Obama Does Not Deserve The Nobel Peace Prize?

To the Editor:

US President Barack Obama

I woke up this morning at around 10 am Pacific Standard Time and tuned into KPCC 89.3, a National Public Radio station here in Los Angeles, located on the campuses of Pasadena City College. The host of Air Talk, Larry Mantle was discussing the subject of President Barack Obama being honored with the prestigious award of the Nobel Peace Prize. The conversation was centered on whether the President deserved the award or not. Numerous callers called in and weighed in on the conversation. Some people were happy to learn that the President had won such a big award whilst others were very contemptuous and said they believe that President Obama does not deserve to be given such a huge award.

I tried to call in on the program but all my efforts proved futile because the phone lines were very busy. People wanted to share their opinion about the issue. That is very normal on this radio station during talk shows. A lot of listeners yearn to chime in a comment or two. It is a very common practice here in Southern California.

The host Larry Mantle, made a lot of comments about President Obama being given this Nobel Peace Prize award, but the one comment that caught my attention and of which I thought warranted my response was one that he said the President himself noted that he does not deserve the award because other people were more deserving. And so according to this host, President Obama conceded that he was undeserving of the award. He also mentioned that people like Nelson Mandela who have a track record of human rights activities was more deserving. These statements prompted me to write this article.

First of all, every Noble Prize winner gives a very modest account of their achievements and they are invariably humble when accepting this great award. It was in this same spirit that the president of the United States of America, President Barack Obama, gave his acceptance speech today. He was humbled and he was very modest about such an honor being bestowed upon him. He said in his own words, “I am surprised and deeply humbled” by the award. The President gave a speech of about 6 minutes long on his acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize. You can find this video here: http://nux.cc/qzfb46.

Secondly, I will address the comment that many more nominees like Nelson Mandela deserved the award more than President Obama did. Here are the facts: Nelson Mandela has already been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize! He was awarded in 1993. December 10, 1993 to be exact. You can read Nelson Mandela’s acceptance speech here: http://nux.cc/98nrwq. So the host mentioning that Mandela deserved this year’s award more than President Obama just doesn’t make sense.

Moreover, the Nobel Prize committee explicitly stated that: “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.” Note the reason for the award: “…for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” Read the full text on the Nobel Peace Prize Committee’s website here: http://nux.cc/8pynqh. So the prize was not given according to what he has accomplished over the years but because he has instituted measures to help achieve global peace and as such deserves to be commended. The President himself stated that he will accept the award as a call to action.

In conclusion, I think the President deserves to receive this award. And I would like to congratulate President Barack Obama for winning the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009. Continue to inspire the world and do what you set forth to do- to make the world a better place for all.

Emmanuel Ashford

Ashford is usually either researching and writing about disease pathophysiology or shopping online at http://www.dotcomsavings.com when I am not writing about current events.


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