Obama's award inspires critics
Congratulations to President Obama for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. His critics say he still has to earn it, but that's fine. Our president has his work cut out for him, but finally we have a president who's cut out for the work.
We like to say that the president of the United States is the leader of the free world. Now that we have a leader who inspires the free world, it is strange and rather sad to see the hostility, and the bitter sarcasm, that this gracious and dignified man inspires in a small but very loud segment of our own populace. They can't seem to decide whether to blame him for doing too much or for not having done anything yet, but one part of the message is clear: Wild accusations and mean-spirited personal attacks are a lot easier for some people than thoughtful engagement and compromise.
DAVID LEE MILLER
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Can't take Peace prize seriously
The Nobel Peace Prize is a joke. Just look at recent recipients. Al Gore got it for his fabricated global warming scare. Barack Obama was nominated for the prize 12 days after taking office. What does that tell you? The Nobel Committee is using him as a pawn in its larger left-wing agenda.
George W. Bush will never get the Peace Prize. He doesn't fit in with the Nobel Committee's political agenda. All President Bush did was liberate 25 million Iraqis from a despot dictator. That doesn't even rate an honorable mention from Nobel Committee.
Obama sees everything, including the peace prize, as "a call to action." Give me a break.
JAMES W. LAMB JR.
Nobel committee saw a good man
After hearing that President Obama was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, the next thing I heard was television pundits elaborating on why that was not a good selection.
I don't know what the future holds, and I can only hope that his presidency is considered successful - for all of us.
But maybe, just maybe, the Nobel Prize Committee was making a statement to the world: "There goes a good man - we support him. You should support him, rather than fight him."
Obama won the Nobel prize?
The Nobel Peace Prize once was considered a legitimate achievement even if based on dubious philosophical underpinnings. Now it is meaningless graft for people who tow the correct political line, at least in word if not in deed. The qualifications now do not even require any actual actions; mere words are sufficient. In fact, the nominations for the 2009 award closed on Feb. 1 - 12 days after President Obama took office.
The award was made to Obama "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." The Committee said it "attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons." Strangely absent from the Nobel Committee's press release are the details of these "extraordinary efforts."
Can anyone really compare Barack Obama's accomplishments to those of the Red Cross, Mother Theresa or Gen. George Marshall? When Al Gore received the award in 2007, it was clear to me that the Nobel Peace Prize was completely political and used for the sole purpose of promoting a liberal, humanistic worldview. Now I believe it is obvious to the whole world.
Chairman, Lexington County Republican Party
President deserved Nobel Peace Prize
In awarding President Obama the Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel Committee specifically cited his work to abolish nuclear weapons. By creating a new international climate and restoring multilateral diplomacy, President Obama has stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations, thereby reducing the danger of nuclear weapons and restoring American leadership on the path toward a world free from nuclear arms.
Contrary to his detractors' claims, Obama already has taken a number of steps toward his vow to pursue a world without nuclear weapons.
All Americans should be proud of the honor bestowed on President Obama. Many of those who call this honor "unfortunate" or an "embarrassment" want nothing more than to see President Obama fail. It's a sad day when Americans cheer an American city not being awarded the Olympics and bemoan an American president being awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. I congratulate President Obama. I am very proud he is our president.
ILENE STACEY KING