ANSWERS: 47
  • No it made the Nobel committee look like idiots. Obama has not EARNED it. It has also devalued the award in my honest opinion.
  • Yeah it just made my morning. No really - I'm happy for anyone who wins a prize of any kind....I'm just waiting for it to be my turn someday.
  • Not impressed till history proves he deserves it.
  • I'm extremely happy for the President! And, I agree with the Nobel Prize committee that he is encouraging the world to go in the right direction and inspiring the hope that will assure success.
  • Happy for him? Sure I am happy for anyone that wins. I am a bit puzzled by it as well although I have to say it is an indication of how President Obama is regarded internationally. Having a president that well regarded cannot be a bad thing for this country.
  • It means about as much as the bogus prize they gave Jimmy Carter a few years ago. I could see it if he'd won thirty years ago for getting Begin and Sadat to the table, but the prize they gave him was agenda laden and meant to snub George Bush, which made it meaningless and cheap. This one is about the same. Obama has done nothing to earn it yet, and the Nobel prize committee is just using it to further their agenda. A few more like that and no one will have any respect for a Nobel prize anymore. It used to mean something. It used to be the culmination of a lifetime of achievement.
  • I don't mind one way or the other, but I do know that if there was a Nobel War Prize, Dubya would be the favourite to win it.
  • Not really. Too soon.
  • Nobody seems to know exactly what Obama has done to achieve it. The whole gesture seems premature. At least if Chuck Norris had won, we could have seen his films as proof.
  • I'm still having a hard time to understand why he got it in the first place
  • Tickled pink :/ Next year, it's my turn, dammit. +5
  • Happy that he won it, hell no but it did make me laugh. The commitee can be proud of giving it to someone who hasn't done a damn thing to earn it.
  • The guy hasn't done anything to deserve it. The only things that he has done in his approximately 9 months in office is hock our future for failed economic programs and blame George W. Bush for anything that doesn't go his way. This must be their apology for not buying his pitch for the Olympics in Chicago.
  • I'm actually pretty upset about it, only because it is just another thing I will never hear the end of.
  • I really have no clue what he did to deserve it. I mean, it's great if other countries have slightly less desire to kill us Americans now because of it, but it really seems a bit sketchy as to how and why he was given such a prestigious honor for... well... not doing anything. Last I checked, we are still engaged in foreign wars and it's still business as usual for our uber-powerful militaristic federal government, so where's all that "peace" that is supposed to elicit the award of the Nobel Peace Prize?
  • First, I recall that Henry Kissinger was awarded the same prize. So I'm not sure how much it means. Second, I'd like to know who makes these decisions. Does anyone know the names of the people on the committee that makes the award?
  • So is it some trap they are laying for him. Like Gadhaffi said he will pary for Obama to be the president of America for long long years. So that America will be acting favorably for them?
  • When I read it this morning, somehow I wasn't surprised... I'd be happy for him if he deserved it. I was instantly puzzled and a bit peeved this morning.
  • I was left wondering why, I cant say Im proud. Looks like you can win the prize with words alone. Still I find it rather comical that the same day he wins the prize the US bombs the moon :/
  • i must confess i feel an inkling of pride and a great deal of mystification. just what did he do to earn it, again? i'm afraid it's more a slap at mr bush than a commendation of mr obama
  • What a disgraceful joke and a total mockery. The Nobel committee has done it to itself. They have no one else to blame. At least the Olympic committee was smart enough to block Borat Obama. If only it were April Fools Day. Than life would once again make sense to me.
  • Well, he's in good company now, right up there with Carter and Arafat.
  • Yes, there are some sane & trustworthy people are out there after all.
  • Happy? no. Confused? yes
  • Happy? No more like confused as to why. I also found myself pondering just what kind of drugs the committee was high on when they voted.
  • Hell no. What did that stupid clown do to deserve it? Not a damn thing.
  • i've been happy for every winner of the peace prize. sometimes i think (gulp) that nixon was the mastermind behind the peace process and the novel prize should have gone to him rather than kissinger. obama has much to live up to!!!
  • Well, it's kind of like giving someone the Superbowl MVP trophy after just one quarter of play. He actually may end up deserving the award, but you don't know for sure until the game is completed. It kind of dilutes the specialness of the award, doesn't it?
  • 3rd Answer. I just don't see how they can reward bad behavior.
  • Absolutely! :D
  • For doing what?
  • No he didn't do anything to deserve it
  • Yes, I love America. I also love seeing America-haters' heads explode. I'm looking at you Beck.
  • He's not my president, but sure, why not give him one? they hand them out to tonnes of people now don't they? He seems like a nice guy. If I was famous I'd want one too!
  • What surprises me even more was that he was nominated just 2 weeks after taking office.
  • No, but I'm not angry either. I could honestly give a shit.
  • I think any american should be patriotic enough to be happy when any president of our country wins such a prize. I have been all over the world, I cant think of the citizens of any country upset their president won anything, for whatever reason.
  • NO! he should give it back, along with his resignation,
  • It's great news for ABers. Now there's no reason to stop even the newest members of AB from winning the Pulitzer Prize for journalism... As someone who contributed a lot of time working on Obama's campaign, I think an Oscar would have been far more appropriate. David Plouffe and David Axelrod should also be awarded for best screenplay. A year ago, I never thought "change" would mean so many homeless and jobless people on our streets begging for it. The campaign switched from "Yes! We Can! last November to "Yes! I Can, But You Cannnot!" in February. By the Town Hall Meeting on March 26, on-line supporters got their thanks with Obama's surprisingly immature response to the question on the prospect of revenue-generating medical marijuana. It was the first time I remember a U.S. president joking in the face of medical illness. It wasn't the last. Obama bombed out bigtime on the the healthcare issue, as well. But as for winning the Nobel Peace Prize, I don't see how any leader who has spread an existing war (from Afghanistan to Pakistan) and has no medals or trophies for peace can be selected for such high honor. As you read this, someone in your area is being subjected to undue brutal violence by law enforcement in the war on drugs (even though Gil Kerlikowske has suggested that we not refer to the brutality of our drug policy as a "war")... For whatever it's worth, it's becoming much easier to understand why the Mayian calender ends in 2012.
  • Frankly no, I'm not. He has done nothing to deserve it.
  • Frankly no, I'm not. He has done nothing to deserve it.
  • I think Obama knows it was an idiotic move and now the Nobel Peace prize committee knows it was an idiotic move. Obama communicated that nonverbally when he accepted it and the committee commented on his reaction and then, for the first time in history, started explaining why they awarded it.
  • The last date for nobel prize nomination was february 1 2009. And he won the prize???? for peace. So it must be for whatever he did before feb 2009. Can you believe this?
  • No he deserves no prize
  • Seemingly Obama himself is shy about his Nobel prize.
  • I kind of like the "reason" they gave it to him, i.e. his desire to open dialogue for the purpose of working out international grievences or whatever. But I agree with many responders here that Mr. Obama hasn't really done enough to merit the honor; the committee's reason was that Mr. Obama created a more peaceful world environment???? Talk versus actions - real or anticipated. If Mr. Obama continues work toward international peace during and after his presidency, then by all means. I think the committee in Oslo jumped the gun

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