Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

As a big fan and supporter and believer in what Obama is doing and will accomplish, even I was surprise to learn that he won this prestigious prize; however, if one looks at this through a different set of lens — why be surprised? He has been working to make the world a far more peaceful place. His international colleagues, even the Russians and Iranians, have nothing but praise for him. It took both Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan years into their presidency before they reached international stardom. The first president to win this was Teddy Roosevelt after negotiating a peace between Russia and Japan following the Russo-Japo War.

Some believe that Reagan should have won this award for the end of the Cold War, however, I suspect he did not due to his continual build up and escalation of nuclear arms during the mid 1980s. There are two books that examine this:

The once widely held view that Ronald Reagan stumbled his way through the end of the Cold War by sheer good luck has been shattered by two recent books—one by a conservative scholar, and the other by a liberal intellectual historian. Together, these two books, building on the work of previous scholars since the collapse of the Soviet empire, catapult Reagan to the forefront of presidential greatness. Paul Kengor’s The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism, contends that Reagan’s goal of defeating communism and winning the Cold War can be traced to his early struggles against communists in Hollywood as head of the Screen Actors Guild in the late 1940s. In this fight against an attempted communist takeover of the union, Reagan was, in the words of fellow actor Sterling Hayden, a “one man battalion.”

Peter Schweizer, based at the Hoover Institution, was the first scholar to significantly make the case that Ronald Reagan deliberately set out to win the Cold War. In two books—Victory: The Reagan Administration’s Secret Strategy That Hastened the Collapse of the Soviet Union (1994) and Reagan’s War: The Epic Story of His Forty-Year Struggle and Final Triumph Over Communism (2002)—Schweizer used interviews with some of Reagan’s national security and foreign policy staffers, national security directives, Reagan’s speeches and private correspondence, and documents from several foreign countries, to argue that Reagan intentionally abandoned détente, moved beyond a passive containment policy, and pursued a strategy of victory.


19 thoughts on “Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

  1. I reacted viscerally when I heard the news this morning. While I have been – and continue to be – profoundly disappointed by what the President hasn’t yet done, I need to be reminded, now and again, that change takes time.

    (you’re up early!)

  2. There is simply no defense to him receiving this award. He took office two weeks before the Nobel nomination deadline! This is like Detroit Lions’ fans giving rookie Matthew Stafford the NFL MVP award after the preseason. No one on the planet was more deserving of a peace prize on the merits? Even White House staffers thought they were being punk’d when told the news.

    What has Obama done — not talked about — to cultivate peace? Close Gitmo? End rendition? Leave Iraq? Leave Afghanistan?

    Um…when the Russians and Iranians are praising you, that is not necessarily a good thing.

    All I’m saying is it is too early to give this award to Obama. Some day he may earn it, and I will applaud if he does. This past week, Time Magazine graded Obama’s presidency thus far with an A-. Is that really an objective analysis? There is a pattern here of liberal institutions putting the cart before the horse. Give the guy a chance to *earn* his stripes. If he is so good, there is no need to artificially inflate his credentials.

  3. I was kinda shocked when i heard this too. I’m not a big Obama fan and so I was upset to hear that he won such a prestigious award. It seems like we have also been doing worse with the economy. I hate being so negative but I guess it’s harder to agree when most of your family disagrees. But I do concur that change does take time and he has to take both his side and the side of the people. So it is a lot harder than we think it is.

  4. From what I’ve seen there seems to be a lot of mixed feelings on this. Up here in Minnesota I hardly hear anyone talk about it because quite frankly they’re fine with it for the most part, but from Facebook I’ve noticed extensive hype and unrest concerning this from my friends in Texas (one friend even asked if Osama bin Laden would be the next Nobel Prize Winner). In all honesty I don’t think this is to reward him for anything he has done but more so as a gesture of good will from the international community. Admittedly he has not done anything to immediately deserve it, but to be honest this award is more symbolic than otherwise. On the topic of the hype from the Texan community, I really don’t believe this anger is worth lashing out so blindly and wrathfully. Quite frankly while this presidency will be probably be remembered more so from the disorganized hatred of the conservative branch than from anything else because of this funneled hatred.

  5. Let’s be honest here- has Obama yet earned the right to be placed among the likes of Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, MLK, and Mother Teresa? What bothers me the most is the fact that this downplays the actions of others who have received the award by inferring that what he has done is tantamount to the work of those previously listed.

  6. I support the decision to give Obama the Noble Peace Prize. Obama might no be up there with the great peace makers of the world, but he still has a lot of time to reach that status. He has managed to accomplish more things in his first nine months as president than past presidents have accomplished in their whole term.

    • the thing that gets under my skin is that the deadline to submit nominees was 11 days after he took took office which is barely enough time to move in and build his new basketball court. by that time nothing had been done besides write a little bit of his 1000 page health bill which no one had read for the longest time, even when congress was voting on it. i don’t think he should get an award for saying he will do something and really making peace is with other nations, with the state of our economy is a political must right now.

  7. Morgann, what exactly has President Obama accomplished in his first nine months? And please, bear in mind all of you that I voted for and like the guy, but I really would like to know what he’s accomplished.

    • The award is not based upon what a person symbolizes. It’s especially hard to “symolize” or achieve anything on a world scale (within a 2 week period) that would rival Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Teddy.

      However, it does appear this was an election of “change”.

  8. This is like Twister…y’all are gonna pull a hammy trying to justify this award.

    “Coffee is for closers.” Awards should be based on merit. I need a little more than “he’s not Bush” before we start laying the palm fronds down before him.

    Note: Isn’t this somewhat of a play by Europeans to influence United States foreign policy? For example, how is the President supposed to negotiate from a position of strength with Iran when he sits down at the table with a peace prize medal around his neck?

  9. Just because he symbolizes something does not mean that he deserves to win the Nobel Peace prize. Note that I am NOT saying that the certain principles and ideas he represents are not important (ie movement toward breaking down barriers of race), yet I just do not see this as deserving of the prize. What about someone like Bono who’s leading the charge in aiding those in third world countries? His stated purpose is, in my opinion, more in line with what the award stands for. I believe that it should be given to someone who’s life is committed to peace. Of course Obama promotes peace, but for him that a political must. And I surely hope that the conditions of the award are not based on what the recipient has not done.

  10. Well heck Carson, I’ve never invaded a country under false pretenses AND I am also not George W. Bush AND everyone I’ve ever met from a foreign country likes me. Where’s my Nobel Peace Prize?

  11. I am greatly disappointed that Obama received this award when he hasn’t done anything. In my opinion, he doesn’t truly deserve the Peace Prize because he hasn’t earned it. To me, this has lowered the meaning of the Nobel Peace Prize. I strongly believe that Obama may talk a high talk, but he has not began his actions promised.

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