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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Novel Nobel Nod

(Ok, do you not love my catchy title? Doesn't remind you of those snappy newspaper titles from the 1920s? All right, enough of that....)

By now you've likely heard about the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to President Obama. So, what do you think about that?

I thought this post from the New York Times did a decent job of reporting the varied responses (world wide and from previous Nobel Peace Prize winners) to the Nobel Peace Prize announcement.

I have great respect for President Obama, but find that his nomination and subsequent award so early in his presidency does make one wonder about the Nobel selection process. I have no doubt that he is fully capable of achieving the Nobel Peace award in his lifetime, but I am dismayed that he has received the award for intentions and not results. Our previous two sitting presidents who have received the award are Woodrow Wilson for the founding of the League of Nations and Theodore Roosevelt for the 1905 peace treaty he drew up between Russia and Japan. You can read more about other prize winners at the Nobel Peace Prize home page, if you are interested.

My dismay is no reflection of my opinion of President Obama, but rather on the selection process of the Peace Prize. To give it for less than herculean or lifelong efforts and actual achievements cheapens its impact, in my opinion.

So, I ask again, what do you think?

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elizabeth said...

On the Nobel Peace Prize... you said it well. It does seem like a premature choice. My eyebrow is raised. My skepticism is in check. For now...

DebD said...

What you said.

Especially after looking at who else was nominated. Perhaps in 10 years it would be quite appropriate for him to have been nominated, but I feel like they've gotten the cart before the horse on this one.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for saying well how I feel about this speedy award.