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. ed martinez

    Perhaps a bit premature but the Nobel Committee is investing for the long run. President Obama possesses the intellect, objectivity and empathy that few of his predecessors had and even fewer of his critics could ever hope to have. Those who do not see in this man an extraordinary asset for the nation are blind except to color.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  2. Kathie Bell

    Congratulations to President Obama! I've never understood why anyone has EVER listened to Limbaugh. It's very fortunate for him him, that he lives in a free country. The hate that pours out of his mouth would mean imprisonment, or worse, in many other countries.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:21 pm |
  3. gord mcdonald

    the award given today is as much an accolade for the American people as it is a prize to President Obama. For the last 4-5 years the majority of American people have been inspired by a gentle and hopeful man. What he has already accomplished with the backing of Americans is tremendous. The majority of Americans voted for and elected leadership that would focus on the audacity of hope and international goodwill and peace. Barak Obama has encouraged and assisted Americans to a much higher level about the potential of inclusion and the journey to become anything you want to become. So, America, your gift of a leader to your country and the world is not inconsequential on a world stage.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:21 pm |
  4. Sorin

    Obama's Nobel Peace Prize is well deserved. What if Americans would unite and thank the world for this nomination? If you can't side with a president who stands for truth and peace, then you might as well be friends with the terrorists. Here's our chance to show the terrorists how life was really meant to be lived on this planet.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:19 pm |
  5. Cris

    Why do not believe this is a call for action? I don't remember during all american history when citizens went to the streets to celebrate they won an election. I believe the prize was given to Obama for how he wants the citizens and world be part changes and discussions of what must be done in US and worldwide. Why not give to somebody that is alive and working to improve international relations and develop solutions for internal problems.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:17 pm |
  6. Altair Dematos

    Nobel Peace Prize for what? Americans are outraged of his not well planned heath care reform, more american troops are dying in Afghanistan then during Bush administration. Iran is bolder then before on their nuclear weapon pursuit. What peace?

    October 9, 2009 at 11:17 pm |
  7. Paul from New Orleans

    Obama winning the Peace Prize is a best example of how America and the world are two halves. I questioned the award now, at least they could have waited four years later. But to all the critics speicifically Rush Limbaugh, Michael Steele, and other radical critics back off, seriously. If they babbling their mouths saying what Obama has done, my question what in the world has Limbaugh or Steele done to the world except not shutting up. Obama may have some things not accomplished, but he has made many moves Bush wouldn't dream of doing and even internationally Obama made a postmark in the world.

    Like I said, he is the face of America and I (though questioned) appreicate his win. And that is what we should focus more on moral than character.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:17 pm |
  8. J E Mouallem

    This Nobel Prize was meant first to the American people, whom have elected this President, it's, Grade A+, to their choice from European point of view.
    Second It's a moral support to the present , recently elected, American President. A Pass put in the hand of President Obama that would facilitate his approach to many of the most complicated World' problems; the Middle-East, Afghanistan , Korea, Africa... for those countries and their peoples are influenced by the European's Public opinion.
    Too much analysis, he deserves or not, would ruin the event. The American people deserves it, and needs it to a " change of image".

    October 9, 2009 at 11:17 pm |
  9. George

    Obama had nothing to do with the choosing of him as a recipient. I do believe that it is too early to tell what his long-term accomplishments will be, so maybe he should have been chosen later in his term. But the United States isn't involved in the choosing. This shows that the foreign views of the United States have improved, which is a very good sign. I do think he won just because he is a dramatic change from George Bush, but leave Obama alone. He didn't choose this.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:15 pm |
  10. Carolyn

    Obama did not elect himself; others did. I don't understand personal criticism of him for receiving this honor. What a fine thing for the U.S. to have our president be given the Nobel Peace Prize. This is what he is working toward and we all should be as well.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:14 pm |
  11. Rodrigo Oyarzun

    Every American should be proud of having their President be awarded with such a prestigious award.
    There are all kinds of awards given to all kinds of people.
    Why are we so jealous, so ignorant, to not see what this great man is doing for all of us.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:14 pm |
  12. Ebony

    When will Americans understand that others in the world are entitled to their opinion, the Nobel Peace Prize is an International honor. so if you don't respect the President of "your country" all of you "true American patriots", respect your ancestors around the world who chose to honor him.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:14 pm |
  13. Dee from Canada

    Not everything can be measured and put in a box. Some things are intangible. While there is much criticism that Obama has not accomplished world peace, jobs for everyone, a health care system that works – all in 8 months, he has done something great. In this world of pain, warfare, fear and greed...for even a few weeks or months, life felt good – there was hope, people seemed to like each other, people seemed to like America. That is a huge accomplishment. Let's not crucify the man – let's work with him to help make the world a safer better place.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:13 pm |
  14. nancy

    Congrats President Obama! You make all of America proud. The negative comments are only so many sour grapes. Reinforces the idea that no matter what our president does, he won't please everyone. There will always be those that choose hate over understanding. Sort of amazing that the peace prize could bring out so many small, mean and hateful comments.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  15. Perry Wilson

    Good Gosh, does every time someone disagrees with Obama or anything about Obama have to do with race. I am so sick of the race card being thrown when liberals can't think of a logical response. The man has done nothing to deserve the NPP. This is political period. I think Bono should have won it. At least he has done something. The NPP committee has made a the prize a joke now. Alls you have to do is agree with there view of the world and get one. Now to me the prize is worthless.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  16. naomi nixon

    I think that some folks are pretending to be shocked and surprised about President Obama's reconition, people still acting as if he is not the President of this messed up country, see how messed up folk minds are, and they still wonder why this country is messed up. people can't understand it, because they can't see how messed up they are, or pretending as if they are okay and expect a different outcome. Obama didn't mess up this country and he don't have to fix it either.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  17. Carolyn

    There have been other disputable winners but Obama takes the prize, so to speak. He has accomplished nothing, brings folks to the White House to lift a brewski for the cameras, and confuses winning the election with being able to lead. IMHO the Nobel committe has embrarrassed themselves and devalued the Nobel Peace Prize with this choice.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  18. Karim

    I don't understand why everyone not happy for the President Obama. Our country need something from other countries that is good instead of a shoe throw at our head or burning of the american flag. The award is for the country not just for the president.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  19. Eunice

    Congratulations to President Obama for bringing such a presitgious award to an American. As an American living aboard I can see the huge difference President Obama made to the world. President Obama made the USA loved and respected once again where as the Bush Administration made the USA hated and not respected. Where is the American spirit? This award is for the USA. I cannot believe that America has become so negative and out of touch with the world. When I moved to Europe people envied the American spirit. As a country Amercia helps people all over the world and we bring peace. Why can't we be proud of this presitgious award and support our President. As Americans we use to care about our neighour. Let us rekindle our American spirit. Congratulations to the USA.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  20. Ronda

    I am extremely proud of President Obama. Well deserved!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  21. Susan theriault

    We should all be so proud of our president for being awarded this incredible award that is so respected around the world. He is an honest "peacemaker" who has begun a process of instilling hope around the world. We need to all embrace the values of hope, acceptance, support and love and do our part as individuals to embody peace in our own families, communities, etc.....
    Celebrating such an acomplishment is what I choose to do!!!! Such division is not helpful in a necessary paradigm shift!
    I believe obama deserves this award and in time truth prevails!! Congrats, President Obama!!!!!!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  22. lee

    Why are we criticizing a man for recieving a award that he did not know he was going to recieve? Today the stock market is up, unemployment is down, major companies like google are saying that the worst is over, but in spite of all of this we don't give this president any credit. Please end these silly politics. I have never seen any president recieve this unwarranted amount of blatant disrespect..
    He has earned everthing he has recieved.
    He has earned the office of the president because he won the votes.
    He has earned this noble peace prize because he has inspired the world to be a more understanding and reasonable place.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  23. Ken - Long Beach, ca

    The critics fail to realize that this prize is called a "peace prize". Not a conservative prize, or a liberal prize, nor is it a war prize. Its a "peace" prize. And yes it is given to those who envision methods of diplomacy to create peace.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  24. Lou

    The absolute negative response (some comepletely rabid) by some of the citizens of this country confirms to me that the Presidential Elections of 2008 are not over.
    They seem to subscride to the corporate polfcy of devide and conquer.
    Hang in there Prez!
    And congrates!!!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  25. J R

    It does not matter what he does, They will critizize every thing he does because he is a BLACK MAN, That is so sad........

    October 9, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  26. Frank - Oregon

    What has Obama accomplished?? More than John Bonehead Boener, Charles Snake-in-the-Grass Grassley, Jim Demented Dement or Michael Slimeball Steele will accomplish in their entire lifetime COMBINED.

    Contrary to what the leader of the Repub's party, Rush Limbaugh, said last week that the world hates Obama....I guess he is dead wrong AGAIN!!

    CONGRATULATIONS Mr. President!!!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  27. Abhin

    I was surprised this morning when I opened my eye and looked at the breaking news about President Obama on winning the Nobel Peace Prize, I thought for a sec. it's April 1st. or I am dreaming for a sec. but realized that it's still Oct. & pinched myself to make sure I am not dreaming. Being supporter of President Obama's domestic & international policies I am happy in one sense but as far as Nobel Peace Prize is concern I still can't believe it. This has degraded the value of Nobel Peace Prize, there are other people who has touched the lives of millions and worked years for peace around the globe. Even being the supported of President Obama I think it's way over the head.
    But anyway I Congratulate President Obama on winning the Nobel Peace Prize, and wish him all the best.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  28. andries sibarani

    i'm in agreement w/ what daniel durham wrote above. while president obama doesn't seem to have achieved a lot, he has been an inspiration for people from all walks of life. isn't it what a nobel peace prize intended to be?

    October 9, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  29. Dagogo Karibi-Whyte

    I think the fundamental significance of the Nobel Peace prize awarded to President Obama is the hope for a better world that he brings to the international community. He has succeeded in changing the attitude of the world towards America, who hitherto had been seen as arrogant and uncompromising in their foriegn policy. I salute the courage of the award committee.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  30. Richard S. Evans

    While this may seem premature, Pres. Obama is deserving despite what his critics think. I dont agree fully with his "gung-ho" do-it-all-at-once ideals however, never before has one with so much influence in the world been so humble and transparent in their intentions. Intentions, which I might add, that are focused on WORLD peace, not just that of his own country. The majority of his predecessors made peaceful moves in the world in the intrest of Americans first and sometimes only. I applaude the Pres. for his humility and admittance that he may be undeserving and the fact that he is recognized around the world, even by our enemies, as a man of progress and peace says more than a piece of metal could ever do on its own. I believe he realizes that at the end of the day an award does not make him who he is or set his policies and if Americans really want to reamian atop the food chain we should support our leader and recognize his ability to use appropriate force as well as pass the olive branch when necessary. A lesson both Fmr. Presidents Bush could have benefited from learning.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  31. Jon, MA

    This can only happen in America – a place where a black man is always looked upon as unworthy. Here is the issue these critics did not understand. A "body" somewhere in the world sat and determined to award a prize to somebody and America is crying. First, did Obama lobby for it? Did he asked for it? What is wrong with America? Rush Limbaugh is going to have a heart attack one day fussing over a man duely elected as President.
    Why is America crying foul. If Regan and Bush were not awarded the prixe, why didn't Rush Limbaugh go and ask the Nobel Peace Award body than sittingh here an fussing over what is actually beyong his ighorant reach.

    America get over it. Obama did not ask for it. Stop injecting politics and hatred over this on CNN. This is ridiculous to say the least.

    Jon, MA

    October 9, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  32. Barbara Poe

    It is an award to the United States for change, President Obama stands for Hope.
    The haters will keep on doing what they do best, "hate". The process worked.
    Let us be happy Americans for our President.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  33. Freddie

    The Nobel Peace Prize for Obama should be considered as a Prize for the American people who elect a Black person to hold the highest office in US.
    Be proud Americans".

    October 9, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  34. Josh N

    This has got to be the craziest thing that has ever happended!! When will the madness stop? He does not deserve the Nobel prize. Let's focus on the real problems at hand...fixing our economy. Washington has become a joke!!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  35. Angela Savage Austin

    I am proud and honored that our President received this award to uphold humanity and brotherhood. It takes courage to go against the flow. We all have seen how our precious planet and inhabitants are suffering because we all are out of order....broken! Too much hate, too many tears, too much false pride. Thank you President Obama for getting humanity to focus on what really matters. Life, love, forgiveness. This is a wake up call for everyone. Peace on Earth!!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  36. Nii K

    ERRrrrMMmmm..... Now I am confused, and this is indeed NEWS!! OBAMA WINs NOBLE PEACE PRIZE.... Come on folks, you won't be discussing it if it didn't feel Strange and Questionable... No wonder OBAMA himself is shocked and humbled.... Yeah! I know he is a great Motivator of the World and all, but for doing exactly what is he wining the PRIZE?

    October 9, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  37. Lee - Oregon

    Why all the uproar over this? The President didn't nominate himself nor did he choose himself for this honor. It's the same old story....blame Obama for everything.

    Congratulations Mr. President!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  38. jess

    he said in front of everyone that he doesn't believe he deserves but he does

    October 9, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  39. Darius Holiday

    Congratulations President Barack Obama. You winning the Nobel Peace Prize only legitimize what you have been saying from day one. Trying to make Peace in the World. Treating all people with dignity and compassion. Without regard to color, religion, race, sexual origination, whatever. Kudos to you and the Noble Peace Committee.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  40. Allison,Ca

    No, I don't think the President should givr the prize back. It would be rude and this is and honor that we in this country should be proud of for him.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  41. renee

    i totally agree with you Lori, the world was filled with new hope and a chance for a new beginning when President Obama became our President.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  42. Daniel Durham

    all those who criticize Obama for doing nothing need to take a deep look at their own lives in comparison and then say that again. Obama was able to affect great change in his own community and now country coming from a very modest background he earned everything that he has today by caring for his community and the people in it. What a great message!!!!! Maybe that is why he earned this award all you critics. Besides, it is pretty rediculous for criticizing a man for winning an award he certainly didn't seek or a charitable organization for that matter for deciding which candidate most embodies their values. So next time you say Obama hasn't done anything yet, what havce you done to make this world a better place?

    October 9, 2009 at 9:54 pm |
  43. Faye

    Will we ever stop this! No matter what this President does or does not do he is blamed and criticized . He really had nothing to do with his selection for the Nobel Peace Prize, yet within a short time after the announcement we were blaming him for others seeing in him what we with blinded eyes cannot see- I have rarely witnesed such contempt for one person in my 59 years as a citizen of this country. And I am just saddened – I pray that at the end of the day his family and friends rally with him and show him kindness and love and respect -I pray Gods Blessings on this young man – and know this America, history has been changed and will forever record our actions and our deeds toward this President of our United States.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:52 pm |
  44. Dawn

    I'm so sick and tired of Americans always questioning what other people from other countries do, I could scream. America, listen up!!!!!!!!!! Mind your own business. The Nobel Peace Prize is not awarded by the U.S. so get over it and stop trying to control everything.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:51 pm |
  45. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    I am a proud American who is thankful I have lived to see this day!

    October 9, 2009 at 9:45 pm |
  46. Lori from IL

    I would like to Congratulate President Obama on winning the Nobel Peace Prize. I'm sure the committee has it's reasons for awarding him this prestigious honor. Since nominations closed less than 2 weeks after his inauguration – I look at this as a nod to his campaign platform and winning the presidency when very few believed he could at the beginning. I, also, look at this as an affirmation of his call for dialogue and engaging other nations, rather than waging war; his call to break down the walls between Christian, Jew & Muslim; and his willingness to admit that the U.S. is not perfect, and trying to effect the change that will make us better on the world stage.

    My hope is that this will compel all of us to be better members of the world community, and aid and encourage President Obama as he tries to reduce conflict and promote understanding among all peoples.

    He was humbled by this honor and I believe that it's time to quit the nay-saying and back biting and each do our own small part in making this a better world.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:25 pm |
  47. Georgia Kruusi

    This honor was awarded by an entity beyond the US and I don't think OUR politics should have anything to do with it. I've not agreed with some other recipients but would never dishonor the process of it the way I've seen today.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:17 pm |
  48. Roy

    Yes, the Norwegian NPP committe got it wrong! Of course he does not deserve the Noble Peace Prize! As an African American, I am proud to see the first African American President of the United States receive the NPP. But to be honest his record as both a Senator and the POTUS has not shown anything significant enough to be placed in such high regard as those who have received the NPP in the past. I hate to say it, but President Regan did more for global peace such as pushing Soviet Union to bring down the Berlin Wall and helping end the cold war. Mr. Obama has given a couple of promising speeches in the Middle East, along with ending a couple of George Bush policies. But in my opinion, it does not equate to receiving the NPP. Don’t forget, he has a responsibility to the American people first as POTUS. The war in Afghanistan is not going to end anytime in the near future! This will definitely disappoint many of his supporters that help put him in office. President Obama did not ask for this nomination or award. And receiving this award will make it very difficult for him to pursue a sound strategy to prosecute the war in Afghanistan effectively. The NPP committee, which is more or less very liberal congregation, has placed their hopes in Mr. Obama to help in Global Peace, but they may come to regret their decision in the future!

    October 9, 2009 at 9:01 pm |
  49. Annie Kate

    I can't believe Obama got the Noble peace prize – like someone pointed out he's only been in office 8 months and has done nothing so far. They must have been desperate this year. I did hear one interesting comment on this item of news – one person said Obama must have gotten the peace prize because primarily he wasn't George W. Bush. He may be right. Only 3 other US Presidents have received this award that I know of – Woodrow Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt – both while in office but towards the end of their term – and Jimmy Carter – after his term was completed. I think Obama's award was very premature.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:01 pm |
  50. Cindy

    Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize is nothing but a joke. He definitely doesn't deserve it. It belittles all others in the past who actually did do a lot of work to earn it. It was obviously a suck up move by letting him win.


    October 9, 2009 at 8:51 pm |
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