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President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize

Have the Norwegians picked the right person, or are they suffering from mercury poisoning?

started by Mr. Huge on 12/11/09.

President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize
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The person that is chosen for The Nobel Peace Prize is the right person by default. They can't have gotten it wrong because, regardless of who agrees, the prize is awarded based upon the opinion of a committee. And whenever such prizes are awarded, there will be detractors claiming that the opinion is wrong.

I agree with CompliantSoul that this award, like many others, is the product of a bygone era; a system from back in the day when it was okay to issue awards as a prize for being the most compliant and most like what the committee in question considers normal. Perhaps The Nobel Peace Prize is obsolete, and it is well within the right of the obsolete committee to express their obsolete opinions and select their obsolete recipient.

If the prize really was important, we'd all be scrutinizing the winner of The Nobel Prize in Chemistry, too. But we're not. We don't care. Because the question isn't really about how the general public feels about the prize; it's about how they feel about Obama.

by Katzwinkel (69.39) on 12/13/09.


According to Nobel's will, the Peace Prize should be awarded to the person who:
“ during the preceding year [...] shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.[1]

The previous year President Obama, No disrespect intended, spent the better part of his year campaigning for the presidential seat. He was kissing hands and shaking babies along with interviews with Katy and Oprah. The thought of peace was only in his mind after the end of every tiring day and, more than likely was in direct reference to a hot bath and a soft bed.

If he did spend any time at all contemplating world peace, the fraternity of two nations or the abolition or reduction of a standing army then he completely soiled his efforts the following year by deciding to send another One hundred and Sixty Thousand troops to Afghanistan.

This nomination is a twisted ploy to steal some of the lime light of the first African American President in the history of the United States as, in my own opinion, the Nobel Peace Prize has become a Icon of a time gone by and has little social relevance or impact in today's society.

by ComplaisantSoul (57.14) on 12/13/09.


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