President Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

October 9, 2009

President Barack Obama is the third sitting U.S. President to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He stated that he was both surprised and deeply humbled when he heard the news.

Reuters reported:
The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised Obama for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples," citing his fledgling push for nuclear disarmament and his outreach to the Muslim world.

Obama has been widely credited with improving America's global image after the eight-year presidency of George W. Bush, who alienated both friends and foes with go-it-alone policies like the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
The President accepted the award on behalf of American values, and said "it must be shared by everyone who strives for justice and dignity."

The national and world response to the unexpected announcement was varied. In Kenya there was elation and celebration reported. Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki issued a statement:
"I have no doubt that this award will give new impetus to your efforts to bring about lasting peace in areas where war has ravaged communities over long periods of time," Kibaki said. "I also encourage you to continue opening the avenues of dialogue in order to bring about a better understanding among the family of nations."
Former President and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Jimmy Carter made this statement:
"I congratulate President Obama on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today. It is a bold statement of international support for his vision and commitment to peace and harmony in international relations. It shows the hope his administration represents not only to our nation but to people around the world."
Ansa reported this reaction from the Middle East:
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that his country ''fully supports Obama's peace initiative'' and hopes that it will be accomplished, ''also in light of the award he received''. ''We hope,'' said Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, ''that Obama will be able to bring peace in the Middle East, to take Israel back within its 1967 borders and to make sure that a Palestinian state will be established, with Jerusalem as capital.''
President Shimon Peres of Israel stated:
“Very few leaders if at all were able to change the mood of the entire world in such a short while with such a profound impact. You provided the entire humanity with fresh hope, with intellectual determination, and a feeling that there is a lord in heaven and believers on earth.”
Nobel Peace Prize winner, Desmond Tutu summarized what I thought of the president receiving the award. He said:
“It’s an award coming near the beginning of the first term of office of a relatively young president that anticipates an even greater contribution toward making our world a safer place for all. It is an award that speaks to the promise of President Obama’s message of hope.”
Congratulations President Obama!


Anonymous said...

Catch-22 for Obama.

The United States will have to take out Iran's weapons of mass destruction (LOL). President Obama has said this and he should follow through before Iran is able to develop a nuclear weapon.

Although necessary this will plunge the Middle East into a massive war. Hundreds of thousands will die as a result. Why? It will take huge air and naval power from the US to dismantle Iran's nuke program.

Look on the bright side, the Liberals will call this justified collateral damage not like that evil Rumsfeld!

Proud of Obama said...

5:53 what a dumb a$$ comment. I assume from the far-right? What kind of country has so many bitter people that they cannot even be proud their own president has won the Nobel Peace Prize? That they celebrate that Chicago lost the Olympic bid for summer games because it would have been a win for Obama? How divisive and partisan and oh so far-right in thinking. Sad, sad, sad.

Anonymous said...

What war in Iran? Please!

Anonymous said...

I support Obama. I am saddened by Chicago not getting the Olympic nod, it would have been great for the country. The Nobel Peace Prize is also great. The fact that Obama will probably have to take out Iran will put that prize to the test.

Anonymous said...

I support Obama, too. I voted for him and contributed to his campaign. I support his initiatives, for the most part. But he hasn't done anything deserving of the Peace Prize yet. Where are the years of dedicated effort towards a Mideast Peace Accord? Where are the results of nuclear disarmament treaties? I think it's great that the rest of the world is more trusting of him than they were of Bush, but nothing in the way of real accomplishments has materialized.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, President Obama. I was so proud and happy when I heard the news.

There will always be crabs in the bucket trying to pull a good man down. Obama stepped out of that bucket long ago.

But the crabs are still there, hoping for his failure, even if it would mean the failure of the nation.

The rest of us will feel sorry for the crabs, and continue to celebrate what is justly worth celebrating -- the great honor that has been bestowed upon our President, and our country.

Wendy said...

50 reasons why Obama Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize given on the Daily Kos. Something to think about...

Anonymous said...


Arafat, the former President of the Palestinian Terrorist Organization also won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Anonymous said...

From Wikipedia:
Later in his career, Arafat engaged in a series of negotiations with the government of Israel to end the decades-long conflict between that country and the PLO. These included the Madrid Conference of 1991, the 1993 Oslo Accords and the 2000 Camp David Summit. His political rivals, including Islamists and several PLO leftists, often denounced him for being corrupt or too submissive in his concessions to the Israeli government. In 1994, Arafat received the Nobel Peace Prize, together with Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres, for the negotiations at Oslo. During this time, Hamas and other militant organizations rose to power and shook the foundations of the authority that Fatah under Arafat had established in the Palestinian territories.

Anonymous said...

Well... this time it is a prize to lose. He can get it first and earn it later.... let's give peace a chance.

Anonymous said...

“We plan to eliminate the state of Israel and establish a purely Palestinian state. We will make life unbearable for Jews by psychological warfare and population explosion. . . . We Palestinians will take over everything, including all of Jerusalem.”

We deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Thank God Obama stands firmly behind our brothers and sisters in Israel. Crush the terrorists.

Chamberonomics said...

President Obama has offered hope to the downtrodden, demonstrated wisdom in both international and domestic affairs, proposed an academically sound peace initiative, approached the Muslim world with unabated determination to restore America’s dignity abroad, stressed by an unachievable war on terror, confronted opponents with reason and logic, and was a Congressional force that voted labor and immigration reform to the CNMI, ending “the great silence” of abuses that plagued the Saipan garment era.

Ron Hodges

Anonymous said...

Our dignity is fine. The downtrodden are Muslim women and anyone who isn't a Muslim. Obama and Europe need to stop the spread of this violent religion before it takes over the world. We do not need Sharia law courts in this great Country Ron. They are already spreading in Europe. Crush them now before it's too late.

Anonymous said...

25% of the world's people are Muslim. The Koran and basic Muslim religion is not the problem. It's the extreme interpetation that's the problem. Hello? anyone remember reading about what the so called Christian churches have done to the world's population over the years? They made Hitler and Stalin look like boy scouts.

Anonymous said...

Does the "inquisition" bring to mind anything.( for those that do not know history google it or look it up in your history books. (if it is taught in school in this part of the world. Probably not as world history does not matter in the minds over here.The Catholic church

the teacher said...

President Obama realizes that religious fanaticism is among the worlds serious problems and a lack of basic education in impoverished countries is a primary cause. A better way to distribute the world's dwindling resources in an exploding population may help address this issue.

Anonymous said...

The things you cite are only common sense, Ron, which we expect from any president. Did George Bush lower the bar so much that we think just being smart and inspiring is deserving of the Nobel Prize?

Anonymous said...

congratulation president
pls let end of war no war at all
no violation peace all the way
let help to internationl nuclear destroyer it must be destroy

Anonymous said...

You asked, "Did George Bush lower the bar so much"?


You go Obama.

Damn he gave a great speech full of promise at the Human Right Campaign meeting! But every time he speaks he does well. Even the "jackass" comment. Just as Bush lowered the bar so low, so too has Obama raised it so high.

I have a feeling all the naysayers really do not know or do not want to publicly acknowledge why they are so mad that Obama got the Nobel.

Keep it up Obama.

Anonymous said...

Ron, Don't try to hijack Obama into your pro-federalization camp. He was not "a Congressional force that voted labor and immigration reform to the CNMI." He was on the campaign trial when the federalization act passed the Senate, and did not vote on it. This is also true of John McCain and Hillary Clinton.

Anonymous said...

Above, oh really. The three above were campagning and did not vote BECAUSE ALL 3 KNEW THE OUTCOME EVENTHOUGH ALL 3 SUPPORTED THE BILL.

The facts of the case are so embarrassing for America that the Democrats didn't need to call in the closer, as the GOP leadership had advised Senate members to stay away from from Abramoff by not opposing this bill.

Anonymous said...

It's been a long time since the majority of world countries and leaders have actually liked and respected an American president.
Thanks Obama.

Anonymous said...

Noni above -