policy or domestic policy initiative till date. The Nobel Prize is a bit premature. Maybe could have ben considered in later years, if he had acheived mIddle east peace and lessened problems with N. Korea.
Absolutely, the last 8 years have been filled with fear globally, hence , a voice of hope, reconciliation and outeach deserves to be awarded, I commend the Noble committee for a very bold decision.
President Obama is a good person but not to the extend of winning Nobel Peace Prize. Tsvangirai should have won but has been robbed of yet another election. In Zimbabwe we say Tsvangirai is jixed (translate cursed) because here he lost presidential elections through rigging, now the the Nobel Peace Prize election has been rigged and he has lost again. Lord have mercy.
No, he does not deserve the peace prize, or any other. Being conciliatory to our enemies is easy. Anyone could do it. The hard thing is to promote peace from a position of strength without giving up our honor or our values.
CNN forum moderators: Why don't you create a poll to see what % approve of the peace prize to Obama. Comments are great but a parallel poll also show in a nutshell what people think.
I personally think that this prize is beside for his past work most for his future work as President of the US .
As a european I would prefer to see the US more involved in the process of Peace around the world than the invasions and wars from the past few years , I see this Nobel Peace Prize as a first step in the peace process ... peace in relation with other nations and peace in the heart of the great american nation .
Con gratulations Mr President !
Cristian C ( Romania )
He clearly deserves the Prize. His first television interview as President of the United States was given to Al Arabiya, with a message of outreach to the Muslim world. In nine months, he has restored America's world popularity, on the strength of his policies and initiatives, and his personal charisma.
I understand the Committee's choice. They are right.
An American residing in Dubai
It is a very surprisingly solution but I think it's a good mean to put President OBAMA under pressure. During his campaign, he promissed to relly change American Politics. He said he wanted to deeply moove the US diplomacy. Closing Gitmo, prohibiting torture, stoping the Iraq War, defending a World Without Any Nuclear Bomb or Missile... And we long for these changes to happen...
Many think that he did not deserve this Nobel Prize because he did nothing. I hope this encouragement will make him take the good way to these new Perspectives.
"Not Peace at the expanse of freedom but both Peace and Freedom". President John F. KENNEDY
A French citizen aged 35 who was and still is an "OBAMAnian" but who begins to fear that this President will not go as far as he promised it...
This is the Joke of the Century.
Still too early for Obama, I guess in a year as violent as this one...HOPE is better rated than RESULTS.
Yeah, sure. President Obama deserves to earn the Nobel Peace Prize. His attempts to create peace may be too high minded to some but someone has press for it, better that it come from a national leader than a single voice on the bus. But let it be said that all the talking in the world will not bring positive changes unless there is a concrete path to secure lasting peace world-wide.
I understand and agree completely with the reasoning behind the decision of the Nobel Committee. Obama has opened a new era in diplomacy based on mutual respect for nations. Doors are being opened for bilateral and multi-lateral discussions. He is an inspirational figure worldwide and for me personally. But in concrete terms, his goodwill and intentions have yielded no practical results yet and this Prize may even work against his achieving his goals. However, I say congratulations Mr. Obama!
Yes he fully deserves the Nobel prize based on my judgement. I don't understand and also amazed how Nobel Commitee arrived at this decision in so short a time from President Obama assumed office. Also, as mind says, Had Hillary become the President, will it be for sures Obama would have been honoured with this award.
I'm writing what my mind says.
Obama really deserves this prize. No doubt about that.
yes, if he would tell the truth that is.
keep em dumb like sheep in a herd thats what he should be getting awards for.
Obama is a promising new figure on the international stage but I'm afraid that it might be too soon to offer to him such a prestigious award.
At this time the Nobel committee is taking the risk to lose its credibility by literally gambling on Obama's hope. The prize is usually given to people based on their actions and concrete results toward peace and not based on hope and an energetic drive to build peace that is always commendable.
Way too soon I believe albeit I like and respect the man.
I voted for him really, I don't think he deserves the Noble prize.
Couple speeches and good intentions are not even close to be enough and I actually think it is an offense to previous laureates whose prize was the achiement of years or a life of dedication and action.
How can you compare Obama's "achievements" to those of Nelson mandela, Elie Wiesel, or Mother Theresa to just name a few... this is shameful...
Congratulations to President Obama and to the American people!
This Nobel Prize is fully deserved. President Obama not only gave hope to the American people, but also to the entire World. He is a man of values and principles. The future of the World is to a large extent in his hands and this Nobel Prize will contribute to encourage President Obama to continue the excellent job he has done so far.
Most Definitely. He has a beautiful heart. Sometimes to accomplish peace, you need to inspire people to do the right thing. When the right thing is done, there will be peace.
Yes, very much I do think that Obama derserves to Nobel Peace Prize.
As a Swede I'm ashamed. Nothing wrong with Obama, he's great, but to award somebody a Nobel peace prize with such a short history is simply not right.
Yes, perhaps Norway wants great world attention and certainly they got it. The sad part is that the peace prize might not be taken so seriously the more this crazy stuff they do.
It's not about visions, it's more about accomplishments.
The Nobel peace prize has always been an "encouragement" prize. The nobel committee rewards Obama's clear break from the Bush policies that have been loathed around the world. By awarding it so soon in his presidency, it increases the pressure on Obama to continue on this road and deliver on his promises.
yes he deserveted it.
As someone who voted for, supports, is employed under (I'm military) and even endears our current President - I think this was a bad call by the Nobel Foundation. Pres. Obama is a wonderful person, but he hasn't accomplished anything (yet) deserving of such a prestigous award.
I believe that this may actually be politically motivated. Was it to possibly sway his upcoming Afghanistan decision? Another push for Israeli/Palestinian concilation? Or maybe a long-term motivator to encourage his administration to "amount to" this example?
With all respect to Him, I guess it's too premature to have given him such a Prize, unless he had brokered a Middle East peace deal that I had not been aware of during the past few hours that I had skipped reading the news!
I equate this to Alan Arkin receiving the Best Actor award for "Little Miss Sunshine"
Yes, I certainly agree with the Nobel Prize Committee' s pick, though it's a risky one. Needless to say that it is also motivated by a commonly felt need to reinvigorate Obama' s Herculean efforts in bringing peace to the Middle East. Moreover, it may also curb the vicious and hateful attacks on Obama by the USA far right, Fox News included.
No, because he has not done anything to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize. He has done nothing but make things worse since he has been in off Illegal so to me he should get it. If he would do something that would benefit everyone except hisself then he might deserve one.
It may be too soon for too little done so far, but Obama has so far made all the right moves with sincereity towards resolution of key issues that brought the world misery, war and deep mistrust under Bush / Cheney administration. I beleive Yes He Can make the world a more safer place before the end of his first term.
Because he is the first American president to openly talk about the need for nuclear – free world. Before him, American presidents talked about preventing other nations from acquiring or expanding nuclear arsenal, which does not help much!
Alfred Nobel would be turning in his grave right now. Obama definitely does not deserve the Nobel Peace Prize simply because of the fact that he has not achieved anything so far. Of course he has been talking a lot in Egypt and other countries, but everybody is talking, and I'm sure that so many talk more about bringing people together than Mr. Obama ever did or ever will do. Furthermore, let us not forget the fact that Obama is the leader of the most powerful nation in the world, yet he's still waging two wars in two different countries.
"Obama, don't accept the prize and more people will respect you".
Our President absolutely deserve to win. What he did during his Presidential campaign was pheonomenal. He gave people around the world Hope. He gave people a chance to believe in something again!
there have to be people more peaceful than him..it doesn't seem nice to give that award to the president of the U.S....
Delighted and proud. What a fabulous choice. If anyone deserved it more, it has to be the American People who voted for him and showed the world their true colors.
I dont think his words or plitical orientation is the simple reason to have unanimous decision by 5 Nobel judges :
As an europien I see the folloing :
1. Nuclear treaty he signed
2. War on Terror and related subjects; although he is having pushes and pulls from several sides ... he is doing what all he can to support the people's will ...
3. See what all he is doing to get people around engaged
including searching for bipartisan support for anything he is doing in your own country (without looking for the political risk he might have)
Its very rare : A person in such a position doing such jobs; which is logically matching to the vision of having peaceful world ...
He earned it ; sure this will be a great push for him to succeed for the world !!!
Give positive feedback and recognition on positive messages. Why wait for later. The man has a strong message, is intelligent, witty and charming. A people man, with recognition he will make the extra miles needed to catch.
Well done, Committee – Thanks
This must be a joke.
Conditions in iraq and afganistan have only detoriorated since he took over as commander in chief. He has not achieved anything and many promises he made obviously will not be fulfilled. Still we only have hope… but little change except for a president that is 4 times more fiscally irresponsible than the last!
No, he hasn't really done anything like Carter or Desmond Tutu from SA. If he were to get Iran or North Korea to get rid of their Nuclear programs then he should get it.
At this time, the US is fighting two major wars, namely in Iraq and Afghanistan. People are blown into pieces almost everyday due to the presence of American forces in these lands and yet, Obama has been awarded this prize.
Why has Obama been awarded this prize when more than two hundred thousand of his troops are fighting at this very time? Does anyone see any logic here? If so, please give me a call and help me understand!
We are so lucky to have HIM as President ! This is great that the rest of the world is showing us how lucky we are to have such a LEADER!
Now let’s get behind him to back him on health care reform, so that maybe one day we can join in with the industrialized, civilized nations (such as Norway) that provide health car for their people, all their people without exception. Health is a right, not a luxury! And why be so reticent to let “Government” manage health care? Government already “manages” schools, roads, AND the military. I guess the same people protesting against government management of health care are also protesting against government sending THEIR children to War? Are they?
No. His presidency may eventually lead to peace between Israel and Palestine, or any number of other issues. Then I would agree that he deserved it. But just because he has run around making pretty speeches and hugging other world leaders....give me a break. I am not upset with the President, I am upset with Nobel Committee who seem to believe that they want to meddle in our politics by awarding a President simply because he isn't GWB. I didn't vote for Bush, but I strongly dislike this committee involving themselves in our politics.
Hello ...What has he done to deserve this ?
So what? Name previous nobel winners that made a difference, at least a lasting one? Jimmy Carter, Woodrow WIlson, and long list of has-beens even liberals want to disown. Like Obama, it's all talk and no show.
I think he deserve it.Obama has started his strugle for peace years back befor elected has a president and for the short time in office he has deceided closing Guantanamo and extend the American dream of life ´´Peace ´´ around the world.
The issue Afganistan . Obama is fighting an Ideology of the ruthless Alkaida.
No man is burn ruthless.
If this guys deceided embrassing freedom and justice ,Obama will end the war with in weeks
No, no, no, this is totally a joke. He helped the U.S. to bankruptcy, is still fighting a war, is loosing grip on Iran endangering the people in Israel.
It's really risky to give him a peace price. What if Iran is using its nuclear power? Is he still the 'prince of peace'?
Nobel peace awards should go to people that have achieved results that represent peace on a grand scale. While Obama is starting down the path to success, he is still in his infancy as President. The results of his presidency will not be known for several years to come. Let's review his strategies or outcomes in a decade to see if he should qualify for such a distinguished award.
no, he is an idiot
Why couldn't they wait a year or two?
Why not allow his good intentions to flower into a proven track record?
This may have been a bit premature....but i am waiting for Kanye West to grab the mic and tell us who he thinks should have won....
It's a joke!!! moreover, the nobel peace price is also a joke. you kill people in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine and you win a peace prize!!!
Yes, Barack Obama did deserve it. For many people in different parts of the world outside the USA, it is evident that Barack Obama is trying to break the ideology of mistrust and the hatred for the 'Other' that has unfortunately become staple in American political discourse. It required great courage to stand up as an American president and deliver a honest monologue in the middle of the muslim world as he did in Cairo, Egypt. There may be many in the USA who want Barack to fail, but there are undoubtedly millions in different parts of the world who want him to succeed for the sake of America and for the sake of the world.
He deserves this. Maybe this will open up the eyes of the American public to the fact that you cant solve anything in this world if you don't have values that reach longer than USA. I think this is was Obama has don.
Absolutely! He has inspired the world to actually have the audacity to hope for a better future.
Mahatma Gandhi work his entire life for peace but never got the Nobel Peace prize.Barack Obama got it so fast.What a irony.Probably country of location inflences a lot .
With all respect to Him, I guess it’s too premature to have given him such a Prize, unless he had brokered a Middle East peace deal that I had not been aware of during the past few hours that I had skipped reading the news!
Personally I think it was greatly premature as we haven't seen any real results in any issues related to peace where Obama has been involved. I however think this might have been a smart move from the Norwegian Nobel Commity as this will surely put great pressure on Obama to really do something for the World Peace during his remaining years in office.
I think He deserved it . And through that He can move on forward in leading the world towards Peace.
I don't think Barak Obama deserved to win the Nobel. As happened with Al Gore, it seems that whoever has a good publicist might just win something as important and symbolic as a Nobel. It used to be something to be dazzled with, not handed to people who honestly don't deserve it. But I don't know if giving the Nobel to Obama was actually worst than accepting it...
Filipe Loureiro (Portugal)
I don't see how Obama can accept this. If he is as honest a man as I believe him to be, he will decline this prize.
It is a joke. what has Obama actually done other than lectures to deserve Nobel Peace prize. person like Gandhi who gave his entire life in the cause of non-violence, peace etc was not awarded any noble prize and who the hell is Obama whom no one knew just one year ago!!!!
As a Norwegian I am really embarrased, I have nothing against Obama but it's to early way to early considering that this is all about his intentions and not about achievments which it should be about.
He has held an olive branch out to countries that Bush pushed to extremism. Invading and bombing to destruction some countries and calling others evil led those to seek nuclear deterrent and caused so much hatred in the world. At least the world is talking now, his actions havent brought peace to the world but which Nobel peace prize winner hasd?> Has the Dalai Lama brought peace to the world? nope, but he has talked about the desire for it, so too has Obama and as a result of his diplomacy and efforts the world is now talking about coming away from the brink of more wars and instead of marching headlong into it, they are seeking routes away from further escalations
Although I admire President Obama and really hope that he succeeds, with respect to the Nobel Peace Prize I have to say this is over the top. Clearly he has been rewarded for making amazing speeches. I myself have been moved to tears by his words but that is not sufficient to win such an award. Bill Clinton who worked tirelessly for Middle East Peace during his presidency and came ever so close had it not been for Arafat didn't win the award. Barack Obama hasn't even been part of any talks for peace and hasn't solved the problems in Afghanistan and Iraq, so I don't get it. Clearly the rest of the world has been won over by his glow and promise but this not sufficient. Barack Obama is not the second coming of Christ as some like to think. Enough with the glorification.
Congratulations President Obama for winning the Nobel Peace prize. You have won this prize for your vision (to pring peace) not for your achievements.
He just refused to meet another Nobel Peace Prize winner (Dalai Lama) a few days back, in the economic interests of his country.
Didn't the committee take this into consideration while making their decision?
He deserves it.It's great news.Congratulations Mr President.You are a beacon of hope for Africans.
I think its too early to award some one with that...I think it degrades the value of nobel peace prize.
There are many people who are speaking the same as him and have the same mindset.... so do they also get the same prize????
So, No.. I think its too early.
Ban Ki Moon would have been right
yes.he shows the difference between a trigger-happy president and a diplomat with peacevisions.his attitude as politician is what the world need.i only wish that more politicians in usa would join his way and help him convince israel to back down a little.israel-palestina conflict is the most important to solve,and can only be solved with humanistic means,which i think obama has lots of.
It looks like the Nobel Committee wanted to offer the carrot in the beginning of Obama's presidency so that the US can focus the efforts more on diplomacy and peace rather than starting wars with the countries like Iran and bomb them like what Bush(s) did during their presidency. The humanity has already suffered a lot with all these wars and bombing people are not helping the countries which are already struggling with giving their people the basic service and rights they need and deserve.
I praise the Nobel Committee for their choice to give the prize to Obama and I hope this improves the peace in the world and that the US can work to stabilize and improve the existing horrific environments people live in the devoloping countries and negate the damage that the US has already done in the past.
Narcisist, egocentric, in foreign policy his work is created by others and is United States of America a model for peace and love??,
USA is a model for business and hawks, few doves and insensitive people. Other fellow adviser playing ball with the President again. Democratic style, few intelligence and bad attitudes like this. AFTER GANDHI, TERESA DE CALCULTA AND DALAI LAMA,NO ONE MERITS IN THIS WORLD THE NOBEL PRIZE. Hitler started in Germany with the same idolatric figure and attitude. I am really deceived of this American Presidency. Rep boys and girls, could you hear me????, because i don,t.
I agree with many who have commented, to say its is very premature to hand out any acolades to Obama. We saw Jimmy Carter get one for brokering peace in the Middle East, at least he actually concluded the negotiations. I would like to see him actually accomplish something, up to this point it has been all talk and no substance.
Obama represents hope, not only for americans, but to all people and countries in the world. As president of the most powerfull country, he represents the idea of future cooperation among nations. That's the spirit of this prize: not what he did untill now but an encouragement for what is ahead.
with all due respect, the current US president is riding a on his rock star like following and has done nothing of note to deserve the award. while last year he was seen as the biggest hope for the planet ,ten months into the hot seat he turned out to be nothing but a charismatic orator .
What is “extraordinary” about Obama’s efforts for peace?
compared to him i feel lucky to come from a country (INDIA) where our leader is a "DOER" and not a "TALKER"
oh yes,,,, great
President Obama has, in the short time that he has been in office, proven himself to be a true statesman, not a politician ignorant of the place of the United States in the World Community and its responsibility to act for the betterment of the human race. He is a good person and deserves the respect of all.
This makes a mockery of the Nobel Peace Prize won by Nelson Mandel. May be Mandela should renounce his medal or throw it in the river in protest. Morgan Tsvangirai PM of Zimbabwe should have won fair and square.
It is far too soon for this award, nothing has been achieved yet, in anyway. Where has he achieved this peace? if it's just for 'efforts' then divide it between many who are trying for peace, not just someone with a powerful position, and who's country is at war anyway.
of course he does deserve the award
Two illegal wars and a threat to attack Iran.......This just discredits those whove won the award before.
A peace prize to the President of the most warmongering and military aggressive nation in the world?
And I thought that military intelligence was a oxymoron.
It is always very interesting to hear President Obama’s critics, they still don’t get it and probably never will. The man represents a paradigm shift from business as usual with its bipartisan politics and clandestine agenda, the world can recognise greatness, it’s about time America does too. Congratulations President Obama on your well deserved achievement.
What a joke
Obama has not achieved anything yet. He spoke a lot ...... Does he deserve a price for speaking?
9/11 did not happen when Obama was president. If it would ,he would of acted the same way as Bush. He wouldn't be forgiven by the American people if not. If Bush would come in after 9/11 he would do the same as Obama is doing today. Its all a matter of what time you come into office. Imagine the Iranian regime under some cover organization will attack the USA while Obama is in office. Do you think the same diplomacy will continue? I think this prize before any of Obama's tactics had time to work is downgrading the whole value of the Noble prize at least the prize for peace. It's been enough downgraded after Arafat won this prize and continued to incite for Jihad. It's time maybe to abolish this prize at least on a yearly basis and give it only once a decade.
Ha ha ha... Of course he would be the chosen one...it was a done deal long before the announcement. I think he is going to be the downfall of America...maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow...but mark my words....he is going to change the one thing that has kept America safe...Israel...
It is a good decision to encourage Obama to stay on his curse. I hope he will!
Absolutely not, with over a Trillion in Debt, Unemployment reaching double digits, Health care for Illegal Immigrants. Paying more taxes for his Free Health Care. He is no poster child for America.
Its time to fire everyone in Washington!!!
YES 100% he deserves it. he shares the value of majority of this world.
i think, as symbol of unity, Pres. Obama can be praised. But for achievement towards peace, he has not delivered yet.
I am glad that he was awarded the price. I appreciate his efforts for improving people's life and the attention he pays towards the environment and green economy. I do wish all his efforts will be successful.
Maybe in a few years time, but in reality he really hasn't done anything concrete yet outside of some reconciliation, a few pretty speeches and lots of good intentions. I think he will achieve greatness in time, but the Nobel Prize should not be awarded for deeds that are yet to occur!
I think this is more to do with the fact that he is the Anti-Bush, in which case the award should really go to the American Voter for deciding that they no longer wanted their highest levels of government to be run in a manner of fear, hostility and intolerance.
It seems President Obama has Shown the whole world that conflicts could be solved diplomatically not only by war as of the time of the t5hen President Bush,the juniors 9years in the most powerfull office in the world.United States of America should be proud of theri present president as we are over here in Europe-Sweden.
He deserves it to some extent; but I'm afraid the world is still keeping a heavy pressure on President Obama's shoulders to force him into being 'The Messiah" we've been waiting for over 2000 years now. I'm sure he can handle it, but time passing I feel really bad for the man as nobody will forgive any of his mistakes just because of this stature. And now I dare him to start any war againts NC or Iran after pocketing that coveted Nobel Peace Prize...God bless Obama, America, Africa and the whole World!
Citizen of Ivory Coast, Guinea/Canada permanent resident
From Montreal, Oct 9 '09
You are reading too much into this.
It's Friday in Norway. The Nobel prize committee members wanted an early weekend. So they settled on a safe bet. Unanimously.
I suspect the same happened with Al Gore.
It is inappropriate to give him the Peace prize so soon. It goes to show what the prize is all about. It is politics and nothing to do with peace.
To be honest, the president is aiming to improve the most importants things in life, such as the right to have better healthcare insurance for ordinary Americans. That means that he is of major importance to the overall american intrest and in particular their health. Which is according to me amongst the most important things in life. Furthermore he is not lending his country out to solve every single subtile fracture of world conflict, he has not an arrogance in regarding other states as inferior (although they are in their respect to human rights) which previous presidents implicitly did. By improving cooperation, he causes trust among countries, which is much needed to tackle our climate challenges. Furthermore he is encouraging his country via incentives to buy ecological friendly vehicles so he well deserves it. He very well encourages people to change in their lifestile and worldvision, he is a visionair, a calculative well doing person. With respect to this U.S. president I will only say:
well done Barack Obama.
How much did the USA pay the Nobel organisers for this ?
It must be they way they want to recover the USA's popularity in the world.
Yes, Obama deserve this. All these years America couldn't or didn't play an honest impartial broker role beacuse of various lobby and pressure. Atleast he is trying to be honest, transparent and impartial. I said trying his best despite all the pressure. He dared to do so. This prize will give him much courage and recognition and he will be able to go forward.
He should absolutely not get this. It is worse than Al Gore getting it. The things he is doing like cozying up to facist dictators in Central America and the Mideast make it likely that in the long run he will cause more unrest than good. Now the Nobel Peace Prize is really in the dustbin for me.
I believe Pres. Obama has a special "charisma" about him that draws people to himself, especially when he speaks. His personal style is similar to that of a Baptist minister and he has many God given talents. Although I admire him and respect him I don't think it was time, yet, for him to win the Nobel Peace Prize. It is the beginning of his "public ministry". His charismatic words have travelled the world but we have yet to see these words be put into action. He probably needs more time and I believe this prize should have been rewarded to those who have the actions behind them, which speak louder than their words!
I believe Barack Obama deserves the peace Nobel Price. And I agree 100% with the choice of the Nobel Committee. For all the people who dissagree, I'd say... "It is never too soon".
For me this is far too early.
I have not yet seen any concrete piece achievements
obama deserves this, absolutely. what a breath of fresh air to have a president, our leader, who talks of peace and understanding as opposed to what we've had for the last decade. finally.
I think he did´nt deserve it.
of course the president obama is the best candidate has been in the white house since a long time ago he is like clinton administration perfect.
iI think Barak Obama deserve this award about seddnig of newe peace dipolmacey note about the frute
maru from swedne
This is a sham. It's bad enough when Al Gore won the award for his "work on the environment", but this? The man was nominated about a week after he took office! This isn't the Rookie of the Year award. It's not about who's got the POTENTIAL. It's supposed to be an award to go to those who've actually done something.
As for his attempts on denuclearizing the world? Iran and North Korea are laughing at him. All denuclearizing the US would do would be to destabilize the world and lead to less peace in the long run.
Wrongheaded rationale. Terrible choice. What a crock.
Zimbabwe's prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, deserves the prize more than Obama.
The committee has now at least for once followed Alfred Nobel's will, to award a person who has done a lot for "fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses" ..."DURING THE PRECEDING YEAR".
Because the overall legacy of his presidency is not clear yet this poses a risk, but it's right nevertheless.
Yes, yes and yes!
What's wrong with you people? It's not only about changing the U.S political direction but all has to do with the way this president stimulates the inter relationship between nations world wide to improve the quality of life for the ordinary people. By the way......... do we have our doubts about the integrity of the prestigious Norweigan Nobel Committee?
I think he has the potential...but it's too early for such prestigeous price.
I believe he should get the Nobel prize.Congrads MR. President keep up the good work that your doing.
I'm from Norway. This is a joke. Most of the Norwegians agree. I'm a Obama fan, but he got the prize to early! He got the prize because of his name. Obama should achieve something first. It's all about PR this year. Obama is a fancier name for the world press and Norway would be in the center of the attetion.
I think it's a degradation of the nobel peace price to abuse it for the personal sympathies of left-wing orientated Obama enthusiasts. Norway (to which I travelled last summer) is (mainly thanks to its oil reserves) a very wealthy nation and consequently very left in its political orientation. The left, especially outside the United States, absolutely adore Obama for being both 'ethnic' and a 'socialist'. However it is almost painfully embarrassing to see the nobel committee be swept away by its personal sympathies for the man and lose all objectivity in it's decision. Obama has talked the talk but has yet to walk the walk. I'm sure he will be almost awkwardly, or unpleasantly surprised by this news, as it shows that his favourable perception abroad is not due to facts or deeds, but more thanks to unconditional love from the left, undermining his credibility.
Yes he deserves it 100%
Wow! That's good for Obama, people will not like " that his been awarded such a prize at this time in his Presidency. Every one has some kind of critisizim and surport.
I like Obama, but I don't think he deserves it, not yet. Giving a Nobel Peace prize to a president who has been in office for less than a year is too early. Let the president finish his term at least..
Although his mandate as president of the U.S. is relatively young and the ultimate results of his efforts unknown and perhaps unpredictable, President Obama has fulfilled the criteria of the Nobel Peace Prize to an extraordinary degree.
President Obama deserves this recognition and I am pleased for him and for the americal people. The US is a great country, but it had lost its way. Obama can restore his great country to its former glory.
I can't believe this. I seriously thought it was a joke until i went to CNN to see if it was true. This is like giving Beyonce an award for what Kanye said about her...LOL!!!!
What a joke!
To give the Peace Prize to the leader of a nation who is at war with two countries. The Nobel Peace Prize Committee has lost all credibility.
And to Kunal who commented earlier; the Nobel Peace Prize is NOT awarded by Norwegian authorities. The Nobel Peace Prize Committee is an independent committee located in Oslo, Norway.
what has Obama done to deserve as Nobel Peace Prize winner. he has done nothing at all. I don't see one. maybe the Nobel panel are blind, deaf...
I am extremely, extremely surprised by this announcement. I mean, a guy with 9 months into job has convinced the Nobel Committee for the award......... either President Obama has one heck of a presence or it is politically motivated........ anyways I personally think there were better deserving candidates than him???
if anyone can make a difference , he´s the one . this may boost his efforts finding a solution to the middle east conflict – awsome !
Far too premature. Maybe years down the road, but as of now, it's been all talk. It's a shame they've made this award into a joke and political/media stunt.
of course he deserve it ..... DIPLOMACY strted to have a place under his leadership
I think Yes, Well deserved ...
Economic reforms / Per capita income / job for all / Education for all / Food for all / He just started working about basic things , and he got a peace price .
At-least he has other important issues to talk about . Not only running after this " 0 " ( Oil & Osama ) .
Which has destroyed the world economic situation .
Wish for a peaceful world, where every one is a deserving candidate of Nobel peace prize..
May god bless us all !
He does deserve it.thinking could also mean doing at least if He thinking and trying to stop something they should encourage him.olukoya writes from nigeria
No, I do not believe Obama deserved this award and he should graciously decline it.
Sadly, by selecting Obama over other more eligible candidates the committee has damaged the Nobel brand.
Their decision was entirely political and not based on merit.
its a sorry day for the nobel price history and for america. no he does not deserve it, there are many people that do diserve it and have done more then people can think of and merit it, president obahma has not done nothing for it and he is not ewen president for one year and he has demonstrated that he is a faliure and if he has nay carater he would not accep it and do us and him self a big favore and be honorable.
wath a disgrace for Mr. Nobel.
Only Americans (Republicans) hate Obama. People all over the world have respect for Obama.
Not yet, I think He needs to be more matured in his position.
It is so premature to delivery a Award like Nobel to him right now.
I have nothing against Obama... but to be rewarded for intentions rather than achievements sends a warped message. And this coming so soon after the SNL skit is rather ironic.
The prize includes $1.4M. What's the likelihood he'll pocket it? If he really wants to show that American capitalism is corrupted and people's welfare is his top priority, he'll do something with that money... like donate it to various charities or hey, how about dividing it up among all American citizens? Even if it's only a penny per person, it sends a clear message that PEOPLE are his main concern. Besides, without the American public he wouldn't be in office in the first place.
He has got the potentian. But shouldn't the prize is given for the actions that have already been done not promises and plans?
I think the prize is loosing on it's importance thanks to decisions like this one.
If I say: in five years of time I will find an ideal treatment for cancer. Will I get Nober Prize in biology. I made the promise, didn't I? so I should get it.
Yes, of course, he start changing international political climate and just by being himself (black man) as the president of USA results in many changes and good possibilities in terms of cooperation between different people different races.
It is a sad day for the world – the Nobel Peace Prize should be awarded for actual achievements, not just for good intentions. The strength of someone's convictions has to be measured by results not rhetoric.
Michael, London UK
Obama must have donated a huge amount of money to the Nobel Committee. Unless how come he gets a Nobel prize this early? Seriously, didn't they have any better candidate in the whole world? This is stupid and hilarious.
The whole world is almost certain that the president Obama no resoudra not no the crisis in the Middle East. But it is the first president who risks his political future by daring solve this huge problem from its first mandate. He defuses a crisis with Russia. He engages the dialogue with Iran... It is a proof of its willingness for a calmed world. Finally, some did not wait on one year before criticizing him, they should accept that the others recognize his charisma and the hope that he creats all over the world.
I want to congratulate to Mr. President Barack Obama.
He has deserved it.
Congratulations also to the American People for having made a excellent choice.
Regina Navarro de Andrade Barbedo
Although it is true he's been helping to re-stabilize international diplomacy at a point when everything was going worst, it also seems that the job is far from being finished and this price seems a bit precocious.
Mr. Obama and Mr. Arafat make a good couple!
The whole world is in love with this man, who is doing nothing to stop Iran's nuclear programme. If a second Holocaust ensues, Mr. Obama bears a big chunk of the responsibility. They might as well award Dwight Chamberlain the Nobel Peace Prize posthumously.
I have to add though, that the Nobel committee's choice is in line with their previous decisions, like awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Mr. Arafat or some random woman who plants trees in Africa, while stating that the US government has developed the AIDS virus to wipe out the black race. Shame on the committee.
Well, whatever people say or think is nothing but, what is important is that he has won the Noble! Dam it! You all talking mess against him. He has done so much and even more than all the previous winers of this Noble. Who can name me what others have done in the past for winnning the Noble. Congratulations! Congratulations !! Mr President Barack Obama.
No I do not think Mr Obama, deserved to get the Nobel Peace prize. The reason attributed is, "“his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” I really must have missed something here, I am unable to name a single "Peaceful" thing Mr Obama has done of worthy mention or note. He has not withdrawn US troops from Iraq & Afghanistan. He has won the Nobel Peace prize for "Cooperation between peoples". In a world where "conflict" is markedly on the increase, a Nobel Peace Prize is being given for "Cooperation". If as a President of USA and as the most powerful man in the world, Mr Obama is given the highest & much lauded "peaceful" accolade for simply promoting "cooperation", which essentilly & simply put is his job, then I do thnik, this does give "peace" & discord, all that troubles the world today a different meaning. A politicians job is to promote cooperation with peoples, I do not agree with this accord at all.
So far so good for Barack Obama, lets give him the benefit of the doubt and lets hope he still deserves this price next year and the year after...
Still haven't seen any fruits from his efforts so far. He still got more than 3 yrs to go... He only weakened the face of the USA
Obama deserves an award (not Nobel) for creating peace between Sergeant James Crowley (Cambridge Police) who arrested Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr at his home. Other than that, he deserves nothing.
I am from Tanzania and we have great respect for him and his vision in our country/region. BUT, having said that, 1) the vision needs to come alive 2) it needs to be effective and 3) everything is easier said than done. How realistic is it to have world nuclear disarmament? But of course, if anyone can do it, perhaps its Mr.Obama only, in the times we live in.
Mr.Obama should actually decline the award, and give it to Mr.Morgan T of Zimbabwe, or another candidate who has had a long fight for peace.
This is the joke of the day....:@
President Obama winning is because he displayed a charachter of mindfullness that world has been waiting for from the leader of free nations for many many years. A glimmer of hope in the could lead to shining light to bring needed peace on this planet.
Too early. Is the committee too eager to please the masses? Wait and see what he accomplishes at the end of his term not at the beginning. Then he can be judged. Let's see some more results first.
This came as a bit of a surprise, but I think this is well deserved, albeit maybe a bit presumptive.
At least this will give president Obama great incentive to work for peace and pretty much cements his need for engaging in peace talks and involvement peacekeeping operations in volatile regions in the world.
Congratulations from another Norwegian.
Watch out guys, CIA might send a package of internet virus to your mail for negative comments. lol. just kidding.
more than anybody else.................
There is no body better then Presdient Obama to ge tteh Noble Prize
Think about what he can do in the future not only what he has done in this short period of time!
he's the president of a country involved in two wars and a standoff with two other countries concerning their nuclear program. no, i dont think that he shouldve won, it ridiculous to me that he can spent millions on a space program designed to crash a probe into the moon while facing a severe financial crisis at home. totally irresponsible of the nobel committee.
While President Obama has within less than a year restored hope for peace amongst nations I think he does not have any results to talk about. Perhaps he is more embarassed than humbled.
As an Australian I respect America more today since it elected this extraordinary visionary but I have to say to you yanks that your president doesnt deserve it....(more so especially after Harry Coniks behaviour on Hey Hey two days ago)
No, but it could have been worse. It could have gone to Osama bin Laden, like it did to Yasser Arafat.
This is completely confounding. Perhaps the majority of people have a misunderstanding as to how the award is given. Most of us thought it was on merit and a lifetime of service to peace, but now they want to give it out to "encourage" the winners to continue doing what they've only started?
The Nobel committee has successfully diminished the value of every previous Nobel laureate with this much too premature choice.
Yes, I thinh President Obama deserves 2009 Peace Nobel Price award. He has intended in every way to dialogue with Northe Korea, Iran, Venezuela , Cube and so many other contries to seat and talk searcheing the better way to acomplish peace betwin all contries.
He is a Man of Peace and has been critized by his own party for being tolerant.
Thank God America has Obama as president.
About as bad as awarding the 2016 Olympics to Rio.
No! Prize should be awarded on accomplishments and the intent to achieve.
Way too much of a political prize. Nobel Prize of literatura dn Nobel Prize of peace seems everytime more ideological rather than realistic. Here in Europe this Prize is playing against Obama. The reaction in Spain was "WTF" and in France a poll shows 86% thinks pretty much the same spaniards does. Germans are usually more rational, 90% thinks its a rather extrange decision.
Some has to bee too american, too much of a fan, not to see Obama doesnt deserve it, nevermind how cool he can actually be. He is just 10 months in power! What will this Prize do? Will it condition a soft policy against Iran? Will it bring deception around the planet if he actually acts hardly against North Corea?They should have wait untill he ended his job to value upon his results, not upon his efforts... otherwise, i deserve the Nobel Prize too!!
I think it's a bit controversial given that it is his first year as President.Although I am an Obama supporter it should have been given more time before a decision like this was made.The Palestine/Isreali conflict comes to mind as one would of looked 4 years down the line and see if any progress was made by Obama.Then there is the conflicts in Iraq and Afganistan which also seemed to getting out of hand.What peace efforts is being made there?
A person deserving of such an award is Jimmy Carter.
What i feel like saying is whether or not Mr Obama is an African American or any kind of our human being, it is really too early to praise and honour him.
He has just became a world leader, he hasn't shown or done any honesty great or even the level of goods for this world yet.
most of all he has not proof his worth to this world of our with his integrity toward peace and love ,may he achived toward his family and a small portion of americans.
Abosolutely, he has brought new hope for world peace and tolerance and reduced the tension that previously charactrised world politics
Honestly NO. Morgan Tsangarai should have been the winner to reward his effort to bring peace to Zimbabwe and give some publicity on the suffering of the Zimbabwean people.
Obama has just talked but has not done anything concrete. May be he should be awarded the prize in 2-3 years.
I don't think he deserves the peace prize but he will certainly have to work for peace after getting the award. I think, it was a good idea as he will be motivated and even obliged to promote peace during his term, which will at the end be better for the world.
Is this a joke? Peace - where?
However, I feel he didn't deserve the price. He has lots of intentions, but accomplishments?
The explanation of the Nobel committee, that the price is seen as an encouragement, is a lame argument.
Should we also give Netanyahu an Nobel prize to encourage him to come to peace in the Middle East?
No, I don't think he does. He really hasn't done anything big to help international cooperation, let alone anything worthwhile in his own country.
if it is a joke, it is a very bad taste. If not – it is a unbelievably bad
I think it is much too early for this, Obama has a lot of reforms that would perhaps make him deserve it, BUT he first has to get those to actually work. Right now he has accomplished very little overall, maybe by the end of his presidency he would deserve it, but right now we can only take home at his word and hope his reforms actually do work, whether at home or abroad.
It should have been given to someone that has accomplished something that promoted peace. After all, its meant to recognize outstanding contributions made by individuals, not to "encourage" people in the process of doing something.
Not now. Maybe in time to come.
Yes, I think President Barack Obama deserves to win the Nodel Peace Prize. The whole world has watched with admiration his handling of international issues, particularly his respect for people of all races, religion, and culture. i quite understand his philosophy that the things that unite us are much more than those that divided us.
I think becoming the first black American president, closing down gitmo, and using his celebrity, as the most famous/powerful man in the world, to constantly bring the message of tackling relevant global issues, is deserving.
I ask those who say he does not deserve it to explain who else and why some else deserves it more than president obama. I pretty sure 99% of the people in the world, myself included, couldn't name 2 more nominees for the award. Furthermore, no one could probably make a valid or coherent claim as to what anyone else has done to positively affect peace in the world than Obama. It was served up to him, being in the position he is in. So, my opinion, yes he deserves it, if not for the fact I couldn't tell you who deserves it more.
How much money does the committee owe him?
I don't think this was deserved at all! I agree with his approach, but where are the results? So many people have given so much of their lives to bring real peace to humanity. And here we have a man who has been in the international public consciousness for a mere 3 years and is yet to show any results winning such a huge reward. I am shocked to bits. By all means, if the man achieves what he has set out to, he deserves this award. But to decorate him with an award which is the pinnacle of achievement is a farce. Remember – more than 20% of this planet's population is living life in free democracy because of a man who never won this prize...
I am absolutely shocked that President Obama won this prize. He has done nothing to promote peace except speeches. I have lost all respect for this award and in my opinion is now irrelevant. Think about it. The final nominations have to be in by February the year before so this means that he was nominated a whopping two weeks into his presidency...That is just amazing. This is nothing more than anti-Bush propaganda. Congratulations Mr. President on winning this irrelevant, I mean "prestigious" award.
I admire Mr Obama.
But he does not deserve to win Nobel Prize yet..it's too early.
The only people in the world who think Obama deserves to win Nobel Prize may be Norbel Prize committee.
There was no candidate more deserving than Barack Obama for 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. Bravo & Congrats to the President.
How is it possible, that Obama received a NOBEL PRIZE for talking much, and doing really nothing. That's ridiculous!!! His policy is very shortsighted, and very irrisponsible!!! It will stregthen positions of Russia and China, is this what he wants??? That's not the way you play the game. The effects will be terrible, but it will be too late...You know Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush -they had certainly more guts....I'm dissappointed
I think a lot of people just dont get it.Yes I was surprise to learn he has won the nobel peace price in only a short on the world stage,but I think is what he represent that won the admiration of the nobel panel and made it point blank in the released statement.
Obama is an inspirational figure that cuts across all divides,which western leader has ever been to an arab country for the people to shout WE LOVE YOU?as it did in Egypt!Its always shoe throwing or nasty demonstrations.
That is what the nobel panel recognises and that the sort of person we need in the world.He may not have achieved anything yet with his policies,but its his presence and the message he carries that makes him such an outstanding character.
So I will definately say He more than deserve.Congratulations Mr President.
He really deserve this prize.
I think what mr. Obama has down in his presidency period , has been
a great support for peace on our planet. But I hope he wont expect very much respons from Iranian president in this issue. It is very important to support Iranian human rights activists for their fight for justice in Iran. And donnot forget that this activists are in the frontline against " blind religious extremism " which Iranian goverment represent.
congratulation mr. Obama
NO WAY......NO WAY........NO WAY.........Its funny, but rather apt for a committee that could thought that Gandhi did not deserve it, but people like Arafat, Peres,Rabin, Kissinger deserved it!!!!!!!!!
Obama has hardly delivered or changed the attitude of americans towards the world peace. All he has done is move the demoralised american forces from iraq to Afganistan and Pakistan. What he did is tactical and what any sensible american president would have done. Probably this Nobel Prize is because of extremely low standards set by the prior president.
yes , he deserved that !!
It will make his work now more easier as well as he have more responsibility now !!!
I personally believe this will make President Obama more softer.... I am not sure if this good for US or the world but this can be worrying......
"The Norwegian authorities should hang their head in shame" said Kunal.
Listen, the norwegian authorities has nothing to do with this award, so please know what you`re talking about before putting it on "paper".
Anyway, this came as a shock for everyone, he has been given a prize for ONLY visions, even I have those visions.
...and the Mets won the World Series...
How much did Mr. Obama pay for this prize? I think the Nobel prize is not what it used to be. I don't believe in the Nobel prize anymore.
The Nobel committee's decision recognizes Obama's extraordinary peacemaking initiatives even at this early stage, and apparently wishes to empower him and give him a reputation to live up to. Bravo. A courageous and spectacular choice.
When I look at the significant change in the US policy regarding the relationship with Iran and the actions towards the final abandonment of nuclear weapons, I certainly think Mr. Obama leads the way to a more peaceful world. Also his more balanced approach of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict gives me more hope for a solution than the unilateral confrontational approach of his predecessor.
Perhaps "Peace" is a mistranslation from the Norwegian word meaning "Good intentions". He hasn't done anything yet!
President Obama is a ray of light in a world filled with darkness and gloom.
He offers the hope of peace, understanding, cooperation and help for those who need it most.
The President represents the finest in American public service.
God, Bless our President.
It's much too soon to judge whether Barack Obama's efforts have advanced peace.
Ladies and gents,
If we comprise our efforts to mobilize the substantial investment that is likely to occur, we will not only bestow, but come to honour Barack Obama for the relentless pursuit and hard work for world peace. In our darkest days we have seen the terror and diabolical deeds take hold in our world. Our president has withstood the imense structure of populized wvil in this world, and has set goals for a different, and more hopeful future. For this I am genuinely happy for this bestowment. It is well deserved.
The nay-sayers are already out in force I see, citing that there Obama’s presidency is in its infancy (he’s only within the first year of his tenure), that the U.S. is heavily involved in many wars, and there are more deserving candidates.
But despite this almost pavlovian anti-Americanism that is rampant among the world, this signals a fresh break and a signal of change from the Peace Committee. And one that I believe is important to take a closer look at.
Obama does not have an easy road ahead of him, and people tend to forget that he is dealing with a plate full of problems that he did not create. The wars in Iraq (which he was from the get-go against) and Afghanistan; the financial crisis; a plate full of domestic issues including health care reform; and an increasingly global world in need of cooperation on a global scale.
These, like it or not, are some of the main problems that face our generation today. And I cannot think of any figure in the world who has more of an ability to make a positive change on all of these issues. Change does not come immediately. Can any of you honestly name someone who has the potential to make a positive impact on so many issues?
Political scientists talk about soft power, or the power a person’s personality or reputation can do to move or change politics. By giving Obama this award, it only increases his political clout, and gives him a much needed boost when people are starting to think his vision and ideas are waning. This is one of the main reasons for giving Obama the award.
Increasing and encouraging Obama’s reputation will promote changing these visions and ideals of hope into a reality. Obama is deserving of this award, but with it he gets a greater responsibility to pursue the vision he created when he started on his presidency campaign. Hopefully Obama steps up to the challenge.
I agree that this came a little early in Obama's Presidental career, but sometimes timing is Tricky. The european society really feels like the US is back to have a serious role in keeping the world a safe place, in stead of "that crasy texas cowboy" as the swedish foreign minister called Bush a few years ago.
A big relief for the world. A clear change. This deserves the Nobel prize.
It is a shame. For all this people who was nominated before.
Too early. His efforts have been sincere and with his views is changing how worldwide politics is discussed. Other nominees like Bono should have been the recepient due to his many years of uninterested efforts with the poor around the globe and his support to many causes.
NO! Too early, hasn't done anything for the world peace! 2 wars are still going on and they give him a Nobel peace prize?!???!?!?!
He actually did a good job in last eight months. But I think it is a bit abrupt to give him such a honor. From my point of view, what Obama has done is what his position demands him to do.
It is his obligation and work.
No he didn't deserve to win. People spend their whole lives working in their profession and may be selected for something like this. He has been president for less than a year and people want to think he has accomplished something that amazing to be awarded the Nobel Prize. No way..
Of cource Not – not yet at least (knowing that i have nothing against the Obamas!!). Nothing has been achieved, and too soon anyway to give anyone a PEace Nobel prize for such a short time of efforts/ speeches...and good will... Intentions are good indeed, but ...come on!
WHAT DID HE DO FOR PEACE? NOTHING. IS THIS BECAUSE HE IS THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT OF THE USA.
For one, it is most seldom that we see any 'character' emerge the global stage as we have seen Barack Obama. The man is a relieve I think. Secondly, I gather Obama himself would be the one surprised most and having raised one or both eyebrows over this 'manoeuvre'.
It can't be no other than that, a blind 'bet' on the chess board, and a 'downgrading' one if you ask me.
Nobel Price for physics should be based in solid achievements done on account of physics, I see no global peace movements here, let alone peace achieved.
Just being a President as per definition makes one a player in the game of diplomacy, that's not an achievement. Peace was not established anywhere and they'd be Nobel Price winners all of them, even our Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende would be eligible.
This may be not the first time we see Nobel Price up for grabs, they just seem to be getting faster about it each time.
I think this is more of an insult to mr. Obama and an insult to the spirit of peace.
I think he deserve it,
It might be a little soon in his presidency ,but on the other hand he as shown that he is for peace, and so why not ,better soon than never.
sure he deserves. He has a strong intention to distent the relationship among adversaries in the world.
Did he deserve it? Why don't the millions of people in Iraq and Afghanistan decide...BETTER yet, how about the U.S. Military in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families? EVEN BETTER would be to ask the thousands of troops ready depart for Afghanistan, and the families of the deceased ones.
I am from Ethiopia. Obama desrves the Prize.
Their is a saying in our country "A satisfying bread can be recognized from the size of the baking Machine" meaning Obam shouldn't stay in office for a long time to prove himself for the Nobel Prize. What he does is more than enough for the Nobel
I believe that President Obama absolutely deserves the Nobel Prize award. There is no one who has had a greater positive impact on world affairs thatn he has. He has ushered in a new spirit of optimism in global affairs that was totally absent over the last eight years or so. The rest of the world sees America today as being open to dialogue as the primary approach to solving global problems and that is a major step in creating the platform for negotiating world peace.
Probably the most significant achievement of Obama's short period in Presidential Office is to reduce the degree of animousity which the rest of the world had against America and American Citizens. Efforts to make that feeling endure will provide much greater safety for Americans than coded alerts on levels of terrorist threats. If for nothing else he desrves the Nobel Peace Prize for that achievement.
He Himself Has The Qualities Not Sure About His Rest Of Associated People Will Allow Him To Go Ahead Towards Peace I would Say It Was Too Early To Judge Him
He has transformed the U.S.'s relationship with the world from of confrontation to one of cooperation.
He definetly deserved it... He is one of the best leaders in us history of course there is stil war in afghanistan but think about that alternative. Taliban comes back more dictatorship the man is trying to create peace down there and so are the troops... It might not be perfect, but creating a new democracy takes 50 years...
He is trying to cooporate with iran also... but most people just complain, and bitch look at what the man is doing then write something.... there is a strategy behind his actions they are not just random...
I could go on....
The man deserves it....
As an American living abroad for 35 years in service to our nation, I find this recognition to be profoundly gratifying. This president brings to the office an uncommon sense of wisdom. May God protect this man and his family and prosper projects which benefit society equitably and justly. He would also make a superb Secretary General of the United Nations when that position (in due and proper course) is vacated. But we certainly want to keep him at the helm in the USA for the full 8 years.
I think this is a pressure for the USA to decrease nuclear power.
Yes!! Sometimes you need someone to reenergise the mass for something to happen. You may not see the wind but you see the trees sway. Its the hope that Obama has initiated and the fact that he has managed to set the stage for peace and reconciliation within such a short time ( tell me someone else who has achieved that) that makes me support his winning. The world can not wait for Obama to "make the change" but pick the pace he is so passionately trying to set and run with it! It may lead to greater things than winning a nobel peace prize for Obama.
Here is a man with a HEART!
God Bless President Obama and his family.
He seems to be a nice person and might have deserve it but yet a award like Nobel should be confer only after through review. And to review,it seems to be too short a tenure.
Yes, I do because in the short time he has been in office and what baggage was left for him he deserves to be noted as someone who is trying his best to bring about peace all over the world. Can anyone do a better job? I guess if you say yes then you should have gone into politics and we you be judingng you.
OMG! I Thoght that's joke! So Putin or other terrorist deserve to nobel prize!!!
The fact that you have to ask this question says a great deal about Americans today. The opposition to President Obama comes primarily from ignorant individuals and racists. The fact that he is admired and respected overseas only make those rabid Americans more fiercely anti Obama. That level of ignorance based on lack of decent education, racism, and bigotry is best reflected on the FOX channel; the home of the knaves who have no clue that they are turning America into a losing nation.
US president Barack Obama sure deserves the prize because he is looking for different ways to bring peace to whole world and not only to specific countries.
He has regenerated our hope for this world. Much needs to be done to seek solutions for the worlds most pressing problems. With Obama in the White House the world can be confident that the superpower of the world will have responsible policies.
Yeah. This is a joke. What he did and what he has actually achieved in bring peace to the world.
ALFRED NOBEL MUST BE SAYING TO HIMSELF, THIS IS INDEED, A MAD MAD MAD WORLD..
It is a funny joke. So many people has risk of losing their lives for protecting the human rights in the world and Obama without doing anything wins it.
I think is was a big mistake taken by the Nobel organization the leads to deacreasing the value of this prize.
The Nobel Peace Prize is meant to be an AWARD,
not an encouragement to do better.
Obama is an excellent president, but he has not yet qualified himself for this prestigious prize. Unfinished business: Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Palestine/Israel, cooperation with Russia, and more.
Of course he deserves it. His speech to the muslim world in Cairo, his declaration that the US aspires to a non-nuclear world, his intention to close down infamous Guantanamo, his request to Israel to halt settlements in occupied Palestinian land, his ordering a halt in combat missions in Iraq within a year from now, his overtures to Russia (scrapping the anti-missile basis) and to Iran (current G5+1 talks), the much improved relationship with Europe compared to his warmonger predecessor, all these are actual accomplishments in of themselves towards a more peaceful world. In addition there is all the promise of things to come in the future, unless he is stopped by the isolationist, war hungry, clique in the US. Let's wish him well on a deserved award. Go Obama, yes you can beat the evil forces ganging up against you.
What a disgrace. The Nobel Peace Prize is not a popularity contest, it is an award for hard work in the face of adversity.
It is given when when you are able to facilitate making enemies into friends and then spend your life trying to bring peace–Jimmy Carter. It is given when you have spent you life trying to rid the earth of landmines–Jody Williams. It is given when you stand with your patients looking into the face of evil and never abandon them because you have a belief in human dignity–Medecins Sans Frontieres. It is given when you turn your back on comfort and spend your life with the poorest of the poor and minister to them–Mother Teresa. It is given when you help others make a better life for themselves–Muhammad Yunus.
It is not given as a popularity prize, it is not given because someone mentions that they are will to speak with others. It is given for actions not for talk. I await the awarding of the prize each year with excitement and anticipation. I try to guess out of all the worthy people and the worthy organizations in the world, who it will be.
Never again will the Nobel Peace Prize hold such esteem with me. It has been awarded unjustly and at the expense of others more deserving.
Absolutely not! He hasn't done anything to deserve it.
What's he done internationally (or domestically for that matter) in nine months on the job? Other than some empty rhetoric at the UN and loosing out at the Olympics, what has he accomplished? This is baloney on the same order of magnitude as the Jimmy Carter award.
In a world where a man like Obama, who had massive potential, reneges on his campaign pledges (such as pulling out some troops from Iraq and continuing a secret war in Afghanistan or attempting to empower insurance companies with his "universal" health care plan) and wins the Nobel Prize is a world where something has gone horribly wrong.
In a world where a man like Noam Chomsky, who has dedicated his entire life for furthering peace, is not even considered for the Nobel Peace Prize is a world gone mad.
just hilarious; the best joke i have heard recently
After Carter, it is just funnier
hello there is one thing that iam only gona say obama is the best thing that happend to all of the world and the best president united state of america .he is peace lover so i think he should have.and thanks to norway
I din't think, he deserves the Nobel Peace prize, as he has not done
anything tangible during his short stay at the White House. May be the people in the committee felt that they needed to give the prize
to a black man. I really don't see what are his real contributions to
the society at large, especially towards peace. I would love to be
Henry Ford once said: "You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do." Obama has not done anything yet to deserve a NPP. To give a supposed honor in advance is a farce, degrading to original purpose and a capitulation to politics in the worst way.
I'm European, so perhaps also biased. I am not directly aware of who the other possible candidates were, but I can't imagine they were any "good". I am a big supporter of Barack Obama and as a European I am very grateful he won the elections in the US. I am sure he will do great things in the future as President of the USA... BUT I find it very early for him to even be considered as a possible winner, never mind actually win it. This is all a little premature, and I have a feeling Obama himself will be a little embarassed by it... what has he actually done so far? He has tried, but so many of us have... Had he won this award later in his carreer I am sure it would have meant a lot more than it does now!
it´s incredible what a lame decision has been made by the Nobel Comittee. Where´s the "PEACE?" Iraq, Iran, Afghanistant, North Korea, a still collapsing economy, the environment in free fall, getting worse. My children fighting in Iraq and in Afghanistan, more troops to go to Afghanistan. So many catastrophies around the world, natural and man-made and he still hasn´t proven himself yet.
Frankly, I can´t "finger it" but he makes me nervous. Why doesn´t he take some of that Nobel money and help out some folk who don´t have jobs?
yesss he deserved it because of his love of mankind
Of course he should win it, who else in the world has reached out like
President Obama. certainily not Jack O'Rielly, Ben Beck or what's his name Dean Hannrity.
Hail to the President!
I believe the motivation of the Nobel Committee is totally correct. Barack Obama, in just a few months of time, has managed to change the face of the earth and has made it a better and safer place. Dialogue instead of violence, involvment of all parties and not just friends, recognizing mistakes, being humble but at the same time forceful, ... these qualities will help him in his quest for making this world safer and your country more civilized.
At the same time, this is a message to all right wing, conservative Americans that the entire world disagreed with George W. Bush and his methods. The day he left office, the world became a better and safer place. This prize helps us remember that, now that the world has become accustomed to Obama and he faces his first tough challenges.
I think he should legalize marijuana and bring peace to the drug wars. He should take the people's number one question seriously, and at least let the states decide on legalization. This is the last vestige of discrimination, institutionalized in an otherwise humane UN.
Yes, He had do a lot in a short period of time. Now if we can just get the Democrats to have a back bone!! Then we as a country can move forward and really get some tine done to help the poor and disenfranchise!!
I'm just saying!!
it's like getting a promotion on the first day of your job ! :)
Yes, Mr.Obama deserve this Noble prize.
Hope other leaders too follow his path for better and safe world.
We the people of India appreciate your effort.
It genius. Period.
Obama is the most powerful politcal figure in the world with great ambitious to bring the people of the world togheter and create a better future for us. This will give him the strength and will to fit the new shoes he's been given along with creditability.
No he does not deserve the award. He is one of the most spineless Presidents we have had and in my opinion he is selling out the US to the Muslim world. Who would ever think that a US president would bow down to a Muslim King and he has yet to do anything he promised in his campain. He is nothing but hot air talking.
I am so happy that Obama has won the Nobel Prize for strengthening international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.
Frankly, he deserves it and for sure, it will make a big change in the world and at the same time , change the bad image that Bush has created of the United State.
I hope Fox news will get ridd of this Hannity guy who spend all of his time bad mouthing the Democratic Party. To me, he is a depicable and stupid man. I find that he looks like a big bully, a person who harrass constantly the Democratic Party and the President and he doesn't know how to handle politics in a fair manner. I don't understand why Fox news doesn't engage a brighter person to talk about politics at night.
Congratulations to Obama!!!
NO. Obama does not deserve a Nobel Peace Prize after less than a year in office and with no accomplishments in foreign policy, much less in the area of world peace. And I say this as one who preferred Obama over McCain, and would like him to succeed. And make good on his promises.
Unlike the Nobel Peace Committe, which seems too charmed by Obama's speeches and personality, let's examine Obama's record on "peace" soberly.
Obama has not yet pulled U.S. troops out of Iraq as he promised in the campaign. And if he does next year, those troops would simply be re-routed to Afghanistan in which he stubbornly and foolishly vow to continue Bush's occupation. No war is going to be lost under his watch.
Obama has not shut down the shameful Guantanamo gulag which violates human rights and the Geneva Convention flagrantly and massively. Ironically, Fidel's Cuba has more moral ground to chastise Obama and the U.S. on human rights than vice versa.
If there is an easy change Obama should have brought by now to merit even a little the Nobel Peace Prize, it is the cold-war economic sanctions against Cuba which he should have ended by now. But here too, he has not shown any profile in courage at all. Only cynical political calculations about whether he needs the anti-Castro zealots to keep Florida when he runs again.
On Iran and North Korea, there is no new wind or dynamic or strategy. The unsupported claim that Iran has "hidden" nuclear facility sets the U.S. on a course with serious possibility of blundering into a catastrophic conflict with Iran. One that will sink the economy even deeper.
Is making a speech about how he wants to eliminate nuclear weapons from the world enough? Then let's start writing and practicing and making speeches like that. And make sure to polish our "charisma." And next year we should get the Nobel Peace Prize too.
What is the point of awarding Obama the Nobel Peace Prize for a "peace" that he has not brought the world yet?
That appears to be more of a cry out to the States to stop further attempts to control every profitable part of the world. The award itself is a great responsibility and a reminder to the person it's been awarded to. Obama's actions from now on would be thought twice, because of the Peace award "burden" and taking actions against other countries, regimes and politics won't be as aggressive. It's a shout out to America, rather than Obama, it represent the Worl's desire for Peace to a powerful country and it's chief in command. Get the message, Obama and live up to it!
ofcourse he does.
his infinite effort for this country will never end.
I absolutly believe he should have won... not only is he far reaching in just nine months into his Presidency, but he has planted seeds that will come to Harvest long before the end of his first term... Too many people are detracting from the leg work he has put in so far...Yes Yes Yes... let him work
Of course, he does. (So does Jimmy Carter, whose track record is longer, but who has been repeatedly denied.) Either way, he is in excellent company. Teddy Roosevelt also won it, in 1903.
Yes, he deserves it. In a world full of politicians going crazy after Models, Booze, Money and Stupid Racist comments, Obama is the only one that seems to make sense in this global madness.
Its a pity some people are doubting his intentions and actions.
yes i think he deserve it
It is only fitting and proper that the United States of America be honored by having the President of the United States, Barack Obama, be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his stewardship in placing once more in the fore-front the mission of Peace on the Global Table for all world leaders to work towards achieving. Freedom, Liberty, & Justice for all continues to be the precept of the USA that is why we continue to be recognized as the leader of the free world. I am glad that the president has brought us all back on track. I do hope that we achieve complete world peace in our lifetime. I congratulate Mr. Obama, the Secretary of State, Mrs. Clinton, the leadership of both parties in Congress for their continued efforts in working towards achieving world peace for the sake of all humanity. God Bless America!
We all need hope and we strongly need a dedicatet leader to bear it. My only concern is that we, may be too early,- put a monstereus weight upon him.
Yes he deserves to win................ He is a hard working person, an inspiration to the world. May God continue to bless him, his family, his dog and America. Obama you are a great man and continue the good work. May God BLESS YOU.
Deserve it ? If he got it, yes. It shows, however, how important the Nobel prize has become. What has Obama achieved in world peace so far, specifically ?
Absolutely premature ! What a farce !
No, he hasn't done anything nearly enough to deserve it... way too early, way too irrational of a choice... just because he is an upgrade to W. doesn't make him a Nobel Peace Prize winner by default... poor choice... very disappointing, also considering there are people dedicating their life to others and they never get recognized... and despite that, they continue their job year after year...
Seeing the different opinions here, maybe the Nobel prize committee should be eliminated. Why should a handful of old geezers from some Nordic country bestow this great honor? Yes, I know about how it was set up, but now the Nobel Prize has grown to a world renown and I think all the people free people in the world should vote.
Obama's award for the Nobel Peace price seems to have come too early. To me, words are not a strong enough argument to win a Nobel prize, otherwise we would need to rename the Prize "The Speech Peace Nobel Prize"
I don't understand what anyone thinks he did. What peace has he accomplished? So he said speeches with platitudes. So what?
Why People always rushing to criticize everything? Why you can’t accept that the Nobel committee knows better.
What about Chineese dissidents? If the had made any promises maybe they would have got the prize. If...
Did Obama deserve this award? No way! In a couple of years, perhaps. The Obama administration has not fulfilled many of their campaign promises and I don't feel the work he has done has enough substance in it to be considered for this award. This has now become a "prop me on my soapbox" award that could sit next to the Soap Opera TV awards. The economy is in shambles, the Afghan war is not going well, medical care is ridiculous, and he gets an award? Give me a break!
why guantanamo is still open? why Obama Send more soldiers to Iraq? is this for peace? no
The Nobel Committee should be commended for recognizing President Obama's vision, commitment and sincere efforts for a better and peaceful world. The President of the United States being the leader of the free world sets the agenda for the world and President Obama has set a positive agenda that will serve the world well.
The Nobel committe is always known for controversial decisions.
They never awarded this prize for the biggest apostle of peace, Mahatma Gandhi who waged a long battle of non-violence.
They awarded the peace prize to Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin who after fighting for years suddenly stopped the war and became 'eligible' for Nobel Prize .
The Nobel prize is full of Politics
Absolutely....finally someone has come along to restore the world's faith in the USA. He has been working to show the entire world that we can begin to work together...and accept the challenge to do just this.
What a shining example!
Obviously given to someone the Nobel committee agrees with politically. He hasn't done anything to deserve it.
There has been no person I can think of that has been more open to the idea of looking at the human condition from the past, present and into the future with the conviction of empowering people to be mindful and thoughtful of the benefits we all gain to live in harmony in a global community that is becoming more culturally homegenized with each day that passes for the sake of all humanity.
The best thing that has happened on planet Earth in a long, long time!
His positive attitude is so, badly needed ....long may he continue to inspire us. Thank you.....United States of America for allowing Barack and his awesome wife give us what we all need!
He did not deserve it. He has not done anything to deserve it. He has made all these promises of what he wants to do, and if done, they are deserving of the prize. But until he fulfills these promises, he should have been left without the award.
President Obama is genuinely interested in making peace in the world and just for that he deserves this Noble Prize. About contributing to the war-efforts in Afghanistan/Pakistan, he has to do this out-of-necessity, because you can't make "peace" with Al-Kaida or the Talibans. They don't know what it means to have peace – they only know how to kill and destroy innocent lives and they have to be stopped at all costs.
Absolutely the best choice – no doubt about it.
I have two points. One is that I expected Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who really stood to lose (and probably still does) everything in trying to right the despotic and ruinous Mogabe regime. And so Barack Obama's selection really surprised me.
Secondly, having won the presidency on very lofty promises (which he is already struggling to deliver), the Nobel Peace Prize will put him on too much of a pedestal – an untenable "Gandhification". The Nobel citation was for his outreach to the Muslim world and attempts to curb nuclear proliferation. What is the bet, that he will get no one to blink on these?
The Nobel committee has mostly got the peace prize winners very wrong in recent generation except for Muhammad Yunus, the Grameen Bank founder.
NO. He hasn't actually done anything yet, and the directions he suggests are standard, hackneyed non-starters, and anyway he needs to tend his own American garden which is in a mess.
well hes planning to sent more troops to afghanistan and to attack iran... maybe a nobel for warmongering
Over 20,000 innocents were massacred during May this year in the northern part of Sri lanka, by the Sri lankan armed forces. The last plea of those people were directed at Obama hoping he would save them. Nothing happened.
Those who say Obama doesn't deserve it are missing the committee's stated point. They are recognizing and rewarding the premises and attitudes of Obama's leadership: leadership through shared values, inspiration, respect, cooperation and negotiation–rather than through piggish force and threats and a dogged lack of vision, which characterize far too many of the world's governments. He moreover really inspired hope for a better world amongst a huge majority of mankind globally. Many previous winners never accomplished that gift: giving hope and inspiration to humanity, for a better world with good governance without prejudice and without force. It is a controversial pick, but I believe an inspired one, and I think they are right-on in their judgment, though many may not perceive it.
No, he does not deserve. He needs to prove things first.
Last week he stood by Egypt by getting a resolution trough in UN. A resolution that condems religious stereotypes – the first step towards eliminating Freedom of Speech.
– Obviously he does not know what is going on in Europe. He does not know the great challenges that Europe faces concerning the millions of muslims who want to divert the existing Europe.
Well thanks Obama for helping muslims get a step closer to make Europe an islamic state.....
People may have legitimate reasons for opining he should not get it because he has not achieved anyting tangible on peace yet and that his presidency is less than 1 year..
But that is not the criterion for awarding him as did anounced by the Nobel chairman. If any other person think it is easy contesting and winning election as the PRESIDENT of the united states, let alone as a person of colour, they should try to contest. The OTHERSIDE just want to frustrate this gentleman efforts and they want him to be seen as a man of words and less actions.
Many of us do not understand that the 8 years under Bush was not only a period of DARKNESS to the US, but also to the WORLD. This guy is slowly reparing US standing in the world and countries are willing to work with US again. He has breathed a fresh sense of hope into the world.
This guy has inspired people around the world with hope, promoted better understanding between all peoples of all nation, reached out to the muslim world, effectively persuaded and brought iran to dialogue after decades of enmity, reached out to North korea and they are already responding, improved relations with Russia, got China and Russia to cooperate and stand against Iran and N.Korea which has never happened before, worked on the firmost nuclear non proliferation bill when he was in the senate and the only sitting US President to propose a world without nuclear weapons. The deadliest threat to world peace are Iran and N.Korea developing nuclear weapons and he has made significant progress in cutting them to size, not violently but with tact and wisdom after many years.
If all these were easy, let anyone who can achieve them come forward! I believe he wud achieve all he has set to accomplish despite the stern opposition from the other side.
Of-course Obama deserve Nobel peace prize because he willing to reorder all the messes caused by former president W.Bush.
great job obama!!!!!!!!
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As a norwegian citizen i applaude the descision to honour President Obama with the Nobel prize. He has brought hope on the international arena like no other and he is the ONLY person right now that has the abilitity to change the world into a better place like no other in the present situation. Hurra for Obama og welcome to Norway :)
Absolutely not! This is a bad joke, and I think it was just a way for an ultra-liberal organization that's been mesmerized by the Obama charm and his teleprompter speeches and his empty-suit promises to try to tell the 50+ % (and growing daily) of Americans who have come to see this charlaton for what he really is to get on board. Well, Nobel Committee, we were on board, and we know this man. He is not the Savior you think he is. He's a disaster, a thug-polititian right out of Chicago-style mafioso politics, and a liar with a lot of charm. And the Nobel Committee has lost any credibility it had left by choosing this man, unless, of course, they too (like a lot of the world), think it's a great thing that America weakens by the day and becomes just another Belgium or Norway for the good of the world.
I am a strong Obama supporter but..
To win the Nobel peace price....excuse me..for WHAT? If Obama deserves to win this price more than anyone else, then it shows what an extremely poor state this planet is in. If he would have succesful 8 years of a presidency of REAL progress, then maybe he would deserve a mere nomination. This is an insult to previous winners and dilutes the importance of the Nobel Peace Prize.
What a shame!
Congratulations, President Obama. He is certainly most deserving of the award. As the selection committee stated, President Obama has captured the world's attention in a way few U.S. Presidents, let alone world leaders, have been able to. The President's stature in the world community and in the domestic arena combined with his unwavering committment to nuclear disarmament, promoting the education and rights of women and girls, and to diplomacy, engagement and dialog as integral to any U.S. foreign policy situate Obama to create lasting, peaceful change. We should all be proud.
This is mockery of the Nobel Prize!
President Obama seems like a good man and is full of optimism and good intentions, but he has not done anything to deserve this honor.
Did the Swedish Nobel Prize committe suffer from lack of candidates?
Our President in spite of what many out here are posting has brought more good news to the world in so many ways and has shown that a "portion" of the United States has finally grown up.
Bringing about Peace comes in many forms, this President is 180 degrees from our former administration.
Many who constantly find fault in our President are doing so for personal reasons, I'd say their views on him are "Jaded" and"Colored" for the most part.
Its very interesting to read the comments by different people. All the people who says "he deserve it" do not want to elaborate upon why he indeed deserve it. They have simply congratulated him and/or said "yes he deserve it a million times " in a single line.
Means even the supporters of this decision are clueless as y did he get it ??
I really respect Obama for being a symbol of change, but his plans and efforts are far from being fulfilled, and thus this is a very premature and unjustified decision.
Yes he may deserve it in future (conditional) but NOT NOW.
President Obama absolutely deserved this award he is another Nelson Mandela!!!!!!
I think this award to President Obama is very misplaced due to the fact that Peace has not been achieved yet through his efforts. As a man of honour he knows he does not deserve this award and should very respectfully decline it. I doubt this will happen and if he does accept it, the respect I have for him will be gone. I think the Norwegians are celebrity struck and have let themselves down and have cheapened this award for anyone after Obama.
President Obama certainly deserves the award considering the effort he is making in promoting peace in the world amongst other things.
I think he will be the next Nelson Mandela.
He deserves it more than anyone. Nobel Committee made the right choice.
Finally a positive.. So many of my friends seem only to bash him and blame him for the direction the United States has taken. I truly believe what he's doing is trying to clean up the mess..At 76 the mess can't hurt me for too many more years, but I worry about my children and their off spring. It is early to award this honor but if it helps gain him respect throughout the world we can use that. Too bad he can't have the support of the deadbeats in Washington...Whom some by the way are to me nothing more than traitors. Where are the Patriots. God I wish some of our forefathers could speak out at the podium just so I could watch some of those jerks crawl under their seats. Jim
Before this resolution I was a fan of Obama
He definitely deserves it – I think his life, his achievements, his presence – it's all even greater than the Prize. I can only imagine the amount of hardship he had to go through to achieve the place where he is now. His presence gives the world Hope, what we all need so desperately to live through our lives. I am no religious, but I do pray that he will live a long life and lead us to a better world where the racism will find itself just humiliated, where people care for one another, because we are all equal humans.
Surprisinly Obama lost the race for 2016 Olympics for Chicago.
More surprisingly he WON the Nobel 100metres race in less then 9 seconds even without running and created a new Nobel world record.
Is it possible to give Nobel prizes in Physics and Chemistry just in anticipation that in near future a scientist will come up with a medicine that will cure cancer without actually achieving anything till prize is awarded. Nobel committee needs to to put its house in order.
Maybe not yet???
His intantions,dreams and vision to change the world for the best of man kind.I say very loud yes he diserve it,even though i wait for his achievements.
It's just a prize...some people are taking this way to seriously. They can give the prize to whomever they want. What's most important is how a person lives there life and by that account, Barack Obama deserves this award according to the only opinion that matters...
He is the man who can actually think and bring 'change'. Nobel committee members have not just picked him for any kind of US political stunts, they know that they have to face the world when picking anyone and they know that they have to get it right. The prize is actually for good work for fraternity between nations and he deserves it.
Unbelievable. A president from a country that has bombed half the world in the past 50 years, and still is bombing innocent people wins peaceprice ? This world is amazing.
I do like Obama, that's why I really hope that he realizes that he's got the prize either for being black or for being the president of the States. In both cases it has nothing to do with a Peace award! Ridiculous decision indeed!
Its the Europeans' way of throwing the gauntlet on Obama so he will pressure Israel to return land it took during the Yom Kippur and at the same time stop building new structures in the West Bank. What the Europeans can't and won't do, they want President Obama to do. Its a politically ploy at the highest order. Nobel Prize for Peace? What about Afghanistan?
I know someone who'll be delighted over this news...not!!! Mr Clinton.
if there's one US President who deserved the Nobel Peace Prize it was Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton, while in office got the Israeli Palestinian Agreement signed, played a key role in bringing the official conflct between Jordan and Israel, and was a principal Character albeit behind the scenes in the Northern Ireland Peace Process – and has been a great humanitarian since leaving office and there is no Nobel Prize for him. So why Mr. Obama and why now?
No I dont think he deserves. He has acted as if he is doing great things in life but his real performance is zero.
No, not yet. Obama is indeed very very good in terms of his aversion of the US diplomacy from that of Bush's(which, I think, was heading for disaster for US and the World). But, his presidency is only a few months old and the Nobel Peace Prize is the biggest if not the ultimate recognition of such contribution to global peace. His award has somewhat depreciated the Prize values, I think.
For what? Peace? Come on! They are really funny! Unfortunately, there is no hope for a better life worldwide! I would like to ask the Americans to keep home this "jungle" boy in order to avoid unpleasant situations in the near future!
Yes.What is extraordinary is the fact that he is invoked a sense of hope amongst different peoples. Perhaps that in itself is the first step to peace – hope that people can co-exist. and not fear and hate for others who are different!
He certainly deserved this honour. I hope the American people will stand behind their President and lead the world towards greater fraternity among the inhabitants of this planet.
Congratulations to the American's were evry man's vission is possible having chosen a visionary President
I love America
I believe this award will empower Obama to carry on the changes needed, not only in the US but also in the international arena of diplomacy and politics. The world needs new ways of leadership. The International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and even the United Nations were solutions for the problems of the 1950's now we need new solutions. Think of Climate, Oil in hands of terrorist countries, Neo-Communism in hands of people like Chavez. Is not as simple as it used to be.
Go for it Obama!!!
This is absurd. Someone who gives false promises of peace, and has made his way by developing a cult of peronality around himself should in no way be given this award. This is the result of neo-spiritual Western values of positive thinknig and we can make the world change. Sadly, this is not reality and you would think the human race would take a simple look back into history which is riddled with false peace promises and personalitie such as Mr Obama who never can deliver..
President Obama is still in the early stages of "courtship" as a world leader, best foot forward for good impressions. But a being a figurehead of "hope" for the future is not the same as an actual record of accomplishment to deserve the prize at this time.
There have been many leaders who has been ushered in as "New Hope" only to be cast on to the heap of dissapointment with the test of time and history.
Yes, he does.
Well he is a dreamer and ideologist will he succeed or not that another story at lease it will give him recognition & hope he will do more:) for Peace in ME & Afghanistan
Not at all. he has not yet shown the work as he talks. it is a wrong, bias decision of scandinavians
Yes I absolutely agree to this award.
Today the United States are looked at as a more reliable, trusted and important partner than before.
Only wish the Americans themselves could look at President Obama the same way as other people in the world look at him. He does deserve it.
Everyday I pray for world peace. I should be given the Nobel too...given that intentions and prayers are as good as actions and performance. What a joke! This prize has effectively taken away his ability to do good things...assuming he can do more that he talks...
I never thought the joke of the century would be announced so soon into the century.
Some of the people reacting to Obama winning the prize seem to think that his being a nice man or a good speaker is apparently enough for him to win it. If one looks at what he's actually done, however, one can only be absolutely gobsmacked at this whole thing. Sure, he gave a speech to "the Muslim world" in Cairo but the widespread feeling among Muslims in the Middle East was: "Let's wait what he's going to do." What has he done? He insisted on Israel stopping its settlement-building but when Netanyahu went on with it anyway, the US administration accepted it and left Palestinians in the cold. George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have each put much more effort in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process than Obama has so far but they didn't get this prize. Moreover, Obama hasn't done anything substantial on Iran, even though that country has become arguably even more dangerous.
Sure, he's trying his hand at health care reform but it's currently bogged down in Congress with no end in sight.
Sure, he's promised to close Guantanamo Bay but Bush also wanted to do that. The latter, however, did not naively assume that either Americans or others would willingly take in the inmates and allow them to reside in their countries. Last time I checked, Gitmo was still up and running.
Sure, Obama fought the recession but he used so much money to do it that America's future generations will be paying the price.
Sure, Obama sounds multilateral and diplomatic but he cancelled the missile deterrent in parts of Eastern Europe (a slap in their faces if I ever saw one), is not making good on his promises to fight the "necessary" war in Afghanistan properly and he's already annoyed quite a few Europeans by his caving in to union demands on American car tires.
Obama, great speaker and likeable guy that he may be, has done absolutely nothing yet to make him deserve this prize. Some people believe that he may do great things in the future. Fine, let's hope so, but that's no reason to give him such a prize now. If anything, Obama has mostly shown that, when push comes to shove, he's as rubber-spined as any president we've had. And that's certainly no reason to give him a prize.
It seems to me that the Nobel Committee has clearly been hit with an overdose of Obamania and has not thought very clearly about its decision but has allowed its adoration of the president to cloud their judgement. Shame on them.
In short, Im from denmark, Backin the old days when Bush was in charge every dane I knew hated the american goverment. Not the people of US. When Barack was elected that changed overnight... And a new confidence and hope was created.
In short everybody loves the Obama.
For creating such a trust between us alone I think he deserves the prizes
President Obama has done more to restore America's international standing in his first 8 months in office than any other President in my long lifetime. He is an internationalist by both background and disposition. He is, by nature, a man who seeks to bridge gaps and engage others. He has an excellent chance to be regarded one day as one of our greatest Presidents despite the enormous problems he inherited.
This morning I am especially proud to be an American.
Congratulations to President Obama.
I think it's too early to award him such prestigious award.
He has yet to show any specific result what world people expected.
Afganistan & Iraq still in war and there is no effective solution yet.
In middle east Israeli and Palestinian problem no breakthru yet.
American economy still in dark.
President obama take initiative to make world free of nuclear weapons. All these just on the way and this stage we cannot judge
him as a contributor world peace.
If atleast after three years of his presidency, he could show some positive results then it could be justified.
For what? a campaigne slogan? "Yes we can." Can what? what has he done to date? we are still fighting two wars, Guantanimo is still open, the deficit is higher then ever, no universal health care Etc Etc
Oh i am wrong he has accomplished something. He chose a pet dog.
(even that took a month of Front page news to get accomplished)
...my tax dollars at work...
Hello United States. I think it might be difficult to understand the reward to president Obama. From our part of the world we see a president that for (almost) the first time see that the United Nation is THE foundation the world needs.
He is reaching out a finger to the middle East, included Israel. He wants to, and are in dialog, about atomic weapons and wanting to avoid this kind of war.
He has a dialog with Russia, stopped the weapon shield in Europe. Might be something distant for you in US, but for us in Europe we saw that the former president was about to start the cold war again.
He is asking the world to respect different religion and had a fabulous speach in Egypt about that.
He is the American president that wants to join into the rest of the world instead of isolating USA from the rest of the world.
You might not see this is US, you might not be told, but it is a fact that USA have been making a distance between US and the rest of the world.
I remember a speach from former president Bush, – telling that the people of US were God's chosen people. That was interesting, – and (hopefully only Mr. Bush) telling that the only people worthy were in US? That is very strange thinking of a religious thinking! ? Hopefully the everyday people in US understand that that is not how our God see the world.
The people of United States should be proud today! At last you have a president that wants to work together with the rest of the world. And President Obama has saved you in this economic crises by using European methods! And surely, – Europe, or say Norway, are not communists! We are very liberal, dicide what we want and what to to or buy or learn or work with – or what ever!
Still Norway is the best country to live in, that is not because we are brainwashed, on the contrary – we think, – but we thing also about our neighbors, we think welfare fore everybody, we mean every human being are in the right of living and having education and healthcare, – rich or poor (hardly any poor here).
Congratulation United States of America – you have a president who has seen THE LIGHT. There is still hope in this world.
PS Remember that the Peace Pricce is not a political choice, but a commitee handling the will of Mr. Alfred Nobel. Our priminister was just as surprised as us when the price was annoounced.
Love to you. :)
Dear citizens of this world
Congratulations. This is the day we should celeberate. We are really happy that President Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He deserves it. This shows to the world that his visions are valued at the heighest level.
The world is yearning for peace, even though some smaller groups want to have it the other way. Hope they will also see that their path doesn't lead them any way.
President Obama has, by his proper approach to the matter, given the subject the topmost priority, and we wish him all the best, so we, our children and theirs and so on, can lead a peaceful life in a lesser polluted atmosphere.
Mr. President, should you read this, we just want to say that you have just lit the hope in many hearts all over this world, and we hope that we will succed working together achieving this coveted goal – peace and a healthier atmosphere for all communities on this earth. We pray that you will also succeed in your Health program for the people of USA – as we are enjoying it here.
A fellow citizen and his family.
He absolutely deserves the prize just like Arafat deserved the prize. Arafat was of course responsible for the killing of many innocent civilians as the leader of the PLO. I wonder if Obama will be following in his footsteps...
Premature, maybe, but I don't know of anyone in recent years who has changed the spirit of the world for the better as much as Obama.
How can someone who is at war receive a peace prize? I am more deserving the he is, I am not at war... nor am I attempting to bend anyone to my will... or threatening anyone. The Nobel Peace prize is a joke and has always been. Like the UN...
Reading through the comments, I am amazed just how many people seem to forget the huge mess this man inherited in the wake of a President & Vice President who together did so much to destabilize the world as we know it. Obama has worked tirelessly this past 9 months to repair the damage done by right wing war mongering crusaders whose beliefs were and still are fueled by greed and self interest. I'm happy that Obama's efforts have not been ignored with regard to the Middle East, Russia, North Korea & now it seems that Iran are closer to the negotiating table than ever before. All of this achieved with bigots, racists & morons climbing all over his back at any and every opportunity. You want this guy to fix the worlds problems in just 9 months? Get real and give this man some encouragement...Congratulations Mr. President, keep up the good work!
Although I am not big fan for "standards" of all Noble Prizes, all I can say now " .... Congratulation Mr. President and I wish you well.
I do not think that Obama, even though I am a supporter, deserved the Peace Prize. These are my reasons:
The USA is still at war in Iraq, Afghanistan, and truth be told, Pakistan.
The Prison at Guantanamo is still in place.
The warlike moves against the USA citizens initiated by Bush have not been reversed. The "Patriot" Act is still in force,
Really what has he done other than travel and make a few speeches?
Maybe when he does a few substantial things, he'll deserve a Nobel. So far, it's been all a mouthful of "thank you" and a hand full of "gimme".
I am amazed how much this decission upset people.
Personaly i was stunned when the announcement that President Obama got the peace-price, but after heard the explanation from the committy I can understand why.
After all there is a fact here: Obama is the president that gives hope after 8 years of right wing retoric and a total crash of the economy that was created and maintaned by the Bush administration.
But fact is that the Nobel Commity for the Peace prize had a different approach then the rest of the Nobel prizes.
"Unlike the other Nobel Prizes, which recognize completed scientific or literary accomplishment, the Nobel Peace Prize may be awarded to persons or organizations that are in the process of resolving a conflict or creating peace. "
In other words they don't have to have done anything YET, but are working towards peace and conflict resolving.
I am sincerely happy for President Obama and hopes this prize won't create an even heavier burden on his work.
I heard the news driving home after the Israelis prevented me from praying in AlAqsa Mosque in Jerusalem for the second week in a row because I am 42 years old. To be honest, I thought it was a joke! Obama asked the Israelis to "freeze" the settlements to give peace in the Middle East a chance, yet they simply blew him off! The next thing you know he gets the Nobel Prize for Peace???
This world is becoming weirder by the minute!
No, Zimbabian should have got it. He has scars to prove it and has helped to turn the tide of dictatiorship, torture and poverty.
Too early for Obama. He stills need some more achieving to do.
Lots of promises to deliver. Economy, disarmament, middle east peace, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, north Korea. He should at least get a victory in one or two of these.
it is like giving the Washington Capitals the stanley cup because they have had a good first couple of games in the season .
Yes, President Obama deserves the Nobel Peace Prize as he is the person who had the greatest impact this year on improving the international environment conducive to tolerance & understanding. It is for all nations & peoples now to explore & concretize what Obama has made possible.
Congratulations to Obama for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Yes he can, yes he did and yes he does deserve it!
Poem for Obama written on the night he won the Presidential Election.
"YES WE CAN"
The votes have been counted
“Change has come to America”
The people have spoken
“Yes we can”
All races and creeds
Black and white
Jewish, Hispanic, Asian
Rich and poor
And those against war
“Yes we can”
The mood was glorious
After eight years of bad policy
That left the economy bleeding
The country reeling
He came with a message of bipartisanship
Hope united under one flag
Red white and blue
“Yes we can” he roared
As the children of slaves
Took the reins of the land of the free
For the first time
To elect a black man for President
As it was predicted to be
Some forty years earlier
By a man who said “I have a dream”
By George Athanasiou Melbourne Australia
I am surprised but equally happy. It will encourage him to continue his work for the world peace through dialogue & negotiation.
No. He hasn't accomplished anything to this point. This was a anti Bush award.
I like Obama, think he is a good man though misguided on some issues. Having said that, the fact he was nominated was itself premature. The fact that he has won, is a joke.
However, none of us should be surprised, the Nobel Peace Prize has lost much of its luster, with past winners including Yasser Arafat (terrorist) and Al Gor (what did he do for peace?).
It's just another in a long line of odd choices.
"I didn’t know rhetoric alone would qualify a person…" I don't agree, that it's just his rhetoric. BUT Nobel's last wish was to give this to a person who "renders the greatest service to the cause of international fraternity" and that's what Obama has done since his election- also through his rhetoric. On an emotional level he reaches people and gives hope. Especially to people from around the world who doubtet that a world power like the USA uses it's power to make the world a little better. The statement the committee gave was a good one!
i absolutely feel that President Obama deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. he is a highly intelligent person that is motivated to serve his country with no hidden agenda. he never seises to amaze us all by his honesty and patriotism. i truly believe that he is the only politician in the world, as absurd as this may seem, who is doing his job to serve the people and not to serve himself. if other leaders of our world only do half of what he does the world would be a better place.
It is absurd that the president of a country that bombs and kills innocent people, keeps prisoners in Guantanamo, supports the Zionist occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people and shows no respect for fundamental human rights, should be awarded the Nobel peace prize.
Absolutely the best choice.
I hope it's a joke!
yep!he definitely deserves it and he must win more.
By all mean he deserve it.
ABSOLUTELY. Show me which president in recent times has brought to mankind so much hope. For the first time in many years, the sense of security and oneness in the human family which evaporated following the sordid events of 9/11, is graduall creeping back into our lives. Thanks to his vision.
Very well deserved even thoughhe has only been in office for 9 months. Obama's humily, civility and candor is exceptional.Congrats Mr. President!
I am a West Indian. I have always been a very big fan of Barak Obama; however, I do think it is somewhat premature to bestow such an accolade – the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama at this primordial stage of his presidency.
In trying to arrive at the reason(s) why the Norwegian Nobel Committee made such a decision I highly suspect that it is hoping that by bestowing such on Obama that (a) he realizes the expectations that the world has of him and (b) by accepting such Obama will be forced to grow into the role of an International peace maker – second to none past or present.
I sincerely wish President Obama all the best – for the sake of we the people who inhabit planet earth – in succeeding in making this world a safer place over the next seven years of his presidency. And what would be an even greater legacy is if this peace lives on long after he has departed the Oval Office in January 2017. 和平
I agree Obama has initiated positive steps towards improving diplomacy and has generated hope. That in itself is not enough to award him the peace prize. Way too premature !!!
At the sametime, the Peace Prize would pressure him to perform & live upto the standards of Nobel.
In short, I would NOT have awarded him this year !
Proud to serve Obama as my Commander in Cheif, but he absolutely does NOT deserve it...what a disgrace...
You can think of anything better for the young man who is focused and dedicated to the course of bringing lasting peace to the plannet earth.
Obama is God's sent. He deserves whatever prize given to him.
I challeng all the world leaders to wake up to the dream of making this world a better place.
African leaders espacially nigerian leaders should wake up to chaalenges and copy from focused leaders like Obama.
i wish the world a peaceful moment every moment.
What has he achieved to deserve this? I thought it was hard to get such a prestigious award.
of course he deserves it! and now he really has to show the world that it was the right decision.this can be seen as a real incentive to change things and to promote peace around the globe!!!
Due to his excellent display of competency in the pre-election, his continued effectiveness in Government including international cooperation and hope for the people in USA and worldwide.
No; at least not yet. After all, what – exactly has Obama actually, specifically and definitively done to make the world a better place..besides being a fountain of flowery oratory?
I would have give the Nobel Peace Prize to someone from – say, Doctors Without Borders, or some such ACTIVE, WORKING, MEASUREABLE global peace maker, who is – often quite literally, up to their armpits in the blood, sweat and tears of hapless victims, as THEY, really and truly...seek to MAKE this world a better place. Not just TALK about it.
Hey! Can't say "TALK IS CHEAP" any longer. Appears the PRICE just went up.
I think the Nobel Committee should have waited until Obama had actually accomplished something for peace. Good intentions merely pave the way – and sometimes, as the saying goes, it's the wrong way...
We had 8 years of a US President and Vice-President (i.e. Bush and Cheney) who spent their entire time trying to break the world apart. I, like the Nobel committee, am refreshed that we now have a President who is willing to open dialogue with even the most objectionable regimes on the planet and at least try to solve some of the issues peacefully. Bush and Cheney proved that using guns and bombs just doesn't work. It's also good that we now have a President who can actually talk inteliigently about these complex issues.
i dont think ... he deserves it at this time .. he has to do more to earn it ... who knew him 2 years back ... frankly i dint knew him ..a anyways he has got the award now ... so enjoy mr OBAMA .. have fun .
Yes he's made the effort but Obama has yet to deliver on his promises. Till he delivers he does not deserve this award for the award is meant for achievement and not good intention.
He's an exceptional human being...
Who else was on the list?? and who else could therfore possibly have won?
He does not deserve. Thats part of his job. Also its too early to see if his efforts are enough or fruitful.
How can a man like Mahatma Gandhi not get the award after being nominated 5 times and President obama gets the award within the first year of his office? It does not make sense to me...
Believe it or not many many of us have lived long enough to see someone "we" can identify with bring what we believe is the best of what America has to offer back to the world. As President Obama IS carrying the torch lit by President Wilson: certainly he deserves to win. As to CNN's coverage – you people are horrid rating mongers... to see EVERY one of your reporters, anchors, and correspondents connect minor domestic matters (Fox News type DRAMA) to this prestigious surprise honor was DISGUSTING! As usual, I am switching to BBC. Can't you have ANY respect for the office??? You certainly PROTECTED President Bush Jr. from negative press for years! You guys can't get through a White House lawn telling of this honor without bringing up "talking points." Ugh! Report the news. Please allow us a MOMENT of AWE & PRIDE before you begin your selfish silly gossipy tripe about nothing as yet even newsworthy! Disappointed and tuning out, Lizz
The Nobel Committee recognizes Obama as a completely different kind of world leader - one who extends the olive branch instead of brandishing a big stick, one who demonstrates actual skills in diplomacy and intelligent persuasion rather than grunting in threatening monosyllables, and one whose time has come in what has become a very precarious world. This prize will serve as a huge encouragement to Obama to stay the path. Congratulations!!
This is not a Nobel prize *FOR* Obama’s peace.
It is a Nobel Prize AGAISNT Bush’s War.
It was not given for, it was given against.
This is an anti-prize, and anti-gift.
This will hurt Both Obama and The Nobel Foundation unless we work hard to force Obama to earn it with substantial peacemaking.
Hi calling from Prague here.
I am a big Obama supporter and fan. When he gave his speech here in Prague, I was in the first row to see him, and listen to him. I do believe that he would do changes in the US and in the world, and electing him as president was one of the best things America did.
But winning the Nobel Peace Price!?!?! I understand the arguments of the comity for the reasons why they decided to give him the price, but all of those arguments are for actions he never did, but said he would do.
I didn't know that words without actions (well no actions yet) will win you the Nobel Price of Peace.
He didn't deserve it, and all of this seems like a cheap marketing plot. It would be the same as Lindsey Lohan and Paris Hilton getting an Oscar.
In Sweden we have special "Norwegian jokes" for things and persons that are really stupid and this takes the gold medal....ever!!
The last decade the Norwegian Nobel Committee has turned the Peace Prize into a real joke....and one had thought they couldn't match the silliness of giving the prize to amateur film maker Al Bore, but I was obviously dead wrong there.
I wonder what the pc left-wing liberal "chattering classes" in the US and Europe will say when "Mr Peace Prize" escalates the war in Afghanistan, and when he responds to the next major Islamist terror attack and finally how they will react when he is voted out of office in 2012 because of semi-socialist welfare programs and a collapsing dollar. Personally I will open one of my best vintage champagnes then, but certainly not on December the 10th.
To know that the vote was 2 weeks after President Obama took office leads me to believe that this more wishful thinking regarding his capability rather than any actual accomplishment. As we sit nearly 10 months into the new administration, I would be interested in learning specifically he has accomplished worthy of the Nobel Peace prize (much more interested if anyone can cite the specific accomplishments completed in the first 2 weeks of his administration worthy of this prize). Is this more of a dig on Bush than a celebration of the accomplishments globally of Obama?
Obama was the right choice, and it was the right decision to give him the reward sooner rather than later. The Nobel committee clearly understands that Obama is a symbol of hope all over the world, and awards him the prize to reinforce that hope. I'm proud to be Norwegian.
not yet, it's way too early.....
yes I do
Yes, I think he deserves the prize. The people back home in America as so obsessed with themselves and their little issues that they have forgotten what the world is going through with the various wars, failed diplomacy, climate change. President Obama brings hope and he has 4 more years apart from a possible reelection to change the world for the better. Congratulations...you richly deserve it Mr. Obama
Yes, is an understatement . I would rather say A deserved Winner & the Prize is worth the Attention attached to it .
Does the Nobel comitee think that the impact created on world peace by Obama is atleast close to what was done by Al Gore, Rajender Prachori or Mother Theresa?........ I really feel this is unfair. Nobel prize is given to people based on the impact of the results, not the effort. I appriciate Obama's role in strengthning international diplomacy, but what is the impact that has been created out of that? Nil. We might or might not see a result in future, but as of today he really dosent deserve it. Ok, even if i try to agree with the fact that Obama's effort has to be rewarded, you be the judge and tell me is his effort even comparable to that of San Suu Kyi?
Absolutely deserves the win. He represents the better angels of our nature!
I tend to say he deserves the nobel peace price for clearly stating his aim to change US politics and especially US foreign politics, and acting according to it. Possibly, that's something better observable from outside the USA, and hence the surprise today. However, it will put some pressure on his government due to increased expectations and the possibility that handling some of them could be more disappointing than without such early appraisal. It's not clear to me whether the Nobel commitee is awarding or experimenting.
It's nice that Obama is take relations between the U.S. and other countries in a different direction, but it might be a little premature to give him this award. I don't think he's done enough to deserve this. No matter how much people love him, it cheapens the award to give it out based on popularity rather then true merit.
No, definitely not. At least, not yet!
It's to soon.
US President Barack Obama deserve Nobel Peace Prize 2009, the world needs Obama. Hopefully Obama will have the time to meet our King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
I think Nobel Prize NEEDS someone like Obama, that's why he was awarded.
It is all good to give the prize to some activist or someone who already sacrificed a lot to try to achieve peace. However, on the other hand it is also a lot easier to protest for change and against "the man" when you are not the in power.
To be in power and to still hold true to the original vision is the hardest. Obama so far has shown himself to be incorruptible in his goals, while holding the most powerful office in the world. I think that alone deserves credit.
People are tired of paper tigers and dreamers with vision but without means. They need something real to believe in. An activist who is promoting a movement for freedom and justice from afar is nothing more than a paper tiger and dreamers. A PoTUS that promotes peace and reason is something real.
He should decline it. He has not yet done anything of the magnitude to receive this award. For Carter it was the brokering of a historic Camp David accords. When he had truly brought peace to a place of conflict then it would be appropriate. But the hope and promise of some future peace is inadequate. Omaha, please do not belittle the award by accepting it now.
shocking with so many troops fighting in other countries and he bieng the commander ordering them to fight .....
Michael Jackson bought the world together even after his death why didnt they think about him
How come he in the peace prize....
Obama is the best candidate to win Nobel Peace Prize. It is my opinion that when people say he does not deserve I think they don't know the difference between Geroge Bush and Obama. They can't give any value for "peace" in talk and action. He is
As an Iranian, I beilive Mr. Obama deserves the Nobel peace prize more than anyone. He has brought alot of hope into the world and especially to the Iranian people with his wise policy of engagment towards the countries with which the US traditionally has had problematic relations. For instance in dealing with Iran, he has made it impossible for the Iranian regime to blame the US for its own mistakes when he reached a hand of peace towards that country. His hand of peace started a green wave in that country in a way that 8 years of empty threatening rethoric of Bush administration never managed to do.
For years ago a black Rev. told the whole world that he had a dream,
earlier this day I saw that Mr. President got the price and the words of
the black Rev. with the Mars on Washington just seems te be the dream that came out and the only way is to support him with his own words:"Yes He Can"
President Obama derseves the award and much more!!
No way does Obama deserve this; but then again, neither did Al Gore for making a movie. Honestly, is what realm does a guy who just snubbed the Dalai Lama (someone who actually deserved his Peace Prize) get awarded the Prize himself? What a love affair. I'm surprised it wasn't co-awarded to Michelle, too, for all the work she has done (note sarcasm).
I do commend Obama's efforts towards better world, but to award him the most prestigious award denoting achievement in this field, is something beyond me. Maybe he has done a whole lot, that the jury sees, not the common man. Now that he has won it, he better does MORE, for the common man to see and believe.
Obama absolutely does not deserve the nobel prize. They are making a mockery of the whole concept of Nobel prize and its value.
Highly disappointed – in my view degrades the acheivements of all past winners !
Though too early on his presidency and not to many accomplshisments yet achieved, I feel very proud that he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He has been an inspiration to all of us. He has given us hope that things can change and he has made the world believe again in a time when it was needed the most. For that along, he deserves the award.
Congratulations America. Barack Obama is a light of hope to the World.
If not Barack, Who?. if not now, when ?
No. What has he done to earn it? I think it's just another bias to anyone displaying leftist tendencies. Remember that the committee didn't award Ronald Reagan the prize even though he played a major role in ending the Cold War. I also believe the white man's world is trying to right the wrongs of the past. To me this smacks of condescension and diminishes the prestige of the award.
I am pleased for him & his family,especially the girls,but OMG,what a burden and a huge responsability to prove he deserved this award.Good Luck to him. I fully support his ways.
I think we are in a time when hope and vision is an important as the end result. We are amid a global economic crisis couples with an unwaivering terrorist threat in many parts of the world which is like no time before and calls for an approach like never before. It's true that Obama has only been in office a short time but from the moment he was declared the winner of the presidency, a feeling of hope for the future resinated throughout not only the citizens of the United States, but people in countries all over the world. What he stands for trumps any possible results from his term thus far that would be inconceivable to expect at this point given the circumstances we find the world in today. I feel quite strongly that if someone can sway the attitudes of a nation and the rest of the world in such a short period to he extent that he has done, then he is a deserved recpient of this years Nobe Peace Prize.
Yes ! I think he has inspired people around the world to go in the direction of peace, and the simple fact that he has broken down walls with nations which we considered as enemies, that in itself is enough to deserve the prize. You can't change the world overnight, and not everyone wants peace either, but what's important is the impulse to get things moving.
the Nobel Peace prize is an international acknowledgement and strong symbol which should help give him support to achieve these goals, and inspier other leaders and people towards peace too.
Nobel Prize Committee has read in the harths of the people of the World.
God bless Osama!
too early to get a prize.
Obama wants to do some good things, but until he does, it is just words. I am afraid politicians promise a lot.
By the time the politics start, there will be the same old games. Health care will be reform of insurance industry's profits with business as usual. Closing Guantanomo bay and stopping "enhanced techniques" are all low hanging fruit that appalled many conservatives.
Unitl he does something more than say a lot of pleasing things, it seems like a black man in office award.
Look at Desmond Tutu. He acted on his causes and is an excelent example of someone deserving of the award. Or Jimmy Carter, he worked hard when he didn't have to to change people's lives.
Yes, he is bringing people to gether and making the whole world to think alike.
Why not?He more than anyone on the planet earth does especially in this century when despots in the facade of democracy rule their peoples with less compassion and without recourse to seacrhing their minds and cautioning their actions to be in tandemn with peaceful co-existence with oppositions and opinions on the other side of the divide.Obama deserves this noble nobel as he has so far shown in his policies to be a advocate of peace over war unlike his precdecessor and cotemporaries.
I believe he deserved the prize even though change has yet to come as he has been only president since january. The president is working very hard and needs tobe recgnized forhis efforts.
I'm happy that president Obama was won the Nobel Prize. I think that is a signal and a recogtion for what he has done as politician, and could be a reinforce to the actions and plans that he might do to the Peace in the world.
He certainly did !
Congratulations to the President from all the humane people of this planet. Especially the people of the US territories!
Yes.. He deserves it.
He has the intention to work towards world peace. He found a way to "bottle" the intention and serve it during his campaign. Since becoming president, albeit only for a a few months, he has backed it up in presidential speeches that show that he sees both sides to any peace debate.
That tired old conservative counter-intuitive cliche lyric of not talking to "enemies" has now been hopefully put to eternal rest. If you won't talk to enemies who should you talk to to get a chance for peace in this world? Your friends? Obama realizes that. He not only blames the hawk for catching the chicken, he also blames the chicken for not taking pre-cautions and for dancing flamboyantly knowing that this might provoke the hawk and make it an easy prey. The fact that he sees both sides to a conflict is a great thing for the world!! Thats how peace can be found!
He has not made peace.. Not yet. But he comes with a refreshing mindset that ups the chances for it. The Nobel committee seems to have realized this! good work!
Sometimes the prize should not wait till delivery of the job. Sometimes its necessary to urge intentions along into deeds!
It is amazing what he has done in his first 9 months! The climate towards the USA and a general feeling that people of all nations matter is a feeling we have not had for a long time (8 years to be exact)! He does deserve it and for being brave enough to take that thankless job!
i agree to some extent with some of the comments about being premature for a prize, although, there have been many of efforts from his years before president that truly give him credit for a peace prize.
It was very brave and wise by the Nobel Preace Prize Committee to take this decision
Obama mirrors Gandhi in many ways....He is got all the makings of the modern era Gandhi...a man who symbolises hope to millions in these tough times ...
his stress on dialogue over intimidation and war..
His steadfast support to the groundbreaking health reforms
His sincere efforts on mideast peace ...the list goes on
He truly deserves the noble peace prize for making the RIGHT CHOICE inspite of infinite opposition and odss
whatever they saw as to give Obama this award is stunning, this only show how the world is so hungry or deprived of a leader that can be a sign of hope, among those who were nominated or part of this process have not, obviously been very strong to beat Obama, it's good for him, maybe for America, and hopefully the world. Just imagine, he just started working on the peace process, but he still beat all those others, it only shows how the world is now empty of other leading personality that could be an example, a hope for peace...
I submit that it is a push by the prize givers to push or nudge our President to deliver what the world is looking for....peace. But, I do believe that peace comes with a price...and, who is willing to pay it?
This is embarasing!!! If Obama is a man of honour he should say no thanks to the price. There is so many people in the word that are trying to improve the world and are risking their life for it and are paying a high price doing it. Obama hasn't sacrificed anything, he is not risking his life, he is not doing anything worth any cind of price. He is just doing what he should do, and he is already getting more honour than he deserve for it.
This price should have been given to some unknown person, that are working hard in a selfsacrificial way. A person that are not already on the front page of Time, a person with no political agenda, a person that are not giving my fellow norwegians a political gain. A person that is actually doing something and is an example worth following. Not just a person saying what people like to hear.
yes indeed he deserve the award
Maybe I am not as sharp as the rest of you people, but what exactly did President Obama do to promote peace in the last 8 months. Was it the whole "beer at the White House thing?"
President Roosevelt I can understand as he helped mediate an end to the Russo-Japanese war. President Wilson I can also understand, he helped create the League of Nations, a predecessor to the United Nations. Jimmy Carter was instrumental in the creation of the Geneva Accord to better Israeli-Palestinian relations.
But seriously now...a beer?
With all due respect, I think there were better nominees amongst the 172 candidates. Looks like we are still caught up in the first black president thing. Yeeha!
yes absolutely he deserves that. and he has shone more enthusiasen and effort in bringing despite all the hateors attack.
Yes he does.
I realize the war in Iraq is a legacy handed down to Mr. Obama from his predecessor, but I feel that the president of a country currently invading another country should, as a matter of principle, not be awarded a the Nobel Peace Prize.
Well this is certinly a shocker! In as much as obama may have been making "strides towards" greater peace, diplomacy and reconciliation in the world since he took office, I think that it is premature to award him this prestigious award! In my opinion he hasn't earned it yet. I think there are other candidates like Morgan Tsvngirai of Zimbabwe who are much more deserving of this award considering what they have clearly achieved and the cirumstances under which they have acheived.
It seems a bit premature and calculated,to influence his future policy directions. In the longer term,it will restrict his hands,in dealing with the troubled regions.
This award is hardly based on his 9 months in office. When did the deliberations take place? Whom he defeated for this honour ?
What a shame!!!!!
Our troop, each soldier deserve the Nobel Price for fighting and giving their lives for our country so we can have freedom.
I do not think he has a body of work at this point of time that justifies being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Even his policies for peace are not fully clear yet, and so, this unfortunately seems to be just the latest in a line of decisions taken based on the Obama phenomenon.
Only if we force him to earn it.
Until then, this is not a Nobel prize *FOR* Obama’s peace.
This is a Nobel Prize AGAISNT Bush’s War.
It was not given for, it was given against.
This is an anti-prize, and anti-gift.
This will hurt Both Obama and Norwegian Nobel Committee unless we work hard to force Obama to earn it with substantial peacemaking.
I dont think so.
He is new in office, and never achieve any peace or anything. Having more than two third in both houses, is enough to achieve lots before midterm election. Can somebody tell me what he has achieved. Only speeches and promises. Guantanamo, Healthcare reform, Afganistan, Iraq, etc. With what he has on the back he supposed to finish all this and be in his own presidency. May be he won it, because the first black to rule U.S.A. That is the only thing they can say.
I certainly hope the President will honor the obligations that he now owes the world. The Nobel Peace Prize may be given too soon, but certainly not too late to be effective. The Prize comes with a huge responsibility.
While Barack Obama has inspired the world with his inaguraiton i believe that this non deserved yet prize will damage his charisma in all over the world.I hope he will deserve this price with his actions like closing Guantanamo and stop the war in Iraq in short term.
Congratulations Mr. President. On the flipside, you can be sure the expectations of the world is ernomous. Yes You Can!!
I'm a fan of Obama, but will analyse this objectively. The Nobel committee argues Obama deserves it for his efforts in international diplomacy and advocacy for peace in the last 9 months. I get that. The names of nominees for a Nobel prize are submitted February 1 of every year. When Obama's name was submitted he was only 11 days in office and all he had was his rhetoric. Inasmuch as I think the award boosts Obama efforts, I thought the Nobel committee awards prizes on merit and not campaign for prospective nominees. This prize would been more credible if this was 2010. Nonetheless, I hope this prize comes with success for Obama and the world, and that the prestige of the Nobel body is not diminished.
no, i don't think he deserved to win the nobel peace prize because he hasn't done anything. yet. i'd like to believe he will but it's very premature to award him such an honor when he's accomplished so little
YES he is deserving of the Nobel Peace prize!!
He is like a second Jesus on the Planet and will unite all nations!
yes, he merited the price. He has helped already in improving
understanding with other people. He has stated his intention
to reduce armement and he has fostered peace already by talking
to adversaries.This price is as well an encouragement for him
to continue on this path.
I think Mr. Obama deserves the Nobel Prize especially as it concerns Israeli Palestine initiative, moving away troops from Iraq and against the missile shield programme (as formerly agreed by Bush) from the eastern europe and above all, the closing of Guta. base in Cuba
No matter how much one may like this man, he has not yet had the time to do anything worthy of this award and his selection, unfortunately, makes a mockery out of the award. And this does not even get into his policy to continue, and possibly escalate, the war in Afghanistan.
Obama deserves it very much. Only a few months ago he was being ridiculed for suggesting he would "negociate with the enemy". He has reached out to Iran and brought them to the table of international diplomacy. Whether this works or not is yet to be seen, but he has reached them where few have managed.
Nuclear war is one of, if not the biggest threat, to world peace right now.
On the home front, he has brought people together and changed their way of thinking.
Perhaps now America will be a force for international good.
Absolutely not. JOKE !!!!!!!!!
Paul N.Y. U.S
he is awarded the prize because he is Obama. That is the most ridiculous thing of 2009. May be he should be awarded another kind of Nobel.
I do think he earned it for his courage to tell the truth and face down the lies and theft of the Bush admin. Our consumer price index went up 24% under bush and his congress, costing each one of us 24% of our paycheck. Compound that by all of his other failed financial policies and childish family world feud, and it is amazing that this president has held up so well. The message he sends of peace is one the world needs to hear.
Hi, i'm from Chile, South America. I think it's too early to give him that award. He do it too much, but not enought.
Mandela win this award in a few years ago. It is not the same circunstances, It is not to compare, and it is not in the same label booth, and give him this award the Commite is saying that.
This is way too early!
Although Obama's diplomatic efforts have so far proven useful, they can only be measured as part of his legacy – which, at this point, is far from complete.
The Nobel Peace Prize recognizes Obama's legitimacy as a leader ready to work for a nuclear free and sustainable world where conflicts are resolved through peaceful, intelligent negotiations.
Lots of talking but what has he done ?????
This is the most ridiculous choice ever.
Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe's Prime Minister has suffered more than slings & arrows in his struggle for peaceful resolution to the problem of the bloody tyrant Mugabe. Mr. Tsvangirai, despite the violence & abuse meted out to him and his members, has not resorted to guerilla war, freedom fighting or terrorism. He continues to pursue a peaceful path against the odds. I like Obama a lot but there are many others who are far more deserving.
Yes. He has to have the feeling the west democracy support him in the huge effort to change global roles and relationship beetween countries. Many time, the Nobel Prize, has been assigned to "deserving people" . The Obama ones is an important marks, really farseeing.
What has he done to deserve it? bein popular does not make him the best as far as am concerned . we have people who have done much more than him. its too early to crown him
Obama has certainly brought back a sense of cool among world leaders at a time when hostility was at its peak. He deserves this award for sure.
Even I say (almost everyday) world should be free of Nuclear weapon, world need to unite against Global warming and talk about global peace. Only the difference is he is a pesident and I am a student.
I am completely against awarding him Nobel Peace prize.
Let him do something and then Nobel committee can think.
If Obama is getting Nobel prize then I should get the share too because we have done equal amount of work at the moment.
Because of his determination to foster a world based on peace, which unfortunately is and has been one of the hardest tasks to achieve. He is looking out for the future of our planet earth, our future, and the future of our children and grandchildren. He is level headed and a brilliant communicator. Bravo Mr. President. Go for it!
It is certainly arguable that Obama has provided hope to millions of people. However, the lives of millions of impoverished, refugees and/or citizens of war-torn countries all over the world has not markedly improved. There are real heroes on the ground right now – humanitarian organizations, human rights activists, to name a few – that have shed blood, sweat and tears for in a life-long career to enact change and better the lives of people. What does this say about their contributions? That only the people that are in the international spotlight deserve consideration for this prize?
The Peace Prize is one awarded for merit of accomplishments. Roosevelt established the National Parks before he got it, Wilson attempted to establish the League of Nations before he got it. It's very possible Obama might accomplish something revolutionary and significant for world history in the next 3 – 7 years, but he has not yet. And hundreds of other people have spent their entire careers deserving this prize.
If they want to give the prize to someone who has provided hope and unified the developed international community, give it to Bono. Seriously. I think that this hurts the prize more than anything. And second, it hurts the activists on the ground.
This all coming from an Obama supporter.
He desreves it very much. He is the only one who deserves it.
He may but this is too early.
Absolutely – President Obama's efforts deserve the Nobel Peace Prize and I fully support him! I think he has done an excellent job in the international arena so far in his short term in office and he should be applauded and encouraged for his efforts!
I have absolute faith that he will continue to serve our country well – I believe he has the most challenging job, and I support him 100%!
Thank you President Obama for helping the lower and middle class Americans and for thinking of the Midwest for the Olympics! I am originally from Milwaukee and I think Chicago would have been an ideal spot. It is time to put the Midwest on the map with an important event.
And I believe Mrs. Obama shines in the White House as the First Lady - she is the picture of health - and I think it is important for the leaders of our country to promote health and wellness in the US especially now with the serious obesity problem that exists. I applaud both of you!
Don't forget your vision and keep your promises to the US people that voted for you – please keep the US safe and preserve our freedom!
Obama deserves to win because he has brought about a fundamental change in the way the world sees the key issues of war and peace of our times – climate change, non-proliferation, arab-israel conflict, iran, terrorism, health-care, race and so on. These are huge positions that he has staked out and claiming that he has achieved nothing on the grounds that all these problems have not already been solved is rather churlish.
The world needs leaders like barack obama who can raise the hopes and aspirations of the people and rise above the petty and petulant who have hitherto controlled the debate.
I congratulate President Obama. However, I respect him for his outstanding performances as a world leader, but it is too early decision.
Looking at the contemporary scene its only Obama who stands out. Other players are not much heard. It would be interesting to know hwo the other candidates for this award were and the reason for Obamas selection. He has made a big change in US foreign policy and hence has had major impact on the world at large. Hence if anyone is to be awarded this it is Obama.
My initial reaction was WHAT? I am glad he won! It just strengthens my belief in him as a great world leader.. one I VOTED for! Strange.. there are no comments on the other Nobel winners... strange indeed! Just suck it up (losers) and keep America great and stop your divisive whining about nothing.
nobel peace prize??
fighting 2 wars, holding people in prison for years without a trial, torture people for information, spying on friend and foe ..... need I say more.
Too soon, but an investment.
Let's wait and see.
What exactly has Obama achieved since he entered the world stage to peace anywhere in the world other than talk a dam good game.
Not one single peace initiative has come to fruition anywhere so why the Noble Prize?
Yes, the world has changed since he is in the White House, still there is much to do but there is no doubt he represents an inflexion point, hopefully more international leaders follow his path to create a better world.
He was only in office for 2 weeks when nominated! He has absolutely no results for his efforts so far. I might understand if this was near the end of his 4 year team and Iran and Korea had given up their nuclear programs. Too bad the awards have also become political and ideological......or am I too naive and they have always been?
This has just reduced the Noble Peace Prize to an absolute joke. Shame.................
I am not able to understand rational behind this decision. Obama was nowhere in any one's radar till he start campaigning for Presidential election and suddenly he is Nobel Peace prize winner, while other leaders from Asia and Third world countries (Gandhi, Mandela etc) has to wait for their life time to get acknowledged by Nobel Prize committee. I afraid that fate of Nobel Prize should not become as that of Oscars.
yes, thanks to God, that the Commitee does not think like conservatives
in the USA, whose results are open for everyone to see.
Is this April 1st already??? this has to be a joke....more people drinking the cool aid. . What the heck has he done to deserve this???
I think it was way too soon. President Obama's effort seem extraordinary only because we had 8 horrible years under former president Mr. Bush. If we discount that period, then his performance is just about average.
Definitely not, at least for this year. There are many many more greater politicians than he has achieved so far. The award to President Obama is a very discouraging to the Noble Peace Prize.
He absolutely deserves it.
It is now a big question around the world simply because Barack Obama is a black man and an America President.
You've got to be kidding me!He must have won for being the first black American President.That's all.
Nothing achieved so far in any aspects of world peace.
So, the answer is no.
Nobel to Obama for Peace is a surprise. One wonders what his personal contribution towards world peace has been, except mooting a concept to reduce Nuclear arsenal mainly with Russia. Can he convince China to follow suit? Rajiv Gandhi for the first Prime Minister to raise this issue in United Nations.
Award to Obama for peace is a hog wash
In order to to deserve the Nobel peace prize, one has to turn "Yes We Can" into "Yes We Have" ..
World's love affair with Obama is showing signs of insanity. Make a little history, make a little friends, throw around some fresh ideas and less than a year in the office – BAM ! you are a Nobel Laureate.
This is soooo not the right time for the price.
I am sure that he won't end up being a misscalculation (like Yasir Arafat...)and I'm sure he would have been an outstanding and deserving candidate in the future, but right now he hasn't been awarded for his own credentials, but more for not being George W. Bush.
Also, giving hope to the world is a great achievement, but having a legacy of delivering on that hope – that would have been the stuff for the Nobel peace price.
I am happy, though, that the most recent laureates have been so called 'traditional' peace-makers instead of people/organizations that could have been awarded with another category of the Nobels. – I will always think that Muhammed Yunus should have received the Nobel for Economics, not Peace. Now, that would have been a remarkable statement!!!
This is not a statement, though, this is a crush!
No. He didn't deserve to win the prize. I think this confirms what has been talked about for years. That when presented every year it make a mockery of the nobel peace prize. It should be given every five years and then maybe these people would think a bit harder about who to chose. One think is for sure.. this years awards ceremony will be a bit more high profile than usual. And they get to meet a celebrity. It's not Obamas' fault but he should have taken his name out of the hat while in office.
has he done anything allready? darn, just missed that....
Wonderful! It is a recognition of President Obama's attempts to re-engage the United States on the world stage as an equal among nations, and that the way to world peace is to bring parties together for meaningful discussions. It's a wonderful award and I congratulate him heartily.
My theory is that the Nobel committee wants to encourage President Obama to live up to the Prize–it's a bold move, and I hope it works!
Standing up politically to blood thirsty nations is good enough for me.
The is an insult to all the men and women who actually earned this award.
yes, Obama definitely deserved it win this prize. Few men have inspired so many in the world as he has in recent decades. That is a positive impact on us all. This impact will felt in the years to come and that is the spirit of the Nobel Peace Prize.
No, he did not. there are so many men and women who have been selfless and dedicaded their life for world peace and made a big impact. He is a carrer politician that has not jet shown anything. You can not give someone the nobel price for hoping or believing he will do good for humanity. He has not proven himself over time as soo many athers have done
I think it's great that Obama gets the prize now, when he more than ever needs support for a foreign policy based on dialog rather than confrontation and bullying.
He has clearly shown a will to open a dialog with both muslim states and Russia, and to cooperate with the UN. It would be tragic if that ambition were to drown in American domestic squabbles.
I don't think Alfred Nobel meant his prize to be a trophy for achievements in the past, but a way to lend support to those working for peace here and now.
Excellent choice. He has done enough work of unitin people in the world.President Obama continues to make me a proud American.
I truly believe that he has deserved this prize.
I am excited to see such a man leading a country which shoulders a great responsibility in the world. A responsibility that he is aware of and that he does not take lightly. A man who tries to strengthen the values of diplomacy again and understanding between peoples. This is the kind of politician I would like to see in every country.
I am only saddened to see that there is so much negativity coming from his own country. A country that is blessed with such a president. I hope that these people will open their hearts and minds to see more clearly.
Honesty, openness and engagement gives results. Thanks Obama. Thanks America.
2009 Nobel Expectation Prize was newly established. The U.S. presidnts had been farthest position from the extinction of nuke weapon for several decades. However, Obama declared the extinction. Even though he has done noting actually, the declaration is great as the U.S. president. He deserves "Expectation Prize".
As a Latino, I agree 100%
I do not agree with this Nobel Prize.
Only if that is subtil way of pressuring him to end the wars the United States have been feeding.
Obama will give the world the best chance for Peace if he,indeed, is able to finish the wars the imperialist and self centered foreign policies of USA has created.
But a Prize like this should be given to someone that has brought a positive outcome to a process of war or inequality.
Obama, unfortunatly, is still in the process of resolving 2 very unjust wars, only maintained for the greed of the USA petrol interests.
I am sorry, if, indeed, such a Prize is awarded to him, now.
As a Mozambican that has lived twice in the United States as a student, I did all I could to mobilize my American friends and colleagues to, please, vote, and vote for Obama, during the last American Elections. But he has not yet won the right to a prize like this.
Yes, this is a great choice.
Of course Obama didn't get an award for "presidency".
Many people who are not presidents at all, received this prize for the different ways in which they promoted and influenced peace and cooperation in the world.
No he doesnt deserves to win it..what have done for world peace.. what have done.when gazans were getting slaughtered, Nobel prize has lost his dignity, its just a sham now, soon.. george bush will be awarded one.. for peace.. its a shame complete shame
No! He has not done anything yet. Only talk. I agree with Suraj, if he is the image he likes the world to see him like, he should have refused the prize until he had done something. we need some action, what did he do?
If he does, Then there are millions of others who do as well.
I am afraid the Nobel Committee by awarding Obama the Peace Prize for his so-called "intense diplomatic efforts" which presidents and diplomats can engage in,but which venue is not open to the true champions of human rights such as Thich Quang Do or the Chinese Wei and others like him behind prison bars, who have suffered imprisonment etc. for their courageous stand for human rigths, has degraded the Peace Prize, if Mandela, Suu Kyi,etc. were also awarded the same prize, since Obama has done nothing for human rights except to avoid meeting the Dalai Lama at the "behest" of the Chinese President Hu .And,Peace itself, both in Iraq and Afghanistan is a mirage and Obama may not see it. Perhaps the Nobel Committee should have a separate "Prize for Human Rights" to distinguish it from the now much tarnished Peace Prize!
Considering the Committee's reasoning, I believe it is justified. And while he hasn't had much time in office to accomplish his objectives, he certainly hasn't shied away from confronting all the issues in his path and taking the bull by the horns in so many areas.
Congratulations....this award gives further encouragement to continue.
An American in Italy
Of course he deserves this. You can see he wants to find a way not to increase military presence. This is being critizied by WAR (White American Right).
Resistance to change is obvious in Washington and elsewhere.
We pray he can be succesful with an agenda for peace and prosperity for the US and the world!
Half Muslim in a US President, never heard of. Maybe we can now treat the Muslims with the respect they deserve. Daniel Concepcion, San JUan, Puerto Rico. (Son of a US Marine)
Yes, of course! Who else is looking for a different approach in using his given power?
Martin Spantig, Munich, Germany
All Americans can be proud! U.S. foreign policy is moving in a new positive direction!
I am from Turkey.exactly he didn't deserve the award.I wonder what did he do to deserve it.great numbers of people still are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan everday. I cannot see any difference between Bush's term and Obama's term.I mean if Bush is a devil, Barrack Obama devil too because his policy is the same policy with Bush.
"This is a joke"
Yes, yes and yes he deserves to win. And great timing too. Nobel Peace Prize trumps SNL spoof. Obama: 2 / SNL: 1
Too early. Right now there are so many people who risk their lives on a daily basis for more peace and security in the world - they are just not as public figures. It's sad to see that even Nobel prices are handed out based on celebrity status.
I should point out I am fan of Obama.. a couple of months ago I would have said BIG fan.. but 8 months into the presidency I am not too impressed any more.
despite my respect for the president i think it's to early to recieve this nomination.
Everything is still in process,nothing is realised
I cannot agree with the previous note – he deserves not 1mln times but ten mlns.. I think we all should sing some song to His name.. Every morning we wake up, or before going to beds.. I am so happy that I live on the same planet where Obama is executive..
It seems to me the Nobel Committee sought to make a political statement with its award to President Obama. And by doing so, has diminished prior award winners who have toiled and achieved before receiving an award. I feel for those unsung true heroes of peace who've labored in negotiations for years, who've risked their life for a cause and who, not by words, but by deeds have brought peace to the world. If anything, the award should not go to a person but if it must be for America's "new vision", then the American people who wanted change and elected this President should be the winners of the award. If it was meant to motivate it should have been a cadre of leaders, not just one for that again smacks of the USA be unilateral once again and giving one man an ego to do so.
Mr. Obama is 11 days in the office, gets nominated and wins over some poor Chinese dissidents who all their lives fought an oppressive regime.
Just a few days ago, he canceled a meeting with the Dalai Lama not to upset Hu Jintao. Is this the diplomacy he was awarded for?
I am very happy that Obama got the Nobel price ..... he ist the best president the us ever had... Now he should close GUANTANAMO!!!
I believe that although he is a great man but it is too soon to judge about him whether he will really strengthen the peace and democratic relations or not?
So far, just he has talked about peace and democracy and diplomatic efforts much more than a practical step.Maybe he could win this prize after some years but not now. I would say that this year he did not deserve a Nobel Prize.
So, I congratulate this to him and Americans and I hope that he will pursue his efforts ,as he has already started, for peace especially as the president of the most effective country in the world.
Good luck Obama.
It looks like Barak won this award because of trying to do things differently from past U.S presidents
Many remember his speech at the Cairo University where he called on Muslims and non Muslims to make peace.
Still this award should focus on sustained achievements over a period of time.
Has the president really achieved much in a year?
Due to the recession there seem to be a lack of the demonstration of ingenuity in the scientific world. The result then is that the organisers of the award looked painfully for a very suitable candidate, but looks like they struggled!
I support Obama in many of his objectives and goals, and even some of his philosophies.
However, this choice is a travesty.
There are tons of worthy people risking their lives and the lives of their families each day fighting for freedom and peace with nonviolent means. This committee appears to be more interested in slapping George W. Bush in the face than actually awarding worthy people in the last few years.
I don't think Obama wants this or even thinks he deserves it. Thanks, Nobel Committee, for making his political life an even bigger hell than it was going to be in the first place. Thanks for giving ammunition to the extreme right wing who already thinks he's a narcissistic pig. Thank you for being the meddling critical idiots that you can be for sticking your nose in the local politics of a democratic nation. And thanks for being utter jerks who dismiss the hard efforts of people who risk everything and accomplish real things on the ground every day.
Obama didn't make me sick today – that committee's choice made me sick.
I am afraid it is too early to judge him. My evaluation of him in the past 9 months shows ambivalent results. I give him A's for his effort to address international peace via negotiation and diplomacy. He resurrected what Bush has killed, despite he sometimes opts for the Stick diplomacy in the case of Afganistan and Pakistan. On the other hand he is still sleeping with African dictators like Zenawi of Ethiopia. He courted this blood soacked dictator to his dinning room , which is tantamount to an insult to those who have been perished by this very man for thier love of democracy. He is also too soft on the likes of Mugabie and Kibaki of Kenya. I think he achieved D's vis – vis making democracy the rule of the world.
Nelson Mandela and Fredrick De Klerk of South Africa won the prize purely on the basis of the intent they had at the time of transforming South Africa and based on the progress they had made that far....
Obama totally deserved it!
Yes. He deserves it.. It was said best by the Nrwegians. It is not about what he has done but what he will do... The world has changed since he came to office.. and it will be better
I support Obama and think he is one of very few wise leaders who really tries to make the world a better place. I thank the americans who were wise to elect him.. I agree that Obama already now has been able to do more for peace during the year than anyone else despite the few concrete results. Just by his excellent speeches he has managed to decrease the polarization in the world and make it a better place.
However, I have mixed feelings about giving him the price before his intentions have given the desired results. I fear it can make people who already distrusts him, dislike him even more. I hope he will get another Nobel peace prize, even more deserved, when he has accomplished his mission.
I am flabbergasted!!!!! This prize should have clearly been awarded to Dick Cheney!!!!
For a president whose country is at war with two other countries, winning the nobel peace prize is a joke.
The nobel prize has lost its value.
This is completely premature! I think this could hinder him a bit more in the US. As this gets spun through the news cycles I fear it will further polarize America when we desperately need to be coming together. I have highest hopes for Obama but feel that he should graciously refuse this (poisoned) gift, as he has YET to earn it (and the right wing will have a field day). Not to mention there are people such as Mortenson or Mukwege who have worked YEARS on projects that are in need of the money awarded with this prize. I think it is a mistake to give this prize to any seated politician but even more of a mistake to give it to a president leading two wars, and having the worlds largest nuclear arsenal. Obama has lofty goals and it is great that the world wants to support those goals but this is not the way to do that.
His strong peace initiatives add to his credibility. Wish him all the success through out his stay in office.
Sounds to me like the people giving this award just feel the need to award it no matter what. It's a joke! Better give it Aung San Suu Kyi.
After 9 months of being president of the United States, Obama does not deserve this. This only goes to show how much of a joke the Nobel Peace Prize has become. Obama thus far has talked the talk, but has not walked the walk. He has become one of the most over-rated sensations this world has ever seen.
I do hope, however, he eventually proves me wrong by doing the things he recites and proving everyone of us 'naysayers' wrong by showing the world he truly is in fact someone capable of mending the rifts we often see in this troubled world.
While I did not vote for President Obama, I do respect him as my president and hope–since he is now the president whether anyone likes it or not–that he does well on all fronts. However, I do not at all feel that he deserved this award. My question is: what has Barrack Obama actually accomplished in the name of peace? I have seen a lot of talking about peace related issues, but I have seen no resolutions; that is to say, I have not seen where any of the talk has done any good so far, and see no indication that it ever will. The world is as violent and restless today as it was in Bush's second term.
I must also say, however, that I feel the Nobel Peace Prize has quite unfortunately become a joke altogether. It's nothing more than the political statement of one particular committee these days. The majority of those who have won the prize in recent years in my opinion did relatively little to advance peace in the world. In truth, those who are doing the most, who are pouring their lives out, for peace are likely people we have never heard much about, not people in the spotlight.
Obviously Mr Obama has tremenduous potential. However, to give him this prize before any major achievement is not good for him, not for the Nobel institute and certainly not good for all those that won this prize with hard work and excellent results. It does not do justice to the value of the prize.
I don't think Obama deserves the prize
A joke. maybe in 2 years when he has boruhgt peace somewhere he will deserve it but for tlaking about peace he gets the Nobel peace prize!!
congrats to President Obama. I however feel that it could have gone to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirayi, who has had a great impact on the lives of ordinary Zimbabweans, where as Mr Obama has said sweet things, even on nuclear, but he is yet to deliver. Not because he cannot but its just too early and it was therefore premature to give him that accolade.
I think it could be somewhat to early to say he should receive the award. Has only been office several months and to really see the whole effect of the work he is trying to do, it will take several more to see this effect.
Past winners have work for years to be able to receive this award.
Obama has made policy declarations that have changed in a fundamental way the nature of U.S. dealings with the rest of the world, a quantum leap from the neanderthal administration of his predecessor. Declarations change the world. Whoever does not understand the power of declarations should revisit history and see how declarations of independence, for example, have shaped the world. Some say that it is all talk, and those that underestimate the power of talk don't understand how everything that we do gets done. Obama has in a short time understood where the starting point is and has declared that it is dialogue, mutual respect and mutual understanding. Who else on the world stage has hit the bulls eye so directly. We owe our thanks to Obama for declaring a profound change in U.S. policy. Let's hope he has partners around the world as serious as he is.
No I don't, afterall what has he archieved since he took office: nothing.
This price should terget those people working on medical and green projects, which tend to benefit all humanity not some imposing politician who was simply voted by you and me to be where he is. They should have assessed him after he has left office.
What if he turns around tommorow and start warring more countries that the 'boy from Texas, the record holding mighty mighty Bush'.
He is now sending his 40K child soldiers to go and kill more pregnant women and children in Afghanistan.
I suspect these clowns might have slected Obama after he had called them to the Whitehouse for some shots of JD. They should be given a sobriety test rightaway.
Initially I too had a question (????) why. But later found that some has strong desire, intention to see that " Love, let's love than “Either you’re with us, or you’re against us”.
Gandhi was always for peace and today he is remembered and liked by all but still a few dislike him as they do with all.
Well done, he deserves it. He is a true leader. I hope he continues doing the wonderful work he has been doing, the world needs him. I just people would focus on space exploration, instead of war.
Absolutely!!! Yes, for giving all the people in the world a hope of peace and harmony. Yes, for initiating belief and reforms in international institutions. He is a world leader and I am sure actions will follow from this visionary man and we shall remember then when we look back.
Someday no doubt but I believe it is too early in his administration to judge him fully worthy of the prize.
Can anyone tell me who else is/was at Obama's position right now and has done what he's done.
He's the most powerful political figure right now. This is someone who could do exactly what Bush did but no. I think his motto is:
"If we succeed, we succeed together. But if we fail, then we fail together. So whether we succeed or fail, we'll remain together(if need be, then diplomatically)."
And i think his "we" doesn't just refer to all Americans, but to all humans worldwide.
I hate it when people can't see beyond their nose. Those saying he doesn't deserve it must realise that Obama has done in 9 Months what Bush couldn't do in 8years.
By winning this prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee is telling him:
"The world is watching, failure is not an option"
Now he can't afford to fail! Just as simple as ABC!
I find this very ridiculous . What has he done to get Nobel Prize. Tomorrow i am going to ask my friends to nominate me for Nobel prize
why is obama given nobel prize. he does not deserve it.
At best, this is a weird joke. Grotesque and surreal, and embarassing. Nothing against President Obama and his administration from my part – but where is the rationality in all this? On what basis? For which achievements? The guy has barely been one year in office! He may have demonstrated a thousand noble (pun inteded) intentions so far, but achieving them is a totally different matter. Maybe he'd be a good candidate for the prize in a few years' time – but this makes a mockery out of the whole Nobel prize idea.
This is really a joke! I am a big Obama fan but lets get real please.
What has he done for peace other than make one speech in the middle east?
Where has he acheived peace?
Obama is a big talker, lets get to seem some action now ... and most importantly some results.
He hasn't done ANYTHING for peace in his time in office. Maybe later on he will. Who knows. But this is certainly an error.
Very disapointing for Nobel Committee.
I think President Obama does not deserve the prize becuse he is a man of words and not action. There has been no progress in the peae process in the middle east, global warming, and other things.
He is a person who goes to talk shows and being charming but that is all to it
This is completely unwarranted and undeserved. What the hell has Mr. Obama done for peace ? He has promised to try and correct part of the evil done by his predecessor and that's all. Not seen the results yet !! The Nobel Committee must have gone crazy !
Giving the Nobel Peace Prize to Obama when he has not yet accomplished anything of substance weakens the prestige of the Nobel Prize and is a smack in the face to previous winners and overlooked candidates who have made geniune gains in international cooperation.
Too soon. Obama declared intentions only. However, his administration buckled in front of Israeli Lobby when dealing with the Goldberg report. A golden chance to send a firm message to Israel to pursue peace.
Yes, the President is deserving.
President Obama deserves to win the Nobel Peace Prize because he has a vision for world peace and is the person most likely to bring it about because of his position.
Others may have a greater passion for peace and an active agenda but they lack the means and influence to make it happen on a global scale.
Clearly there is a marked difference between the aproach of Obama and Bush towards peace, the latter prefering war as a means to an end. Perhaps the contrast between presidents was the thing that decided the prize in Obamas favour.
No...just because he is the 1st african american president?
I think anybody that would have come after bush would have taken a nobel peace prize without moving a muscle...
It is too premature to give Obama the peace prize. There is no exceptional achievement and he is still on top of waging wars. It is a very bizarre choice considering that so many heads of state and international figures dedicate their entire lives for world peace. If climate change and poverty agendas are to be included in the evaluation, his achievements cannot be much better than many other heads of state. It is a mediocre choice.
I believe in todays world, hellish world, President Obama has shown some light, some hope. And personally to me it matters most. I think its very important to encourage people like him if we want to see any good happening in the future. To me it is appropriate and well deserved.
Since the Nobel committee is apparently giving away Nobel Peace Prizes, I would like to be one of the first to ask to be nominated for 2010.
I don't understand how the leader of a country still involved in TWO wars (one of them in violation of the conventions of war), which has attacked targets in a third country (Pakistan), which STILL hasn't closed Guantanamo where it is detaining people illegally (not even permitting access by Red Cross members), how can such a person qualify for a "PEACE" prize? Did he get a prize for NOT attacking Iran? Why not give the prize to China for NOT invading Taiwan? Or North Korea, for NOT ending the cease fire with South Korea...
The Nobel committee has devalued and debased the Peace Prize with this action. Congratulations. My only hope remains that this was done to place a burden of conscience upon Mr. Obama to attempt to restrain his future actions. However it seems that the Peace Prize has fallen from being the noble and prestigious award that it once was, to a political bauble. I don’t think that “calling for dialogue” should qualify a politician for this prize. THAT SHOULD BE THE NORMAL, SANE, RATIONAL CHOICE. Prizes should be given to a politician that has actually DONE something other than maintain the status quo, for all the rhetoric.
Obama deserved the Nobel for oratory, not for peace. It's very strange that he won, because the woman who won the prize for literature was mostly chosen for having lived under dictatorship and written about political oppression during communism. They should change the prizes and give Obama the Nobel for literature for his talent for discourse and give Herta Muller the Nobel for peace.
Yes He deserves to win the Nobel Peace prize.
Nice word like "yes we can",..and the same are not enough to deserve a nobel price.
I Alfred Nobel would know he certainly would be very unhappy ih his grave.
If Barack Obama (or Hussein Obama when he is in Cairo) for a problem he cannot solve in the Middle East, choosed to resign to one party by forcing the other to accept the conditions, i cannot call that he deserves the Nobel Peice
Strange...it's not April Fool's day today....
I don't think Obama deserves at this stage. He has been doing alot of talk but we are yet to see the fruits of his efforts.
I thought Nobel Peace prize is for accomplishment not mere efforts. But i truly wish him the very best and will support him where i can
Obama MAY deserve this prize 2-3 years on. May.
But, for now, what has he done?
The Nobel peace prize was devalued a long time ago – this award is simply one more nail in the coffin, unfortunately not a final one.
yes i beleive he does deserve the Nobel Peace Prize, his slogan "Yes We Can" and "Change" have sparked emotions all over the planet.
For the global crisis he cannot be blamed for, i doubt if any leader could handel this crisis in a way to satisfy all....
Robert from Switzerland
Great "for President Obama, Yes I am so glad for our President Obama he is what our world needs PEACE on EARTH and GOODWILL to ALL. WE SHOULD TRY TO LOVE MORE STOP THE WAR LETS HEAL OUR NATION. May God bless him and his family , All good to him we pray everyday at our office for you Mr.President so that God may guide you .Mr President God is with you. All the best.
Just from someone that you may not know in person but in my heart I do care very much for you and your family. our country America the best.Thank you so very much
Go USA..We love you
Nilda Gonzalez from Doardo ,PUERTO RICO
Noble Peace Prize should be guaranteed to any US President.. They all deserve it.. Especially for their peaceful solution of Afghanistan problem.
I can absolutely understand why they did it, but it's a risky decision after all. Maybe in one or two years he will be able to justify the award. If not ... well, as I said: risky decision.
Yes, Obama definitely deserves the prize.
Just look at pre-Obama American policies on things like Iraq, terrorism, and Russia. Before he was president, Obama was in the minority in opposing the invasion of Iraq. Before Obama, the U.S. was in a situation where the country's leaders would lie about what was then an all-encompassing term, "terrorism," to cook up all kinds of immoral policies including torture and "murder." Before Obama, the U.S. had a harder line with Russia as was building a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe.
Obama has not only changed these violent American policies, but he has brought the country along with him for the ride. Obama has accomplished a monumental shift for not only American policies, but for American cultural values. Perhaps this change is more evident from an outsider's perspective than from inside the U.S., but I, as an American, am willing to attest that things are very different now, and are much improved. Thank you President Obama.
The Nobel committee obviously didn't have anyone better to give the award to.
What did Obama do? He is barely into his tenure.
I guess he deserves the prize, since he didn't start any wars (yet).
Frankly speaking this is amazing that a guy who is still an untested commodity and who has no recognizable achievement to his credit (after becoming the President of USA) can get a Nobel Prize. This puts a serious question mark on the authenticity of the awards. Peace prize has always beeen a point of contention and the same is not rectified here as well. Simply speaking this award is a politically motivated.
Yes he deseve this for sure. For all they think not. Bush is would be the right one????? You guys still lives in the Bushland ;-0)
Yes I do, he has given hope to a nation and to the world and there is much to be said about someone who can give hope in such troubled times. Well done.
I don't believe so – he has done nothing to merit this award. He talks a lot but has achieved absolutely nothing of significance for American People whether they be black or white or democrat or republican. Time will judge Obama and maybe he will surprise us however on his current performance I believe he will struggle to get re-election both by his party and above all the American People.
Its OUR country- keep them honest and worthy of your vote
Magnificent and deserves it more. God bless him
Yes. He represents such a huge and meaningful change in governing of the most powerfull nation on earth, that this fact in it self is enough to reward him with a Nobel prize. Eventhough he hasn't had a chance to fulfill al he's promises yet. Let's hope he's allowed this chance! Here's to you, Obama!
Yes, without question he deserves it.
He's changed American foreign policy from preemptive war, to diplomacy. He's made every effort to end torture, secret prisons and extraordinary rendition.
Considering the US had bee a major destabilizing force in the world for the last 8 years, Obama's efforts to bring us back to our values of peace and prosperity have probably done more to make the world more peaceful than any other single individual on the planet.
To all the disrespectful posters on here I have this to say: you people are a national disgrace, and you have the insight and intellectual firing power of algae.
And to CNN – with your "does he deserve it" BS: You're the biggest disgrace of all. Take a stab at delivering news some time, why don't you.
I think he does.
I think from the past Nobel Prize winner list, we all should realise one thing, there isn't really any consistancy in the requirement. I am sure Obama is not the first winner that created controversay. 1.2 billion Chinese didn't like the choice of Dalai Lama, they gave it to him anyway. Obama did little to this point, but he did bring some fresh air in the US politics. The world needs US to take the lead, and having Obama is far better than Bush. FOR that, why not give him the award? It is just an award, from Norway.
I think that Barack Obama is a good and obvious choice for the Nobel Peace Price. He is doing what so badly needs to be done in order to acheive peace – move the world in a direction of mutual understanding and collaboration.
I think the prize is a prize for of hope. And it may seem premature but hope is never comes later than it should. His presidency has helped all of us to change our focus on so many things and if we all look at what he is looking at and what he is trying to do and join him in doing it then in that sense we may learn to sit and talk before we fight. And for that he is worthy of the prize. The greatest task is to change the minds of human beings and he has begun to do that not just this year but even through his campaign.
What? Someone pinch me please? The Nobel committee didnt find any one who has already proved himself ? Is he the best contributor to world peace? Where has he brought peace? For once it seems Words have spoken louder than actions.
Congratulations to president Obama.
most people who haven´t really followed what this president
has done during his adult lifeare critisizing this win. no one deserves this at the moment more than him.
it´s only a pity that his coleagues are determined to make him fail.
Pretty odd,what did he do?
The first thing that came to my mind when I heard this was "For what?". The man was in office a total of 12 days when the nominations for the prize were closed. 12 days! He's accomplished nothing but push America further in debt, weaken the dollar and has divided America to a point not seen since the Civil War. On the international stage he has "bowed and cowed" to every dictator and tyrant he meets and spewed little more than words. Anyone that thinks he deserved this is clearly out of his or her mind. The Nobel committee is undeniably nothing but a joke!
I have read on this a lot about Obama impacting the Muslim world. Let's face it; this award is about the beliefs of the committee. They believe in direct talks and conversation. When Jesus walked this earth and talked to other faiths, it was not about conversation, but conversion. He has turned his back on the people of Israel. He is turning his back on the forefathers of America who loved the idea of “In God we trust”. If he was telling Americans these things 100 years ago, he would have been deported. Obama is a great speaker. I believe he is a good man. But his radical ideas are not the basis of a Nobel Peace Prize.
A fan of the president's.....But I was shocked to see him selected as the winner. I'd prefer to see him accomplish something that deserves being recognized. So no, I don't believe it was a good choice. Beauty pageant contestants talk about world peace....talking and achieving are two different things.
Being that I am an American, I have to say that this award has become a joke as of late cause he has yet to prove peace when we are at war period. He has yet to prove all his good will and hope till his four years are up so to be giving this award is a slap to all that have received it already.
22 student belgium. he inspired me more than anyone, got me reading his book (in english), and i even hate reading.
thats what the comittee means with changing the world, inspiring ppl all over the world. hes not just the president of the usa, he also is a leader for the world
Obama has the courage and desire to make this world a better place when the last president did everything possible to destroy it.
If there is anyone better who could be given this award I would think otherwise but now I think it was 100% justified.
The fact that the American People, let alone a leading news media conglomerate like CNN has to even think about asking this question, speaks volumes, in my opinion, about the current state of American society and the little awareness it has on the impact that the actions of American Government has all over the world.
The W administration led America, still the leading nation of the world (although many would love to see its demise) to war. Taking the world into an economic recession and undermining civic liberties in the country that we all hailed as the beacon of democracy.
I don't want to downplay Obamas actions or accomplishments, but after 2 terms of that, even PeeWee Herman as a president would have gotten the Peace Nobel!
As a born Norwegian, and visiting the country every year, I can only say the nobel price commity is a publisitiy- popularity seeking bunch. The event of nobel price presentation, is more important then finding a person worthy of the honor. Obama is beeing used as a drawing card for event, and he should demand payment, over and above the price, like any good speaker would.
Obama is smart, eloquent, and most of all, has come through great odds to become the first African-American president of USA. This is what he is and this is what he has done so far in his career. If those achievements (qualities would be more accurate) are the guidelines for winning a Nobel Peace prize, then he deserves it more than anyone. However, I feel that his 'qualities' doesn't deserve same recognition as someone like Mother Teresa. Maybe 20 years from now he may deserve it. Not now.
From my european point of view, Obama's been drawing bridges. Compared to the previous president who basically said "you are whether with us or against us" it's a far more constructive and peaceful approach. The iron-hand policy only creates more and more opponents. Obama's one is more likely to bring peace through his velvet glove. We don't need a war with Iran or North Korea. These regimes will fall apart in due time just like the communist one did.
President Obama definitely deserves the Nobel Peace prize for his efforts to replace the disastrous failing “big bully stick” policy used by the previous administration by an acknowledging and showing respect to other countries with divergent point of vue.
He has changed the international US policy from a fundamentalist and disastrous approach of "You are with me or get our of my way" which marginalized America and put it on the side of the International community. Obama put back America where it should be, a leading force for Worldwide peace. The world need a strong America it can work with, no one who tries to bully everybody who does not agree.
I believe he COULD be a plausable canidate. but what most people dont realise is that he in NO WAY deserves it. Because if you look at the deadline for submissions for the peace prize it was Febuary 1st.. So please enlighten me, what did he do in those 11 days before his name was put into the hat to deserve even nomination.
Yes he is the first african american president but that should not matter at all. I believe it is, no offence to the Norwegians, but it seems like more of a suck up move... Just my two cents
He deserves it a million times more
Definitely. He has tried hard to bring peace on many fronts. And he has restored hope that peace is possible and faith in the US. But peace needs a helping hand from nations too not just the efforts of one man. And Israelis and Palestinians, for example, aren't helping a bit. So, if that fails it will be their fault. Obama addressed the issue almost from day one. For those who say he should first get results at least in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict... (and seem to forget what he has already done) why don't they demand from Israelis and Palestinians governments a real effort to bring peace?
What a big Joke! This is incredible.
This must be a joke! People are putting their life on the line promoting freedom and peace every day around the world and this guy get it for being what? There must be more to awarding Obama the prize then the press is letting onto.
This prize doesnt mean anything anymore! All he did was make a million promises he has yet to fulfill even one! (see SNL skit). I mean seriosly, wheres Kanye West when you need him???
what a wonderful day
Yes he deserves. Closing Guantanamo would have been enough.
Obama is a great leader but he still needs time! To award the prize so early in his career is neither good for him nor the prize.
Why not? Some might think the prize is for complete success, however what about the world leader willing to take that big step early on rather than playin the game of doing something at the end of their term to preserve their fame (or face). An example exist in the United Kingdom of a former Prime Minister (unelected by the people) who now tries to look like the 'new leader' (?) on the apparent campaign trail for a new and even more lucretive paycheck. So let's give peace a chance!
He deserves it, so many people look up to him for a reason and the reason is because he is trying to do as much as he can to streighten up the whole world.
only one thing to say,
It's better than Al Gore.
Absolutely! No question! His policy approach is deeply ethical. No one promotes progressive policies towards a better future on this planet than he does. Given all the hatred from the political right at the moment this is the right sign of encouragement for him to continue his path!!
You can't blame Obama, blame the Nobel Prize Committee!
I suppose Barack is a lot better than Bush as I believe he will do more for peace in the future and maybe the Committee realised that this prize will motivate the number 1 person of the most powerful nation on earth to do something about peace.
I personally think it is too early but I believe he will eventually deliver on his promises because I believe he is an ethical person.
More should be done to withdraw military troops from Iraq, Afghanistan and also reduce the number of military bases around the world if he is really serious about world peace
I wish to first and foremost say that I am a supporter of President Obama, I believe in him and believe in his potential to do great things. While I agree that he is the first world figure in a long time to rally the support of a diverse many and do so expediently, I am not certain that he has yet reached the point yet deserving of the award. I consider that his persona in contrast of what came before is so stark, that it may appear this way but I believe he still has much work to do. I am sure that he would agree with that last statement himself.
I think its a kind early to win such prize but I wish him good luck for the long way ahead and all he stands for ....
Congratulations to Mr President, and congratulations to the committee on your remarkable judgement...Like everyone else it was a surprise, however mine was a pleasant surprise.
I read comments about this being too early. Its good people aint't saying he doesn't deserve it, but rather that it was too early. The issue here is that they fail to see what the award is about as Alfred Nobel stated in his will.
Obama deserves it for the fact that he genuinely wants a peaceful world. A president facing so much problems at home that still gives so much of his time to seeking peace in Isreal/Palestine, nuclear disarment, Iran/North Korea and even has so much passion about making healthcare available to all in his country. He deserves it.
If the most powerful man in the world has so much passion for peace, then he deserves it. A man whose decisions can bring great destruction chose to be humble in his search for peace. This man will attain even greater heights
I do not feel he has had any affect on world peace, he has not been in the job long enough and niether has he had any peaceful outcomes to any of the pressing global matters.
Obama deserves to be Nobel Peace Price winner for all his efforts in trying to lead the world in a different direction. Few of us can see the good things that Obama is trying to achieve , but because of the color of his skin, many will not appreciate. It is clear with the way the white world has been reacting that they are afraid that black people whom they have treated badly over the years are beggining to become powerful. Let the man be, Bush started all these fires that Obama is putting out and you are not willing to give him credit for his effort. Wake up and face the truth world, Obama is here to stay and change the world.
Its a cop out like when Al Gore won it
I was expecting many people to go "No way he didnt achieved anything...he doesnt deserved it" And most of them of course are those Anti-obama from the US...poor people you will never understand the WORLD...I sometimes think that your "narrowed minded esprit" cant definitely not get it! Sad but reality.....But sorry We the "Rest of the World" Know exactly and understand the MESSAGE behind the Nobel commitee decision to Honor the philosophy and approach of Mr Barack Obama...we need peace and your President is a sign of HOPE for that...like or not we dont give a damned....Salute and "go take a hike" if you dont like....
HE DEFINITELY DESERVES IT. HE IS THE BEST PEACE WORKING MAN ON EARTH IN THIS ERA.
GOOD LUCK MR. PRESIDENT. GO FORWARD.
I think he deserves the prize. Obama managed to reduce the huge tensions with Russia (by giving up the European part of the missile shield). He also clarified and largely rationalized the relations with Iraq and Afghanistan (even though a lot remains to be done, including **sending more troops to Afghanistan**). The Iran situation is being treated in a rational fashion after long years of scare propaganda (and if in the end Iran gets sanctions and maybe war, it will be their responsibility). So, yes, Obama deserves the prize, by all means. I just hope he continues in this line and does not get intimidated or sidelined.
Who nominated Obama? Nominations are due on February 1st...By that time the President could not do anything to deserve it as he was in power for 11 days!!!!!!!
I ca only see this award as an incentive to the hard work he has ahead of him.
Nevertheless, is also fair to say that we have other names that also deserve this award in 2009, probably much more than Obama.
if talking about peace qualifies one to win the noble peace prize, I know many people that have been talking about it for years. Obama, has done nothing to deserve this.
I think it is right and the American House should act like it.
The world has a leader, the peolple only need to listen.
he absolutely deserves it for his commitment in reconciliation and peace either in the u.s and outside. Even if you don't see the results now, he can do a lot for the entire world ; he has charisma, he is an example of integrity and honesty and anyone can't avoid paying attention to what he says. I wish I had a leader as Obama in my country, too. giusy Italy
What has Mr. Obama done in his time in office that is significantly different to what past U.S. presidents have done as it relates to the peaceprocess?
Mr. Obama is a great man but this is pandering to populariyy. The Nobel Peace Prize has been devalued this year.
I think it´s great that Obama won the Nobel peace price. First of all he is the first black president. he did a lot for the feeling of self-worth of the black community in the USA and worldwide. That price honors evryone that voted for Obama and who is not a citizen of the USA, likes Obama.
He is Pro reducing carbondioxyd and an environmentalist. He gives hope to the whole world.
He works on making the world free from atomic weapons.
He works on better relations between the cultures (muslim, christian and judaism)
He gives hope to the whole world for a better and more peaceful future.
On the one hand i thougt it´s to early, because he has been president for just one year. On the other hand I now think it´s a fantastic decision. It´s hard to say NO to a Nobel peace price winner if he is asking you to agree to something.
And finally I think this Nobel peace price will motivate Obama to follow his way and work harder on his own goals.
Dankeschön to the Norwegian peace price comitee for this surprisingly and perfect decision!
Greetings from Germany
P.S. Our News channels in Germany are full of coverage about this but i see only pumpkin compertitions and market news..whats wrong with you?
I don't think he really deserves this award as he has not really ended any major conflict nor has yet been able to take out American economy out of recession. The dollar is still losing its value.
On the other hand he promised to take out American forces from Iraq as soon as he is elected but I don't see it happening for another few years as no timetable for withdrawal is provided by his administration.
And for the case of Afghanistan, hundreds of thousands of civilians have already died. The american commander few days back said "we need more troops to finish the work in Afghanistan" by more troops he meant atleast 40,000 more.
Now some Americans are saying that we fighting an unending war. And above all the government is also thinking of starting a conflict in Iran.
So now you tell me does he really deserve "The Nobel Prize for PEACE "? Does he really understands the meaning of PEACE ?
I think he should visit countries where there is a presence of American forces, and where they claim to go for establishing peace & democracy and ask the civilians there what the word PEACE meant for them. And if THEY say that Obama has really brought in peace for them, then this Peace Prize has got some value.
Otherwise giving speeches on stage in front of TV cameras & innocent Americans, with a lot of promises embedded in them is very easy but to really bring them in their lives is what they are waiting still for.
Well this is too early for Obama to get the Noble Peace Prize.....of course he is doing a great job and he has indeed making a bog change, this award came toooo early.
There is no denying Obama has put tremendous effort and has the will to do alot for peace around the world, however, should that be enough to win the most prestigious and honourable award in the world? By awarding Obama the peace prize, the committee seems to have lowered its standards on who can get the award. I think there were others that were alot more deserving of the award this year. Perhaps the committee should have waited a few years to see concrete results from Obamas visions before handing him such an award. On another note, considering the nominees were picked as early as february,my question is who at that time felt Obama deserving of the price as to nominate him so early in his presidency?
Oh well, congratulations Obama. I hope you make the most of it and bring peace to the Middle East. The guy before you didn't do a good job on the matter.
I do not think so. I cannot see anything different or significant change from where I am from and looking at the whole world. A little more time will tell.
I do think Mr. Obama deserved to win the Nobel Peach Prize...since before he started in Office he has worked diligently to foster and engage in peace talks around the world...it is one of his main concerns and I can tell he does it from the HEART. Mr. Obama has also changed the image of our dear country, the USA; and continues to encourage other nations that peaceful communications and engagements are the way to go. We as a global environment have suffered enough because of decades of war and antagonism. I am very proud of our President...he truly embodies a global, responsible icon and I thank him for continuing the conversation of PEACE so that my children and grandchildren will have a better tomorrow and Earth!
If Obama was a chef & Nobel Peace Prize was Bocuse d'or he would have won the competition with promises (of a menu), but no food.
What??? He's not done a thing except apologize for America. I don't see that this promotes peace.
Remove the political position from the equation and examine the evidence for granting this award? The integrity and validity of this award is in question.
I would suggest that previous recipients deserve an apology for calling into question their true merits.
I was surprised, but after reading the decision I agree. Obama instilled hope in a lot of people when it absolutely seemed like a hopeless time.
This is so Funny What obama did in 10 months are just some sweet speaches nothing more . but any way i am not surprised that he was awarded because we know very well that few year ago one bangladish banker Mohammad younis won this nobel price for peace but He did nothing for peace he was Ecnomist and he did banking help to people.
Who knows next year this blind Nobel prices selecter will select Bush for nobel price of peace or may be Osama bin Laden for peace price hahahha .
Any way i wish Barack Hussain obama Good luck and i hope what he did speak about peace and what he is awarded for he will also profe it by action .
Aftab Khan Quetta pakistan.
This is a shocker!
Obama is yet to fulfill his promises to America and he is already being lauded by the world and for WHAT? this is ridiculous. I like Obama but i think this award is premature and there are others who are more deserving than Obama. Even Bill Clinton did more to help resolve the Middle East crisis but he was never rewarded and ofcourse he blew it with that Monica Lewinsky episode. Obama has only been in the office for 10 months and has no significant achievment. He should turn down this award and instead work on his promises. Giving him this award is like extending his already extended HONEYMOON.
I think this award does more damage to his reputation. He portrayed himself as a super achiever during the election campaign and is yet to live up to that name. He needs to do more clearly.
I'm for peace. Where's my award? I could use the cash right now.
I am sorry, but you cannot compare Obama to the likes of Pope John Paul II, Mother Theresa, or Nelson Mandela. He did NOT deserve this award. It has made a joke out of something that was once very highly respected.
Congratulations Mr. President! Accept it with humility and go on doing what you are doing Mr. President.
He absolutely deserves this honor and as Americans we should all be proud.
Nobel Prize for Lifetime non achievement! looks like the norwegian nobel prize committee either got bribed – or got affected by southern neighbour holland's unrestricted drug use policy. What's beyond doubt is that they weren't in their right state of mind. This clown wouldn't know "HUMILITY" if it hit him in his face .... that condescending sneer on his face attributing false greatness and gravitas to every meaningless word he utters ... designed to warm the cockles of every new age european left wing guy type. Good for them cuz this will be the greatest achievemnet of his so far dismal, underperforming, zero achievement presidency. Irony is that this comes on the back of SNL's parody of him that hit the nail on its head! But congrats to the both Obama and the Norwegian Nobel Prize Committee for phenomenal incompetence! If the committee had any shame they would have comitted collective Hara Kiri – Must be the norwegian winter that froze out their brains
The short answer is 'Yes'. You forget that Obama is trying to right what was done wrongly in all those Bush years. Obama's job as the world's most influential country's leader is to lead the way towards world peace and he is doing it. Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan were not his doing. Yes he is leading the war there but on what purpose ? To give the peace-loving and peace wanting people of those countries a chance to beat back the extremist and terrorist elements which includes Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Peace wouldn't break out if you do the Dalai Lama or the Gandhi. Sometimes you need boots on the ground to help it along. He also scrapped the ridiculous missile plan for Czechoslovakia and made peace with Russia. He is giving Iran another chance at a peaceful resolution of the nuclear problem. He is working hard to make the Palestinians and the Israelis to sit and talk. He is trying to close Guantanamo. What ? You think all these problems will go away with a swish of a wizard's wand ? No. Obama and other leaders can only show the way to peace. It is the people of these countries that should and can do the actual realization of peace. Give him a break will you ? Plus nobody seems to know that the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded not only to people who had changed the world for the better but to give people who are trying hard to change the world a big boost.
And to all those shallow negative comments on Obama winning the Nobel Prize being highlighted on your channel and the smug smirks on people like Jonathan Mann who think they can do better than the Nobel committee – give Obama a chance. Give Peace a chance.
OK then if President Obama doesn't get it then who will?
No other single person is fighting for piece and unity then President Obama.
Will done Mr Obama, wish you all the best.
WTH did he do to get it? He dint do anything. I wouldnt mind for him to get it for something significant (solving Israel-Arab conflict or something similar) but ATM there is lots of people who deserve it much more than BO.
YES! I wish his grandmother were alive to see it!
He deserves it ABSOLUTELY, since he is in Office I am again proud to be an American.
Just don't let the lobbies block him in the long awaited reforms that this country needs.
Specially don't let the lobbies block him for imposing a just peace in the Middle East .
Future will tell
The Peace Prize should be given based on a results. While I think Obama is on the correct course, but the seeds being sown have yet to ripen.
The Nobel committee came to their decision on February 1st, 2009. Obama had only been in office a couple weeks.
I think this will potentially hurt Obama in the long run versus the GOP. It is a sort of jumping the shark on Obama mania. They will pounce on it, especially if no results are forthcoming before 2012.
No! What Did President Obama do to earn that reward? He turned to the Arab nations and apologized to them for The United States of America be so great! Others in recent years who have received it have put their own careers and even lives of the county they served. Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres both had been threatened by those same Arab Nations with death and annihilation to Israel on a daily basis. They went and signed a pact to end the ages old conflict between The Arab nations and Israel, and I ask you again what did Obama do to deserve this prize.
This proves that like the UN the Nobel Committee is a F-A-R-C-E. How shallow, we should use the dynamite to blow them up.
Wow!!! I am extremely happy to hear this news . I was thinking that he will get it one day but I was not so sure of this year. My best wishes to Obama for his vision of future world.
Thus far, as president Obama has not accomplished a single thing, other than run down America repeatedly and destroying the American economy! No the man does not deserve any award. Shows just how nuts this world has become!
Absolutely ridiculous! But given who Obama is, he needs the pats on the back and the celebration from people around him. Like a little boy that constantly needs encouragement. I must say, for the first time in my life I'm actually embarrassed by our president.
I think it is wonderful that President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. This will provide added attention to his efforts towards peace , detente, and the elimination of nuclear proliferation, and eventually nuclear disarmament by all countries.
The answer is no
The Chairman of the Noble Committee stated "His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population," confirming that this is just a popularity contest. Could somebody please remind me what exactly he has accomplished? As a friend of mine said, they should just call it what it is – the "Prize For Not Being George W. Bush".
Absolutely not! He has not brought about world piece nor focused on the issues at home.
How can anyone be rewarded for doing nothing?
The Commander in chief of an army fighting two or more wars deserves the Peace Nobel Prize?
I think it's great! Obama have given the world a new hope. Sure he have not proven himself yet. But this could hopefully make it easier for him. Håkan from Sweden
Of Course President Obama should receive the Nobel Prize, He actually has done things to make the world a better place reaching out to people the past administration would never do, he is such a humble president, I feel that he does his work from the heart. Long Live President Obama :)
I am thrilled that the Nobel committee selected our president to receive the highest of honors. One may question Obama's direction with our country but I have no doubt of his sincerity in attempting to open new horizons in diplomacy. The old confrontational ways simply did not and will not succeed. Now, If he will just get us out of Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, and Germany, maybe we can fix some domestic issues.
It´s not for what he has done..it´s for what he will do and for what he stands.
He is a unique SYMBOL for a better future!
President Obama deserves that award.
100% he made a full intention to bring peoples together, and He is indeed doing all he can to accomplish that intention. With him the world has been inspired, with him i found hope to strive for change.
Observing the Americans, some of them are so antagonist to their own President. Americans should be proud, should celebrate that the HEAD of their country had been labeled with a NOBLE PEACE AWARD.
Congratulations President Obama.
Let us make Change happen...
A man who does not keep his promises should not be awarded such a prize. Recognise the Armenian Genocide as you promised Mr President!
Obama has given eveyrone hope, & i'm a supporter of the guy, but this is really premature. 9 months into his term he gets this????
Deeds speak louder than words, so the prize should go to people who have done something, not talk about things they want to do. As much as i am of a supporter of Obama, he has'nt done anything significant to deserve this yet. Its really a shock and makes a bit of a joke of the NPP.
No: what has he done to deserve it? Words are one thing. Actions are another. And positive results would only decide the matter. History will be the judge. Not the Nobel committee which just made a complete farce of the prize.
NO – NO-NO.
But I really like Mr Obama, but nothing is achieved by him yet.
He did not deserve to be nominated...........he might one day in the future ??????????
Its too early to make this judgement now.
Wilson, Carter, Gore, now this clown....what a joke this group is.
Embarrassing to be norwgian now!
To all pease lover !Remember that the world has been in a pretty dangerous phase,
And anybody who can contribute to getting the world out of this situation deserves a Nobel Peace Prize."
the decision to honor Obama was unanimous.
Obama's award shows great things are expected from him in coming years.
"It's an award coming near the beginning of the first term of office of a relatively young president that anticipates an even greater contribution towards making our world a safer place for all, "It is an award that speaks to the promise of President Obama's message of hope."
"The exciting and important thing about this prize is that it's given to someone ... who has the power to contribute to peace," Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg
Former Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, said Obama has already provided outstanding leadership in the effort to prevent nuclear proliferation.
"In less than a year in office, he has transformed the way we look at ourselves and the world we live in and rekindled hope for a world at peace with itself," ElBaradei said. "He has shown an unshakeable commitment to diplomacy, mutual respect and dialogue as the best means of resolving conflicts."
The Nelson Mandela Foundation welcomed the award on behalf of its founder Nelson Mandela, who shared the 1993 Peace Prize with then-South African President F.W. DeKlerk for their efforts at ending years of apartheid and laying the groundwork for a democratic country.
"We trust that this award will strengthen his commitment, as the leader of the most powerful nation in the world, to continue promoting peace and the eradication of poverty," the foundation said. Obama attempt to change U.S. political direction and renew diplomatic engagement to the world! YES he did he is extraordinary world needs people like Obama!
MR. OBAMA ......SO HE DESERVE THENOBEL PRICE ! Congratulations to the US for having chosen a visionary President – Congratulations to the Obam ! Thanks for The Norwegian Nobel Committee... beautiful and wonderful observation!
God bless him!
I think there is a profound conflict of interests in awarding the peace Nobel prize to an acting head of state (and commander in chief of an army).
There is a real risk that the credibility of this prize will be significantly diminished if Obama, acting as president of the US, will take actions (however legitimately) which is contradictory with the spirit of this award.
I was very surprised at first but a few minutes of reflection made it abundantly clear to me that Obama richly deserves the prize. ;e has given hope to millions across the world that peaceful solutions to complex problems are possible; that the world could be free of all nuclear weapons, that trust and diplomacy can be mightier than missiles and bombs; and, that the planet as a whole has to care for its environment. Reshaping the overall attitude and mindset world-wide is an enormously difficult but noble task. It takes great political courage and inner strength to undertake it. Obama has both.
I applaud the Nobel peace committee for its decision.
The Nobel Committee gave Obama the prize for his approach of world wide shared values in politics, not his merits.
When Al Gore got his prize, the Nobel Committee gave it also to a green organisation. The Man as the Face and the Organisation as the worldwide Movement.
Here we have only the Man, the Face, but no Movement. It is maybe the hint, that we need a worldwide organisation symbolising a Movement, which propagates a similar approach of shard values.
Unfortuantly the UNO is not this Movement.
According to Nobel's will, 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." Obama has encouraged and started dialogue between east and west, and works for nuclear disarmament in the UN. The peace prize will be an encouragement and an obligation for further work for world peace.
That was the last person I expected to win. I voted for Obama, but in the recent month, I am starting to think he is nothing more than pretty speeches. He is quiclky loosing respect around the World as he has not acheived anything yet, and his famous backdown infront of Netanyaho on freezing settlements and the arm twisting the Palestinians on the Goldstone report. You reward people after they have achieved their goals, and not based on their potential. It is really sad, there were much more deserving people.
Without mincing my words...No he doesn't! But all the same, this is just a good example to depict the fact that Image triumphs over Logic! Clearly Obama has the global image...I just wonder if the committee even tried to apply logic to this controversial pick!
Yes,he deserves.He is directing the world to a soft system approach to issues that affect us.
Well done Mr. President.
I am very happy to hear that Mr. Obama was selected for the Noble Prize.
HE DESERVED IT INDEED.
The Nobel price is clearly also a stimulus package, and therefor easy to agree on:
Nobody with a clear conscience of world policy wants to see the raised expectations to see watered down.
Long live the United States of America
Long live Nobel price recipient President Barack Obama
absolutely not! He does not deserved such a briliant prize. There were many people who did more important things than he. Obama only talks but does nothing....
A ridiculous question...of course not. A president in office for eight months hardly has a body of work. This is an embarrassment to President Obama I am sure.
No he doesnt deserve the award at all.....i think it will hurt him unless he declines to accept the award.....
This is an insult to all previous deserving winners of the award and to the Great Father of Peace and Non Violence- Mahatma Gandhi. I dont think i will ever trust or respect the Nobel prize ever again!!!
How ridiculous. The Commander in Chief of invading forces in two major conflicts wins a peace prize? The President of a country that makes land mines and nuclear weapons wins a peace prize? They must be kidding.
I looked forward to the day when he deserves it by stopping these things. Perhaps in 2014 but certainly not now.
He is trying is best bring usa back to world ,but i dont now if his country realy care about mixing up with the world.
YES, President Obama deserves nothing less than the Nobel Prize.
No ,No, No
This is a joke. It's like giving an Academy award to a movie in pre-production.
The Obama show is making the USA look ridiculous. What a shame.
The peace award to President Obama is quite stunnig. There is no doubt that he longs for peace internationally but most of his efforts are yet to yeild positive results.
This award would have been applauded, say 4 years to this time, when he had actually contributed to international peace.
Award given on potentials and hope building is not realistic. The judges should be more careful and objective in their selection in the future.
Well deserved for creating a new and more optimistic tone in the world, and an America we can believe in again as a force for peace and progress
I think Obama won for not being George Bush. I'm not George Bush either, why didn't I win?
I expect that even Barack Obama is a bit confused at the moment. I really hope that one day he will completely deserve it and he won't win it again because he already has one.
President Obama is a clever, decent man who really deserves to win. After all the negativity regarding his health care plan, you can't help but admire this man. It's hard to believe some of the horrible things that have been written about him and his family and shame on you CNN for asking such a ridiculous question!
At least receiving the prize will cut President Obama's work out for him. He sincerely hope he lives up to the sense of hope he has instilled in hearts around the world. Yes, I believe he will earn the prize...in time.
It is difficult to tell if Obama deserve this award as it too ealry for peope to justify. But make no mistake! time will tell.
Hold on! How come Obama was inaugurated on January 20 and then applied for this award without any proven foundation for his diplomacy.
President Obama certainly deserve to win the Noble Prize because of his efforts especially and lately in the Middle East to prevent a deadly conflict between Iran and Israel. He also has an astonishing personality since he doesn't stop on formalities and superficiel issue and he took the inititative to shake his rivals hand.
No. This isn't a plus for Obama nor for his efforts to broker peace. Obama is terrific, but he's not Mother Teresa or Jimmy Carter – yet.
That's a notable achievement.Bravo!
Tthis award is given to Obama, the the most powerful person in the world, as a challenge. The commitee says "you talk the talk, now show us you can walk the walk!" Will it work? we will have to wait and see.
These past few week various Nobel prizes have been awarded in various fields and in all of them the winners had made achievements of note in their fields. If the potential achievements of an individual were to be awarded in each of those fields, then some of the awards may be given to people with ideas that seem to be out of this world now and that have not been reviewed by their peers. I wonder what the current peers of President Obama would say if they were asked off the record their opinion of the award is.
At least receiving the prize will cut President Obama’s work out for him. I sincerely hope he lives up to the sense of hope he has instilled in hearts around the world. Yes, I believe he will earn the prize…in time.
By prematurely awarding the Nobel Prize to a President who still has to find his way and fulfill his campaign promises, the Nobel committee clearly is trying to help Obama make up his mind on whether to ratchet up America's involvement in Afghanistan or gradually tone it down. Just like the Miss Universe contest the Nobel Prize deliberations have been politicized.
Something is still missing, it is too early. What has he done that the previous President has not? What significant value did he add?
Yah, since he is the president of America.
He deserve to receive the prize for allowing bombing in Pakistan , Afghanistan and Iraq, allowing killing of hundreds and thousands of people and mr bin ladin and other are still at large enjoying support and love of americian cia and finding means and ways to kill civilians and bringing anarchy to iraq and afghanistan and now planning anarchy in pakistan.
but still good work for the americians in proving cheap and continued supply of oil.
To the critics of the choice: No other individual of good will–which Obama certainly has–has the power to influence the world on such an internationally wide scope. View the award as the spring board for things to come by a great humantarian..
I wouldn't say he didn't deserve it but definitely it was a little too soon. But you never know now he would be more eager and ambitious to fullfil what he had promised during his campaign. Congratulations Mr.Obama , and this one comes from a Pakistani.
It is still to be seen!!!! It's a surprise... Defend Honduras, before Chavez gets hold of it!!!!!!!
No. President Obama appears set to escalate his country's military involvement in Afghanistan and its trrops are still fighting in Iraq. America is also in conflict with Iran and North Korea over nuclear weapons proliferation. Once these wars and problems are resolved he might well be a worthy winner. It is too early to judge his role as peacemaker.
I seem to remember Arafat received the Nobel prize too, er, does the word "SHAM" come to mind? And what will happen when Obama´s fett are put into the fire? What will he be doing in three years?
Congratulations, but I hope you prove you deserve it!
The question is very silly. Of course he deserved to win the nobel peace prize. Nobody else derservs the prize at the moment but President Obama.
Obama has given the lost hope to billions of people around the world to live in peace .
I have a bad feeling that some people have been trying to cast doubts on Obama's efforts for a better America and a better world .
Nobody can change this "ugly" world in a few months but Obama has a vision how our world has to look like.
Congratulations Mr.President.You deserve this and even More.May God bless you and your family abundantly.You are in our prayers
This is not just ironic but comic as well. Obama is being given peace prize when he is the one who has been supporting Israel against Palestanians. He is being awarded for murders of so many afghan and Pakistani muslims. He is being awarded for suporting repressive govts and thug kings/presidents in muslim countries, especially Saudi, Pakistan, Afghanistan etc, just to push US agenda.
So NO he shouldn't have been awarded this prize but then who am I to say that, it is awarded by vested nterests to vested intrests.
NO he does not!
WOW!!!!Whats happening to the committee... it ruins their credibility and the whole Nobel institution.....Obama has brought change but nothing that deserving a prize like the peace prize….a shocker….
Yes He does! He is our only hope ! He has made a start ! Allow him to complete the job! He is just an another american who is saying " I have a dream! " A safer nuclear free world. He deserves all the support and encouragement that the whole world can give !
GO Obama Go!
God Bless You !
If you have the power then you can do what you want to ........................BUSH Proved it.
BUSH lead a nation to influsence other nations to stand at war against each other....
OBAMA had the same powers and abaility to use in the same way but avoided that option to every extent possible.
Even getting US Adminstration against him.
Obama is good but still its too early to Judge his intentions and caliber
We all need hope that we will be able to deal responsibly with the challenges ahead of us.President Obama is our new symbol for this kind of reassurance.
To live up to this challenge- he needs all the help he can get- also a well deserved Nobel Peace Prize- even ahead of time.
Well, let's see. President Obama insisted that the Isralies must stop building the settlements, and they told me to go stuff it. He caught Iran making secret nuclear processings sites, and told them if they don't stop that he will hit them with sanctions like they have never seen, he can't close Gitmo, is losing in Afganistan, and his best answer to a peson who totally insulted a law officer for no good reason was to support the person and then invite everybody to the White House for a beer.
Boy, if this guy doesn't deserve the Nobel Peace Prize then who does?
Obama more than deserved the Nobel peace price. Perhaps, Americans do not quite appreciate the level of damage that the Bush era had done to the image of America as a country that the whole world looks up to.
The emergence of the Obama administration was the tonic needed to change the perception of many, who saw America as a bully nation under the Bush era.
The Nobel peace price will certainly propel the Obama administration to pursue an agender that will engender peaceful co-existence among nations and will make America the once big brother that we grew up to know. It is indeed a price for the whole nation of America.
For what???? Useless selection....
Obama deserves have won that and others prizes, because the answer is obvios, he is the best!!!!!!!!
Its a joke!, what was they thinking at the Nobel committee?, i would not dare to look the king in the eye when i taking the price from the king, will Obama?, what have Obama done so far, just talk!?.
The authority/prestige of the Nobels peaceprice is gone now.
I was a little surprised that he got it, but I feel that the committee knows he is going in the right direction with diplomatic resolutions to global unrest and this award was to encourage further efforts to resolve the conflicts in the Middle-East and bring nations together for working together.
Yes, Obama defintely deserved the prize!! He brought a new model in international relations and a new hope for the future. Congratulations!
What did he do? I guess it doesn't matter, in a few years no one will be able to find any record of it anyway!
To early to suggest a world recognition. I don't see any thing change since he is at office except he tour World to give speeches on Peace. If they think that Iran has allowed Nuclear sites visit b/c of Obama peace effort then I think it is a mistake. It is very very clear that going for war into Iran will be a big disaster for USA and Israel.
I don't know Americans are gaining respect or not but definitely not in Pakistan or Afghanistan or Iran or China. Only money has respect.
I think he does deserve it. In a world surrounded by opportunities for conflict, and with options to follow up on a international policy created by his predecessor, the president of the most powerful country in the world chose to shift away from that.
yes, President Obama is an excellent choice.
The peace nobel price will greatly strengthen his hands as he enters difficult negotiations that are critical for the world peace: Iran, Israel and Palestine, Afghanistan in particular.
His moral standing is now greater than ever.
Yes the man deserves it. He's preached dialogue daily just like the preacher in does every sabath. He is hard working and he needs every one to help him complete the job.
OBAMA – YES U CAN!!!
Excellent choice – and excellent timing! (Took me by surprise, even being a Norwegian)
Obama is a WORLD LEADER. Many sees to him, listens too him and he will make people join forces, rather that work against each other.
A lot of people will say that this was too early I think it is excellent that he already now is acknowledged for his efforts and visions. Hopefully it will ensure his path forward, and make him committed, motivating him and remimber him that he is not only a US. leader but a WORLD leader.
For the US critics: See this to the benefits for your country. Not only do you have an inspirational leader willing to make a change, BUT you have a leader who will (inspite of the economic state of your country) make sure that you still will be listened to abroad. If you had 4 more years like the previous governing under Bush I am uncertain how your standing internationally would have been
I admire President Obama. But awarding him the Nobel prize, for such a vastly political figure (job), is denying the intend for which the Nobel prize
The intention was to point to the spotlight, to nearly unknown people and
their efforts to make peace in several situation.
In effect, this award reduces the moral impact in the world, of the
meaning of the Nobel peace prize, and it is a typical result of an overwhelming media-regulated-world.
Suraj – not likely it's a nordic conspiracy to make him feel better after losing the attempt to get the Olympics for Chicago.
Whatever international reasons they cite for his win, he really deserves the prize for winning the US Presidency. That in itself is a major breakthrough for peace. All the racist vitriol that's been thrown at him by certain segments of the right is nothing but proof of that.
Yes, yes – he deserves it – great decision.
President Obama is a great man however, this award is clearly premature and if I was in his position I would feel unfortunate receiving it.
He has all the best intentions to solve international problems and bring peace, but I don't think nominees of the Nobel Peace Prize should be awarded based on their intentions. I wholeheartedly support his efforts but I don't think he deserves this award right now, as he has not yet fulfilled his intentions.
BUSH led a nation to influence other nations to stand at war against each other....
OBAMA had the same powers and ability to use in the same way but avoided that option to every extent possible.
Even getting US Administration against him.
Obama is good but still it’s too early to Judge his intentions and commitment.
Yes, he deserves it.
He is the freshest blood world leadership could get after a nonsense GWB era. He has to live up to the expectations though. Shaking hands with the current devil is hard to see right now, but he can achieve it. The world needs to enter an authentic peace era -a real era- within Obama's presidency (ies). Of course, as it has always been, big guy hits first, and Obama needs to hit a grand blow sooner or later.
That’s Obama, he deserves it. Its heard to believe. But it’s the truth . . . he the only great leader who knows the peoples of the world. Not only USA
Who ever decided he deserved this is HIGH on something and it is not brains. Now its a big joke
Fully deserved. Listen John ...if he spends the next 8 years apologizing from US crimes it still wont be enough. Try asking the parents of Pat Tillman for example just what the GWB junta was like. If they treated a US football hero so you can imagine how the rest of the world was treated. Go on, ask if you have the gut.
The Nobel price is clearly also a stimulus package, and therefore easy to agree on:
Long live the United States of America!
Long live Nobel price recipient President Barack Obama!
The Peace Prize should be earned.
Also, let some other countries have the Olympics over the next 20 years.
Obama getting Nobel for peace is better then him getting Nobel for Economics.
For the first time in many many years, America sounds like a reasanable country, with policies that make sence and the world is not afraid of some stupid decisions like George W. Bush used to take.
Yes, he deserves the price
That was really an unexpected outcome, but President Obama trully deserves the award.
Congratulations Mr. President!
I think this was a bit premature, especially considering that he's considering sending 40,000 more troops into Afghanistan. Overall, his one distinction as President is being logical enough to employ diplomacy first, before shooting – which is not typical of American foreign policy. He is peaceful in that he can actually articulate the need for discourse between nations, and he seems to think that every American should be healthy. So yea, for that – he does stand out. Not sure if that's Prize worthy, though. Perhaps we have set the bar so low for Americans that our first concientious leader surprised the world; so much so that he was awarded the Noble Peace Prize.
President Obama is a great man however, this award is clearly premature and if I was in his position I would feel uncomfortable receiving it.
Re: Obama Nobel Peace Prize
For extraordinary efforts to achieve world peace?
The prize committee should have given that award to the hundreds, no, thousands of people who have actually made extraordinary, selfless, and truly sacrificial efforts toward that goal.
This further erodes the legitimacy of the Nobel Peace Prize, almost to the point of irrelevancy.
When you are the Commander in Chief of a country who is at war, you refuse to meet with the Dalai Lama in favor of not wanting to upset China, you refuse to honor your commitment to closing Gitmo and you do not call out the brutal tactics used against innocent Americans at the last G 20 meeting, then you do not deserve anything that relates to an award for peace. A poor choice.
The other side just sucks...They are all out to judge him in his achievement so far, even on SNL cos they felt his administration is not too young to be assessed. NOW THEY ARE SAYING IS ADMINISTRATION IS TOO YOUNG 4 HIM TO BE GIVEN A NOBEL PRIZE FOR PEACE.
This people doesnt just want this guy to be successful. No wonder their defacto president(Rush Limbaugh) wants the President of the United States to fail. Obama should better grasp this, the Republican/Conservative Party/folks will never work with him and dont wish him well.
He definitely deserves a Noble Price. He is actually making decisions without any reservations. In the first place, those people who mostly helped him financially with his candidacy were artists and Oprah, not big companies with hidden agendas, so he does not need to protect any of the latter. So right now, Obama is functioning well. It is just sad that he is there to clean up the mess Bush did. He could have been more productive without this mess.
He has done nothing to deserve Nobel prize.
How many lives has he saved ? None.
I am democrat, but all about Obama is becaming patetic !
I want one too :) Apparently the Nobel Peace prize is being awarded to just about anyone.
Greetings from Germany!
yes .he"s really deserved to be a novel peace prize.he needs to change the whole world mistakes.
How wondrous that President Obama receives this encouragement and global affirmation to his ideals, now that the lustre has dulled from Election Day for many disgruntled Americans.
Hang in there, Mr. President! We still believe, and the world believes with you.
Yes, his message of hope ,change and peace is resonating world wide.
Congrats, Mr. President .
Many will support this decision but for the wrong reasons, the Nobel is supposed to be given to someone who has made an important contribution in the field and that has a trajectory. Mr. Obama may deserve it in the future IF and only IF he became the president that many expected to become, but only time will tell.
If a terrorist like the late Yasser Arafat can be awarded this prize, it's irrelevant whether someone deserves it...
Yes! He deserves it! Now he has more than ever the obligation to create peace on earth!
Good decision. He has already transformed the global perspective of the global peace. Firstly it shows what powerful people can achieve by talking the right tones. That is solid achievement in the case of Obama because he used every platform he had to project the way to more peace. secondly it paves way for more peace than war.
Too early, too hasty and just too much of nonsense – this one. Very poor choice
He might deserve it in a couple of years. We have to wait and see what he does and what impact it will have. Today definetely not.
May be there is no point for the question about " deserving " since it is a highly political prize as e all know. It is more a question wheather it fits to your political views or not
yes, I do think obama was the right choice. The great philosopher, Confucius once said, ¨ He who excerises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the North Polar Star, which keeps it's place and all other stars turn toward it¨. we have that star now leading the way!!
This is one stupidity of the Nobel Prize History. The Nobel comittiees must be able to have some common sense. Or none of us would appreciate people who got the prize. Obama has not done anything concrete yet for eliminating the nuclear weapons. And they should know which country has ever used the nuclear weapons actually in our human history. He must visit Japan and make us convinced that his resolution is truely done. Show the concrete results! This decision is so stupid. Out of question!