Was Obama’s Peace Prize Political?

barack-obama-2When asked if the Nobel Peace Prize committee risked being accused of awarding President Obama the Nobel Peace Prize for political reasons and not for any achievement, a Nobel Peace Prize spokesperson replied that the committee has, on many occasions tried to enhance what a personality is trying to do. Using the award to Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev as an example, the head of the committee explained that the committee has awarded the honor to enhance an attitude which in Gorbachev’s case “changed the world”.

The spokesperson went on to say that because Obama is contributing to the improvement of the international climate and is working to strengthen international bodies such as the United Nations, they felt it important to endorse and cultivate the principals for which he stands.

The Swedish industrialist and inventor, Alfred Nobel, who originated this honor did not explain why this category was selected.  Other American presidents who have been awarded the prize include Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Jimmy Carter.

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  1. watts says

    Chinese Human Rights Activist Hu Jia – imprisoned for campaigning for human rights in the PRC, not as worthy as Barack Hussein Obama.

    Wei Jingsheng, who spent 17 years in Chinese prisons for urging reforms of China’s communist system. — not as worthy as Barack Hussein Obama. (Not to mention the symbolic value of awarding a Chinese dissident on the 20th Anniversary of the Tianenmen Square Massacre.)

    Greg Mortenson, founder of the Central Asia Institute has built nearly 80 schools, especially for girls, in remote areas of northern Pakistan and Afghanistan over the past 15 years – not as worthy as Barack Hussein Obama.

    Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad, a philosophy professor in Jordan who risks his life by advocating interfaith dialogue between Jews and Muslims, also not as worthy as Barack Hussein Obama.

    Afghan human rights activist Sima Samar. She currently leads the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and serves as the U.N. special envoy to Darfur and is apparently also not as worthy as Barack Hussein Obama.

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