11 October 2009 @ 06:39 pm
Barack Obama, Nobel Laureate  
I imagine that everyone on this reading list has heard about Obama and his being granted the Nobel Peace Prize. Like others, I think that this award was granted prematurely. He has simply not been president long enough to merit such recognition, nor has he fulfilled what he said he would. (This is not an indictment on Obama; he must try to strike compromises with the Republicans in Congress, which is an arduous task for any Democrat.) The United States is still at war with Iraq and Afghanistan, which makes a Peace Prize quite inappropriate. He has pledged to remove troops, but he has not removed them yet. Why award him a prize for something that has not yet been accomplished, and may never be accomplished, considering how the Republican Congress has behaved towards him since his election? 

I have heard that the Nobel committee may have granted him the prize to 'encourage' him, but this still makes little sense to me. The Nobel Prize doesn't exist to merely 'encourage' people; it exists to recognize pre-existing achievements. Would a scientist be awarded a Nobel Prize for an experiment whose results have not yet been confirmed? I doubt it. Why, then, does Obama merit this award? Yes, he is a better President for foreign affairs than Bush was, but in 2008, most presidential nominees would have been better than Bush, McCain included. (A notable exception is Mike Huckabee, who struck me as a Christian Right war-mongering fool.) If McCain, Clinton, Edwards, or any of the other nominees were elected, would they receive this prize? Probably not, at least in my opinion.

I must make it clear that I am not saying that Obama is a poor president; Bush and his ilk were far, far worse at managing America's affairs. (And I know John McCain would be horrible, and Sarah Palin a travesty.) I am just saying that it is far too early in his term for him to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, especially since he has not done anything to MERIT it.

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403: Cranesong[personal profile] 403 on October 12th, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
The Nobel for literature has been a joke for quite some time now, and I'm sad to see the Peace Prize get used in the same way. (The nomination window closed when Obama had been in office for a mere 10 days, mind you.)
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Richard: Mild distaste[personal profile] richard on October 21st, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
Ten days? That's even more ridiculous than I thought!
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New life and new civilizations: The Vigilante[personal profile] starfleet on October 12th, 2009 07:34 am (UTC)
Not to play devil's advocate at all, but it's too early to see if Obama will be a good president, either. He's not a bad one, I don't think he ever will be, but is he a good one? Well, idk. He's got a lot of vision, a lot of promises, a lot of good ideas. That doesn't make him a good president, and it won't necessarily make him a good president.

I can't really understand why he won the Nobel Prize, other than for NOT BEING BUSH. (On one hand, that's a good reason, lololol! But in all seriousness, it's a stupid reason, imo.)
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Richard: Intricate design[personal profile] richard on October 21st, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
I don't think that you're necessarily playing devil's advocate, because I agree with you. It's really too soon to say. I don't think that he's remotely like his predecessor, though.
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