I think the Nobel Peace prize is more like an encouragement to Mr. Obama, hoping he could achieve progressments for world peace in the future.
I agree he just stepped in the world stage, not having done many things so far.
But I'm still happy! I'm a fan of him! :-)
Da Fan, "the more competence you have, the more responsibilities you have."...
As the most powerful country's president, Mr. Obama should keep doing many things ouside the US border, just make sure to do nice things...
Norway has a massive guy crush on him. It's just a trap to lure him to their happy land of fjords 'cause Nobel Committee Chairman and former Prime Minister Thorbjorn Jagland knew that Obama would ignore their boring little country otherwise, instead choosing to focus America's goodwill towards their much cooler neighbor Sweden (and little Denmark).
Maybe Finland, too.
Norwegians are so lame.
And we (WeLiveInBeijing.com) are made in Norway, as well.
As an American I say let him do something first before he gets a Nobel peace prize. He has many great ideas, but at least wait until he puts them into action and things get done. I am a fan of Obama, but he should not get the prize simply because of his ideas. Furthermore, it should not be predetermined that he get the prize simply because he is the first black president of the United States and has the oportunity to make a difference. Look at all the people already doing the ground work and struggling for a change. He is just another person participating in the struggle. I do agree that once he gets something done he should be considered, but his feats should also be compared to the great feats of others in the world. Personally I think Obama should decline the prize and force people to take action instead of rallying behind him.
You are so arrogant when you say Norwegians are so lame, and described it 'boring little country". I do not think Norwegian people have much to do when Nobel Committee choose President Obama as a Peace Prize winner!
Ah, Masha, Masha, Masha...
I was being sarcastic. We (WeLiveInBeijing) are a Norwegian company. That was a poke at my co-workers.
Sarcasm must not translate in cyberspace.
Thanks for reading!
My name is Masha not Marsha. Thanks for asking.
Interesting stuff, Joakim.
Nobel on the requirements on awarding the Peace Prize:
"... and one part to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."
Interpreted literally, President Obama has certainly worked for the above. But I'm not sure where one should draw the line between results and wishful thinking. This may put him between a rock and a hard place both with his domestic and international opponents.
We'lll have to see what happens.
Here's a great NYT roundtable discussion tackling a variety of viewpoints on the surprise selection of the 48-year-old dynamo.
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