obamas nobel undeserved but he didnt beg for it

Obama’s Nobel Undeserved, But He Didn’t Beg For It

I, like the rest of the world, was shocked this morning to read the news about the selection of Barack Obama for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.  I, and most other people I’ve discussed it with all pretty much agree that it is undeserved.  Luckily, Obama himself seems to agree.  I thought that he should announce that he was going to reject the prize (if such a thing is possible), but even though he didn’t, I was impressed by his speech.  We all know that Obama is a good orator, but surprisingly he managed to convey all the right points, given the relative short amount of time he had to write it.  Key quote from the speech (emph. mine):

I am both surprised and deeply humbled by the decision of the Nobel Committee. Let me be clear, I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations. To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who’ve been honored by this prize, men and women who’ve inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.

I think that says it all, and it’s hard to see how Obama’s opponents can make anything bad out of it.  I think the part I bolded is downright patriotic, to be honest.  So, while I think that Obama did not deserve the award, I also think we need to keep things in perspective.  Obama did not grovel in front of the Nobel Committee for the prize; if you’re looking for anybody to point fingers at, they’re the best candidate.  I think the committee’s rationale for giving Obama the award is misguided, and their defense of it doesn’t make sense.  After all, Nobel Committee, Mikhail Gorbachev had been in office for several years by the time he got his prize.  They made the decision to give it to him, and Obama did the right thing to make his acceptance of the award about America and not himself.  Incidentally, most Republican arguments on this matter seem to be all about Obama.

I think the best course of action the President can take from here on out is to not make a big deal out of the prize.  He has already done well by promising to donate the $1.4 million monetary prize to charity.  Going further, he should eat his own words and immediately bequeath the medal to the White House, leaving it behind when he moves out after his term is over.  That way, the award will forever represent American leadership.

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  1. Jay_C

    October 10th, 2009 at 04:26

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    I thought it was a great speech, humble, honest, and from the heart. I agree with him. I just hope, as you said, both sides don’t not make a big deal about this going forward. Congrats Obama!

  2. prophet666

    October 10th, 2009 at 08:50

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    obama did not ask for it,maybe they think he deserves it more than mahatma gandhi

  3. Bob

    October 12th, 2009 at 02:32

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    I think that Obama missed the perfect opportunity to look like an even bigger man by rejecting the prize, and shoving it in the face of the Nobel Peace Prize committee who are trying to manipulate world opinion and foreign policy through their joke of a prize.

    Stanislav Petrov should have won the Nobel Peace Prize (he actually saved the world from Nuclear apocalypse).

  4. Doomed

    October 12th, 2009 at 04:04

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    I know in Obama’s own way he thinks they are doing the right thing in talking to everyone and not trying to bully everyone like Republicans tend to do.

    The problem is that we have fallen into a rut. Democrats gab….Republicans posture.

    Perhaps he can get some things done. Perhaps this prize will give him the impetus to make things better in the world. I hope so.

    Now if they could just figure out a way to affect his radical agenda for Americas home front Id be a happy camper.

    I really do want him to be the moderate, open, fair, honest and transparent bipartisan he promised over and over and over again.

    Change we can believe in.

    What happened to that Barak? ARe you really the Alinsky Radical we believe you are or are you bigger then that?

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