Barack Obama Accepts Nobel Peace Prize

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Amid controversy at home and abroad, U.S. President Barack Obama was in Oslo, Norway today to receive the Nobel Peace Prize he won back in October.

The announcement of his award was met with both great praise and criticism, which the President addressed today in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech:

Obama Giving a Speech

"I receive this honor with deep gratitude and humility."

"This is an award that speaks to our highest aspirations - that for all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter, and can bend history in the direction of justice."

"And yet I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the considerable controversy that your generous decision has generated. In part, this is because I am at the beginning, and not the end, of my labors on the world stage."

Is Barack Obama too unproven or just plain unworthy of the Nobel Prize? Or should he take his award as a vote of confidence and call to action from the world?

The President, whose wife was just named the most fascinating person of 2009, has come under fire for receiving the Nobel as a relative novice on the global stage.

He was inaugurated not even 11 months ago - as well as his particular brand of leadership has sparked great debate over whether he truly deserves this honor.

Reactions also seem to be falling along ideological lines, with the most specific critiques of Obama centering on his simultaneous attempts to balance widespread initiatives for peace while escalating the war in Afghanistan.

What do you think? Does Obama deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?

 

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I believe its too early for obama to recieve this award. He is a good president and trying the best he can to keep this country settle. but on the other hand ther is many more people doing just as much and not getting reconized for it.

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It is amazing to me what being black will get you in this country.
Someone that will not say the pledge to our flag has no business being our president. With the little experience that he had in politics alone, he shouldn't have been elected. Good thing for the affirmative action!

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HOPE NO WAR

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What has Obama abcieved till now ,
I mus say : Nothing , Nothing AND nOTHING .....

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I love President Obama. I think it's a good idea to remember he was nominated for the award it's not like it was even a blip on his radar before that. He DOES deserve this award for effort alone. Yes, he still has people who oppose his every move but I feel more confident with him at the helm than most any other "leader" we've had in my lifetime except for Clinton and Carter. Keep up the great work President Obama! He's not perfect by any stretch but who among us is?

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Whatever...New World Order is doing whatever is can to promote this communist....desperate for a hero, they are tryin too hard to make this nobody into one, no experience + no accomplishments=Obama...this is a sick and twisted joke.....wake up people

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The whole award has now been downgraded, much like the results of affirmative action. The Committee has self-destructed. If you read his acceptance speech, there are glaring historic mis-statements. So much for his education. What a loser.

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He absolutely deserves it. Yes some will say it is too soon but it is a vote of confidence for his measured leadership. Sometimes war may be necessary to bring long-term peace, not everything is black and white. Congratulations Mr. President!