October 9th, 2009
02:04 PM ET
13 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. Biased

    I think he should donate the money to help poor democrats learn how to debate and to lose the hatred they constantly show for all republicans, that same kind of hatred they said they were shown by the republicans during the Bush years which they always complained about. . Perhaps if there are a few cents left over he can give one more speech to his dem followers that their hatred for their fellow Americans certainly isn't going to help him win one for real the first time, since no one can really count this as any achievement for 12 days worth of being in office. Remember he was nominated for that 12 days. I mean I know dems believes he walks on water but this is ridiculous – 12 days is all it took for him to change the world.

    October 9, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. Vick

    I am totally blown away by all the nastiness about our President. I am so proud of him. He has principles, unlike the president before him. He is being expected to turn around in 9 months what took 8 years to create. It is sad that other countries understands what he is trying to do better than his own country. He is doing everything he campaigned to do and people were onboard then. What did bush do for you or this country? He lied to get us into a war we should never have been a part of. He put money in his pockets and the wealthy. He cared nothing about this country or you and me.

    October 9, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. Typical Republican

    See...I knew I would see the retards of my party complain better then I could. Thank you my fellow retards/Republicans for being so predictably pathetic human beings! I'm glad to know you all are not worth the snot on my tissue, and predictable to boot!

    October 9, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. ADT

    GOD Bless the Obamas and God Bless the United States of America

    October 9, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. boysfaninskinsland

    mathewdetriot said:

    Its amazing that the Nobel Prize is now based on Affirmative Action.
    NOTHING accomplished and the guy gets an award.
    What a clown.
    They have lowered the value of the award down to nothing.
    Funny how EVERYONE is afraid to speak the truth on this one.


    You do realize he's not the first black man to win the Nobel Peace Prize don't you. Some people are just stupid for the sake of being stupid. Learn some things before you spout off with your idiocy.

    October 9, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. WrongKindofChange

    And his charity of choice...ACORN!

    October 9, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. HJA

    Victim of Liberal stupidity October 9th, 2009 3:02 pm ET
    "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!"

    You must be one of the 47% that don't pay taxes.........and want a tax refund!

    October 9, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. Just Breathe

    In grade school we would call this pouting.

    President Obama didn't nominate himself, nor does the prize just go to Americans, nor is it voted on by Americans only. As my 6th grade gym teacher would say, "Suck it up!"

    October 9, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. IVOTE

    He can donate to ACORN as far as I am concerned because ACORN helps the poor neighborhoods in this country. I don't believe the republican rhetoric and the republican trickery used to bring down the agency. The pimp and prostitute the sent to the offices to film must have been naturals for the profession. Where is the film of them being tossed out the door and the police being called? Good Job President OBAMA and GOD BLESS

    October 9, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. Max

    I cant wait for the crtics to criticize the charity the president chooses to donate to. The man can do no right in the eyes of the woefully ignorant.

    October 9, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    the republican jelousy is realy starting to make me sick!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 9, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. Dee

    Congratulations to our President. Sadly, there are some people in the United States that will never be happy with ANYTHING he does. These same people seem to always be a part of the problem, but never do anything to work towards a solution. Many of the nay-sayers are more concerned with what they can find to complain about than what this means to our foreign relations.

    October 9, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. Denis

    Good for him, classy. He has done the right and honorable thing by donating the money to a charity.

    October 9, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. FrancescaF, LaGrange

    The key here is the word "peace." To inspire the world to act peacefully with diplomacy is a good thing and what leaders should strive for. What does one do when you inherit a bad situation? Trying to resolve the issues that created the situation in the first place is never easy. Therefore, as an inspirational leader, Pres. Obama deserves the award.

    The whining and sour grapes about whether he deserves the award is quite disgusting. The people from the Nobel Board made their decision. It was theirs to make. The discussion about whether he is deserving brings to mind a discussion of whether a person who thinks and enunciates is more deserving than someone who does the work. Social systems are replete with examples: lawyers vs. teachers – who makes more money? Which one is more deserving?

    October 9, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. Karen

    Quit messing with our Boo

    (President Obama)

    October 9, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. Winona D

    President Obama deserves this award. People forget that communication is ACTION. In fact, it is one of the most important actions. He has been able to achieve what peace keepers have only attempted- open, civil dialogue between opponents. If that doesn't deserve the Nobel Peace Prize, then I'm not sure what does deserve it.

    October 9, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. Alice Nuffer

    I just can't believe all the sour grapes from the Republicans and the talking heads! Yes, I can! Give the man a A for effort in trying to move this country in a different direction! The Republicans are the party of bigotry and hatred! They make me ill! Obviously the prize committee sees things differently, hooray for those who can see Obama for what he is, a leader!

    October 9, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. vic nashville , Tn

    I am proud of our president

    October 9, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. worriedmom

    You Kool Aid drinkers crack me up. But guess you are a lot alike, get something for doing nothing!

    October 9, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. Kevin Howard

    From a 22 year career military man: This president is exactly what this country needs. Honor, integrity, and selflessness. Qualities that are in short supply within the republican party. I wager that every quote from a republican congressman about the nobel will either be negative or a qualified positive. Not one will say, "I'm proud of my president."

    October 9, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  21. Mike Boston

    Most likely going to ACORN

    October 9, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. Patty

    Glad to see he is donating it.......but he didn't really have a choice in the matter....not donating it would've have been politcal suicide.

    October 9, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  23. HF from PA

    To "A Democrat of 51 years who has finally got smart to their foolishness" It is sad how many people get bitter and angry as you grow old. Look at the ranks of the Republican party angry..over weigth...old white people

    October 9, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. 8 years 4 sure

    How refreshing!!!
    Thank you Mr. President for being a breathe of fresh air in the funk of politics. Let's see how those "Mixed Nuts" at Fox News spin this.
    Oh, I forgot; I don't watch that garbage.

    October 9, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. John

    SOCIALISM….. GOP calls Obama a Socialist.
    SOCIALISM….. GOP calls Public Option, Socialism.
    SOCIALISM….. Social Security, is it not Socialism?
    SOCIALISM….. Free education until 12th grade, is it not Socialism?
    SOCIALISM….. Bailout of Wall Street and AIG, is it not Socialism?
    SOCIALISM….. Bush like that Iraq has WMDs, is it not Socialism?
    SOCIALISM….. We believed what Bush said, is it not Socialism?
    SOCIALISM….. 4300 Troops died, is it not Socialism?
    SOCIALISM….. Bush visits Beijing Olympics, is not a waste of Tax Money.
    SOCIALISM….. Obama flies to Copenhagen to Canvas for Chicago, GOP calls it a waste of Tax Dollars.
    How easily we get Fooled and Misled by GOP………… Whatever Bush and GOP did is not Socialism……….. Whatever Obama is doing is Socialism………….

    October 9, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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