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    Congratulations Barack! I think you deserve every chunk of that prize, and the only question I have is, "Why does the American press attack this man no matter what he does?".

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    Lol, he was nominated for the Nobel Price after whole 2 weeks in oval office. I have had a vision of a nuclear free world, where is my nobel prize ?

    Having this 'nobel winner of peace' on his forehead will make decisions even harder. I cannot remember much Nobel prize winner's being in war against several countries and probably planing on against Iran.

    Big mistake from the Commitee.

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    only 2 weeks in office,my that,s fast.
    Pres.Obama is the Usain Bolt of the peacemakers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by effie2 View Post
    Pres.Obama is the Usain Bolt of the peacemakers.
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    I just don't understand how someone that was in office for 10 days ... TEN DAYS ... before the deadline won the Nobel Peace Prize but GHANDI never has. I'm just flummoxed. I agree with a few others .... he should have declined and said there is more work to do, but thank you so much anyway. I do feel bad for him because they put him in an AWFUL position that he didn't ask for.

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    This is an interesting article from earlier this week:

    China dissidents top Nobel Peace Prize speculation


    MacDOUGALL (AP) – 2 days ago
    OSLO — Chinese dissidents are leading the odds of winning the Nobel Peace Prize this year, the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre and the 60th since the establishment of the People's Republic of China.

    Speculation on the chances of Chinese dissidents for the peace prize, announced this year on Friday, has been a yearly ritual. But this time there's a stronger current of expectation surrounding critics of China's long-standing communist regime.

    Emerging superpower China remains deeply sensitive about criticism of its bloody 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters at Tiananmen Square. And awarding dissidents would be a major poke-in-the-eye in the year the communist regime celebrates its diamond jubilee.

    The Nobel Peace Prize committee is famous for making grand symbolic gestures aimed at influencing the world agenda, as in 1989 when, in the wake of the Tiananmen massacre, the prize went to the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader.

    U.S. President Barack Obama is thought to have been nominated but it's unclear on what grounds.

    Nobel watchers say he could be a contender for next year's prize, following his lofty call for global nuclear disarmament at the United Nations last month, which came after the nomination deadline for the 2009 prize.

    Other possible contenders include human rights activists from Colombia, Jordan, Russia, Afghanistan and Vietnam.

    Despite the strong buzz surrounding Chinese dissidents, the Nobel committee said the race wasn't over.

    "We have not come to a final conclusion," the committee's nonvoting secretary Geir Lundestad told The Associated Press late last week. "We will meet again and decide."

    In his 1895 will, award founder Alfred Nobel stipulated that the peace prize should go "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace congresses."

    Unlike the other Nobel Prizes, which are awarded by Swedish institutions, he said the peace prize should be given out by a five-member committee elected by the Norwegian Parliament. Sweden and Norway were united under the same crown at the time of Nobel's death.

    The committee has taken a wide interpretation of Nobel's guidelines, expanding the prize beyond peace mediation to include efforts to combat poverty, disease and climate change. Some experts believe the committee will turn to human rights this year, because it hasn't picked a human rights activist since tapping Iranian lawyer Shirin Ebadi for the prize in 2003.

    "Twenty years since Tiananmen Square? Maybe a Chinese?" said Dan Smith, of the London-based International Alert peace group.

    Possible candidates could be Hu Jia, a human rights activist and an outspoken critic of the Chinese government, who was sentenced last year to a three-and-a-half-year prison term for "inciting subversion of state power." Another could be Wei Jingsheng, who spent 17 years in Chinese prisons for urging reforms of China's communist system. He now lives in the United States.

    Chinese dissidents also topped speculation in 2008, when the 10 million kronor ($1.4 million) award went to Finland's ex-president Martti Ahtisaari for decades of work as a peace mediator. That year, Chinese officials reacted angrily to the mere suggestion that a critic of its regime might win the prize.

    The Nobel committee, however, has tended to ignore such pressure.

    Twenty years ago, it brushed aside Beijing's threats of diplomatic reprisals and awarded the prize to the Dalai Lama. This year also marks 50 years since China seized full control of Tibet.

    Both Hu and Wei are among the favorites according to Irish bookmaker PaddyPower, which also gives low odds to Obama.

    Obama embraced the goal of a nuclear-free world in an agenda-setting speech in April and renewed that commitment as the 15-nation U.N. Security Council last month unanimously approved an ambitious strategy to stop the proliferation of atomic weapons.

    "In many ways we have a strong candidate for next year, Obama and other world leaders" who backed the U.N. resolution, said Jan Egeland, director of Oslo's Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. "But too late for this year."

    Egeland was one of the key architects of the Oslo accords, a much-lauded series of negotiations between Israel and Palestine that came in 1993. Parties on both sides shared the peace prize the following year.

    Kristian Berg Harpviken, the director of the Peace Research Institute, Oslo, said his top guess was Piedad Cordoba, a senator and leader of Colombians for Peace, an organization whose aim is to facilitate peace negotiations between the government and the country's leftist FARC guerrillas.

    Harpviken, who stressed that the institute has no inside information, also mentioned Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad, a philosophy professor in Jordan who advocates interfaith dialogue in a region shot through with sectarian violence, and Afghan human rights activist Sima Samar.

    She currently leads the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and serves as the U.N. special envoy to Darfur.

    As always, the prize committee has remained tightlipped about who's been nominated, saying only that a record 205 groups and individuals were put forward by the nomination deadline. The list of each year's nominees is kept sealed for half a century.

    Those with nomination rights include members of national governments; university professors in history, political science, philosophy, law and theology; and former peace prize laureates.

    The names of some candidates are known because those making the nomination have announced their pick.

    Egeland, for example, said he nominated Denis Mukwege, a physician in the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo who opened a clinic to help rape victims.

    "He is working for the people in the biggest war," he said. "Sometimes the committee has to address the biggest wars."

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    Quote Originally Posted by TaffyMoon View Post
    Congratulations Barack! I think you deserve every chunk of that prize, and the only question I have is, "Why does the American press attack this man no matter what he does?".
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    how does he deserve it? it was awarded for things HE MIGHT DO

    He hasn't DONE anything to earn it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    how does he deserve it? it was awarded for things HE MIGHT DO

    He hasn't DONE anything to earn it
    Completely agree! WTF?

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    I'm shocked

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    I like him, I voted for him but I agree he hasn't done anything so far to remotely deserve this. It's ridiculous and totally laughable.

    He really shouldn't accept it.

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    ^^While I still think it's too early for him to get the award, if he turns it down then that's going to cause an even bigger uproar.

    Although I was happy to hear him say that he didn't deserve it and that he was humbled by it. If his ego had gotten in the way and he waxed on about how he deserved it that would really have caused some problems.

    Quote Originally Posted by effie2 View Post
    only 2 weeks in office,my that,s fast.
    Pres.Obama is the Usain Bolt of the peacemakers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nevan View Post
    I just don't understand how someone that was in office for 10 days ... TEN DAYS ... before the deadline won the Nobel Peace Prize but GHANDI never has. I'm just flummoxed. I agree with a few others .... he should have declined and said there is more work to do, but thank you so much anyway. I do feel bad for him because they put him in an AWFUL position that he didn't ask for.
    Quote Originally Posted by Deutsche View Post
    Lol, he was nominated for the Nobel Price after whole 2 weeks in oval office. I have had a vision of a nuclear free world, where is my nobel prize ?

    Having this 'nobel winner of peace' on his forehead will make decisions even harder. I cannot remember much Nobel prize winner's being in war against several countries and probably planing on against Iran.

    Big mistake from the Commitee.
    Who ever said he is being awarded based on his presidential work? He has been doing things for his community before he ran for president, you know.

    Reading comprehension is needed.
    The Associated Press: Common misconceptions about the Nobel Peace Prize

    Myth: The prize is awarded to recognize efforts for peace, human rights and democracy only after they have proven successful.

    More often, the prize is awarded to encourage those who receive it to see the effort through, sometimes at critical moments.


    I think Obama is worthy for getting the award. I hope now that everyone has read this they can stop complaining.

    Anyway, Obama will be donating the Nobel Prize money to charity.

    Spokesman says Obama will donate entire $1.4 million from his Nobel Peace Prize to charity.

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    Maybe the committee was taken by the contrast between the US history of slavery, 9/11 wars, and even Bush and a partially black guy with the name Hussein becoming president. He had a lot of nice promises the country and the world are waiting for him to keep. Interesting that Obama was "schedulally-challenged" during the Dalai Lama's visit, by many estimations for the benefit of China. The article about the Chinese protesters poised for recognition makes me think it was such a missed opportunity.

    The Committee was presumptuous in advancing their agenda. For whatever hope Obama has (had?) stirred, as many have pointed out, millions of disadvantaged and oppressed continue to be, while their oppressors grow stronger. Even if Obama turns out to be the next Mother Teresa, the US airwaves are going to be filled with criticism of Obama, stealing a potential spotlight away from Chinese protesters or other under-reported cause, and making Obama's job harder in the process.

    I think off the airwaves, there will be a more even tone. As for hope, we can only do that, hope that the prize inspires him or bolsters his fight for the changes he promised and we asked for.

    ETA, and the one-liners on GR are way better than that blogger's collection! *hair toss*

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