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radbwana wrote:
One should not forget that it is the Swedes who give the Nobel Prizes for science, etc. Norway gives the peace prize as nothing more than a socialist political statement.

Obama getting the Nobel for his international groveling is comparable to Nevile Chamberlain having received it (which he didn't) for signing Britain over to the Nazis with the stroke of a pen.

Such Norwegian "phoney baloney"is only taken seriously by the liberals -- Chris Matthews must be having another one of those Obama tingles running up his leg.

Perhaps the President can give the prize money to his former client, ACORN.


Posted by: radbwana | October 9, 2009 7:54 AM

World events are moving SO quickly. Far from being a do-nothing President, From Day One, Obama has tried to win with ideas, logic and reason instead of bluster, threat and swagger. Isn't the the kind of world we all want to live in? Ghandi said, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." Obama is walking the walk.

Only time will tell if the Nobel Committee was wrong with its timing. We'd better hope they were right.

Posted by: iachimo | October 9, 2009 7:57 AM

This has to be the stupidest thing I've seen in the news all year.

I mean, the guy has accomplished exactly NOTHING in regard to ANYTHING. And he gets this now-worthless "prize".

Ridiculous. If I were President Obama, I would be shocked and embarrassed.

Posted by: ZZim | October 9, 2009 7:58 AM

A new low and embarrassment - nominated within weeks of the inauguration - the liberal obsession and cult of personality knows no limits - the hero worship is nothing short of nauseating - US President for 9 months with zero accomplishments other than an uncontrollable, radical obsession of the left with the 'divine' President - Continental Europe and the shamelessly political Nobel Committee always do their best to shame America, promote weakness, promote the left, and have clearly done well in picking Obama - in the past they had much more credibilty selecting candidates with actual accomplishments or who have survived torture i.e. the Dalai Lama or even President Carter who decades after ACTUAL accomplishments recieved the award. Obama? Nothing other than ambivalence and apologizing on behalf of America - so pathetic its beyond words. Nice way to intervene a faltering administration.

Perhaps he can skip some other rules and qualify for canonization and sainthood in his first term also.

Also nice to see a President diss and decide not to see a real laureate, Dalai Lama, and for his weakness and capitulation, he is awarded a Nobel Peace prize himself. Pathetic.

Posted by: vipermd | October 9, 2009 7:58 AM

After the shameful leadership and performance that we and the world have endured for eight years, the contrast is eminently refreshing, which is what this European beacon is signaling. It recognizes that America _does_ have better angels in its nature.

Posted by: Pangraz | October 9, 2009 7:58 AM

In order to answer this question honestly, you need two pieces of information:

1. The bio's from the other 200 nominees so that you can appraise and compare each.

2. The criteria for choosing the "winner". Is it based on accomplishments over a lifetime? accomplishments over the past year? Or is it based on perception of possible accomplishements in the future?

Posted by: MDLaxer | October 9, 2009 8:05 AM

Obama has ALREADY done a tremendous amount simply by changing the PARADIGM. We can no longer just run out and "kick butt" somewhere and then run back behind our borders.
the only way to get along in this ever-shrinking world is to have a much broader view. We are truly "ALL in this together." It's nice to now feel a part of this wonderful, complicated world, rather than just it's detached ruler...

Posted by: mmck | October 9, 2009 8:06 AM

Dear Washington Post,

I suppose President Obama received this endorsement of the path towards peace -- he has expressed. It would be better if we were further along that path before congratulating ourselves.

But, your graph displaying the votes here really does distort the results. You know better than this -- quit giving FOX and its cohorts ammunition to say you are biased. Seriously. Fix this!

Thanks. --SRS

Posted by: srswart | October 9, 2009 8:08 AM

Congratulations President Obama! You are a true WORLD Leader.

Posted by: pgl911rs | October 9, 2009 8:08 AM

Osiclaims acorn acorn socialism socialism....

there - we have the right wing response, since they cannot be happy for America when it means supporting our president. Something I believe they called treason when people questioned the previous resident when his administration roke myriad laws and lied to start wars.

One of the things that the world and many Americans found so disturbing about the bush cabal was their total disregard for the entirety of the flow of history and their disregard for the internation system of conflict resolution created by the United States in the 20th century. A system and set of ideas and ideals followed by every American president from FDR to Clinton. Every one regardless of party or ideology played from the same rulebook. A rulebook drafted from the foundation of American values and ideals. bush thought all the rules - those ones, the ones in the Constitution, the ones in American law, simply did not apply to him if he wanted to do something outside the rules. THAT is why the nobel commitee was moved to present this award to President Obama. He has moved in a short time, a time when he is also fixing the system of finance left in tatters by conservatives, while he is fixing the health care system left in tatters, the environmental policy of the US also left in tatters, moved in that short time to place the United States foursquare and center back in a place of leadership and moral authority stemming from our adherence to our own system of laws and values. He is leading by example, not by dropping bombs on anyone who dare disagree with him. A much stronger and far reaching way to affect democratic change and bring peace.

of course the rightards are frothing at the mouth because they do not understand American values. they do not understnad American history. they do not understand much of anything except screaming slogans in unison and hating whenever the United States succeeds. That and a good public tea bagging - they love that.

Posted by: John1263 | October 9, 2009 8:08 AM

A knee-jerk reaction to this news isn't worth much. It takes a little research to understand the rationale of the Nobel peace prize committee.

1. The committee said that for 108 years it had sought to stimulate precisely the international policy and attitudes for which Obama is now the world's leading spokesman.

That is to say, the prize is intended as both a representation of what the committee has been promoting and also a much-needed endorsement of Obama, a push in the direct direction.

2. On the other hand, the other candidates were less than impressive. The Guardian for example notes: "Speculation over potential winners had focused on Zimbabwe's prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, a Colombian senator and a Chinese dissident, along with an Afghan women's rights activist."

3. Those who want achievements instead of speeches and efforts, should be reminded that the world's most intractable problems are in Obama's lap through no doing of his own, but yes through the doings of the previous American president. He can try but if he doesn't succeed, it's not his fault.

Posted by: FedUp1 | October 9, 2009 8:10 AM

HAHA, way to go Nobel Committee, this is just going to drive the repubs batty!!.. just look at what they're posting on this site.. I can only imagine what is going on over at wingnut central command, aka The Dirty FOX, their heads must be exploding!!.. hahahahahahahahaha..

Posted by: VietVet68 | October 9, 2009 8:10 AM

This is obviously a political statement. He has good intentions but hasn't accomplished much. Takes away from other more formidable people who have won this award after accomplishing real change.

Posted by: DRo1 | October 9, 2009 8:11 AM

How disrespectful to mention Ghandi and Obama as being on the same level. I won't even go into how wrong that is on how many levels. Anyone who does, knows nothing of either man.

No one should be given a prize for what his hopes are; who doesn't hope for peace? The prize should go to someone who has actually accomplished something toward that end.

The Nobel prize has just been rendered meaningless. Meaningless. One more thing that has been stripped away from my kit bag of idealism. Thanks for nothing.

Posted by: kil_auren | October 9, 2009 8:12 AM

I congratulate the Nobel Prize Committee for this bold and correct choice to award President Obama the Nobel Peace Prize. His vision, leadership, and initiatives to promote peace and harmony among countries and peoples mired in war and violence deserved nothing less.

This is a great day for America and the world!

Posted by: ejazahmed32 | October 9, 2009 8:15 AM

The Nobel Peace Prize has become a joke. Obama deserves it as much as Paris Hilton deserves it for international "relations!"

Posted by: joeblotnik49 | October 9, 2009 8:15 AM

The right wing-roar has started. At least they didn't give it to Bush.

Posted by: Billy96 | October 9, 2009 8:16 AM

your graph is quite silly.
makes it look like Obama is certainly the Chosen One here in Washington Post land.
This Nobel prize bunch of people are all just liberal nothings. The prise is nothing spectacular.... at least that is how I see it.
I can think of many people then, that REALLY deserve this prise.... for instance the guy down the street from me in my neighborhood of Broadlands Virginia. He volunteers his time all year every year to do for disadvantaged people, mostly seniors, income tax forms (a huge headache and about to get worse). He does thousands for free.

Posted by: rdb2 | October 9, 2009 8:17 AM

Yes, Obama deserves the prize and the committee has expressed the hope of the world that rational thought and genuine respect for other cultures will lead us to peace.

Posted by: bjscot | October 9, 2009 8:18 AM

Congratulations Mr. President. Your racist Republican enemies will never forgive you for this. You're supposed to be a failure. They're ones who have failed.

Massively.

Posted by: cllrdr | October 9, 2009 8:19 AM

Nobel Committee did a fantastic thing. They send message to all world, multilateralism, respect and working together is the way of the future. Not destructive weapons everyone without one is trying obtain.

It is Prtesident Obama's passion for World Peace which Nobel Committee honored. Prsident Obama has brought Iran, North Korea, and Israel to the negotiating table instead of the belligerent rhetoric like "Axis Evil" "Dead or Alive". President Obama is saying let us resolve our issues and work on significant and dangerous golobal issues together, then only we can solve them.

Vision, working towards solving global problems with mutual respect and cooperation is what Noble Committee recognized. I am proud that our President won it and all of us should be.

Posted by: Maya2 | October 9, 2009 8:20 AM

The Washington Post should be ashamed of itself for even placing this poll in the paper. Instead of fomenting trouble with all its right-wing readers, the WaPo could, and should have, stuck with reporting the news. It is so sad to see what was once a fine paper reduced to tabloid journalism and Fox news shenanigans.

The courteous response to the selection of President Obama as the recipient of the Nobel Peace prize is a simple, "Congratulations, sir. Your bring honor to the United States of America and to all for which it stand."

Posted by: marmac5 | October 9, 2009 8:20 AM

When I heard the news this morning I actually thought it was a paraody skit...

The Nobel committee has really lost a lot of credibility....

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Posted by: oldnova | October 9, 2009 8:23 AM

This is an embarrassment to the Nobel Committee. Why don't we just rename the prize the Nobel Fanboy Prize?

By no rational criteria has Obama achieved anything in his entire life and professional career worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize. Even the ardent Obama acolytes cannot claim with a straight face that he deserves this prize at this stage of his presidency. This truly diminishes the prize.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | October 9, 2009 8:23 AM

No doubt Obama benefitted from not acting like George Bush. The path this country was on from 2001-2008 was toward an unending war with Islam (all 1.3 billion of them). Obama has taken steps to talk us down from a war footing to a more reasonable position that may enable us to focus on the terrorists who are a real threat rather than painting all Muslims with the same brush. Congratulations Mr. President. You may save the world from a terrible period of war which results in millions of deaths and expends all our nation's discretionary income that can be used for higher purposes to meet the needs of our citizens.

Posted by: cdierd1944 | October 9, 2009 8:25 AM

This is Orwellian. Obama is expanding the war in Afganistan. He is miffed that the Europeans will not support his Afgan war. Nothing has been accomplished since he took office;the Israelis mock and ignore him, Iraq is a mess, he is coy about Gitmo and torture therefore this prize is meaningless. This is more Obama baloney just like his soaring rhetoric in his speeches that make him think he has actually done something.

Posted by: jsands2 | October 9, 2009 8:26 AM

Congratulations Mr. President!

For all you right wing idiots out there I've got this to say in response to your ugly childish behavior - nanny nanny boo-boo, stick your head in dodo! Now, we are on a level playing field, I have lowered myself to your standard - ain't it pretty? Shall we continue? You do realize we won't accomplish anything by this behavior don't you?

Get back in your caves and let the rest of us carry on!

Posted by: Kathy5 | October 9, 2009 8:26 AM

Premature a little? I mean, for goodness sakes, even the Church waits until someone has passed to make them a saint. Perhaps they'll make a exception for Obama, though. As a Democrat and patriotic American, I'm embarrassed beyond belief.

Posted by: rhwest | October 9, 2009 8:27 AM

For those of you who were asleep, sick or off of the planet for the past nine years, Bush and Cheney conducted cowboy diplomacy which treated the world like a bunch of school yard bullies. That part of the world that did not hate us, had no respect for us. We now have a president who is intelligent, reasonable, and realizes that we are a part of the world. He has caused a tsunami in how the world views us and how we can move ahead.

Posted by: roscym1 | October 9, 2009 8:29 AM

One should heed the disclaimer as to the poll's statistical validity. The rants of the malcontented (as represented by the comments posted here in the Post) are a better representation of the true feelings of the sample, and certainly not of the populace as a whole. Bitterness reigns!

Posted by: Geezer4 | October 9, 2009 8:29 AM

Congratulations, Mr. President! And as a bonus, you know that the right wing whack jobs (Krauthammer, Gerson, Rove, Hannity, O'Reilly, Boortz, Coulter, Malkin) will be spinning like tops over this!

Well done!

Posted by: mlipsius | October 9, 2009 8:29 AM

The Post should take down this poll, as the Nobel Peace Prize is not a public contest. The Nobel Committee has stated their reasons for awarding the Peace Prize to President Obama. The opinion of others is irrelevant to the award, and this poll will only attract those seeking to further divide the country and embarrass the President. Take it down and let the country enjoy this most refreshing moment on the world stage.

Posted by: chuckwarnock | October 9, 2009 8:31 AM

All I can say is...

HOW?

Obama has done absolutely NOTHING!

This guy gets more mileage from hope speeches than anyone else in the history of the world.

It's ironic that he has done even less than Bush for world peace.

The Nobel Peace prize is now at a new low in terms of relevance.

Posted by: postfan1 | October 9, 2009 8:33 AM

By starting at a base of 45% (as of this reading), your graphic grossly misrepresents the results of your poll. The "no" bar is four times as big as the "yes" bar, giving the visual impression that the vote must have gone 80-20 against Obama's Nobel. On the contrary, as of now the vote is 53-47 against. Whoever produced this graphic should re-read Edward Tufte's "The Visual Display of Quantitative Information."

Posted by: threefab | October 9, 2009 8:33 AM

It is time for the United States of America to regain her status in the eyes of the world as the leader, not the ruler of this planet. King George W. will live in infamy forever as the USA leads the march to freedom and prosperity. Congradulations! President Obama.

Posted by: neolib | October 9, 2009 8:34 AM

Those who say Obama has accomplished nothing so far simply lack the necessary understanding of world politics. Successes (and there are already quite a few despite the stupid SNL "nothing accomplished"-chorus) on the international arena, many more to be exptected in the future, are and will never be easily accessible, particularly not to those who still think America can "win" wars in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan. What is already distinguishing Barack Hussein (yes!) Obama from G.W. Bush is a deep grasp of the realm and challenges of international affairs, and there's is much more to be expected in the future if the american public gives him a chance to draw deliberately from his potential.

Posted by: observer62 | October 9, 2009 8:35 AM

Congratulations Mr. President.

Hey Wapo, might want to adjust the scale of your poll graph. It makes 4 percentage points look like 60 and it's sending the tinfoil hat teabagger crowd even further off the edge.

Posted by: mack1 | October 9, 2009 8:36 AM

The prize shouldn't be seen in the context of the last nine months, but of the last nine years.

It's just such a nice change to have a US president who doesn't think his job is to stir up war and trouble on behalf of the American armaments industry.

The prize is for Obama's effort to bring a giant rogue state back into the international fold.

I guess that just gives America's crazed Republicans twice as much reason to be angry about it.

But they're angry about everything all the time anyway. Let them froth, the world no longer wishes to deal with them ... in fact that's the real message of this prize.

Posted by: JenDray | October 9, 2009 8:36 AM

Jack and squat. Nuff said.

Posted by: dtestard | October 9, 2009 8:37 AM

Milli Vanilli would be proud.

Posted by: kingsra | October 9, 2009 8:38 AM

I voted for Obama and believe he won the Nobel peace prize only because his rational view of the world is so much a relief when compared to the irrational views held by George W. Bush. Unfortunately, in my mind, that is not sufficient to justify the prize even though we welcome the change.

Posted by: ianmac37 | October 9, 2009 8:39 AM

Someone made comment that the graph is misleading, but it really isn't if you know how to read a graph.

This type of graph highlights the difference, not the complete number of votes and is appropriate when viewing percentages.

Posted by: gconrads | October 9, 2009 8:39 AM

SNL should be interesting this week.

Posted by: lkirk | October 9, 2009 8:40 AM

Wonderful! If we can all contribute to change we will see and say more positives.

Posted by: realitygirl2 | October 9, 2009 8:40 AM

why is graph not drawn to scale? The vote is 51 - 49 no and the graph looks like an overwhelming number of "voters' said no

Posted by: spitts1 | October 9, 2009 8:41 AM

The graph is purposely designed to make it appear that there are a huge number of no votes and demonstrates obvious bias.

Posted by: fingersfly | October 9, 2009 8:41 AM

When was he nominated is the key question here. If her were nominated just two weeks into the office, the win is ridiculous and we should be embarrassed. If the vote were just days ago, the win is ridiculous and we should be embarrassed. How could anyone in their right mind think this novice--author, president, two-year senator, deserve the Nobel Prize...simply that he can deliver a speech! OMG!

Posted by: jobro2 | October 9, 2009 8:42 AM

radbwana, with the over the top imagery, is a Moron. Are the black helicopters circling your Mother's basement?

Posted by: mjwies11 | October 9, 2009 8:42 AM

Of course Obama deserves it. Now the question is, with such pedestrian polls and distorted graphic representations, does The Post deserve my readership?

Posted by: DC_Grrl | October 9, 2009 8:43 AM

The award completely removes any validity to the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel committee awarded their prize to a "perceived rock star", based on their liberal beliefs. This unfortunate award will cheapen future awards to those really deserving.

Posted by: topgun97365 | October 9, 2009 8:44 AM

As a middle of the road European, not a right-wing American, I thought it was a parody skit too. When scientists truly earn their Nobel prize through years of very hard work and coming up with discoveries of real value to society, the Peace Prize is given to someone who has achieved absolutely nothing as yet. This has not only devalued the Peace Prize but the Nobel Prizes in their entirety. They have lost their credibility which is a shame for those who truly deserve recognition for years of hard work. And to a man who hasn't even got the guts to meet the Dalai Llama.

Posted by: pandas1 | October 9, 2009 8:44 AM

I too WISH for peace and goodwill among men...

Where's my Nobel?....

What a joke.

Posted by: kentuckythunder | October 9, 2009 8:45 AM

I guess those beers with that Boston COP and Gates (the racists professor) were more meaningful than I thought.

Name one (not 20, not 10, not 5, not 3) f--ing thing this imbecile has done to promote world peace. What an embarrassment to the entire Nobel organization and to all those who genuinely deserve it.

Forget that - we know that's BS. Name one ACCOMPLISHMENT this putrid administration has had, with full control of both houses no less. This is THE MOST INCOMPETENT A-HOLE TO OCCUPY THE WHITE HOUSE SINCE CARTER.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | October 9, 2009 8:45 AM

This is a clear recognition of the deviation from the past eight years of both internal and external terrorism perpetrated by the previous administration. The award is truly a challenge Obama has to strive to live up to. The world will certainly be a better place at the end of it all based on the coperation of Iran and other nations. The international community is getting less polarized.

ANdy

Posted by: Andy27 | October 9, 2009 8:46 AM

I do wonder if all the people writing and voting here do actually read this (or another) newspaper, too - or just occupy the space to pretend the right-wingers are more than they are...

Posted by: KorneliaKoronetz | October 9, 2009 8:46 AM

I congratulate the Nobel Prize Committee for this bold and correct choice to award President Obama the Nobel Peace Prize. His vision, leadership, and initiatives to promote peace and harmony among countries and peoples mired in war and violence deserved nothing less.

This is a great day for America and the world!
******************************************

Hear.hear!
...a American expat from Australia

Posted by: dv8cowboy2 | October 9, 2009 8:47 AM

Pacifism combined with socialism is entirely different than bringing peace to any great extent worldwide worthy of such a recognition. I guess the committee felt sorry for Odrama's lack of ability to bring the Olympics to Chicago so they handed him a consolation prize. Stokely Carmichael would have been a better choice.

Posted by: euripedes | October 9, 2009 8:47 AM

You have got to be kidding! He has accomplished zero (yet)! He may be a great President, but we cannot tell that after just 8 months. Awarding the prize that has gone to Mandella, Tutu, Mother Teresa, etc., to Obama because he has "potential" is very unfortunate.

Posted by: Revcain777 | October 9, 2009 8:49 AM

Your readers may not have gotten the memo, but they actually do not have a vote in all of this. The Nobel Peace Prize is determined by people who are taking a longer view of things than the bitterly divided and largely uninformed American populace, who allow their opinions to be shaped by nitwits like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh. From the perspective of someone who lives in the Middle East, I can say that the overwhelming consensus of people here is that Obama has made a huge difference in making the U.S., once again, a champion in the interests of peace. He richly deserves this honor, and gives us every reason to hope for more accomplishments in the future.

Posted by: jwm8 | October 9, 2009 8:49 AM

Of course he deserves it.

Congratulations Mr President - now with Gods will, Sir, stay the course.

We are all numb bone tired of war.

Posted by: PeterBTaylor | October 9, 2009 8:51 AM

FIX THE GRAPH.

Posted by: rangerjoe1971 | October 9, 2009 8:51 AM

I didn't realizing they were now awarding a Nobel Prize for Rhetoric.

Posted by: kilgore_nobiz | October 9, 2009 8:52 AM

Amusing--an online poll by a bunch of keyboard kommandos second-guessing the Nobel committee. Can we please allow President Obama his moment?

Posted by: marciamac1 | October 9, 2009 8:52 AM

I'm looking at the graphic here and cannot figure out what you guys are trying to show?
The tiny slice of blue is supposed to be 50% and the huge slice of red is supposed to be 50% and the scale at the bottom is......
WHAT?

Posted by: Tomcat3 | October 9, 2009 8:53 AM

This is so funny that even Matt Lauer was trying not to laugh. I thought that the Peace Prize was awarded to someone who had actually achieved something. This is obviously being given for what he says he will do. I want to develope a cure for cancer. Can I have my Nobel prize now?

Posted by: VaBroker | October 9, 2009 8:56 AM

Does Obama deserve to win? What kind of question is that? Does the US deserve a president of such intelligence and high principles? Guess what, Americans, you need to wake up, turn off Fox News and the like [and the junky Fox shows that retard your minds] and realize that most of the world respects and esteems President Obama for the hope he inspires and the changes he can bring if given sufficient support. He is such a change from the old politics that it is breathtaking. Thank you, Nobel committee.

Posted by: insighter | October 9, 2009 8:56 AM

Yes & No. I voted yes (whats with the graph?). He does deserve the prize for taking a ginormous (gigantic/enormous) step towards peace involving the whole world. People had concrete peace results within a community. The President has took that step towards world peace. Bringing all nations to the table to talk. Thats a achievement itself. Yes its only talk with no results, just yet. But its a huge step he took towards world peace.

Posted by: joe0341 | October 9, 2009 8:57 AM

First, Congrauluation to our President Obama!, I think it shows there are far too few people working and speaking toward peace in this world, with so little to choose from, I think President Obama is a fair choice and hope he does more for peace in the years to come.

Cherish Life,
Larry J. King

Posted by: snitchonmurder | October 9, 2009 8:58 AM

I think this shows how the world (Norway at least) still looks to the United States for leadership. It may also show just how upset some people were at the direction of the United States under George Bush and how much they welcome the change under Obama, even it is mostly words so far.

Posted by: Dadmeister | October 9, 2009 8:58 AM

This action spoils for me the value of the Nobel prize. The award reminds me of how we chose the King and Queen in my high school class -- it was strictly a popularity context.

Posted by: JerryB2 | October 9, 2009 9:00 AM

Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile)
Thursday, October 8th at 10:26PM EDT
When I was a teenager, my friends and I joked about NAMBLA, the North American Man/Boy Love Association.
Until I was in my twenties, I thought my friends had just made it up. Surely there was no such organization that campaigned
to allow open sexual relations between boys and men — a concept that did not just involve statutory rape, but offended
the profound decency of a moral public.
Sadly, NAMBLA is very real and today steps right out of the darkest pits of immoral human behavior and straight
into the White House. Sean Hannity has been all over this story and we are just now coming to terms with how sick and demented
the thinkings and associations of White House Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings are.
To be sure, the left wing Media Matters, which is run by former conservative turned homosexual activist and left-wing icon David Brock,
is screaming from the rooftops that Sean Hannity is lying.
Hannity is not lying. Kevin Jennings is a profoundly sick and immoral human being — a proponent of statutory rape, an opponent of the Boy Scouts of America, and a zealous advocate of NAMBLA.
He is Barack Obama’s Safe Schools Czar. He is a supporter of men who openly and vocally support pedophilia.
Media Matters threw out a few talking points to defend Van Jones. But Media Matters is giving a full throated, aggressive defense
of Kevin Jennings. Why? Well, to paraphrase Wonkette, gay is the new black.
Van Jones was just a black guy. With a black President, resources did not need to be brought to bear to defend him. Kevin Jennings,
however, is not just a gay man, but a man who believes in the full gay rights agenda, where men and boys can have sexual relationships
free of prudish moral people frowning. Jennings has championed NAMBLA’s causes and lauded a pedophilia advocate.
He even wrote the forward to a book called “Queering Elementary Education.” That’s right, Jennings wrote the forward to a book
that, in its own description advocates the aggressive homosexual agenda among elementary school students. From the book:
“queering education happens when we look at schooling upside down and view childhood from the inside out.” No irony is intended
apparently in that description. Americans of moral decency should be stunned to know the President of the United States would put in charge of “safe schools,” a man who encourages predatory relationships between young boys and grown men.
Barack Obama has done exactly that. Has he no shame

Posted by: springco1 | October 9, 2009 9:00 AM

What a joke.

He won because he's NOT George Bush, which is a pretty pathetic way to win it. If I were the Dali, Kissinger, Lech Walesa, MLK's foundation, Mandela, Mother Teresa, Doctors Without Borders, UNICEF, good lord, need I go on...I would be throwing mine in the trash.

Of course Carter and Gore will keep theirs as they fall squarely into the same category as Obama.

I'm betting Bill Clinton is on oxygen and going into permanent therapy.

Posted by: flintston | October 9, 2009 9:02 AM

I wouldn't think it such an honor to be included in the list of fools and incompetents that have received this award. Totally meaningless.

Posted by: Lilycat1 | October 9, 2009 9:02 AM

The vote was taken when Obama was only a couple of weeks into his presidency. What had he done then? Won an election by being marketed by Axelrod as a "new, better presidential product." Not really closed Gitmo with a flourish of his pen?

First, Gore. Now, Obama. Confirms the Nobel is awarded for chicanery.

Posted by: judithod | October 9, 2009 9:03 AM

President Barack Obama deserves the Nobel Peace Prize since he has moved faster than any U.S. President in history to make the world's leaders, and citizens of various countries, understand that we share one planet and peace is an absolute necessity, if we're going to survive. President Obama also deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for quickly reversing the war mongering policies of his predecessor, which almost irreparably damaged the position of the United States as a leader on the world stage. Congratulations, President Obama - I salute you.

Posted by: Caliguy55 | October 9, 2009 9:03 AM

You have got to be kidding me....What has he done!!!!!
The Leader has done nothing but apologize for America's international actions over the last 100 years. Actions we should never apologize for, we saved millions of europeans from speaking German and now this idiot apologizes.
He is super critical of most decisions made by past administrations, yet he expands on their ill-conceived policies.

HE IS THE WORST PRESIDENT EVER.....HANDS DOWN!!!
This is an embarassment for this country!

Posted by: mmixon27 | October 9, 2009 9:03 AM

In the 21st century, peace makes more sense than war. Ask a soldier, or the soldiers mother and children if war makes sense. War causes more war. In the eyes of the world, the US is the gravest danger, the most aggressive, the only nation to inflict the horrors of nuclear war on any population. I am grateful that Obama has pointed more of us toward peace. Now he must earn the prize. Sorry Military Industrial Complex - you are so 19th Century!

Posted by: Too2much | October 9, 2009 9:05 AM

President Obama deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for just removing the Republican War Criminals from power, Bush "The Moron" to be followed by Old Man McCain and his idiotic choice of Palin "I can see Russia from my house" moron! Just that alone qualifies, it is a better world for all humans everywhere! For those who hate President Obama, tell me one President in recent history, even FDR, who has inherited a greater nightmare of economic, financial and foreign policy fiascos left by Bush-Cheney than President Obama? At least with President

Posted by: kemcb | October 9, 2009 9:05 AM

This is a JOKE. What success have his peace overtures had. And get rid of Nuclear weapons/; it'll never happen. Saying you wish it will NOT make it so. North Korea has kicked sand in his face, Iran test launches a missile right after Mr. Obama puts them to task for a secret nuclear facility. He gets dumped by Hugo Chavez, and does nothing to defend his honor or our country. He is as useless as Jimmy Carter was. Giving him the Nobel Peace would be the same as giving it Nevil Chamberlain when he conceded the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia to Germany in hopes of peace - and then the world watched as the Germany army then roll in to Poland anyway. Strength ensures peace; not the starry eyed dreams and concessions of this fool...

Posted by: Starbuck61 | October 9, 2009 9:06 AM

I can see it now. Next year the co-winners will be the leaders of Iran and North Korea for showing remarkable restraint and not blowing up the world!!!

Posted by: lackmanh | October 9, 2009 9:06 AM

The only thing I have seen that he has done is break the United States of America.
Raising the national debt by 5 trillion.
Starting another war instead of ending the one he said he would. Told lies about health care, flu pandemic, and terriorist, maybe by bowing down to a foreign leader did it.

Posted by: Vic5440 | October 9, 2009 9:06 AM

Um... what has the President done to deserve this now worthless prize?

Posted by: ghostman | October 9, 2009 9:07 AM

From the Nobel website, how Alfred Nobel described the Peace prize in his will: "...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".

I do not believe President Obama has earned the prize based on Nobel's own requirements. He may someday deserve it. I believe this particular award was not for achievement, but is a pure political statement (they virtually said so when they said they hope it helps). I believe it also demonstrates an infatuation with a man who has yet to demonstrate his potential as President. Let us see in 2-4 years if President Obama can truely earn this accolade.

Posted by: marlendale | October 9, 2009 9:07 AM

Should have gone to TOTUS instead of POTUS!! That's who really deserved it!"-)

Posted by: jcvitucci | October 9, 2009 9:09 AM

Let's see: Obama has been in office for eight months with no foreign policy achievements, unless you count rhetoric, and gets a Nobel Peace Prize. Ronald Reagan sets in motion the ending of the Cold War without a shot being fired and the Nobel committee gives its prize to Gorbachev.

If anyone doubted that the Nobel committe is filled with a bunch of European leftists that doubt is now gone.

Posted by: bobkelly1 | October 9, 2009 9:09 AM

Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for what he has already done. He has acknowledged that the US is one nation among many. He is promoting that words of diplomacy and respect are far more effective then threats and bluster. In the short time he has been in office he has done far more to promote world peace then any President in our history. He has also acknowledged the danger posed by global warming and has stated his support in fighting climate change.

Those who can't see that are wearing blinders in their determination that the failed policies of the Bush administration should be continued.

Only the blind or the incredibly obstinate see value in the old Bush policies.

Posted by: reiley | October 9, 2009 9:10 AM

Pathetic! No other word can describe it. Has anyone else ever been awarded that distinction while having military fighting on foreign soil?
I'm wondering how all those unemployed in this nation feel about it, while the unemployment rate increases!

Posted by: SeniorVet | October 9, 2009 9:13 AM

I loved the graph with the tiny blue 50% and the huge 50%.

When Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Prize,a committee member called it "a kick in the leg" to the United States.

This prize continues to be an important piece of information.

Posted by: BobPolicy | October 9, 2009 9:15 AM

It is hard to vote definitively yes or no. My vote is "not sure.' I certainly have hopes that his track record will live up to what I believe the award is intended to recognize, but nmy reaction at the news was WHAT!!??

I know he is trying to get the country on the path toward a more positive influence for peace in the world and to have the US act as a partner with other nations. The jury is still out, in my mind, as to whether his efforts are suficient at this time to warrant such an award. - rolandel

Posted by: rolandel | October 9, 2009 9:15 AM

President Obama did not ask for this and was not seeking to obtain the Nobel Peace Award. He was chosen by someone who thought he deserved it. So why do we have so much negativity towards him for receiving it. Stop hating. I say congratulations Mr. President.

Posted by: brendah1 | October 9, 2009 9:17 AM

I think, more than anything, this prize was meant as a slap in the face to our previous President and his supporters. I think he and they deserved it. And I hope this "slap" has a good hard sting for them.

Posted by: rjciardo | October 9, 2009 9:18 AM

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to recipients whose works are aspirational. This is certainly true for President Obama. In addition, his short presidency has already impacted to the good how America is viewed in the world. Am I proud to have a president who wins this award over one who participates in a hoax to engage in a preemptive war? Of course. The decision is the Nobel Committee's to make. How nice it would be if we the electorate could see it as a bit of grace that removes the tarnish from America. And to the Washington Post: Please fix your bar graph so it does not appear so biased.

Posted by: jswift426 | October 9, 2009 9:20 AM

I was puzzled when Gore won the nobel peace prize. But now I can easily say that the nobel peace prize is a hoax and a political tool.

What next? Nobel Peace Prize for Ahmadinejad because he took a stand against Bush and Cheney.

Posted by: trumeau | October 9, 2009 9:22 AM

Of course, I am surprised as others are on hearing this news. But thinking about the President-- the type of campaign he conducted, his efforts in just eight months to reach out to the rest of the world-- on that alone, this honor is deserved.

Even if one reacts hawkish in a situation-- making peace should be the ultimate goal. The United States has nationals living all over the world. We must when possible lead by example.

This is a great day for peace! And a great day for the president. Yes, my congratulations to him are well deserved. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mbvv3R5oDdU

Posted by: Victoria5 | October 9, 2009 9:22 AM

Of course, I am surprised as others are on hearing this news. But thinking about the President-- the type of campaign he conducted, his efforts in just eight months to reach out to the rest of the world-- on that alone, this honor is deserved.

Even if one reacts hawkish in a situation-- making peace should be the ultimate goal. The United States has nationals living all over the world. We must when possible lead by example.

This is a great day for peace! And a great day for the president. Yes, my congratulations to him are well deserved. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mbvv3R5oDdU

Posted by: Victoria5 | October 9, 2009 9:23 AM

I understand that Obama was nominated for the Nobel since Spring. Pray tell, what did he do besides criticize America's past by then.
But we should share the President with the world. Maybe he could resign the Presidency and become Idol-Of-The-World instead. God knows nothing that he has done has benefited working Americans.

Posted by: sperrico | October 9, 2009 9:23 AM

Whether he deserves it or not - the award is a good thing.

Better to give the unhinged loonies on the right something shiny, but largely symbolic and meaningless, to focus their rage on -- time they spend whining because most of the world disagrees with them is less time for them to spend mucking up health care, financial oversight legislation, cap and trade, and any number of other things that matter.

Come to think of it, is there any way we might convince the Nobel committee to award Obama something on a weekly basis?

It would be win-win.

Rushbo and friends would get a consistent supply of fuel for their outrage mills, while the rest of us can focus on solving problems those they enabled for a generation created.

Posted by: zonk1 | October 9, 2009 9:24 AM

This is one President, that will cause thousands of sleepless nights for the wicked, the extreme racists and the greedy.
The Lord Almighty has upheld President Obama, knowing how wicked some of His children are. The Lord knows that when He sent His Son here to correct the evils of the Romans & some Jews, the "crucified Him.
So He is guiding this President. Can't you see? Cant't you understand? Can't you change from your wicked & hatred ways for God's sake?

Posted by: olafaux | October 9, 2009 9:24 AM

CINC - Normally used as Commander In Chief, in this case I think Cheerleader In Chief is more appropriate.
Award are given for Accomplishments. NOTHING HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED.

Posted by: brownst38 | October 9, 2009 9:24 AM

It is unfortunate that the Nobel Peace Prize has been reduced to nothing more than a political pawn. It is obvious that the EU so desperately wants Obama's socialization of America to come to fruition that they will degrade the NPP to this in an attempt to legitimize his efforts. The EU wants to reduce America to a socialized country in order to level the playing field. They are fully aware that it has been our history as a capitalist country that has led us to be the world leaders that we. Now in their efforts to bring about a new world order they are trying to get "their guy in America" more credit in order to hopefully get him reelected and more time to bring about the final goal. We can only pray that America's citizens will see this for what it truly is and reject it's legitimacy. Sad and unfortunate for any future recipients as now the prize will surely ring hollow going forward.

Posted by: cdresp | October 9, 2009 9:25 AM

Wow this is awsome! Its awsome how some of you ignorant pubecsent so called Americans try to tare down a man that has dedicated his life to the betterment of this countries people. Some of you in your ignorance have already given the reasons why he deserves this honor. His years of hard work in the community before he became a polotician, thank you PANDAS1. Some of you say he hasn't done anything to deserve this, all I have to say to you is reading is fundamental. Stop going off what these radio host, Bias networks... Say. The is a long list of good Obama has accomplished and is accomplishing as I write this. It drives me crazy that how ignorant we can be as Americans. Someone, anyone that happens to read this after I post, Do a list of some of your argument as to why he does or does not deserve this medal. Make it in list for so that it's not a book to read, like some of us have already writen. All I keep hearing is Acorn, socialisit ok fine, what else you got?

Posted by: Teflon | October 9, 2009 9:26 AM

This is one President, that will cause thousands of sleepless nights for the wicked, the extreme racists and the greedy.
The Lord Almighty has upheld President Obama, knowing how wicked some of His children are. The Lord knows that when He sent His Son here to correct the evils of the Romans & some Jews, the "crucified Him.
So He is guiding this President. Can't you see? Cant't you understand? Can't you change from your wicked & hatred ways for God's sake?

Posted by: olafaux | October 9, 2009 9:26 AM

Absolutely ludicrous that obama would get a Nobel prize for attempting to ruin America. His scheme to try to change the face of America into a socialist nation is being rewarded by similar socialist countries. It's like rewarding someone for bad behavior.
The mid term elections continue to creep closer but will it be in time to save America from the liberal agenda?
The revolt against obama continues to grow.

Posted by: spiris333 | October 9, 2009 9:27 AM

Now that our troops have suffered and died for Mr. Obamma so he could win the Nobel Peace Prize, he can now send them some help.

Now we all know why he has been stalling.

Wow that is a I, My good example.

Posted by: T-Tom | October 9, 2009 9:27 AM

I have to ask -- has this question been asked of any other Nobel Prize recipient? Anyone could predict it would be a magnet for foaming-at-the-mouth rabid extremists and closet racists, and lead to an exchange that is the antithesis of the reasoned discussions for which Obama received the award.

Posted by: jgrudin | October 9, 2009 9:27 AM

It is a farce to even pretend to honour somebody who, according to one of the posted comments, has done even less than Bush for peace. The World known that Obama is only there to please the neo-cons of the White House. Even the Secretary Gates is reported to have said that he will follow Obamas advise as if Obama is either his equal or subordinate. Somebody has also written that this is a joke of the Nobel Prize Committee. Obama is continuing with the mass killing of Muslims. Look at the plight of the Palestinians in the hands of his Middle East overlords whom he does not possibly dare even look up into the eyes. Let the Nobel Committee, the EU, the Tony Blair, etc., feel happy to their hearts content. The Muslim race is no cheap instrument. Yes, if Obama can bring about peace in the Arab-Israeli conflict only and quickly enough, he may earn the respect due to a President of the United States of America.

Posted by: anwar2get | October 9, 2009 9:28 AM

WaPo, please fix your graph!

Posted by: schencks84 | October 9, 2009 9:28 AM

Considering the scope and intent of the award it is entirely appropriate. Obama has altered the world's perception of the US and its trustworthiness as confirmed by a recent international survey that had the US rise 19 places in 6 months to place 1st as the most admired country.
Since little has changed except the leadership that dramatic improvement in world confidence that a peaceful and reasonable hand is at the tiller. That will have a greater positive impact on world peace and cooperation between the US and world World community than most people in the US could believe.
Well done selection committee and President Obama!

Posted by: km6xz | October 9, 2009 9:28 AM

Obama trashes the USA and I guess that's what makes him an appealing choice. He may talk a good game but please show us some accomplishments. George Bush actually did far more in his fight against AIDS through AFRICARE than any Pres. has ever done and it's hard to find anyone giving him credit for that. This guy is in office 2 weeks after a do-nothing career as a Senator and gets nominated for the Nobel. It's become worthless.

Posted by: golfing1 | October 9, 2009 9:29 AM

I'm so thoroughly enjoying reading these comments. If only to watch the right wingers go nuts at their rejection. Now they're acting like the last-picked kids on the playground: pretending like it didn't matter and they didn't want the prize anyway.

What a complete and utter rebuke of Bush and his neocon thuggery. This is a world breathing a sigh of relief that Cheney, Rumsfeld and co. have finally made their belated exit offstage. Good riddance, Nobel Committee says. And they're applauding the direction of diplomacy and realpolitick of Obama. And like the insecure immature idiots they are, the rightwingers are here putting down the Nobel Committee, Finland, Europe and whomever else they can blame for not seeing things their way. Somehow they are still shocked that the rest of the world never saw things their way, never did and never will.

Posted by: Pupster | October 9, 2009 9:29 AM

This is one President, that will cause thousands of sleepless nights for the wicked, the extreme racists and the greedy.
The Lord Almighty has upheld President Obama, knowing how wicked some of His children are. The Lord knows that when He sent His Son here to correct the evils of the Romans & some Jews, they "crucified Him. The wicked Romans were so afraid, of losing the grips on slavery, sex sins other nasty behaviors that they died while still alive.
So He is guiding this President. Can't you see? Cant't you understand? Can't you change from your wicked & hatred ways for God's sake?

Posted by: olafaux | October 9, 2009 9:30 AM

Nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize had to be submitted by Feb 1.

Obama took office on Jan. 20.

Two questions:
1) What did Obama do in 11 days that qualified him to win the Nobel Peace Prize?
2) Who in Hades nominated him?

Posted by: ahashburn | October 9, 2009 9:31 AM

Winning this award is another "validation" to the President that his agenda is "on the right track", to moving our country and the world in a "much better" direction then before.

Congratulations Mr.President!!!!

Posted by: rayven-t | October 9, 2009 9:31 AM

President Obama derserves the Nobel Peace prize for the manner in which he has conducted himself in the face of right wing,gun toting rabid,swamp rat racists that incite harm against this President of the United States. He deserves a Peace Prize from this country.

Posted by: allowme1 | October 9, 2009 9:32 AM

Teflon- why dont you make a list of what he HAS done. What has he accomplished. Looking into his past. Why dont you explain to the American people why he deserves this award over the other people who were up for it. We are waiting to hear from you......

Posted by: conniewhite | October 9, 2009 9:34 AM

This makes me want to throw up on my shoes! It devalues the Nobel Peace Prize. The man has been in office only 8 months and has spent a lot of time running around the world "apologizing" for the US. He devalues the sacrifices of our country. He's spewed out a lot of "talk" from his telepromptor but has yet to really do anything!!

Posted by: jodalin | October 9, 2009 9:35 AM

Well the Country needed something to laugh about and the teleprompter provided it. Mark many of us as ..who cares and does this force him to push for real jobs creation?

The Peace Prize is a joke as most of us prefer Clinton's Piece Prize.

Posted by: NeoConVeteran | October 9, 2009 9:36 AM

To those of you who are negative about Obama winning the prize: You probably have had nothing positive to say about him anyway. SO,
I consider the source of the comments. It's getting to the point that the negatives are only worth paying attention to because they are laughable.
He won the election. He won the Nobel Peace Prize (regardless who gives it). It seems to me that there is a lot of sour grapes going around. I'd say get over it, but it seems that you can't. It's amusing to me that you will have 3 more years to be stressed out about him. This kind of stress is not good for your health. They say laughing is better.
At least he's trying which is more then I can say for some of those on the Right.


Posted by: mcdonalsherry | October 9, 2009 9:37 AM

Mr. Nobel's intent was to award this prize for significant and actual accomplishments. This year, they awarded it to the potential for "hope and change". Yes, this award has lost significant credibility.

Posted by: bob1wilco | October 9, 2009 9:37 AM

I have lost absolute credibility for such highly regarded prize. Hundreds of people have died, are in captivity, or living under oppression because of their life-long "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." I believe those are worthy of such or any recognition.

Posted by: arrgos2 | October 9, 2009 9:37 AM

The bar on your chart says that more approve than don't, but the alphanumerics giv a different picture, something needs fixed.

To SENIORVET, the unemployment rate has actually slowed and has improved in many areas. And, sir, I am also a senior vet, have lived through every war this country has fought since WWII and have Never been so afraid for this country as I was during the Bush years when US diplomacy consisted of threats by Bush and his administration. I think Bush's policies were especially detrimental to our troops, with endless rotations, inadequate equipment and a blatant lack of planning for what to do for the the rest of the war once the first battle, Baghdad, had been won. Obama has only had 7 months to fix 7 years of malfeasance (or to use Bush's own word, "miscalculation") by the previous administration. I for one am pleased to see reason once again applied to our relations with other nations, and a more considered approach to our own problems in this country. I salute your service.

Posted by: papasoji | October 9, 2009 9:37 AM

The words of president Obama are echoing across the world. The brazilians won the elections saying "Yes we can!". That alone is a massive achievement.

But most of all, he changed the global message of fear and terror into one of corporation, hope and possibilities.

I think he is doing a great job and I wish him all the best in these challenging times!

Posted by: politics4me1 | October 9, 2009 9:38 AM

The first question that came to my mind is, "Who made the nomination before he'd even gotten his feet wet with diplomacy?" He should turn this down because in his international "America is a bad country and I'm sorry" tour he has not managed to make peace in the very country he is so ashamed of. He will accept it with more, "I, I, I, me, me, me" statements that he is so famous for. This is a farce.

Posted by: bovinehams | October 9, 2009 9:38 AM

The Nobel Peace Prize

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
~Buddha

Words may show a man's wit but actions his meaning.
~Benjamin Franklin

As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do. ~Andrew Carnegie

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.
~Benjamin Franklin

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
~John F. Kennedy

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
~Mohandas Gandhi

Talking isn't doing. It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.
~William Shakespeare

Well done is better than well said.
~Benjamin Franklin

The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs.
~Vance Havner

The words printed here are concepts. You must go through the experiences.
~St. Augustine

A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain.
~Arabian Proverb

An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied. ~Arnold Glasow

Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.
~Alfred Adler

Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold - but so does a hard-boiled egg.
~Author Unknown

When deeds speak, words are nothing.
~African Proverb

Talk doesn't cook rice.
~Chinese Proverb

Let all the brothers, however, preach by their deeds.
~St. Francis of Assisi

After all is said and done, a lot more will have been said than done.
~Author Unknown

Talk is Cheap
~English Proverb

You see that a man is justified by his works and not by faith alone.
~James 2: 18, 24

I consistently strive to teach my children that “actions speak louder than words”. I explain that their wishes and desires, although well intended; mean nothing until they do something.

Now, the Nobel committee, in giving one of the highest honors in the world, has just set an example for not only my children but for children all over the world that talk is enough.

This is a mockery to past laureates.
~Judy Marshall
October 2009

Posted by: jmheartnurse | October 9, 2009 9:39 AM

nice graph. no propaganda here

Posted by: loudountaxrevolt | October 9, 2009 9:39 AM

Very interesting how completely the link to this poll disappeared from the online front page so quickly after it became clear how the results were running!

Posted by: MrsWhatsit | October 9, 2009 9:39 AM

Is not the question more than a little presumptuous, 1. I do not know the criterion for selection and 2.I do not know who were the others under consideration. Both would be needed to make a reasonable response to your question. I have read some of the posted comments and it would appear to me that some of the comments are more against the man then about the selection.

Posted by: davscott933 | October 9, 2009 9:39 AM

It is my understanding that the President did not "win", but was "awarded" the prize...much like a bonus given to you from your employer...deserving or not. In addition, I could not help but notice that after casting my vote, the graphic scale indicated 49% yes and 51% no; however, the graph lines seemed much more disproportionate for only a 2% spread with emphasis on “no”…

Posted by: jonbwnfd | October 9, 2009 9:40 AM

Well, now we all know why he was in Scandadavia, not for the Olympics, but for the lobbying of the Nobel Peace Prize . He can now use, "Not what you do for your country, but what you do for me", as his slogan.

Posted by: gerry11 | October 9, 2009 9:40 AM

To the first commenter and your diatribe against Presiden Obama: as you very correctly noted, Chamberlain did not receive the Nobel Peace prize. The Nobel committee is wise indeed.

Posted by: no1buckigirl | October 9, 2009 9:43 AM

It is not a matter of ideologies. He has done nothing to earn this prize. He is a great father and husband but a lousy leader. To Allowme1: George Bush put up with a great deal more of angry, downright hate-filled rhetoric than President Obama has and he has maintained his dignity. He didn't become smug ("I won" - Obama) and he has refused to attack his successor in spite of the fact that people are still blaming him for Obama's present failures (did you read the article blaming the loss of the 2016 olympics on him?) It's not that the president might not EVENTUALLY deserve this award, it is that it is premature.

Posted by: bovinehams | October 9, 2009 9:44 AM

This award makes no sense to me.

It comes on a day when Foreign Minister Lieberman of Israel states that there will no peace agreement between the Israeli's and the Palestinian's.

What has President Obama accomplished besides giving great speaches?

The award would be justified once he accomplishes something!

Posted by: mwhoke | October 9, 2009 9:45 AM

WOW!!!!!!!!!

If you are as disgusted as me, you need to check out this post:

http://www.wastedcarbon.com/2009/10/obama-nobel-peace-prize-wtf/

Posted by: offersave | October 9, 2009 9:46 AM

ROTFLMAO

Like the Organ Grinder's Monkey need to have his overinflated ego stroked some more.

Posted by: panielsen | October 9, 2009 9:47 AM

Adolf Hitler was nominated in 1939 by Erik Brandt, a member of the Swedish Parliament. Brandt retracted the nomination after a few days.[8] Other infamous nominees included Joseph Stalin and Benito Mussolini.

Posted by: johnchambers | October 9, 2009 9:48 AM

Why does the graph make the vote look so lopsided?

Posted by: subwayguy | October 9, 2009 9:48 AM

Yes, he does. President Obama neither got us into the mess in Iraq/Afghanistan nor voted to do so. He has done much to repair the USA's international reputation after the the debacle of the past eight years and, as such, the United States has just been named the most respected nation in the world, up from #7 a year ago when Dub-ya was president.

Posted by: womanfortruth | October 9, 2009 9:49 AM

After chaoctic Bush with two wars, everything seemed pleasant. Whole world started to relax the exit of Bush and his cronies. Obama was a hope for the people of the world. He also acted towards peace building relationship with communities and nations. World leaders started to gather around him on several issues. He certainly deserves the Peace prize. I hope this gives him an impetus to achieve world peace.

Posted by: afsar | October 9, 2009 9:50 AM

Okay, so the teleprompter won an award that now holds the prestige of an MTV Music Award. Can the President now get on with actually DOING something about the pressing issues that face THIS country?

BTW, when the hell did Toastmasters merge with the Nobel Committee?

Posted by: Ogman | October 9, 2009 9:50 AM

I see alot of you are seeing through the rights agenda to keep us living in fear. To you conniewhite I say NO. Just like I tell my children, you have the ability to figure it out on you own, I've put my work and time in researching, so you can figure it out on your own...It's all in black and white.

Posted by: Teflon | October 9, 2009 9:51 AM

Obama does not just deserv e to win, but represents the very fabric of this award. Now, all he has to do is make sure Bush, Cheney, Condi, and Rove are in prison (perferably Guantanomo) for the absolute destruction they have caused this country. Republicans are a waning party, and someone should provide this administration the pin to pop that bubble and send them and all their negativity straight to you now where.

Posted by: ohb4usa | October 9, 2009 9:51 AM

I think the man deserves the prize, but it TOO early.
It would have been more fitting to give it after his policies had had time to bear fruit.

Posted by: edouardprisse | October 9, 2009 9:51 AM

I think the man deserves the prize, but it is TOO early.
It would have been more fitting to give it after his policies had had time to bear fruit.

Posted by: edouardprisse | October 9, 2009 9:52 AM

The graph is not lopsided .. the numbers are. Read the posts and you will see the posts are against the idea not for.

Posted by: T-Tom | October 9, 2009 9:53 AM

It is interesting how we as human beings cry out for equal playing field opportunities when it comes to us, but when this playing field is open to others we cry out "foul." President Obama has opened the eyes of our global community with a message of hope to those who had been disenfranchised for decades, encouraging them to garnish their dreams, their rights, and stand to be counted with the words of "Yes We Can." This movement has been embraced by billions of citizens in our global society. How dare we think that he is not worthy. He continually make unpopular decisions for the betterment of human kind, as did JFK, Gandhi, Martin King, and others... In the words of Janet Jackson, the entertainer, I ask you, what have you done lately?

Posted by: jlmoranjr | October 9, 2009 9:54 AM

One of the earlier comments was "He is leading by example, not by dropping bombs on anyone who dare disagree with him."

Using the same logic, ACORN is equally deserving?

Posted by: johnchambers | October 9, 2009 9:55 AM

People love him. Deal with it.

Posted by: BigHustla | October 9, 2009 9:55 AM

Oh how it amuses me how people are freaking out over this. Wait, people or sheeple? It seems everyone is feigning the exact same outrage. Ah well.

Posted by: XanderB | October 9, 2009 9:55 AM

Let me get this straight - Obama -the one term Senator from corrupt Chicago politics, the 9 month rookie US Pres who has quadrupled our deficit, weakened our defenses, is ashamed of the US but then flip-flopped when it came time to sell the Olypics committee on the greatness of the US (I guess the Olym Commitee believed him during his first apology tour), took pressure off terrorists, is killing our soldiers in Afgan. by non-decision, usurps the constitution with each radical Czar appointment...this Obama won the NPP? I knew when Gore won it with his hack science project that the NPP was nothing more than a cracker jack prize. What a freakin' joke!

Posted by: NO-bama | October 9, 2009 9:57 AM

Congratulation Mr. President. Now tell us exactly how much in foreign aid (payola) to Norway this little award is going to cost the American people.

Or maybe better yet, you can during your acceptance speech, list off all the wonderful things you have accomplished in the last 9 months that other candidates haven't been able to eclipse with a lifetime of dedication.

BTW genius, make sure that teleprompter is fired up and ready to go. You would want to embarrass the Nobel committee by looking like a total imbecile.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | October 9, 2009 9:57 AM

This decision by a committee is nothing more than an effort to spit in the face of George W. Bush another time. President Obama has absolutely no accomplishments on the diplomatic and foreign policy fronts. This prize has been awarded for utopian rhetoric, not real accomplishments. Get the Iranians to halt their nuclear weapons program, Mr. President, and then we can take your prize seriously.

Posted by: rwe123 | October 9, 2009 9:57 AM


My first question was "what war did Obama end"?

But then I realized this was the Nobel folks flipping the bird to Bush and his pals, Republican Neo-Cons, who have done much to de-stabilize our security and the world's during the Bash Admin.

Ha ha ha. I love it.

Stew in your juices, losers!

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | October 9, 2009 9:57 AM

radbwana wrote:

"One should not forget that it is the Swedes who give the Nobel Prizes for science, etc. Norway gives the peace prize as nothing more than a socialist political statement."

So when Henry Kissinger got the award in '73, he was getting the socialist stamp of approval?

Stay consistent, big boy.

Posted by: krjames | October 9, 2009 9:57 AM


My memory may be wrong, but isn't this prize the same PC, PR, fluff given to that famous scientist Albert Gore for his work in saving the universe?

Posted by: jstratt2 | October 9, 2009 9:57 AM

Since when has peace become a liberal concept? The world seems somehow much more peaceable lately. I do not credit the presence of Obama in the White House for this as much as the absence of Bush. Nevertheless, peace is NOT a liberal concept, nor should it be. It is what we all should seek. That Obama has been an instrument of peace is a good thing for liberals and conservatives alike.

Posted by: marcelcarroll | October 9, 2009 9:58 AM

Sour grapes; President Bush never won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Posted by: smp55 | October 9, 2009 9:58 AM

Not only does President Obama deserve the Nobel Peace Prize, he deserves the admiration and support of the people and politicians in the U.S.A.
Way to go, Mr. President!! You are an inspiration to me and millions more who voted for you and those around the world who respect and look to you for much needed hope in their lives.
I am so relieved to have Barack Obama as President of the United States! :)

Posted by: MrsLfromTexas | October 9, 2009 9:59 AM

what an absolute JOKE!!!!

Posted by: NO-bama | October 9, 2009 9:59 AM

Can't we just say "score one for America" and share a moment of pride in this before cynicism and divisiveness take over?

Posted by: valandsend | October 9, 2009 9:59 AM

You got to be kidding me. This vote by the election committee makes a mockery of the whole process. What's next, an Academy Award for the Obama girls becuase they want to grow up to be actors! Oh, to be s SNL writer this week.

Posted by: bbarbee2 | October 9, 2009 9:59 AM

It's so strange that some of you are are commenting that the current president is having to deal with problems created by the last presidency. This has always been the case. And you trying to say that all of the US problems were created in the last 8 years? Certainly not, because that's absurd.

The only thing that is certain is that the next president will be working to fix things that perceivably did not go well during Obama's presidency. Quit pointing a finger and focus on the problems of today. No one is always right.

Posted by: TitanTn | October 9, 2009 9:59 AM

Obama was about to launch a full-scale war in Afghanistan to please the Defense industries who make campaign contributions to Democratic members of Congress who can't run or win without their support. The only thing that Obama is concerned about is running and winning and he respects any industry who supports Democratic candidates so they can win and keep a Democratic majority. Whenever he fails, or does something to please industries that normally support Republicans, he always says he is being bipartisan. What a total crock. He doesn't do anything but talk and when he does he doesn't tell us anything. This is the consummate diplomat in case you were wondering what this kind of ineffective leadership means to Norwegians. I personally wouldn't care what Norwegians thought. I would care a lot what the people in the United States thought or what the peopleof Afghanistan thought.

Posted by: eyemakeupneeded1 | October 9, 2009 9:59 AM

If Obama can win this for talking pretty can his speech writer is next in line for Nobel Prize in Literature?

Posted by: Ram_K | October 9, 2009 9:59 AM

Congratulations Mr. President. Thank you for changing the world's image of America. You deserve this and we rejoice in it with you.

Posted by: 1rakat | October 9, 2009 9:59 AM

Are we so egotistical that when our president garners a praise or an honor we cannot think of it as a national honor? Is there one United States of America? Or, are there 300+ million United States of America?

Posted by: hanrm0415 | October 9, 2009 10:00 AM

I love this because it rankles the repugs! Who deserves it more than Obama? He's done more for world peace than Bush could have ever even thought in his pea size brain!

Posted by: blarsen1 | October 9, 2009 10:00 AM

WHAT'S HE DONE--------NOTHING BUT TALK

Posted by: pkaiser1 | October 9, 2009 10:00 AM

Will the right wing never get tired of blasting President Obama. You lost get over it. At least he has a measure of intelligence as opposed to a former president. If the right wing would work with the president instead of listening to a++holes such as Rush who hopes he fails things could get done. We sent these people to Washington to work for the Americans not to act like little brats who when the game isn't going their way they take their ball and go home.

Posted by: deljaramillo | October 9, 2009 10:00 AM

one only has to look at an actual list of actual Nobel prize recipients, something few here have actually done, mentioning onlly the most famous winners. well there were far more dubious choices before and obama is well deserving he has definetly changed the tone in world politics like no one else currently. just who exactly compares to him right now on the world stage? who? its his time, our time...congratulate and salute him...and help him achieve his/our goals for peace and prosperity...enough knee jerk reactions are you all so blinded by your hate...

Posted by: ronnieron1 | October 9, 2009 10:00 AM

I'm still laughing my Azz off over this JOKE!!! HAHAhhahahaha....to bad the jokes on the American people.

Posted by: NO-bama | October 9, 2009 10:01 AM


Alfred Nobel is rolling in his grave.

The committee has run amuck!

Jimmy Carter has done more to encourage terrorism than to promote peace, history will show Obama has and is coddling and cultivating the same.

Posted by: Obama_TRAITOR_in_Chief | October 9, 2009 10:01 AM

This is no more ludicrous than a murderer (Edward Kennedy) being "knighted" or jimma carter (THE U.S.S.A.s worst president)receiving it before BH O'Carter. All three "awards" were given by ultra liberals, none were deserved, and all three recipients are frauds and shams.

Posted by: IQ168 | October 9, 2009 10:02 AM

Who designed the bar graph? The difference between the "yes" votes and the "no" votes is two percentage points, yet the "no" bar is three times as long as the "yes" bar.

In fact, "yes" is 49% and "no" is 51%: the graph is supposed to illustrate reality, not. . . well, just what DOES it illustrate?

Posted by: cmcintyr | October 9, 2009 10:02 AM

First Al Gore & now this. The Nobel Committee has lost all credibility.

Posted by: JEM28 | October 9, 2009 10:02 AM

A proud day for the United States of America. Congratulations President Obama, this award is very much deserved!

Posted by: tbranen | October 9, 2009 10:03 AM

Nobel prize fail...

Posted by: Phil6 | October 9, 2009 10:03 AM

While we can speculate on the reasons for the award and disagree on what an appropriate basis for granting such an award is, what is so disappointing is that for so many pundits and partisans it is just another opportunity to dump on the President. The rush to taint and trash the honor is unseemly. If you look at the articles, blogs and comments this morning, the chattering crowds are tripping over themselves to be the first to p*ss on this. Jeez, grow up.

Posted by: Georgia10 | October 9, 2009 10:03 AM

Oh, yes, Obama deserves it, for all he has done in all its glory. He should have won it three or four times by now. They should have given it to him back when he was a state legislator in Illinois, and when he was a law clerk in Chicago. He has earned it many times over. He should win one each day when he gets up in the morning, and after he brushes his teeth and when he has a cup of coffee. He has transformed the world into better place where the lion and the lamb can sit down together and chat over a can of beer. It's now a place where we can all hold hands and sing his praises. Now that the prize committee has recognized his genius, we should look forward to him getting it again next year and the year after that, too. Man is this guy good!

Posted by: ttj1 | October 9, 2009 10:04 AM

No! And please stop pulling the race card every time someone has something negative to say about the president. The vote was made three weeks after he took office. What the hell had he done at that point to bring peace? Move furniture in and out of the White House? See whatever you want to see, the truth stopped being relevant a long time ago.

Posted by: mytwocentstoday | October 9, 2009 10:05 AM

"the guy has accomplished exactly NOTHING in regard to ANYTHING."

He's managed to push the remaining reactionary rightwing whackos insane. Listen to their mini-minds exploding all over the country, Pop! Pop! Pop!

All they've got is Fear, Hate, Distortion and Division. No prize for them!

Posted by: thebobbob | October 9, 2009 10:06 AM

FOLKS HATING ON PRESIDENT OBAMA AS IF HE VOTED HIMSELF IN. SOME OF YOU SAY HE GOT THE PRIZE TO EARLY, WHATS THE RIGHT TIME. THE TIME IS NOW, AIN'T NO REWIND OR FAST FORWARD. FOR ALL OF YOU HATERS, BUSH COULDN'T GET ANY AWARD HE DIDN'T GIVE TO HIMSELF. THE PRESIDENT IS A MAN OF THE WORLD, HE JUST HAPPENS TO WORK FOR THE USA, OOOORAH!!! HATE ON THAT.

Posted by: notbhaven | October 9, 2009 10:06 AM

It's easy to understand why Americans are so surprised by the Nobel Committee's decision...they get their news from our right-wing slanted media. Imagine living in a country where the papers didn't continualy repeat obviously false smears -- deather, birther, Nazi, etc -- as if they were legitimate "points of view."

Imagine if Truth, not faux "balance" were the underlying principle! Imagine you're looking at the US from outside our spin-bubble, and this makes prefect sense.

Congratulations President Obama! And may your good efforts expand and succeed!

Posted by: watt | October 9, 2009 10:07 AM

Congratulations Mr Pres.
You are the first black US Pres in history and now the first black US President in history to have ever won the Nobel Peace Prize for doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to deserve it! I guess the NBPP commitee loved the fact that you degrade America at every turn, weaken our stance on terrorism, give aid to our enemies (Hamas), kill our economy with your asinine economic spending spree, and kill our soldiers in Afgan with your powerful non-decisison making capabilities - I can see why they gave you the NBPP - anyone that can weaken America that much in 9 months is a hero in their eyes. Congrats! I pray you are a one term anomoly.

Posted by: NO-bama | October 9, 2009 10:08 AM


Interesting, not many, including news outlets, asked if President Obama "deserved" Joe Wilson.

I think it is a good result, because it simply whips Obama's detractors in to more of a frenzy. It is good news because it offsets much of the ridiculous venom and demagoguery hurled at this President, who has meanwhile worked with focus, and good results, amid very difficult circumstances.

Posted by: kenhyde | October 9, 2009 10:08 AM

Haa Haa. That's a good one. Now, who REALLY won?

Posted by: IQ168 | October 9, 2009 10:08 AM

I understand that the olympic games will not be held in the future, but that medals will be awarded on the basis of what the judges think you might accomplish.

I also heard that a mexican meth lab operator was being awarded the nobel prize for chemistry.

Posted by: rlkidd58 | October 9, 2009 10:09 AM

What a joke - if BO has any sense he'd decline the award

Posted by: grass | October 9, 2009 10:10 AM

I am a great admirer of President Obama.

Last year I winced when ASU made comments about President Obama's body of work lying in front of him. But that was for an honorary degree from a minor school.

This is about the Nobel Prize! I've been suspicious of the past few winners -- I guess they've jumped the shark on this one.

They should have waited a few years, within a few years we'll see a lot fewer wars, a lot more wet teams and targeted assassinations, and a lot of electric cars on the road. But none of that has happened yet.

Posted by: bbb444 | October 9, 2009 10:10 AM

Sorry, But this is a joke! What a waste ! Give credit where it is do. Was this bought and paid for? Yeah it is a socialist thing.Next to Carter he is the worst Prez.

Posted by: getreal121 | October 9, 2009 10:10 AM

there is no honor in a prize that was once given to Al Gore for his hack science - The Nobel Peace Prize is nothing more than a cracker-jack prize...fitting for this Pres.

Posted by: NO-bama | October 9, 2009 10:11 AM

I am an Indian.I think that President Obama has not contributed sufficiently to worldpeace to receive the precious award.He is different and progressive in attitudes,but his efficiency to execute his ideas are not proved so far.

Posted by: kkabdulsalam | October 9, 2009 10:11 AM

Gore, Obama - dead level comparison!

wind and smoke.......

Posted by: jdiehl6 | October 9, 2009 10:12 AM

Great poll(?). I voted "NO" - and the system wouldn't take it - NOR let me see the results. So, I voted "YES" and it took it immediately and showed me the results. Imagine my surprise! Is ACORN running the poll?

Posted by: IQ168 | October 9, 2009 10:13 AM

What are the chances of another person like Obama coming along to rescue the world after W brought it to an economic, political and environmental collapse? Slim to none. The Nobel committee recognizes that. He has done much more already for world peace than anyone else after staying just 9 months in the office. This award will give him the political and moral capital to accelerate his efforts towards world piece.

Posted by: manofwisdom | October 9, 2009 10:13 AM

Funny how this comes a few days before our government makes a crucial decision as to whether to wreck our healthcare or not.

Isn't this the same peace prize that was also awarded to Arafat?? I got a better idea, lets make a gold statue of Obama so that every Friday liberals from all walks of life can come and pray.

This man is a sick joke of a president and the people that praise him are even sicker!!

Posted by: emmitfitzhume | October 9, 2009 10:13 AM

Congratulations, Mr. President.

I am proud of the work you have started (though we should have a private chat sometime about that thing in Afghanistan).

I am proud that you have established the foundation for a new way forward that is based on cooperation and engagement.

Most of all, I am proud to be an American this morning, and every day, and that you are setting the standard in international leadership.

Thank you.

Posted by: ennepe68 | October 9, 2009 10:14 AM

The Nobel Prizes just became off little importance.

Posted by: smiggs1 | October 9, 2009 10:14 AM

This has to be a punk on Barack by Aston Kutcher..........

They must give these awards based on lip service. Obama DID give a nice speech in Berlin apologizing for Americas's mistakes and such. That kind of drivel goes over big with Europeans.

Other than that, the guy is as useful as a poopy popsicle.

He has done squat to deserve anything remotely resembling praise.

Posted by: MosinM9159 | October 9, 2009 10:15 AM

I thought the concept and logic behind receiving an "award" was that there have to be recognized accomplishments?? Where are they?

Crafty politicians are the committee members for making Obama a patsy...now Obama must bend to the will of other nations and pull out troops from Afganistan (and possibly Iraq) otherwise he looks even more undeserving than we know he is already.

Posted by: Exiledpatriot | October 9, 2009 10:15 AM

I voted for Obama, I support him and I admire his vision and values, but I can NOT say that he deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. It's not even close. Even if his actions in the last nine months qualify him for the prize, which I think is a still a stretch, he was only in office 12 DAYS before the nomination deadline!!!!!! Maybe the obviously politically-motivated, agenda-centric Nobel Peace committee should have waited at least a year. This really seems like a "slap in the face" to past winners.

Posted by: Juraco | October 9, 2009 10:15 AM

WTF?!?!?!?!?!?!

If they think he was worthy of the Nobel Peace prize by Feb 1st, he should be King of the World by New Year's Day.

Posted by: ddmail | October 9, 2009 10:16 AM

I tried to take the poll vote No, but it will not take it,but I;l be da---if I vote yes just to see what it does

Posted by: getreal121 | October 9, 2009 10:18 AM

The Nobel Prize for Al Gore for his extremist manipulation of statistics and exaggeration of every possible conclusion in that terrible movie, An Inconvenient Truth, passed over a truly worthy nominee, Irena Sendler.

Now we get B.H.Obama, who so far has done nothing but talk, talk, talk, talk; providing no leadership but letting everyone else in his party take the heat for chaos; getting the Nobel Prize for peace. His policies will bring real war, and the end will not be good for anyone.

Posted by: eagleEd | October 9, 2009 10:18 AM

It has been really, really fun to watch the heads of the Right Wing Nuts explode, over this announcement.

They, who cheered when America lost the Olympics, are now in "boo hoo" mode over the Nobel Peace Prize Award to The President of the United States.

Predictable as it is... it's been a joy to behold their reaction. Gotta Luv It.

Congratulations, President Obama. Keep up the good work!

Posted by: eryanwhite | October 9, 2009 10:19 AM

Are you kidding me? The Nobel Prize has really lost it's credibility and prestige from this day forward. It should be awarded to men or women who have devoted a LIFETIME to achieving peace, not some pop star version of it.

Posted by: sah2 | October 9, 2009 10:19 AM

Apparently making pretty speeches is enough to win a Nobel prize, whereas actually liberating millions of Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan, significantly degrading a global terrorist organization, forcing another country to abandon its nuclear program and providing unprecented levels of aid to Africa to fight AIDS is not? These are all things that President Bush actually ACCOMPLISHED.

Posted by: Illini | October 9, 2009 10:20 AM

The folks on ABC's This Week got it right last Sunday. They said of Obama and were quoted at http://SirensPromise.com :

Obama tried to get Dave Paterson out of the race [for governor] in New York, and he says no.

They tried to get Andrew Romanoff out of the race for Senate in Colorado; he says no.

They try to get Joe Sestak out of the race in Pennsylvania for Senate; he says no.

The argument is that “no harm in trying,” that is the job of the White House….

Then George Will said:

That’s just at home, Abroad…

He has said to Israel, “stop the settlements;” they didn’t.

He said to the Palestinians “engage the Israelis;” they didn’t.

He said to Saudi Arabia “some gesture please toward Israel;” they didn’t.

He said to Iran do this, that, and the other thing; they obviously haven’t.

To Honduras he said “Please restore your president;” they didn’t.

To India and China, “Please restrain your greenhouse gases;” they won’t

To NATO, “Please take some of our Gitmo terrorists;” they won’t.

“NATO, please send troops to Afghanistan;” they won’t.

Saying “No” to the president is getting to be a habit….

Posted by: rmm-boston | October 9, 2009 10:21 AM

My vote goes to Don Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney.

Posted by: theworm1 | October 9, 2009 10:22 AM

I am one of many delighted and encouraged about the future for our country and world because of President Obama's actions and tireless pursuit of peace and stability. I lament voices of doom that threaten our country's progress. My hope is that more Americans will use their influence for good; that they will recognize and advocate fair treatment and peaceful relations for all Americans and all world citizens.

Posted by: Eleanor-JusticeForAll | October 9, 2009 10:22 AM

Bill Clinton's head must be close to exploding, given how much time and money he's dedicated to the Clinton Global Initiatives over the last eight years.

Posted by: Illini | October 9, 2009 10:23 AM

I am beginning to wonder whether a background in Chicago politics is more detrmintal to a president's ability to lead than a background in radical Moslem education, which is what schooling in Indonesia is like. Obama's stepfather brought him to Indonesia and educated him there during his tender years.

Indonesia slaughters Christians, mostly ethnic Chinese Christians, who are the minority in Indonesia. There are websites created by ethnic Chinese in Indonesia that detail this carnage. In fact, to seek political asylum in Indonesia, all one has to do is prove one is an ethnically Chinese Christian and has been threatened or harmed by Muslims because the State Department recognizes in its country conditions database that Christians are persecuted with the full support of the Indonesian government. So how's that for a great international background?

Actually, since my family comes from Chicago, I fear a leader's exposure to Chicago politics and the influence from that quarter more than I do a politician's exposure to Indonesian education and prejudices. Chicago's ethnic hatreds and prejudices are far worse in their own way than Indonesian prejudices because there is no way for anyone to seek political asylum from persecution perpetrated by Chicago politicians.

Posted by: eyemakeupneeded1 | October 9, 2009 10:23 AM

Congrats go out to my great President. What idiot doesn't want to stand for peace, when our sons and daughters are at war. Shame on those who differ. Yes, we can. Go my President, may God continue to bless and protect you and your family. All love to President Barack Obama.

Posted by: lexus1 | October 9, 2009 10:23 AM

UNBELIEVABLE.

Posted by: mpwynn | October 9, 2009 10:23 AM

Apparently the right wing in this country has difficulty using "The President of the United States" and the word "Peace" in the same sentence. This is sad. Such negativity is not helpful - how many of those complaining have children in Iraq or Afghanistan???

The "graph" shown here with the results of the "Peace Prize Is Bad" poll is so skewed, that it finally confirms my feelings about the W. Post in the last few years. Peace? Who wants Peace???

Posted by: JoyceV | October 9, 2009 10:23 AM

What has President Obama actually accomplished that makes him deserving of this award? I believe he may well have good intentions and his vision may be sincere. Perhaps in time he may attain some accomplishments that would support a nomination for this award. But he has not actually accomplished anything to date, especially when you consider that he was only in office a few weeks before he was nominated for this award. First it was Al Gore, and now this - the Nobel Peace prize can no longer be recognized as a serious award.

Posted by: LonghorninVA | October 9, 2009 10:23 AM

On second thought, for bringing freedom to Iraq, George Bush 'deserves' a prize.

Posted by: theworm1 | October 9, 2009 10:24 AM

The Nobel Committee has done for the Peace Prize what Joe Kennedy did for the Pulitzer.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | October 9, 2009 10:25 AM

I am not a right wing person. I am a Democrat and I do not think that Barack Obama deserves the Nobel Peace Prize unless you consider campaign promises to wage war in Afghanistan and plans to do so constitute peace. They do not. They constitute talk and talk is cheap. Politicians who talk are cheap politicians and that is all Obama is. Unfortunately for one who was taken in by all his talk.

Obama is a talking head, not a leader.

Posted by: eyemakeupneeded1 | October 9, 2009 10:27 AM

Obama's efforts to unite Americans is worthy of a peace prize all by itself. President Obama has made the world safer -- he has made tremendous progress in rebuilding relationships across the globe. These relationships, in Europe, Russian, Asia, India, and Pakistan make us all safer. I applaud him and the Nobel Committee. Peace takes a lot of work. . .

Posted by: EduCrazy | October 9, 2009 10:27 AM

Given where we were the previous 8 years, what he's accomplished in the last 9-10 months (and even before that through his community activism work) speaks volume. It is a testament to how much change he's accomplished (mind-set, perception, outlook, impression... on or by Americans). Incidentally, your graph is very misleading. It appears very misconstrued and biased.

Posted by: GMUAlum | October 9, 2009 10:28 AM

America is Back!

But some people are not happy. They will never be.

Congrats Mr President!

Posted by: tchanta | October 9, 2009 10:28 AM

My only question is did C.N.N. fact check this like they did the SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE skit?

Posted by: ROYSTOLL2 | October 9, 2009 10:29 AM

What has the man done? Endorsed the oppressive, imperialistic Iranian Theocracy which butchers it's citizens, sponsors terror, and is engaged in a massive secret offensive weapons program. He has met every demand made by Ahmadinejad to begin a dialogue in which the US is moving towards Iran's position rather then Iran moving towards the Wests. He has been in office less then a year and the Norwegians can't help but honor a man who is betraying Americas allies and embracing repressive, intolerant, anti democratic, anti human rights, expansionist, terrorist supporting illegal regimes.
THE WORLD HAS SLID INTO AN ABYSS THAT WELLS, ORWELL AND HUXLEY FORESAW TODAY HITLER WOULD BE GIVEN THE PEACE AWARD FOR UNITING EUROPE AND ENDING 2,000 YEARS OF WARING TRIBES, CLANS, KINGDOMS, RELIGIONS, NATIONS AND IDEOLOGIES.

Posted by: djfeiger | October 9, 2009 10:30 AM

radbwana wrote: "Norway gives the peace prize as nothing more than a socialist political statement. [...] Obama getting the Nobel for his international groveling is comparable to Nevile Chamberlain"

People like you really need to cool down; you're frothing at the mouth and your analogies make no political sense.

Fact is, the US committed numerous violations of international law under Bush and behaved very badly towards its allies. Of course, we should apologize for that and change our behavior in the future. Honesty, justice, and admitting one's mistakes are traditional American values. Too bad that Republicans and "conservatives" don't subscribe to them anymore.

Posted by: ats0j8 | October 9, 2009 10:30 AM

Why is this even newsworthy? The Nobel organization has long been on a socialist agenda (remember Gore's award for defending the now-defunct myth of global warming??) OF COURSE they are going to recognize their leading standard-bearer on the march to control the world. Unfortunate and shameful.

Posted by: rmoore080 | October 9, 2009 10:30 AM

Only shows how low the entire world is in terms of leaders. Obama should give it back and ask that someone more deserving receive it. The Norweigians should stick to sardines and sweaters, the latter being the only thing worthwhile to come from Norway since the Vikings (Minnesota variety, that is).

Posted by: Narquan | October 9, 2009 10:31 AM

Our image in the world does impact our security and trade. Congratulations to President Obama for improving our image.

Posted by: et_callhome | October 9, 2009 10:31 AM

While there is no doubt in my mind that President Obama has changed the tone of US international diplomacy for the better, it seems unfortunate that the prize is being awarded more on promise than on delivery. He may well earn the prize when we look back from from some future vantage point in history but the award today seems premature.

Posted by: SWBryan | October 9, 2009 10:32 AM

Wait ! Wait !!
Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle and Condoleeza Rice certainly shouldnt be over looked.
Peace !

Posted by: theworm1 | October 9, 2009 10:32 AM

It's good to see the Wingnuttoshpere is in high dudgeon again. We finally have a president who behaves like an adult and the shock continues to awe the Party of Hate. Tremble on, dittos everywhere, there's more to come.

Posted by: tojby_2000 | October 9, 2009 10:33 AM

What a mockery to the Prize. What exactly did he even do to qualify? Now he'll never send more troops!

Posted by: cdemar | October 9, 2009 10:34 AM

After reading some of these posts, I'm amused to see how shocked that many of the liberals are to realize that most of America doesn't support their twisted and narcissistic view of the world. Don't be surprised at the negative reaction to Obama's award - most of us don't support him.

Posted by: rmoore080 | October 9, 2009 10:34 AM

So when Rush Limbaugh was "nominated" (he wasn't really, but he likes to pretend) the right thought that this award was the coolest thing, and that he should win over Al Gore, but now that Obama has actually won the Nobel committee is just a bunch of Norwegian socialists? Get real, radbwana - just the usual right-wing carping that nothing Obama does is acceptable.

Congratulations, Mr. President!

Posted by: lgudema | October 9, 2009 10:35 AM

I now have to buy a new keyboard. I turned on my computer this morning and spit my coffee all over the keyboard when I saw was was displayed across my screen.

NOBEL PRIZE???????? Oh for crying out loud. What has Obama done so far to deserve this prize? He has sent our deficit up over 1 trillion dollars since January 2009, he has bad-mouthed us every chance he gets, he hung Poland and the Chec people out to dry with caving in to the Russians on the missle defense shield. He wants to cram crappy health care down our throats, and the list goes on.

This is just an example of how the MSM have made him a cult figure. It also cheapens the Nobel prize. Alfred Nobel is probably spinning in his grave to see how this award is being trivialized.

Even Lech Walesa is sceptical: "So soon? Too early. He has no contribution so far," former Polish President Lech Walesa, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, said Friday.

And of course the IOC saw right through him too when they tossed Chicago out of the Olympic game-hosting pool on the first vote.

Obama has done nothing to further the ideals that Alfred Nobel had in mind when he willed his money for the award. He should just go back to being a ward boss and/or community organizer again. That's all he knows.

Posted by: queenofkeyboards | October 9, 2009 10:36 AM

Lawrence O'Donnell was quoted as saying there weren't other worthy candidates. Two of the unworthy candidates were reportedly: "Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has been arrested and beaten for his peaceful political resistance to the brutal dictatorship of Robert Mugabe and pro-democracy... and...AIDS and environmental advocacy of Chinese dissident Hu Jia has earned him a three-and-a-half year sentence in Red China's gulag."

Guess worthiness is in the eye of the beholder.

Posted by: annetta3 | October 9, 2009 10:36 AM

I was getting ready for work this a.m., when they broke the news that he was awareded the Peace Prize. I really thought it was a joke at first.

I don't know how far this man's influences reaches, but it appears that it is pretty deep. I thought that getting the GOP spokesmen to speak in favor of health care was the absolute pinnacle of "community organizing," but I guess I was wrong! I believe this award takes that honor.

There are so many people in this world that are more deserving of this honor than Mr. O. Realistically, what has he done? Just name one thing that he has done that has not alienated people from all parts of the world and at all levels. He has not proven himself and his Presidency is not one that is going to go down well in the history books -- that is unless the revisionists get ahold of it first.

To think that his name is going to go along side the greats is unbelieveable to me.

Posted by: nancycrichton | October 9, 2009 10:37 AM

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.

In this respect, if President Obama accomplishes what he has set out to do, I think he would be an outstanding candidate or winner in the future. However, this award does seem premature.

Getting angry about this is a waste of time, especially if we don't fully understand the context in which the award is given. Let's be constructive.

Does anyone have the list of all the nominees?

Posted by: bocarter | October 9, 2009 10:38 AM

IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THE DELAY IN MAKING A DECISION WHETHER OR NOT TO SEND MORE TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN HAS BEEN BASED ON PREKNOWLEDGE OF THE PEACE PRIZE AWARD?? MEANWHILE THE TROOPS WAIT FOR A DECISION. IT IS A STRETCH TO BELIEVE THAT THIS I/ME PRESIDENT HAS DONE ANYTHING TO RECEIVE SUCH AN AWARD!! THIS IS BEYOND ALL UNDERSTANDING AND SIMPLY TRIVIALIZES THIS AWARDS MEANING!! NOW OUR PRESIDENT AND HIS FAMILY CAN JUMP ABOARD HIS JET, WASTE ANOTHER COUPLE MILLION, AND ENJOY ANOTHER TRIP. MEANWHILE 1/5 OF AMERICANS ARE OUT OF WORK, LOSING THEIR HOMES, UNEMPLOYMENT RUNNING OUT, AND SOME JUST BARELY SURVIVING!! WHAT A TRAVESTY!!

Posted by: donn09 | October 9, 2009 10:38 AM

Am I actually supposed to believe that Obama belongs in the same category of people as Mother Theresa and Martin Luther King Jr., who ACTUALLY DESERVE the Nobel Peace Prize? This is an INSULT to the honor of receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, and it has lost serious credibility. Next time, they might want to consider giving it to someone who has more than a nice smile and a charismatic personality.

Posted by: mtcheney | October 9, 2009 10:39 AM

It is sad when your comment has to include an attack on another party or an individual's leanings. Base your comment on fact rather than political vehemence.

Obama should feel embarrassed receiving this award at this time. He should push back at his party and constituents, he is in office for all of us.

Obama does not deserve this accolade at this time. He may deserve it after his term, after the troops are brought home, after the federal spending has been reallocated and reduced.

*Time will tell.*

Until then, he does not deserve the Nobel. To claim that he does at this point is to sit on a specific fence and shout out spoon fed tag lines.

Stop being a tool to the bipartisan system which is yet screwing us "the common man/woman" again.

Posted by: azmerge | October 9, 2009 10:39 AM

radbwana wrote:

Chris Matthews must be having another one of those Obama tingles running up his leg.

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I thought Chris Matthews tinkled 'down' his leg when Barry Obama was mentioned !!

Posted by: Warthogg | October 9, 2009 10:40 AM

I think we should all appreciate the diversity of Nobel Laureates, in that few Americans have achieved the honor. Perhaps this can be seen as a way to recover from the mistakes of the past and move forward for real peace in our times. Words are not deeds but they do express intentions and inspire ordinary citizens to greatness in everyday life.

Posted by: cameo59 | October 9, 2009 10:42 AM

Obama deserves the prize as per the will of Alfred Nobel.

Disappointing Washington Post graphic giving the the impression of a large disparity in YES and NO votes.

Posted by: NCindependentthinker | October 9, 2009 10:42 AM

First, I think the WP is doing a great job skewing the graph. It's a a great idea to truncate the thing, start at 45% with Yes getting 46% and No getting 54% at the time of my Yes vote. Makes it look like an overwhelming number of people vote No. Great job!

Second. Obama the man probably deserves it. But...The world has guts and foresight to keep giving the prize to any US President. With our huge investment in opening markets with our military, educating backward lands with SMART bombs, militarizing space, and generally bouncing around the globe willy-nilly in our armored gas guzzling humvees to 'liberate', the committee must be way more hopeful than me.

Posted by: drcalm | October 9, 2009 10:43 AM

I hope that President Obama will give the prize money to his family: his Aunt living in public housing in Boston, his homeless uncle in the U.S., his family living in huts in Kenya, etc. He wrote about these people in his book, Dreams from My Father, which won a 1995 British Book Award and a 2006 Grammy Award. They still live in quiet squalor and would be helped tremendously by the money the Nobel brings. I would like to see President Obama walk the walk and truly be his brother's keeper.

Posted by: Chompie | October 9, 2009 10:44 AM

To all who are claiming to be proud to be Americans this morning due to Obama's having received the Nobel Peace Prize...congradulations!! You have just agreed that the Nobel Peace Prize should be awarded based on nothing more then rhetoric. You have just insulted the good name of those who actually, gasp*, worked to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Then again, I guess the awarding of this prize was already a laughable affair considering the 2002 and 2007 recipients.

NONE of Obama's "accomplishments" before becoming President of the "United" States of America warrented his receiving a "once" praisworthy award.

Since becoming President he has, if anything, saught to narrow the prospects of peace abroad not broaden them. Furthermore, the only attempts, if you can even label them as such, at peaceful negotiation have been to slander the American soldiers who died to make a more peaceful world, slander the country that has stepped in on the side of liberty time and time again, oh...and exchange a stable relationship with the European nations for a much more volatile relationship and hopeful promises from President Putin. Good luck following a peacecul agenda with Putin at your side!

Posted by: jonathantm777 | October 9, 2009 10:44 AM

I know, I know - when I first looked at the article this morning, I had to double-check to make sure I wasn't on 'The Onion'. What a circus. What's next - the Noble Science Prize to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, no bount.

Posted by: rmoore080 | October 9, 2009 10:45 AM

The Nobel Peace Prize Selection Committee is "behaving stupidly". They should be so advised. Go-GO

Posted by: gordchris | October 9, 2009 10:45 AM

I like to go into the weekend with a good political joke.

In Europe, nobody would accuse Norwegians of any particular sophistication. They are just hillbillies with money and a prize to give away.

Posted by: brux1 | October 9, 2009 10:45 AM

Initially, i was surprised to find there was no "This is a joke, right?" button.

Posted by: sh801 | October 9, 2009 10:46 AM

Perhaps the Nobel Prize for Peace Committee did not error in its selection of President Obama for the 2009 prize. Mr. Obama has led a nation to more fully and concretely make visible its nobel declaration that "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (sic) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness," without bombs, bullets or bloodshed. Maybe the Committee was not swayed by ideology -- right or left, conservative or liberal -- but by observed performace. Why are we sulking rather than celebrating? Democracy can work!

Posted by: jvfc1 | October 9, 2009 10:49 AM

Apparently "soaring rhetoric" is all they're really looking for at the Nobel committee- rather than any actual results (like Reagan's ending the 40-year Cold War with a military build-up)... or even a speck of historical precedent that would suggest what Obambi's saying makes sense.

http://reaganiterepublicanresistance.blogspot.com

Posted by: ReaganiteRepublican | October 9, 2009 10:50 AM

From today, till he resigns or is impeached or simply voted out of Office, the headlines in a growing number of media will read something like this:

'Nobel peace prize winner, Barack Obama, signed the largest defense appropriations bill in history...it included 45 billion dollars for weapons of mass destruction and 1 billion for Zumwalt class destroyer'

'Peace groups protested the lasted missile attacks by US operated drones authorized by Nobel peace prize winner, President Barack Obama'

'Nobel peace prize winning President Barack Obama, increased combat troop strength in Afghanistan by 40,000'

'Nobel peace prize winning President Barack Obama is now entering the 10th month of refusing to meet face to face with Hezebollah, Hamas, the leaders of Irans ruling regime, with the Taliban, with El Queda, and Black Chicago street gangs.'

A prize needs to be given to the media host who can maintain a straight face the longest while reciting the dirty deeds of Obama!...the Pat Schroeder 'straight face' test comes to mind!

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | October 9, 2009 10:50 AM

Once again many Americans display how profoundly incapable they are of seeing the world through anybody’s eyes but their own. Obama changed the world the night he was elected, because that event bathed the rest of the world in hope—an important element of peace. This, after years of rogue bullying by our leaders that left the rest of the world wondering what we’d do next or what treaty we’d dishonor next, and what they needed to do to protect themselves. Many felt they needed to slam a 2x4 into our shins to slow us from further aggression. Imagine how relieved they were, how able to exhale, when change came! Sometimes merely what we say has enormous consequence, whether with respect to the stock market or with respect to things like “Bring ‘em on!” compared to “Here, have a seat.”

If we can’t see that, maybe this prize should remind us that we’re not the only thinkers on the planet.

Posted by: ChicagoLarry | October 9, 2009 10:51 AM

What are the criteria for awarding a Nobel Peace Prize? I thought you had to have been concretely (and EFFECTIVELY) leading efforts towards establishing peace in a particular area.

Obama spends most of his short tenure as a US Senator campaigning for the Presidency; then is in office less than a year, with no major accomplishments to show at this point, and is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for ..... WHAT???

Just goes to show you what international celebrity status can do for you.

Posted by: lxhobson | October 9, 2009 10:51 AM

I respect the committee's decision to recognize the spirit and approach that President Obama brings to his position. The accomplishment is that he convinced America that his thoughtful and respectful world view is what is needed today. He did not promise that it would miraculously transform all the ills of the world, but he has already restored much of the honor that America can and should earn.

Posted by: RockyRetired | October 9, 2009 10:51 AM

I am saddened to read the posts here today. One year ago we heard so much from candidate Obama about "change" and "divisiveness" and "bringing Americans together." He promised to correct these issues that were dividing Americans. Not only has there been no improvement, division has escalated beyond comprehension. America hasn't been this divided since the Civil War. How can this abysmal failure be rewarded with a Peace Prize? His efforts, regardless of how well-intenioned, have failed in the Middle East, in Asia, in Europe, and in America. The fact that the nomination was made two weeks after Obama's presidency began says it all. "The fix was in." It's an empty award...

Posted by: publisher1861 | October 9, 2009 10:52 AM

Wow! He deserves it-he has changed the perception of how the world views us. Rightwingers-An American got the award -so be happy and dont be stupid.
Sak

Posted by: hello786111 | October 9, 2009 10:52 AM

In the immortal words of J.J.: DY-NO-MITE!

Posted by: elgropo1 | October 9, 2009 10:52 AM

I wonder about those who complain that President Obama has not accomplished anything worthy of the prize. The Nobel committee based their judgment on what he indeed has done, already.

Might the issue be that the challenges Obama faces are so huge that what is yet to be done dwarfs what has already been accomplished?

Posted by: bowmanlenj | October 9, 2009 10:53 AM

He definitely deserved to win!! I am so very proud to be an American!!

Posted by: lmmitchell1 | October 9, 2009 10:54 AM

The Nobel Peace Prize is no longer a badge of honor, but a badge of dishonor. It has been politicized, and is biased, corrupt, and awarded to people expected to advance communism.

Nobel Prize recipient Oscar Arias is a perfect example. When Ronald Reagan was about to have the communist Sandinistas and their leader Daniel Ortega vanquished from Nicaragua, Arias got the Sandinistas to “agree to hold internationally supervised elections”. And we can see the results now -- Nicaragua is now enslaved by communist Chavez/Ortega.

Given Arias’ “success” in Nicaragua, Clinton asked Arias to “mediate” regarding Honduras. In Honduras, Arias is again doing his best to advance communism (Chávez/Zelaya).

Arias has NOT advanced and will NOT advance the cause of peace. On the contrary, as we can see in Honduras, Arias is doing the opposite. Arias is helping Obama and the forces of violence and evil – Castro, Chávez, Zelaya – trample on the rule of law and on the human rights of the Honduran people.

The Nobel Peace Prize is a badge of shame, a shame that Obama, like Arias, fully deserves.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | October 9, 2009 10:58 AM

CONGRATULATIONS MR PRESIDENT!!!THE WORLD SEES THAT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS STILL A COUNTRY OF DIGNITY AND DESERVING RESPECT. I'M PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN AGAIN. THANK YOU SIR.

Posted by: draamm3 | October 9, 2009 10:59 AM

Those of you who claim that Obama doesn't deserve this prize obviously do not understand the purpose or meaning of the prize. It has nothing do with accomplishments. It is a political statement given by a socialist nation that they approve of the person and they like the person's views. Of course he deserves it - he's perfect for it. Just let him have his little prize and move on. We have more important issues to deal with.

Posted by: sahmcolorado | October 9, 2009 10:59 AM

" 3. Those who want achievements instead of speeches and efforts, should be reminded that the world's most intractable problems are in Obama's lap through no doing of his own, but yes through the doings of the previous American president. He can try but if he doesn't succeed, it's not his fault.
Posted by: FedUp1 | October 9, 2009 8:10 AM "
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To FedUP1: I certainly take issue with your comment that Mr. O has inherited ALL of the problems from the prior administration. Some are and some go back to Mr. Clinton. But the big one: the US Economy sits squarely in his lap. He is the one who pushed through this abdominable stimulus bill and has us in an economic mess with unemployment 9.8% and climbing (real numbers equal closer to 17%); the take over of the auto industry and loss of millions of jobs. Nothing has been 'stimulated' by his stimulus package of which 17% has only been spent so far. We are in debt up to our eyeballs, businesses are closing right and left by the day and we have a leader who flits here and there for things but does not take care of the day-to-day business of running this country.

It reminds me of the old saying: "While .... fiddled Rome burned."

Posted by: nancycrichton | October 9, 2009 11:00 AM

Yes, Obama deserved every bit of it. He wasted no time reaching out to other nations, trying to undo the incredible damage inflicted by the war-mongering Bush administration. Obama has his priorities right and he is trying to take this country, which was delivered to him in shambles, into the right direction.

All ye people who sat back for 8 years and let a frat boy trash our economy and reputation should wake up. With Obama as president, I feel hope that my children just might grow up in a better, more peaceful world.

Posted by: washpost7hills | October 9, 2009 11:01 AM

publisher1861, Obama has been judged on his willingness to advance communism. That is the main requirement for the award. The Nobel Peace Prize is a badge of shame.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | October 9, 2009 11:02 AM

"Perhaps the Nobel Prize for Peace Committee did not error in its selection of President Obama for the 2009 prize. Mr. Obama has led a nation to more fully and concretely make visible its nobel declaration that "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (sic) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness," without bombs, bullets or bloodshed. Maybe the Committee was not swayed by ideology -- right or left, conservative or liberal -- but by observed performace. Why are we sulking rather than celebrating? Democracy can work!"

"Err"?- Who is to say, as it's their award.

"Mr. Obama has led a nation to more fully and concretely make visible its nobel declaration...."- What eveidence that Mr. Oabama has "led" anyone, anywhere?

""We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (sic) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness," without bombs, bullets or bloodshed."- Rousing words, indeed, from the Founding Fathers. But the "without bombs, bullets or bloodshed" bit is not theirs, but yours. Note that the Founding Fathers followed these words with deeds, very much involving bombs, bullets, and bloodshed.

"Democracy can work!" Apparently not, in Obama's view, as he has demonstrated himself a committed socialist.

"Maybe the Committee was not swayed by ideology -- right or left, conservative or liberal -- but by observed performace."- Of course the committee was swayed by ideology, as there was no "performance" whatever to have observed, less than two weeks into this administration. Indeed, there is none to observe today.

Posted by: sh801 | October 9, 2009 11:02 AM

The nobel peace prize committee is corrupt. Wikipedia Rigoberta Menchu, the 1992 winner, and you'll see a complete fraud won the nobel prize, and after it was uncovered, they defended the choice instead of just admitting they were duped. Idiots, they are completely discredited. It's a popularity contest for Euro-left wingnuts.

Posted by: skDC1000 | October 9, 2009 11:04 AM

The people who think they can disparage this prize might want to take care in the words they use. Do they really want to sound like the Taliban spokesman who said, "We condemn the award of the Nobel Peace Prize for Obama"?

Whether the award should have been given for hope and change is a valid question, but it simply reflects how most of the free world was horrified by the eight-year rule of Cheney/Bush (and yes, I meant to put Cheney first.)

As the nation in the world with a vastly larger military than others and the nation that pre-emptively attacked a sovereign Iraq for dubious reasons, the United States caused extreme apprehension in the community of nations during the Bush years. Perhaps this award reflects the sigh of relief the rest of the world breathed when Barack Obama was elected.

Posted by: elainehowens | October 9, 2009 11:04 AM

What?
Oh this is great.
Something else to make this arrogant fool more arrogant..

Peace Prize! Gag!

Posted by: Kchance | October 9, 2009 11:05 AM

It's not so much that our president didn't deserve to win, but that so many other, unsung, and yet unknown people were passed over. They are the people who have labored in obscurity for years, perhaps decades, and perhaps at risk for their lives, and who have done much more than talk about peace. But, now they will remain unknown for at least another year.

Posted by: KenBoyer | October 9, 2009 11:05 AM

Personally I do not care if Obama got an award, it was politically motivated its quite plain to see.

It was also based on the fact that he was the first African American president.

Personally that is one thing that really does irk me, people (myself included) and even Obama himself keep referring to him as African American.

I am curious how many brown skinned persons would be poed if someone referred to a white president as a White American President???

I would think that just being American would be enought but NO we have to add in that little bit extra.

The Nobel Committee selects a person of no distinctive accomplishments for an honor that all others have had to achieve something for others and humanity.

However Obama just had to spend 850 million dollars and buy the Office of the President of the United States to get and be AFRICAN AMERICAN to get his award.

Posted by: grandus11 | October 9, 2009 11:05 AM

Carter....Al Gore...now Obama. That speaks for itself. Whatever happened to people who risked their lives in a life long persuit of peace (Mother Teresa, Mandella, Tutu) getting this prize?

Posted by: Revcain777 | October 9, 2009 11:06 AM

sahmcolorado, Obama did deserve the Nobel Peace Prize, a badge of shame awarded to people expected to advance the cause of anti-U.S. communism, to people like Gore, Arias, etc.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | October 9, 2009 11:06 AM

"The accomplishment is that he convinced America that his thoughtful and respectful world view is what is needed today. He did not promise that it would miraculously transform all the ills of the world...."-

-Actually, he did.

Posted by: sh801 | October 9, 2009 11:08 AM

grandus11, the Nobel Committee does NOT select people who have achieved something for others and humanity. It selects people who are expected to advance communism.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | October 9, 2009 11:09 AM

While I agree that this seems perhaps a bit quick and there may well be some "stick a finger in George Bush's eye" aspect....

I wonder how many of those shocked, shocked and appalled, by this were so righteously indignant when they gave it to Kissinger (assuming they are old enough to remember).

As I recall, Tom Lehrer said he stopped writing political satire after that event because what could you write that was more absurd

Posted by: mshaw2 | October 9, 2009 11:09 AM

He was nominated only two weeks after he was in office. Does anyone REALLY think that he did anything in just two weeks that would even justify his nomination, let alone win the award?

This cheapens the award just the same as when Gore won it over a lady who smuggled around 2500 Jewish children out of the Natzi's control and thus saving their lives.

Posted by: mike1004 | October 9, 2009 11:09 AM

Re the hateful comments on here... Look, lots of people can't stand it that Obama got elected, and they are not about to get behind him, try to work together or say or do anything that would result in anything but make him fail. So it is not a surprise that this column should be filled with negativity from those who do everything they can to keep us divided, and then criticize Obama for what they are dedicated to keep from happening.

People can have honest disagreements with policy, but it's easy to tell which of these posters are of good will but have some disagreements and the many who wouldn't dream of having good will.

We can only imagine what life must be like for them and their families that have to be around them.

Posted by: ChicagoLarry | October 9, 2009 11:10 AM

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama has WORKED for Peace and Hope since 1950, when Mr. Obama was 11. Two Prizes for the Dalai Lama would not have been unwarranted.

That Mr. Obama feels it appropriate to snub the Dalai Lama, a true Nobel Laureate, is a repudiation of Mr. Obama's Prize.

The Nobel committee needs to look at their charge,
"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".

The reputation of the Peace Prize has been shattered, the previous Laureates publicly humiliated.

Posted by: VA_MD | October 9, 2009 11:11 AM

Revcain777, thank God Mother Teresa was not soiled with the Nobel Peace Prize! The Nobel Peace Prize has become a badge of shame that is awarded to people who are expected to advance the forces of communism --and the corruption and violence that communism brings.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | October 9, 2009 11:13 AM

Gandhi did not get noble peace price and he was nominated 5 times.

Posted by: sxc019 | October 9, 2009 11:14 AM

Americans need to travel to other parts of the world to really appreciate the turn around in attitude toward the United States and its people. Our President has single-handedly reversed our reputation around the world by promoting cooperation instead of confrontation, which has enormous implications for peace among nations. But then, some people really don't want peace, or cooperation with the world, and see showing respect for other countries as "pandering." There's nothing to say to these people, except that I'm glad we no longer have a president that shares their world view.
Congratulations, President Obama. You didn't ask for this prize, but you deserve it.

Posted by: mb2001 | October 9, 2009 11:14 AM

Let's do a poll asking if America has become a country of of fickle a** haters.

Posted by: Rayden1234 | October 9, 2009 11:14 AM

What a joke, and what an insult to people everywhere who are truly people of goodwill. Here's a man who has associated with the likes of Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers, and one who doesn't respect the lives of the children who suffer the indignity and violation of abortion, most specifically live-birth abortion. And he gets the Nobel Peace Prize along the truly deserving like the late Mother Teresa?

Posted by: Emilt | October 9, 2009 11:14 AM

It's sad when a certain portion of the American population can not see past their obvious racist mental condition to give the president credit for all work he has done so far trying to clean up the garbarge George Bush left behind. If the world changes its view of America, it could lead to less terroist attacks against America. Any President who is capable of dealing with the idiot Birthers, Tea Baggers, Dis-respectful congressmen (Joe Wilson), and the just say no Right Wing Nuts in a proffesional and peaceful manner deserves a Nobel Peace prize.

Posted by: IamLegendary | October 9, 2009 11:15 AM

IAMLEGENDARY - he was nominated 2 weeks in - it's obviously a popularity contest. Just accept it.

Posted by: sahmcolorado | October 9, 2009 11:17 AM

Those who say President Obama does not deserve the Nobel Peace Prize do not understand the prize, international diplomacy, the peace process, or how dangerously close the United States had come to being a world scourge.

There are more complaints about an American president winning a peace prize than there ever were about an American President invading a foreign country with Haliburton.

Americans, for God's sake, educate yourselves!

Posted by: DeFuera | October 9, 2009 11:18 AM

I think all this bluster about it is pretty funny, actually.

Posted by: sahmcolorado | October 9, 2009 11:19 AM

It's embarrassing to win anything you don't deserve. On top of everything else, it makes Obama seem un-American.

Posted by: MJM52 | October 9, 2009 11:21 AM

DEFURA - I don't know about that - there were lots of complaints about that too. Funny comparison, though.

Posted by: sahmcolorado | October 9, 2009 11:22 AM

My ex-wife has all the charm of a diamondback, but she deserves this award more than Obama.

The so called "Peace Prize" is nothing but a political ploy probably arranged and paid for by Soros....Jesus,they gave this thing to Carter who was dumbfounded by a ragtag bunch of Iranian terrorists.

Posted by: bgPhil | October 9, 2009 11:24 AM

Obama's great accomplishment has been to set a new, positive, thoughtful, and inclusive international framework for the negotiations for disarmament and peace--to replace cynicism with hope and the search for blame with the expectation of accountability. The results of this dramatic change will not come overnight. However, what is slowly beginning to emerge are a new spirit of growing mutual respect and candor among nations based on an increasing awareness of the need to put aside differences where there is a compelling need to act jointly for the benefit of humanity and the survival of our planet. He has also repositioned the United States internationally--we are now increasingly seen as a respected world leader in a community of nations and peoples, willing to roll up our sleeves and work with others as an honest broker and articulator of a great vision. These are a huge accomplishments.

Posted by: realistforpeaceandjustice | October 9, 2009 11:24 AM

As much as I support President Obama and his goals, I do feel this award is premature, based on his promise rather than his accomplishments. Give him seven good years in the White House, then decide.

Posted by: acboatman | October 9, 2009 11:25 AM

Didn't Arafat also win this?

Posted by: inmanorj | October 9, 2009 11:25 AM

"I think all this bluster about it is pretty funny, actually."

It's embarrassing that the prize turns into just another occasion for Americans to show their astounding ignorance:

"It's embarrassing to win anything you don't deserve. On top of everything else, it makes Obama seem un-American."

Jeez.

Posted by: DeFuera | October 9, 2009 11:26 AM

How does America expect for President Obama to clean up in 9+ months the mess that took 8 years for Bush to create? President Obama is putting America back where it belongs. Let's not forget that he is not the one who created this chaos - he inherited it... Congratulations President Obama, thank you for your love for our country and for our people and the sacrifices you will have to make for having chosen to run for this presidency.

Posted by: End8yearsofhell | October 9, 2009 11:26 AM

Both Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King had nothing but words in their arsenals. They fostered peace through non-violence and the power of the word, not with guns and bombs. It is Obama’s powerful words that will resonate with the rest of the world to create an atmosphere of hope in which the making of world peace can grow from an idea to a viable reality. The very nature of peace is one of cooperation, non-violence, trust, and the absence of fear and weapons. I say let the man speak, no, shout the message of peace to every world leader! We should recognize that the rest of the world sees us as the only true super power, with enough conventional and nuclear military might to crush the world several times over. If you had to live in a room with a two ton lion, would you not rather he purred than roared? Obama has already done a tremendous amount for world peace by merely reassuring the world that we have all their interest at heart, not only our own. It is fitting that we honor him for doing so.

Posted by: leoWink | October 9, 2009 11:27 AM

SahmColorado,
Actually, there weren't. Remember? It wasn't allowed.

Posted by: DeFuera | October 9, 2009 11:28 AM

DEFUERA - you're too funny

Posted by: sahmcolorado | October 9, 2009 11:29 AM

If the subject of Obama's influence on America and the world wasn't so deadly serious, this would be funnier than hell. Unfortunately, by his inaction, cowardice and intentional weakening of the US, I believe the world opinion might soon change. In the US, it already has and we are braced for another terrorist attack.

Posted by: norwegianbear | October 9, 2009 11:30 AM

Yes.

President Obama bravely stands for world peace won by diplomacy, not cowboy swagger or "preemptive" warfare. He represents the power of the intellect over the sword, and of education over raw ambition. He thinks as deeply as he cares about the world. To do this, he stands against a mighty and violent wrath founded in ignorance, inflammatory rhetoric, and gun-love.

Doubtless he feels unworthy, for he is innately humble. Doubtless he knows what lies ahead and what he must do for his country. The United States may only lead the world to peace if its economy is stable and each of its citizens has good work, bread, housing, education, and a dream for the future.

Posted by: IAmend | October 9, 2009 11:31 AM

norwegianbear - you're right - but people's overreaction to such a meaningless prize is funny. You all just get too worked up.

Posted by: sahmcolorado | October 9, 2009 11:32 AM

A classy thing for President Obama to do would be to turn the prize down and to tell the committee to revisit the issue three years from now.

As it stands now, the awarding to this prize to someone who has no concrete accomplishments makes a mockery of the whole exercise and it is patronizing to our president.

D. K. Ellison

Posted by: DKevinEllison | October 9, 2009 11:32 AM

This is good news for the United States, because of the propaganda value. If it results in one fewer soldier killed or one more terrorist stopped, then I'm all for it. Even if it doesn't have a huge influence, it may make our allies slightly more willing to help us or make our enemies slightly more reluctant to take up arms against us, which is significant in a world of 7 billion people.

Posted by: person2 | October 9, 2009 11:32 AM

I am not surprised that President Obama has been recognized by the Nobel Committee as he's the best thing to happen to the United States in decades. He deserves the Nobel Peace Prize and those who are critical of him are simply green with envy. The 'Right' has never been so wrong, and they won't be able to get back on track with the kind of liberal, progressive thinking that many Republican president used to examplify, because their minds are shut in boxes and they've lost the key. It's pathetic...what a waste of half a population. So many potentially bright, good people led off the path by selfseeking and by fundamentalism. Congratulations to the Democratic Party for having chosen a wonderful leader, and congratulations to the Obama family, who stand for integrity, hard work, and high principles.

Posted by: rationaleditor | October 9, 2009 11:32 AM

Regardless of one's political beliefs, one can only applaud this world affirmation of America's greatness. The Constitution calls for all citizens to embrace "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," as inalienable rights of ALL people. I believe President Obama works from this premise in every thing he tackles. And that the Nobel Committee has chosen to recognize him recognizes our nation's Constitution as one of the greatest in the history of mankind. Congratulations, Mr. President.

Posted by: mdjb | October 9, 2009 11:33 AM

Remember the joyous faces of people all around the world on the night of Obama's election. The hope in their faces is the reason for this Peace prize.

Posted by: miele1 | October 9, 2009 11:34 AM

After looking at possible alternative candidates, I have no great objection to the peace prize going to President Obama. The worrisome factor is that there are no true giants of success in world peace. That reality may reflect that humans truly are not a peaceful species. War seems to have been an integral part of our history. So, congratulations President Obama and we should all hope that we achieve, if not world peace, at least a lower level of anger and conflict.

Posted by: Marvinlee | October 9, 2009 11:35 AM

Your graph displaying the results is very biased. When the majority was "yes"(he deserves the nobel prize) the display was by twos so it showed a large lead ahead of "no". Now that the majority is "no" the graph is counted by ten and it shows a much narrow margin ahead of "yes".

Posted by: voice02 | October 9, 2009 11:36 AM

It seems all Mr. Nobel required for the Peace prize was that it go "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity among nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses." So who's done more this year across the entire international stage? Mr. Obama has caused a world-wide shift in perception; that seems to be all that is required.

Posted by: mrdooley | October 9, 2009 11:36 AM

I spent a couple of years in Norway. I love the Norwegians. Because I love them I will once again have to forgive them for a substandard choice for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Those who chose President Obama have not elevated him as much as they have further denigrated the Peace Prize itself.

Even President Sarkozy of France was dumbfounded when President Obama failed to use his big day at the United Nations to reveal Iran's new reactor at Kom and press for action. How the Presidents actions in speaking of a desire for a nuclear free world, while nations like North Korea and Iran are going in the exact opposite direction, merits any kind of a prize, much less a Nobel Peace Prize is beyond me.

Posted by: commonman1 | October 9, 2009 11:38 AM

because obama received the award because he was President...
the prize money is the property of the United States Of America...
thats what the constitution says and thats the law obama must abide by...

Posted by: DwightCollins | October 9, 2009 11:41 AM

He takes oath on Jan 28, the Committee votes to give it to Obama on the 1st of February. What does that tell you? To me this is a statement saying that US should follow the world´s lead and follow its wishes, Give up our Independence to make policy for the best of our country? This is ridiculous. Nobel Peace prize has just lost VALUE!!!!!

Posted by: hgbecerra | October 9, 2009 11:41 AM

Only two years in the Senate before this youth was elected to President with 43% of the white population vote.(52.5% total) Nine months into his presidency in which his major accomplishment has been spending money. No background here for a Nobel Peace Prize. I get the feeling of extreme rush. I also note Sarah Palin received a Pulitizer and Vince Vaughn received a prize for a movie which has yet to be made.

Posted by: drzimmern1 | October 9, 2009 11:42 AM

President Obama has changed the climate of international politics. That is a great achievement considering how Pres. Bush damaged it and destroyed the good will we had with other nations. Now, the good will is back and we can collectively act with other nations to help prevent nuclear proliferation. With Obama there is hope - and hope was the only treasure of humanity that did not escape from Pandora's box.

Posted by: maddymappo | October 9, 2009 11:43 AM

Since he has been president Obama has continued to send thousands of U.S. troops into two wars, and he has reneged on his pledge to stop imprisoning captured enemy soldiers without charging them or allowing them a court hearing. He talks peace and human rights, but does not walk the walk. Certainly not meritorious of the Nobel Peace Prize at this early point in his presidency. Intentions (even if they are genuine -- which his policies suggest they may not be) are inadequate for such an award. This Prize amounts to an imaginary projection of what the Nobel Committee would like Obama to be, rather than a sober reflection on his foreign policies as president.

Posted by: jbforres | October 9, 2009 11:44 AM

The award is flattering to our President and our nation. Personally, I do not feel worthy to be the final judge on the subject.

I do mourn the hostility of so many of those who have posted messages. Why such hatred exists is beyond me and is a topic that should cause sadness in all Americans.

God bless America, God bless our president and God bless the future of every American.

Posted by: Renaud21 | October 9, 2009 11:45 AM

You know in this unexpected case I only think what he go to do with the million plus, buy cigarettes?

Posted by: alfonsorfarina | October 9, 2009 11:46 AM

mdjb,

I think you say it best. No country is perfect, but the U.S. perhaps more than any other country in history has the power to improve the well-being of everyone on this planet. We have a President that seems to recognize that.

The world has already improved slightly from this endorsement: For about 10 minutes today, the continuous stream of nonsense from all of the gas-bag rabble-rousers in this world stopped briefly as they were struck completely dumb by the announcement.

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Regardless of one's political beliefs, one can only applaud this world affirmation of America's greatness. The Constitution calls for all citizens to embrace "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," as inalienable rights of ALL people. I believe President Obama works from this premise in every thing he tackles. And that the Nobel Committee has chosen to recognize him recognizes our nation's Constitution as one of the greatest in the history of mankind. Congratulations, Mr. President.

Posted by: mdjb | October 9, 2009 11:33 AM

Posted by: Wallenstein | October 9, 2009 11:48 AM

mb2001, if you had lived in other countries, you would better understand what Obama means to freedom-loving people around the world. It means the end of prosperity and freedom for the U.S., and the end of hope for people who used to look at the U.S. as a beacon of prosperity and freedom. With Obama -- who sides with the anti-U.S. Marxist thugs destroying Latin America -- the U.S. has become part of the axis of evil.

The Nobel Peace Prize is no longer a badge of honor, but a badge of shame. It has been politicized, and is biased, corrupt, and awarded to people expected to advance communism. Obama, like Carter, does deserve the badge of Nobel shame.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | October 9, 2009 11:53 AM

I've read ALL of the comments. It is amazing the number of comments that point to BH O'Carter's ONLY acomplishment is that he is not GW Bush. I know - "It's Bush's fault." That dead horse has been flogged ALMOST as much as "That's/Your rascist!" Those dogs no longer hunt ... results, please.

Posted by: IQ168 | October 9, 2009 11:54 AM

Congratulations to our president! May he continue to work for peace both within our country and throught the world.

Posted by: janye1 | October 9, 2009 11:56 AM

The OHC (Obama Hate Corps) is having sissy fits over this. To think that an outside body that sees the world from a different perspective than say, Limbaugh, Steele, Gingrich, O'Reilly, Hannity, Coulter, Savage, and the thousands of lowlifes who chant slogans of hate on the streets, could be right about this remarkable president who has taken giant steps toward world peace initiatives, is simply too much for these right wing thugs to digest. The OHC would rather have a president send their children into a senseless pre-emptive war in Iraq while lying to the people and the world about WMDs. Bravo to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee for their ability to see through the fog of fascism and vote for peace. Congratulations to Mr. Obama!

Posted by: cy31b | October 9, 2009 11:57 AM

This prize has been awarded based on empty promises. We are still at war in Afghanistan (and just suffered the most military deaths for the war in one month), still striking targets in Pakistan, still have a presence in Iraq, and still have Gitmo open. What has the president done? He has shaken hands with Chavez, apologized all over the world for the country he "leads," and ignored his general in Afghanistan. And the possibility that we may have to strike Iran looms.

I find it hard to believe that there are not better candidates. I would say that his being awarded the prize diminishes it, but its prestige was already diminished when it was awarded to Gore. Now the prize has crossed over to being completely irrelevant.

Posted by: lashadow | October 9, 2009 11:57 AM

Wallenstein, the Nobel Peace Prize to Obama does NOT represent the affirmation of America's greatness. It represents the affirmation of Obama's willingness to harm the U.S. and advance communism -- and all the corruption, poverty and despair that communism entails -- in the U.S. and all over the world.

Obama is trying to force democratic Hondurans to submit to communism. Obama is helping Castro/Chavez/Zelaya trample on the rule of law and the human rights of Hondurans!

Posted by: AntonioSosa | October 9, 2009 11:58 AM

Bravo! This is a great and hopeful day for the United States and the World. I think the choice to award the Peace Prize to the first in-office American President since Woodrow Wilson is a courageous and powerful move. Especially so, as he now plans how American strategy in the Middle East will emerge.

You've got the laurels, Mr. President. Now go and prove you are worthy of them. The hopes and prayers of the world are with you.

Posted by: tobeimeanpeter | October 9, 2009 11:59 AM

What are his accomplishments for peace?
- Escalated the war in Afghanistan
- According to the Post, is hiring huge numbers of contractors - mercenaries - to replace U.S. troops and continue the war in Iraq
- So-called Middle East peace efforts resulted in abject failure, with the Israeli prime minister today saying Israel would not agree to peace, with the Administration continuing to pay billions for Israeli atrocities
- Stepping up American involvement in the brutal war in Columbia
- Increasing the U.S. military budget - almost as much as the rest of the world combined spends on war and preparations for war
- Increasing the number of U.S. troops
- Refusing to agree to nuclear arms reduction with the Russians because they wanted to reduce more than Obama was willing to

So he does have accomplishments, but they would seem to justify a war prize not a peace prize. What is the Nobel Committee smoking?

Posted by: BillSamuel | October 9, 2009 12:00 PM

What a bizarre story!
The Peace Prize loses a little more credibility, awarding a prize for what it considers to be good intentions.

Because it can only be intentions that they are rewarding. The man has not accomplished anything on the international stage, beyond an extended display of good intentions. And if history shows us anything, it is that good intentions alone are not enough to guarantee any diplomatic success.

They should have had the wisdom to wait until he actually accomplishes something, if in fact he ever does.

Posted by: capeman228 | October 9, 2009 12:00 PM


The Nobel Committee has parodied itself with this ludicrous stunt and actually does Obama a disservice as this sets him up for further mockery.

I'll give credit to Obama for seeming to get the joke in his remarks this morning. He needs to because Saturday Night Live and the talk show hosts will.

Posted by: DagnyT | October 9, 2009 12:03 PM

I turned on the news this morning to hear what I thought was a dream, Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize. While hearing him except the award with tears running down my face all I could think of was thank you. With so much hate here and around the world his aspirations of offering hope cuts the dark curtain of a world gone mad. Hope is worth the prize and the work is far from done but I'm so glad he's my President.

Posted by: rsthila1 | October 9, 2009 12:03 PM

ANTONIOSOSA,

As someone who actually grew up in a communist country, let me say that you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. None whatsoever. Think things through, then get back to me in a year or two.

Posted by: Wallenstein | October 9, 2009 12:03 PM

Congratulations to our wonderful President Obama on his being awarded the Nobel Prize.

How said that the world sees his value while so many of our own citizens do not....it shows what havoc the right wing has wrought...shameful

Posted by: BarbarainPalmSprings | October 9, 2009 12:11 PM

The committee has just demonstrated that they know what Obama understands instinctively, that peace like war begins with words.

Posted by: AverageJane | October 9, 2009 12:12 PM

Let me see, they gave this prize to Jimmy Carter and Al Gore! They are really dumbing down the value of this so called prize aren't
they?
Little inconsequential countries trying to
reward people who support their agenda!!

Why does any one care?

Posted by: SCSOCAL | October 9, 2009 12:12 PM

I have to say I was really surprised by this, but once I understood that the committee gives the prize to encourage as well as to aknowledge it made more sense.

It is an inditement of the Bush Administration's DISGRACEFUL "my way or the highway" tactics, and a pat on the back for true international diplomacy - and a beacon for all countries who are struggling to find their way out of the current financial and international relations mess.

I was never so proud to call myself an American as when Obama was elected, and this is really wonderful encouragement. I have often felt badly that he has to struggle with such a mighty (and to me terrifying) agenda - but at least he knows that many people around the world and in his own country appreciate what he is trying to accomplish.

GO OBAMA GO!!

Posted by: CharlesL | October 9, 2009 12:13 PM

Ever since Arafat won the peace prize I have been amazed at the opaque workings of the Nobel commitee. The fact is Obama has accomplished nothing and this prize is intended more as an insult to Bush than anything else. This prize has been degraded to nothing more than a political statement by left leaning Europeans.

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Posted by: MaryThresher | October 9, 2009 12:14 PM

You are right, skDC1000. It's a popularity contest for Euro-left wingnuts, probably led by Soros, U.S. enemy in chief.

To win the Prize, you have to be willing and ready to harm the U.S. and to advance communism. Rigoberta Menchu is a perfect example, so is Oscar Arias, who helped Castro/Chavez/Ortega enslave Nicaraguans and is now forcing Hondurans(with Obama's help) submit to anti-U.S. communists (Castro/Chavez/Zelaya).

As someone who is harming the U.S. and U.S. friends, and advancing communism in the U.S. and in other countries, Obama does deserve the Nobel badge of shame.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | October 9, 2009 12:14 PM

A silly, non-scientific poll worthy of Fox News.

How about a poll on whether Richard Cohen should be retired?

I vote Yes.

Posted by: howie14 | October 9, 2009 12:15 PM

The committee has just demonstrated that they know what Obama understands instinctively, that peace like war begins with words.

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Posted by: MaryThresher | October 9, 2009 12:17 PM

I don't know if he derserves it YET, but I think the world is so relieved and overjoyed not to have "W" in the presidency that they are going out of their way to show they appreciate some real leadership from the U.S.

Posted by: valind | October 9, 2009 12:22 PM

Why sould we be surprised? Didn't Rigoberta Menchú get it?
Didn't Albert Gore get it the same year Irena Sandler was nominated?

Posted by: air1 | October 9, 2009 12:25 PM

If you notice, the question is bias in its wording. Does Obama "deserve" the prize makes it sound like he didn't earn it in the first place. Please fix your stupid polls and make them fair, not that I support Obama, he didn't do anything for the prize, then again no one else "deserves" it more than he does. He's black and he's the president of the US, that's enough to get him recognition for every award.

Posted by: Griever33 | October 9, 2009 12:26 PM

This is hardly a surprise. These are the same folks that awarded the Peace Prize to Al Gore for propagating the myth of man made global warming! We shouldn't be so naive to think that a political award such as this has sound reasoning behind it.

Posted by: boris95 | October 9, 2009 12:27 PM

Yes, all of Obama's tireless teleprompter reading has paid off. Jackpot! Wonder if he will us the money to help his village in Kenya replace it's idiot?

Posted by: bgPhil | October 9, 2009 12:27 PM

AntonioSosa actually wrote: "Obama is trying to force democratic Hondurans to submit to communism. Obama is helping Castro/Chavez/Zelaya trample on the rule of law and the human rights of Hondurans!

So waking up a president and taking him to the airport in his pajamas and flying him out of the country is how leadership changes happen in a democracy? Some would rightfully call it a coup.

My question is why conservatives care at all. If they think the award is worthless, well, why care? Scientists, people who conservatives only respect when there results agree with their views, have determined some of the antiObamaness is due to underlying racism that people have suppressed. They don't consider themselves racist but they also cannot accept a black president or a black president getting an award. So the mind rationalizes their feelings with new realities, like Obama is not an American (he's Kenyan), he is not elegible to be president, he is a communist, he has evil plans, etc.

I remember the conservatives calling liberals, who were upset with Bush's lies and deceit, as having "Bush derangement syndrome". Yet conservatives show the same level of anger at something like a prize. Obama derangement syndrome is real, alive and well. Put it right up there with the UFO histeria of the 1950s and 60s, and it should receive the same amount of respect, none.

Posted by: Fate1 | October 9, 2009 12:27 PM

Will they now start to award Nobel Prizes in medicine for hoping to cure disease?

Posted by: sthoswiley | October 9, 2009 12:28 PM

The Norwegian Nobel Peace Price committee with their new chairman T. Jagland, a former, Premier Minister, apparently wish to invite Obama to Norway. But a visit should be arranged trough normal diplomatic channels and not by using the Nobel Peace Price as a cover.

Posted by: clark010 | October 9, 2009 12:28 PM

Obama's receipt of the Nobel Prize is yet another indication of how meaningless this honor has become. Consider such fellow recipients as Yassir Arafat and the indescribably appalling Jimmy Carter.
Evidently hewing to the Carter line works wonders in Stockholm: craven surrender to the Muslim world; adopting a post-American universalism; distancing from Israel; practicing appeasement -- whether with the Iranians over their nuclear ambitions, the Russians with regard to Georgia, Poland and the Czech Republic or kow-towing to the vile King of Saudi Arabia. It is also clearly an award for posturing and speaking rather than action. Can we site a single example where Obama has actually advanced peace? The term "surrender" comes to mind more immediately.

Posted by: svetistephen | October 9, 2009 12:29 PM

Heck of a job, Barackie! What a joke!

Posted by: mihalick | October 9, 2009 12:32 PM

Wow! I'm going to have to get myself a good speech writer.

Posted by: malafry | October 9, 2009 12:34 PM

This award should be shared with the voters who were smart enough to elect a true leader compared to the stupid cowboy who couldn't even string a full sentence together.

Posted by: dweave | October 9, 2009 12:36 PM

EVEN JESUS SAID "HE COULDN'T BE A PROFIT IN HIS OWN COUNTRY"
I GUESS THE PRESIDENT WOULD REALLY BE SUCCESSFUL IF HE COULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE HATRED AND CORRUPTION IN THIS COUNTRY.
HAVE WE NO SHAME? WE TALK ABOUT THE WARS IN OTHER COUNTRIES AS THOUGH IT DOSEN'T HAPPEN HERE. IF 44,000 PEOPLE DIE EACH YEARS BECAUSE OF NO HEALTH INSURANCE. WE ARE NOT COUNTING THOSE WHO DIE FROM NO HEALTH CARE AT ALL. WE DON'T COUNT THE CHILDREN WHO DIE FROM PREVENTABLE ILLNESSES BEFORE THEIR FIRST BIRTHDAY, OR GUN DEATHS, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND OTHER PREVENTABLE DEATHS. IF WE WERE ANOTHER COUNTRY, WE WOULD CALL IT GENECIDE. HERE IN AMERICA WE HIDE THE TRUTH.

I'M REALLY TIRED OF HEARING THE SELFISHNESS, FEAR AND GREED EXPRESSED BY MY FELLOW AMERICANS AND EXPLOITED BT THE MEDIA AS NEWS.

OUR NATION IS WEAKER AND AT HIGH RISK BECAUSE OF OUR INABILITY TO CARE FOR EACH OTHER.

YES THE PRESIDENT DESERVES THE PEACE PRIZE. HE IS TRYING TO GET PEACE THROUGH DIPLOMACY AND RESPECT. HE IS DOING THIS AGAINST ALL ODDS FROM THE AMERICA PEOPLE.

Posted by: sm98yth | October 9, 2009 12:38 PM

Are you kidding me? This is really denigrading and cheapens the whole Nobel Prize value and its status. Also it seems the majority of the members of the Nobel Prize committee are actually leftist and are not independants which proves the outcome. Now the Nobel Prize is rendered a fake.

Posted by: par12 | October 9, 2009 12:39 PM

Sorry, I read that and nearly lost my breakfast. The Nobel committee is now officially the American Idol of world awards,

Posted by: gigster | October 9, 2009 12:41 PM

John1263: You're right about history, i.e., the only thing we learn is that we never learn. Thanks to leftist anarchy, "free speech" has disintegrated into whoever has the biggest bull horn. Civil discourse, sadly, seems to have no place in America any more. History will judge BO's Nobel-worthy accomplishments long after we're gone. Until then, it's like urinating in a dark suit, i.e., he gets a warm feeling but virtually nobody else notices--or cares.

Posted by: 65tarheel | October 9, 2009 12:42 PM

I sincerely hope that the day comes when President Obama is a deserving recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Posted by: buffndm | October 9, 2009 12:43 PM

Excuse me, American Publication:

I believe that you are not actually in a position to chose this, arrogant as you are.

The people of the Nobel Endowment could probably care less about what Americans think on this.

I think what you need to pull from this is to learn to 'think Bigger', on a global scale, and not insular like you so often like to think you deserve or enjoy.

I'm proud that OUR president has garnered this recognition.

Do I now get to assert, (as the GOP would in similar circumstances), that if you disagree with the Nobel award awarded to our president, then you are somehow unpatriotic?

I won't because it's not my call.

When you have an award as prestigious as the Nobel Peace Prize, America, then your little polls and petty opinions may mean something to your own award show - like American Idol.

Until then - we laugh at your arrogance in thinking your opinion means anything close to squat in this award.

laughing-out-loud.

Posted by: pgibson1 | October 9, 2009 12:44 PM

This confirms that the Nobel Peace Prize has been completely devalued. An insult to the efforts of many heroes before this day. Nice job you well intentioned idiots!

Posted by: another_lab_rat | October 9, 2009 12:45 PM

A little over 11 moths ago I saw 'Human-Beings' of every Race and Nation galvonized by a Presidential Candidate from the city of Chicago who did not present A Black Ticket,A White Ticket or Mulatto Ticket but a ticket that said we as a nation of Human-Beings can change- America for the better.

We can all change. I want the best for my family,I want the best for yours. We have a President whom if the people of America gets behind him can possibly usher in what can be the Rebirthing of a Nation.

Yes he is one of the children of this nation with its belief in a God that wants the best for all him children. President Obama is one also . Yes he deserves it.

Yes he deserves it and I commend the committee on having the spunk to do it.

Posted by: Elshaddi | October 9, 2009 12:45 PM

He was elected because some of us thought he would pull the troops out of the mideast. That would have been justification for the prize if it ad happened.

Posted by: billwald | October 9, 2009 12:46 PM

I could be wrong, but maybe Obama is onto something that many Repubs and Dems alike can not yet fathom. Is it possible to actually get along? Is this the dawn of the Age of Civility?

As a catalyst promoting peace, healthcare, discussion and open dialogue, a man endeavors to make the world a better place. A place where despite our differences, we can all live together. Being elected against history and odds, is a triumph in itself.

Imagine if we were all working toward that same direction - and at the very least - not working against a noble (or Nobel) idea because of the message bearer!

Thankfully, a few people near the top do grasp the concept. Congratulations President Obama.

Posted by: DonJulio | October 9, 2009 12:47 PM

It isn't true to say that Obama has achieved nothing. He actually has achieved quite a lot in such a short time and has a lot more to overcome.

Eight years of neocon war mongering, torture, gulags, CIA incompetence, corruption, environmental desvastation, diplomatic blunders etc, etc will take a long, long time to recover from, but Obama has made a start and for that he deserves credit.

Posted by: francinelast | October 9, 2009 12:48 PM

The best thing for Obama to do NOW is be modest about the honor that it gives for the unaccomplished deeds, and forthrightly decline the prize and say so modestly so that everyone will stop the barage of forthcoming insults that will continue until he will come out and refuse it later. Do it now before all or some of his promises fail and will not come to fruition.

Posted by: par12 | October 9, 2009 12:52 PM

From some of these comments, the nuts have come out to play today. My HS football coach had a description for these self obsessed haters: It's always the bums who knock the greats.

Today I am a very proud American!

Posted by: ajlerner1 | October 9, 2009 12:53 PM

Not to disparage President Obama--I'll bet he didn't even have himself on the contender shortlist--but he won the prize not for what he's accomplished but because he's not Bush. The peace prize committe has been ham-fisted with this one.

Posted by: Ex-NavyPilot | October 9, 2009 12:53 PM

I am not surprised that our current President is awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for honorable intentions. After all, he is the new messiah. I do not expect the European progressives to honor the real accomplishments of non-progressives like Ronald Reagan's part in the liberation of hundreds of millions from the boot of communism or G.W. Bush’s liberation of the Iraqi people from the mass graves and rape rooms. Does anyone find the timing strange, e.g. Just when the President has to decide whether or not to send additional troops into Afghanistan.

Posted by: srowitt | October 9, 2009 12:56 PM

Was the Nobel awarded for intentions or results?

From what I am to surmize from the committee's comments it was for intentions over the past year. Fine...

My grandfather told me many years ago that "the road to hell is paved with good intentions."

Call me foolish... but, I'll wait for his results.

Posted by: astevens-OH | October 9, 2009 1:04 PM

I was always under the impression that in order to win an oscar you must star in a movie first.

Posted by: charliegrimm1 | October 9, 2009 1:07 PM

What a farce! Politics at its worse...Obama hasn't earned it!

Posted by: FloridaCitizen | October 9, 2009 1:07 PM

I think it is too early for him to have received the Peace Prize. It is like a track star who is given the medal before he wins the race. His efforts need to come to a successful conclusion before an award is given. The comments I read from the right on this page are typical. Obama is trying to clean up the mess left by the last administration and no matter what he says, does or tries to do will be criticized. The 2010/2012 campaign is getting into gear.

Posted by: MyVoice3 | October 9, 2009 1:07 PM

Congratulations to President Obama!!!!!!!

Cheer up, people. Happy Friday!

Posted by: shejoy | October 9, 2009 1:10 PM

Only in America could winning the Nobel peace prize be a political liability. Obama has brought a sea change in America's approach to the rest of the world, and in the world's view of America. If that hasn't advanced the cause of world peace, nothing has.

Posted by: IowaCity | October 9, 2009 1:11 PM

Obama should have refused the prize with a statement saying "I am not worthy of the honor." Instead it will go to his already swelled head. Real messiahs don't get Nobel awards; they get crucified.

Posted by: ravitchn | October 9, 2009 1:15 PM

It's as though sports writers could name a MVP prior to the season!

Posted by: tonyholst | October 9, 2009 1:16 PM

1. The prize is about the 8-year-long Bush-Debacle, and Obama's 180° turn away from the abiss....

2. The award is indirectly for the american people who clearly voted for change and thus allowed for a radical shift in international realtions...

3. The prize is about the restoration of hope where there once was bigotry, ignorance, hatred and the resulting plain arrogance of the Bush administration...

Question to all who so vehemently object;
Could any of you have (even remotly) justified –or dreamt– of Bush receiving the Prize?

Posted by: ValerioX | October 9, 2009 1:16 PM

Is it too much to ask for the Republicans to get a grip? Be thankful we have a president who is inspiring the world to think in terms other than war. This Nobel Prize is not something President Obama sought. He was selected by a body which is independent of our political skirmishes. We should be grateflu if the perception in the world is that the USA favors working toward ending hostilities between nations. Congratulations, President Obama!

Posted by: carolsbarber | October 9, 2009 1:19 PM

My Norweigian grandmother must be rolling over in her grave. I wonder if Obama will share the wealth with all of his many appointed CZARs? Perhaps with friends at ACORN also.
I can only pray that now, Obama will send help to our troops in Afghanistan who are dying in record numbers.
There is a leftist newspaper for those who don't find the Washington Post to their liking...it is called the New York Times.

Posted by: Taboga1 | October 9, 2009 1:20 PM

Obama probably DOESN'T deserve the award — but I still thimk it is a good choice! That is mostly because it has confounded SO many people including me. I believe he has changed the world with his election based on HOPE. And the world clearly has a deep interest in believing that message. Let us hope(!) our country can live up to the promise of the word, and that the Peace Prize and Mr. Obama will grow into the new-found hope his election has brought to everyone around the world.

Posted by: kite1 | October 9, 2009 1:20 PM

I was, and still am, under the impression that Nobel prizes are awarded for achievement rather than intention. Perhaps, President Obama,s achievements in future may very well justify the Nobel Peace prize but that only time will tell. I do not think that he deserves the Nobel prize this year. He is extremely intelligent and well intentioned and I support him in almost all of his objectives and policies but whether his policies and strategies, whose success depends upon many other actors,will bear fruit, it is too early to tell.

Posted by: njaggar | October 9, 2009 1:20 PM

"The award is flattering to our President and our nation. Personally, I do not feel worthy to be the final judge on the subject.
I do mourn the hostility of so many of those who have posted messages. Why such hatred exists is beyond me and is a topic that should cause sadness in all Americans.
God bless America, God bless our president and God bless the future of every American."

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Thank you and well said - I whole heartedly agree with your post! Rotten tomatoes to the nay sayers and haters. May they forever be banished into the wildnerness to act out their remaining cave man mentatility days. They can come back out when they have evolved.

Posted by: Kathy5 | October 9, 2009 1:21 PM

I find it amazing that this question was even asked. We all know that not a single person who voted for Mcain and Palin will answer this question yes he deserved this honor. What a shame we can not look at this as a positive accomplishment for our Country. This only fuels partison divide by asking such a foolish question. The poll is useless. AOL,Washington Post ,RNC, all are going to have people who are over whelmingly going to answer this in a negative fashion. Too Bad

Posted by: dullian | October 9, 2009 1:22 PM

Now that he's brought about world peace, can he start bringing jobs back to America?

Posted by: Windknot1 | October 9, 2009 1:23 PM

The thing about President Barak Obama getting this award is that he did not "win" it as much as it was "given to" him and that does not speak well for the Officials in charge of picking those who have "won" their awards.

But what is he to do? Not accept it? That would be rude. So, the Nobl Prize is looking more like the Olympics in that some win the gold even though they didn't "really win the gold," because of the "politics" of it.

Posted by: rannrann | October 9, 2009 1:29 PM

Since taking office, Obama has deployed an additional 21,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan. In the next 2-3 months, 68,000 U.S. soldiers and Marines are scheduled to be on the ground there. Is this why Obama won the Nobel prize? Or it because he's black?

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | October 9, 2009 1:39 PM

Congratulations Mr. President!!!

Posted by: Smiley2 | October 9, 2009 1:42 PM

I am always thrilled when any American received a Nobel prize. What an honor!

But in this case, it was a very poor choice and it has cheapened the prize and the process.

He should have been nominated after accomplishing something - not for his speeches. Especially since he was nominated right after taking office.

The whole thing is simply odd. I don't know whether to clap or be embarrassed.

Posted by: jrsnotary | October 9, 2009 1:47 PM

Congratulations President Obama!

Posted by: MarkWayneWhite | October 9, 2009 1:48 PM

More proof of the utter worthlessness of this so-called prize. It's a leftist political baubble. Nothing plus nothing = nothing.

Posted by: jdstubbs | October 9, 2009 1:53 PM

I haven't read all of the comments above to see if I'm being redunant or not, but any man of honor in Obama's circumstances, having done absolutely nothing except talk until we're all sick of the guy, would gracefully turn down the prize. The idea would be to then go forth and try to accomplish something that would be deserving of the prize. Ya think?

Posted by: ljjssnider | October 9, 2009 2:04 PM

u all miss the point. after decades of Crusaders, Warmongers, Torturers, Regime Changers, funding of 'Freedom Fighters' [ which caused the blowback from Afghanistan], we finally have a President who has rejected all that crap. no mean feat and a great relief to the world.

Posted by: tedri50 | October 9, 2009 2:05 PM

I have a real bad feeling about this...

Theodore Roosevelt was the recipient in 1906 for his work to negotiate an end to the Russo-Japanese war. We know how that turned out: both countries waged war against the US later in the 20th century. Perhaps it would have been better to leave them alone?

Woodrow Wilson was awarded the prize in 1919 for shaping the Treaty of Versailles. If I am not mistaken, most historians agree that in a way the Treaty of Versailles "caused" the 2nd World War.

Of course at this point we can only guess what his deed is going to be, as he got the prize for good intentions. I think he is gonna sink the Maldives...

Posted by: erdodi | October 9, 2009 2:06 PM

The outrage kneejerk reaction by the Faux Americans indicates the narrow view they have of reality. The Obama Peace Prize is an accurate reflection of the status and reputation Obama has in the rest of the world. The Faux America reflects the lint of its navel.

Posted by: lowercaselarry | October 9, 2009 2:07 PM

This is the biggest joke since Al Gore's Nobel win. In case you didn't know, we're talking about the same Al Gore who lives in a mansion that consumes as much power as a small village;the same Al Gore who jets around the world in his fuel-sucking private jet telling US how WE need to consume less energy.

So why Obama ? The so-called rationale for this absurdity is that this is an "aspirational" award. Since I aspire to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony, do I not deserve such as award, too. Has the Nobel Committee forgotten that Hell is paved with good intentions.

Here is a list of Obama's actual "peace" accomplishments:
(1)Had a beer summit at the White House to bring peace between a Harvard professor and a Cambridge police officer after Obama's racially inflammatory remarks.
(2)Hunted down teenage pirates on the high seas using Navy Seals during the Somali pirate ordeal.
(3)Quickly broke campaign promises to quickly remove all American military members from Iran and has prolonged their stay by redefining their mission by changing the vocabulary.
(4)Bombed Pakistan border against the wishes of the Pakistani government using drones.
(5)Will most probably be sending more troops to Afghanistan to fight war against Al Qaeda and the Taliban while overseeing a sharp rise in American casualties in Afghanistan. (Even the Taliban are smart enough to figure out Obama hasn't been a symbol of peace.)

Face it, folks. This is just another jab at George Bush.

Posted by: w3sj | October 9, 2009 2:15 PM

I am an Obama supporter, and I worked hard for his election, but this Nobel Peace Prize is embarassing and premature. As someone else has commented, this current award cheapens the Nobel Peace Prize. The same goes, in spades, for Albert Gore's peace prize a few years ago. The Prize is quite meaningless if it is going to be awarded for no important, concrete accomplishments whatsoever.

Posted by: mardan99 | October 9, 2009 2:18 PM

This Nobel prize is as much an honor for America as it is for Mr. Obama. Why can't the critics accept the honor graciously in the spirit of Peace for which the prize is intended?

Posted by: fasm7700 | October 9, 2009 2:19 PM

It is interesting that a lot of people who voted for Obama agree that, at the very least, the timing was wrong on this award.

I would like to see the list of 200+ nominees. I have little doubt that there were many who have spent years laboring for peace in some local, national, or international arena. The Nobel Committee has thumbed their noses at such believers in peace.

Posted by: marlendale | October 9, 2009 2:20 PM

55% against is pretty bad considering 95% of post readers are flaming libs. wait till 2010.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | October 9, 2009 2:20 PM

ravitchn wrote: "Real messiahs don't get Nobel awards; they get crucified."

Are you kidding? Conservatives started crucifying Obama on January 20 in every way, even applauding the US loosing the 2016 Olymipic bid ONLY because Obama appealed for the US to win. He is no messiah, but if he becomes one it will be due to the conservatives who are showing America their ugliness and lack of patriotism. If a backlash happens it will be Americans turning their backs on conservatives, with Obama getting the credit just for weathering it all.

Posted by: Fate1 | October 9, 2009 2:20 PM

This Nobel prize is as much an honor for America as it is for Mr. Obama. Why can't the critics accept the honor graciously in the spirit of Peace for which the prize is intended?

Posted by: fasm7700 | October 9, 2009 2:20 PM

I just went and looked up the original text of Alfred Nobel's will in regard to the Nobel Peace Prize:

"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"

Just for everyone's information.

Posted by: sahmcolorado | October 9, 2009 2:21 PM

It would appear that we, The american people have a long way to go in respecting ourselves in order for others to respect us.

This is a great honor bestowed on the man and the office and brings a noteworthy mark to 'we the people', who was sick and tired of business as usual has turned the page to new business.

Some of us are never satisfied and will never let go of the hate and mistrust of a man who didn't asks permission to stand away from the past- look to a better world that can be. Sad, I think because the bitterness will linger longer then it should, causing pain in moving forward.

I hope they join us in the future, the light from the sun isn't a bad place to be.

Posted by: arandoph2017 | October 9, 2009 2:24 PM

Although I believe this award is premature, I think it is really about what America represents to the world. At its best, America is a beacon of hope and a leader of change to the rest of the world. That image has taken a beating in recent years/decades. President Obama presents a fresh voice and face to the world. Is it surprising that people across the world have responded to him in such a positive way?

Posted by: dunnettreader | October 9, 2009 2:26 PM

...so he was nominated before he could have done any of those things so apparently the original intent of the prize is not important for a nomination. Some may argue that he has done something on that list after he was nominated and obviously the prize committee is making that claim. Weird that you can nominate someone before they do something, though. just strange.

Posted by: sahmcolorado | October 9, 2009 2:26 PM

This is all too meta for me. Obama's campaign was fueled on hope and now the Nobel Committee has awarded him for the hope that he inspires? As an independent, progressive American I am quite tired of the ephemeral. Want things to start moving into the tangible. Quickly.

Posted by: coking | October 9, 2009 2:31 PM

I can't conceive how this award will help the President on any level. The comedic pundits will have a proverbial field day. Most people won't take it seriously and will probably take Mr. Obama less seriously than before. My immediate reaction was that he should refuse it, and there's nothing yet to change my mind.

Posted by: rsmgb | October 9, 2009 2:31 PM

As a Democrat, I find this embarrassing to the country and should be to the Nobel committee.

Barack Obama is getting a Nobel prize for giving speeches of hope? What a complete ignorant reason to award the prize. I believe him a failed president and a man completely void of any leadership except a need for personal attention.

What a shame.

Posted by: Realitycheck6 | October 9, 2009 2:31 PM

As a Democrat, I find this embarrassing to the country and should be to the Nobel committee.

Barack Obama is getting a Nobel prize for giving speeches of hope? What a complete ignorant reason to award the prize. I believe him a failed president and a man completely void of any leadership except a need for personal attention.

What a shame.

Posted by: Realitycheck6 | October 9, 2009 2:34 PM

DwightCollins wrote:
I just heard that obama is going to donate the prize money...
that is not his money...
that money belongs to the United States of America...
why don't the morons at the whitehouse read the constitution...
10/9/2009 2:03:42 PM

Posted by: DwightCollins | October 9, 2009 2:35 PM

"Obama has already changed the climate..."

Wait - I thought Al Gore already got an award for that!

For people who say nobody else good was nominated, what about this guy:

Greg Mortenson, nominated for the prize by some members of Congress, who the bookies gave 20-to-1 odds of winning. Son of a missionary, a former army Medic and mountaineer, he has made it his mission to build schools for girls in places where opium dealers and tribal warlords kill people for trying. His Central Asia Institute has built more than 130 schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan - a mission which has, along the way, inspired millions of people to view the protection and education of girls as a key to peace and prosperity and progress.

Posted by: CowboyGirl1 | October 9, 2009 2:35 PM

What a total farce and this has to be the biggest joke in all history as well. And,in
fact Barack Hussein Obama's hometown Chicago Tribune comments section is already
running overwhelmingly against Obama even ever deserving to win,the once prestigous
Nobel Prize for Peace as well..And it has
also cost what little remaining crecitibility the Nobel Prize still had after it screwed up and gave the award to
Al Gore,Jimmy Carter,and Adolf Hitler.

So,the Nobel Prize Committee must think Obama endless world apology tour,phony photo ops,reading teleprompter speeches not
even written by Obama,golfing,shooting loops,destroying the US economy,still letting American and Allied Troops continue
to be butchered in Afghanistan and Iraq,and
date nights with Michelle and now Oprah are
good enough reasons to award Barack Obama
with a Nobel Peace Prize. How Disgusting.

The most proper Award Barack Hussein Obama
actually deserves is Dumbiest Person Alive
Award for total failure and stupidity. So,
therefore as far as Iam concerned the Nobel
Prize just lost all creditibility and all
meaning as an International Award.

Posted by: carleen09 | October 9, 2009 2:36 PM

A proud day for all Americans to have a sitting President honored with the Noble Peace Prize. The award is given for contributions towards peace in 2009, and unless, you have been living in a cage, or in denial, President Obama was been using diplomacy to heal the rift between the United States and the international community since his election.
It is not for internal political consumption, it so for international leadership and statesmanship.
Congratulations Mr.President and God's speed.

Posted by: ruraledcomm | October 9, 2009 2:39 PM

Is there something to read into the Post's choice of blue for those who support the selection, and red for those who do not? If so, your attempt at the subliminal is offensive.

Posted by: juswondren | October 9, 2009 2:42 PM

Obama should give a shoutout to 43 for helping form his message, which is "I'm the opposite of you."

Posted by: coking | October 9, 2009 2:45 PM

He should not have been considered until at least 2012.

Posted by: Thunko | October 9, 2009 2:49 PM

Our President is faced with issues, never seen before in history, he deserves The Nobel Prize and more.( this ain't no walk in the park)

Communication is key in any relationship, husbands and wives, parents and kids, best friends, business associates and goverments.

Diplomacy is very important, especially today. We all have issues of some sort, those who judge the President, need to examine thier own heart and mind. They should ask, could I do a better job ?

Posted by: kimatthews62 | October 9, 2009 2:50 PM

Boy, what a load of Conservative whining here. I think I can hear Beck over everybody else. Of course Airhead Bush is wondering why he didn't win it. He considers himself a noble person. But of course, they don't hand out peace prizes to people who start wars on false pretexts.

Posted by: chopin224 | October 9, 2009 2:50 PM

Boy, what a load of Conservative whining here. I think I can hear Beck over everybody else. Of course Airhead Bush is wondering why he didn't win it. He considers himself a noble person. But of course, they don't hand out peace prizes to people who start wars on false pretexts.

Posted by: chopin224 | October 9, 2009 2:51 PM

This is an absurd decision. Unfortunately it will also provide ammunition to the right wing snark machine to help them protect their corporate masters in the health care fight.

Posted by: lithium452 | October 9, 2009 2:59 PM

DwightCollins wrote: "I just heard that obama is going to donate the prize money...that is not his money...
that money belongs to the United States of America...why don't the morons at the whitehouse read the constitution..."

What part of the Constitution says he can't keep the money?

Posted by: Fate1 | October 9, 2009 3:04 PM

I think Obama nailed it in these comments. He knows it is not some recognition of accomplishments but rather the "call to action" which he has started.

The right wing will try to make hay out of this as some kind of confirmation of the world's "Messiah complex" with this man. But that is only because they have repeatedly and emphatically stated that they do not want to be part of answering this "call to action". With that, there is nothing left for them to do but grumble.

Posted by: B2O2 | October 9, 2009 3:05 PM

In my opinion, this is not a question in terms of left or rigth. It's about the fact that Obama has about ten months in the White House, so it's really silly a prize that is given for a life working for peace. If I were Obama, I would be really embarrased and, probably, I would reject the prize.
Apart form this, other notorious prize winners are, for instance, Menahem Begin, Yasser Arafat, Le Duc Tho... this is not a very attractive gang, indeed¡

Posted by: vallefresnos | October 9, 2009 3:06 PM

No one else of stature is or has been talking about PEACE. He is not planning any new invasions. He really is a man of the world (like him or not).

Posted by: gamma64 | October 9, 2009 3:06 PM

Congratulations Mr. President.

The only person that is in control is GOD and not the people in this world. People need to stop with the negative comments, because GOD has a plan for the president and no man can stop Gods plan.

I wonder if the president was of another culture if the people would be happier.

I am for world peace and not war. We need to change our way of thinking. People need to stop judging the president, because we are not God. We need to start forcing on our own business and may be we can help solve the problems in the world.

It makes me sick when I hear people judging others. If you can do better why in the world you are not the president of the USA. How are you living your life and adding value to the world peace.

GOD BLESS THE PRESIDENT AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORKS. REMEMBER PRESIDENT YOU ARE WORKING FOR GOD TO HELP HIS PEOPLE.

Posted by: crystal6 | October 9, 2009 3:10 PM

Someone wrote "Obama is walking the walk"

BOLDERDASH!

This is a man who has manipulated and thrown his friends under the bus at every step of his extraordinary ascent to power.

In July 2008 the New Yorker published Obama's story http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/07/21/080721fa_fact_lizza

This is not right wing news - read who Obama is. He is no peace maker. He says what it takes to get what he wants.

Posted by: sally62 | October 9, 2009 3:20 PM

This is a joke...Obama's name was picked two weeks after he became president....how could they know then what accomplishments he would do, which by the way he has done absolutely nothing. It is a disgrace and an insult to the people who truly deserved to win this award..Some things have to be earned and Obama has yet to earn anything.

Posted by: b_tamargo | October 9, 2009 3:22 PM

This is a joke...Obama's name was picked two weeks after he became president....how could they know then what accomplishments he would do, which by the way he has done absolutely nothing. It is a disgrace and an insult to the people who truly deserved to win this award..Some things have to be earned and Obama has yet to earn anything.

Posted by: b_tamargo | October 9, 2009 3:23 PM

I am still a Democrat at heart, but I am aghast that a national leader is being celebrated for his promises instead of his achievements. I was similarly taken aback when Obama, still new in the Senate, decided to run for President. More disillusioning to me was the uncritical support of the media and party leaders for a candidate with accomplishments that were outweighed by his hubris and a facile tongue. I would have voted for Obama for President one day, had he been patient and willing to work at developing substance to match his rhetoric. The Nobel Peace Prize is not really due him but to the American people who were eager to vote for him as a first step towards reversing their country's racist past.

Posted by: emjay1 | October 9, 2009 3:25 PM

If nothing else, the committee's
choosing Obama, will give further
proof to how far from reality the
Southern White's Only Party is.

The comments here prove the
point.

To see just how dumb the comments
are I refer you to carleen09 - she's the
3rd from the bottom...and not
worth reposting.

Posted by: printthis | October 9, 2009 3:32 PM

mmck...you really need to stop drinking that kool aid...you are starting to sound like the nut you are....go to cuba and try to get them to give you anything you want like Obama has done for the illegals...so much for being kind and speaking softly...Obama is a joke and now the whole whole world is laughing at him. He was only in office for two weeks when they named him the winner....what did he do in two weeks except spend a lot of money that was not his to spend. You dont get awards forl that...most people that take money that is not theirs, go to jail!!

Posted by: b_tamargo | October 9, 2009 3:32 PM

Kudos to the president! God Bless America!!

Posted by: brt30 | October 9, 2009 3:42 PM

President Obama deserves this award for no other reason than he had the courage to stand up and offer leadership based on fact, science and a positive worldview, not the negative, xenophobic, arrogant, cynical ideology practiced by the previous administration, the leadership of the Republican Party and self-proclaimed "conservatives". I continue to be dismayed and embarrassed by self-proclaimed "patriots" who mock diplomacy and cooperation with other countries and who think that reckless and aggressive use of our military might is smart foreign policy. This Administration also deserves an award for recognizing the destabilizing threat of chaotic climate change and recognizing that it is wrong for the American taxpayer to continue to fund military intervention in the Middle East so semi-friendly dictatorships can continue to control market prices by selling their dirty oil to global markets at prices that discourage deployment of alternative motor fuels.

Posted by: DavidEBruderly | October 9, 2009 3:42 PM

I'm so proud for the Honoras an American , Proud of Him as a person and Proud of him as my President...who in this world wouldn't? All the idiots in the US that cannot see the man but they can only see their rotten self. Smear mongers that under the same land and heavens have the nerve to raise up and doubt a decision. Only the ignorance in individuals in this country are creating 2nds and 3rd thoughts if he deserved or not? Give a Break!! He's our President and The Nobel Peace Prize says a lot about us, not only as people but as a country. Who cannot understand this?

Posted by: mar67 | October 9, 2009 3:46 PM

kimatthews62...excuse me but what has Obama done as of yet...oh yes he has hired 30 czars...all crooks and cheats and oh yea a molester is one too...yes typical of who he hangs out with...he is the one who said Afghanistan is the true war, yet now that it is getting tough, he wants to turn tail and run...he has done absolutely nothing but spend our money and read a telecompter.. he can't even think for himself. Reed and Pelosi have to tell him what to do and what to say...they are the real leaders not Obama he is just an organ grinder taking his orders, like he has done his whole life. You can hate Bush but for eight years no one attempted another terrorist attack on our nation but in Obamas short 9 months there have been at least three or more. That should tell you something...no one takes him serious..they see him as a weakling which is exactly what he is...just ask Iran!!!

Posted by: b_tamargo | October 9, 2009 3:48 PM

crystal6 ..we were not as fortunate as Obama, we did not have mulsim countries and terrorist giving us money to go to Harvord. So we have to sit back and hope that someone will step up and remove this poor excuse of a president from office before he destroys america completely.

Posted by: b_tamargo | October 9, 2009 3:57 PM

Maybe, just maybe, the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize laureate will get to meet President Obama in Sweden at the formal ceremony. That our President dropped an opportunity to meet with the Dalai Lama in apparent appeasement to Tibet-destroying China is enough to make his announcement bitter to take.
He must begin to uphold his promises to America or it will be too late to resurrect his flagging support and the enthusiasm he will need if our nation is to recover.

Posted by: HawaiiBill | October 9, 2009 3:58 PM

If Obama has been less than successful in moving his ideas along, it is entirely the result of the ridiculous tactics of the right, thwarting him at every step. Why don't those people look at what is best for this country rather than what is best for their small-minded and greatly unhelpful party? I have been politically active for over 45 years and have never seen a climate like this -- it is a disgrace!

Posted by: bellewit | October 9, 2009 4:01 PM

I hope that in three years president Obama will be again given the nobel peace prise for his accomplishments

Posted by: green102 | October 9, 2009 4:01 PM

This is about a movement and Candidate Obama, now President Obama, represent a movement toward achieving world peace.

There are some who say that Dr. King made one great speech and received a Nobel Peace Prize but the gravity of his movement had not yet accomplished civil rights for all americans. Nelson Mandela spent years in prison but received his distinction prior to removing apartheid in South Africa.

Posted by: ronhamp | October 9, 2009 4:02 PM

Black equals white.
War equals peace.

Obama is a War monger.
Therefore Obama is a man of peace like Ghandi.

This award was given to a hawk and war monger for political reasons. He is the last person who deserves it.

Posted by: MrZ2 | October 9, 2009 4:03 PM

How come the naysayers on this blog never questioned the motives of the Nobel Prize Committee until President won? How is improving our nation's standing in the world a negative? Bigotry is alive and well in America when the world respects our president and some of our citizens don't. I believe most of us know the answer to that question, whether we admit it or not. Welcome to America.

Posted by: Lalady | October 9, 2009 4:04 PM

Congratulations President Obama! My prayers are with you and your family.

Some of you are dealing with some serious anger issues and need to get a handle of it before it gets the best of you. Get a life, move on! The Bush administration is over and we are in better hands.

Posted by: Adams8 | October 9, 2009 4:10 PM

Ridiculous. I have no problem with many of the winners, in the past but, they earned it on deeds 'accomplished'. BO has not reduced 1 single nuke. Had this come, say 2 years from now with Iran and N. Korea under control: Fine!

WAY too premature.

Posted by: powaymojo | October 9, 2009 4:10 PM

I do not think that President Obama deserves this Peace Award. What has he really done? Do the people who vote for this award really look for those who promote peace in the world? I think not. When someone like Obama is given the award for doing nothing, I wonder just what they are looking for. It makes me angry that he was given this honor. How is that people like Pope John Paul II, who was nominated twice, cannot win when he gave over 25 years of service to the world, promoting peace, justice and life, and someone like Obama who has been in office less than a year can. I think the peace that JPII promoted is what will ultimately bring peace to our hurting world. I always hope that maybe someday, the committee that awards this honor will finally given it to Pope John Paul II, even though he is dead now. But, even if they don't, his reward is already great in heaven!

Posted by: smhedwig | October 9, 2009 4:12 PM

Why don't you people grow up... great minds and intelligent folks felt the President deserved the honor. If this was Bush there would be only congrats and slaps on the back. Too bad all these folks with all these opinions didn't voice them when Bush and his VP ran this country in the ground. Where were you then.. admit it, if the sitting President was white we'd we celebrating in a big way and it would be nothing but kind words. You can't help it if you are just plain haters. You hate blacks and you've always been able to hide your hate until now. This country is divided because until now the leaders (President)of this country were white, it's come down to that. You go to bed hating that and get up hating that and teach your children to hate. What a sad state we are in because of a man's color.

Posted by: redhead1 | October 9, 2009 4:21 PM

Kathy5...evolve into what....another ape...smarten up and face the fact that Obama has not kept a single promise..tell me did you read the healthcare bill on the internet yet...no I dont think so...so much for his transparency when he gets elected....the only accomplishment Obama has achieved is the dishonor he has brought on himself...just as dishonorable as the false award he just received. Its idiots like you that live in a make believe world and still believe in tooth fairies...Obama is not the prince on the white horse....lol he would not even own a white horse!! Whats really scarey is he is starting to believe his own hype.The rest of the world is laughing at him.

Posted by: b_tamargo | October 9, 2009 4:25 PM

I am just amazed the Nobel committee didn't give the peace prize to Acorn.

Posted by: dcodco | October 9, 2009 4:28 PM

I am not concerned with the polls, nor the insipid negative remarks by those that would have said the same things about Christ. What has he done, it depends upon how one defines achievement. It nothing else he has given the common man and woman hope for a better America. He may not complete his journey, but it won’t be for the want of trying. He unlike me has ignored the nay sayers, and continues on his mission.

The right wing do nothing malcontents, had eight years in power and only caused a social and economic disaster. Not to mention two wars that by any definition we will not win. Even if we win, what will we have won? Bush escalated the Palestinian Israeli conflict. But who’s counting?
Bush and McCain said the economy was strong, one week before it hit bottom, Obama has averted a second depression, that is just one of the things he has done. He has caused a serious debate about Health Care. Where is the money coming from? We spend ten Billion dollars a month in Iraq, that’s a good place to start. Eight years as 120,000,000 a year would pay for the most ambitious Health Plan.

The very least he has done is to make the far right show their true colors, not Red nor Blue, but a wide, deep bright Yellow.

Posted by: TheGeneral1 | October 9, 2009 4:35 PM

President Obama strongly deserves this award as he represents a new way of thinking about international relations. "Why do the nations so furiously rage together?" is asked in Handel's Messiah. President Obama's new approach can hopefully stop the senseless war and killing. Can we live in a world without nuclear weapons? I hope so.

Posted by: BillR | October 9, 2009 4:40 PM

Wow! Look at all the "HATERS" spew such vile rhetoric! Reguargless if you like our President or not...President Obama is still that "Your President" of these United States of America! Respect is due ...if only for the office itself! Congratulations P R E S I D E N T O B A M A!!!

Posted by: Yorushdaddy | October 9, 2009 4:41 PM

Wow! Look at all the "HATERS" spew such vile rhetoric! Reguargless if you like our President or not...President Obama is still that "Your President" of these United States of America! Respect is due ...if only for the office itself! Congratulations P R E S I D E N T O B A M A!!!

Posted by: Yorushdaddy | October 9, 2009 4:44 PM

Where's MY prize? I am not Bush either, and though I haven't accomplished anything, it no longer seems to be requirement.

Posted by: AlibiFarmer | October 9, 2009 5:07 PM

............

Perhaps, the "PEACE PRESIDENT", can travel to Chicago, and bring "peace" to his Chicago ghetto district....

Posted by: p_e_s_t11 | October 9, 2009 5:11 PM

Why is everyone saying that Obama has accomplished nothing?

Iran is at the negotiating table. He has brought the U.S. into discussions on the environment. He has brought the U.S. into discussions on the Mideast situation;he has spoken directyly to populations in numerous countries and has brought the U.S. back into the world community.

That is not "nothing."

Posted by: gammaginga | October 9, 2009 5:17 PM

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit the Iowa boyhood home of the late Norman Borlaug who won the prize for his work in improving agricultural production by what was referred to as the Green Revolution. His efforts both before and after were made in Mexico, other parts of Latin America, Africa and Asia. He was a prime example of a good American working for the good of the world. The Peace Prize committee is picked by the Norwegian Parliament but cannot include members of the Parliament. I think there is an argument that Obama was picked becasue he was seen as returning the United States to be a multilateral team player for world betterment whereas Bush was perceived as arrogant and condescending to the rest of the world. The cowboy with the Black hat had left Dodge and the new marshal in town
was going to work with everybody. As far as the critics go, give peace a chance.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | October 9, 2009 5:20 PM

I hate to jump on the bashing bandwagon , but after the "General's" rant ( see his earlier post)I had to respond. Mix up another gallon of koolAid while you read on. Obama lied to Americans and feigned superiority over McCain in all issues Economic. That's why we have a "Socialist-by-association" in the White House instead of a true leader and Patriot -- Senator McCain.

SO now the Economy is still on the way down, and your comment about him getting us out of a depression is laughable.Anyone can throw a trillion dollars at a problem pretend to have a plan,and buy some time. I hope you don't have any kids because they will be repaying the debt service on the "POKULUS" package that is estimated to be over 10 trillion in a decade.

Pray that your "Savior from Depression" Obama hasn't set us on the path to Hyper-- Inflation....and, as a bonus for our kids and grand kids, China owns most of our debt.....A sobering thought to say the least.

Bottom line...Mr. Obama, a man who is a likable, intelligent,PERSUASIVE, master with a teleprompter, is just not qualified to be our President and Commander in Chief. The facts will play themselves out as we head into the future...even for libs who cannot recognize them presently. LOL everyone, we will need it!!!!

Posted by: Exiledpatriot | October 9, 2009 5:30 PM

I have not heard any politician in my lifetime or in recorded history speak so clearly and eloquently to all people about the need for sanity and peaceful relationship between the all the countries of the world.

He was a 100% certainty for the Nobel and he could only have been an American.

You are still leaders and your President has done you all proud.

Congratulations USA.

Posted by: PeterBTaylor | October 9, 2009 5:31 PM

Obama given the NPP, you have to be kidding me! Since things are now given out for intentions or thoughts, ideas, and preyers may I now get the Mega Millions, i truly want it, and have asked G-D to bestow upon me the money so thatI may do his works through donations of these funds. Ahh, but I am not black, there goes my chances

Posted by: urSofakingdumb | October 9, 2009 5:33 PM

Obama deserves this prize more than all previous winners combined...merely for getting elected and saving America from the Republicans.

Posted by: wilder5121 | October 9, 2009 5:44 PM

The media "noise" over this is just stupid. The right is having fits and the media is stoking it all wither because (like the wp) IN THE RIGHT'S CORNER, OR BECAUSE THEY ARE TOO LAZY TO DO ANY REAL JOURNALISM.

BIGGEST AMOUNT OF PENIS-ENVY I'VE EVER SEEN.

Posted by: fosseweber | October 9, 2009 5:48 PM

The Noble peace Prize is just a systemic result of international politics. The important issue is the concepts of our founding fathers and their time tested prove of a great America.

Two Quotes to Ponder:

#1..'Life's tough......it's even tougher if you're stupid.' -- John Wayne

#2..'My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you'll join with me as we try to change it.' -- Barack Obama

Unfortunately now we are beginning to understand what the second one means and what the first says about us.

Posted by: RAVerhoeckx | October 9, 2009 5:49 PM

I'm sorry, but giving a Nobel Peace Prize to someone who didn't do anything is like giving an Olympic Gold medal to someone who didn't actually compete in Olympic races.

Posted by: Treymiar | October 9, 2009 5:49 PM

So,just let me remind all of you that the Nobel Prize Committee also nominated Nazi
Dictator Adolf Hitler to receive the 1938
Nobel Prize for Peace and we all know how
that worked out don't we folks?...So when
with Dictator Barack Hussein Obama Invade
Norway as well? The Nobel Prize has become
a joke and made Norway the second biggest laughingstock of the world after Barack Obama that is as well. Obama how disgusting
and how foolish can they get here now then?

Posted by: Karen2009 | October 9, 2009 5:54 PM

From the day BH O'Carter stated the objective in Afghanistan was not to win, I have held him responsible for every death. Now "the world" has him by the gonads - able to FORCE him to sacrifice our soldiers. FIGHT TO WIN - or bring them home tomorrow.

Posted by: IQ168 | October 9, 2009 5:54 PM

Congratulations to President Obama for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and for his humility and humbleness he expressed in his acceptance statement. He said he did not deserve the award but accepted it on behalf of all those who work tirelessly for peace and a better world.

I doubt if the naysayers here and elsewhere read the announcement by the Nobel Peace Committee or read or listened to the President's response. Instead, I think, they succumbed to their jerking knees.

Congratulations Mr. President

Posted by: pbarnett52 | October 9, 2009 5:55 PM

Peace Prize?? No thank you, I'll just wait for his elevation to Sainthood! Somebody PLEASE explain to me what he has accomplished since January 20th.

Posted by: rwikert | October 9, 2009 6:00 PM

What a crazy generation.
There are lot of great people BETTER than Obama. He has no accomplish anything yet, but just talk and talk superficial things. Like someone said the Nobel Prize is a JOKE. Those people who awarded this Nobel Prize are really stupid!!!

Posted by: casten | October 9, 2009 6:02 PM

no matter what Obama does,there are those known oppositions criticizing him regardless whether Americans benefit or not.
we as Americans must be damn proud that our President receives the NOBLE PRIZE.
All those media: stop insinuating.
Please do not feed your biased questions or comments to those who pray for the failure of the President of the United States Of America.It is a shame.
Tell the party of "NO" stop being a sore looser and do more for America.

Posted by: seyed110 | October 9, 2009 6:09 PM

America, at last, has a truly great president; and the Republicans can't stand it. The GOP is stuck with the fifth rate likes of Beck, Limbaugh, Coulter and Palin. Too bad they just can't see that they have lost literally everything; even the respect of those voters who might at one time have been persuaded to jump on their wagon.

Conservatives see this event, indeed, they see the whole notion of the Nobel Peace Prize, as nothing more than a bunch of Liberals congratulating each other. They forget, quite conveniently, that they are the ones who, during their thirty year reign, worked so hard, with their dog-eat-dog, end-game, corporate capitalistism, to destroy everything worthwhile about this country and the rest of the world. It truly astonishes me how they loathe Truth, fairplay, honesty and goodness in any form. They can't deal with the fact that they are lovers of lies, war, murder and all forms of crookedness.

If there were a medal for the most evil, oh, hell, let's call it what it is, Satanic, political party in the universe the GOP would have won it anytime from the reign of Reagan up through to Dubya.

Posted by: wldg4 | October 9, 2009 6:54 PM

Mission Accomplished!

Posted by: Inquisitive1 | October 9, 2009 7:08 PM

As my mom said, he deserves a prize just for not being Bush

Posted by: maemoce | October 9, 2009 7:20 PM

The conservative right wing nuts are so pathetic and predictable... Save your breath and your comments.... We all know what you're going to say before you say it. Everyone knows that no matter what Obama says or does your going to put it down. The party of "NO" If Sarah Palin got the prize you would be falling over yourselves to get in line to praise her. And admit it or not..... most of you are against him because he's black... and don't bother saying its not true.... Its so obvious...
Well this is just the begining..... It won't be that long before "Whitey" will be the minority race in the United States. Yeah I know... that really riles you up doesn't it? Oh well.... there's nothing you can do about it... except grow up.

Posted by: richardapawlowski | October 9, 2009 7:44 PM

President Obama is on the way to reinvigorate the real image of America, which should be the 'world leader for justice and democracy'. His efforts have not resulted in absolute results, as he is hampered by the egoistic Republican Congress and Senate. The President's honesty of purpose is obvious. May God guide him and help him to achieve his objectives for the good of the whole world. Those who criticize him deserve sympathy and understanding.

Posted by: lekam | October 9, 2009 7:57 PM

Nobel invented DYNAMITE!

Posted by: hansdekoning | October 9, 2009 8:11 PM

Perhaps people should read the actual decision considering that the committee, deliberated, decided and defended their position.

http://nobelpeaceprize.org/en_GB/home/announce-2009/

"Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future. 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."
- The Norwegian Nobel Committee

The backlash to this award only strengthens the committee’s decision. It seems clear that the committee gave him the award in large part for a clarity of peace oriented public message (essentially for his rhetoric of hope/change and his public advocacy of negotiation and internatnioal coopertion).
So, apparently they do consider rhetoric that creates sea change to be worth the prize.
Living in this country, i would have to say that i support thier decission (though since i am not an expert on world peace my opinon is not of the essence here and i would like to remind every one else-neither is yours)
I was shocked that Obama was able to win the presidency with a message that seemed, in my experience, to be so antithetical to the thinking, actions and character of the majority of the American populous (which, like it or not, is often characterized as a mixed bag of self-centered, apathetic and stubbornly hateful dim wits)
The election showed the world that a voting majority of people in the US are at least willing to support a shifted agenda.

I don't think Obama is going to save the world or fix the economy or solve the conundrum in Afghanistan.
I don't think any one person could do all of that. However, none of those things are mentioned in the written decision on this years peace prize so it makes no sense to bring them up in response to the award. Clearly, none of these things is the point here.

The Nobel Committee, an institution internationally and historically recognized for it's opinions on Peace, seems to be saying (to everyone, but likely with a focus on the American ppl) 'pay attention this leader is saying all the right things and seems to have his values in line with peace'
The committee likely believed their decision would create contreversy and urge some international debates on questions like "Is Obama's rhetoric really powerfully peaceful?" or "Can rhetoric stir action and create change?". Sadly, however, I think they have gone over many of the heads here in The States.
Clearly, many Americans still have little capacity for civil debate as they, lack introspection and humility not to mention the ability to stay on topic.

Posted by: lssuzanne | October 9, 2009 8:19 PM

I voted for President Obama. However, I don't think his name belongs in the same breath as former President Jimmy Carter or other past recipients when it comes to naming Nobel Peace Prize winners. In so far as I know, President Obama has not brokered any peace agreement with anybody. It's almost like equating his work as Senator with that of the late Senator Kennedy. It blows my mind that the committee would give him the award. If I were he, I'd strongly consider returning it to them/refusing the award, if that's possible. Either that, or work like heck to see that it was justified, as talk is no substitute for action in this voter's book.

Posted by: abcs86 | October 9, 2009 9:24 PM

So this is the example we teach our children now. How to get something for doing nothing. Way to go Barack!! I ain't mad at you. You got that one off!!! You are a helluva role model and I want my kid to grow up and be just like you!!!

Posted by: dylansdad15 | October 9, 2009 9:40 PM

So this is the example we teach our children now. How to get something for doing nothing. Way to go Barack!! I ain't mad at you. You got that one off!!! You are a helluva role model and I want my kid to grow up and be just like you!!!

Posted by: dylansdad15 | October 9, 2009 9:41 PM

To ALL Who Believe OBAMA does not deserve it:

I cannot believe such hate and racism against someone who has done nothing but GOOD for this Country since he has got to the White House!!!! YOU WHO believe that OBAMA does not deserve Peace Prize should be ashamed of yourself. Just open your racist eye and look around the World, if OBAMA has not accomplished ANYTHING as you racist bastard trying to say, at least OBAMA has brought RESPECT AND HONOR for Americans and the UNITED STATES , something that your beloved President G.FFFFF. Bush could not even image in his tiny stinky head. You do not deserve Him “OBAMA” you deserve an idiot like Bush or a maniac like Ahmadinejad!!! SHAME ON YOU ALL to have

Posted by: ADFromVA | October 9, 2009 9:41 PM

All Americans should rejoice at this honour bestowed on their Commander In Chief.
Whatever the reasons for granting this accolade, one thing is obvious. The International community is throwing a life line to what america has become because of imbecles like bush and the the Aipac cabal...a nation without integrity and a fading power dependant on flexing its military muscles with borrowed money from China, the Saudi's and even Indians.
Of course, as is to be expected, there always will be the nutty individuals who think the Bush years were the greatest but fail to recognise that Bush is now comfortably hiding in Texas whilst they work three jobs to put food on the table.
This award is also a clear message to Obama that the world expects a just and righteous America and not one intoxicated with raw military power without the brains .
Really, when a bunch of Taliban can bog down supersonically sophisticated military power, something is amiss and you better stop and. think.
Congratulations Barack Obama and congratulations the U.S.A.

Posted by: callaspadeaspade | October 9, 2009 10:38 PM

I am embarrassed of being a Norwegian on a day like this. The Nobel Peace Price has been turned into a political tool to honour Americas political change towards the Norwegian model, which most people would call socialism, after President Obamas election. Alfred Nobles intentions are obviously disregarded. The current Norwegian minister of foreign affairs, Mr. Jonas Gahr Store probably hopes to be elected as the next president of the UN following this reward, as his political colleague Mr. Thorbjørn Jagland heads the Nobel Peace Price Committee.

Posted by: georgaasen | October 9, 2009 10:54 PM

Well, the fascist piglets have their little panties in a knot. They hate President Obama. They hate anyone who admires him. They hate Norway now (or Sweden, if they, like Billy Kristol, don't know where and by whom the Nobel Peace Prize decision is made). Oh, my! Poor little things. Aren't they cute, rolling around in their own bilious, hate-filled vomitus? Right-wing swine acting like right-wing swine.

Posted by: drewsusan | October 9, 2009 11:02 PM

He probably doesn't deserve it, but I cannot think of anyone who does. A pretty pathetic world these days with middle east and the Israeli Palestinian issue.

Posted by: owldog | October 9, 2009 11:13 PM

Obama's credit card-sized resume, amplified by a fawning press, was of high enough quality to assume the most powerful position in the world. Why is the press now upset/puzzled he won an increasingly unimportant award like the Nobel Peace prize with nil accomplishments? Seems to me the Nobel committee only did what the major networks and newspapers have done for Obama the past 24 months.

Posted by: wizboman | October 9, 2009 11:34 PM

Congratulations, President Obama. I am pleased that you were nominated and that you received a coveted award as a leader for peace in the world. I am sure that all in your family are proud that you were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. I will be praying for you, that you will live up to the merits of this award. God bless you, sir.

Posted by: richardcolonel | October 9, 2009 11:36 PM

There is no way in Hell that Phony Baloney
Messiah Barack Hussein Obama has done one damn thing to deserve a Nobel Prize and it
cheapens the once respected Nobel Prize totally and is a joke! If anything Obama deserves to win then it is Screwup Of All
Time Award! What A Farce Nobel Committee you should be ashamed of your worthless selves giving Nobel Peace Price to a Loser
like Barack Hussein Obama. How Disgusting!

Posted by: carleen09 | October 9, 2009 11:46 PM

Many of the posts here suggest that only conservative Republicans think this award was silly. Not so! I am a liberal Democrat, who strongly supported Obama in the presidential election, and I think this prize was ridiculous. Obama hasn't accomplished anything! If and when he does bring about peace in the Middle East or elsewhere, then and only then should he even be considered for such an honor.

Posted by: lydgate | October 9, 2009 11:55 PM

no,he has not earned it. the nobel committee has made horrible decisions in the past, awarding henry kissinger and theodore roosevelt the peace prize. nobody in human history deserved a peace prize than mohandas gandhi. gandhi was beaten and abused in south africa. he stood up for the rights of poor plantation workers who were being ruthlessly exploited.then he fought a peaceful struggle for india's independance from colonialists, and was sent to jail many times. he went on a hunger strike to protest violence against muslims,in spite of being hindu and ignoring the realities-the hindu community was also a victim of islamist fanaticism and retaliating in self-defense at times. he nearly died. after almost 40 years of his struggling, india gained independance from britain,partly out of luck since the british empire disintegrated,got tired and went bankrupt under hitler's onslaught. the british could not afford to keep their colonies any more. gandhi fell to an assasin's bullet,for trying to protect india's muslims and opposing religious fanaticism and violence.
the nobel committee.because of it's bias against asians and africans, and support for imperialism,colonialism and western supremacism,turned a blind eye to gandhi's extraordinary human service, efforts and achievements.

the obama administration has increased aid to pakistan when it should have imposed economic and military sanctions. obama does not understand islamic fanaticism,even after 9/11. the pakistan army has sponsored terrorism for decades in afghanistan and india, and the us aid will only fuel more islamic terrorism in pakistan,afghanistan and india.

most of obama's ideas on issues such as health care,international cooperation and global warming are generally aimed in the right direction though and deserve support.

Posted by: sd71 | October 10, 2009 2:13 AM

The common conservative hemorrhoid is throbbing painfully after this announcement.

I agree with many, even among his ardent supporters, who ask what has this man done to deserve such a prize.

After that, I'm rolling on the floor and laughing my tuckus off at how much it peeves the right wing nut hatchery.

Posted by: khote14 | October 10, 2009 2:34 AM

The prizes are only awarded every four years. Al Gore in 2005, now Barack Obama in 2009.

As the committee chair, Thorbjoern Jagland , said, "Some people say, and I understand it, isn't it premature? Too early? Well, I'd say then that it could be too late to respond three years from now. It is now that we have the opportunity to respond — all of us."

TOO LATE. Europeans really have a rather low opinion of the American culture. They view it as violent and brutish. What I think Jagland is saying is that President Obama may well have been assassinated by the time the next round of nominations starts.

And the Nobel Prize is not awarded to a person who has already died (that is, it is not awarded posthumously).

The nasty and brutish comments from the right wing of the Republican party seem to confirm the committee's perception and validate their decision.

Posted by: dotellen | October 10, 2009 4:20 AM

Every now and then as we walk down the winding sometimes lonely path of life someone shines a light that envigorates us and encourages us to bring others forward along the path with us.
Obama has done it and those outside of America can see it.
Those on the Republican religious right conveyor belt and tunnel pathway blame all new light on socialism or communism like children misinterpreting the stars or flickering moonlight. They will never open their eyes to see what is obvious to the rest of us and will be left sulking and grumbling in their eternal suburbs.
So yes the prize is a surprise but we all walk forward enriched because of it.

Posted by: brennankevin60 | October 10, 2009 4:28 AM

It is so sad to read the American peoples remarks on Obama's Nobel Prize! Any clear thinking person would surmise that he could not possibly have earned the prize and all we are seeing is 'another pat on the back' by brown noseing liberals. What's next?, field marshal...hey it worked for Iddy Armin!

Posted by: maliekelly | October 10, 2009 4:42 AM

All you conservatives can thank GW Bush for this award to Pres Obama. Just by not being GW Bush, Pres Obama has made the world more peaceful. The policies and style of Pres Obama is such an improvement over the previous administration; unfortunately, too many Americans are too selfish and arrogant to appreciate how the rest of the world felt about Bush.

Posted by: vdbwong | October 10, 2009 5:00 AM

I LOVE IT!!

If President Obama is like those of us who have "rhino skin", he'll let his hater be his motivators!!

Some right-up-side-the-head conspiracy theorists will probably offer conjecture that President Obama approached the Nobel Committee while he was overseas addressing the IOC during his campaign to offer Chicago for the upcoming Olympics. Think that's crazy? Read the haters' comments made so far.... They cheer for every interpreted failure by the Obama administration and claim that others did the same for the Bush administration.

No bigger lie has been told. When the Bush administration had its failures (and they had plenty), we all suffered. In fact, we're STILL suffering due to his administration's many failures. But we didn't WANT these failures. There is no comparison. What idiots in this country would celebrate the loss of revenue that would have been generated from the time of the IOC's announcement until AFTER the potential Chicago Olympics??!! Only the far-right-field buffoons!

No matter what President Obama does, in the eyes of Repubes, he can do no right....

To President Obama:

Congratulations, Sir! Continue on your course of obtaining world peace, digging the U.S. out of the hole it's been in (financially and otherwise), removing the face of arrogance, policy-setting and make it happen!!

Posted by: DeucePrez | October 10, 2009 5:09 AM

Go Barack!
You got game. Let the no show Republickers, racists, and rightwingnuts play in the mud. They have nothing but their own frustration and fear.

Posted by: conkm44 | October 10, 2009 5:46 AM

I hope that, as a Brit with South African nationality, I may offer a few observations.

First, President Barack Obama is of Black Afican origin, and a number of the comments would appear to indicate that some Americans have a problem with this.

Another fact is that Obama is being heavily criticised for, at face value, not having achieved anything substantial on the international front. However, if Americans really believe that wonders can be achieved in triple fast time, then they are remarkably naive about international affairs. One only has to see the interminable problems between the Israelis and the Palestinians to realise that, just as in the case of the IRA "fight" with Britain, which has taken over 50 years to resolve, so could it be likely between the Israelis and Palestinians. Afghanistan remains a huge problem. And I can't see the North Koreans wanting to give up their desires for atom bombs to be readily reslolved.

The other aspect which one continually reads about in the Washington Post and NYT online news bulletins is how many times the senate are quite happy to vote against Obama's proposals, one of which I would have thought, maybe naively, to be a top priority is the proposed national health scheme.

Thus on the home front, it would appear to me that Obama is being criticised for nill achievements, when the US Senate is carefully structuring its attitude to reject his proposals.

So, to a foreign observer like myself, the American public seems to want it both ways. Allow me, therefore, the risk of varying the old saying of "Having your cake and eating it" to "Having your cake and throwing it away"!

Neither way does a satisfactory level of pragmatism appear to have been demonstrated.

Posted by: mikethurgood | October 10, 2009 6:18 AM

Interesting thought, mikethurgood. You must remember to factor in the pettiness promoted by both parties in their electorates.

They're job is getting elected to office. Both national committees understand this. Anything resembling leadership or competence in the people running for office here is quickly squashed ... or in fact the people who could bring leadership qualities to political life here are not welcome in the parties.

So we get people who know how to be elected in office. We have to rely on luck to get people who know how to do their jobs. And we've been unlucky for some time now.

Posted by: katavo | October 10, 2009 6:23 AM

I have been trying to comment on another article and my computer is going in a loop without connecting so I decided to make my commentary wherever.

I URGE EVERYONE TO WATCH BILL MOYER'S JOURNAL ON PBS THIS WEEK WITH THE CONGRESSWOMAN FROM TOLEDO, OH AND SIMON JOHNSON - IT'S VERY INFORMATIVE!!!!!!!! I'd be interested in people's take on this.

Posted by: narf | October 10, 2009 6:56 AM

The GOP misfits are in shock now that Obama has another award for leadership. The GOP misfits only want to Destroy Obama anyway they can and America can go pound sand! Power and their return to Power is what they are all about. Given the fact that most American voters are clueless they have a good chance to return to power and then they can continue to Destroy the Middle Class per the Bush/Cheney plan!

Posted by: billdollar | October 10, 2009 7:03 AM

Since the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Yasser Arafat and Muhammad - ElBaradei IAEA' it is meaningless and no value.
The Norwegians are simply disconnected from the world.

Posted by: crmla2fromIsrael | October 10, 2009 7:24 AM

The Committee which selects the Nobel laureates, have a rull. For scientists, the award is given 30 years after post their work and has proven their contribution to humanity. Obama gave award 30 years befoe he made a peace.

Posted by: crmla2fromIsrael | October 10, 2009 7:51 AM

Norway gives the peace prize as nothing more than a socialist political statement.


Maybe. But I just think that results are more important than intent. Just talking about an issue is no reason to issue a nobel peace prize.

Posted by: swatkins1 | October 10, 2009 7:52 AM

Ridiculous. If I were President Obama, I would be shocked and embarrassed.

POSTED BY: ZZIM


I couldn't agree more.

Posted by: swatkins1 | October 10, 2009 7:53 AM

Obama's Nobel Peace Prize represents the Committee's gratitude to the American Electorate's having removed a traitorous sectarian faction from power.

The evil it has wrought here and around the world on behalf of fascist plutocracy is known to G-d and to the American People.

Nooses at the Navy Yard for Bush, Cheney, and their nearest accomplices, and complete expropriation and extirpation of the Roman Anti-Christ's "Fifth Column," cannot happen quickly enough.

Jeffersonian Exegesis http://theamericanfundament.blogspot.com

Posted by: iamerican | October 10, 2009 9:02 AM

And so, a divided US continues to slide by whatever measure you want to choose: education, health, economy, international standing.... The Nobel Prize has an agenda that is not limited to past achievements. It is also given for grand purposes - yes, beyond parochial prejudices - for encouragement and support.

Obama has steered the ship of state in a refreshing new direction - that's already an accomplishment - something the committee would like to encourage. It is also for support in view of the climate of opposition and hate in this divided country.

Whoever said that results are more important than intent misses the point. Without support, intent may not be enough to achieve results. The critics here are proof that the award was well aimed. What is shameful is that it was needed at all.

Posted by: vh07 | October 10, 2009 9:13 AM

This ridiculous recognition to Obama is just more proof that the Europeans are thrilled that socialism is coming to the United States during this hopefully, one term administration. If the Nobel committee wanted to recognize a president, Bill Clinton has done many deeds of hope and change towards peace around the world. People on the left wonder why many Americans think his followers are cult like is because of this very award being given to someone who has achieved nothing of the caliber that the Nobel Peace represents. Obama should have graciously declined the award, than maybe more Americans would respect him and be more open to giving him a chance to show he was ready and worthy to becoming President with his weak resume.

Posted by: jeiken | October 10, 2009 9:37 AM

I for one, am Proud that my country finally woke up after eight long years of collective stupidity, and chose HOPE over discouragement! I too am surprised that he won, since there is SO MUCH UNFINISHED BUSINESS he INHERITED from THAT IDIOT who was in office before him. KUDOS MR. PRESIDENT, I am finally again, PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN.

Posted by: ProudDem1 | October 10, 2009 9:56 AM

Sadly, the prize is not deserved. Nominations were apparently due February 1, less than two weeks after Mr. Obama assumed the presidency. Surely he can't get the prize for his campaign?

However, the President has been gracious in his remarks, and accepted the award with class. We can't expect more.

Posted by: Towson_Tiger | October 10, 2009 10:05 AM

Enough with the "Did Obama deserve the Nobel Peace prize or not" polls. The fact remains, he was awarded the Nobel Peace prize and as far as I know, it can't be revoked. So get over it and move on. We've got much bigger problem than jealousy over some award very few people would be in the contention for.

Posted by: jws2346 | October 10, 2009 10:16 AM

It was an inspired choice. Obama has completely changed the course of the most powerful nation in the world. Nothing could be more significant from the standpoint of world peace.

Posted by: simonflannery | October 10, 2009 10:30 AM

If nothing else Obama deserves the NPP for bringing some sanity to the world's largest loony bin.
For the rest of us, the world over, it is like the end of an 8-year nightmare, where the US policy, both domestic and foreign, became more like a continuation of the Third Reich's.

Posted by: jmeroAUS | October 10, 2009 10:51 AM

SO -- the loony right must have gotten an eamil out to skew the polls. They cheer when America looses, the scowl when America wins. True patriots.

I am reminded of a time when a certain party called it treason to question the president - even if he was breaking the law, starting wars based on lying to congress and the public, authroizing torture, illegal wiretaps and all that sort of thing. And now they vilify our elected President for getting one of the worlds highest honors for his outstanding work, and the outstanding inspiration he has provided. They cannot stand that the man they hate so much is so successful, that he has so swiftly made so much progress and that he has with such ease completely reversed all their beautiful evil.

Posted by: John1263 | October 10, 2009 11:13 AM

rightards are so out of touch they think they can jst make a statment and because they have said it, that makes it so.

They scream "he has done nothing" and socialism, acorn, communism, fascism, and all their other nonsense talking points and think they are actually saying something. President Obama has done more in less time than any president since FDR. The list of accomplishments is pretty amazing., The reason why the political right in this country is so flumoxed is that they keep getting told by their "daddies" at fux news nad on the chaiman limbaugh demagogue radio that our President and the congress have done nothing, and yet reality keeps ruining their fantasies.

Posted by: John1263 | October 10, 2009 11:17 AM

Obama got us turned around 180 degrees and back in the right direction, on arms control, AND Middle east peace, AND disengaging in Iraq, AND outreach to Muslims, AND climate change, AND diplomacy, AND ending illegal kidnapping, torture and other war crimes.

Keep in mind that many, many Peace laureates got their awards for STARTING or TRYING to launch efforts tha often failed, or didn't succeed until years later. Many of them TRIED, at best, to prevent two world wars, end the Middle East conflict, or free their own countries from tyranny. Obama is just getting started.

So put on your big-boy pants and congratulate the man.

Posted by: HelloDollyLlama | October 10, 2009 11:17 AM

You have to be kidding me ! any of you who truly believe this N.W.O puppet really has done anything to merit any ! respect at all are sadly blind........Please !!!! wake up ! It's the same decietful lying orginisation !! they just put on a different mask ! you thought Bush was bad ! you havn't seen anything yet !

Posted by: superdeanie | October 10, 2009 12:26 PM

Thanks to the Nobel people for recognizing our President's rationality as opposed to 8 years of Bush craziness. And thanks to Mr. Obama for doing everythng in his power to get the nuclear business under stricter controls and for making friends instead of killing enemies. As to the more or less clueless American people, now's your chance to get back into the family of nations.

Posted by: jeangerard1 | October 10, 2009 12:26 PM

The socialists in Norway have awarded this prize for what they want Obama to do. This is trying to influence our international policy. He has accomplished nothing beyond lofty rhetoric with criticism of our nation which was music to the ears of Norway. The Nobel committee has lost all credibility.

Posted by: katie6 | October 10, 2009 12:31 PM

Amen ! Katie !

Posted by: superdeanie | October 10, 2009 12:35 PM

After 8 years of Bush/Cheney madness and conceit, it looks like the international community wants to believe in a new, better direction Obama would like to take the US: towards being part of the international community instead of trying to dominate it, towards reason and discussion rather than intimidation, towards peaceful solutions rather than perpetual warfare. He may not have accomplished all those things yet, but he's making a good effort and gaining recognition for it.

Posted by: gce1356 | October 10, 2009 12:44 PM

The funniest thing about the right wing's criticism of anything these days is that it's "socailist." It shows how ignorant thewy really are.
Norway is a constitutional monarchy, much like the British have, with a king as head of state and a parliament as head of government. And within that government there are 6 or 7 major political parties, with Labor currently running government, not the Socialist Party.

Posted by: gce1356 | October 10, 2009 1:04 PM

He probably didnt deserve it now, but it shows what europe is thinking. Its given for hope.
Micheal Steele is a f-u-c-k-i-n-g m-o-r-o-n.

Posted by: hemisphere | October 10, 2009 1:18 PM

Good afternoon, haters. Perhaps you'd like to share with us what you've done to promote the cause of world peace today.

Posted by: laboo | October 10, 2009 1:23 PM

So anyone who thinks the peace prize should go to an actual peace related ACCOMPLISHMENT is a "hater"?

Sounds like McCarthyite hate mongering to me.

Basically, LABOO (above) thinks that anyone who criticizes Obama's leadership is a hater.

So much for free and open dialog between people who disagree.

I thought this was what Obama wants with our enemies around the world.

To bad LABOO and his fellow leftist hate mongers don't want dialog with their conservative opponents in this country.

Hypocrisy?

Posted by: Parker1227 | October 10, 2009 2:46 PM

If I had 100 votes, I'd have voted the way it stands now--45% yes and 55% no. Good question, but like so many things, there is no one right answer.

Posted by: Bluefish2012 | October 10, 2009 3:05 PM

Any repudiation and reversal of the Bush Administration policies were qualifications for the peace prize.

Posted by: ricinro85212 | October 10, 2009 3:41 PM

In the beginning when President Obama spoke the pundits blamed the messenger. Now that he has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace they blame the recipient. This behavior suggest to me that when these gurus look up they see the belly or bowels of earthworms.

Mudcat Jackson

Posted by: albany | October 10, 2009 4:26 PM

In the beginning when President Obama spoke the pundits blamed the messenger. Now that he has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace they blame the recipient. This behavior suggest to me that when these gurus look up they see the belly or bowels of earthworms.

Mudcat Jackson

Posted by: albany | October 10, 2009 4:29 PM

President Obama said during his primary that judgement was better than experience. What the president has shown is having a mindset that honors peace is judgement over combat. The president is facing two wars and in afganistan he is taking his time to make the right decision.

The Nobel prize was given not for results but for moving in the right direction that the world understand that the USA is a peace loving country to all those that would desire peace. President Obama said during his campaign: change is coming to America and the Nobel prize agreed with him.

Posted by: dncthm1 | October 10, 2009 4:37 PM

WHY in the hell does WaPO's front page still contain, at this hour,

the picture of Obama in front of an Israeli flag? An old picture. Pretending some conflation with Israel?

Since the Prize is obviously meant to encourage Obama's ME peace offensive
which Israel will fight to the death (theirs)

And for which Israel has flipped a finger re: the settlements in the first round.

The Washington Post, throughout the paper,
has showed it's face today.

And been underwstood, more than they know.
Stupid, as well as vile.

Posted by: whistling | October 10, 2009 5:08 PM

If Obama walked on water the conservatives would say that it's because he can't swim.
Give us a break. Conservatives and the Republican Party's rhetoric is becoming more and more anti-American. They think that they are undermining President Obama but what they are really doing is destroying everything good about this country. Liberals and Democrats won the election. Get over it!
Congratulations President Obama! After Bush,our country can use all of the positive PR we can get.

Posted by: gjohloc | October 10, 2009 5:13 PM

Really, who cares? I suggest people get back to worrying about something that truly harbingers where the U.S. is heading during these arduous times (ie. Obama's Communist speech to America's students or whether both ma and pa Gosselin should be locked and the show's name simply reduced to "8"?)

Posted by: wturecki | October 10, 2009 5:29 PM

Really, who cares? I suggest people get back to worrying about something that truly harbingers where the U.S. is heading during these arduous times (ie. Obama's Communist speech to America's students or whether both ma and pa Gosselin should be locked up and the show's name simply reduced to "8"?)

Posted by: wturecki | October 10, 2009 5:30 PM

Like most I was astounded to hear the news but I soon realized the message Norway was sending to President Obama. His diplomatic response struck me as obvious: The new tone was due to the American voters. But he didn't and rather gave the complement to the world which had less to do with it than he did.

Isn't he required to turn over the prize money to the US Treasury as the Constitution requires?

Posted by: johnberg1 | October 10, 2009 5:35 PM

Congratulations WaPo. You're finally getting the audience you deserve. I bet the results make Fred Hiatt all warm and fuzzy.

Posted by: st50taw | October 10, 2009 6:05 PM

Congratulations WaPo. You're finally getting the audience you deserve. I bet the results make Fred Hiatt all warm and fuzzy. How about a poll that asks whether or not the WaPo sucks?

Posted by: st50taw | October 10, 2009 6:06 PM

UGH, BARF. I'M GOING TO BE SICK AT BOTH ENDS

Posted by: duckyjimpond | October 10, 2009 6:16 PM

GORE, CARTER AND NOW OBAMA. WHO IS NEXT? CLINTON. HILIRY THAT IS. Have those people in Norway lost their minds?? Or did they never have minds to begin with??

Posted by: duckyjimpond | October 10, 2009 6:20 PM

World events are moving SO quickly. Far from being a do-nothing President, From Day One, Obama has tried to win with ideas, logic and reason instead of bluster, threat and swagger. Isn't the the kind of world we all want to live in? Ghandi said, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." Obama is walking the walk.

GHANDI NEVER GOT THE PEACE PRIZE! NUFF SAID!

Posted by: pervleft | October 10, 2009 6:45 PM

So, the drug addled, sexually perverted, blame America first, moonbat left is complaining here that people that do not want to go socialist and have to give up their way of life are un-American? But, the people who want to take over health care are true patriots. They are true alright. True traitors.

Posted by: pervleft | October 10, 2009 6:55 PM

Yet another Affirmative Action Nobel "prize".

When can we get this teleprompter-reading African off the stage??

Posted by: tjhall1 | October 10, 2009 6:58 PM

The White Supremacist party, formerly known as the republican party, can't stand the idea of having a man of peace for President... What other country on earth would be embarrassed to have their President win the Nobel prize for peace. Pathetic...

Posted by: joecoppo | October 10, 2009 7:02 PM

Not that anyone reads these, but the what Americans are missing is that the impact of Obama's presidency was tremendous for Europe. not that things have changed that much, but that America could even bring itself to elect a brilliant African-American in the face of racism, hatred, and all of the propaganda that we hear on a daily basis. The shock of this is mainly due to our own isolation and lack of insight into the non-US parts of the world. Wake up and smell the roses, America!

Posted by: maggieww | October 10, 2009 7:05 PM

After years of arrogant, ignorant global stances by the Bush Administration, I am very pleased to see that President Obama is presenting a more intelligent, thoughtful face to the world. Hoorah for our president and hoorah for my country. The right wing nuts who cheered when Chicago did not get the Olympics are the same bunch who are crying foul when their own president is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Go figure.

Posted by: oldwoman | October 10, 2009 7:28 PM

I am amazed by president Obama's preferrment for the Nobel peace prize.
what i don't understand is at this early stage of his presidency why would Mr. Obama be selected when he has not made any signicant contribution to peace in the our world.
We honor the tremendous sacrifices of president Carter when he brought the protagonist to the Arab- Israeli conflict to Washington with that famous handshake between Menachem Begin and Mohammed Anwar El Sadat.
Historian will show that that was one of the most significant moment in recent history.
One would have thought the Nobel committee would have waited a bit to bestore this honor on the president.
I think this award will bring alot of criticism and praises as we go along in our national deliberation.

Posted by: Muyenneh | October 10, 2009 7:32 PM

Yes, but the question should be asked of citizens of other nations.

When a new leader with a world view other than world domination is elected in a nation which has allowed itself to enter one war as a result of a deception there is much to be said for having the courage of conviction to end that war.

When a new leader is open to dialogue with leaders of other nations and groups who have been avoided and ignored there is something to be said.

When a new leader creates an overwhelming belief that there is hope once again there is much to be said.

Half of our nation has no acceptable world view. Many of those still treat our own citizens badly and carry attitudes and biases which frighten others.

This President has generated hope not seen for a decade. Even our own citizens gave our previous leader a 26% approval rating.

The current President deserves the acknowledgement and the encouragement to carry on despite many among us in the US and many outside our nation.

Posted by: theq | October 10, 2009 7:51 PM

Does he deserve the award? What has he done to earn this award? What are his accomplishments?

Let me try to remember.

He was elected in early November 2008. The world economy was falling into a black whole.
Deregulated and unsupervised financial institutions were stumbling from one bundle of risky investments to the next in the quest for higher profits to feed executive bonuses and speculators’ desires for higher profits. The economy had become riddled with ponzi schemes.

Banks and insurance companies were failing. Credit was locked up. Jobs were being lost at the rate of five to six hundred thousand a month. Public confidence, investor confidence was low and sinking. People were dis-empowered and confused.

The flow of information, the all important process that allows the free market to self correct, had been corrupted by years of double speak, lies and distortion. The self correcting processes of the free market were wrecked. Peoples’ constitutional rights had been trampled by various executive acts and laws passed through congress.

The presidency had been weakened by the twisting of information and abuse of executive power.

In a rare moment of spontaneous openness President Bush said “We could loose this sucker.”

The President Elect immediately took action to put together a team to try to stop the economy from failing. His message was simple. We will do whatever is necessary to save the economy and the democracy. His demeanor was respectful, calm, deliberate, and even elegant. He set out to open the flow of information and to begin to restore confidence.

He was sworn in as president on January 20th. He offered a positive vision of American democracy.
He nominated qualified people to high office. He began the processes of restoring human rights and empowering citizens.

By March he suggested that “now is a good time to invest in the market.” Investors responded with confidence.

There have been trials, missteps and tribulations. But most important, information is flowing again. The self correcting mechanisms of the free market are beginning to work again.

Much of his success may be the result of his confidence and calmness. We, the people of this country, are a more confident people now than we were a year ago.

His dedication to justice and human rights inspires people here and abroad to rethink our relationships with our friends and our enemies.

This man and his team pulled us back from the edge of a chasm. They saved us, at least for a while, from untold misery and pain.

Let me say thank you, and God bless you Mr President.

Posted by: Tedr9 | October 10, 2009 8:02 PM

The European are still at it.

First, the white europeans manipulating blacks to become slaves in America.
Now, white european manipulating a black man to achieve peace in the middle east.

Nobel prize is awarded to people with significant achievement and are judge by people of their peers in Medicine, Economics, Literature, etc.

Once they are selected, the giving of Medals in accomplish. With Obama, it is more or less a hand-out. Very typical.

What if he did not accomplish what the white europeans asked him to do. Will they take back his medal? Will he give it back?

He does not know it yet, but I think he is being screwed.

Posted by: apeng_dicitis | October 10, 2009 9:02 PM

What is wrong with some of the people in this country? The dislike for this President is truly unreal. The winning of the Nobel Peace Prize is a wonderful achievement. He did not request this honor, but was given it because he has a vision for this country and other countries of the world which is to live in peace and to respect the rights of others. What are we teaching our children by letting them see how petty and mean one can be to our leaders. Don't complain about Mr. Obama, what are you doing to make the world a better place to live. Use your brain to think and stop swollowing the garbage that is out there on the bloggs and cable news. Think, truly think about what you hear and say, your child, grandchild, niece or nephew might be listening and the outcome may not be what you want to hear or see.

Posted by: schicks1 | October 10, 2009 9:38 PM

What I always find amazing is how few people in the USA care about peace in the world, much less next door to them.

Posted by: timscanlon | October 10, 2009 9:46 PM

I voted no, he didn't deserve it. That opinion is based on the fact that he doesn't yet possess a record of accomplishments to justify the award. The Peace Prize is not given every year and two notable figures who failed to get the prize, although they were nominated several times each, were Gandhi and Eleanor Roosevelt. At this time I can't think of a single person in the world who would stand out as a recipient for the prize. I agree with some of those who think the committee may have reduced the power of the prize by bestowing it this year.

Having said all of this I am still pleased that if the award was to be made it was given to my President and because of him I an held in higher regard by much of the international community.

Posted by: mickle1 | October 10, 2009 9:50 PM

Its really sad to see the Left get so nasty. The basic truth is that I see Al Gore and ex-president Jimmy Carter deserving the award. President Obama has not done enough over his life to be even considered.
Now most of the left wing propaganda are off topic and not relevant.
I am still hopeful that president Obama will in fact turn out to deserve this prestigeous award when his career is over.

Posted by: kadabara | October 10, 2009 11:43 PM

To: IACHIMO

"You lie".

What he (and Pelosi) has done is try to "win" using our tax dollars to create their idea of the perfect U.S.A. Ideas are fine, but his are costing us way more than any benefit to be gained.

Posted by: ddnfla | October 10, 2009 11:50 PM

This award is payment in advance for all that Obama is planning to do to wreck the USA.

The Euro-weenie socialist parasites want to destroy the USA since they actually "think" the USA is evil. They are no different than mid-east terrorists and sided with them when the USA went to destroy them. The Euro-weenie socialists do in fact need to be erradicated from this earth so that peaceful and productive humans can survive.

Posted by: pgr88 | October 11, 2009 12:04 AM

There is absolutely no way that pathological liar psycho little dictator from Kenya Barack Hussein Obama deserves a
Nobel Peace Prize and the Nobel Prize just
became a Big Joke as a result! Impeach Obama and return to Kenya!

Posted by: Jan1977 | October 11, 2009 12:09 AM

Obama deserves the Nobel prize bacause the Nobel organization sees that Obama has successfully prevented American economy from growing, prevented America from taking it's position as the world leader, told the entire world as President of the United States that America has stolen the wealth of the world for it's entire existance and needs to be reduced to nothing more than a silent supporter of the UN, in full submission to the Muslim world. The Nobel Pease Prize !

Posted by: OhNoMore | October 11, 2009 12:33 AM

Our commander in chief wins an award, and Republicans respond with anger and derision???

Why do these Republicans hate America so much??

Posted by: screwjob1 | October 11, 2009 12:51 AM

OK, quickly now. If not President Obama, who should have won the Nobel Prize? I'll bet 99.9 percent of the people who cast a no vote in the above poll couldn't even begin to suggest another worthy candidate. That's a hallmark of the right wing playbook: Gripe and moan about any idea or accomplishment by a Democrat but never offer an alternative.

Posted by: chrisdortch980 | October 11, 2009 2:20 AM

In response to radbwana (cool name): so he should of won it? Did you even answer the poll?

Posted by: Andrewyaz | October 11, 2009 2:35 AM

One former Norwegian prime minister is head of the Peace Prize Committee. Another commented on the award to Obama at a reception at the South African Embassy the night of the award. He said that Obama has brought the U.S. back into the family of nation. That, of course is a major accomplishment in just eight months.
Words must come before action--they guide the action. Obama has, through his words, relaxed world tensions, and given hope to the world. Through his actions he has rejoined the UN by paying the dues. Heck, in Jesus's 3 years he just talked--except when he threw the Pharisees out of the temple. So obviously the hard Republican right wouldn't back their Christ for the prize! Words are obviously not enough!

Posted by: coachoconnorucla | October 11, 2009 2:54 AM

He didnt de-serve the service for peace internationally and nationally, so He sure deserved.

Posted by: bandwidth | October 11, 2009 5:22 AM

but at the moment there are less to do, so this is what we are thankful for. every President in USA did something to complete more of todolist and to have less to do in the service.

Posted by: bandwidth | October 11, 2009 5:31 AM


i wish, President shall send 60.000 USD from the bill of the award to me : )

Posted by: bandwidth | October 11, 2009 5:40 AM

To answer this question assumes that one has a vote. I assume that no one responding here has such a privilege. We could ask if Sara Palin has the experience or understanding of financial markets to speak to bankers in Hong Kong, but we did not write the check. It is not our question to answer. Does Keith Olbermann deserve the big salary that MSNBC pays him for ranting five nights a week? Does Glenn Beck deserve his big salary so that he can rub Vick's Vapor Rub in his eyes and cry on TV? Most of us do not write the checks so it really does not matter. These are not our questions to answer.

I would ask those who are happy that Chicago did not receive the Olympic bid, and are upset that the President of the US won this prize, for whom will you cheer in the next Olympics if the President supports the US team?

Posted by: grodt | October 11, 2009 5:42 AM

http://vimeo.com/6957489

this is why i came here to comment one more time : )

Posted by: bandwidth | October 11, 2009 5:48 AM

i shall be awarded soon for lighternature in literature : )

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Posted by: bandwidth | October 11, 2009 6:06 AM

Those crticized President Bush are awared nobel prize by hand picked by government of Norway nobel prize committee men,

President Bill clinton never criticized President Bush, and clinton is not award Nobel prize.

Nobel prize has become joke.(nobel peace prized has become anti bush prize)

Posted by: dean16 | October 12, 2009 4:05 AM

It's a non-entity. Doesn't matter what any of us thinks, we weren't voting on the award.

Compared to all the difficulties going on in the US & elsewhere, it's rather like that line from a Dylan song: "Obsenity, who really ccares?"

He got the award. Wheo really cares?

Posted by: JohninConnecticut | October 12, 2009 6:28 AM

I am appalled at some of the statements regarding the President receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. The statement made at the time by those making the selection was very clear. Whether you agree to its worthiness is another matter. No one in their right mind with any degree of intelligence and curiosity can dismiss the tone set by this president all over the world, which has increased our security. We are less hated each day as a result of this administration and its remarkable attempts and gestures of reaching out and lowering the tetesterone level that has so dominated our rhetoric in the past. In the face of insurmountable domestic and international problems, this President was not dissuaded from embarking on the issues he was elected to address. The President is not a miracle worker, he is a leader and a tremendous example making a difference in this world. His potential is unmeasurable. I am absolutely certain that history will validate the Nobel Peace Prize and all the accolades yet to come.

Posted by: greergl | October 14, 2009 4:44 PM

Obama's doing a great job. I hope we get rid of term limits so he can be President forever!

Posted by: argh2 | October 15, 2009 11:21 AM

What has he done in order to receive this award? He is putting our country into bankruptcy. What is wrong with the American people that they are not standing up and saying enough is enough and stop him.

Posted by: docasaurus | October 16, 2009 11:03 AM

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