Obama and the Nobel Peace Prize, my couple of thoughts.

I read this morning, its on twitter and everywhere else. Woohoo, our President was recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. But really? Does he deserve it? I admire the guy, for the most part and as far as my limited knowledge of politics and world diplomacy goes, he's doing great things.

I couldn't help but wonder though, how some of the other laureates are feeling about this. For all intents and purposes Obama is pretty new to the whole leadership role and the efforts put forward by him, and undoubtedly by his huge entourage of advisors and support team is by definition brand new. It is good in theory and excellent in purpose but it isn't time proven.

Is giving him this high honor basically undermining other laureates' work? Some have worked for decades at their cause. I'm talking about the Carters, the Yunus, the Mandelas and Manchus of the world.

No doubt, this is inspiring and brings hope for a better world, but I can't get this thought out of my head... really? so early? and honestly... for what? I would have probably never questioned this if the award came to him in 3 more years or even during a second term, after many more efforts to bring nations closer together and working out peaceful resolutions.

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  1. Yeah it’s too early, none of his visits to foreign countries have had actual results yet, but at least he is trying unlike leaders of other powerful countries, that’s why he got it I think.

  2. Yeah it’s too early, none of his visits to foreign countries have had actual results yet, but at least he is trying unlike leaders of other powerful countries, that’s why he got it I think.

  3. Do you want my 2 cents? Obama has been working for positive social change since he had pubic hair.

    Consider the agenda of the Norwegians…..

    “The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.”

    A World without nuclear weapons…. (a man who is working towards peace instead of violence).

    I have been defending peace since 5:50 AM EST. I never realized how much Americans don’t want peace and are dead set on global domination.

    tsk tsk

    I think Obama’s work is an accumulation of his life’s efforts. He may have won this without the presidency if he continued to be a political activist. Do I think Carter is a better candidate? Yes, because he’s older and he’s going to die soon.

    Do I think this discounts Obama? No.
    I do think it may have been premature, but he did earn it from the very little work he has done in foreign relations since he sat in the big chair… I wish he would do more, and begin the revolution that America needs.

  4. Do you want my 2 cents? Obama has been working for positive social change since he had pubic hair.

    Consider the agenda of the Norwegians…..

    “The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.”

    A World without nuclear weapons…. (a man who is working towards peace instead of violence).

    I have been defending peace since 5:50 AM EST. I never realized how much Americans don’t want peace and are dead set on global domination.

    tsk tsk

    I think Obama’s work is an accumulation of his life’s efforts. He may have won this without the presidency if he continued to be a political activist. Do I think Carter is a better candidate? Yes, because he’s older and he’s going to die soon.

    Do I think this discounts Obama? No.
    I do think it may have been premature, but he did earn it from the very little work he has done in foreign relations since he sat in the big chair… I wish he would do more, and begin the revolution that America needs.

  5. Thanks N. for stopping by, always good to get a decent point of view but I have to add my next 2 cents as well.

    What do you mean… “doesn’t want peace and is dead set in global domination?” Who? And how does this point even come into play here… sorry I missed that one.

    Obama is talking great things, but just because he talks the talk, doesn’t mean that he’s actually accomplished much. He needs much more time to actually demonstrate that his talk leads to action which in turn changes the world. He can and I think he will, but he just hasn’t yet… it isn’t his fault. World changing takes time right?

    Consider the agenda…? That’s not the agenda, that’s just the reasoning behind the award, no?

    Carter isn’t a candidate, he actually won it, but after decades of action and activism, not 9 months in office.

    Yunnus, for example has made tangible and clear changes in the way we live and look at the world. Obama… not so much, yet.

    You also say that you think the award was premature… but then you say he did “earn it” and then you go back to the idea that he hasn’t done much by “I wish he would do more…” So really, which one is it? was it premature and not deserved? or was it deserved?

    Thanks again for stopping by.

  6. Thanks N. for stopping by, always good to get a decent point of view but I have to add my next 2 cents as well.

    What do you mean… “doesn’t want peace and is dead set in global domination?” Who? And how does this point even come into play here… sorry I missed that one.

    Obama is talking great things, but just because he talks the talk, doesn’t mean that he’s actually accomplished much. He needs much more time to actually demonstrate that his talk leads to action which in turn changes the world. He can and I think he will, but he just hasn’t yet… it isn’t his fault. World changing takes time right?

    Consider the agenda…? That’s not the agenda, that’s just the reasoning behind the award, no?

    Carter isn’t a candidate, he actually won it, but after decades of action and activism, not 9 months in office.

    Yunnus, for example has made tangible and clear changes in the way we live and look at the world. Obama… not so much, yet.

    You also say that you think the award was premature… but then you say he did “earn it” and then you go back to the idea that he hasn’t done much by “I wish he would do more…” So really, which one is it? was it premature and not deserved? or was it deserved?

    Thanks again for stopping by.

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