October 9th, 2009
02:04 PM ET
10 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
soundoff (194 Responses)
  1. hometowndemocrat

    Will be interesting to see how the Repugs turn this into a negative.....and we all know they will.

    October 9, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. teehee

    Is the idea that then maybe someone can DO something with it...instead of just talk?

    October 9, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. victim of republican greed

    The ball is now in the wingnuts court to criticize him for this. You can just hear their angry remarks.

    Personally, I think he could use it to pay down Bush's $700 Billion in TARP money that was given to banks with no accountability. How about giving to Gov. Perry's defense fund for executing the wrong prisoner? Why not Ensign for violating federal law for not waiting one year to deal with his mistress' husband as a lobbyist. Why not give it to Vitter to spend on hookers?

    October 9, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. Dave

    Machiavelli, the father of politics, so listen to him. Machiavelli’s estimation of Borgia was a virtuous and worthwhile leader in the long run. He judged him not by his actions but by his achievements.

    At the end any leader will be judged by his achievements.

    October 9, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. john

    See, now that money will be used to advance peace....

    October 9, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. L.Dodds

    Why can't we just celebrate the fact that President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize...An American won this prestigious award and he gave the prize to charity...maybe he gave it to homeless rednecks everywhere and maybe that would help out all you folks that are outraged...And, all you right wingers labeling our president the magic negro, having a black man heading the republican party is really magic!!! If Michael Steele would just look around himself, he would say...uh, i am magic! Is he a magic negro or just a black man that has decide to get his fame by defaming other people. Having a black man as their leader does not mean blacks will flock to join that club!!! Who raised this man?? Inquiring minds want to know!

    October 9, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. Dar

    good man

    October 9, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Jack Jones

    WHHHHHHHHHHAT! Can you imagine the outrage the Republican will have with President Obama donating money. 🙂

    October 9, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. Mark in Atlanta

    What did Obama do in his first two weeks as President to merit a Nobel Prize? Easy. He changed America from a nation that tortured prisoners in secret prisons to a nation that does not torture prisoners. With that one executive order, he returned America to the community of civilized nations. That is a big frick'n deal.

    October 9, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. What The Prez Sez

    Not surprised. With class, grace and humility back in the WH (congress can take a lesson) it was to be expected that he would give his prize away to charity.

    October 9, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Phil

    Very nice. I knew he would do this.

    October 9, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. right on!!!

    suck that one up you rotten, jealous, repubie republicans. can't wait to vote you all out. oh yes, the best is yet to come. you cowardly bastards!!

    October 9, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. BOBBY K. FROM BIRMINGHAM, AL.

    I am so glad that I stood in line three hours to vote for this MAN!!!!!!!
    GOMAB for Barack Obama!!!!!

    October 9, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. Donnygull

    Okay GOP trolls , open up and fire away. I'm sure you luddites will find something to lie about regarding this gesture.

    October 9, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    Where are the haters and the gopers now? Any comments? No, of course not. They can't hate this.

    October 9, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. AJ

    Its a shame that Obama hasn't been able to lobby congress as successfully as he was able to lobby the Nobel committee. Something more to feed his already overwhelming ego and still no results on anything he promised since he took office. I am a lifelong democrat but I find this man repugnant.

    October 9, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. BobH

    This is outrageous. Another obvious attempt to make Republicans look greedy and small-minded by comparison. Will this man stop at NOTHING??

    October 9, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. cjr

    that's something no republican would even consider doing! good for Obama – he has more class than the lowest republican – anywhere!

    October 9, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. Felly

    This President has class! What a humbled and exemplary icon. That's what I'm talking about.

    October 9, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. Rennie

    hope it is not an ACORN charity

    October 9, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. ender

    Well done Mr President.

    Well done.

    October 9, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. A. M. Howard

    Congratulations President Obama. I am not at all surprised that the President is donating the Nobel Peace Prize award money to charity. He is leading by example. Remember, "To whom much is given, much is expected. Again congratulations.

    October 9, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. J.P.

    Which charity?

    ACORN?

    Or SEIU?

    October 9, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. Myah, FL

    Well, we knew he'd donate the prize money to charity, because he's a good man. The question is what charity?

    I love this president, and I love this country.

    October 9, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    I'm not surprised – President Obama is a class act.

    October 9, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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