October 9th, 2009
02:45 PM ET
9 years ago

Trending topics on Twitter: Nobel, President Obama, Humbled


The official Barack Obama Twitter account after the announcement of his Nobel Peace Prize award.
(Photo Credit: Twitter.com)

A screengrab of Barack Obama's Twitter account (run by Organizing for America, President Obama's political arm which is now operated out of the Democratic National Committee), echoes the word that, according to Twitter, most Americans have on their mind: humbled. The other two words that quickly rose on Twitter's Trending Topic list, which reflects what is drawing the most discussion on Twitter right now are "Nobel" and "President Obama."

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  1. Shelly

    Please read the rules of the Nobel Prize Committee. The prize is NOT always based on what has already been tangibly accomplished but what may be accomplished by the positive energy created by the recipient.
    The message is loud and clear....that President Obama has set the stage for diplomacy, thoughtful negotiations and inclusion of all the world toward world peace in the future.
    Remember the Bush/ Cheney....' either you are with us or not' arrogance and division.

    October 9, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. Dr. Sam

    Contrary to the shrill condemnation of Obama’s detractors, I argue that the President robustly deserves the Alfred Nobel honor. As usual, extremist Republicans and conservatives will say no, just as they have been saying to everything Obama does. Transformational figures throughout history have usually suffered ridicule from those who failed to understand or appreciate their special destiny. That includes King David, Jesus, Mohammed, Gandhi, and Martin Luther Kind, Jr. Obama is no Jesus; but during the Presidential campaign, he was ridiculed as a pretender poised to “walk on water.” He is no Moses; but his detractors mocked him as one. Those who invited him for university honors challenged his “body of work” and “lack of accomplishment” at the same time. On the Nobel, consider the implications of his achievements: Obama’s popularity abroad has become America’s popularity; his desire to rid the world of nuclear weapons (just like Raegan) makes him a man of peace; his focus on international diplomacy, dialogue, negotiation and mediation signals a fundamental departure from the unilateralism of the Bush years; his emphasis on mutual respect and interests rejects the simple concept of “American exceptionalism” as the critical basis for international diplomacy; his goals of meaningful engagement with Russia, North Korea, Iran, the Palestinians and fighting global poverty and environmental degradation also rank high. Indeed, Obama is a MAN OF PEACE—and the hour! Americans responded with broad vision and big hearts to this man of destiny.

    October 9, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. Ikan Count

    "The other two words that quickly rose... are 'Nobel' and 'President Obama.'"
    Someone at cnn.com needs to repeat kindergarten math. My three year old knows that this is not "two words"....

    October 9, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. Lisa

    God bless you President Obama.

    October 9, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Ama

    President Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize – http://bit.ly/cIcyW #ireport
    Congrats! You deserve it. You did not start the wars. The wars are your legacy. The way you and your administration are handling issues depicts the peace you want for the world. You are a man of peace. If you were president then I believe you would have done things differently. You would have applied tact and diplomacy. It has been given to you nobody can strip off the title even if they think you do not deserve it or criticize you. You are blessed.

    October 9, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. Peace

    I wonder why human nature drives people to like more bad news than good ones.
    Now the good news are out we must celebrate on it.
    One question: if the baby is born premature (less than 9 months), shall we reject it because it did not reach the require months to be born??????

    October 9, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. Connie, VT

    I"ll say what the Republicans meant to say-

    Congratulations Mr. President.

    October 9, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. GuyInVA

    Suppose I won the Nobel Peace Prize for finally bringing about peace in the Middle East. Then they formed one giant harmonious nation called Islamorael. Out of admiration, their flag had my picture in the upper left corner. Inspired, India and Pakistan eliminated their nuclear stockpiles and equally divided Kashmir. I would get up the next morning and say... "So what. Yasser Arafat won this piece of crap too."

    President Obama has done none of those things, or much else for that matter. And... Yasser Arafat won that piece of crap too.

    October 9, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. Ama

    On playing back Obama's visits, CNN said he paid a visit to Egypt and then a visit to Ghana the first African country. Is Egypt not on the map of Africa? Did the first Ghanaian President Nkrumah not marry from Egypt? Point of correction Egypt is in Africa and can been found on the African continent. Egyptians are Africans.

    October 9, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. David Simmons

    I was surprised to hear that the President had won the Noble Peace prize.
    Then I remember how he had to negotiate with other nations to bring us back from the brink of a world wide depression.
    The history of the early twentieth century teaches us how dangerous the world can become as a result of economic turmoil.
    I doubt that the indifferent President Bush or the eratic Senator McCain would have been up to this challenge.

    October 9, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. andy

    Obama should be humbled. Getting an award for accomplishing nothing. I don't buy into all of Obama fancy speeches written for him.
    He is a bully with a "do as i say do" attitude and has done nothing to clean up the Washington crooks in congress. THe dems are ethically challenged and Obama don't care. From ACORN to Rangel, thieves loved by Obama.

    October 9, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. Nathan

    The reason Republicans and others in America don't understand why Obama was nominated for the peace award is because we look at everything from an American viewpoint and not a global view. Republicans do not understand the view of America from around the world during the overly militaristic administration of George Bush. The posturing by the previous President was just as worrisome to the rest of the world as the attacking of countries who hadn't done anything to us. This award was given to Obama for realizing the need to temper oir narrow view of the world and listen to our allies who look to us for leadership.

    A country with the military America has can be a scary place to a lot of other people especially when they see us attack another country without direct provacation towards us. Obama gave other countries hope that we would not shoot first and then ask questions later. he brought back a word the Bush administration had forgotten, dialogue.

    October 9, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Veronica

    Congratulations Mr President...

    October 9, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. andy

    Hey deandrea..your kidding right???? Ya'll talk about repubs complaining? What did the sorry crooked ems do for 8 years? Repubs don't see Obama through the drunken glasses of libs. Obama could tell you its snowing in July and you would bobble your empty little heads and smile. Really, you can't name one thing Obama has accomplished.

    October 9, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. Donna Cosky

    I think it's wonderful that the international committee that awards a prize for PEACE has given it to President Obama. I believe it was given because he is uniting the world (yes, he is doing something & has done it already). I think his behavior stands out so starkly because the previous administration divided the world & made many countries resentful of the U. S. (at the least).
    Kudos to the President, & I hope that this is just the beginning of many good things he does for the world.
    Btw, I have been unemployed for over a year, my Cobra insurance runs out at the end of this month, I have chronic pain, & my life is generally bad right now, but I don't blame it on the President. Life is too complicated to think one person is the root of all problems. Get real, those of you who hate and only see the worst in others.

    October 9, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. Dan

    "First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win." – Gandhi

    But with Obama:
    "First you win (the presidency and the Nobel prize), then they fight you (since they start to see who you are), then they laugh at you (since you have done nothing yet dude) and then they may ignore you (in the next election)"

    Gandhi deserved his prize!

    October 9, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Gary P.

    So Mr. Obama feels "Humbled" by receiving the Nobel Prize. I do not think that anything in the world could make this narcissist feel humbled–not even a prize that he did not earn and does not deserve.

    October 9, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. awaitingmoderationby CNN

    All the time Reagan and the Bush's wasted when all you have to do is "nothing" to get one of these awards. Except the "nothing" includes failing the Constitution he promised to uphold (another lie) and giving away the sovereignity of this country. He should be impeached for his traitorous behavior.

    October 9, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. maximus (NY)

    My blue eyes are gettting GREEN!.

    October 9, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. Beasd

    Like the President, I was surprised. However, I am really happy for the President and our country. Congratulations America. Let's get back to HOPE.

    On the other hand, I wonder how long it will be before the RNC tries to use this prize to beat him over the head with it. So sad. They are so stuck in Hate.

    October 9, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. Debby

    Well this is the first time the Nobel Prize was given to someone for doing nothing.

    October 9, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. lila


    I think Obama was the first to say it was a "call to action". It was an omen, one could say. The prize gives Obama a lot of power to get his visions through congress. It does not hurt him, as much as some fear or hope that it does. Obama was just handed the golden sword from the world. His vision is backed by billions.
    He won because of his vision.
    Also, and lets be honest, this was not just an award for Obama, it's an award for America. It was the American people that made a huge historic step forward last year.

    October 9, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. Farrell in Houston

    Thank God the World recognizes who started this senseless war even though the Republicans have made many failed attempts to blame it on President Obama, who didn't vote for this war. That's one of the many reasons why he is recognized with the Noble Peace Award.

    October 9, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Joe

    This just in: The Pope will step down from the Vatican today in favor of making Obama God's lifeline to earth. The Pope will now serve pizza at a shop near the Tivoli fountain.

    October 9, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. Moderate Democrat

    If we have to explain why he deserves the NPP, then:

    1) You are a blind ignorant moron that hasn't noticed all he has accomplished (Staved off a global depression, saved the auto industry, reached out to end nuke threat) and.....

    2) You all need to explain why the hell you haven't left america yet...If you hate it so much...get the hell out! Because your pathetic sorry arses are getting old and fast (like the GOP party itself). You do nothing but complain.

    Republicans ARE the problem. Out with all terrorists, aka Republicans.

    October 9, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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