President Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009, the third U.S. President to be given this award.  The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced today.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.

Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama’s initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.

Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.

For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world’s leading spokesman. The Committee endorses Obama’s appeal that "Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges."

Looking at their reasoning I have to wonder what fighting climate change has to do with peace?  What extraordinary efforts has he given?  He’s not even been in office a year?  He’s gone on a worldwide apology tour so perhaps that is what they are talking about.

He’s adopted a policy on nuclear weapons that even the French sees as naive, and his desire to present this vision kept the disclosure of a second Iranian nuclear facility from being disclosed during the time he spent with the U.N. Security Council.  I’m wondering as well how exactly his policies are strengthening democracy and human rights?  Has he spoken out again human rights abuses in China?  How about human rights abuses that go on in the Middle East?  Where exactly has President Obama been successful in bringing peace?

Matt Lewis notes that this is a little premature:

The award could not have been given for accomplishments, but the committee did note in a citation that Obama has, "captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future."

It seems Obama was awarded based on zero accomplishments, but on lots of "hope" for the future …

So he was basically awarded this for rhetoric.  Considering this same committee gave the prize to Yasser Arafat in 1994 it goes to show you that the prize has become a leftist back slapping ceremony.  It really has become a meaningless award, but hey, glad to see hope and change recognized globally.

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  1. Shane, I have a few friends on Facebook who called this out early today. No surprise, out come the liberals with the rhetoric that Matt Lewis explained verbatim.

    Here’s a link to who got passed over for the award:

    It’s an embarrassment, really.

    I’m not jumping on the bandwagon about the hysteria that Obama is the anti-Christ but…well…he just got the Nobel “Peace” prize. Doesn’t the Norwegian committee’s announcement describe someone who is coming on the world scene bringing peace to all?

    I’m just sayin’.

    I don’t believe it. I’m…well…I’m just sayin’.
    .-= Joe Chavez´s last blog ..A Lasting Legacy =-.

  2. This makes me want to cry…
    What has he actually done?!
    I don’t think Obama is smart enough or that he could actually “change” enough to be the anti-Christ…

  3. Odd behavior on the part of the Prize committee. I suspect it more likely illustrates how many non-Americans view the recent Bush administration.

    Overall the practical significance of this award is about nil. Unfortunately, it provides yet another pointless distraction for the political blogosphere.

    Joe writes: “:No surprise, out come the liberals with the rhetoric that Matt Lewis explained verbatim.”

    Yes, both liberal *and* conservative reactions were depressingly predictable in highlighting someone else’s shortcomings. What’s that statement about not noting the beam in one’s own eye?

    1. @Argon, I trust you applied your standard of not highlighting someone else’s shortcomings to President Bush right?

      I wouldn’t call the practical significance of the award nil… some see this as a plea for him not to escalate troop numbers in Afghanistan. It would be kind of hard for a Nobel Laureate of the Peace Prize to do that, don’t you think? At least from a global PR standpoint?

      1. @Shane Vander Hart, I’m as happy to discuss Obama’s shortcomings and the disappointments I have with his administration as I am with the previous. What I try not to do is cast everything in a hyper-partisan light. That is why in response to one of Joe’s comments I noted that both liberal and conservative responses were depressingly predictable. The award was used by partisans of each side to bludgeon the opposition and score useless ‘points’. Disgraceful, IMO.

  4. “I don’t think Obama is smart enough or that he could actually “change” enough to be the anti-Christ…”

    Depressingly predictable.

    1. @Argon, I know Emily offline. She voted for Obama and now has buyer’s remorse. Go figure. (I’m glad she realized her mistake).

      I personally wouldn’t question his intelligence, I think he is a very smart man. I do question his common sense and competency though.

  5. Here’s the text of Obama’s statement about the award:

    “Good morning. Well, this is not how I expected to wake up this morning. After I received the news, Malia walked in and said, “Daddy, you won the Nobel Peace Prize, and it is Bo’s birthday!” And then Sasha added, “Plus, we have a three-day weekend coming up.” So it’s good to have kids to keep things in perspective.

    I am both surprised and deeply humbled by the decision of the Nobel Committee. Let me be clear: I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations.

    To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who’ve been honored by this prize — men and women who’ve inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.

    But I also know that this prize reflects the kind of world that those men and women, and all Americans, want to build — a world that gives life to the promise of our founding documents. And I know that throughout history, the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it’s also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes. And that is why I will accept this award as a call to action — a call for all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st century.

    These challenges can’t be met by any one leader or any one nation. And that’s why my administration has worked to establish a new era of engagement in which all nations must take responsibility for the world we seek. We cannot tolerate a world in which nuclear weapons spread to more nations and in which the terror of a nuclear holocaust endangers more people. And that’s why we’ve begun to take concrete steps to pursue a world without nuclear weapons, because all nations have the right to pursue peaceful nuclear power, but all nations have the responsibility to demonstrate their peaceful intentions.

    We cannot accept the growing threat posed by climate change, which could forever damage the world that we pass on to our children — sowing conflict and famine; destroying coastlines and emptying cities. And that’s why all nations must now accept their share of responsibility for transforming the way that we use energy.

    We can’t allow the differences between peoples to define the way that we see one another, and that’s why we must pursue a new beginning among people of different faiths and races and religions; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect.

    And we must all do our part to resolve those conflicts that have caused so much pain and hardship over so many years, and that effort must include an unwavering commitment that finally realizes that the rights of all Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace and security in nations of their own.

    We can’t accept a world in which more people are denied opportunity and dignity that all people yearn for — the ability to get an education and make a decent living; the security that you won’t have to live in fear of disease or violence without hope for the future.

    And even as we strive to seek a world in which conflicts are resolved peacefully and prosperity is widely shared, we have to confront the world as we know it today. I am the commander-in-chief of a country that’s responsible for ending a war and working in another theater to confront a ruthless adversary that directly threatens the American people and our allies. I’m also aware that we are dealing with the impact of a global economic crisis that has left millions of Americans looking for work. These are concerns that I confront every day on behalf of the American people.

    Some of the work confronting us will not be completed during my presidency. Some, like the elimination of nuclear weapons, may not be completed in my lifetime. But I know these challenges can be met so long as it’s recognized that they will not be met by one person or one nation alone. This award is not simply about the efforts of my administration — it’s about the courageous efforts of people around the world.

    And that’s why this award must be shared with everyone who strives for justice and dignity — for the young woman who marches silently in the streets on behalf of her right to be heard even in the face of beatings and bullets; for the leader imprisoned in her own home because she refuses to abandon her commitment to democracy; for the soldier who sacrificed through tour after tour of duty on behalf of someone half a world away; and for all those men and women across the world who sacrifice their safety and their freedom and sometime their lives for the cause of peace.

    That has always been the cause of America. That’s why the world has always looked to America. And that’s why I believe America will continue to lead.

    Thank you very much. “

    1. @Argon,

      He says himself, “To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who’ve been honored by this prize…” !!!

      Just because he acts humbly in accepting the prize does NOT mean he deserves it.

    2. @Argon, “To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who’ve been honored by this prize — men and women who’ve inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.”

      Hey President Obama and I are in 100% agreement here.

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