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October 9th, 2009
09:11 AM ET

President Obama: Nobel Peace Prize Winner

President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize this morning. The announcement considered stunning – even the White House admits it was surprised. The Norwegian Nobel Committee said it honored Obama for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." The Nobel committee recognized Obama's efforts at dialogue to solve complex global problems including working toward a world free of nuclear weapons. Obama's recognition comes less than a year after he became the first African-American to win the White House. He is the fourth U.S. president to win the prestigious prize and the third sitting president to do so.
We want to know what you think, what is your reaction to the President winning the Peace Prize? Leave your comments below, and Heidi will read some of them in the Newsroom, from 9a-11a ET.


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  1. Bill Lazzarini

    Any chance that Nobel Peace Prize comes with like a 2 trillion dollar cash award?

    October 9, 2009 at 9:20 am |
  2. Anita C

    Why? What has he done?

    October 9, 2009 at 9:23 am |
  3. Kevin

    How do you effectively deal with Afghanistan and Iran now after accepting the Nobel Peace Prize? And on top of that, nominations for the award were due February 1, 2009. He was president for 11 days when he was nominated. This is a complete joke. A very sad, and dangerous joke.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:23 am |
  4. Dj Sam

    How is that other people sees what we don't........

    October 9, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  5. Heather Sener

    The deadline for nominations for Nobel Peace Prize were to be postmarked by February 1 2009 but Obama was inaugurated on January 20, 2009. So, he was nominated for Peace Prize before even he did something for which he won the prize!!! I believe this was a political move...nothing more.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  6. Chuck Petzold

    For the first time ever, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to someone based on what they "claim" they will do, & not what they have actually done. It just goes to show that the left really is in a good ol' boy club with philanthropic organizations.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  7. Christopher, from Gainesville FL

    ... American's are shocked President Obama has won the peace prize?! Disbelief! Pretend you're a foreign citizen, then compare our country's foreign policy for the past 8 years to what's happened in the past 8 months. Withdrawal from START compared to precursors massive disarmament plans? Isolationist trends contrasted with humanitarian aid programs orchestrated by the state department? Two invasions with following troop surges and cold war mentality, vs. troop reductions, and actually coming to the table and be willing to politic states through the theory of international trade? If you can't understand that, then GO TO BED, WILL YOU PLEASE.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  8. Frank

    What a joke! He has accomplished nothing that has measurably impacted world peace during his less than ten months in office. This lowers the value of the award more than anything else.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  9. Mani Subramaniam

    Nobel Peace Prize for Obama? Stunning and shocking. Much as I supported him, he has a long way to go to prove himself. The prize has been devalued!

    October 9, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  10. Desiree - San Pedro, CA

    I think it is Absolutely Great, that Mr. Obama won the Nobel Peace prize.

    He really has become the representative of Change World Wide.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  11. Jesse

    President Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize just goes to show that trying to solve the current problems in the world with diplomacy rather than war is and always will be the way to go. How can one achieve peace through war?

    October 9, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  12. Janie Thomas

    ESPN's "Mike&Mike" show this morning said, it's like announcing the NFL MVP award now, at mid-season. TOO SOON

    October 9, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  13. Tim

    How refreshing that America, through its crisis resolution oriented President is once again gaining respect throughout the world. It's interesting that the loudest voices of anger over this are coming from Republicans and the Taliban.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  14. ryan

    an absolute joke! cannot believe they wasted such a prestigious award on b. hussein

    October 9, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  15. David Ballard

    The Nobel Peace Prize should be reserved for people who have significant accomplishments under their belts. The President has delivered some very nice speeches, and seems to have good intentions when it comes to peaceful relationships with other countries, but that is not enough. President Obama is a celebrity, and a popular president... If Hillary Clinton won the election, what would our reaction to this be?

    October 9, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  16. Tom Jorgensen

    This award would seem to invalidate the award. Obama has done nothing to enhance world peace. All he has done is steered the US toward bankruptcy.. Perhaps the international community who awarded him the Peace Prize sees the US in bankruptcy as a step toward peace?

    October 9, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  17. Mary Lou McLain

    Obama does not deserve the award. It certainly deminishes the award in my eyes. He has done nothing for the US let alone the world. The other candidates must have been really bad for him to be chosen.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  18. Jan

    This award is not for work completed, rather it is the promise of work to achieve peace to come. Bravo.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  19. Bill Thompson, Lawrenceville, GA

    It's WONDERFUL any time an American, especially our president, is recognized by a world reknown organization.
    I can't wait to see what the right wing lunatic fringe does with this one like losing the Olympic bid.

    Bill Thompson
    Lawrenceville, GA

    October 9, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  20. Peter

    Charisma is not a factor for a Nobel Prize, last time I checked. By that theory, Jay Leno, George Clooney and Frank Senatra should have Peace Prizes, too.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  21. David Emerson

    This is a joke...a way the Europeans have conjured to meddle in domestic Amercian politics. It makes a further mockery of the Noble Peace Prize.

    David Emerson
    Oakland, CA

    October 9, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  22. Robin

    The 'Nobel Peace Prize' has as much credibility as the U.N.-what a joke this is. Do you understand that it's all about not bombing Iran???? What? The other president was Carter??? Geeees Louise....

    October 9, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  23. Diane Gonsalves

    I think it is wonderful. After George Bush destroyed our relations with other countries I didn't think Obama could heal those wounds in such a short period of time. What a breath of fresh air.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  24. Vicki

    I personally think he deserves it. He is healing our nation and the world. Our rating in the world has gone from #8 to #1. I'm positive the republicans will once again turn this success into something negative!

    October 9, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  25. Brooke Gardner

    Divine intervention? Maybe the universe is forcing Obama (and the U.S.) into, at least, considering peaceful solutions to our problems.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  26. Ben Arlington, VA

    Well deserved! What a year makes in the way how the world see the US. People around the world trust the US and Obama a whole lot more these days than say a year ago. I say bravo and well deserved.
    Let just see who the Nut jobs in the GOP interepret this 🙂

    October 9, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  27. Gary

    I am a litte perplexed.... I though the Nobel peace award was for someone who had over a long period of time dedicated their life to a cause. . Many who have been awarded this have spent a life time attempting to obtain peace.

    Gary

    October 9, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  28. Noreen

    I think this is fabulous. I was surprised and very proud of our president. Everyone must remember, he was awarded for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” It says nothing about completed accomplishments. Sounds like to many people including the news media is far to ready to degrade this great honor for the president.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  29. Barry Hall

    Congrats to Obama! All of us in the America need to acknowledge the importance of international relations and the work Obama has done to advance these international relatoins.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  30. Michelle

    I think it's great that our President is being rewarded for all the peaceful things he is doing and trying to accomplish!! It's a nice change to have a President going the peaceful route vs. "hmmm...who should we try to intimidate with war today?"!!!

    October 9, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  31. Edot

    Nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize are usually due in February. President Obama took office Jan. 20. Two weeks into office? Something doesn't add up. Nice gesture though

    October 9, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  32. Michael W

    For what??? He hasn't done anything yet with a quantified result. As for me, I'm scratching my head about this.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  33. Bridget Kelso

    No one is more deserving than President Barack Obama. He has worked tirelessly since elected, and has approached his job with respect, class and intelligence. The fact that the haters like limbaugh and beck will see this as award as a "negative" is only proof that they are on the wrong side of history, and represent a dying ideology. This prize comfirms what we know – that a new day has come.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  34. Sharon Collins

    My husband and I think it's great that he won. We think America should be proud that our President was recognized by the world. Instead everyone is sitting here asking why does he deserve it? What does this say about our country?

    October 9, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  35. Joseph Laws

    Obamas' win is a huge victory for him, but I am afraid it is way to premature because he has done nothing to garner the honor. He has made headway for sure, but that does not a Nobel Prize make.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  36. Darrel Hoffman

    Heidi,
    This is great. Obama is trying so hard to accomplish greatness for us and everybody else. The only people who REFUSE to realize it are those on the far right. Now we see, even the WORLD realizes what the majority of Americans realize.. Obama is a fantastic president..........

    October 9, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  37. Andrea C

    Wow! I woke up to the news, I was shocked and excited for President Obama. This is something his mother and grandparents would have been so proud to witness.

    Just think, Arizona State University thought he was too inexperienced for an honorary degree. I thought their decision then was offensive, now they look like fools.

    We ALL should be proud!

    October 9, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  38. Matt

    Are you kidding me!!! Seriously, what has this guy done? Nothing, that's what he's done. He is going to run the country into the ground and disappear once his term is over.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  39. Ira Goldberg

    I was shocked, suprised and pleased that President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. President Obamas' efforts at negotiation and concensus is a pleasant change from the previous administrations policy. It was totally unexpected and I do not know what the Novel Comittee was thinking, but good for them.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  40. Laura Herold

    Heidi How can you be an American and not be proud of your President winning this award? Under Bush/Cheney we became a country of aggression and war but under Obama we become a country of hope for Peace around the world.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  41. Alexis

    The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama so early in his administration is clearly meant to encourage and focus his efforts to promote world peace. This is arguably an even higher purpose than merely celebrating past accomplishments since it will hopefully guide the remainder of his presidency. The onus is now on the President to fulfill what the Nobel Prize Committee sees as his great potential.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  42. james mcneil

    it must be a joke that obama got the nobel prize considering he has kept us involved in two wars, and which he has the power to uninvolve us. when we get out of iraq and afghanistan then he will certainly be worthy of the prize.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  43. Jim Murray

    You have got to be kidding. I have lost all respect for the Nobel Peace Prize committee. This is the most contentious president in my life time and has nothing to show for his efforts. How much peace did he provide in Chicago?

    Jim

    October 9, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  44. albert

    Im very glad our president won it, i was thinking, yesterday, that he should win it. Im very happy with our president he is doing a great job, congratulations Presiden Obama.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  45. Rob Childers

    Let's see, how can I say this politely.......hmm let me just say it. Barack Obama winning the Nobel Prize is like Donald Duck winning the Olympic 100 Meter Dash. It doesn't fit! Another example of Global Politics creeping into any venue it can grab a foothold; even an award as prestigius as the Nobel Prize. I'm tired of everthing being political.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  46. Barbara Jordan

    I think the rest of the world appreciates what we don't. We become so distracted with the speculation and opinion that passes for News these days, that we don't realize what withdrawing plans for planting our bombs in Europe or colonizing the ME means to everyone, ourselves included. We all reap what we sow. It's about time to sow what we want to harvest.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  47. Hooman Estelami

    President Obama's peace prize is a testimony to his balanced approach to managing the volatile state of international politics and I hope world leaders and politicians in the US pay more attention to this event. The fact that the Nobel Committee has recognized his peaceful approach to solving complex world issues is something that should have a positive impact on President Obama's ability to move his agenda forward. Well deserved!!

    October 9, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  48. Malcolm C

    I think it is great that President Barack Obama is bestowed this honor so early in his Presidency! It gives great hope to many people, be it here in the USA or others places in the world.

    Hooray!

    October 9, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  49. Jeff

    Chalk another one up for the United States,, however, I feel bad for the contender that actually deserved it. Who know, maybe this trend will catch on with the NFL commissioner; Why not just give the Detroit Lions the Lombardi Trophy right now ,in hopes it will give then incentive to actually win the Superbowl!
    Jeff, Michigan

    October 9, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  50. Vicky from WI

    I could not be more proud of our President and he deserves this honor for his tireless commitment to bringing all world leaders together and having meaningful dialogue. It is about the process in an effort to achieve positive results for the future of our world, rather than dictating to the rest of the world and making unilateral decisions. The positive results are inevitable.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  51. Teresa Moises

    Very Well Deserve!!!!
    Teresa Moises North Miami Beach FL

    October 9, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  52. john a. hust

    fantastic. a lot of what I do in my work reminds me how far behind we are of the europeans. your just questioning this great award only supports this observation.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  53. Ali

    I beleive its the perfect answer for those people who disbeleive his efforts towards making USA safe and making the economy better. We should all appreciate and support him.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  54. Rick D

    I am truly shocked; Pres Obama hasn't done anything to this point but give speeches. Talk is cheap and so now is the Nobel prize! Although this shows America's influence on the global stage remains strong if mere scripted words can be so pwerful.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  55. Phil Carman

    All Americans should drop politics today and be proud that a sitting American president has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the most prestigious award in the world.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  56. Kevin Hughes

    I wonder who were the other candidates in the running for the Nobel Prize & if they were more deserving of the award than the President. Maybe the argument is simply about accomplishments.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  57. Jim

    Watching all the prizes given during this week I started to think someday PresIdent Obama would get this award but this is a little early. I'm sure they thought if might help him with future goals but the GOP will step up attack and the Massiah complex they promote will just increase.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  58. Christy W

    I am so grateful we have a President who is so highly respected by the world. We are very, very fortunate. He deserves this award for such awesome efforts and vision. America is headed in the right direction and we should all be proud! – Christy W.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  59. Darrien

    He earn it. Twice
    First:
    He step up to the plate and announce that America is not a bully to other nations
    Second :
    All nations listen to him and admire him period
    Third:
    He is the right person, right now to heal the world
    Home run.
    He will receive 2nd Nobel Peace Prize Award for getting all Nations living in harmony on PLANET EARTH.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  60. David Brown

    A marvelous honor for a great leader. President Obama has been universally accepted on the world stage as a political leader. If the american public would only be willing to do the same, we might find he is one of the outstanding presidents in the history of this country.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  61. carole

    CNN has held President Obama accountable all week for what is
    supposedly his lack of delivery on all of his campaign promises in
    a mere 9 months. The Nobel Peace Prize Committee, sees him
    as having accomplished a great deal in these same mere 9 months
    in terms of working towards changing the international tone and in
    promoting diplomacy. CNN, instead of being "stunned" or "shocked"
    by this, why can't you see this as the great accomplishement that
    it is?

    October 9, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  62. M

    If I understand correctly, The deadline for nominations for Nobel Peace Prize were to be postmarked by February 1 2009 but Obama was inaugurated on January 20, 2009. So, he was nominated for Peace Prize before even he did something for which he won the prize!!!
    I always thought Nobel prize is given for what you have accomplished and not what you "will" accomplish. Imagine, a scientist being given a Nobel Physics Prize, because he "will" invent a cure to AIDS!!! Incredible!!
    I agree he is a great man, not deserving right now to win a Nobel prize!
    On a lighter side, Was it for Osama, by mistake they announced Obama!!

    October 9, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  63. Ronnie Anderson

    Why are Obama political opponents slamming Obama? Its his intentions, directions, outreach and commitment that is what is being rewarded. Not necessarily results. He is holding the olive branch and its a GREAT thing for America to be seen for that for once. I am sure Pres. Obama wasn't overly enamoured by gadaffi's comment that he wished Obama could be President forever but...when someone like Gadaffi says that...it shows an uncanny ability and sincerity that is being noticed by world leaders and the Nobel Committee. Well done Mr. President.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  64. Jose Reyes

    I have over 350 good reasons why he should have won the Nobel PEACE Prize. 350, the number of troops who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since he's been President.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  65. Mametino

    In today's world I think they are trying to encourage him to continue what he started, i.e. bring people/countries to respect each other and work together, which is a nobel idea.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  66. Paul

    Although I agree that President Obama has done much so far in regards to nuclear arms reduction, the fact that he wants to increase troops in Afghanistan seems to contradict the ideals behind the Nobel Peace Prize. However, Kissinger, the figure behind "Power Politics," had also won this prize so I suppose the there have been contradictions in the past.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  67. zelcat

    President Obama does deserve the prize. He is making every effort to improve this sorry world. Those who criticize his efforts are squawking out of their hard-wired ideologies, clueless as to what he is attempting to achieve, which truly is world peace.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  68. Devin Smith

    I have always been a firm supporter of Obama and the message he shares but I believe that he has yet to prove himself worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize. There are many other candidates that should have received this honor. I do feel however that Obama should not be attacked for winning. Winning has added more fuel to the fire for Obama's detractors.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  69. bill slattery

    joy stuned happy america what a great place.. love this guy

    October 9, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  70. Soraya

    Hi Heidi,

    I am so proud of our president as all Americans should be! This is such a prestigious award for an extraordinary man. I am very happy for him, his family, and our country.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  71. J

    The man won't even talk or meet with the Dalai Lama, the most peaceful man on Earth, so why would he even deserve a Nobel Peace Prize? I guess he could be considered peaceful as for the past month he still hasn't done anything regarding the General's call for more troops in Afghanistan.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  72. Mike Gordon

    The President won this award for several reasons and it is richly deserved.

    In only a few months he enhanced the reputation of our nation which was serioulious damaged by the previous administration.

    If you had to sum it up in a words, it would be –

    "He's not Bush"

    Well-done Mr. President!

    October 9, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  73. Tonya

    I think it's wonderful Pres.Obama won the Nobel Peace prize. If anyone can gain more peace around the world he can. We certainly weren't winning anyone over when Bush was in office. I also think he should donate the money that comes along with the prestigious win to our service men,women and their families.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  74. Sergey

    Obama hasn't been president for very long, it surprised me that he won the Nobel Peace Prize very early in his presidency. He has promised change and said he was going to work on international peace. I think it was way too early to give President Obama the Nobel Peace Prize, especially he hasn't done much in international peace since he was elected.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  75. Mark Reeve

    This is like awardng the Nobel Prize in Physics to a new professor who has stated that he hopes to find the Unified Field Theory someday.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  76. Mike Boguszewski

    Obama winning the Peace Prize is at BEST premature, and certainly doesn't seem to jive with his actions so far in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  77. Anita Vatsya

    Heidi, I woke up around 5.10 AM to do the excercise. I turn the CNN. Here I see the breaking news. Prsident Obama has win the Noble Peace Prize . I was shocked but excited about the same time. I am Canadian but huge fan of him. I was so excited I started emailing my friends, posted on facebook. I think some of my friends and I am going to get together and celebrate.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  78. Andy

    Obama and Nobel Peace prize shows how pathetic the Nobel organization is. I guess he will go down in history along side Jimmy Carter. Now if he could actually do something worthwhile for OUR country.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  79. Mark

    It shows that people don’t like bullies, working together as a team is much stronger.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  80. Don

    It did not surprise me at all. Obama is also going to get health
    care bill passed this year. Despite all the resistance from the
    Right. His recovery package is showing progress. It would help if the media would quit second guessing everything he does.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  81. Gale Thoensen

    I am so proud of our President and I hope all Americans will be as well. It's a time to celebrate the fact that President Obama has been recognized by the Nobel commitee and put all politics aside. What an honor for our country and for a man twho has inspired so much hope to an ailing nation and world. People are shocked? I am thrilled!

    October 9, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  82. zach

    I think it's great to see President Obama receive this honor. I feel that his foreign policy is like a light shining through to the rest of the world showing that real Americans want peace and are dedicated to achieving it.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  83. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Thats good now Obama and Jimmy Carter both have one he can go pawn it to help pay for his health care plan .

    October 9, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  84. Vikram A

    I think Obama's speechwriter should have won the Nobel Peace Prize. While the President is making great strides towards diplomacy and world peace, rhetoric does not equate action.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  85. Dr Wayne

    It's a shame people are "hatein" on the President instead of being happy for him. The are saying it's too premature or he hasn't done any thing except talk and propose peace. But the peace prize is for “EXTRAORDINARY EFFORTS" to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. Not for "ACHEIVING WORLD PEACE." If that was the case the prize would forever sit on a shelf and gather dust.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  86. Dr. Rodney Pearson

    We are in time where the republicans are busy setting up their bid for the 2012 presidential bid by pushing all the negative they can against our new president. Here is another clear recognition on the global stage that our president Obama is AWESOME! Yes we can!

    October 9, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  87. Bob Rosales

    Pres. Obama received the Nobel peace prize. Is he the most qualified among the 200 nominees?. It is very hard to say until after we know who the other 199 are and really study what achievements they have had for which they are nominated for. Obviously all the 200 nominess are qualified with varying degrees of achievements.

    We can only hope that this award/prize will propel Pres. Obama even more in pursuing peace among nations.

    You are doing a great job. God bless you all.

    Bob

    October 9, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  88. Iris

    Contrary to the recent zings at Barack Obama, he is working on bringing peace to us in America.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  89. Julie

    Awarding President Obama with this prize so early in his term and after so little concrete progress toward forwarding world peace makes a mockery not only of the Nobel Peace Prize itself, but more appalling, of the work of people who *have* made real efforts and progress in the field of peacebuilding this year. This is a true disappointment.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  90. Dennis D

    The prize is certainly deserved, in light of what he has done (and not done). It honors President Obama's active outreach to a number of nations to join in a commitment to nuclear arms reduction and his promotion of dialog rather than confrontation.

    It rewards a return to diplomacy with our friends and those whom we may even fear – in contrast to our previous stance of shaking hands with only a few allies and threatening others with destruction.

    It is, after all, the Peace prize.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  91. Kathy

    Ridiculous. Give the prize to the speech writer because nothing has been accomplished! It's like he's been award the prize for his "dream."
    I mean it's good to have a dream but.......
    Apparently his personal charm has powers we are just beginning to understand!!!!!

    October 9, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  92. Loriann Rapone

    Amazing! I don't wonder why he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize – I wonder what is wrong with all those who object to him getting it! What is our desire as a nation as human beings? Shouldn't we embrace whatever brings about peace in the world?

    Congratulations President Obama!

    October 9, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  93. Richie

    Guess we now know why Barry has been dragging his feet on troop decisions for Afghanistan!

    October 9, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  94. Nel

    Its unfortunate that any good thing regarding President Obama is always criticized by the media. He is our leader, what a great honor. Would we have rather another nation achieve these? He inherited a mess of a economy and has done well under the scrutiny of those in control of the news media, but Americans know he is well deserving that why we elected him and continue to support him.

    IT seems the whole world respects him except for us? Something is wrong with that.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  95. Ben

    A sitting US president winning the Nobel Peace Prize... Don't they know that we're on the other side of that issue?

    October 9, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  96. christie

    I voted for Obama, I like Obama but for him to win the noble peace prize while inheriting two wars sound like an oxymoran. Thousands of innocent people being killed or injured in Afghanistan and Iraq and yet our president gets the PEACE PRIZE. What is wrong with this world?

    October 9, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  97. sarah coon

    President Obama worked as a Senator for the baning of nuclear weapons. Recently we saw the progress that he made with the backing of United Nations and the leaders of other countries marking a big achievment for the world. The "three speaches" everyone is refering to this morning were more than just speaches. They have set a tone for better relations around the world and I personally believe that if it had not been the these speaches and the way that President Obama has reached out to the world, the Irian citizens would not have made their recent moves seeking freedom and democracy. Personally I feel that in general people are more tolerant toward their fellow man. The President has moved immediately upon taking office toward peace within the middle east. Yes I was supprised on hearing the announcement but mainly because his being considered had been kept secret. THAT SHOULD EARN THE COMMITTEE SOME KIND OF NOBEL PRIZE!

    October 9, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  98. Eli Flores

    While the prize was not undeserved, I believe it is too early to award the president with such a prestigeous recognition. Most of his moves are political, not out of a personal desire to promote peace and unity. Who knows if after his term is done, he will continue to do so. I think not.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  99. Anne

    Congratulations to our fine president, we are so proud of him.!!!!
    The only reason he has not been able to fullfill his promises is that the Republicans fight against him tooth and nail.
    They need to get over the election and think of what is best for our country. Get our congress going!

    October 9, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  100. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Wnen does Michell get hers .

    October 9, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  101. mary cann

    Big congratulations to our president. It is an honor to see that other countries recognize the job our president is trying to do to bring about world peace and return respect for the United States.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  102. Duwain B

    this award verifies how poorly the Bush administration performed in the international community. the world is pleased to have the US back at the world table in a meaningful, productive, and insightful way. Congratulations to President Obama and the US. we should embrace this acknowledgement.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  103. mike

    This is a great day for America and the beginning of restoring our Honor And place in the international . Look it took 8 years to practically
    destroy this great country and it will take more than 9 months to fix what that that so called president bush did to America Da !!!!!.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  104. Rob

    He doesn’t deserve the Noble Peace prize , but in order for the “NEW WORLD ORDER” to be accepted they had to give him credit where credit wasn’t due!

    October 9, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  105. Joseph B. Mountjoy

    I will pay attention to anyone second-guessing the Nobel committee's selection of Obama for the Peace if that person will also argue for alternative selections for the Chemistry, Physics, or Literature prizes.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  106. Mike Armstrong TX.

    I want one too since there just handing them out.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  107. amin yousouf

    I love for President Barack Obama wining the peace prize. He has done more in so many mont for peace inthe world that other presidents did not do for eight years term. most importent Israil and Phalistien, Islam and America, Talking to Iran directly, s, Korea indirectly, bringing the g20 together and so, much of other things for America's respect arournd the world. He has inharted the two wars and he trys to take care of it. Peace is not going to be done over night, but takes long time and he is doing a good job. He has a lot in his job that will come positive in time. People are not giving him time. any thing done in rush will go bad. I am proud of the President.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  108. Marielle Munnerlyn

    The world has found HOPE through President Obama. Our President has changed the world view of the United States and calls on us to be our BEST SELVES. He has already changed the world. God be with Him.
    Marielle Munnerlyn

    October 9, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  109. Kevin

    They must be crazy to make this decision. Seriously, do they actually think that Obama has made a "significant " difference with any country in the past year? Frankly, I think it sends a terrible message to the folks who have actually done something significant to make this world a better place. This is a joke for the US and the world. Kevin

    October 9, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  110. Sara Wengerd

    Bravo to President Obama for winning the prize – well deserved!

    October 9, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  111. Eric

    "You lie!" gets a pie in the eye!"

    I think that President Obama deserves the award for the direction that he's taken both with his domestic economic policies with his foreign policy agendas.

    I think that people fail to realize that his withdrawl of troops and backing of a firm deadline in cooperation with the Iraqi government has had a huge impact on the life of the Iraqi people and the region.
    That the crime and sectarian violence isn't being reported on a daily basis for it's horrid details should be acknowledged.

    That the president has come in and immediately took action pulling us from the brink of economic collapse with goes on noticed here but appreciated abroad. Policies enacted which otherwise would have caused a much more severe global economic depression, yet he fails to get recognition for that in his own country. Very strange indeed.

    Americans take it for granted that he's been engaged on so many issues in the international community when it comes to global initiatives to combat the spread of nuclear arms and disarmament along with a series of policies to promote a greener planet, that his great efforts go unnoticed because people are so worried and concerned about their jobs and personal daily lives with soaring unemployment.

    Americans cry out, 'Who needs peace, when there's no food in the fridge?" So, there seems some myopic quality to Americans feelings about the President.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  112. stehen merrill, wi

    The President gave the entire world hope in reversing the Bush Administration policies with respect to international relations. Even if the US and Iran never sit down at a peace table, Obama changed the combative rhetoric of George Bush to the rest of the world.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  113. Jose Reyes

    Thousands of Muslim civilians have died in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq for Obama's PEACE policy. Is that Nobel?

    October 9, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  114. Jim Washburn

    Barack Obama's brief efforts to communicate with a world that we, in recent years have so poorly related to, have initiated a non-paralleled response. Perhaps the hopeless are becoming hopeful in a discouraged world. The light Barack has brought to a darkened planet, I believe initiated the Nobel response.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  115. Sergio

    I am a bit concerned that the Nobel Peace Prize was given to President Obama a bit prematurely. I am afraid that awarding this prize for what he could do or for the fleeting superficial effect his election has produced, could hurt him in the future. President Obama has tackled many controversial issues head on and has made many promises to the U.S. and the World. What is left to be determined is whether he can deliver. President Obama deserves much credit for his effort thus far on the World and National stage, but the Nobel Peace Prize may be more than he deserves at this time.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  116. Julianne

    Although I'm glad to see something positive given to the President and the United States, I think it is a big slap in the face to those who are still living in war torn Afghanistan and Iraq. Talking about peace is small indeed to actually obtaining peace.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  117. valerie

    1 Thessalonians 5:3
    For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them...He just makes a good first impression on the world who are already looking at him optimistically, in their own hopes of world peace and unity. But in my opinion he does not deserve this Noble Peace Prize, I have not seen anything he's done to really create or provoke more peace in this world. He might even be putting this country in more jeopardy in ways.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  118. Paul in Pittsburgh

    I look upon this Nobel Peace Prize as not so much an award for President Obama himself, but as an award for America. The world is so much happier with the leadership of the United States now that it was when former President Bush and his administration were in power for the previous eight years. And no wonder, from the getgo, the Bush administration thumbed its nose at the rest of the world in regard to environmental issues, concerns of the rest of the greater world on many issues such as his refusal to allow the UN adequate time to determine if Iraq had WMD or not, and on and on it went for eight years. So, President Obama’s administration is a breath of fresh air in the eyes of the rest of the world, and hence, we get the Nobel Peace Prize. It’s a great day for America., but you know the neo-cons will continue to slam his efforts to bring about peace.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  119. Scott French

    How did Obama win something like this when the cut off was 12 days after he was elected. The reasons for his winning, they say were for his bringing together groups of people he had not yet brought together. Was this payed for out of the stimulus package?

    October 9, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  120. Rob Thomas

    The USA is the 800 pound gorilla in the room to much of the world. President Obama has stopped us from rattling the cage and shown we can sit down peacefully at the table. For this he deserves the Nobel.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  121. Shiva

    It is a great honor for USA. International community recognize and appreciates President Obama's peace effort's across the world. Can American people also put their differences aside and support his efforts?

    October 9, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  122. John Prater

    I am too really surprised that this award goes to Obama. As I listen to responses being submitted and solicited via CNN reporters, I realize that the Nobel committee must be giving further inspiration to Mr Obama and his visions of change in the way America does things across the world, acting out to be inclusive to other nations, soliciting cooperation with mutual interests in mind. I see that he has a tremendous goal and tremendous responsibility regarding these things as the world continues to change before our very eyes.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  123. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Is this considerd a gift if it is then he dont get to keep it.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  124. Mark

    This award was giving to Obama to tell the people of the United States that the politics from the last eight years wasn’t working. Watch the Movie “The End of America” that is how we are viewed form the rest of the world.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  125. Sofia Bain

    Congratulations and heartfelt good wishes go to President Obama. For Winning the Nobel Price for Peace. It is time, that the United States be given some respect by other countries, for the efforts that have been made in the short term that President Obama has been elected. And let's not judge too quickly others, who have tried to defend your great Country from terrorist attacks. We all remember 9/11.

    As a Canadian, I am proud to be your neighbour!

    October 9, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  126. Osparus

    I am proud of what President Obama has done in his efforts for world peace and very discouraged with the rhetoric I have been hearing in this country. I have always been so proud to be an American. Now it seems our country is being fueled by hate and greed. Not something to be proud of at all.
    Also it seems these blogs are helping to fuel the problem.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  127. Chad Tucker

    What did they do put all the world leaders names into a hat?

    October 9, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  128. Darrell from GA

    What a joke. Nobel just rolled over in his grave. The committee just laid a rotten EGG. He's done nothing to deserve this award. They were more deserving people for the award.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  129. Irene Fish

    We feel it is an great honor for President Obama to have won the Peace Prize. Our standing in the world had been so diminished in the past years because of our arrogance & threatening behavior –it's wonderful to have a President with a goal of peace. Perhaps we will now begin to practice the "golden rule" of treating others as we would like to be treated, and begin to make this would a better place for our children's children. Thank You Mr. President!!

    October 9, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  130. Doug

    The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to our president is a dramatic indication of increased respect and support from the international community. This respect and support should be of value in our collaboration with other countries to thwart international criminals like al-qaeda.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  131. Bill

    Why hasn't Pres. Obama acknowledged the winning US scientists? This is a sham! Hillary Clinton has done more than the Pres in achieving world peace. Isn't this her job?

    October 9, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  132. Novacheck

    Well, I'm sure you'll have some people (Uninformed and ignorant) say "He deserves it...Change has come." OK, so we'll have to just let them rant, however, all who has even a small bit of intelligence will look into this a little deeper: Why did Obama get this award? What put him in front of the other 200+ contenders? If those questions can be answered, then I'm on board. Novachek

    October 9, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  133. Jessica

    Why are you being so negative on your show Heidi about President Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize???!!! There are many here in the US and around the world that are congratulating him but you and your producers are more focused on the negative commentary. Please be more balanced!!!

    October 9, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  134. Sidney May

    Obama Nobel peace prize?? I am happy that he is receiving one. As a 21 year old he is the best president i have ever experienced.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  135. Sandy

    This must be some kind of joke.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  136. Sharon

    No matter the politics in America, all Americans should be proud the Nobel Peace Prize Committee chose our President as a Nobel Peace Prize recipient. He has and is changing the way the world views America–in a positive way. Yes, he has a lot to do and fulfill, but he had to start somewhere. I do think he knows and understands the huge tasks before him. As Americans, can we at least put politics aside and be proud of this achievement...I am.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  137. Fleta Smith

    I was up lookintg at cnbc when the announcement came across the
    screen. Suddenly, my heart felt glad! and I said "God does not forget
    your labor of love." He is a rewarder of those who seek him. Then I
    switched to CNN. The president is leading in a good way-It is up to
    many more of us to make the good happen- not the Bad and the
    Ugly." Way to go Mr. President."

    October 9, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  138. Al

    Unbelievable! Although entitled to their opinions , some of you Americans don't get it.You should all be proud of your president for winning such a prestigious award . As a Canadian,you seem to be too picky! Celebrate the award , don't hold it in disdain!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:00 am |
  139. Bernard

    Obama hasn't done anything but talk like any politicain. It's an insult to previous noble prize winners of their hard earned accomplishments. It's a slap on their face as well.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  140. Arny l.

    Greetings: It is true that president Obama has not been in office for long. I think he got awarded base on his message during his campaign . Whatching those campaign ,everything he said that he was going to do that's exactcly what he's doing . President Obama clearly shows to the world that he is a peace keeper. Look at the way he handles Iran,not eager to make hasty decision despite of the critics. He does need to do more to show the world that he deserved that award . I'm happy that the award goes to an American president. I think we all should .

    October 9, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  141. Charles Castilla

    No one deserves it more then President Obama. He has an awesome job for one person to undertake. His efforts to solve the problems at home and abroad including bringing piece to the middle east is incredibly challenging. This is key to bringing war to an end in Afghanistan and Irag and stabilizing Iran's nuclear ambitions. His biggest challenge is here at home. Convincing those who oppose his agenda in the house and senate to accept health care reform including the public option.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  142. Chuck Petzold

    WOW....amazing how Obama supporters do not see any wrong in this!! If it was anyone else, everybody would be "up in arms" over the fact it was not really earned. Liberalism really has become fanaticism....

    October 9, 2009 at 10:06 am |
  143. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Well thats good we made the Taliban mad lets give him some more awards

    October 9, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  144. Jeannette Singleton

    I am a citizen of the United States. Our President has just received the Noble Peace Prize. I am very proud to be represented in the world by one who is seen as working hard to help bring peace to the world. This is not a Dem or GOP debate. Why are you interviewing party stratigests? How can it be a bad thing to be seen as a peace loving nation to the world. This should be celibrated on its own and not tempered by what he has done or not done. His intent is unquestionable.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  145. Mark

    Thank you Al,

    Hearing from people outside this country in such a good way is refreshing from what we were hearing for the past eight years. We are not all bad and as you can see some of us believe in joining together with the world as a team. It is much stronger being a team player than trying to be the class bully...

    October 9, 2009 at 10:08 am |
  146. Al

    Too picky should read way too NEGATIVE! Congats to your president.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:09 am |
  147. Malcolm

    Michael Steele is not exactly the right person to talk about accomplishments. Remember their "Die Quickly" strategy is not a very good one.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:11 am |
  148. JC

    He should give it back. That would be the sign of a true leader.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  149. James, NYC

    How can you cite a scathing editorial from the Times of London as a "European reaction" and not mention that the paper is owned and tightly controlled by an American citizen named Rupert Murdoch? Their opinions of Obama are about as European as the New York Post's. What did you EXPECT them to say?

    October 9, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  150. Mimi Kimel

    What did he win for? What has he done? What a joke!!!!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  151. mtrujillo

    obama who??? so what has he done again????

    October 9, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  152. mortiz

    This was neither a joke, a bad dream, premature (assuming an entirely certain "other" set of parameters); instead this is well deserved correct, timely and above all heartening to the majority of the people around the world who look like President Obama and see him as a beacon of light in a time when "minority" voices seemed all but snuffed. What we are not talking about here, above all of the ideals about world peace and nuclear disarmament and diplomacy and multilateralism, is the fact that a "minority" was elected to the highest office of the land. This achievement by itself, what it means to the minority peoples not just in the United States, but around the world deserves recognition. For some "non-minority" or even "minority" critics this may not be a deal maker. But I can tell you personally as a person of color that a Barack Obama President gives me renewed hope for myself, the children in my family as I am sure it gives hope to countless billions around the world whom have felt left out of "the process." Tell me this alone and what it means to humanity is not a worthy enough reason to award Mr. Obama the Nobel Peace Prize, and I tell you such a critic must come clean with the true intention of their objections and their understanding of what it actually means to have a sitting "minority" African-American President in the White House but a few decades after a torrid history of race relations in this country that continues through to today. How quickly we forget ourselves or presume to forget ourselves! For once, let's consider what it must feel like to be in somebody else's tired feet. I say we allow the minorities around the world have this one because life is not always just about us and us alone!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  153. JoeB

    Obama deserves it. After 8 years of republicans and Bush... Obama deserves sainthood.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  154. Mark Melton

    This is just more evidence that not only Americans, but the world, drank the KoolAid. After years of toiling for human rights, others, such as President Carter, waited for years to achieve this esteemed honor. Awarding the prize to someone for "good ideas and plans" cheapens the award – for which I'm really sad.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  155. Andrea Hart

    Obama doesn't deserve the Nobel Peace Prize. He has done nothing to earn this prize! What were they thinking when they gave it to him? If Obama was smart, he would turn it down then if or when he earned it, then he could accept it.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  156. Richard

    I follow politics very closely and cant for the life of me figure out why he has received this award he has not done anything to earn it.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  157. sjpa

    Great News. Bold Choice. Helps the international peace. Committee has always not be correct like when they awarded peace prize to Kissinger, Kofi Annan and Abbas and they never awarded Mahatma Gandhi. But this time they did a great service to humanity.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  158. stunned

    this is the funniest thing I've heard in a long time. Is this a JOKE????? This man has fooled almost everyone .......

    October 9, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  159. Brent Parrish

    The Peace Prize should not be given to someone for rhetoric. I voted for Obama, but he has failed to follow through in Middle Eastern policies, Gitmo, overturning DOMA, carbon emissions, and still on health care reform. The President should not be given a prize for peace while Americans are not at peace about health care and our troops are still fighting in foreign countries. Obama should return the prize and ask for it if he accomplishes anything after his four years.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  160. Scott Yates

    Lets see? the last three American politcal figures who won were, Jimmy Carter, Al Gore and Obama. Seems he is right were he belongs. I guess the next winner will be Michael Moore!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  161. chris

    it seems that this is a way to manipulate the pres. actions
    it is a hope for nobel peace prize

    October 9, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  162. Patrick

    Can Michael Steele be more petty? Add his reaction to the President winning the Nobel Peace Prize to the conservatives reacting gleefully when Chicago lost the Olympic bid and I have to ask.. what happened to patriotism and the loyal opposition?

    October 9, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  163. Thiuri Kiuri

    Interesting how GOP and Steel agree with Taliban on Obama's peace prize

    October 9, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  164. Cheryl Lockhart

    I am so proud of our country. The Nobel Prize to our president is an indication of the great respect and admiration the world holds for us and this gives me hope for a future of peace, reason, and harmony. Cynics who snicker are mean and ridiculous– their days are numbered. Obama has brought a new era of cooperation and trust.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  165. chris

    I would like to see the list of the other "contestants". What a bunch of losers they must be ! I guess we can take that award off our list of respected items. Exactly what has OBAMA done to deserve such a lofty award ? A couple of speeches ? That's it ? Wow !

    October 9, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  166. Don Wales

    An obvious choice and an honor for our country

    October 9, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  167. DeeDee from Nashville

    Heidi:

    Michael Steele is a first class, no excuse me low class jerk. I find the Republican response so offensive. I'm ashamed I ever voted for a Republican. Can they ever be gracious about anything? I think the answer is no. I'm happy for the President. I believe the peace prize is an endorsement of his approach. Reasonable Americans are happy for the President. Those that have participated in the collective Republican break down have issues and need to find psychiatrist.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  168. Jack

    FANTASTIC! This puts another positive image about black people in the media, since most of what is shown reflects the negative.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  169. Carl Laking

    Good Morning Heidi,
    I am pleased for Pres. Obama on being honored with the Nobel Peace award. However, I am of the opinion that Mr. Obama has not been in power long enough to prove his attributes to peace nor has his time in power been adequate to qualify him for this award.
    On the other hand being Canadian, I guess you could say it is none of my concern.
    Thanks Heidi

    Carl
    Faithful watcher of CNN

    October 9, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  170. Rosalind Warren

    Heidi,

    In terms of what has Mr. Obama accomplished to earn the Nobel Peace prize – even before his inauguration he accomplished something truly wonderful in that he united billions globally by letting us know that he does not think us morons. Something that none of us have seen before. Something that has encouraged us to begin to grow up and to give up being manipulated and controlled by faceless wonders.

    Cheers,
    Rosalind Warren,
    Toronto

    October 9, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  171. Britney Hernandez

    sick joke. 'nuff said

    October 9, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  172. Dr Stephen Murgatroyd

    Barrack Obama’s Nobel peace prize came as quite a surprise to those of us who used to think that the Nobel prize actually meant something. I gather he is now considering joining the Catholic church so that sainthood is a possibility in his second term.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  173. Brian

    As an american youth, I feel hopeful and excited that the first president I have voted for has won such a prestigious award. He is trying to make a difference in the world, and that counts for something. I only hope that he continues on this positive track.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  174. Dyanne Earley

    Michael Steele has once again proven what a small minded, petty politician he truly is. The perfect figurehead for a group of like minded,
    envious and close minded party members.
    Grow up you babies!
    Dyanne Earley

    October 9, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  175. George

    I could swear i heard on news outlets yesterday that President O'Bummer is going to allow the production of a BOMB that has the ability to pierce down into underground bunkers up to 200 feet...

    A pre cursor for the Nobel Peace Prize...

    UNBELIEVEABLE.....

    WHO DID HE BEAT OUT?

    October 9, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  176. Beverly

    I am so proud our pres. won such a prestious award. I cannot beleive the Republican statement that just aired. Why can't we all be americans and give our pres. some credit. For the past 8 years we were hated around the world because we never reaced out. We had a pres. who called other leaders names. Pres. Obama has reached out and is trying to keep his campaign promises. The american people should put the blame where it belongs. THE REPUBLICANS WHO GOT US INTO THIS MESS.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  177. z child

    President Obama is the vehicle for this award but the real winners are the American people who elected him they are the real recipients.
    The world recognizes what many of our citizens do not understand
    President Obama represents what the world loves about America.
    Take a bow America, this award belongs to you for your choice in 2008

    October 9, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  178. kevin s

    what a joke, winning a nobel peace prize for all talk and no action. Obama couldn't even meet HH the Dalai Lama. I was an Obama Supporter, but it is becoming clear he is all talk and no action.
    Peace prize......for what, sad for the world ther's no other choice

    October 9, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  179. Jenny

    I don't agree with Obama winning this award. I thought those who won this award were suppose to win it for actually doing something. So can I run around and promise peace and win a promising and honorable award now? Because that's what American's are getting. He hasn't had the time to do anything. This is favoring his fame and not his actions. It upsets me incredibly.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  180. Dorman McGann

    There is no way that Obama should have gotten the Nobel Peace Prize as he has done nothing but talk about all of the things he would like to do. He already thinks that he is some kind of God that can run roughshoud over all of America, he is still on the campaign trail.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  181. Vancouver

    He deserves it. He is a great president. The greatest.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  182. lori

    What a feat for our president!
    We should be very proud that we elected such a man to lead our country out of the recession that the former administration got us into. The world seems to know something we don't. The European press appreciates this man -many of us don't.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  183. Nancy

    I am so incredibly proud of our President!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  184. Brittani

    This is ridiculous, I never knew that talk could win someone a Nobel Peace Prize. If the committee BELIEVED that he will one day implement his beliefs and policies, they should have waited for that day to award him.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  185. January Kemps

    This is GREAT for America. The "change train" the change we can believe in is being spotted all over the World. Unite us Barack, Unite the World.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  186. Daniel

    Ok. I'm LIBERAL. Omg I'm very liberal. I don't want a public option, I want universal care as Obama promised. I don't want to wait, I want to marry. I want LGBT to be allowed to openly serve in the military. I voted for Obama, and TBH I probably will again.

    But the only thing my partner and I have been able to say all morning is, "Wow. Huh?!?"

    I don't fault Obama for winning the award, I don't know who nominated him, and apparantly the Nobel committee's vote was unanimous. But as a liberal citizen of the US, I cannot justify this honor bestowed upon him despite his failure to make even the most minimal gains on every issue that a liberal like me cares about–health care, gay rights, and of course PEACE.

    TBH I'm totally confused.

    When Al Gore won, I said, "Wow, makes sense. Yay Al!" Obama's kudos (again not his fault for getting them) are premature. Let him accomplish something first. I'm waiting myself.

    As a supporter of Obama since the primaries in Arkansas (Hillary's stompin ground), I'm starting to think she was more right than I gave her credit for. I am ready for a little less talk and a lot more action.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  187. Norm

    Congratulations Mr President. What can I do to help you toward a more peaceful world?

    October 9, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  188. Vanetta

    I am very pleased that President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. I am honored as an American that our president is held in such high regard in the International community.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  189. Dionne

    How can an award be negative? It is amazing to me that people say he has done nothing? Taking office behind George Bush's mess is worthy of a nobel peace prize alone. Why is it that in this country we have started to criticize effort, hard work and achievement? He is working so hard for the country, but some in the country just cannot accept it and I think I know why, but I am going to reserve judgment until more proof. People are really showing me the ugly parts of our society. I am shocked!!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  190. James, NYC

    I'm sorry that being a Republican under Obama precludes being a patriot. It means you celebrate when America loses the Olympics, and whine when the President wins the Nobel Peace Prize. It means you flirt with secession from the Union. It means you go to China and tell the leadership there not to trust our government. It means you thwart health care reform that would prevent thousands of deaths a year, and leave Americans at the mercy of greedy insurance companies and subject to ever-rising premiums. When Republicans ruled, they called it un-American even to DIFFER with President Bush. Now Republicans don't even consider themselves citizens of the United States.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  191. Roosvelt Simil

    Congratulations President Obama on wining the Nobel Peace Prize, a well deserved honor.

    Let’s remind those who dare say that Obama has not accomplished enough to deserve the Nobel Peace that less than 50 years ago a black person in America couldn’t vote freely and was forced to live in segregated neighborhoods, attend segregated schools, ride on segregated buses, stay at segregated hotels, and eat at segregated restaurants that overcoming these odds, is enough accomplishment to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize.

    President Obama deserves the Nobel Peace Prize because of his many accomplishments, chief among them, becoming the first black president of one the most powerful and racist country in the world. In addition, President Obama has made extraordinary efforts to promote and strengthen international diplomacy. Under his leadership, America is no longer viewed as an arrogant and powerful nation. It seems to me, most of President Obama’s critics will never be satisfied unless he fails. They only see his color, not the “content of his character.”

    Congratulations Mr. President on wining the Nobel Peace Prize. You deserved it time and time again.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  192. Clair Shackelford

    First, congratulations President Obama on receiving The Nobel Peace Prize. Americans should take a step back and realize the mass amount of criticism he receives in the U.S media, and see from the world's perspective, this drastic change in foreign policy from the U.S. and the good and safety it brings to us Americans at home. Shame on Micheal Steele for his immediate criticism of President Obama who will now forever be known for much more than simply a man who served as president of The United States. I think the Americans need to stop, congratulate President Obama on his achievement as well as thank you for changing the world's image of the United States as aggressors.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  193. Ona Anosike

    Maybe Obama is not the most adamant about peace in the world and maybe there exist other people, more passionate about the peace of people that could have also received the Nobel Peace Prize, but no one can deny the immense feeling of hope and the change the seeped throughout the world just because this man was elected the first black president. This feat honestly deserves much more than the Nobel Peace Prize and all the people that see a problem with this should, instead of sitting at home and complaining, try altering the minds and hearts of human-beings that walk this earth and continue to have the torments of the past still on their minds, just like Obama did and continues to do today.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  194. Diana Talmon

    Obama has received the Nobel Prize for his efforts at working toward peace. The US was headed down a slippery slope for the past 8 years. Use some vision America – you must lay fresh groundwork to repair the eroding image of America. This takes time.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  195. Ruth Hartful

    Hope is powerful and nourishing

    October 9, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  196. Bird

    Much deserved - the rest of the world is responding to postive thought and actions instead of the partisan politics that is the main focus here at home.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  197. L. J. Abbott, Swanzey, NH

    Is it possible that in presenting President Obama with the Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel Committee is also presenting a subtle (or maybe not so subtle) rebuke to the previous administration’s confrontative approach to international relations?

    October 9, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  198. LOUISE KELLY

    This give more creedence to an honorary degree from Arizona State than a Noble Peace Prize Award

    October 9, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  199. Eddie Okyere

    GoodMorning Heidi,

    Congrats to Pres. Obama and I only hope republicans will put thier differences aside and work with him because winning this award shows how the world perceive him.Yes he hasnt accomplish nothing yet but he is on the path of greatness and that's what this award is about.Koodos Mr.President!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  200. maureen o'connor

    It is an honor for him and the US. He has brought hope and is attempting to bring change that will improve our country and our standing in the world.
    He is being honored for looking to the future and his positive goals of peace, diplomacy, preserving our environment and being good citizens of the global world.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  201. Ferny Coipel

    All of the previous presidential Nobel prize winners have been democrats. This speaks loudly to the parties aganda. Down with the war mongers.

    Ferny
    Hialeah, florida

    October 9, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  202. Drake

    I think that President Obama really deserves to win the Nobel Peace Prize! He's doing a great job in making sure that peace is met around the world! Although Pres. Obama has haters, he's still the President, and he knows what he's doing as the leader of our country! We need someone in office such as President Obama to lead us to being United and not untied, when you switch the I and T. For, we are the United States of America, not the Untied States of America!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  203. LG

    How embarrassing. And what a distraction from the actual issues at hand. Wow. Impressive manipulation. I really thought the prize meant something. I guess now I know better.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  204. Raymond

    It is historic and so profoundly good. This man has changed the entire image of this country around the world. He went to Germany and delivered a speech and there were no protestors. The world loves him and he is attempting to bring historic change to this antiquated health care system. Costa Rica has universal health care and we can also. It has to include the public option. That is reality. Yet today is about the President's Nobel Peace prize and he has done more for this country in his short tenure than Bush did in his 8 years. The Republicans controlled the government for 8 years and ran this country into the ground. President Barack Obama is undoing that and I applaud him. He deserves the Nobel Peace prize for navigating this country through the morass George Bush got us intonationally and internationally. The man has been in office less than a year and he is doing things nationally and internationally that have not been done. I salute and honor him for this historic and profound honor. He absolutely deserves it!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  205. G. Baxter

    Hi, Is there anything that President Obama can do that is right, or good or excellent.He deserves the Nobel peace prize if for not more than tolerating all of the negative comments such as what came from Steele and comments from Limbaugh who said "I hope he fails."

    I and my family and friends are proud of our (America's) President, he is doing a fantastic job and Mr. President we respect you, love you and encourage you to keep up the good work. Congratulations on winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  206. Kofi

    Americans are full of it. Period! Why would anyone condemn the recognition of their country's president for such a nobel accomplishment. Instead of the republicans asking what Obama has actually accomplished, they should be asking how much destruction and instability they actually caused accross the globe within the last eight years.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  207. Clark

    So President Obama is getting the award for "fighting two wars", isn't that what librals have been hating President Bush for doing for the past several years?!?!?!? Now that Obama is president he gets the Nobel Peace Prize?!?!?!? He hasn't actually DONE anything different than Bush yet. This is such a huge insult to all the hard working men and women who have actually earned the award. I have no problem with the president earning the award, but giving it to him for talking about doing things and not actually having done anything is just appalling. So many things in things country is just loosing its integrity, and this is further evidence of that.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  208. Vernette Hampton

    I am very pleased that our president achieved the Nobel Peace Prize and I cannot believe the negative things Mr. Michael Steele says. It is demonic and how these people hate the president. I would not want Michael Steele, especially to be anyone I am related to. This is totally the actions of haters and I say shame, shame, shame on him as well as the other Republicans.

    A Christian citizen

    October 9, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  209. Charles Patrick

    GOP Chairman M. Steele immediately offers criticism of the Nobel Peace Prize for President Obama. No congratulations, no recognition that Obama has changed the perception of the U.S. for most of the world. Steele, like most Republicans, are not interested in progress for the U.S. They only want power and don't care about the American public. That's exactly the reason they are against health care reform. The GOP does not want you to have health care if you are down on your luck. They just don't care.......

    October 9, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  210. Angela Tacoma

    Just the fact that he has managed to bring the country together even the odd balls, shows he has the ability to gather the attention of the world and the power to truly to make change, he has blown the dust off old issues that were stored away and put them,on the table ,that alone gets him my vote...

    October 9, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  211. Kathleen Paolini

    Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize honor to Obama is a joke! There has been nothing but scandal surrounding Obama from way back. Pathetic! We all deserve better!!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  212. KFelter

    This award is not about what he has accomplished. in the past.
    This award is about his sincere efforts to bring peace. The Noble Peace Prize. The Nobility of his efforts and his ability to reach the spans and get the message across, is what is worth the prize. The state or quality of being exalted in character. Barack Obama sees beyond the normal mind, and his efforts go beyond the abilities of many in reaching out to the thousands of people with his message of peace. That deserves an award.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  213. steve

    He should be embarished. I though this award was given to deeds DONE.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  214. Tessa

    The question shouldn't be 'what did he do to earn it', but rather 'what is he going to do to honor it.' Talk about pressure to actually change the world. Ingenious. Well played, Nobel committee.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  215. Ky

    No people in the world are more critical of their president than Amaericans. As a patriotic American I'm very ashame of how partisan we are in America.

    Other reasonable people in the world will be proud of their president winning a nobel prize but not in America. People that expect Pres. Obama to faile are more infuriated by him winning a nobel peace prize and they are already angry about how this will boost his image and presidency. What a shame.

    Congratulations Presidend Obama on your Nobel Peace Prize.
    God Bless America.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  216. Issie

    What! WHAT! The world has gone mad. What has this man done for peace. TALK or talk about talking. There are people out there fighting for peace and human rights, putting their lives on the line every day and the Nobel Peace Prize Committee gives the Peace Prize to Obama for saying he's going to try to talk about bringing peace to the Middle East and talk to our enemies. Gee, and I always thought talk was cheap. Go figure.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  217. JustMe

    I am getting sick of all the critics finding fault with Obama no matter what he does or gets or don't get so guess I will be critical of all those being critical. My family have always been republicans and many or us are not young, either, and I can tell you we are all sick of the lack of compassion and fear mongering with proven lies that they are spreading as well as those that are finding fault no matter whether it's being glad Obama didn't get the Olympics here or because he is the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. It's turning off many Republicans including us but oh yes, I am sure there are also many other Republicans that have just as much lack of compassion for others that are happy the way the Republican Party is doing now but it looks like the Republicans are losing more support than they are gaining!!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  218. tony

    first I wnt to congratulate my president and commander in chief for winning the nobel peace prize. Can some one tell michael still to stop being preoccupied with politics and give honor to whom honor is due.
    President Obama is building bridges of peace with arab world, ended war in Iraq, and bringing Europe and America together. working strongly with Isreal and Palestinine, what else do you want this man to do. Beside in 9months he weathered the worst economic crisis of our time.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  219. Stephen

    While I greatly admire and respect President Obama, I believe that he can even admit that there are people who have given their lives into helping others (i.e. Greg Mortenson). To say the Nobel Prize committee is apolitical is a blatantly naive statement and today they have shown that there is a tremendous political underlying factor to many of their decisions. Let us hope that the President has the common sense to realize that the American people's voice is far louder rather than trying to appease the Nobel group out of Sweden for an award that not even he expected.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  220. Thomas P. Elofsky

    The luster and prestige of winning the Nobel Peace Prize has been tarnish by awarding the prize to President Barrack Obama. How can you award a prize for World Peace to a president that is waging a war in Iraq and Afghanistan? Our country is saber rattling with North Korea and Iran over nuclear missiles, manipulating, and interfering in the domestic affairs of other countries. I understand the prize was to be awarded to a person who has spent a lifetime promoting peace and humanitarian issues! President Obama does not come close to reaching these criteria. The selection of President Obama does not surprise me, if my memory is correct, I believe Yasser Arafat was awarded this prize.

    The Nobel Peace Prize has become a joke and an after thought, when the World’s greatest peace advocate was denied this award! Mahatma Gandhi who spent his entire life for the good of mankind.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  221. Atlanta's Finest

    I am just as surprised as anyone with Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Unfortunately, Obama will have haters all across America. With his Agenda wanting to create peace, across our party lines, across the world, you have these people with strong oppositions to the President. Michael Steele is a hater. He has always been a hater. The RNC is using him as a front to go up against the President. He loses on all fronts. Steele needs to start speaking his mind, versus what he is being ordered to speak about. He knows as well as anybody, it took 8 years to create a financial meltdown, job loss, etc. When he took office, unemployment was at 7%. It was still on its decline, which is now about 10%. This was the after effects of the financial crisis that took the world by storm. With only 10 months in office, he deserves A LARGE AMOUNT OF GRATITUDE! He is not the mosiah. He is not God. He is a human being and it will take time for this thing to turn around. I think that his policies that are now put in place, will turn this country around. It just takes time to cycle through. He said in his election night speech, "It may take one term, but America, we will get there. We as the people, will get there."

    Everyone, stop HATIN! America is the largest critics against our own people. We are never supportive of NOBODY! This is rediculous and embarrassing as the world looks on to the divide within our own country. Do I think he deserves the award, YES!

    "YES WE CAN"

    October 9, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  222. s

    He very well deserves it. The republicans always have something or the other to criticize. He deserves every bit of it, what the republicans can never deserve as they are not peace lovers they are war lovers. Republicans only love war & ruin the economy for 8 years and now if someone is trying to fix it they are making it diffcult by creating obstacles at every step. I would really like to ask a republican that how would they fix the damage of 8 years by BUSH ADMINISTRATION on the economy in 9-10 months.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  223. James, NYC

    Predictably, Republicans are making a big deal out of the date Obama was nominated, and minimizing the fact that the balloting was NOW. And it was UNANIMOUS, by the way. The nomination was made by somebody who thought he might end up deserving the prize (a not-unreasonable belief at the time), but being nominated doesn't mean you win.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  224. Prescott Harris

    Prize nominations were closed in February, two weeks after Mre Obama was elected. What's going on??

    October 9, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  225. Chris

    This completely destroys everything that the Nobel Peace Prize stands for; It is a slap in the face to all those who actually deserve this once great award..

    October 9, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  226. Ralph M

    It just shows the real "human behavior" and the way we can only think "what's in for me", I just have to say time will tell, let the man do his job and be awarded for it, It's just part of life!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  227. Eva Gunaratnam

    I am so proud to hear that President Obama received the Nobel prize for peace. It is important to realize that he is recognized as one who is willing to reach out to a world that is looking to America to be the beacon to all nations. Our foreign policy has been the pits and for an American who has traveled extensively and to hear positive things about our President is something to feel proud about. It's not just accomplishments that the world committee is looking for, but a willingness to put aside our arrogance and reaching out to a world that is hurting.
    I see only sour grapes on the part of Steele for his remarks towards this award.
    Congrads President Obama!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  228. valerie

    Yeah He may create some Global unity eventually, but at the same time at the expense of our own freedoms in this country. Think of a world government, one world wide currency, etc.......He is putting our Country in jeopardy! But you can only stand if your on the rock through whatever comes.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  229. Angela Tacoma

    Matt run the country in the ground and then disappear? Sounds more like your choice of the last president. At least you understand the concept now...

    October 9, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  230. Julia Parise

    I travel all over the world and is incredible how this nation behave. Is this award it was given to Spain, Russia, Germany or France everybody will be in the street celebrating? Here everybody start criticizing the president. Is not what he accomplished is what he wanted to accomplish and his vision. Several Nobel price don´t win the price because they end the hunger in the world or they achieve the peace. There still hunger, there still wars. But what Obama represent and his goals. He represents, not only peace, he represent hope.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  231. MARVA BERTRAND

    I think President Obama is the right choice for the Nobel Peace Prize. I cannot think of anyone who has done more to promote Peace in today's world.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  232. John Giordano

    I applaud the awarded prize simply because we now have a seated and elected president worthy of such an honor. Why do We The People scrutinize every action while blaming President Obama for not performing miracles. The entire government is responsible for the sad shape our country is in. It is their duty to end the government and corporate greed before it really is too late. We voted and entrusted every single official to lead this nation. Wake up and look around. The majority of Americans feel angry, hurt, ashamed, disgusted, and betrayed. Make us proud again.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  233. Ayla N

    Perhaps we must remind America that Obama did not start these wars. These wars have been going on for eight years, and yet people expect Obama to end them immediately. We can't just leave Afghanistan and Iraq in utter chaos. This needs time and thought. It took FDR FOUR terms to clean up Herbert Hoover's mess, who knows how long it will take Obama to clean up the damage Bush has done. (No to mention, the people who criticized the New Deal seventy years ago, are the same as the Republicans who criticize Obama today. Yet, everyone seems to love their medicare.) As an American and member of a military family, I am so proud to have Obama as my president and fully believe he deserved this honor.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  234. Lourdes

    Im wondering what exactly has Obama done? He has been in office for 9 months and done squat, what makes him deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize?

    This award is a joke now, good job. I think Bill Clinton has done much more and yet he doesnt have one. Hmmmm....

    October 9, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  235. Ansar Christopher Watson

    The works of the Dali Lama haven’t achieved his goal for the Tibetan people. Martin Luther King's efforts haven't achieved true equality for African Americans. Yet they have both won the Nobel Peace Prize. The prize is not only rewarded to people who have accomplished their goals for peace but for those who significantly work toward peace. Obama has made great steps toward peace. Rather or not his goals are accomplished are based on the strengths of the people who's interest are contrary to peace as witnessed by the Taliban’s response to the news.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  236. John Erie Jr

    I think its great, the world out look towards us is already better, they are hoping to work out problems, not just threats of blowing people up. The illegal war that BUSH and CHENEY did is unbelieveable, they ruined the country, and caused all of us to suffer for the next 20 years. The money they spent on the illegak war would have built a new school in every town and would have paid for all of us to have health care in the US. Try to think of all the jobs that would create, good paying not walmart or sheetz, The country would be great if Bush hadn't won the election in 2000, nobody wants to see that, coruption is every where, the so called PATROIT ACT is the most unamerican law ever. I wish I had a voice to make a real difference because everyone would do well, I have alot more. Thanks John

    October 9, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  237. TonyHsu

    Pre.Obama is a symble of hope for Americans and the rest of the world. He is trying to pass the health care plan so that 50 million Americans will get the health care they deserve, and putting down terriot for the rest of the world. What more can anyone ask for?

    October 9, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  238. Ali Hill

    Congratulations President Obama! I felt such pride at the news of your Nobel Peace Prize. Nice to hear that you are being recognized around the world for the truly good man you are even when so many Americans refuse to embrace that fact. Wakeup America, stop listening to the Republicans and racists who could care less about YOU and recognize who is in your corner.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  239. Dot

    Congratulations to President Obama for winning the Nobel Peace prize! It is a real honor to him and to the United States. As citizens we can certainly be proud that our president won the prize.
    I am having difficulty with those in the US who are making nasty remarks. To me it shows a lack of sportsmanship or in another way a lack of graciousness. I was always taught that no matter what you thought of the winner, you alway were gracious and wished them well.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  240. Mike Armstrong TX.

    The Norweagons are going to want to reposes that medal after Obama gets his troops .

    October 9, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  241. Anthony Gregory

    Congratulations to President Obama for his vision and purpose. The Nobel Committee obviously are impressed with the Presidents position on world peace and so should Americans. It's sad that many Americans can't be supportive of its own. It is important to manage domestic affairs along with international affairs, it just takes longer for economies to recover than it is for visionaries to be recognized and if the President were not so inclusive minded he would push his agenda without looking for bipartisan support. Alas, he's an optimist. President Obama will be vindicated in in world history, unfortunately, only after his presidency has ended.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  242. emccord

    One of the reasons President Obama received the Noble Peace Prize is because of his focus on reconciliation and peace for all people. Unfortunately, some of Americans and people around the world who are negative over look the need to focus on world peace because they are focused on agenda focused hate or dislike between party lines, gender, and race. The world community is in agreement with the Word of God...and President Obama. Peace for All Men begins with reconciliaiton and repentance. Michael Steele and the world nag sayers will not acknowledge their sin nor their plot but the world will heal itself because the good in men's hearts will outcry the negative drum roll of negative men.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  243. Ryan

    "Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future." – The Nobel Committee

    Perhaps the greatest honor a person can receive was awarded to our president for his "efforts", and many (conservative) Americans are going to condemn the Committee and the recipient for it. What does this say about us? How can someone OF THIS NATION hate THIS NATION'S LEADER so much, that they will deny even his efforts to bring about a better world? It's disgusting.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  244. Owen Chandler

    The Nobel Peace prize is based on tangibles and intangibles. The committee doesn't just reward bodies of work. The prestige and power associated with this award broadens the totality of the ideals of peace by ever increasing the reach of these types of principles. The selection of our President is a rather brilliant way of tapping into the goodwill surging through the world. As a country, we should really lament that the lack of civility within our public discourse and the fact a significant number of people cannot see this day as anything but nefarious. Sad. This is a good day for our country.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  245. Kim C

    Congratulations President Obama!!! This is good for him and it's good for America.

    Michael Steele is beyond pathetic. He sounds like a jealous and pathetic child. How sad is it that even winning the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE is just another excuse for the GOP to whine.

    Michael Steele, Obama is your president too. GROW UP

    October 9, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  246. kristy Jones

    I just read that the deadline to submit a person for the Noble peace prize is 8 months before the announcement, on febuary 1st. So that must mean Obama was nominated one month after he took office, or even before he took office. So the credit for international peace talks hadn't even taken place yet. Maybe they were refering to what he had done as a senator..... yea, he helped Acorn.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  247. Zarah

    What a wonderful honor for our new President. I'm happy to see that the International community applaudes his ideologies and honors the path of his – of OUR- new politics. We should be proud and stop the vicious resentments. On the other side, and with a closer look at the matter: without eight years of Bush disaster, no Peace Nobel Price for a new American President...!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  248. Allison DeHonney

    I think it is wonderful and well deserved! President Obama is an amazing human being and he only wants the best for America. It is so funny that the hate mongers have been saying that the President should have ended two wars, passed health care, solved the immigration problem and more in these last 9 months. However 9 months has not been long enough to determine that he is deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize!!!

    It just goes to show how intelligent members of other countries are as compared to Americans. We should be ashamed of the lack of intelligence in the country!!!

    Congratulations to a wonderful Person my President!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  249. G.R. Heard

    Congrats to our President! Too bad we have "uncle toms" like Michael Steele who stands by to spit out negatives about this administration. Their racist party is perceived by many to be Anti- American.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  250. julien

    when someone wins the nobel peace prize it is a pride not only for him but for his country. this is the first time ever i see a winner of this award being critized for that by his own people. are we for real?

    October 9, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  251. Christi from Texas

    Shouldn't you have to, I don't know, do something to get the Nobel peace prize? Huh...maybe now all you have to do is promise to do something...good to know...

    October 9, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  252. Daniela Herrera

    Congratulations, Mr.Pressident! I am angered and frustrated at all the questioning and debate on whether Mr.Obama has accomplished something. It is a sad day when a country cheers against the man that leads our dear America that so many die defending! Of course he is accomplished!!! You might not agree and if you don't then do the right thing and pray for him. I think the reason why some can not grasp his win is because of the hatred that clouds thier eyes. After all this was a peace prize and fortuantely there is no tolerance for hatred! Thank you Mr. President you ignited hope in me, and have motivated me to always be a better person and always do th right thing.- Daniela

    October 9, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  253. John Bowers

    Heidi:

    Why are people mad at Obama? He didn't ask to be given the Noble Prize for Peace. If someone has a gripe, complain to the committee that voted to give it to him. Would the reaction be the same if Rush Limbaugh or another Republican would have received it?

    John

    October 9, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  254. George Gagnon

    Where has he stopped any wars? He has not been able to get N.Korea or Iran to stop atomic developing bombs. Can not get Isreal and Palastines to set down to serious accords. I guess sending cabinet members to Chicago to stop street fights must rank real high with the Nobel committee

    October 9, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  255. Lila O.

    It doesn't make sense, don't you have to actually DO something before you receive the nobel peace prize? Talk is talk, so if I give this big speech but don't do anything, do I get a Nobel Peace Prize? Personally, I associate President Obama with the crappy economy, being the first half-black president, and giving the dumb speech we had to watch at school that everyone made such a big deal about, not with the Nobel Peace Prize. Even though he has won the prize I'm still not going to put those two together.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  256. Kaye Garner

    Giving President Obama the Nobel Peace prize at this point in his presidency is like giving Michael Phelps all of his Olympic gold medals before he actually swam the races. It remains to be seen what, if anything, President Obama will do to promote and secure a more peaceful world, but there are thousands of ordinary people working hard to bring peace to their homes, neighborhoods, cities, and countries. I think the Nobel Peace Prize committee should have done more homework and found a recipient who has actually demonstrated his or her worthiness, and perhaps someone who actually needs the monetary prize more than the president of the richest country in the world.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  257. Karl

    Of course he deserves it!!!

    He has surrendered American sovereignty and interests in order to be Citizens of the World. What an achievement.

    Neville Chamberlain declared "peace in our time", a high water mark for diplomacy. What followed was World War II.

    This is not the end of history and the World does not love us as much as this makes it seem.

    Si vis pacem, para bellum: "If you wish for peace, prepare for war"

    October 9, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  258. Marjorie Sonnenstrahl, Frederick, MD

    Barack Obama, as everybody knows it, has been viewed as a People's President who can be our next door buddy. He is a natural with a big heart and has a right vision for a better future. Many big changes can not happen overnight. Congratulations, Barack! Why surprised? You really deserved it!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  259. Ferny Coipel

    All of the previous presidential Nobel prize winners have been democrats. This speaks loudly to the parties agenda. Down with the war mongers.

    Ferny
    Hialeah, florida

    October 9, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  260. Giuseppe

    I wonder what the Nobel Committee's criteria are, but I also seriously question them, especially after they awarded Yazir Araft, a terrorist, the same prize back in the 90s. That being said, I consider the Nobel "Peace" Prize as insignificant as an honor award. The money is indeed worth more. Mr. Obama may have good intentions, but has not achieved anything significant yet. It looks like the Nobel Committee is just supporting Obama's agenda. To me, that's wrong. An award is given for achievements, not intentions.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  261. KimF

    I think if people really think about this.. who else is up in arms about him winning this award except US, Americans?

    His goal is international peace. Unless I see or hear of other countries complaining, he has achieved his goal.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  262. Sarah Simpkins

    I am the spouse of a US Army SSG and frankly I am disgusted by this. Obama does not deserve this award, he has done nothing for it. If they want to award this to a deserving American that does keep peace then they should awards every single Soldier that has placed boots on the ground in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, Korea and so on, they are the real peace keepers they are the ones defending men, women, and children around the world, keeping peace and making a safer way of life, they are the true recipients of this award.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  263. Jack

    Perhaps if Michael Steele would actually read the committee's statement for why Mr.Obama was awarded the Prize he would understand why he was chosen. Get on board Mr. Steele and try to be part of the solution. Your rhetoric only gives fodder to those who want to keep this country divided. Get a life!!!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  264. Jim m

    The only thing president Obama has done so far was was to give some eloquent and inspiring speaches. Impressive accomplishment for a politician but hardly qualification for the Nobel prize.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  265. Santiago R

    He should give it away to anyone he chooses...bono could be!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  266. Collins A

    To some, especially Republicans, President Obama winning the Nobel peace prize would seem mockery of the award....asking "what has he done?" but remember, this is not a Nobel prize for economics or job creation. It is for "Peace".

    President obama brought some sense of hope and unity not only in America but all around the world like we have never seen in a long time. He broke a barrier that seemed insurmountable and gave many people around the world hope that any thing is possible, no matter what your race, color or nationality is. This, on its own deserves recognition. I don't remember in a long time any one person that has accomplished such a feat.

    I think he deserves it even though, the award now places a huge burden on him to deleiver on world peace.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  267. Ali Hill

    Congratulations Presidnt Obama!!! As an American I felt such pride in hearing the news of your Nobel. It's nice to know that the reat of the world recognizes what a truly good man you are. Wake up people!! Stop listening to the Republicans and racists who care nothing about YOU!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  268. Justin Meck

    Politics has now infiltrated what was once a sacred and revered prize.
    It is good to see that the majority of America is humble enough to realize that there are others much more deserving of this prize.

    I would like to apologize to the nominees who have worked their entire lives in places like the Congo and India receiving little or no recognition except from the individuals whose lives they save on a daily basis.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  269. Edith

    My reaction on hearing that Pres Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace prize was WHY? He has not done much to merit this honor, but perhaps it, too,has become political.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  270. peggy F

    This country's big failing is its myopia when it comes to seeing ourselves as the rest of the world does. The last "lone ranger" administration thumbed its nose at the world – enemies and allies alike. It ultimately doesn't matter whether you are "right" in the world community, it matters whether you can command the respect and support for "right." Obama has successfully reversed this perception of the US and has once again put the world's only superpower on the "team of right" – this is the foundation for peace in our world. This is a major achievement – and if those in the US don't see it, make no mistake, many world leaders do.
    No one in our lifetime has yet achieved peace – Nobels are awarded to those who lay the foundations, Carter, Wilson, etc. Obama by making a 180 degree turn in how the US relates to the world has rebuilt a foundation that can be a platform for peace.

    Congratulation to the President! Ignore the Republicans who once again have proven by their lack of graciousness and respect for this most prestigious of recognitions that they are the Party of the Petty.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  271. Aleyda V. Kasten, Ph.D.

    The Nobel Peace Prize has completely lost its prestige. At the award ceremony the list of accomplishments will nothing, nothing, nothing.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  272. Carl Robbins

    This is all due to the color of his skin. President Obama has not accomplished one thing since becoming our president. Just a lot of promises and hype. He is however a very smooth talker and a great speaker. Many great and deserving people were passed over for this award. What an injustice!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  273. Carole Babb

    Michael, the Republican pitch man was geared to rain on the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to our President. His comments were ugly and ungracious. He and the rest of the Republicans have a real case of heartburn. It is time to get over it and be proud as Americans. It is time for the Republicans who are eaten up by their bitterness to get behind our President and stop being obstructionists. We all need to work for the American people here and now. Giddyup!!!!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  274. Roberta from Canada

    Congratulations to President Obama on winning the Nobel Peace Prize! I am shocked at some of the negative comments coming from republicans and London. How dare they say he doesn't deserve it. I believe they are jealous of his energy and intelligence. He has exhaustively been on the world stage since he began his presidency encouraging negotiations and peace, while doggedly working to resolve the issues in his own country. We love having Obama as the president next door and are extremely proud of all that he has done and is doing. Does this man ever sleep? Enjoy your moment President Obama and know that the majority of people around the world can see through the nay sayers and are with you whole heartedly and congratulate you on your accomplishments. Hang in there!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  275. Gene Heubel

    The world community, including those on the Norwegian Nobel Commttee figured that since President Obama is so apologetic for everything without being asked, a Nobel Peace Prize may just as easily influence him not send more troops to Afghnistan and in the process, give away the security of the United States and the nuclear security of the world.
    What exactly has he done to merit the Peace Prize?

    October 9, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  276. Bea

    What happen to Congratulations!!! Our country has become so ungratful and disrespectful to one another. He deserves that award and many more for taking on this crisises which he did not create, but he is trying to fix. It is ashame that so many people are blind by the manipulation of the wealthy and how have been taken advantage of for decades through taxes, outrageous healthcare, over price products, inflated mortgages that is what got us in this mess. President Obama is just trying to hold everybody accountable. I wish the media had got more involved 8 years ago. We would not be in this mess. It time to stop taking advantage of Americans who are just trying to make from day to day. We work just as hard as the people taking advantage of people less fortunate. Again, Congratulations!!!!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  277. Kevin Shephard

    Bravo! Exemplary display of a global committee endorsing strategic leadership of research and dialogue first -Vs- wreckless cowboy diplomacy. Well Deserved!!!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  278. joey

    We are a nation that is hurting, slowing bleeding on the inside. It is time that we hold up the president on his award instead of slamming him for what hasn't been accomplished yet. He is our leader, we choose him, and in due time we will see if he is the man we all hope he is. But how can we help him together, this is our country too!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  279. Ferny Coipel

    All of the previous presidential Nobel prize winners have been democrats. 3 sitting presidents 1 former president and 1 former vice president. This speaks loudly to the parties agenda. Down with the war mongers.

    Ferny
    Hialeah, florida

    October 9, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  280. joan Ruddell

    Predident Obama deserves to be congratulated on his award. The rest of the world believes it. Why not give him some accolades?

    October 9, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  281. Kathy Rayford

    I think it is a good thing. He is working very hard for everyone's good. I am very tired of the rRepublicans and the negativity and I am tired of the Democrats not doing the right thing in a timely and confident manner.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  282. Penny K

    At first glance, one might wonder why such a relative newcomer on the world scene might win the Nobel Peace Prize.

    My personal thoughts re why he was given the award are as follows:President Obama has reached out to all people and offered to listen to everyone. I believe he wants to make life better for our citizens and the citizens of the world, not make his own life better. Second,reaching his position was a step long coming for all people of color, yet he did it by having an open heart and an open mind.Many worldwide identify with his goals and his personal path. The world wants to live in peace, live a normal life, raise a family. So the reasons are subtle, but they are rooted in his basic self, and the way he thinks. The world can use what he offers, and would like to. Those kinds of things are not large and imperial, but they are the motivation for most of us when we get up in the morning..But in the end I think it says, the world likes him.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  283. Pardeep Bhatia

    Indeed Star is rising on the echelons of PEACE And euphoria of excellent doemstic policies and upcoming green technology tides. But it is tight rope walk and the need of the hour is to tread it carefully. The future is secure and Bright both for the Nation and President.

    Congratulations And Long Live America

    Pardeep Bhatia, Farmington CT

    October 9, 2009 at 10:35 am |
  284. Aleyda V. Kasten, Ph.D.

    The Nobel Peace Prize has lost its prestige. At the award ceremony the list of his acomplishments will be very short.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:35 am |
  285. fjmorgan

    Even though he has only been office for almost nine months, if others can see how he has accomplished this Peace Prize, then how is it that our own can't see beyond anything but color. That's the major issue here, again, anything this President does or accomplishes appears to be not good enough, I wonder why. President Obama I give so much praise to you for your accomplishment, for whatever its worth.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  286. Jose Reyes

    I bet the writers and staff of SNL are having a field day on this one! lol!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  287. Mike Armstrong TX.

    I think the Norwegions done this just to stirr up a world wide laugh for them selves to enjoy.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  288. Ferny Coipel

    Can he win it twice? That would be super. GO AMERICA!!!!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  289. Marjorie Sonnenstrahl, Frederick, MD

    Barack Obama, as everybody knows it, has been viewed as People's President who can be our next door buddy. He is a natural with a BIG heart and has a right vision for a better future. Many big changes can not happen overnight. Congratulations, Barack! Why surprised? You really deserved it!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:39 am |
  290. Mary Dee Kirkland-Ellis

    Peace Prize Winner: Why not President Obama. I am a senior citizen who have lived through many presidents. I have never seen or heard as much negative criticism about a president in my life time. Except when the president had cheated on his wife. President Obama didn't
    step into a bed of roses, he stepped into a Lion's Den. Devastating
    economy, unemployment, two wars and a Country of people without
    hope. During his election he gave everyone a vision of hope and a vision of a brighter future. As I watch the cable stations it appears to me that personal comments are made by the news media instead of reporting the facts.

    I am happy and thank God that President Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize He needed something positive in his life to help him face the leaders who would rather see the USA fail than to see his vision for America become a reality.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:39 am |
  291. Brenda Joyner

    What I really love about President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize award is its recognition of the hope that his vision has given millions of the world's people – that peace is an option. This prestigious award helps to invigorate that vision. The job of effectuating that goal is the work of all of us, not of any one man or woman. The military/industrial complex and BIG money interests too often overwhelm and drown out the voices of peace, justice and reasonableness. This powerful award brings those issues to the fore of international consciousness again as the Obama campaign has tried to do. Hopefully, this award will provide the occasion for our leaders and those of other nations for reflexive and humanistic contemplation of the importance of pursuing global cooperation and ending poverty and hopelessness at home and abroad.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:42 am |
  292. behrooz golf

    i blieve president obama does not deserve the honor.becaose he hasn't don anything important yet. he is baging all the terrorist in the wourd .such a current rejime in iran to peace with them .mean while this rejim are killing iranian people every second .every single day there are lots of demostration happening in iran and they are seeking for help and protections against iranian rejim.eslamic rejim been supporting all terrorime in the wourld .for last 30 years. they have done lots crimes in the wourld .and now mr obama seeking for the peace with this teror eslamic rejim.he plan this before just becaose he wanted to win the prize. that the shame

    October 9, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  293. Ray M

    Nobel rolling in grave, this has reduced value of prize, shame on the committee. This shows indoctrination works, look what Hitler was able to do before he was found out and look what it took to get rid of him.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  294. Cindy

    Wow! Our president has just been awarded an incredible honor – I woke up bursting with pride at being an American whose leader has been so visibly recognized. Two hours later, I am utterly depressed that the media instead has chosen to somehow "blame" the president for winning this award and are giving voice to those who would instead focus on all the reasons why he should NOT have won it. We should instead be celebrating the award as a moment of pride for ALL Americans, and be proud of the world's recognition of the new tone of leadership Obama has set.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  295. KimF

    This has nothing to do with Color, nor the last 10 years.
    This award has to do with the EFFORTS he has put forth since he has been in office to ACHEIVE WORLDWIDE PEACE.
    He has put forth EXTRA-ORDINARY Efforts!!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  296. lyn from Osoyoos B.C Canada near the American border

    Well done President Obama, It's a great day for America, so people stop the negative and bias towards our President and start supporting him, I am not suprise of Steele's remarks, it is a shame that the Republicans never have anything good to say but NO NO NO.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  297. Sera

    This is a true reflection of the world view obviously rewarding the contributions of a real committed peacemaker. Consider this: The US had been in the dark ages for the past 8 years with the previous administration, who's arrogance and unilateral foreign policies have damaged the credibilityof this great nation until the American people mustered the courage to elect a great leader and visionary to reestablish our place in the world.

    Contrastingly, this endorsement is yet another nail in the coffin of the movement of the right wing in this country to derail this great leader. The Conservatives who has tried very hard to damage this great leader's credibility not only in this country, but around the world by branding Obama as a socialist, have themselves fallen into the same trap they laid for Obama. The right wing doesn't seem get if that the politics of fear is as obsolete as the inquisition and this stark reality has not only damaged their brand, but will be the stumbling block for years to come for the right wing until they can really understand the American People are no longer interested in The party of "No" who practice the politics of fear, but want a strong courageous leader, who knows how to wield his power with restraint and not parade around like a mad man.

    It is my belief this is why the world community has spoken so early in endorsing our great leader. It's a great day for this nation and a a great day for the world.

    God Bless President Barak Obama.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  298. Wayne

    Arafat. Gore. Now, another shameful nomination that insults the significance of all past deserving members.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  299. johnson james

    People like Anita above, Obama has done more for more people, than I would bet generations of your family has done for anyone.
    Please celebrate the desire to make things better pleuralistically.....for a Change !!
    Especially as there is becoming a new National and Global majority.....getting along will not simply be a matter of running over people.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  300. Christian

    Israel's foreign minister said on Thursday there was no chance of a peace deal for many years. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Reuters: "The Nobel prize for peace? Obama should have won 'the Nobel Prize for escalating violence and killing civilians'."

    October 9, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  301. marie

    am sure he neither voted for himself nor tricked the commitee to name him the winner;if you disregard his win,then you must also disregard all the other winners. This country’s been strange lately,we applaud a loss(the olympics) and throw a fit with the president ’s win(a country’s honarable mention). Congraturations Mr. President.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  302. Tracy

    I think one of the challenges we can look forward to facing today is tolerating the negative comments of the naysayers and pundits who refuse to see the unseen; that peace is in the eye of the beholder. And if my president is "crazy" enough to SEE peace when no one else is even looking for it, then he deserves this and so much more.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  303. Delores

    Congratulations, Mr. President! The Republicans sure won't be receiving any accolades in the name of peace anytime soon.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  304. Dot

    In 7 months most of the world went from hating us for the last 8 years to liking us again.
    He deserves the prize JUST for that.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  305. Ashley Dean

    President Obama is a terrific person who is a great writer and is increasing diplomacy. As a college student, I feel inspired by what he does to increase peace and human rights. I'm proud to say he is my president.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  306. Arine Ward

    It totally pleases me, that the Nobel Peace Prize recipient is our President Obama! Though "Many" of the American Citizens, will not be happy with this honor for him. As they feel he can change the world in 9mos, something that it took much more time to get into. They want to cast blame, for this, and that...when the bottom line is...They can continue to complain, and comment "negative thoughts" We The People, "We" means more than one, and the few that are crying out, hasn't given him the chance ...but he will succeed and "Overcome" and America will be a much better place thanks to the dedication, lover, loyalty and longevity of President Obama! They talked about the Kennedy's so they will talk about you too, just don't you give up...Lead America Back to a place of "Worth"

    October 9, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  307. Shahana Bhaduri

    It is refreshing to see that the world once again sees & respects an American President with such high honor & dignity! And our nation once again is looked upon as an ambassador of Peace & Humanity in the world. Every American, whether you like President Obama or not, should at least be proud of that fact!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  308. Y K Hanley

    For me, my bone of contention is that they seem to be re-writing the rules/process for one man. If you go by what they have written, he has done nothing within the 11 days to warrant a nomination. If they are setting a precedence, then based on Obama's nominations and win, anyone can qualify for a Peace Prize so long as you talk a good game, you do not have to have actually done anything, but plan to do something, in order to qualify and win. That I think belittles the award and cheapens it for those who have given their lives and received the award posthumously or not (Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, Dr. Martin Luther King and I am sure there are countless others). It is and was too early for the President to have received, let alone be nominated for such an award. Please let us not let his blackness and the unique situation we find ourselves in historically blind us to the real world and to those truly worthy of such an award. This is flying in the face of what Dr. King wanted, that we be judged for the content of our minds and deeds rather than the color of our skin.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  309. David

    We are all just looking at the surface of the decision and we have to look beyond it. It is not just about Obama its about the rest of the world. Its not just up to the president to get stuff done It is up to every citizen in the world. Nobel is calling out the rest of the world and saying you wanted change...we have someone ready to listen so where are you. We have a US leader that is ready to listen and implement change. They are saying to the world this is a legitimate chance to change the world and we are just falling back on old arguments and grudges. NOW, if you want to argue that this is not what the nobel is for...well I can see it is an unconventional way to reach the ultimate goal of the prize which is PEACE! But just because it is a new way of using and leveraging the award doesn't make it wrong. The award doesn't care, who ,what, or when it gets peace...IT JUST WANTS PEACE

    October 9, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  310. Cory W.

    The U.S. should be excited for Obama! It's about time we got an award-winning President, instead of a country-shattering President (sorry Bush). With everything that happens today, everyone should be proud and leave politics out of it!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  311. Kathy

    I'M THRILL.ED!! He has certainly improved our standing & admiration in the world. For that alone, he deserves this prize, since Bush had so trashed our reputation.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  312. Shirley Anderson

    Can President Obama do anything right?? No matter what he does, he is criticized by opponents on the hill, news people, etc. I truly wonder if it were any other president in history, there would be this much criticism. Personally, I am very proud that OUR PRESIDENT has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Maybe the citizens of this wonderful country should accept the fact that he is our president and start showing him some respect and support instead of shooting him down for everything he does, does not do, says, does not say, etc.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  313. Jack

    He's finally getting some recognition that he's earned. At least the rest of the world are kind and hoping for the best. We Americans unfortunately are too envolved in silly rhetoric (republicans) which could be the cause for our country to fall. BTW, no other country can destroy us, only we can destroy ourselves and that seems to be what we're trying to do.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  314. Lynn Sturkey

    The Republicans should change their mascot to a dinosaur

    October 9, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  315. William

    Heidi. Thank you for allowing comments on this issue. I cannot believe that President Obama won this award. You simply don't reward someone before they actually accomplish peace. Afghanistan? Iraq? Iran? Israel? Palestine? Korea? None of these are resolved and all are still rife with conflict. This award being given to President Obama now insults every winner of the award in the past and those who actually have promoted peace in the past year.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  316. peter

    Makes me feel great, Didn't vote for him but the way some people react so negative to him I wish I would have CONGRATULATIONS SIR

    October 9, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  317. Minister Avis

    Congratulations Mr. President! I celebrate your being awarded this prestigious award. Michael Steele has a lot of nerve speaking as though he represents anyone beside himself with his negativity..the American people spoke in November, and our responsibility now is to work with our President to affect the changes that are to come.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  318. Bill Louden

    Obama has made me proud to be an American again. He has reset the high standard for the US in collaboration, cooperation, and constructive dialog in the pursuit of global peace. What else would one expect from a great leader?

    Shame on those Republicans and Conservatives who would tarnish such an honor bestowed on our country by their criticism.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  319. margy Barr

    This is a joke! How can someone get a prize for what is hoped he will do? I think George Soros should have gotten it...he pid for it.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  320. Eurika

    I think it's absolutley great that people still have respect for the President and what he is trying to do for the country and the world. Congratulations to President Barack Obama!
    I also think it's ignorant that perfect, upright, holy, without fault men and women of the RNC would release such a stupid statement. I'm a real American who believes that every time the RNC opens their mouth the prove just how ignorant and racists they really are.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  321. Kevin Shephard, Tampa, FL

    Bravo!! Exemplary display of a global committee endorsing strategic leadership of research and dialogue first -Vs- wreckless cowboy diplomacy. Well Deserved.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  322. KimF

    ITHINK ONE THING EVERYONE SHOLUD REALIZE.. WE ARE ALL ABLE TO SPEAK OUR MINDS FREELY BECAUSE OF OUR UNITED STATES MILITARY.
    Maybe next year, they should get the prize.
    And I really think if Americans aren;t happy for the recognition OUR President has received, maybe they sholud go live in Iran, or Iraq and see what True Lies are all about.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  323. James

    We should not attach the Presidency to this prize. Barack Obama was awarded this prize for the kind of "Man" he has been for the world. People are at ease around the world for having Barack Obama in it. He just happens to be the US President. Politicians will not understand this.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  324. Tia

    I am so proud of my country now that Obama is president. I am 22 years old, so since I have really been involved in politics, Bush was my president. Just the fact that Obama is spurring dialogues about ending nuclear proliferation, closing gitmo, ending war and reforming health care is, in my eyes, unbelievable and inspirational. I have faith that America is on the way up again, if only the nay-saying right wing would stop playing political games, get serious and actually work together with democrats to get something done. Yes we can, yes we will. I am staying positive.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  325. Katherine

    OMG! As an educator I say the Nobel Peace prize is something one earns for what you do or have done NOT something that perhaps one might do in the future. Did you ever earn a reward for what you might perhaps do or accomplish in the future???? I don't think so!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  326. June Seat

    I am surprised and thrilled that the Nobel Peace Prize Committee has given this important recognition and encouragement to President Obama. I am very worried about our country's polarized condition and wonder if the detractors realize if the President fails, we all fail.
    June Seat

    October 9, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  327. Ian

    I initially felt very happy about it as a fan. Then I started wondering if maybe it was too soon. But then, I though further and I and I realize that we need to place a higher value on inspiration than we currently do... the world has never been so unified in my lifetime as when Obama won the election... his approach which heavily incorporates making allies around the world and favoring diplomacy over force, is a reflection of his principles... and these are the sort of principles that should be encouraged despite negativity by critics and political rivals... Obama represents the greatest potential for peace in many generations... he is not so nationalistic as to isolate the rest of the world, yet proudly American enough to push for that country to be a leader by example in areas such as climate change, education and corporate citizenship...

    October 9, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  328. Carrie

    I think it is wonderful and deserved. I am so proud of our president and his determination to stay the course of pursuing peace and domestic improvements despite his detractors. He displays great wisdom and discipline - things greatly needed by any true leader in this global community.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  329. Jamie Arpin-Ricci

    When it comes to President Obama, it seems many people cannot engage with the facts, but barter in extremes. Is this award premature? It likely is. Is it completely unwarranted? Of course not! And yet when we discuss Obama, he is either the do-no-wrong savior or the anti-christ come to destroy us.

    If we are to have any hope to move forward into the future and make needed changes, we need to be able to support AND oppose our elected officials with our commitment to honesty, due diligence and a modicum of respect for people on both sides of the issue.

    Peace,
    Jamie Arpin-Ricci

    October 9, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  330. eileen blumenthal

    Bravo to Obama! He makes me proud of our country again. He inherited the awful aftermath of eight years of Bush and he is due diligent in his efforts to set our country in the right direction. in addition, he is the first african american president which in and of itself a great feat.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  331. cathy

    Tell the republican's to just shut up...bush spent eight years putting our country to shame. Why? do they expect everything to be fixed over night. Even if Obama could fix anything they wouldn't let it happen anyway...Cathy ...Wisconsin

    October 9, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  332. Rich

    He will go down in history as one of the greatest Presidents in our history if we give him a chance. All this shows is that the rest of the world agrees and will give him the chance. Now its up to the news media to give him the same chance and respect. Forget the right they are always up in the air for any positive news he might get. There response shows why they are not in power and won't be in the near future

    October 9, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  333. CJ Harris

    The President has created hope worldwide for peace and better relations among all people. That's more than Busch did while he held the country hostage with lies and propaganda for 8 years.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  334. Jacqueline Shepherd

    Americans spend too much time concentrating on our country. You reported that he won the prize because of what he has done to prove INTERNATIONAL relations and no one can deny that he has done that! I am proud if our President and am proud to be from a country who's leader has been internationally recognized
    for peace keeping.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  335. Ruth

    Hurrah for President Obama. There is no doubt that he has been valiantly seeking peace throughout the world. Nothing happens overnight, but the inroads are so welcome. If we do not have world peace and make friends with what have become our enemies, what good is our economy - if we are bombed out of existence. We need friends - not enemies - and the President is making friends. Who on earth could deny him the Peace Prize?

    October 9, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  336. Edward Pojim

    Heidi;

    Given that President Obama neither applied for nor competed in this award, why should anyone question the criteria employed by the Nobel Prize Committee in bestowing him with this coveted prize?

    Reading the RNC's statement, one can't help but question, "What has the GOP done to America lately?" The economic mess we are steeped into today began under their watch, considering that the economic mess we're in today began under their watch!

    Edward

    October 9, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  337. Robert E Kent

    Ther are those in this country, and even around the world, for whom President Obama will never do anything right. These people need to be ignored. For the rest of us, he represents the brightest hope for peace and harmony around the world. He is committed to breaking down barriers, opening up new channels for international communication and bridging cultural and ideological divides. His vision for a new way for all of us to live on this planet is why President Obama is sen by the Nobel Proize Committee as the best recipient for this prize this year. We need to back off the criticism, quit erecting barriers to what he wants to accomplish and get behnd his plan to foster peace in all corners of the world.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  338. Sunshine

    I think Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize is a great honor for him.There are people who think he doesn't deserve it,but they are entitled to their opinion...I don't agree with that.I think his diplomatic work with other countries(especially Muslim countries) and his opposition to nuclear weapons make him a good recipient of this prize.I was very happy to hear this news this morning..I think they made an excellent choice.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  339. CM

    The critics should post their accomplishments towards peace, even their efforts would be worth seeing. Lack of effort equates to criticizing. The Taliban kills and dehumanizes, the Republicans administered over transferring wealth to the richest, Hamas rockets the innocent. So, why not criticize, that's all they have offered to make things better. President Obama is trying to move the elephant that's been stuck in the mud for years. He should get a prize not only for peace, because it takes a peaceful person to withstand all of the unwarranted criticism and hate thrown at him, then to still pursue resolutions that will lead to peace and prosperity for a greater number of people needs recognition. A few smart people awarded this Prize. No other awardee has attempted to correct so much wrong against humanity as this President has thrust on his plate. SHOW ME THE CRITICS ACCOMPLISHMENTS, then I might accept their criticism.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  340. John Gibbs

    In your reporting on the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama, I'm curious why you haven't used the committee's own language to explain thier decision. They specifically spell out thier thinking on why or why not this choice may be too early.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  341. Marion Pratt

    I was both surprised and delighted. What ever happened to the American spirit of idealism? Anyone who criticizes this should be sure not to pray for peace as we all do at Christmas Time.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  342. vicky rainert

    President Obama got this prize for campaigning as a person who seeks to reconcile people, pursue diplomacy, treat other government heads with respect. This is a complete departure from what went on before. The world is appreciative not to have an arrogant bully at the head of this great country. He has also recognized that other countries have things to offer and are proud of their countries. Sounds simple, but we haven;t heard that in years. He is reaping the rewards of such an approach.

    Vicky

    October 9, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  343. Kayode

    I say congratulations Mr. President.
    This is a vote for his vision of a peaceful world, realizing the vision is definitely work in progress. Woodrow didn't get the League of Nations bill passed but his vision gave rise to the United Nations. Accomplishing this vision is going to be a life long journey that goes beyond his term as president. Should the peace prize be given for a vision? maybe not for my vision but certainly an American president's vision of a peaceful world's got a lot more traction. Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin won for thier vision of peace in the middle east and we all know that is far from accomplished, so this isn't the first time the award will be given for vision

    October 9, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  344. sarah fields

    Not only are the are we not showing a united front in our own country, but now we are saying that the rest of the world doesn't have it's facts straight. Way to go America! Lets give everyone who doesn't hate us already another reason to.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  345. doris

    What a joke and now the U.S. can again be the butt of it. The world can have another laugh on us. Just gives the Nobel Peace Prize no worth. He has accomplished NOTHING. He should turn it down.
    He can join the ranks of Carter and Gore, they did nothing to deserve it either. The mid east not at peace.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  346. Len Robertson

    Barack Obama champions positive change in the 21st Century, one that too many people around the world see as ominous and threatening. For that reason alone, he deserves the prize.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  347. Zenat Ali

    Heidi: Are Americans never satisfied with anything? Must they always critize this black president? The president was awarded this prize because he has the greaatest potential to achieve peace around the world because of international mutual trust and admiration all over the world; can you not see there is a shift in trends here, a change in tone of past achievements; just be thankful for such a man, please!

    Zena

    October 9, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  348. Joy

    Good Morning,

    Congratulations to President Obama for winning the Nobel Peace Prize! He did not ask for it, he did not vie for it, the committee thought he deserved it and has bestowed the honor on him. Regardless of our politics, can't we just set our feelings aside and be happy for him and our country? It saddens me to think that the "naysayers" can't even be proud for their country. Also, you read two comments that were not completely positive. Please, let those who are truly happy for the President and this honor be given the satisfaction of hearing their comments read on your show. Thank you.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  349. joe m

    while i am happy for the president, i have to wonder if this isn't just another incident of celebrity overshadowing actual accomplishment. an earlier anchor pointed out that Ghandi has never won this prize despite 5 nominations and universal agreement that he worked towards peace. i agree that the president should not, himself, be attacked for having won, especially since the choice was not his to make. the criticism should be directed towards the members of the nobel committee who may have had far too much star dust in their eyes when making the choice.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  350. Jack Humphrey

    Too many of the Republicans seem to have never developed emotionally beyond the Junior High School level. Once again their immaturity (not to mention pettiness!) is showing in their reaction to Pres. Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize. One suspects that they have realized that if Obama succeeds, they will be in the political wilderness for a long, long time. Thus, the only plausible course of action in their minds is to viciously attack everything he does. So pathetic.

    Congratulations, President Obama!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  351. Leah Gadzikowski

    What has happened to our sense of national pride? We should be proud that one of our countryman was recognized by an international body whether or not we agree with his policies. Anything else is just a petty attempt to exploit the situation for one's own political aganda.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  352. Laxmidas A. Sawkar

    It is a great honor that our president, who is a follower of Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy got 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, though Mahatma Gandhi never recognized by Nobel Society. It is the philosophy of the person when recognized we should feel that Gandhi has been awarded this Peace prize on multiple times.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  353. Ginger

    President Obama was awarded the Nobel Prize because he gives the rest of the world "HOPE"!!!

    Many Americans do not seem to worry about the world as a whole – but we are part of "The World Community" and for the first time in many, many years, the rest of "The World" finally had some respect and hope for a United States leader!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  354. James, NYC

    God bless the United States of America, its people and its President. This is a proud day for all real patriots.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  355. Michael

    The foreign policies Obama is pushing have already made people in other countries less hostile to the US, and this has made the US a safer place to live.

    This is a fact and a huge achievement by Obama. Republicans who are asking for results are blatantly ignorant or choose not to recognize this and many other achievements that Obama already made.

    Please ignore the noises from these republicans.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  356. JL

    Since when is it a negative thing for the President winning the Nobel Peace Prize? This should be a moment of national pride, yet the RNC is on the attack.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  357. frank longor

    well you have to understand that our commander in chief have been working to help others and make peace around the world before he became our president. and also, if people cant see that he is a man of peace that want a better life for everyone around the world, then some of us are truly blind...

    October 9, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  358. Egberto Willies

    I am amused by the reaction by many to President Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize. You are all missing the point. Obama campaigned in America (and to some extent in Europe) on a change American policy in working more collectively, fairly, and openly with the world. While the goals are not complete the pathway was laid out by his administration. Because of our America centric only vision we simply cannot fathom what this means to the rest of the world because we simply were not privy to the disdain the world had justifiably to the policies of the previous administration.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  359. Karen in Florida

    standards are pretty low. it's supposed to be for someone who has actually done something.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  360. Penny Ireland

    That our President, President Bacack Hussein Obama, has won the Nobel Peace Prize for diplomacy is a great honor to our President and our nation. I am joyous! Thank God we finally have a president who believes in diplomacy! To the nay sayers and critics I say "Your perspectives are terribly warped!. Take the logs out of your eyes!"

    October 9, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  361. Murray Bolesta

    We as Americans revel in the wisdom of the Nobel committee. The committee is recognizing true and courageous leadership – leadership which the world has desperately wanted and needed for many years. Setting the tone is the major part of leadership. Obama has set a magnificent tone.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  362. Paul Phillips

    Barack Obama received the prize because he has introduced an alternative world view which declares that we are all in this world together and that it is now the time to begin living that world view.Domination and exploitation are unworkable in the modern world

    October 9, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  363. Rick

    We are such a "what have you done for me lately" country that we forget what he HAS accomplished, i.e., won the Presidencey of the largest country in the world with the most improbable background imaginable. His accomplishment gives (a) testimony to the wonder of a democracy and democratic ideals, and (b) legitimized the hope of millions and millions people around the world who to achieve lofty aspirations. Hope does lead to peace. The absence of hope leads to war and revolution. His achievement is surely worthy of a Peace prize regardess of what he still has in front of him.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  364. Kathy

    I truly believe that, after 8 years of the previous administration, the world is relieved that we now have someone they can interact with and have dialogue with. Considering Iran was part of the 'axis of evil' many people are thankful we now have a president who's willing to talk before any action is taken.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  365. Audrey Clark

    People shouldn't blame Obama for getting nominated and actually getting the award. He still has a lot of work ahead of him, however it took 8 years to create the mess we're in.. Our country needs to be careful on showing the world how racist they are...If it were a white president we'd still be stuck in the past and wouldn't be received as moving forward to change! Give him (President Obama) a break people!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  366. Sabrina

    Its no surprise that the Republicans are coming out with nothing but more insults, it reflects why they are not peace makers but masters at creating trouble,violence,disention, etc. They thrive on attacks, & nothing but destruction. Lies greed and money and a scapegoat. Steele is just one of their idiot puppets who loves the power he recieves when he an being used for an ethnic mouthpiece to give credit where it really is not, as if some would think he is "objective" NOT

    October 9, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  367. julie smith

    Very VERY Surprised – my first thought was WHY. He has been in office for 9 months and has not accomplished anything. Who nominated him? I could understand if he was at the end of his presidency and had a list of accomplishments – this prize is definately premature – there are many people out there more deserving of the prize. I think by honoring the President with this prize dimineshes it. CONFUSED!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  368. Michael Wood

    Hello Heidi !

    Appears that the award of the Nobel Peace Prize has been somewhat diminished.

    I'm quite sure that the Literature Prize was not given to someone who has submitted a general outline of a first book.

    Thanks,

    Michael

    October 9, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  369. Janet McDonough, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    I think Barack Obama certainly deserves the Peace Prize because he has brought such a calm and civil demeanor to the world.

    I believe the Committee gave him this award, in the hope that he would not send those great amounts of troops to Afghanistan. Now, he must think, not only twice, but three times.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  370. Karl

    Criticize the award for what you want – premature or deserved – the response tells us more about his detractors than anything. Republicans will use this, and anything else, in their well-worn political campaign to undermine our nation's leadership and make sure the president fails, at all costs. Some patriots, eh? The RNC's response is insidious, acidic, and destructive, which has characterized the Republican party over the past decade.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  371. SJohnson

    I think that its great that he won the Nobel Peace Prize. I dont understand the critcs that say well what has he done. He hasnt even been President for a year. America is a disaster right now. Like he said it takes time. You cant solve these major issues overnight. Seriously I think the Repubican party is childish and need to grow up. Its ridiculous for grown men and women to act this way. President Obama is trying to get rid of the me me me mentality in America and turn it into we we we. Its time to work together and stop with all the negativity towards President Obama.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  372. Jack Hansel

    Obama is not being recognized for what he will do but what he has already done within the first few weeks of taking office. In the words of the Nobel committee, "Obama has as president created a new climate in international politics. . . . Thanks to Obama's initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting." It is understandable that the Committee recognized this change in international climate led by the President of the United States as the most important thing done for Peace in recent times.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  373. Subroto Dutta

    Being a non-American, but living in America, seems President Obama has impressed more non-Americans than Americans- looking at the politics and comments from American fellow brothers and sisters. Hey you should be proud of your president, winning this high value presitigous award. He is the first president of America that I see in my lifetime who steers the world towards a peacefull place to live. I agree the achievements are yet to be realized, but is it possible to see these achievements in less than a year. I am sure critic Americans to Obama will realize that unless there is a vision there is no achievement. Congratulations Mr. Obama and great honour to see a leader in this generation to follow Dr. Martin Luther and Mr. Gandhi's vision.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  374. Kevin Shephard, Tampa, FL

    FACT CHECK: Republicans put this country into this mess. The Real Estate & Wall Street meltdown, 2 wars and they allowed Americans to die within our own borders (Katrina). Obama is just cleaning up their mess. >>>If memory serves, REPLUBICANS LOST the last presidential and house elections, remember?

    October 9, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  375. Cynthia Miller GA.

    Heidi, I think the nobel prize is a great honor and I congradulate President Obama, but I would like for the world to know that he did not appoint himself so just cool it and continue to watch God work through him. People say he hasn't done anything, but I feel he has done great things as for as bringing many of the countries together. He has done more than many presidents in such a short time. Yes the economy is stil down, but continues to rise and yes the fighting thus far hasn't gotten any better, but remember he is only one man and he came into office with a lot on his plate. I truely believe God placed him in that position and with God at the helm everything will work out for our good. We need to stop looking at mere man, because without God none of us could do anything.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  376. Sandra

    Congratulations Mr. President. The Nobel Peace Prize is beyond US politics and its too bad that bad manners are being displayed by both the RNC and DNC with regard to this honor. The lack of civility is way too loud in American and we are poor examples to our children in good conduct and sportsmanlike behavior when we cannot, for a moment, congratulate the President of the United States without making it some political volleyball. Just bad manners! My hope is that all these "so-called leaders" will just take a moment of quiet reflection and know that some of us out here are proud to have a President that is having and will have an impact that will move this entire country forward. Congratulations Mr. President from Texas!!!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  377. bigvoice68

    President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize because he has reset how the United States of America will lead and engage the global community. We must realize that President George W. Bush, his predecessor, and Vice President Dick Cheney put us on a path that led to collective poverty, not collective prosperity. Moreover, the Bush Administration seemingly focused the military's sights (and might) on the Muslim people rather than Al-Queda and the Taliban. Consequently, it magnified the Muslim world's distrust of Americans.

    There will always be individuals and groups in the world who want to harm America, its citizens and its worldwide interests, but these individuals and groups will undoubtedly diminish as the Obama Administration uses diplomacy to heal old and new wounds. For this reason, I applaud President Obama for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. And it feels good knowing that a group of people from outside our borders has actually acknowledged what a small group of Americans has not: America now has a transformative leader, someone who leads with his kind heart instead of his clenched fist.

    We Americans need to give President Barack Hussein Obama his props. He is one of our jewels.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  378. Rickey Diovanni Burnett

    Congrats to President Obama on his monumental achievement. He has truly made America Proud today and everyday. I support President Obama 100% and believe he is leading this country in the right direction. This is the first time I've seen a president get awarded with a noble peace prize, as a 18 year old this is huge for me as for others my age and older. Its truly a honor to be an American with a president who won a noble peace prize.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  379. Tom Wisconsin

    Hi Heidi,

    The Democrats and Republicans become more amazing every day.

    As a Nation we chased off to Afghanistan in a flash because there were dangerous terrorists hiding there. At the same time here at home the Republicans and Democrats continue to hold the Nation hostage with the hopes of health care.

    I remember CNN reporting that 4,500 Americans die prematurely every year due to a lack of health care. Osamma in comparison killed about 3,000 in his attack. One time 3,000 vs 4,500 annually? Just who is the worst terrorist group? And that is only one of many examples.

    Another question is why does CNN not recognize these things, or do you, which would make you an accomplice to these activities?

    October 9, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  380. Candace

    Heidi, I am really dissappointed in the Republican Party as a whole.
    They have been acting like half of a divorced couple by attacking THEIR PRESIDENT on each an every turn. They want custody of all that turns out well and accuse on the things that are in debated. This last hit at President Obama regarding the honor bestowed upon him, for his work prior to election and after election, the Nobel Award, is almost to much to even make comment on. The Republicans are acting like an injured party in this bad divorce. I feel it is time for them to grow up and get on with the work they are put there to do, debate honestly instead of attack. Maybe if they grew up, this country will get back on its feet much sooner. A person could write a comedic novel on the antics of these so called representatives.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  381. Mike

    It is alarming to see how the Obama opposition is consumed with hate. They cannot reason normally because their minds are blinded with hate they are the most dangerous terrorists in world undermining their own government and trying to sabotage prosperity for the coming 4 years. ow can you not be happy for your country to win a Nobel Prize, you must be really sick!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  382. June Zeger

    I am constantly astounded that Republicans will use the honoring of a great American as an opportunity to throw stones. Barack Obama, while only a US president for months, is a man who has constantly proven that the pursuit of excellence bears fruit. As the son of a single mom, a minority child in very challenging circumstances, Obama has proven that with perseverance and intelligence, one can surmount all obstacles. His nomination was no doubt as a result of the fabulous outreach President Obama has made to the entire world. Michael Steele's comments are typical sour grapes; obviously his man Bush was never considered for this high honor, and for obvious reasons.
    Obama's selection by the Nobel committee underscores the success of this great American's efforts, and we should be proud to call him our leader.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  383. Jerry

    While it is an honor to receive this prestigous award, in this instance, it is definitely premature. I am a Democrat, but I can see that giving this award to someone who was nominated before there's any fruit for his words and before he was barely in the White House somehow cheapens the award and makes it appear a political tool to manipulate policy and punish others (i.e. Bush). They should have waited. No one should hate, but no one should gloat either!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  384. Ryan Wilson (Toronto, Canada)

    This award is a prime example of how fractured America is as a country. Instead of criticizing and bickering about issues such as health care, jobs and this award, America should focus on uniting and moving forward to achieve peace and prosperity for it's citizens and the citizens of the world. My congratulations goes out to President Obama for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. I also want to congratulate Michael Steel and the republican party for yet again showing this morning why their party is broke, pitiful and viewed as a farce around the globe!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  385. JB

    Is this what we have come to as a nation?

    Our nation (not just the city of Chicago) fails to land the Olympics and some American citizens (opponents of the President) cheer.

    Our President wins the Nobel Peace Prize and some American citizens (opponents of the President) jeer.

    What happened to a national sense of pride surpassing individual political interests?

    Quick, ask any of the folks who are complaining about Obama's selection who won the Nobel Peace Prize. Or, ask them to name two winners this decade. Better yet, ask them to name five laureates in history. They can't.

    Obama's selection, like many, many others was based on creating a climate for change.

    What had Gore accomplished? What about John Hume and David Kimble? It was the promise of their work and their efforts.

    I just hope Obama doesnt cure cancer because he'll be charged with putting doctors out of work.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  386. Ferne LaDue

    Congratulations to our president whom I believe is brilliant and dedicated to bring peace and security to our nation and our world. I am so troubled by the attacks against him, all for political reasons, attacks that do not care for the struggles of the poor and middle class families of our nation. Opposers care only for getting back into power and frightening the people of our country with distortions and lies regarding his proposals.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  387. Tyler Mentzer

    Some will say that Obama does not deserve this honor, but for a president that makes diplomacy the first step in his foreign policy, I would say he has already come much further than Bush ever did. The people who oppose Obama's win are the same people who cheered when we lost the Olympics, and it is disgraceful to our country. Next time they say they love America, perhaps they should sit and remember how they attack it each day over partisan beliefs.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  388. Oma D. Bass

    Congratulations to President Obama. One thing for sure by now man should see the hand writing on the wall. God is trying to tell us somsthing. God put President Obama in as President because of peace. President Obama is very humble, kind and of love to all man kind. The world today is made up of all mixture of nationality of people. There is only one race, that is the human race, God's creation with love. Every man should be treated equally. Just because the man is half white half black, they do not want the man to be given a chance. All back to the times of salavry. Heidi Collins, people like you on the media just keep up more mess with your nagitve talking. Stop the mess and speak with positive remarks. No one wants to hear that mess but devils. God is in the plan and it is nothing no one can do about it, so just leave things a lone and let God do His will. The devil is not no ways big as God, so why do man think he can out do God. Get a life and turn your life over to God and let him lead and guide you all the way, and you will be just find.
    I know President Obama will be and do God's will.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  389. Marcelia

    Congratulations to the president, the Obama family, and to Americans. The Nobel Prize bestowed to our president is a national honor.

    Therefore, I am appalled at the critics. It is unpatriotic. I could not, would not criticize, had the honor have been bestowed on our President Bush – regardless of my political affiliation

    Michael Steele and the Republican party should be ashamed of themselves. Not one congratulatory statement before they went on the offensive. I detest it, and it unpatriotic.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  390. stefan s.

    This prize it is given to ONE man not to the all american's,and it is given by some committee from the other side of the world who don't care what american's think about their president,the committe apreciate the MAN and his ideas.It is an honor for the whole world to be contemporary with President Obama.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  391. Roy P.

    Congratulations to President Obama. To his critics I would say that he did NOT campaign for the Nobel prize. This honor was bestowed upon him because even though he has a short track record he has already given the World hope and direction on many fronts. He fully deserves it.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  392. Bernard

    Is it so bad that our sitting president has won a Nobel Peace Prize? Was celebrating the choice of Rio for the Olympics truly a reason to rejoice in the US? In light of our previous leader's proclamation: "Victory Accomplished!" If that dude make that anouncement, banner, flight suit and all, L O N G before that questionable victory has happened, can we not award a Nobel Peace Prize to President Barack Obama for all of his efforts to date? Let's start rooting for America.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  393. Shirley Venard

    Anyone who labels CNN liberal will be convinced today that it is not liberal as it demeans and denigrates the Peace Prize award to our President. It is disgusting how your reporters sneer at this honor just to be conflictive. Shame on you. How about a balanced report without facial editing. Perhaps you all should run for President as your attitude assumes you could do better than President Barak. He walked into the office which was a quagmire. This, none of you rarely comment upon.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  394. MST

    What's the big deal?! The WORLD believes and has said so! Leave it along! Only United States of American haters would scrutinized such a nobel act to such an extreme extent. YOU CAN'T BEAT GOD'S GIVING NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRY!!! Applaud him! Support him! I am SO HAPPY FOR HIM!!! BRAVO WORLD!!!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  395. Courtney

    I am appalled at the response to President Obama's receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. I wasn't aware that the commitee needed the approval of the world to give out the prize. They haven't in the past, so why is it so unnerving to SOME American's that Obama has won. Jealousy is truly an ugly thing especially on the American's who pride themselves on embracing diversity and democracy. Seems hypocritical to demand democracy in people abroad and not practice what you preach in the Land of the free and the home of the brave!!!!!!!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  396. Sheryl Jones

    Well, my Sour Grapes recipe book I began soon after President Obama was elected is just too full to publish now. Every time a Republican spouted off something I considered "sour grapes" I put it in my "recipe" book. Well, I am now out of ideas for a new recipe to equal the statement made by the Republicans after the President won the Nobel Peace prize. How small of them. They need to be looking at their own and finding fault instead of sending out their muckrakers. I am so disappointed in those Republicans I thought worthy.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  397. Terry O

    A President to be proud of, despite the endless deprecation of the US media.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  398. Gary Hunt

    Heidi,

    Right, wrong, or indifferent, political, staged, YES or NO, America needed this as much if not more than the president. After all we are not the most popular country in the world right now! Thank god a group of people seen the benifit and awarded the nobel to OUR president. gary

    October 9, 2009 at 11:04 am |
  399. cara

    President Obama is a class act and finally after miserable 8 years the world also realizes the USA finally has a President who thinks intelligently about the world affairs . We should all be proud, we can all stand with him. We are Americans= the RNC should stand with the rest of us Americans!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:04 am |
  400. Don Drolet

    Don – Pittsburgh, PA

    It never ceases to amaze me when people tip their hands so blatently. Instead of pride in our president, there is unprecedented scepticism and scrutiny. Where was this same attitude when we were told we needed to go to war? Where was it when we heard "mission accomplished"? This man, in the face of the greatest pressures and deepest problems left to an American president by a previous administration, continues to make efforts toward bipartisanship and compromise. He continues to carry himself with dignity and without malice in the face of unprecidented attacks by the right and a lack of support from many of his own party. I laud the example he sets on a daily basis and the example he makes of the potential for power without arrogance and insolence.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:04 am |
  401. Winston

    Candidate Obama extended a hand to Europe and Americans at home mocked him; President Obama extended a hand of friendship to the Muslim and Americans at home called him naive; President Obama rallied the world and called for better cooperation; Americans at home criticized him.
    Today the world honors him for his efforts, again Americans at home are questioning the world.
    Americans don't get it!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:04 am |
  402. Evelyn Browne

    Can the News Anchors on CNN please pause in their reporting on President Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize and just say...
    CONGRATULATIONS! Must they always put their spin on who, what, when, where and why?? It may well be he was awarded the prize for
    becoming the FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN PRESIDENT IN T HE HISTORY OF T HE UNITED STATES! That, in itself, speaks highly of
    America and all of its citizens. The PEACE portion of this Award may well lie in the CHANGE the world has witnessed in electing President Obama...PEACE WITHIN THE USA ITSELF! So, ALL OF YOU NEWS ANCHORS, take just a minute to say CONGRATULATIONS PRESIDENT OBAMA! Now, you can go back to your grandstanding!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  403. Pauline Wilcoxson

    For longer than I have been alive, 48 years, America has acted like a spoiled child. Our past leadership and actions at home and around the world have been primarily selfish, self-centered, pretenscious, and arrogant. Many times we have exerted our strengths as the worlds' biggest bully. Bullies do not make good or effective leaders. We have consistantly conveyed a "me, me, me" attitude and behavior. We have a consistant record of little to no concern for bad situations or the least of peoples among us or the world at large.
    What has Barrack Obama done to deserve to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?
    Precisely this. He is the first American President who has changed everyone's perception about America(ns), at home and globally. He defiantly stood up and professed that we will all now act and behave like adults here and abroad. He recognizes, acknowledges and behaves in an intelligent and realistic manner that demostrates that we are all part of a global society in every aspect of life. He strives for what is right and good.
    This is why I voted for him and why he absolutely should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  404. Nancy

    Once again, the Republican Party shows it self to be the party of mean-spirited curmudgeons, All they seem to do is criticize, criticize, criticize. So tiresome...

    October 9, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  405. Jennifer Steib

    Enough already! If this man sneezes the Republicans complain about the angle. Get over it you did not win. we all know the enormous mess the previous President left. We knew it would not be solved over night no matter won. President Obama did not nominate himself nor did he make anyone choose him as the winner so how is it political? Stop being sore losers "little children" and congradulate OUR President.
    Come together and do what is best for the American people for a change. We a tired of the bickering.

    Jennifer Steib

    October 9, 2009 at 11:06 am |
  406. Mary Ellen Bair

    I am watching BBCWorld along with your show and the Nobel Peace Prize is described as given for his work, not for the past or the future, but for hs work now, and to be a source of encourgement fo him. As far as when he was nominated, he could have been entered in February but voted on later in the year.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:06 am |
  407. Dorothy

    The whole purpose of the award is that he's trying to attain world
    peace. Don't be jealous right wingers. Michael Steele it is obvious that you are jealous and I am sure that Pres. Obama would not have said
    anything so negative about you. Where is your charisma? That's why he is liked, because he has more class than you.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  408. David

    Now that Obama has the Nobel "PEACE" Prize, I wonder how many troop he is going to send to Afghanistan? I bet Osama Ben laden is ecstatic about this..

    October 9, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  409. Gaylord

    Don't hate, let's celebrate.

    Everyone is quick to say what the president has not yet done. We need to remember that the influence of the United States is substantial. Simply by actively reaching out to other countries and listening to other points of view, Pres. Obama is beginning to change how other nations view the U.S. and how other nations interact on long-standing issues.

    Whether we like it or not, Pres. Obama has the award. He has achieved what only 6 or 7 other Americans have achieved.

    Let's simply celebrate that positive news for America.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  410. Jeanette

    I am thrilled the president received the honor of the peace prize.As a president he has done more in his short time as president than any other president in recent and somewhat distant past to promote peace among the US lawmakers and among countries.
    The way Obamas naysayers speak of him is alarming considering their efforts to destroy him and their lack of constructive cooperation is in fact shameful.
    Obama has continually reached out to them and others with an olive branch.
    The president has shown his true commitment to his christian faith in his actions.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  411. Linda

    President Obama has given the United States more hope for our young people as well as for our nation's image than any president since Kennedy. The majority of us need him and love him for he has given us hope and pride as a nation. After he was elected, nations who started to hate us and not trust us, expecially our allies applauded him and our nation for the first time since before the last president., He is truely the most kind, intelligent, hardworking, honest President that we have had in a long time. If he could bring this entire world together peacefully he would. Republicans don't deserve him. He deserves the prize.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  412. Carol Ginzburg

    President Barack Obama is a courageous and inspired choice for the Nobel Peace Prize. “I will extend a hand if you will unclench your fist” says it all. He is the first public figure of consequence to recognize that we have entered a time of globalization where “might (no longer) makes right,” where the powerful American war machine no longer calls the shots. We were given a chance to grasp this concept through the disastrous Vietnam War, but failed to do so and now are again challenged, sadly at the cost of many lives.

    We can no longer use our might to be the builder of the world’s nations, but instead must respect the right of each nation to self-determination. Despite the constant criticism of his Herculean efforts to clean up the financial and geopolitical mess left by the previous administration, President Obama persists in staying the course of the only path towards peace: mutual respect and collaboration across the boundaries of politics, culture, and religion.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  413. Karl

    Republicans whine (again) that Obama hasn't accomplished enough. Gee, it's been 8 months already. Why hasn't he cleaned up the mess Bush took 8 years to create? Michael Steel (wing nut of the highest order) is part of the knee-jerk, push-button mentality that got us into this mess in the first place and now Americans expect him to snap his fingers and get us out of our self-imposed woes. Step back everyone and take a few breaths.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  414. Naomi Clark

    Pres. Obama certainly dserves The Noble Peace Prize. He is loved by the World. He is brillant. No one deserves it more than our President. We should love and respect our President.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  415. Bill Gennaro

    I'm surprised that someone who was in office for only a month, who had not accomplished anything up to that point, except being elected, how he is deserving of a Nobel Peace Prize? He's my president, I respect him and his position. But .... but I don't understand how he would be given this "prize" without earning it. Any award monies he rexceives should be donated to a group like the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, or some like that.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  416. Gary

    You've got to be kidding!!!! This sounds like an inside job. Actually, given the state of the world today there are others much better suited to be the reciepient of this award.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  417. Philip Garceau

    Please consider ALL of Pres. Obama's agendas when deciding whether he is worthy of the Nobel Prize. Pres. Obama is squarely united with the Culture of Death in their agenda to wage war against and destroy countless UNBORN children of America through ABORTION. IN NO WAY IS HE WORTHY OF THIS AWARD.

    This also says alot about the Nobel Prize Committee!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  418. Rebeca Sanchez

    Oh this is well deserved for his effort to reach out to all leaders of the world for peace! I would love to see Rush, Bill, face right now,bet it's beet red! we already know what the head puppet of the republician party thinks! Instead of standing up for your president you beat him down, reminds me of the old days when black people had to be kept in their place! You can go to the best schools receive the highest grade among your peers and receive the nobel peace prize and in a blink of an eye your put back into your place! And we say we are Americans?

    October 9, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  419. Lynne Garwood

    Hurray and congratulations to our President Obama, a man of vision and courage to change the neanderthal mentality of the past decade. The silent majority of Democrats and Independents needs to wake up and give him our support before the vocal nay-sayers put us back into the pit. I've been listening to CNN all morning and thought I was on the Foxx News channel. Disappointing!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  420. Tom

    I do not agree with the decisions of the judges awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama .However, it will undoubtedly improve diplomatic relations between the president and other world leaders.

    To ask a world leader to not let the award effect their decisions regarding diplomatic relations is like a judge asking a jury to disregard testimony in a trial.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  421. Gretchen Bye

    We wonder why our children have no respect for teachers, adults or any authority, yet we stand in judgement of our president of the United States receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. He was nominated and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize so the question shouldn't be " Does he deserve it". The comment we should make is, how proud we are of president Obama and the United States of America. I think the people of America need to relearn what respect is so we can teach it to our children. It will also make us happier, nicer people

    October 9, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  422. C Kelly

    Why are people so bent out of shape because our President has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize? For those few people(conservatives) that are upset or should I say ignorant you should ask yourself what have I done for my country or countrymen for that matter. By the way President Obama didn't select himself for this award he was chosen by a comittee so take it up with them.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  423. laura from willis

    “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
    These are the KEY WORDS.
    So, why in the World are people saying "...what has Obama done...; this is political...; Obviously there is no longer credibility for the Prize???? I could go on and on. Why don't these jealous, angry and JUST SAY NO people go look in a mirror somewhere? Perhaps, just perhaps, they may see the ugly image that some of us see.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  424. Marilyn Bamford

    I do believe the President deserves this prize. He is in the process of completely transforming US policy vis a vis other nations. The Nobel community obviously sees him as a collaborator, not a "Lone Ranger".... the sort of leadership this world surely needs from our country.

    The Republicans really lack graciousness in their response to this honor. I feel less and less respect for their leadership.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  425. Mary Jane Hyde

    Congratulations to President Obama for winning the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. Pres. Obama certainly deserved this prize–he has presented himself as a peacemaker in many of his speeches both when he was a candidate for the presidency and after his election!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  426. txlawdawg62

    Once again it is evident that no matter what President Obama accomplishes there will be those who seek to discredit him by belittling him and down playing the true merit of something of this magnitude. Hey he won the Nobel Peace Prize so like him or not he has done something that at least has given some respect and honor to our great nation. Pres Carter was right and even if they deny it just look at the facts and watch as time goes on and see that this Pres will take critisism for things we would normally applaud any person who received such an honor. There is no race card in this country, there are just those who feel that some people should not be able to posess any cards at all... wake up we are at the table and in the game so dont think badly if we happen to win a hand!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  427. Donald Rome

    What is wrong with Republicans, that they're too small to even congratulate our President on winning the Nobel prize. Is it because they don't want to admit the award is a repudiation of Bush?

    October 9, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  428. Marilyn

    Why aren't all Americans proud that our President was chosen for such an honor. I think that he was chosen because of his desire to take the US in a completely new positive direction. The Republicans don't understand the havoc President Bush caiused all over ther world. We shoiuld all feel proud of our President. The Republicans will never get it.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  429. Terry

    I am not suprised at his award. I have traveled to Eqypt, Australlia, and Europe since his election and when people heard that I was American they would shake my hand and say OBAMA! You could see how excited and personally effected they were with this new world leader. I used to be apoligetic when I traveled.

    I wish all of American would get behind him too. I was furious when my school district did not show his address to the students on TV. When I contacted the superintendent, he said that he got too many e-mails warning him not to show the "hitler-like" address. So they said they didn't want to get involved. I told them they are a PUBLIC school and have a responsibliity to teach civic duty to support the office of president and by not doing so – spoke volumes of thier political views.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  430. Marianne

    Why all the negativity and sarcasm about Obama's winning the Peace prize? Have we forgotten how to enjoy a moment of glory? We should rejoice that his peacemaking efforts have been recognized and rewarded. How fortunate we are to have a president with the drive, determination, and energy to pursue world peace, in spite of enormous obstacles. We are with you, Barack Obama, and we are proud of you.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  431. Nick M

    For years now America has been viewed by the world as a bully. Even though we have sent money, arms and support to many countries around the globe.Obama represents a "Beacon" a promise of things to come. The negative tone comes from the folks who have already declared their aim to put out his light. The Taliban live in darkness and their take on Islam is really satanic but, I expected more from the republican party. God bless America.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  432. Ayse

    He is the only prominent figure in the USA who talked to Muslims through out the world. He said what the Europeans were thinking for years, but they were not able to say anything because they are worried about the Jewish backlash. Nobel commity made it very clear that this was the reason he was given the prize. He said to Muslims " if you unclench your fists we are ready to extend our hands". He understands that supporting and raising the standards in the Muslim worl is not Anti-Semitic and he is not afraid to express it infront of the whole world. He is not only worried about one segment of the world, he is worried about peace on earth!
    He understands that Jewish kids will not have peace untill all Muslim kids have at least as secure a future as the Jewsih kids. It is well deserved and I am proud to call him my president! He is a great thinker – his humanity and intelligence is well above all the people who are questioning this well deserved award.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  433. joey

    We are a nation that is hurting, it is time we stand with the president instead of slamming him of his award. We have to remember that he is our leader, we choose him. Wounds don't heal overnight, we can't ask a man to change to change the world this fast, and if we are. We are being unrealistic, I think the president has done well thus far being put in the midlle of two wars, and our economy shot, from the start. I tip my hat to the president for wanting to take on this challange, and getting us back to the top of the mountain

    October 9, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  434. Amy Johnson

    For one moment in time, can we set aside our personal egos and differences, and simply offer our congratulations to an American citizen who has won a prestigious honor?
    Perhaps when we do, we will return to our better more humble selves and be happy for someone else.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  435. ms. willis

    i think it is "WONDERFUL" that our great President... has received this
    award.... he is so deserving of it....i am saddened tho that ppl from other
    countries can see... wut ppl in our own country (amercia) cannot see
    it's kinda like when michael jackson was alive ...his own country..dis-owned him..while others in other countries....embraced him... i AM SO PROUD OF OUR PRESIDENT... bye the way... why is he ALWAYS referred to as a BLACK president...when his mother was white
    an HE WAS RAISED BYE HIS "WHITE" GRAND PARENTS... HE IS BI-RACIAL...U KNO...

    CONGRATS MR. PRESIDENT....... U MAKE US/ME PROUD

    October 9, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  436. mor lori

    The ridiculous criticisms of our current President just get crazier and crazier. Getting the Nobel Peace Prize is a bad thing? From what instituation did these critics escape? This is positive Price even if it all just politics. Come on – our political polititians play the game every day.

    This Prize shows how the world views our President and they view him as a peace maker. This is good in all ways. This just eats at the pride of all those serving in the previous administraion because the world viewed them as war-mongers – which is pretty much accurate.

    In regards to what has been accomplished here at home, President Obama continues to move through the quagmire of our house and senate, who are as contentious as a bunch of little children fighting over the favorite toy, which is this case is public opinion and re-election. They all get a big "shame on you" from me. Our representatives couldn't agree on where to go for dinner because if the meal turns out to be a good one, they would want credit for it.

    The nerve these losers have.

    How did most of these same representatives take a couple weeks and agree to saddle my children and grandchildren with ultra-extreme debt just so we could bail out the big-wigs on Wall Street? And those greedy creeps – they have yet to spend that money on the American people and, the frosting on this mess ..... gave themselves huge bonuses for being a complete failure. Another "shame on them".

    I'll write again.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  437. Peggi From Cal

    I am very proud of our President. After so long of being in the shadow of Bush and his lies, we can now have something to be proud of. Let me share somthing I found when I was looking up past winners-did you know that several times, over several years, the prize was NOT awarded, because the Committe could not find anyone who was worthy? And, from their site – "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". As the Committee has also stated this year, it is also for the "hope" he brings to the table.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  438. Elaine Steinert

    Interesting to me that the only two comments you read on the air from your 390+ blogs regarding Obama's Nobel Peace Prize were both negative. I remember when he said in his inauguration speech "I will extend my hand if you will unclench your fist". It is that attitude that has restored the U.S. Presidency to its former world leadership and on which the Nobel Committee probably gave the Peace Prize.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  439. Lance Cooper

    Congratulation on your Nobel Peace Prize award Mr. President, well deserved. May God continue to protect you and your family, sustain your mental and physical strength, wisdom and understanding to continue to pursue and accomplish your goals for improving the lot of Americans and people throughout the world. It is good that well thinking world leaders have recognised your goodwill and sincerity and have displayed their support and encouragement in this prestigious award. People of goodwill throughout the world and here at home continue to support you and your administration. Your detractors who pursue a selfish, envious and racial agenda will FAIL.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  440. David

    Good morning Heidi,

    Stunning though the announcement may be, President Obama's and his administration's work and approach diplomatically have made a deep impression on the international community. I think his peaceful collaborative approach, and I'm not sure that's best how to describe it, have helped ease tensions quite a bit, and I'm happy about that.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  441. Hilda Wales

    He brings hope to many all around the world. Not many can inspire the world to change. Good for him. ride for us.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  442. P. OBrien

    FYI Not for publication. At about 11:00 this morning another woman, dressed in green ,I think, either paraphrased or quoted someone from one of the political parties using the term "Attaboy..." referring to the President of the United States. The word "boy" historically has been used to address even elder black gentlemen and is extremely offensive to most African Americans. I would think that you might want to edit that tape and be aware of , and sensitive to the situation should it ever come up again in whatever context.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  443. Ryan Wilson

    You have to wonder.....are all the negative comments on this blog from republicans?? Sure sounds like it!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  444. Sandra Field

    What is wrong with this picture? Our country who proclaim peace to the world is recognized and honored through its President and instead of a spirit of thanksgiving and gratitude we response with negativity and criticism. Why can't we see this as a global community showing its appreciation for our renewed efforts and commitment to a peaceable resolution to world situations.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  445. KRJ56

    It is such a shame that this very good man catches so much heck for everything that he does, and so little mention of what he has accomplished in such a short time. Can't we just feel honored that our new President and his administration has restored America's moral leadership in the world and be proud? I am disgusted by the negativity expressed by the Republicans, and the media (including CNN). I wish America would wake up and realize what a good leader this man is and what a huge mess he is trying to correct. The Nobel nominating committee did.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  446. Ed

    We are so proud of our President and see the Peace prize award as confirmation to contilnue the efforts he humbly elaborated in his address indicating he will go to Oslo to accept the award for all people.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  447. John Pinkman

    Once there was a day when the entire nation, without exception, would have been proud of our President receiving international acclaim, regardless of party affiliation. Apparently the comments this morning by those who pride themselves on negativity, confirm that Republicans will never let the President succeed or recognize him for his accomplishments. This orchestrated effort to demean and marginalize by those that would place personal political benefit and jealously ahead of statesmanship, will continue for as long as the President is in office. Their only goal is obstruction and defeating the President at every tern. They would rather see him fail than the country succeed. Each week their shrill voices of jealousy echo across the nation standing atop a foundation absent of any positive plan. While fanning the flames of ignorance and fear, cable based political character actors reflect a daily concentration on ratings rather than fulfilling a reasonable position of critical patriotism or the execution of values – integrity

    October 9, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  448. Thyris Taylor

    I feel the Nobel Committee has made a very intuitive choice, and once again has sent a message to the world about the importance of peace among countries and peoples. They have selected Our President as the Nobel Peace Prize winner a person who places a very high priority on peace . The Nobel committee recognizes that this President is committed not only to peace between races, and peoples, but between domestic and world political powers. Mr. Obama once said that "we will extend a hand if you will open your fist." Mr. Obama's demeanor in regards to avoidingof personal attacks in the debate of issues , openness to new ideas, and civility in disagreements, has impressed the world. He has shown us, the world that rancor, mudslinging, and threatening behavior toward others is not the way to solve domestic or international problems. I say the committee has chosen well in the selection of this man of peace.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  449. Mike

    It is interesting to see a similar explosive effect of a Nobel peace prize on the Republicans and the Taliban. Their expressed statements describe their unintended injuries, self inflicted by envy and intolerance. Peace is an oxymoron among warmongers. Ironically, they will use it to fight with venom!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  450. Ryan Wilson (Toronto, Canada)

    If the G.O.P. wants to be taken seriously at ALL maybe they should update their website and comments. The "newest" blog article on their site is from 5/15/09. This coupled with the comments from this morning clearly and unequivocally show how out of date this poor excuse of a political party is. Its 2009 lets get with the times Mr. Steel! Congratulations President Obama on your vision and commitment to not only your country but to the world as well!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  451. Mark Jack

    It is indeed a rightly deserved award. We americans rarely realise how arrogant our tone used to be. And now here is this refreshing image of US that is now being built by Pres. Obama.

    The current wars are in fact needed, like our troops in Afghanistan, to make the world more peaceful. Hence, on one hand our Pres. is showing respect to the common-man in the war-troden countries and providing education and welfare programs thro' our troops, and on another hand working out the details of how to best to utilize the troops to minimize casualties yet uproot terrorism.

    The words, the tone and perspective with which Pres Obama is presenting us to the world seems easy but takes courage and deep rooted commitment for a peaceful world for our children.

    -Mark

    October 9, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  452. Larry McComas

    Heidi, I have noticed that most of the people who congratulating Obama are ashamed to put their full name and/or their state on their comment. Are they hiding their true feelngs?

    October 9, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  453. Jimmie Johnson

    CONGRATULATIONS to President Barack Obama !! He has humbly accepted the Nobel Peace Prize by recognizing the honor as a challenge for this Nation to reach for higher goals. This underscores the great character of our President. The international community of Nobel Laureates recognizes the truly outstanding effort this President and the Administration has made to bring all Nations together to create a safer World.

    The jealousy displayed by REPUBLICANS over this honor is typical of their disdain for any accomplisment by the United States. I would be ashamed to be a REPUBLICAN.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  454. Ben

    Not only does he deserve the Nobel Peace Prize he deserves any award they can come up with to keep inspiring him to "clean up the mess that's done been made" by you know who. I would like to take this opportunity to give a standing ovation to the President of the United States Barack Obama!!!!!!!! Job well done!!!!!!!! You can't make character and that's what he has!!!!!!! I'd also like to congratulate all the American's on a job well done in expressing congratulations to Mr. President!!!!!! Take a bow!!!!!!!!! You are positive thinkers and there is much power in that!!! RNC, GET OVER IT!! MOVE ON!! Take a look at yourselves in the mirror and say, I will survive!!!!!!!!!!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  455. T.K. Cumarasamy

    2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

    Seems like the Norwegians missed the brilliant performance by Iran.

    In a circuitous way the Iranians have forced the hands of the Israelis to eliminate their nuclear arsenal so there can be true nuclear disarmament in the Middle East and President Obama may make it a reality in the future. If the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize was to be awarded for the said reasons of the Norwegians, then they should have made both President Obama and Iran share it.

    The American spirit is only to be found in these United States. May the USA live forever.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  456. jane

    It's idiotic ! What has he done besides give speeches ? If this is the case , all the beauty contestants who want "world peace " should also win ! He has done nothing to prove himself worthy of what is supposed to be such a high honor !

    October 9, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  457. Ganesan Srinivasan

    While I am deligthed that President Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize which I hope will serve as a catalyst to peace around the world, I was surprised that when CNN listed the names of Americans who received Nobel Peace Prize in the last century, they missed out on Dr. Norman Borlaug, a US citizen and agricultural scientist (not a politician) who won the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Borlaug saved literally billions of lives around the world from starvation, hunger and malnutrition. He passed away last month at the age of 95.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  458. Cmy

    To continue the posting at 11:00 am. I as well as my US siblings, are a product of the Relationship that is still in the stages of working on a custody battle of us the US citizens. I for one, am proud that the temporay guardian has received the honor of the Nobel Prize. On the other hand regarding the other 1/2 of the divorced couple (Republicans) are an embarrasement to me. Instead of trying to work things out for what is best for us (the children) they continue the attack.
    Where is the pride of family??? We (the children) have been placed in the temporary custody of one guardian, we had the last say as we are old enough to do so, the judge took our feelings into consideration and granted a four year temp custody. Our other half, instead of trying to prove that they are capable and secure enough to attempt to revisit this decision in four years and try to rebuild their trust with their children, continue to act like irresponsible children themselves by not trying to do what is best for their children but instead attack the custodian of same. I as a child of this 2 party parenthood, am ashamed that they not only embarass me in front of my siblings, friend and neighbors, but now take this embarasment in front of the whole world. Whom is the parent, whom is the child. Those chilren will again have their say in 4 years. Common sense shows you their choice. There is still time for the Republicans to step up to the plate and support our Guardian, when he is on the right path, discuss quietly when they feel he is not, and show the world that harmony is possible.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  459. Mike Maurer

    Barack Obama has been advocating international diplomacy for the last few years through his campaign. In his first few months in office, he has delivered. He has changed the US tone toward the rest of the world. As I traveled over the last several years, it was clear to me that the world gets it. PROPHETS ARE NOT KNOW IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY. Finally, we have a president who is for peace!

    October 9, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  460. Ron

    "To prove himself worthy" this is code for the idiom of stupity among other things. As the President he has proven and taken steps to reach out to the Middle East. He has taken steps to right a failed economy, and introduced an outline for Health Care Reform. Now we can debate if any of this will happen. Our country has never been more closer to health reform than it is now. According to financial markets we seemed to be headed towards financial recovery. 8 years of spending, not accounting in the budgets the cost of two wars by the previous administration. The bar has been raised for this President, he will have to work harder no matter what. I suspect he knew that when he took the job.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  461. Mike Maurer

    President Obama has been advocating international diplomacy for the last few years through his campaign. In his first few months in office, he has delivered. He has changed the US tone toward the rest of the world. As I traveled over the last several years, it was clear to me that the world gets it. PROPHETS ARE NOT KNOW IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY. Finally, we have a president who is for peace!

    October 9, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  462. jd

    Congrats President Obama, You have reached out to the world in a peaceful way and changed the image of America for the better. To those who say he does not deserve or should refuse the award, Nobel.org states that this prestigious award was refused by 6 people–3 of them in 1938. The authorities in their country (Germany 1938) declined the award for Richard Kuhn (Heidelberg, Germany) , Adolf Butenandt (Germany), and Gerhard Domagk (Germany); however, they received their diplomas and medals at a later date. America, please let us not imitate the unacceptable behavior of the Nazi German authorities in 1938–today the world is a much better place.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  463. Gyanesh

    All those who are criticizing a WINNER..........I would like to remind one word ...."DECENCY". This word is very important to bring peace in your homes, country and globally.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  464. Jose Reyes

    Bush is more than deserving of a Nobel Peace Prize for preventing another terrorist attack on our soil since 9/11.

    October 9, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  465. pc

    Congratulations MR.PRESIDENT

    October 9, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
  466. bigvoice68

    CNN's reporting of President Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize is horrible. Their correspondents are projecting an attitude that contends he is undeserving of the award because he has only been in office for nine months. But how can a man be undeserving of the Nobel Peace Prize when his whole post-graduate life has been dedicated to helping people help themselves. We must all remember that he was a community organizer before he was elected to the United States Senate and American presidency. He is, and always has been, a proponent of national and international peace.

    My prayer is that CNN will spend more time listening to Americans who understand the importance of this moment. Ever since America responded to the 9-11 attacks eight years ago by taking military action in Afghanistan and Iraq, the world has been in a state of moral decline. Some would say the pace of this decline has quickened. Add the Bush Administration's blatant lies to the mix, and you begin to see that this Republican president allowed partisan politics to influence his decision to begin two wars that will never be won under his leadership, or the leadership of any future president.

    We all agree that President Obama has yet to accomplish his lofty goals. But we Americans must also agree that we have a stake in whether he achieves these same goals. When media outlets like CNN constantly sensationalize the negative without giving credence to the positive, they impair American's willingness to work diligently with President Obama to achieve the established goals. More importantly, though, their correspondents don't operate as impartial witnesses to history; they force us to take sides.

    But the side that needs to be taken is the one that is right. Yes, right does depend on one's worldview, but who prefers bomb attacks over world peace? No one, I hope. The right thing to do in this case is to engage in activities that lead to most, if not all, of the things that President Obama has set into motion through his righteous words and deeds. If we Americans don't get on board with President Obama, then our country is going to be worse off than it was after Republican President George W. Bush left office.

    One of America's greatest strengths has been the way it is viewed by the world citizenry. The world's negative perception of America is slowly being melted away, being replaced by a more positive perception. I think this more positive perception is a tribute to President Obama's charisma, his willingness to be the kind of chief diplomat that shows us how to love our families (fellow Americans) and neighbors (foreigners) again.

    But Republican senators and representatives are even trying to undermine President Obama's efforts on the world stage. I have heard reports about Congressmen refuting reports about global warming/climate change. Sarah Palin even stated her opposition to President Obama's policies during a speech she delivered in Hong Kong, China. Such behavior is somewhat unprecedented, but it is a sign that the Republican Party is focused more on scare tactics (in this country and abroad) than helping America and the world recover from the Bush Years (2000-2008).

    President Barack Obama is not a tyrant or a socialist; he is a concerned citizen of the world working with like-minded individuals to rebuild the global village.

    October 9, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  467. Christin K

    It will be interesting to see how this neutering will affect a strong stance with countries like Iran and Korea. Of course the award didn't stop the likes of Arafat and Gorbachev from waging war. Kind of takes any sense of real meaning out of the word peace. I don't see this as a prestigious award at all.

    October 9, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  468. Jerry. Texas.

    Limbaugh sees the Nobel Prize as a ploy by the world's "elites" to encourage Obama to "...continue his intentions to emasculate the United States... They love a weakened, neutered U.S...." Beck's head will likely explode. But this is news to me: Limbaugh and Beck are the measure of masculinity??? When you look at them , aren't you reminded of Ned Beatty's character in "Deliverence" who suffers homosexual rape?
    I don't know whether the President "deserves" the Nobel Prize. I frankly see it as a reflection of how we in the US are viewed in the world and an expression of hope that our policies are changing and we will engage the world and seek peace.

    October 9, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  469. Ama

    Congrats! You deserve it. You did not start the wars. The wars are your legacy. The way you and your administration are handling issues depicts the peace you want for the world. You are a man of peace. If you were president then I believe you would have done things differently. You would have applied tact and diplomacy. It has been given to you nobody can strip off the title even if they think you do not deserve it or criticize you. You are blessed.

    October 9, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  470. Jill Krum

    I think Obama was a good choice. From his first moments in office he has reached out to people of goodwill of all faiths, races and nationalities to work toward mutual respect, understanding and peace.

    October 9, 2009 at 1:28 pm |
  471. Stephanie Chapin

    For a news reporter to compare President Reagan not getting the Nobel Peace Prize, to President Jimmy Carter receiving the prize, was terrible. Read a book on African history and how Reagan's policies hurt the African people. Please quit putting everything into terms of Republican and Democratic, for the first time in a long time, America is starting to shed anti American sentiments.

    October 9, 2009 at 1:34 pm |
  472. J Flaherty

    It is both frustrating and disappointing that partisans have now targeted a prize for peace. How can you find wrong with a man's efforts to do right? The irony is steep.

    October 9, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  473. Denyse Dixon Turcot

    Hello Heidi...I am an American living in Canada. I have dual citizenship – my mother was born in Quebec and my father from the US. I grew up in California.

    I have been living in Canada for awhile. I am shocked, dismayed and very sad by the pettiness that always seems to be on the news.

    What has happened to the dignity of Americans? their graciousness? their greatness that I always thought we had?

    I am so sick of all the "gossip" of what this or that person is doing or who they are sleeping with. Don't we have bigger problems to worry about?

    I am so proud of President Obama...he is just a man and has inherited such a huge load to deal with from our past. He is black, and yet we elected him – hooray for that! That gave me hope that we are not so ego minded...and narrow minded!

    I could not believe the criticism broadcasted on CNN this am..the fact that Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize....yes he deserves it...he is the first who has finally said that we are not the only ones in the world, he has been humble and reaching out a hand to other countries...

    I am disgusted with what I hear on the news! Give him a break – support him to be the best President we ever had – then I will be proud to be an American Again.

    I wrote something on Anderson Cooper and very disappointed not to have had a response....do Americans only want Kudos....interesting for an American to be somewhere else in the world and see that not everyone appreciates how we act and what we do!

    Sincerely, Denyse Dixon Turcot

    October 9, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  474. Christina Nawada, Winter Haven, FL

    Like a great work of Art that stands the test of time, it all begins with THE CONCEPT, and THE SPIRIT behind the work, and the skill and talent in which it is brought forth...
    The DISCIPLINE, and RESPECT for all people, for all countries, that Barack Obama has shown the world, is is what makes him worthy and deserving this award!

    It's not the instant gratification his naysayers, who say he hasn't done anything yet, but the WAY, and kind of BEHAVIOR he is showing us how Peace CAN be achieved. He's being awarded for his LEADERSHIP and TEAMWORK, with the best and the brightest, and all the rest of us who desire mature discussion and DIALOGUE, in solving the problems of this weary world. He leads by INCLUSION, NOT exclusion, not by flaunting w.a.s.p. "superiority"!

    I have never been so engaged, in not only understanding better, the functioning of our government, but actually participating and being heard and responded to!!! It's been said, the President has a picture of Mahatma Ghandi in his office. Great role model! Congratulations President Obama, we are proud of you!!!

    The "Party of NO" will probably always come up with something mean-spirited to say. They are misdirecting and misleading information and facts, or they are The Misdirected, if they follow what they've been "fed". Their motives come from selfishness and jealousy. Don't listen to them!

    October 9, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  475. Robert D. Mowry

    I would think that when the president of a country is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the citizens of that country–all of them–would offer words of congratulation before saying anything else, whether they like the president or not, whether they agree with the selection or not, whether they will go on to say something nice or something less so, particularly since the president neither applied nor campaigned for the award. Some Americans' idea of civility and propriety has reached a new low... Why are the Republicans so negative–i.e., Michael Steele's comments on the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama? Why is everything now about bashing?

    October 9, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  476. Nita B

    What's with all the sho ck and awe?? Obama being given the Nobel Prize is fantastic! Those who complain of the way things are right now...........why weren't you complaining about the situation when Bush was getting us into this mess? Obama is a light at the end of the tunnel......and our future. Bush's secretive cabinet and wheels and deals got us into all this mess...........Obama will have to clean up Bush's 8 year mess...........that in and of itself should be a Nobel nomination.......and awarded as such. Do I sense jealousy that a republican president has never been nominated nor awarded such an award. It took 8 years to get us into this mess.........and you have the audasity to condem Obama for not having it cleaned up within months?? Obama is the hope for the future of the United States....and obviously many other countries. Obama is proof that, YES, WE CAN!!!! Time will show that YES, HE WAS........HE OUR HOPE!! Congratulations President Obama on your award, you are our beacon of light in these dark times.

    October 9, 2009 at 2:06 pm |
  477. Mikey P

    Can the man have a victory without all the haters??
    No matter what this guy does or win, it's short lived by all the negative attitude. Michael Steele, seriously, sorry you weren't the 1st black President, you will never be one.. So, stop making it so obvious that you are envious of Obama and put your Hater Degree away!

    October 9, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  478. Joe D.

    I think it’s absolutely absurd to think that President Obama has even come close to the kinds of credentials which should be met in order to be nominated for a Nobel Prize. After nearly nine months in office he has not done anything to promote world peace except talk about it. If that’s all it takes then I hope that my name can be in the running next year, I can certainly use the 1.5 million dollars. This is just another distraction for an administration that has bitten off WAY more than it can chew.

    October 9, 2009 at 2:15 pm |
  479. Matt in Florida

    The Nobel committee hasn't had much peace to celebrate in recent years, but suddenly they see hope for peace in the future. That's what this laurel represents - the hope for future peace.

    October 9, 2009 at 2:15 pm |
  480. lebrown

    Until this president came on the scene there was nothing but tension in the world and most of that tension was directed at America. So its early in his administration that he wins the Nobel Peace Prize; so what. First he is the "only" leader pushing cooperation and reconciliation among historical enemies to bring about world peace. Secondly more of the world supports his ideals than the previous administration; the positive perception of America has changed drastically since his election; and lets remember, he did not nominate himself nor did he vote himself winner. It seems the only people that are really angry about this are the terrorists and the Republicans. What perfect bedfellows.

    October 9, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  481. Dr. A Gaskins

    Of course the President deserves to receive the N/P PRIZE!
    READ THE REQUIREMENTS. HE MEETS ALL. IF YOU ARE NOT ON THE COMMITTE JUDGING, STOP JUDGING!

    October 9, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  482. Marlene A Clark

    Kyra, I'm so proud at this moment to be an American! Pres. Obama is everything that a president should be...#1 intelligent. He is a peace maker. I hope he donates the money to healthcare! Keep reaching out Mr. President! Don't let the haters slow you down! I voted for you and I know that I made the right choice. I'm 61,white,Dem and a thinking American.

    October 9, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  483. mary samples

    I don't know why it is everytime something good happens to President Obama, like the Nobel Peace Prize, the media turns it into something negative and ugly. Why in heaven's name can't we just be proud of our president and our country? President Obama has been in office less than a year, but the media seems to think he should have solved all of our problems. And everytime I hear someone complain, I just wonder what have they done to solve their own problems, their neighborhood, their schools, etc.

    October 9, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  484. Richard

    Nobel created the prize to recognize peace efforts to offset the lives destroyed his dynamite creation cost humanity. Why is this being questioned at all by the right? They in the end will be recognized as the fools.

    In his campaign, his pre election speech in Berlin made statements of his vision to take a new approach in US interaction with the world, with efforts to promote peace and recognition of needs of the less fortunate.

    He deserves the award if only for being a politician that against all the political forces is showing in deeds he meant what he said in his campaign. It is so remarkable to have a president who offers action to those that elected him based on his words of the campaign.

    In the past administration we saw campaign promises, followed by the rewards going to the small numbers of the privileged, while 90% of the US population suffered in many ways with loss of rights, wealth, and lost dignity in the eyes of the world.

    I may be unhappy with the costs some of his actions, but I do at least feel I must agree in the honor for actually doing what he said. It is a shame, we have a House and Senate lacking the same honorable goal of doing what they say for those they represent.
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    October 9, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  485. Joe D.

    Everyone seems to feel like they world has a better view of us now that Obama is President. Thats real comforting as unemployment, the national deficit, and our debt to China keeps increasing. I'm not saying he is the source of these problems, we know that, but he hasn't done anything to fix these problems either. Who care if the world thinks hes a "nice guy" if he can't fix the problems facing the people who can actually vote for him.

    October 9, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  486. Mike M.

    Did following Bush help get President Obama the Nobel Prize? You bet! His election renewed the hope and respect the rest of the world once had for this country. Does he deserve it? Well, considering he’s been doing nothing but try to solve the problems that were either caused or completely ignored by the last administration, it’s a bit early to tell. Too bad the citizens of foreign countries have more respect for him than the ones who elected him. Too bad we live in such a shallow and short-sighted nation.

    October 9, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  487. barbara hooper

    In February, President Obama's stated vision and demonstrated goodwill toward North American, European and mid-Eastern nations earned him a well-deserved Nobel Peace Prize nomination. Several months later, after committee deliberation, he was awarded the prestigious honour. This President is a rare individual, not to be critiqued or judged by ordinary standards. The Nobel committee recognized this uniqueness. Congratulations President Barack Obama!
    Barbara

    October 9, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  488. Sharon M.

    Obama is donating the prize money to charity.

    October 9, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  489. Jim in California

    The wisdom of awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama so soon in his presidency is certainly open to debate. What's not in doubt, though, is that your cartographer needs serious lessons in geography; the map shown on CNN to indicate the 16 countries that Obama has visited as president has colored in Iran among them, persumably because your graphics crew mistook that nation for Iraq, which the president has visited. Now, a presidential trip to Iran, especially at this juncture, would be historic and worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize!

    October 9, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  490. Lavita Bradley Chapin

    If the World recognizes our U.S. President for his true efforts he is making in the White House, all I can say is Congratulations President Obama!!! I am proud of you as our Chief in Commander, and look forward to more good things to come through your hard work.
    Thank You CNN................................................Lavitaq Bradley Chapin

    October 9, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  491. Bonnie Calcagno

    I do not think President Obama with his civil liberties record at home should have been awarded the nobel peace prize. This is the president who has done nothing to correct the Attorney General's Guidelines under the Bush Administration which rescinded anti-COINTELPRO regulations, who has allowed the surveillance policy of the Bush Administration which has resulted in American's exercising their first amendment rights to be labeled domestic terrorists, to be put under surveillance with COINTELPRO tactics being used against them. This is the president who has ignored testimony given at Senator Feingold's subcommittee on restoring the rule of law to hold a commission to get at the truth at what was done under the Bush Administration, the secret executive orders, the laws he would not obey. If the commission that gave President Obama a nobel peace prize understood his civil liberties record at home, I don't think – with good reason – he would have been their choice.

    October 9, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  492. Angie

    No one seeks to get the Nobel Peace prize. It is given. The USA is not involved in deciding who the Nobel Peace Prize goes to. The decision making for the Nobel Peace Prize is Not in our hands. Yet it is 3 democrats in the USA who have been given the Nobel Peace Prize within a 20 year period, and yet not 1 Republican has been award one during the same 20 year period. So who is most critical of another democrat getting the Nobel Peace Prize? The Jealous Republicans, of course! ! !

    October 9, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  493. Dwain Perry

    President Obama truly deserves this award. Peace is what is in his heart and I assumded that the American public wanted the same thing. The American public is confusing, you wanted to peace instead of war but when our President set his agenda for Peace and receives an award, now you want to try and humiliate him. If our past President, Bush would of won the award, you probably make that day a federal holiday. I want to say a few things to the American public that is on my mind. Stop being racist... and just live your life. President Obama already have to straighten out the mess the was awaiting for him and now he has to listen to your bull sh#@. I can't stand living in a society like this. I"m an African American and you all truly make me sick. A black man can't do anything right but its alright for a white man to make a mistake, you all will open your arms to him or her. When a black man or woman make a mistake, you want to lynch them. Well in you face, a BLACK MAN WON THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE..

    October 9, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  494. Christopher, from Gainesville FL

    Gorbachev won the prize in 1990–not 1991. Mandela won in 1993, not 1994. The Dalai Lama got his in 1989, and Tibet isn't free. Awarding the prize as an incentive rather than a victor's crown is neither unprecedented nor unwelcome, and I think people might be better served by considering what the heck the point would be if it were given for peace already accomplished.

    October 9, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  495. Dana Kester-McCabe

    Like everyone else I was surprised that President Obama won the Nobel Peace prize so early in his presidency. That is until I heard that he was nominated twelve days into it. It is clear that the Nobel committee saw his candidacy and election as an example of democracy at its finest.

    A country as deeply divided as ours was at that time, came together for an election. We then had a peaceful transition of power. This is the dream of every emerging democracy who continues to see blood spilling and innocent lives lost as they try to take responsibility for their own governance.

    Mr. Obama’s political skills and campaign strategy was something our country and the world should be proud of. Long live democracy and freedom. May they serve our President and our country well as we go forward to face all those difficult issues ahead of us. This is, as our President says: “a call to action” – to continue the work begun in that campaign, to build a more peaceful world.

    October 9, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  496. H. Roake

    It's funny how people are questioning President Obama's accomplishments. His first major accomplishment was winning the election!

    October 9, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  497. Don Kahoun

    Please read what Alfred Nobel's will said about this award. Obama has done this in the past year.

    "In his 1895 will, Alfred Nobel stipulated that the peace prize should go "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace congresses." "

    "OSLO – President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples," the Norwegian Nobel Committee said, citing his outreach to the Muslim world and attempts to curb nuclear proliferation."

    "The Nobel committee praised Obama's creation of "a new climate in international politics" and said he had returned multilateral diplomacy and institutions like the U.N. to the center of the world stage. The plaudit appeared to be a slap at President George W. Bush from a committee that harshly criticized Obama's predecessor for resorting to largely unilateral military action in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks."

    October 9, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  498. Lavita Bradley Chapin

    Congratulations to OUR American President, I read through some comments,sadly to read AMERICAN People complaining. He represents the United States of America. If the public and press would have been more involved in the past 8 years of a Lost administration,maybe all of you would be as proud as he is and should be today.Have you ever heard the quote" Well it's yours now,You inherited the farm?" We as Americans should be proud of him today,and remember what this man has taken on.Have some respect !!! He did not cause the past 8 Year meltdown. He is doing his best to get America back on it's feet.
    Thank You Cnn and Congratulations To President Obama for his prestigious award. Lavita Bradley Chapin

    October 9, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  499. CAROL

    For God's sake, he is the first President of the U.S. and the first leader of the free world to extend an "open hand" to the Muslim world. How brave of him. This may be the most peaceful and significant gesture ever made in the last 50 years. How dare the do-nothing Republicans question the Nobel Prize Committee, a group of people known for their VERY CAREFUL considerations.

    October 9, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  500. Sam

    The only problem I think here is how this prize will affect Obama foreign policy decision in future

    October 9, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  501. Rob in Fla

    We as a nation should all be proud of the president we elected, he deserves this, if for nothing else, the HOPE he gave us for change. Have we forgotten already what Bush gave us, 2 unfinished wars, and an economy in chaos. And that's just here at home, around the world Bush gave us mistrust and outright hatred. We have a chance to reverse so much of what was wrong with the last 8 years, that alone is reason enough for our President to win. We see our President every day working hard to fix all this mess he was given, I don't think there are many in this world who have what it takes to tackle all of this at once like our President has done! We NEED to support our PRESIDENT, and be thankful we have him! Those hoping our President fails, are actually hoping our country fails, they are the UN-AMERICAN ones! This country needs to do a lot of soul searching for the TRUTH!

    October 9, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  502. Barbara Collison

    I was stunned. I believe President Obama is working hard towards peace but we're not there yet. I hope this and other awards are not of a politicle origen.

    October 9, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  503. June Keller

    Why is there such an uproar about Pres. Obama's award?? What he has done is leave us with HOPE in our hearts. Besides love, what greater gift can you leave a person...a country? Hope is a tremendous gift, and Obama appears to have this commodity to spare.
    I loved his acceptance speech. Cut him some slack, he's new at this job; would you want it thrust upon you?

    October 9, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  504. Bishop, Bobby E. Ward

    Why don't the haters have enough sense to understand that Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize for his" efforts
    ' to stablize a world heading for disaster by emphasing peace and love for each oter around the world. That's what God want.

    But there are player haters whos job it is to hate Obama and and not seek peace. Their love and peace is with each other having the same cause and that is to overthrow any thing good that they are not in charge of.

    October 9, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  505. a.c

    Rick Sanchez you and your racsist supporters need to GET OVER your president winning the Peace Prize. if you and your followers turn your negativity into to positive and support your president i know that the U.S.A and NOT white America would be a better place.This is BLACK and white america GET OVER IT GET OVER IT GET OVER IT or leave

    October 9, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  506. letty

    Great Job... It was not his choice ..So please do not destroy him with your anger and hate..Instead help to make this country & the word a safer place. Hate only destroys and a house/country divided against itself will not and cannot stand. United we stand divided we will fall. Get over the color of his skin and acknowledge that he like all of us is a human being....and an intelligent leader..American can be proud of when he represents this country anywhere......Congratulations!

    October 9, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  507. Sharon M.

    Large numbers of U.S. citizens believed Bush when he lied about weapons of mass destruction and told us we would no longer be considered patriotic citizens if we failed to support his war. Bush isolated us, worked to make us fearful of others, both within and outside our country. He practiced outdated "divide and conquer" tactics.
    On the other hand, President Obama extends his hand to the global community and is awarded the highest of international honors, the Nobel Peace Prize. Obama works to build bridges to countries around the world, encourages all of us to work together to find solutions,. Yet he continues to be criticized by some citizens of this country.
    We need to get clear, begin to understand the only path to survival is through negotiation and problem solving with other citizens of our world. Ultimately, only international cooperation will save us. Without this effort, none of us will survive.!
    If you have not done so, open your mind, search out information and as you learn move toward cooperation. Anyone can criticize. Negativity takes us further from the answers we badly need. At this moment we face real, life threatening problems. We need solutions. Each of us has the opportunity to become an authentic patriot. Respect our president. Build on the positive.
    Allow yourself to experience pride in our country. Enjoy a moment of hope. Our president is recognized as a friend of the global community. We are moving in the right direction.

    October 9, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  508. Kariem

    I am pleased that he got it i do believe that Obama has given the world a sense of hope he inspired the world as a whole which i don't think any other us president has done. And i believe the critisism is because he's Black man and the american president and its scares white america. But eversince america was formed whites have been in charged and has caused nothing but troubled domesticly and throughout the world but not all whites are bad but the majority always rule.think he deserves the award for his efforts to correct the way the world views america and to do things that no former president has ever tried to do. I do believe the conversation of race is far from over. Its causing if not most all of the opposition to the president.

    October 9, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  509. christine

    I guess when your speech writer's err! I mean when "YOU" write a speech that says nothing,does nothing and helps noone..... Means you get an award???!

    October 9, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  510. PaganEgyptian

    I guess its been 16 years since a President hasnt started a conflict with in the first year in office. The world rejoices that we ran our own interior lions off. For the First time in two generations, I can feel that Obama will not start a new conflict.

    October 9, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  511. TMJ

    I am very proud of our President for winning this honor. We should be ashamed of ourselves to question whether he is deserving or not. We need to take good look at ourselves. Other countries see so much that our country should be thankful for that they show it for us, because we won't. We have convenient amnesia, when he first got in office he was accused of moving to fast to help witht e disaster that he was left to deal with. Then now the Republicans are purposefully slowing down the healthcare reform legislation and he is accused of not getting it done fast enough. Now he has not done enough to deserve the award according to some. He was the first African-Amercan President and is trying to make a difference for all of the world. We as Americans need to be very careful about what we say and the tone that we are taking and portraying to all of the world to see.
    As a teacher I can teach my students that they can truly be anything they want to be including Nobel Peace Prize winner.

    October 9, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  512. Jamie P

    Obama Has accomplished many things it's just that most people don't see it. It take a true visionary to see what he has ignited. he will being great strides to technology and diplomacy coupled with the commitment to protect the American people form monopolies I believe the he will be one of the greatest Presidents we have ever had. He will be known for getting nation health care done.

    October 9, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  513. Lori C.

    I think the president has inspired Hope and if a group see's fit to give him an award for that then so be it. What's the big deal anyway, he's donating the money from the award to charity. Why is President Obama attacked for anything and everything he does or doesn't do?? On the news I keep hearing all this whining about how he hasn't followed through with any of his campaign promises, Look, Rome wasn't built in day!!! He's been president Less Than A Year!!!!!!!! If health care and fixing the economy and don't ask don't tell were easy they would have been fixed long ago, at least he has the guts as president to tackle these hot button issues.

    October 9, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  514. Bob Stewart

    It is true that he hasn't been in his term long enough for results as many have strongly pointed out. However, he has already logged more first year visits than any past president and year one isn't over. That is an impressive attempt at international diplomacy. I was dissapointed a year ago when people questioned whether he would visit certain countries if elected. Issues fester if you don't address them and face to face is almost always best. Results follow effort! It is acceptable to reward effort and take the momentum it may offer to forge ahead yielding results.

    October 9, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  515. Linda, NC

    Everyone has an opinion on whether President Obama deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. For once, can we all agree to disagree? Just think about this world. In my opinion, President Obama has reached out and touched many in the world. We should all be striving to make ourselves better, be more kind and loving to our fellow man, and come together and pray more for one another. If we stop with all the negativity, just think how much the power of positivity can solve so many problems. It is really sad, that the only time we as a nation of people came together in love and support of one another was during 9/11.

    October 9, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  516. E.Htun

    By offering the NOBEL award to our President, our Nation was awarded.
    Also, we should not forget that, this award was handed to him and to all of us by the oldest & the HIGHEST ACADEMIC INTERNATIONAL FORUM. Why we are now questioning their decision? Instead to celebrate this momentum.
    We have elected this President. Then, why other nations appreciate him more than us?
    During these past 8 years we lost our position as an example and leader in the World;
    I think is the time to get it back. LETS BE PROUD and celebrate this achievement, give more support, work harder – nothing GOOD can be obtained over night and a negative attitude.

    October 9, 2009 at 8:18 pm |
  517. cardog

    No sooner than the announcement that our President had been awarded this "Honor", the Republican party hacks laid into this shameless and now "of no merit" award being given to President Obama.
    Has the president accomplished anything grand in his 9 months in office? Well no by republican standards. There is one area they do not seem to want to debate or talk about. This president is respected around the world and the world is looking for great things from him.
    The Republican party had eight years to make change. All we got was a war, a major budget deficit, joblessness and NO NAT'L HEALTH CARE.
    It will be interesting to see how these people do in 2012?????

    October 9, 2009 at 9:42 pm |
  518. cardog

    I have noticed something that a lot of people are saying about our President. Congratulations is one of the things being said but more important is the simple label being bestowed on him "Our American President".
    I would give anything to be in the same room with Rush Limbaugh,Glen Beck,Michael Savage, Laura Ingram and the other fear mongers of the republican party right now to see them wring their hands and cry their poor me tears.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:48 pm |
  519. Yazmyn

    All these Americans are saying "Why?" Why can't we as Americans be happy that it was our leader who was chosen out of thousands of leaders? That is almost like being on a football team and questioning why your teammate got MVP and you only won three games. Be happy!!! Neither one of us were put into the hat. Be glad that the person who represents you to the world got it. That means others believe that we are great. Don't you want someone to believe that America is great. All these people who ask why just want to tear down their own leader. We are supposed to be in this together. Of course, he hasn't been in office long but he can't undo the turmoil overnight. This is an international award and so far he has been attempting to help not only domestically but INTERNATIONALLY as well. Suck it up Americans, it could have been much worse!!!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:01 pm |
  520. Yazmyn

    It is terrible that this country is still so divided yet on the outside people really believe in it. Obama was awarded this based on what Alfred Nobel believed and we should be proud because not only did Obama when the award, but he represents us–AMERICANS!! USA will continue to go down the drain if there are people who just can't accept that this man is trying his best to improve this country. Everyone says that he hasn't did this or did that, but what have you done to make anything in America better? Have you even tried? It is a shame that the country of freedom does not even support their fellow man, the person that represents it!! If he was to show other countries how America really acts and reacts, America probably be blown up. Grow up, Americans!!!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:11 pm |
  521. Bear

    I guess he deserved it. I see/hear of no other world leader preaching world peace and seeking to live in a world with no nuclear weapons someday.

    It's also pretty pathetic seeing the GOP agreeing with the Taliban. We should all be happy that an American brought it home.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:22 pm |
  522. Rose Nolan

    Has anyone, ever challenge the selection of the winner in the past? Ofcourse this isn't about all of the disrespect already shown by those who claim it has nothing to do with RACE. That would be silly. Ha! This entire issue of RACISM is going to come to a head soon. Isn't the system set up to stop/remove anyone that threatens the "American Dream"? If the President is running the Country in the ground, I am sure the laws and procedures in place would have stop the Prez a long time ago. Again, it has nothing to do with what is good for America but who it is that is trying to do it. Too many are still holding on to the idea of "whites are superior" and that all Black People are not qualified to do anything that Whites can do. It must be difficult to stop lying yourself, so you keep attacking and hoping to change your lies to truths. Unfortunately, good Americans that know better and are tired as well and are going to rise up. That must be frustrating to you guys as well. If you guys really believed that none, I mean none of Obama's ideas or leadership are worth a penny with a whole in it, then let him fail. Why so many road blocks if you believe he's headed down the road of failure. You want him to fail but you are contantly trying to stop the plans that you think are going to fail. What is the real deal. I think that the 'opt out' option should be given to each state. This will force the citizens of that state to remove those representatives that are working, have insurance, homes and all the comforts they don't enjoy. Election time IS coming! It is sad to see so many that have, feel they could not possibly survive, if someone with less can have basic comforts too. GOD! Please help us all before greed and hate destroys more. This comment will probably get buried with the other truths.

    October 10, 2009 at 6:06 am |
  523. MRAL

    Mr Obama deserves the Nobel prize. Ive heard conservatives say he doesn't deserve it. GET OVER IT your racist coments just shows how you think. Americans need to WAKE UP!! Conservative Law makers don't care about you. They only care about the top one percent witch is the Wealthy and corperate America.

    October 10, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  524. Pam M From North Carolina

    I think its absolutely great that President Obama won the Nobel Peace
    Prize. I have one question to ask everyone that has a promble with President Obama winning the adward if it was them and every was talk down on them for winning, how would they feel. Let give the President the respect that he earn. We did it for all the others even if we didn't agree with what they were doing. Thank-you Pam in North Carolina

    October 10, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  525. Joe B.

    I have heard many times from you and others that we should have
    respect for the office of our President and in our President. When it
    is said that so many are in shock and awe. What does a census
    have to do with anything, and why does it matter what peoples opinion
    are .He won it, on his own merit. It will not matter what Obama
    does, and what he accomplishments....President Carter explained
    it best. It is anger based on racism. To some no matter what his
    accomplishments are he will still be looked on as an outsider.
    Not part of the "white world". I am writing to YOU because I have
    never heard you give your opinion, but have just passed on the
    news. I respect you for that. Wolfe needs a kick in the pants.
    CNN should not drop to the level of fox, with prejudiced and biased
    statements. All I want to know is what is in the news, not what a
    news broadcast thinks about it.
    Thank you,

    October 10, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  526. Maggie

    How embarrassing it is that President Obama, by virtue of his position and his continuing "campaigning" for approval has been awarded this peace prize over individuals who have actually worked and sacrificed for peace through real EFFORTS. Had President Obama declined to accept the award, rather than just stating he was not deserving, I would have held him in high regard. Instead, he will take the award, as all good narcissists would do, and he will probably send more of our men and women to fight in a futile and ridiculous war, risking lives and spending money on WAR, rather than helping hundreds of thousands of despairing Americans who have been run over by corporate America. Shameful! This does not represent integrity or any other virtue!

    October 10, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  527. Brandy

    The whole thing is rediculous! He should be imprisioned not awarded. He is slowly taking away our freedoms and ending U.S. democracy. If he is the winner of the Nobel, I sure would hate to know who the losers were!

    October 10, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  528. Janice from Brooklyn

    I think Americans have a very short memory. The World doesn't. Before Obama the mood of the Nation was extremely depressed. The wars abroad were all the Republicans were willing to discuss and spend money on. Thanks to greed and outright lying, theft and deceit regular Americans were losing their jobs, their homes and their hope. Unemployment was up to 12%. And travel abroad had become at worst dangerous, at best uncomfortable. No one was speaking to us much less trying to accomplish peace.

    Obama's message was smple. Remember "yes we can", and the audacity of hope?? He reached out to our enemies with respect, while the previous administration had encouraged stereotyping, hatred and disrespect. Peace is now a possibility. We are regaining respect as the Leading Nation of the World. And that's what he got the award for. Hope. And it is shameful that Americans are the ones showing disrespect by saying Why?

    October 10, 2009 at 1:05 pm |
  529. cardog

    Seems to me that since the inter-net, we all are acting like school children. Our President receives a notable award, and there are those of you out there that are asking how did this happen, what has he done and on and on. Why are you not proud that the leader of our country has been recognized this way?
    It's really to bad and sad that this young man is respected and looked upon as a sign of hope for better things by the world, but you sad-sacks in our own country can only find something negative in whatever this man says, does, or may do, no matter what. Please for everyone who has a vision of a better world and not the status-quo, get a life or go live somewhere were you can be miserable 24/7.

    October 10, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  530. cardog

    I try to read this blog everyday and I see the critisim dished out towards our American President everyday. The Republican party and it's hacks i.e. Limbaugh, Beck, Ingram, Savage and the like continue their daily tirades about how awful this president is. I guess, like the Nazis did back in the 40"s, if you preach a lie or lies long enough, there are gullible people out there that will come to believe it is the truth.
    I truely hope that America is smart enough to understand that unlike the inter-net, and video games, things do not happen over-nightinstantly fixed and to make our country and the western world better will take time. If indeed those of you who are impatient or cannot stand the fact that the Democrats along with this president are in power, hopefully in the next 4 years, you and those like you can come up with answers to our country's ills and needs. So far, all you have is "Nothing". The Republicans lost, plain and simple. No one stole the election and you have no answers. In 2012, I pray to God that you will still have NO Answers, and this president will continue to be our leader.

    October 10, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  531. KIm

    Let the peace celebrations begin and our President won the Nobel Peace Prize ! Did you hear the ring ? Answer the call to action for world peace ? Congratulations Obama !

    October 10, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  532. GK

    Heidi, there is no doubt that President Obama deserves the Nobel Peace Prize award for what he has been done. Let's congratulate the President of the U.S. for this opportunity. I think that it has a significant impact to honor the President of the U.S. from the view of the entire world. Pr. Obama stopped economic recession-downturn when no one couldn't do it in the worldwide. Pr. Obama restored confidence of the U.S. to the rest of the world when no one couldn't do it. From West to East, and from North to South, Pr. Obama restored talk broken. U.S. enemies are gone so that the table of negotiation is possible. Negotiation is a key in solving international conflicts. I think that U.S. citizens always ignore one thing. If you like to lead, the first thing to do, is to have a good relationship with dependents. Let me tell you one thing. We, people-U.S. citizens chose or elected Pr. Obama through democratic principles. Worldwide participated to honor his investure at White House. Notre-Dame University also honored Pr. Obama. The Nobel Peace Price committee decided to honor Pr. Obama with 2009 Nobel Peace Price award. More honors are ahead...... Congratulations Pr. Obama.

    October 10, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  533. Fred

    I figure he was going to win it eventually anyway. Now that he's got it out of the way, he can get on with the pressing business of the day! For those nay sayers who think they can limit what America can do : Oh, yes they can! In fact, they ( he ) just did. Congratulations, U.S.A.

    October 16, 2009 at 4:06 pm |