Posts Tagged ‘Nobel Peace Prize’

A Few More Thoughts on the Peace Prize

October 9, 2009

Awards should be for achievement.  Awards are earned.  Awards derive their meaning from the effort required to achieve them.

A gift is something received without it being earned.

Hopes and aspirations aren’t achievements.  They are only thoughts that haven’t produced results.

Alfred Nobel was the inventor of dynamite.  He used his fortune to create the Nobel prizes.  His will said that the Peace Prize should be awarded “to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

Clearly, President Obama hasn’t accomplished anything yet to earn this award.  It was a gift from the Peace Prize Committee.  I think President Obama understands.  He said, “I am both surprised and deeply humbled by the decision of the Nobel Committee.  Let me be clear:  I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations.  To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who’ve been honored by this prize — men and women who’ve inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.”

I don’t fault President Obama for being selected for the Peace Prize.  I think he was as surprised as any of us.  I do criticize the Committee for their choice.  It’s a selection without merit.  Another step toward showing that the Peace Prize has little to do with peace and more and more a way to promote a leftist political point of view.

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The Ultimate in Grade Inflation?

October 9, 2009

This morning, the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee announced that the 2009 prize has been awarded to President Barack Obama.

When I first read the headline, I thought it was a spoof from The Onion.  But, no, on further checking, the headline was true.

The Peace Prize hasn’t made much sense for a while.  It is awarded by a committee selected by the Norwegian Parliament.  The committee is known for making political statements with its selections.

But Barack Obama?  Is this the ultimate case of grade inflation?  President Obama served a partial term in the United States Senate and didn’t accomplish anything other than a successful campaign for the Presidency.  He has been president for 9 months.  He really hasn’t accomplished anything yet as president.  Even Saturday Night Live spoofed him last week on his non-accomplishments.  The president’s foreign affairs efforts have been confined to delivering some flowery speeches that haven’t done much other than sound good.  And, on careful review, the speeches usually don’t make much sense.

We now have 3 sitting presidents who have been awarded the Peace Prize:  Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Barback Obama.  And let’s not forget Jimmy Carter, who was awarded it in 2002.  Or Al Gore–who the Committee probably thought really was elected president before George Bush stole it from him.

President Obama’s 2008 campaign was centered around Hope and Change.  We can always hope that he will actually accomplish something that will change the world and will make it a more peaceful place.  Unfortunately, considering his track record, I don’t think there is really much chance that will happen.