Reactions to President's Nobel Peace Prize Win

Friday, October 09, 2009

President Barack Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” according to the Nobel Committee in Oslo. We talk with the BBC's Lars Bevanger in Oslo, presidential historian Douglas Brinkley and New York Times correspondent Sheryl Gay Stolberg for their reactions.


Lars Bevanger, Douglas Brinkley and Sheryl Gay Stolberg


Leo Duran, Stephanie Hughes and Sitara Nieves

Comments [8]

Donia Gobar

Well deserved!

Oct. 09 2009 09:31 PM

It was kind of jarring in many ways to hear John Bolton's opinion so early in the morning. What a tool. How sad I am that the Prince of Peace, Dick Cheney, wasn't asked to also supply what I am sure would be a fascinating and unpredictable opinion on the matter.

Oct. 09 2009 01:56 PM
Ahmed Elshamy

He deserve the prize just for the speech he did in Cairo in addition to other things, but that speech was just enough. It was like extending his had with peace to the Arab and Muslim world. It's a great deal in the Arab culture to extend your hand with peace specially if you are the stronger side. Later he started withdrawal of the troops of Iraqui's cities, talk to Iran and North Korea, designated a convoy for the middle east peace talk. These are all achievements given the previous US foreign policy.

Oct. 09 2009 11:00 AM
Guy Simons

I heard it in the car and, hearing that nominations were made only 10 days after Obama came to office, reflected that this was a US peace prize for the American electorate, that elected a man who promised to conduct international affairs by negotiating, not dictating.

Oct. 09 2009 09:45 AM
Dave Brubeck

I do not understand.
This guy is killing countless innocent civilians in Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan. He continues to hold innocent people prisoners without bringing them up on charges. He is a very poor choice for this award.

Oct. 09 2009 09:17 AM
Ronald Jackson

Oh great. We get to hear from John Bolton, a hateful,
right-wing hatchet man for the Bush Administration
who couldn't even get a legitimate confirmation for
his fake position at the UN!!!

Shame on you Takeaway. You could have chosen a
better representative for the "other side."

Bolton is simply a third rate hack.

Oct. 09 2009 09:16 AM

Wangari is a *previous* Nobel Peace prize winner, not a "former" winner.

Oct. 09 2009 08:58 AM
Jan Ulrich Jensen

Maybe he was chosen, because noone dared to stand up to the Chinese dictatorship.
He certainly hasn't done anything yet.

Oct. 09 2009 08:56 AM

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