I read this, and thought I mis read the title. I think he's a great guy and all, and possible *could* end up being a great leader, not that I've seen that so far. But I think that the Nobel prize committee has been risking their reputation on picking people in order to further a political agenda. And I don't agree with that. But hell, they did pick Henry Kissinger, and he's wanted for war crimes.
This statement sums it up I think:
"The committee wanted to be "far more daring" than in recent times and make an impact on global politics, said Kristian Berg Harpviken, director of the International Peace Research Institute."
It seems a bit premature to me too. Not that Obama lobbied for the award or anything like that. Evidently he didn't even know he was going to get the award until after it was announced. Congrats to Obama, just do a good job, please...
Yeah, it was put in like 2 weeks after he won the presidency :-/
But on the lobbying thing, reports are coming out today that chicago losing had nothing to do with him (duh) or even chicago itself. Turns out that the olympic committee is pissed off at the american olympic committee over some type of money issues, so they axed chicago before the voting even started. it was like revenge for them.
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I think that the prize is more of an encouragement after all the punches he's been taking from both sides. And the fact that he has the WHOLE WORLD on his side (in a sense) says something about him. Or maybe it's a way to slap the conservatives in the face and show them that people in Norway and other countries appreciate our president more than we do... I don't know.
Nelson Mandela recieved the Noble Peace Prize after his 27 yrs in prison, but he hadn't done anything REALLY GREAT until after he recieved the prize. So maybe it's the same thing.
I find it completely funny though because most years you hear who wins and not much else about them. But this year people are really on the fact obama won especially right wingers. I think it is silly to be so obsessed with him winning.
well they definitely want to tear down any resemblance of success that he might have. whether he earned it or not. You'll see this happen over the years to come as well. anything that goes bad will be completely his fault, but then when something turns out well, it'll be someone else's fault. It's like the opposite of god.
When something good happens, it's a gift from god. when something bad happens, it's because humans are imperfect or some such.
The Nobel prize committee has been abusing their position to advance their political agenda for years, I'm not surprised by this. The nomination period ended two weeks after he was elected, I don't see how anyone can defend this award with a straight face.