October 9th, 2009
02:04 PM ET
5 years ago

President Obama to donate Nobel Prize money to charity

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama will donate the roughly $1.4 million award from his 2009 Nobel Peace Prize to charity, a White House spokesman said Friday.


Filed under: Nobel Peace Prize • President Obama
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  1. cspurgeon

    Thats excellent. Perhaps some of the networks and insurance companies will match him and they can get some good things done.

    October 9, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    LaCrosse Dad....take a chill pill.....people like you can't figure out if the President is a so-called socialist or marxist...he may be a social-marxist for all anyone knows. So what was Bush 43...a friggin' dictator....at least he wanted to be one.

    October 9, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  3. gigantore

    What people fail to realize is that President Obama's decisive actions at the beginning of his presidency prevented the total economic collapse of the United States of America. If this country would have collapsed in the way of the former Soviet Union, imagine the violence that would have immediately occured around the world. Imagine the world becoming like Darfur. The reality is, the true reason why President Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize is because he prevented this atrocity from occuring. Politically, this explanation could not have been given by the determining body, however, the individuals who made the decision to name our President are more brilliant than you can ever imagine!

    October 9, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. maripil

    Pres. Obama deserves the biggest award the international community can award. He has earned the respect of all the nations around the world. The Republicans will never show appreciation to anything President Obama achieves, whether here or abroad. They are just the party of NO, sheer recklessness and evil doing!!! The Republicans and the Talibans are one and the same, have no shame and will dismiss any prestigious award or honor our president receives.

    CONGRATULATIONS, MR. PRESIDENT!!!

    October 9, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  5. nick

    GOP, Conservitives makes me sick!!!

    October 9, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  6. Stu

    Read the Time article appearing right now on the CNN home page. Pretty much sums up the last several NPP awards. He who gets the award is he who opposes George W. Bush. Carter got it for criticizing Bush. Gore got it for opposing Bush's view on climate. And Obama got it for opposing Bush. See a pattern? The Nobel Committee just hated Bush and has looked to slap him in the face at any opportunity! This coming from Time, by the way.

    October 9, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. kaleto

    You know, he doesn't have to accept the award. He could simply decline it and a more worthy person would be chosen. That would be the classy move, but I guess arrogance knows no bounds.

    October 9, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. maripil

    GO OBAMA GO!!! I'm so proud of our president. The republicans are now kicking and screaming to the Democrats delight. What sweet revenge it is after all the talk from the Olympics' loss!!

    October 9, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  9. maripil

    This is money well spent. Congratulations, again Mr. President!!

    October 9, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  10. Michelle

    That is my President!

    October 9, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  11. al in memphis

    For all of your comments bashing every positive thing this President will do, Rush and Hannity thanks you for your continued support of their "Anger feeds Anger" program. They realize that you could be spending time improving your own life, but are thankful for the sacrifed you make to stay uninformed and hostile .

    Your commitment to not making a positve difference while maintaining your "proud American" status is just amazing.

    October 9, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  12. Stu

    To Shelly,

    I wonder if you ever lived in New Orleans. I did. Wonderful place to party if you are young. We knew 25 years ago the city was vulnerable, and truly, others knew decades before that. We had a near miss when I was there. The federal government has spent a fortune helping New Orleans. The disaster was exacerbated by an inept local government and the refusal of many people to get out of town. Bush did not formulate Katrina, nor did he make the levies fail, nor did he have the authority under the Constitution to send in the military unless the governor requested it, which did not occur. The Red Cross EBT cards that were handed out went to booze and flat screen tv's. FEMA was hampered because the animals that remained in the city took advantage of the total lack of police presence to run wild and shoot at anything that moved. I have seen FEMA trucks rolling south in advance of hurricanes several times. For all the heat they took, FEMA is pretty well organized and ready to go. So please, enough of the poor New Orleans diatribe. People had the chance to prepare, and to get out, and they chose not to.

    October 9, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  13. tee

    A greedy hateful repug, would have never given 1.4 millon to charity

    October 9, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  14. Victim of Liberal stupidity

    HJA, I am one of those self made professionals that have worked their ass off their entire life and am smart enough and old enough to see what is in store for us as soon as this spending spree catches up. I have paid my taxes well upward of the 30% bracket for my entire adult life, Social Security that I will never get back, I bet you can't say the same Liberal.

    October 9, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  15. Jane/Seattle

    This is the right thing for him to do to show his caring and concern for the plight of the less fortunate. These less fortunate often created from the despair of a system which robs but mostly does not value the citizens who pay for the waste and greed. I would recommend sending some of this to Morris Dees and the Teaching Tolerance Project to help end Racism. Thank you, President Obama. Peace

    October 9, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  16. Jeff

    he should have donated the tax payers money he spent to fly airforce one to Denmark to try to get the olympics in chicago as well. It cost the tax payers aprox 1 million

    October 9, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  17. joann

    AWESOME! AWESOME, AWESOME PRESIDENT!! I'd like to see the GOP hate on that! Bunch of haters that they are.

    October 9, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  18. TH

    Where? To the NAACP? Al Sharpton? United Nigro College Fund?

    October 9, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  19. marie matzek

    please do not send it to an existing charity. if there is not one start a
    foundation for the poor who need medical treatment and eqipment
    they cant afford–and honor TED KENNEDY by naming it after him.
    the man gave his life to the dream of health care for everyone and PRESIDENT OBAMA awarded for his vision of better living for all humanity. to me it works. and if the GOP has anythng to say about it ,
    they would be in disgrace.itld be a disgrace to them-TED KENNEDY was a good friend to them all. Ted Kennedy was a good friend to them all.

    October 9, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
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