October 9th, 2009
06:42 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Peace Prize Praise & Criticism

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

President Obama said he's "surprised and humbled" and he doesn't deserve to be in the company of some of the others who've won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Though, Pres. Obama said he viewed the decision as a "call of action."

Do you agree? Share your thoughts below.

The news shocked many people. There was a gasp from reporters gathered to hear the name of the winner in Oslo, Norway.

While, at the White House, the president's top advisers said they were caught off guard. The White House press secretary woke up Pres. Obama shortly before the 6am ET announcement to give him the news.

The Nobel Committee said it awarded Pres. Obama the Peace Prize for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

"He created a new international climate, the committee said.

Pres. Obama's critics said he does not deserve the award, considering he's only been in office eight months.

The chairman of the Republican National Congress, Michael Steele, asked: "What has President Obama actually accomplished?"

We'll be digging deeper on the Nobel committee's decision.

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  1. Ida

    Congratulations President Obama. and here is the accomplishment that he has made. He has in such a short inspired and changed the atmosphere of world diplomacy. That is a very deserving accomplishment. for those who have been envious. they can be ignored. There are many many people out there made lots of differences out there for sure. but none has the impact comparable to the president in terms of hope. Hope is very very important. As a non-american, I have to say those americans who doesn't approve of their president when so many outsider who has respect for well should review their sentiment again.

    October 11, 2009 at 1:45 am |
  2. fred

    what i would like to know is why is it that we are so quick to jump at Our President Obama, on so many issues? why didnt we put this much pressure on Bush the man who has led us to where we stand today? two Wars, why didnt we stop him and have him finish the first war he began. why are we quick to jump and say he isnt doing enough? how long has he been in office? yes he made alot of promises how can he deliver on them when congress is more in control as far as voting yes the democratic party needs to toughen up and tell the republicans we've had enough jus as they did in the election. we need to understand he is trying, he is doing the best he can, two wars, economy, health care all these things are in critical condition if we look at it and here is a man who has no worries for the rest of his life that is trying and we are saying he is not doing enough. i guese the two terms president bush served was enough for us? we did put this much pressure on him on these topics, we let him do what he wanted and when he wanted and where is he now? relaxing. how many times have we seen him since he left office? this is his doing and MR.obama is trying and he cannot fix all these problems over night specially not in 10 months. he is doing what he can, remember he did not create this he inherited this.

    October 11, 2009 at 1:37 am |
  3. Nick D.

    The Nobel prize for science is not given to those who try to map the human genome, but to those who did. The literary prize isn't given to an author who is writing a great book, but one who has. I pray that our president eventually deserves this honor, but it is definitely premature.

    October 10, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  4. Lilly

    I support 100% Obama receiving the Noble Peace Price.
    He has demonstrated commitment, loyalty, and hard work before and after being elected. His efforts to build new and improved relationships abroad has win the respect of millions all over the world. At home he has been given the difficult task to tackle an economy that is the worst since the Great Depression.
    He has proved himself and he will continue to prove himself effectively.

    October 10, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  5. Linda B., Ga.

    Why in the world can’t we just CONGRATULATE Pres. Obama instead of being so dang opinionated and negative about it? We are always so “quick” to criticize, My God we should feel honored that our President won the Peace Prize.

    October 10, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  6. Renee Fulton

    I was surprised Pres. Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. The Prsident was surprised too. It was also amazing and surprising that a black man became President of the United States .

    The President is very firm but soft spoken and humble in his demeaner . He has said things to try to bring peace to the world . Anyone can see that he wants to make a better more loving people in the world . He is so gracious and humble he is certainly deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize . When others see who he is that aren't connected in the USA and give him this award The President must be
    doing something that the people of America must look back at this man and realize his worth to us and our world .

    October 10, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  7. Mikhael

    I think congratulations are in order for President Obama. Even though it is early in his first term as president, internationally he has mended attitudes, strengthened our position and made us credible again as a nation that actually does care about something other than ourselves. After watching international respect and collegiality towards the U.S. erode away completely over the past 8 years, President Obama has restored our dignity and instilled hope in mere months. What a class act. I for one am grateful he's leading the U.S. into a better, more productive and respected position where we participate in world politics/dynamics instead of blindly steamrolling over nations/countries in our quest to do what helps out few and hurts many (even here in the US).

    Thank you for recognizing that President Obama and the people of the United States (the majority at least) no longer want to alienate, bully and forcefully coerce our Global Community.

    Obama had high expectations even before this was awarded. I wouldn't want his job – it's too tough with too many downsides – but I'm very glad he does and so far, is doing a great job.

    October 10, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  8. Art Hines

    The Nobel Peace Prize winner needs no further reccomendation, ithe honor speaks for itself. President Obama represents a positive force for peaceful change in America and throughout the world.Fortunately the world can see and recognize quality and superior substance in humanity without the lens of race and color interfering with truth.
    Kudos Mr President, God bless you.

    October 10, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  9. Lori

    Peace and cooperation among people are important. Hopefully his leadership will strengthen America over time. There are so many critical things here that need to be fixed and no fast solutions.

    October 10, 2009 at 7:33 am |
  10. Shawn

    The President's job is to be diplomatic it does not deserve an award. Mr. Obama has done nothing worthy of such an award but seems to be on his way to sainthood or deity at this rate. The "call to action" from the President should be on the people of America not the the rest of the world who can care less about us. I hope that with this pre- mature honor he remembers who he is obligated to and practices bringing peace to this country where there is not alot of peace right now. Making America strong, prosperous and noble is his job right now and the laud of the rest of the world does not mean a hill of beans unless he can bring that back to the American people whose dreams and hopes are being crushed on a daily basis by the greed and imcompetence of the powers that be. Congrats Mr. President but it is time to roll up your sleeves, get to work in the trenches and earn that same praise from your constituents the American people who will support you if you support them.

    October 10, 2009 at 3:20 am |
  11. christine

    I find the timing of the Nobel Peace Prize very interesting in light of Obama's recent refusal to meet w/ the Dalai Lama in order to appease China. If he was truly promoting peace and If this were truly a democracy and we were truly free then we as a country would have the power to stand up to China and confront them on their EGREGIOUS human rights violations. And we would be free to meet w/ the Dalai Lama w/o fear of China pulling the rug out from under us. The fact is every single dollar that Obama has carelessly thrown at these problems w/ no accountability is borrowed from China and is funding their continued abuse of human beings and the environment. He is doing way more damage by giving China the biggest windfall of profit in history to continue these practices. That more than wipes out any gains he's made w/ pretty words.

    October 10, 2009 at 2:58 am |
  12. TP

    Congratulations Mr. President. I feel a sense of pride as an American. The Foreign Policy stance taken by the President speaks to his belief in the goodness of mankind- and in his belief that with power comes responsibility. Keep up the great work !! Best Wishes.

    October 10, 2009 at 2:49 am |
  13. Ruby

    Why is it that after 9 months he doesn't deserve an award, but he is expected to have solved all the US problems already!?

    October 10, 2009 at 2:47 am |
  14. grace johansson

    please , people , stop to blame our President for everything , give him a chance , is always the same picture ,criticise no matter what he does . Go a-head Mr. President , you doing a great job!!!!

    October 10, 2009 at 2:35 am |
  15. SandraWI


    October 10, 2009 at 2:27 am |
  16. Michele

    I am exceedingly proud that our president has won this prestigious prize.
    I feel the Europeans are more savy than we are at recognizing the sincere effort and strides that have been made in Obama's first year in office to repair America's tarnished image abroad. This can only be a good thing. Fareed got it right. In effect, the engagement Obama has sought in the absence of the arrogance that formerly epitomized much of our foreign policy, is a far more nuanced methodology to employ in our ongoing war on terror.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  17. Marie Greene

    I want to congratulation my President. He deserves it and the people criticizing him does not. This is a great win and honor for all true Americans. Anyway, the critics are going to critcize everything he does anyway, but I don't care and I speak for myself as a citizen and veteran of US. Critics do you think the "You Lie" man deserves it." I think not, he should have never been elected to Congress in the first place. He has no respect for the President to do that and probably doesn't respect the people that elected him. Go, Mr. President! Love you! The committee selected him and nominated him. Thanks committe for seeing a good President trying to make peace, and happiness in the whole wide world.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:45 pm |
  18. Simeon Orram-Canada

    if anyone is annoyed or angry that the President of the United States of America has received recognition for his efforts towards global peace, then there is something seriously wrong with them..God help them, because no one else can..Irrespective of party lines, it is a proud day for America.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:42 pm |
  19. Anu

    Wow! I cannot believe how wrong the Nobel Peace Prize committee got it this time! Obama is a good President so far but winning the Nobel Peace Prize for only 'his efforts' is a joke... I mean if he won it at the end of his term after doing tons of stuff would make sense ....but not even a year into his presidency- u have got to be kidding me!
    It kind of belittles all the people before him who got the award for doing a GREAT amount of work.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:41 pm |
  20. kalimah samiullah

    Hooray our dear President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. I think this is a great day for America. Congratulations Mr. President!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:41 pm |
  21. Niki

    I don't see why he won the prize. Did he end the longtime war in Iraq? NO. I mean really, what has this man done to deserve this prestigous award?!!?

    October 9, 2009 at 11:39 pm |
  22. amwa


    October 9, 2009 at 11:38 pm |
  23. Yelena


    October 9, 2009 at 11:36 pm |
  24. Ben

    This just shows the worlds disgust for the republicans, and support and hurray for Obama just move on and "yes we can" get these dangerous republicans out of politics. If they want the war, dress them up an d send them to Afghanistan on a one way ticket.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:33 pm |
  25. Tommy

    Do the people that criticize President Obama on everything he does are also criticizing the United States as well. He is the President of the United States not just the Democratic Party. The Nobel Prize was a reflection of the country as a whole and not only the person. I can understand criticism of something he does that is wrong but to criticize hom for winning an award is ridiculous. Even more ridiculous is people who spew hatred demanding he should turn the award down.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  26. amwa

    Since I am an American I am very proud that our President has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. We all knew the party of NO would have nothing but negative input. We could not expect anything but that from these far right conservatives who have forgotten they are American. Rush L I hope has his bags packed and is on his way to join the Taliban. He won't be missed, and he can take Bozo the clown Beck with him since they don't have anything good to say about this country. CONGRATULATION PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:30 pm |
  27. Nadyne

    Really! He was in office for what 12 days when the nominations were cast. Was it his diplomacy or is just another opportunity for the foriegn community to make a mockery of the American people.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:30 pm |
  28. Jeff

    Nobel Peace Prizes should be given out for past performance not performance expectations.

    Actions are how we are judged everyday.
    Less talk and more results within the first term will reward the President with a second term. If the Campaign continues without any substantial results that Americans can see and benefit from he will be a one term President.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  29. Nick

    Views from outside the US.

    To what depths of petty bipartisanism has the United States delved when a President is mocked for winning such a great award? How arrogant and insecure has a nation become when appealing for peace has become a sign of weakness?

    October 9, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  30. Robert

    Great to see that there are those beyond our own people who see a very great value in honoring a son of our native soil.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
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