Obama wins The Noble Peace Prize

I think Obama's comments on accepting the prize are pretty good:

Good morning. Well, this is not how I expected to wake up this morning. After I received the news, Malia walked in and said, "Daddy, you won the Nobel Peace Prize, and it is Bo's birthday!" And then Sasha added, "Plus, we have a three-day weekend coming up." So it's good to have kids to keep things in perspective.
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.
But I also know that this prize reflects the kind of world that those men and women, and all Americans, want to build -- a world that gives life to the promise of our founding documents. And I know that throughout history, the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it's also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes. And that is why I will accept this award as a call to action -- a call for all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st century.
These challenges can't be met by any one leader or any one nation. And that's why my administration has worked to establish a blah blah blah blah blahtey blah blah blahtey blahtey blah blah blahtetty blahtettey blah blah....And that's why I believe America will continue to lead.
Thank you very much.
Originally Posted by geeky
thanks geeky!!
i love the bold part the best.
This may have been covered, but while I am proud of him and certainly don't begrudge it to him, I think it is pretty sad if he is really the individual who has most worked for peace in the world. I think he potentially offers a hope for peace, but he hasn't done anything or made any sacrifices to get it YET. I also have a problem with, however inspiring and principled he is personally, the leader of a nation which is spending billions on war in the Middle East (and not even paying decent health and social services to its own citizens) getting a prize for peace. I think he CAN fix the mess in Iraq and Afghanistan and when he does, THEN he will deserve the prize... but he hasn't done it yet (hasn't even been in office a year so I don't expect him to yet.) The prize was premature. I also think that, while it probably wasn't realistic, how much more amazing would it have been if he had declined the prize?

I think most winners of the NPP have experienced considerable personal sacrifice and losses - jail, house arrest, etc. etc. etc. and he really hasn't to the same extent at all.
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I heard the news this morning and my first thought was that this is a joke.

As the reality sinks in, I am sort of stuck between amusement

and shock.

I know I should not be at all surprised though. The award was diminished the second it was given to the terrorist, Yasser Arafat. Whatever.

And I do think it diminishes the integrity of the Nobel Peace Prize when it goes to someone like Obama who, besides giving some lofty speeches, has done nothing of real substance to advance peace. That responsibility lies with those who decided to award this prize, not to those who are criticizing the decision.
Originally Posted by misspam
He actually did work hard to liberate his people from colonial oppression, at personal cost to himself. He is no more a terrorist than the State of Israel is.
Get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me. -Muhammad Ali

Originally Posted by Trenell
Yes. And I added the 2nd quote below to my sig for this very reason.
I continue to be amazed by the far right. They are blaming him for being nominated and for winning. How is it his fault? Could he have declined? Sure but what would that have accomplished? If you dislike him now, would you support him cause he declined it?
I know I should not be at all surprised though. The award was diminished the second it was given to the terrorist, Yasser Arafat. Whatever.
Originally Posted by misspam
Are you surprised by, and do you object to Nelson Mandela having recieved the Nobel Peace Prize? Because if you are judging by the standards of having organised a terrorist movement, and co-ordinating attacks in which civilians died, then you should object to his too.
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