Peace Prize for Obama

by Richard on October 9, 2009

I’m sure the right wing are going to be over all this, and it sticks in my throat to be agreeing with them. But has Obama really achieved sufficient to warrant being a Nobel Peace Prize winner?

I think the Norwegians have got a bit over-excited…

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1

Mark Byron 10.09.09 at 5:26 pm

There are plenty of cases over the years where the Nobel committee has rewarded people for seeking the right things rather than delivering them; Desmond Tutu, Oscar Arias and the anti-landmine movement come to mind.

What has Obama done in nine months to deserve it? Beating John McCain? Replacing the dreaded Dubya? He’s changed the tone, but hasn’t change much of the substance yet.

2

Richard 10.09.09 at 7:13 pm

It is being reminded of past awards for aspiration rather than delivery that makes me wonder whether my initial reaction wasn’t a bit hasty. I found Joel’s post persuasive, though we’d better not tell him. Certainly I’m not comfortable in the company of those who are criticizing this decision most loudly.

3

J 10.09.09 at 11:49 pm

No, your initial reaction wasn’t hasty; I’m happy for Obama, but this made the Nobel committee look ridiculous, and it will further damage the credibility and prestige the prize once had (and may well damage Obama himself). But I’m one of those right wingers, so don’t listen to me - listen to the left: http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/10/09/obama/

Leave a Comment

You can use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>