posted by GeoT
“for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”
Nobel Committee Chairman Explains Obama Choice
“OSLO — President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a stunning decision designed to encourage his initiatives to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world and stress diplomacy and cooperation rather than unilateralism.
Nobel observers were shocked by the unexpected choice so early in the Obama presidency, which began less than two weeks before the Feb. 1 nomination deadline.”
“There are few leaders who have managed to change the atmosphere in the world in such a short time,” (Shimon Peres former Nobel Peace prize winner)
Israeli President Shimon Peres — who shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995 — escorts then-Sen. Barack Obama during the presidential candidate’s visit to Jerusalem on July 23, 2008.
GeoT: **my opinion**
Yes its an honor and yes, putting diplomacy back in FRONT of U.S. foreign policy is vitally important… but, seriously, a misguided, or rather a mistimed awarding of the prize, in my opinion. This President has the bulk of the work he needs to do ahead of him… the accolades can wait. This will be fodder for further sniping from the wing-nuts and a distraction from the vital issues on the table.
That’s my take… my fellow bloggers here at 44 Diaries will be giving their perspectives as the morning unfolds
Ogenec has weighed in:
GeoT, I disagree. You have to ask yourself this question: why did they award the Nobel? A variety of reasons to be sure, but in particular they cited his commitment to reducing the nuclear arsenal.
When you think about it, it makes complete sense. Alfred Nobel created dynamite. He later grew to resent the fact that he owed his wealth to weapons used for the mass destruction of human life. Well, nuclear devices are the ultimate form of mass destruction. The Committee must have looked at this and said, this is EXACTLY what Alfred Nobel would be fighting for if he were still alive.
Obama’s nuclear reduction efforts have enormous implications for world peace, and are consistent with the animating principles of the Nobel prizes. It’s quite fitting that he got the award. Now other leaders should step up and assist Obama in pulling the world back from the nuclear precipice.
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This whole uproar reminds me of the reports when Martin Luther King Jr. got awarded the prize or even Jimmy Carter or Al Gore. Many folks in this country ridiculed and scorned them for winning. As if him winning was an insult to them and their party.
The way I see this, its a simple fact of how differently the world views Barack Obama, versus the way people in our own country view him. In parts of the country and in the Republican party he is viewed with suspicion, disdain and anger, so even when he does or accomplishes something good, his motives are questioned. Even last week, when global polling showed that due to Obama the US had moved up from number seven to the number one spot of countries that the world admired, this jump according to the pollster was unprecedented in one year, and could only be attributed to the election of Obama. Did this make the right wing naysayers happy? No, they just accused him of traveling around the world apologizing for American.
The reaction from the right wing today is no less shameful than when they gleefully cheered when we lost the 2016 Olympic bid last week. Just ask yourself this. If today President McCain, after only being in office 9 months, had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, what would the right-wing be doing? You got it, popping the champagne cork right about now…
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“Excellence is not a destination; it is a continuous journey that never ends.” –Brian Tracy
Congratulations Mr. President.
As an American I am proud that President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. From the day he started his campaign for the Presidency, nearly three years ago, Barack Obama set a new and bold tone in politics. He refused to play the old political games and he never stooped to personal attacks, though he was assailed by them very frequently from Reverend Wright to Bill Ayers. Obama handled the vitriol with grace and poise. Barack Obama said we are not comprised of red states and blue states but the United States of America. He wanted to unite, not divide. The same tone underlies the President’s foreign diplomacy. The world, including our allies who had been intimidated by eight years of bullying cowboy diplomacy, are relieved to see the U.S. now has a President who will listen to others. One who will use peaceful conflict resolution to build bridges between countries and connections between different people.
Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama is the world’s way of thanking the United States for getting rid of the lying, murderous, warmongering neocons who ran this country and the rest of the globe, for eight long, dark and dangerous years.