On Friday, October 9, 2009, President Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize, which has caused quite a stir in the political realm and leaves politicians and citizens with questions like: Why did he win it? Does he deserve it?
President Obama has been in office for merely nine months and has already received a Nobel Peace Prize for his achievements. He was in office only two weeks before being nominated for the award. According to nobelprize.org he was awarded this prize “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” Other people who have received this prize include Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Jimmy Carter, and others. While President Obama has strengthened the spirit of the American people, we have yet to see any implementation of the ideals he has proposed in his speeches and in his promised improvements in health care or the economy. Obama has fostered goodwill and hope in America but he hasn’t actually completed anything.
There are many different views on Obama being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, but this award and recognition was definitely given prematurely. This puts too much pressure on the president to live up to these great expectations. While I am an Obama supporter, the Nobel Peace Prize should be awarded to someone who has demonstrated his or her ability to bring greater peace to the world, not someone who simply has the potential to do so.
There are those who believe that Obama deserves this Nobel Peace Prize because he has shown that his leadership and goals are better than those portrayed during the Bush administration. Obama has helped with international affairs, raised our spirits, and has given very inspirational speeches with the motto “Yes We Can.” However, all of these things haven’t actually done anything to improve anything besides morale.
President Obama is taking many steps to bring more peace to the world, but America is still involved with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama, being a president at war, should not be given the Nobel Peace prize. War and peace are on two opposite ends of the spectrum. Giving him this award seems very irrational and will affect how people see and recognize the Nobel Peace Prize. People will start thinking that the Nobel Peace Prize will be given to anyone who is an engaging speaker and who can inspire others. President Obama should definitely not be awarded with this honor while the country he leads is at war with two countries; it does not make any sense.
President Obama is a great orator, has made significant steps to bring peace to the United States, and has opened up the international dialogue. But the award should not have been given to him at this point in his presidency. He will probably better deserve the award towards the end of his first term, when he has spent more significant time in office and has had the chance to actually execute the change in America he claims to be.