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Rewarding Intentions

Timothy Kincaid

October 9th, 2009

President Barack Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Some around the world objected to the choice of Obama, who still oversees wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and has launched deadly counter-terror strikes in Pakistan and Somalia.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee countered that it was trying “to promote what he stands for and the positive processes that have started now.” It lauded the change in global mood wrought by Obama’s calls for peace and cooperation, and praised his pledges to reduce the world stock of nuclear arms, ease American conflicts with Muslim nations and strengthen the U.S. role in combating climate change.

If we are now presenting awards based on intentions and promises rather than on actions and accomplishments, then no doubt the Human Rights Campaign will be awarding the President on Saturday with the Fierce Advocate Award.

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tavdy79
October 9th, 2009 | LINK

Einstein didn’t get his Nobel prize until after he figured out the general theory of relativity (E=MC2). Why should Obama be honoured so much more eagerly than was the man who was arguably the greatest physicist of the last 150 years?

Andrew
October 9th, 2009 | LINK

…because increasingly the Peace Prize Committee has become fond of “sending messages” through the prize, rather than strictly awarding excellence. This is a shame — it not only overlooks hundreds who have worked tirelessly for peace, and keeps their efforts in the shadows, it also places an undue burden on Mr. Obama as he tries to exercise his best judgement in office, and only serves to make him look a little ridiculous in the eyes of some Americans who believe in getting the prize after you’ve done the job, not beforehand.

Maggie
October 9th, 2009 | LINK

So, in what way is this news, analysis or fact-checking of anti-gay rhetoric? Because last time I checked, “I’ll get around to it” and “I will continue to treat you like second class citizens” weren’t the same thing. He’s been in office not quite a year out of FOUR, and it took perhaps two months for the gay community to jump down his throat. What’s the big idea? Obama walked into a disaster in January and is in the process of cleaning it up. Frankly, I’d rather have healthcare and our soldiers back.

John
October 9th, 2009 | LINK

You’re right Maggie, being president is hard. But then being a community organizer surely he’s up to the task! After all, our Fierce Advocate spent a whole year campaigning for the job.

I know, let’s give him a Congressional Medal of Effort.

libhomo
October 10th, 2009 | LINK

Obama is at least as much of a war monger as Bush. This is crazy.

Gene Touchet
October 10th, 2009 | LINK

Some Norwegians looked at what has been accomplished by Mr Obama in the past year. They were impressed by what they saw. They awarded him and, by proxy, us, since we put him in office, a prize.
Why can’t we respect their judgement? Why can’t we celebrate the fact that the Nobel Committee agrees with the judgement of the American voters?
What is the rationale for the touch of snarkiness which infuses so many of these comments?
Mr Obama shared this with a lot of people, including Americans.
Be proud of yourselves.

John
October 11th, 2009 | LINK

No Gene, it’s an embarassment to both the USA and Norway that the Nobel Prize has been reduced to a Badge of Effort. Obama could be worthy of such an award someday, but that day is NOT today.

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