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Today's Question: Should President Obama have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?

Monday, October 12, 2009 | 2:06 p.m. CDT

Less than nine months into his presidency, Barack Obama on Friday became the fourth United States president to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The surprising announcement elicited a mixture of praise and criticism around the globe.

The prize has traditionally been awarded for the winner’s accomplishments, though in this case it seemed to be based more on Obama’s potential to influence world events. He took office 12 days before the committee's nomination deadline in February.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee said it was recognizing Obama “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." The committee stressed that it made its decision based on Obama’s efforts toward nuclear disarmament as well as American engagement with the world, and his increased reliance on diplomacy and dialogue.

But critics of the award have argued that Obama won more for his celebrity and speeches than for his actual achievements. In an official statement, Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, said, “The real question Americans are asking is, ‘What has President Obama actually accomplished?’”

Obama said he was “deeply humbled” by the award and that he would accept it “as a call to action, a call for all nations to confront the challenges of the 21st century.”

Should President Obama have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?


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Charles Dudley Jr October 12, 2009 | 5:50 p.m.

I'll pull out the big "R Card" right here and now and bet you a dollar if he had been a White Guy the GOP and it's minions would not be so much in a fit over this.

The question I must ask at this time is what has the GOP actually accomplished since Obama has taken office?

It goes both ways you know?

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Allan Sharrock October 12, 2009 | 6:38 p.m.

Charles if you don't have a majority in the house, senate, or executive branch it is pretty hard to get your agenda completed. Shouldn't the real question be what have the dems done since they control all the branches of government?

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Charles Dudley Jr October 13, 2009 | 4:21 a.m.

Allan Sharrock I am quite sure the Dems and even the Libertarians would like to alot more together with the Repubs but you cannot do much in any party if you have one or two partys that want Obama to fail and continually allow their political mouth pieces in the media proclaim that daily.

We have three political groups with three totally different agendas and none of them want to work together for the good of this country.

The above will be the death of this country yet not Obama.

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Mark Foecking October 13, 2009 | 8:44 a.m.

What has anyone in government actually accomplished since January except increasing the public debt by trillions?

DK

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Richard Hayden October 15, 2009 | 3:33 p.m.

Most people are not as stupid as some may think, they see things quite clearly. If anything they fail to react and are complacent. They do however understand what our President is and what he is not. Frankly folks are quite sick of the idiots in both party's. They also look for government handouts when/if promised. The rest of us know someone has to pay for all this lunacy.

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Charles Dudley Jr October 15, 2009 | 4:59 p.m.

>>> Richard Hayden October 15, 2009 | 3:33 p.m.
Most people are not as stupid as some may think, they see things quite clearly. If anything they fail to react and are complacent. They do however understand what our President is and what he is not. Frankly folks are quite sick of the idiots in both party's. <<<

So true and myself I would like to see all of the varied parties working together but that will never happen.

The most classic tag line that goes with the very issue we are all forced to have to go through because our elected officials just will not learn to communicate:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnO9Jyz82...

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