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. Lillie

    Congratulations, Mr. President !!!!

    October 9, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. Jim

    Pres. Obama is a marvelous choice for the Nobel Peace Prize! I am proud for him and for our renewed America!

    Unlike the three prvious Presidents who received the award, the Committee gave its award because Obama has brought about a shift in tone and created a new climate in international politics. As the Committee stated, it "attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons." Bravo!

    October 9, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. Troubled

    Right thing to do since he certainly didn't do anything, anything at all, to merit it!

    October 9, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. Reagan was wrong

    I'm sure the GOP will oppose this, and I'm sure they'll scrutinize where every single penny of the $1.4 million goes. They'll probably wonder out loud whether any of it is going to ACORN. None of this will be backed by facts, of course, but the only thing the GOP is interested in is in implanting hate into the simple minds of the mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging GOP base.

    October 9, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. Zap

    A sad shame a republican didn't win the 1.4 mil. That would be a big donation to thier campaign. Why hasn't a Republican ever won it? Guess they're too busy picking on other countries for no reason. Well, guess they were thumping thier Bibles and this is God's way of giving republicans a taste of humility.

    October 9, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. Kathy

    I wonder how the right will complain about this. They would find a way to complain for anything and everything he does or does not do. The GOP is bitter about their own failures and just cannot seem to move forward with any ideas other than to destroy and discredit Obama. They are shameful and unAmerican.

    October 9, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. Play nice

    That is an honorable thing to do. Let's see how the right wing Republicans put their negative spin on this....I am an independant voter and I am watching how both sides handle themselves and I have to say the Republicans seem like sore losers and whine about everything but have no answers themselves....

    October 9, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. roger

    That's because he is a class act!

    October 9, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. JS

    It is great that President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Price. Also, it's wonderful he is donating the 1.4 million award to charity.

    I don't understand why all the negativity over him been picked as the 2009 Nobel Prize winner. It's ridiculous. Instead of been happy for him, all his critics put him down. This is terrible.

    He represents Hope, and this is the reason why he was unanimously selected. I have hope. I believe in what he's trying to accomplish. It's going to take time, but it will be done. He deserves the prize just for that fact.

    October 9, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. FactCheck

    In other news, Sarah Palin will donate all of the proceeds from the sale of her memoirs to herself. Rush, as always, will donate a significant chunk of his salary to his "pharmacist".

    October 9, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. Victim of Liberal stupidity

    $1.4 million, wow, so given what his Administration is doing to the value of the US dollar that means by the time they cut him a check it will really only be worth about $750,000...

    Hurry up and donate my President or all it will only be worth a cup of coffee and a donut!

    Wake Up America, States Rights supersede the Fed, it is overgrown and outlived it's usefulness. Our founding fathers NEVER intended for the Federal Government to grow to the current levels of power and control that we are now being oppressed by!

    October 9, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. PT

    A remarkable man, who is the right man for our times.

    October 9, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. ray

    wonder how the republicans will spin this too look negative...they can't seem to be happy about anything good for our country

    October 9, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Tom in Wheaton, Illinois

    The guy is a class act. Period. And Glenn Beck can eat my shorts.

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

    Good to hear since he isn't legally allowed to keep it in the first place.

    October 9, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. Jane wants the truth

    Which charity....????

    October 9, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. Jennifer

    Congratulations President Obama!!!
    This solidifies what most people in the world believe that President Obama could be the person who can do the most to bring the different opinions and viewpoints together. Yes, it maybe early in his term, but the potential that this award has something to be thankful for.

    October 9, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. Patriot from ATL GA

    God bless our President!

    October 9, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. mrscorie

    May I recommend the Boys and Girls Club of Camden, NJ!

    October 9, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  20. felicia

    Good for the President good always prevail over evil.

    October 9, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. NC

    Now how will the Americans that are so full of hate, anger, and bitterness toward Our President and non-white people find a way to criticize our President. Thank you Mr. President, you are truly a World Leader.

    October 9, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. T

    How about donating it to the VFW's Veteran Service Officers so they won't have to let any of them go due to increasing costs and relying on donations for continued employment. Then they can continue the GREAT work they do for the millions of Military Veterans!

    October 9, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. Tom Kaye

    See . . . good things happen to good people.

    $1.4 million to charity . . . a clear sign of someone worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize!

    October 9, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  24. A Democrat of 51 years who has finally got smart to their foolishness.

    OH HOW SWEET. This is because maybe he has a little shame in accepting it in the first place.

    October 9, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  25. Walter

    The donation is nice but this just proves there is truly no qualitative sustance to the award. This award has becoming nothing more than an international platform for nordic styled socialism. too bad.....Nobel used to mean something.

    October 9, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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