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. Sama Mondeh

    I congratulate the President for the honor. The Repubs need to get use to the idea of the President receivinng this type of honor. Who knows, the President might be so successful in leading the country that the Nobel Committee might honor him each year. What would the distractors do then, aside from blow hot air?

    More to the point of the use of the award money: I think that the HBCUs, the UNCF component, could benefit from these funds. They are good charities.

    October 9, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. ccc

    Do we have any rethugs talking about this!!!!!!! well not now will see some hate from GOP soon

    October 9, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. Jennifer

    He should give it to charity,he did nothing to earn it so he shouldnt keep it.Guess this is his way of spreading the wealth except he can write his off on his taxes.He is by far the the laziest president to ever sit in office.It would be nice to see him get a back bone.Hes out of office in 2012.

    October 9, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. katiec

    Of course he will.
    President Obama is a gracious, caring, thoughtful man.
    We are so proud of him. What an asset he is for our country.

    October 9, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. Geralyn

    As soon as I heard about this award thei morning I had to put on Faux news! It was just as I had imagined, they were outraged! God I love them. They give me so many laughs.

    October 9, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Allen

    How wonderful of him. Maybe he can also help the 15.1 million legal US citizens, that are out of jobs too. Oh that's right he's to busy lining the pockets of the rich that are in turn lining his pockets.

    October 9, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Lucille

    If a completely neutral group like the Nobel Prize committee feels Obama is entitled to this award, who are you to criticize them.

    October 9, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. Mike C. from Canada

    Barack Obama is singlehandedly driving the Republican Party in total irrelevance without even trying.

    "Keep the (Nobel Prize) money, da*n you, Barack! Please, you're not helping our cause by giving all that sweet loot away. Be a Republican for a change and keep the dough for yourself, will ya?"

    (*Sigh* The GOP might as well all go home and call it a day)

    October 9, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. Bob in Pa

    Hey BO, I hear ACORN needs some cash.

    October 9, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. caprice classic

    the GOP needs the money since they are a serious charity case. a bunch of old old grumpy white empty suit people

    October 9, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. MD

    Very classy thing to do. Not surprised at all. WE have a class act in the White House...

    October 9, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Willy Brown

    Give it to America's debt you created

    October 9, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. Jowthui

    The reason Obama hasn't been able to fully accomplish certain tasks on his agenda yet is because Bush got this country (and many others!) in such a mess that its going to take time to clean up and start over, in an honest, and righteous way that positively, and equally serves not only the American people, but people all over the world.

    Congratulations Obama!

    October 9, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. Billy, NYC

    President Obama is a good example of 'Selflessness". He puts his country first rather than his own ego. He is a role model for our children, our future. I hope he would donate the money to support humantarian projects.

    October 9, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. ohio resident

    Congratulations to the President. I think this makes it very evident what Europe thinks of us, and did think of us for the last 8 years.
    Make no mistake–this was a global statement from them.

    October 9, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. usualone

    It is amazing people have to make unkind remarks about the U.S. President. President Obama is not a magician (and they are only illusionists) so he cannot possibly fix all the things wrong with our country in just 8-9 months in office. Also, he is not the entire government. We do have a Congress that has a say in approving his actions, if our government is to work properly. The negative people are appalling. These negative people don't really care about our country. Their impatience is sad. We, who did not think like them, gave President Bush more than a moment to create the mess he got our country in with the wars alone, not to mention the deregulation that caused the banking mess. President Bush and his infamous VP bypassed the Congress with their decisions. I wonder what these negative people would say if President Obama ran the show alone, forgetting the other branches of the government. I am sure many of these negative people are the very folk who do need government in their lives, to bail them out.

    October 9, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. Jen

    CNN Why don't you mention that part of your report on TV. Wolf Blitzer is gloating in all the negative comments they clearly handpicked around the world. How sad, that you could not even celebrate it as an award for America. I guess this this will not be posted.

    October 9, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. LacrosseMom

    THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA, THAT'S VERY GENEROUS, SIR!

    PLEASE PRESIDENT OBAMA END THE SENSELESS WAR IN AFGHANISTAN! BRING OUR TROOPS HOME!

    To the GOPers: could you people be any more hateful than you have been today? You argue that you do not hate, but all one has to do is read the comments demonizing President Obama to know... that the Party of NO is also the Party of HATE.

    October 9, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. usualone

    It is amazing people have to make unkind remarks about the U.S. President., even about his charity giving. President Obama is not a magician (and they are only illusionists) so he cannot possibly fix all the things wrong with our country in just 8-9 months in office. Also, he is not the entire government. We do have a Congress that has a say in approving his actions, if our government is to work properly. The negative people are appalling. These negative people don't really care about our country. Their impatience is sad. We, who did not think like them, gave President Bush more than a moment to create the mess he got our country in with the wars alone, not to mention the deregulation that caused the banking mess. President Bush and his infamous VP bypassed the Congress with their decisions. I wonder what these negative people would say if President Obama ran the show alone, forgetting the other branches of the government. I am sure many of these negative people are the very folk who do need government in their lives, to bail them out.

    October 9, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. mary love

    Why are all the obama bashers upset. the POTUS donated the money and he was just as shocked as everyone else. i swear if that man saved the planet, they still would pull something negative out of it. give the man a break, he hasn't been in office a full 9 months yet but they still feel as though he isn't successful. it takes more time than this to give birth. geez. The right must be angry that Bush didn't get one for ruining the economy,putting us in debt and starting a fake war. if that is the case, then Bush deserves two. stop bashing the prez. I hope he makes all of you haters eat your words (with red hot chili peppers)

    October 9, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. No Hillary = No Obama

    Well, that right there tells you, he doesn't think he deserves it either. What kind of bribe money is this?

    October 9, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  22. 2010 can't get here fast enough

    I hate his guts as he is ruining this country and we non-sheep warned you – CNN poll Is Obama the right choice for the NPP – 56 percent NO and 44 percent YES, nuff said on that.

    BUT unlike you sheep that hammered Bush every day and for EVERYTHING even today, I APPLAUD OBAMA FOR DOING THIS.

    GOOD MOVE OBAMA, very good move.

    As long as it is not his buddies ACORN or NAMBLA.

    October 9, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. Meidy

    Since the award was in anticipation of good works, what happens if they never come to fruition? Does the award get recinded? I feel like entering university again.....and after 12 days they should give me a diploma based on my good intentions. 99.9% of the population didn't even know he was nominated. Why? Because even the liberals couldn't justify it. Now that he's won, there's a million reasons why he's the perfect choice. Please – someone just shoot me.........and then steal my wallet of course.

    October 9, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  24. Stu

    Or, he could use it to finance his healthcare plan!

    October 9, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. 2010 can't get here fast enough

    The money should go to the VETS who are serving and waiting for him to make a decision other than his usual present while THEY DIE.

    Good for you Barry, apologizes around the world and NEVER mentions the good we do and as a thank you they give you an award, congrats, many of our former allies hate us but Cuba, Venezuela and Russia all love us (wik, wink).

    Donate it to the people that have some fortitude and VOLUNTEERED for service as I did, you on the other hand, lack ANY fortitude.

    October 9, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
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