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Did President Barack Obama deserve the Nobel Peace Prize this early in his term?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on December 11, 2009

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“No, not at all. Just because I think that he should prove himself more. I think there are other people out there who deserve it more.”

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“He hasn’t done anything. It was a purely political decision to give him that. The prize was given to him because he wasn’t Bush.”

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“I think if he is trying to achieve peace as one of his objectives as president, perhaps he deserves it.”

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“I think whether I believe he deserved it is not really the issue. The Nobel committee would seem to think so.”

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Bob Harvey 4 years, 10 months ago

Donnuts, when was Guantanamo closed? This should be headline news.

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commuter 4 years, 10 months ago

Besides becoming President of the US, h hasn't done anything when he nominated.

I have a suggestion- go into your bosses office and tell him/her that you deserve an award and cash prize for something you hope to accomplish within the next four years. see how that goes. My boss loved it and I thought my sense of humor is great.

Have a great day/

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jumpin_catfish 4 years, 10 months ago

Paul the lawyer spoke exactly the way you would think a lawyer would answer with a non-answer. Hell no he didn't deserve it and any person who would say he did, said so only if they were stupid, completely uninformed or have drinking the liberal kool-aid way too long.

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jonas_opines 4 years, 10 months ago

"I have a suggestion- go into your bosses office and tell him/her that you deserve an award and cash prize for something you hope to accomplish within the next four years. see how that goes."

I'd just go out and get a bank loan.

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gphawk89 4 years, 10 months ago

“I think if he is trying to achieve peace as one of his objectives as president, perhaps he deserves it.”

Hmmm... One of my objectives is to be the first person to achieve trillionaire status. Should everyone be heaping praise on me just for saying this is one of my goals?

My answer to the title question: NO!

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craigers 4 years, 10 months ago

Nope. Maybe if he actually gets something done in 4 years like ending Afganistan war, getting us out of Iraq completely, etc.

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Kyle Neuer 4 years, 10 months ago

"The prize was given to him because he wasn’t Bush.”

DingDingDing! We have a winner!

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grammaddy 4 years, 10 months ago

The Nobel Prize was given to him by an international committee for bringing all the world's peoples together.Maybe Americans ae too caught up in trashing their leaders that they cannot see him as the rest of the world does. The decision to give him the prize was made only 11 days after the inauguration took place. So no, it wasn't given to him for anything he has done in office. Sometimes it's more about potential than any concrete action. This man has the potential to unite the world for the goodness of mankind, if people would stop putting him on some kind of pedestal and then griping because he turned out NOT to be the Saviour.

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Plurilingual 4 years, 10 months ago

Obama's amount of time in office at the point of his nomination is a fairly irrelevant fact. The Nobel Committee is not constrained to considering only his actions after being elected or inaugurated.

But, that still doesn't mean that I think he deserved it. Obviously, the Nobel Committee felt otherwise.

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M. Lindeman 4 years, 10 months ago

grammaddy (Anonymous) says…

The Nobel Prize was given to him by an international committee for bringing all the world's peoples together.Maybe Americans ae too caught up in trashing their leaders that they cannot see him as the rest of the world does. The decision to give him the prize was made only 11 days after the inauguration took place. So no, it wasn't given to him for anything he has done in office. Sometimes it's more about potential than any concrete action. This man has the potential to unite the world for the goodness of mankind, if people would stop putting him on some kind of pedestal and then griping because he turned out NOT to be the Saviour.

rdragon writes:

You typed all that with a straight face?!? It used to be you received the Nobel Peace Prize for your accomplishments, not for what the panel hopes you might do. There shouldn't one person on this board taking the side of the Nobel committee.

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jonas_opines 4 years, 10 months ago

Mozzarella string cheese! Y'all can take your elitist fancy-pants cheese and shove it!

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9070811 4 years, 10 months ago

Obama himself admitted that he didn't deserve the award.

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ksarmychick 4 years, 10 months ago

grammaddy-I have potential...so does my dog...should we be next in line for the nobel piece prize?

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Satirical 4 years, 10 months ago

I bet the pacifist Nobel committee is regretting their decision after Obama's announcement of the build-up in Afghanistan, and after listening to his acceptance speech which was reminiscent of Bush. Political pundits say Obama is maturing into his role as C&C. Let's hope this change is genuine.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 10 months ago

"The Nobel Prize was given to him by an international committee for bringing all the world's peoples together." Can you give us an example of that? Sounds like moonbeams and koolaid to me....

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jaywalker 4 years, 10 months ago

"The Nobel Prize was given to him by an international committee for bringing all the world's peoples together."

"...it wasn't given to him for anything he has done in office. Sometimes it's more about potential than any concrete action."

In a post that was nothing more than an amalgamation of contradictions, this one was my favorite.

"This man has the potential to unite the world for the goodness of mankind, if people would stop putting him on some kind of pedestal"

But then again, this one was pretty freakin' funny too, with the rim shot ending on "Saviour".

Wow, grammaddy, just wow.

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Ronda Miller 4 years, 10 months ago

Cream cheese rules when smoked - the masses can afford it and it helps the paper stick together while rolling. Sometimes a bit of jam (ideally Jamaican) really adds to the entire experience. What it adds, I don't remember.......

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Kontum1972 4 years, 10 months ago

for those of you who cannot understand why 30K of troops are going to Afghanistan rent the DVD "Charlie Wilsons War" or check out the book @ your local library or Google Congressman Charlie Wilson and he will explain it too you. The other night on Charlie Rose Gen McKristol laid out the plan of why they need 30K of troops...in laymans terms to overwhelm the ememy, and beat them so the real heroes can come home to their families...those of us who are veterans understand this and u arm-chair warriors dont have a clue...u just complain and complain, remember this is an all volunteer military, the knew when they raised their right hand and took that oath they can be sent in anywhere in a moments notice...."Duty, Honor,Country".

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Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 10 months ago

I think he deserved it. President Barrack Hussein Obama has shown a willingness to travel both within this country and abroad, and listen to what people have to say. He respects other cultures and religions and it shows. His acceptance was spot on. He said what needed to be said. He did not back away from anything. This is a man who owns himself and his office.

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jonas_opines 4 years, 10 months ago

"The boy enjoys the string cheese. I admit to sneaking a few for myself."

Don't be ashamed of the ghetto! Try some stuffed crust pizza, it's string cheese baked into crust! hooah!

““The Nobel Prize was given to him by an international committee for bringing all the world's peoples together.””

"Huh. Did not know that."

Well, we all know he would have already, with his fairy dust, if not for teh eevil rapoobleecans.

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georgiahawk 4 years, 10 months ago

Tom, why "Mack-Daddy"? Where does that come from?

Oh, by the way, I believe you were the first blogger to mention Palin. Are you in love? I think she might tear you up in bed!

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jonas_opines 4 years, 10 months ago

Unless she quit halfway through. (zing!)

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 10 months ago

Dear Leader bowed for the King of Saudi Arabia & the emperor of Japan, but stiffed the king of Norway. He's kinda selective when it comes to his politeness.

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Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 10 months ago

For the first time in my adult life I am proud of my president. I thank God that he was elected. Never underestimate the value of a strong family. President Obama has the intelligence, skills and knowledge to bring about change. I believe in this man.

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Ronda Miller 4 years, 10 months ago

Gosh, I hope hitme wasn't referring to me and smokin cream cheese....

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DMH1983 4 years, 10 months ago

"According to Nobel's will, the Peace Prize should be awarded to the person who:

“ during the preceding year [...] 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."

This indicates that action is what should be evaluated, not intention. So what did BO do in 2008 to deserve this award? NADA! Heck, Jimmy Carter's NPP make more sense! What a joke!

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Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 10 months ago

These words taken from the Nobel prize acceptance speech make it clear why I have such respect for President Obama. He has a vision of what ought to be that is contained within the reality of the situation. He does not deny and does not accept.

"But we do not have to think that human nature is perfect for us to still believe that the human condition can be perfected. We do not have to live in an idealized world to still reach for those ideals that will make it a better place. The non-violence practiced by men like Gandhi and King may not have been practical or possible in every circumstance, but the love that they preached -- their fundamental faith in human progress -- that must always be the North Star that guides us on our journey.

For if we lose that faith -- if we dismiss it as silly or naïve; if we divorce it from the decisions that we make on issues of war and peace -- then we lose what's best about humanity. We lose our sense of possibility. We lose our moral compass.

Like generations have before us, we must reject that future. As Dr. King said at this occasion so many years ago, "I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history. I refuse to accept the idea that the 'isness' of man's present condition makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal 'oughtness' that forever confronts him." Let us reach for the world that ought to be -- that spark of the divine that still stirs within each of our souls. " If you hate our President then you must also hate Dr. King and all he stood for.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 10 months ago

This just in, Dear Leader has won the 2011 Football World Cup (just him, no team).

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LogicMan 4 years, 10 months ago

"Why were the Russians lobbing missiles over Norway when Obama was there?"

I too believe the timing was no coincidence.

Where did the remains of the missile come down?

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M. Lindeman 4 years, 10 months ago

Irish (Irish Swearingen) says…

I think he deserved it. President Barrack Hussein Obama has shown a willingness to travel both within this country and abroad, and listen to what people have to say. He respects other cultures and religions and it shows. His acceptance was spot on. He said what needed to be said. He did not back away from anything. This is a man who owns himself and his office.

rdragon writes:

You made me spit my ice tea all over my keyboard when I read your post. My God, do you even pay attention to anything going on here in our Country? If you choose to keep those blinders on that is your choice, but I would hope you and those like you don't vote again. EVER!

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M. Lindeman 4 years, 10 months ago

Irish (Irish Swearingen) says…

For the first time in my adult life I am proud of my president. I thank God that he was elected. Never underestimate the value of a strong family. President Obama has the intelligence, skills and knowledge to bring about change. I believe in this man.

rdragon writes:

It's great that you can believe in something. As for having the (telligence, skill and knowledge to bring about change) we are seeing some of the changes he wants. The people are beginning to get concerned over the changes this man and his adminstration want.

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jumpin_catfish 4 years, 10 months ago

grammaddy pull your head out of the kool-aid, you're drowning, seriously you're almost out air.

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TopJayhawk 4 years, 10 months ago

Can you really smoke cream cheese? Rhonda said something about it sticking the paper togather when you roll it, or something like that. Gonna go to the store and get me some.

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Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 10 months ago

Well, grammaddy what do you think? Should we keep our mouths shut and mind our own business like a proper old, that is to say, senile, woman ought to? Ha! I'm old and I'm bold, Don't do what I'm told, Speak my own mind, Best way I find.

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TopJayhawk 4 years, 10 months ago

Jumpin' I think her hair is turning purple too. Maybe it is purple-passion she is soaking her cranium in. That would explain alot.

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TopJayhawk 4 years, 10 months ago

I ate some Alma string cheese the other day. It produced a strong Kansas wind that smelled strangly like the old DuPont plant that used to be here.

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TopJayhawk 4 years, 10 months ago

Irish. We will extend you that courtesy. Too bad the mesiah does not want to extend that courtesy to others.

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lwctown 4 years, 10 months ago

Yea probably so...the world was so relieved at the fact Bush was out of office Obama probably deserved it just because he kept another republican out of the office.

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Sparko 4 years, 10 months ago

Obama was merely surrogate for an award conferred upon the United States. The rest of the world has such hopes and aspirations about our return to responsible government. This was not something Obama sought; it is however something about which Americans can be proud.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 10 months ago

This just in, Dear Leader has won the 1932 Kentucky Derby. He actually got win, place and show.

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TopJayhawk 4 years, 10 months ago

Snap And that was really quite a feat because I heard Dear Leader got off to a late start as ACORN was registering the horse to vote just before the race.

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TopJayhawk 4 years, 10 months ago

He should win the award again because I hear he hopes to win the race again sometime in the next four yrs.

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RKLOG 4 years, 10 months ago

“I think whether I believe he deserved it is not really the issue. The Nobel committee would seem to think so.”

— Paul Klepper, attorney, Lawrence

Bingo!

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gyroduck 4 years, 10 months ago

He isn't going to get a peace prize later in his term so he might want to take advantage now.

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