October 10th, 2009
12:15 PM ET
5 years ago

Analysis: Did Obama win Nobel for not being Bush?

A 'surprised and humbled' Obama said he would accept the Nobel peace prize as a 'call to action.'
A 'surprised and humbled' Obama said he would accept the Nobel peace prize as a 'call to action.'

LONDON (CNN) - Did President Obama land a Nobel peace prize at such an early stage of his presidency simply because he's not George W. Bush?

Diplomatic circles are certainly not dismissing such a notion and a "surprised and humbled" Obama has himself agreed that the award (for which nominations had to be submitted only two weeks after his inauguration) can hardly have been a recognition of anything he has yet accomplished. It is a prize for aspiration rather than achievement.

One of the best deliberate laughs Bush obtained in his last days in office came when he expressed himself pleased at the street reception during his attendance at a NATO summit in Romania.

"A lot of the crowd were waving... some of them with all five fingers," he said.

Bush was acknowledging that many in Old Europe at least could not wait to say goodbye to a man whom they saw as a Cold Warrior at heart, the president who had led the world into a disastrous intervention in Iraq and a man heading a gas-guzzling nation who was not prepared to help the world cope with climate change.

For many Europeans, the chief concern through the long, drawn-out race for the Democratic nomination and through the presidential election was that the result should give them anybody but Bush.

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  1. Lisa

    People are so uneducated. The reason he won was not because of what has done, it's because of his views on world peace. He wants to bring everyone together to work as one. Bush seems to think that killing people was the way to solve problems. He didn't care what it would mean to the country or to the people he order to die. When spent trillions of dollars in Iraq when should have been fighting to find Bin Laden. In the end the Americans suffered.... everyone in the world hated us, a recession and many people lost jobs. Americans dying because they did not have health care. The question shouldn't be what has Obama done, it should be what did Bush do for his country?

    October 10, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. woodburn

    It's really quite easy to understand.... If there were a 'Nobel War Prize', Bush would have won it going away! But since Obama prefers peace among nations, rather than war, that is why he won the peace award

    October 10, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. Perusing-through

    THE REASON PRESIDENT OBAMA WON THE AWARD IS . . . .

    In Obama's presidential acceptance speech he said to the enemies who hate America ". . . that if you just unclinch your fist . . ." than we can sit down and talk. My guess is the Nobel Peace Awards committee took notice and is impressed with President Obama's tolerance of hateful, nasty, gun-toting, violence-threatening regimes, including the Republican Party hate-mongering supporters.

    October 10, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. Greg in MO

    Doesn't this detract from the credibility of the award?

    October 10, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    The Nobel Peace Prize was given to President Obama for his vision and progress towards achieving world peace. He was nominated two weeks into his Presidency, but unlike the domestic terrorists, formerly known as republicans, he has spent the intervening time working on healing the rifts that were in the world's alliance with this country. He has actually talked with Iran without insisting they do what he says before the meeting, he has ordered the illegal detention center closed, he has been one of the main players in preventing a global economic collapse, due largely to a recession that had been in place for 10 months and unnoticed or ignored until total collapse was imminent, by the former "administration" whose leader obviously had the intellectual and financial I.Q. of a number 2 pencil. Not, to mention potentially preventing another Cold War with Russia by actually placing the lives of millions on this planet as his first priority, above his own personal arrogance and ideology of depending upon his "gut" to make a decision.

    President Obama has had to deal with more issues than any previous President in my lifetime. Fortunately, the international and world community appreciates this fact, unlike our own "christian" Taliban.

    That is why after watching him for 10 months, as he handled these multiple issues with grace and aplomb, last Monday the Nobel committee voted unanimously to award the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama.

    These actions alone more than qualify him for the Nobel Peace Prize .

    The fact that he has not called 3 countries with which we share this big blue marble, the "axis of evil", or tried to force democracy on a country for oil reserves, thereby killing thousands of both our citizens and citizens of other countries, indeed, he is trying his best to get us out of one of the many inherited disasters, President Obama actually engages other countries as equals instead of proclaiming "my way or the highway". President Obama has not made us the laughing stock and proving his mission a complete failure, by stating he wants bin Laden "dead or alive" and 8 years later Laden is very much alive. The international community could make an argument that those non-actions alone, merit the peace prize.

    Even if the international community is only rewarding the United States majority of voters for replacing of HRH the shrub and his legacy, with President Obama who believes world peace is possible and should be the number one priority for his Presidency and this country, then that is their opinion and they are certainly entitled to that opinion.

    Yet, republiklans complain President Obama has not "earned" the Peace award.

    These pathetic neo-cons and pundits will never understand because for you to understand you must first BELIEVE in the concept of peace and then strive to achieve peace.

    The party of NO is filled with fascists traitors, that only want the agenda of imperialism advanced through war mongering, as such, they will never understand the concept of peace. Their racists attitudes toward our first black President is proof enough the party is not interested in any form of peace, only fomenting anger and hoping President Obama and therefore, this great nation "fail", even to the point of cheering when America fails to garner the 2016 Olympics.

    Without that basic foundation and understanding of peace, they will NEVER understand why the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to our great visionary, President Obama!

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    October 10, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  6. johnnyj

    Nothing against the man as a person, but i thought you had to actually accomplish something before you could win such a prize. Some people work all of their lives toward peace, yet they were looked over for no other reason than politics.. Seems sad to me.....

    October 10, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. myra

    it is truly amazing to listen to all the haters of this president and their twisted logic. i tried following one of the right wing talkers yesterday, who kept contridicting himself. first he alleged that the president did not deserve the award because had not done anything to deserve it. next he alleged that bush and regan should have received the award but not obama and then said the award had long lost signifiance and that it was only given to obama because of the so called apology tour that the nobel committe knew that obama would eventualy take, so they took it upon themselves to give him this award after he'd been in office only twelve days.

    October 10, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  8. Jon Krieger

    Obama"won" the nobel prize not just because he isn't Bush.He won it for the same reason that he "won" the presidency–he isn't white!

    October 10, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  9. Preston kath.

    Bush was a bully to other nations obama will treat other nations with respecj that is worth the nobel prize preston and kathy

    October 11, 2009 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
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