Obama? Nobel? You’re kidding me.

I woke up at about 9 a.m. this morning to read the news that President Barack Obama had won the Nobel Peace Prize.

I actually had to check three news sources (AP, Wall Street Journal, NY Times, plus my friends’ facebook pages) before I could believe it.

I mean, Norman Borlaug won the Nobel Peace Price in 1970. He developed special grain varieties that were resistant to droughts and other causes of famine and is credited with saving 1 billion people from dying of starvation. We had a story about him in today’s newspaper.

Borlaug made a serious mark on the world.

Obama, however, still has work to do, don’t you think? Sound off in the comments, please.

Then again, we are talking about an award once given to Yasser Arafat.

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5 Responses to Obama? Nobel? You’re kidding me.

  1. Marlyn says:

    It’s too soon. There is much work to do and I hope this committee doesn’t regret its decision next year. Something weird about the speed with which Obama is rewarded and praised. I am waiting for some positive results and not just talk.

  2. Debbie S. says:

    Yes it was a big surprise! From what I have read seems they think he has made an overall impression on the rest of the world and they hope it will continue to promote peace. I think it is premature and I have nothing against President Obama. Just seems like a vote towards hope and not what has been done to date. Know what? Nothing much surprises me any more…even this.

  3. CW says:

    We are at war in 2 countries, and he is rewarded with a Nobel peace prize? Who put the spin on this?

  4. Traut says:

    In awarding the prize, the Nobel Committee hailed the president’s creation of “a new climate in international politics.’

    Ironically, the award arrives at a time when Obama is weighing the recommendation of the U.S. military commander in Afghanistan to deploy tens of thousands of additional troops in a war now eight years old. At the same time, the president, who campaigned with a promise to withdraw American forces from Iraq, is in the process of drawing down forces there, planning to withdraw combat forces by next year and all troops by 2011

    Who got the award last year again? If I recall correctly it was another sketchy hand out. They keep this up and the award is going to be a joke (as everyone has stated).

    I don’t care if Obama got it but just because he got elected and said in his speeches that he is going to negotiate or I mean, talk with terrorists it some how qualifies him as doing some sort of greater good for the world? The man has hardly been in office and quite frankly, hasn’t accomplished anything he promised to all of his supporters. He still has years to do that. And I hope he doesn’t or at least doesn’t get them through the goalie without some checks and balances.

    I’m shaking my head on this one. Anyone should if you ask me. He didn’t do anything!!!

    Wait..I’ll bet it was the beer summit! The White House garden meeting of Sgt. James Crowley and Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was the only instance I can recall in which President Obama brought together two antagonists in an effort to make peace and find common ground. Crowley and Gates talked, seemed to get along with each other, and agreed to meet again. Although the parties have not met again since July 30.

  5. Chief Sleepy Eye says:

    The really sad thing about the whole thing is that the nominations for the recipients were made 11 DAYS after Obama took office in February. That fact really makes me say “WTF?” What an absolute joke! This guy not only has the US citizenry fooled, he has the rest of the world fooled as well.