A Nobel Peace Sur-Prize

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

President Obama has been in office less than a year, but he's already receiving a Nobel Peace Prize.

The Nobel committee is praising him for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

This comes as a surprise to many, as some say the award was given for promises and not actual accomplishments.

"So, what they're saying is they're giving him the prize for what he hopes to accomplish or might accomplish rather than any list of accomplishments. That's what makes it a strange choice for the Nobel Peace Prize," Dr. Napp Nazworth, a political science professor at Marietta College, said.

Dr. Nazworth says the prize may criticize the Bush administration more than actually awarding the President.

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  • by Toad Belcher Location: P-burg on Oct 15, 2009 at 07:38 AM
    The Nobel peace prize is a joke, it is going to look funny if he is not able to live up to the excpectations since this thing award was given to him prematurely.
  • by me on Oct 10, 2009 at 11:00 AM
    what has this sob done to deserve such a prize. by giving it to him they have made this prize worthless. their has been many people who have done work for peace who have risked their lives for it who never got it, this person did NOTHING and they give it to him. just shows they will give it to anyone. what a waste and an insult to the people who actually deserve it.
  • by jim on Oct 9, 2009 at 07:14 PM
    president won a award whoopeee!!! who cares!! what in the world did he do to get it last time I checked NOTHING!!!!! He's nothing but a hypocrit! making promise he couldn't keep just to get elected.
  • by Timm Location: R on Oct 9, 2009 at 06:37 PM
    Actually, after searching for the mentioned documentary since I didn't know it off the top of my head ('An Inconvenient Truth'?), it seems Gore did not win a Nobel for his "fictional" documentary, per the first MSNBC article when googling "al gore nobel peace prize". Fictional? Yeah, whatever. Al Gore, obsessive with climate? Yeah, he seems to be. A hypocrite? Maybe, I don't know; but doesn't change what he tries to get across. I agree that it's likely way too early to even consider a Nobel for Obama, but, does anyone really think Bush had the diction to get a US inspection of some Iran nuclear-energy facility? There's a few things Obama's done that're great; a couple he's gone back on; and definitely a lot that can't be determined one way or another until 3 more years go by. At least. But I think he was just given early what he will deserve.
  • by Todd Location: Osborne on Oct 9, 2009 at 04:10 PM
    Nominations for potential winners of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize ended on February 1. The president took office only 12 days earlier on January 20. Sorry but after giving this to hypocrite Al Gore for a fictional documentary, this Norwegian group lost all credibility. This just further extends that analysis.
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