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Question: (2009-10-10)

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Do you think Congress will pass Obama's health reform bill? Do you think Obama's health reform summit will lead to a bipartisan reform bill? Do you think the federal stimulus has significantly helped the economy over the past year? What was your reaction to Obama's State of the Union speech? Do you think Obama has been devoting enough attention to environmental issues? What should Obama's Afghanistan troop strategy be? Are you concerned the U.S. is becoming too involved in military operations in Pakistan? Did Obama deserve to win the Nobel Peace Prize? Do you think Obama should send more troops to Afghanistan? Twinkies? Soda? Cigarettes? What items would you pay higher taxes on to ensure health care for all? Do you agree with Obama's decision to continue the practice of sending terrorism suspects to third countries for detention and interrogation? Should President Obama be tackling both the economy and health care at the same time? Some gay rights activists say Obama is not taking their concerns seriously enough. Are they right? How should Obama prioritize the battles he takes to Congress? Will Obama's speech in Egypt improve America's image in the Muslim world? Who should Obama nominate as the next Supreme Court justice and why? Has the press been too lenient on Obama in his first 100 days? What do you think of Obama's performance on his debut trip abroad as president? Do you think Obama's budget plan is too ambitious? How do you think Obama has done in his first 50 days in office? Do you blame Obama for not living up to his no-earmark pledge?

Commenter: Mary Hill
Yes, for his vision of who we are, both a Americans and as citizens of the world


Commenter: Dr> B.J. Dinkins
President Obama deserved to win the Nobel Peace Prize
President Obama is doing a magnifcient job. He is the man for this time in America and the world.


Commenter: Silvia
YES! Before Obama became the President of the United States, he was able to move millions of volunteers with a simple message, HOPE. He wrote two books that embrace a more just and peaceful world. The world started to change their opinion about the US because of his agenda, his message, his movement,his goals.

He brought a sense of calm and civility to the world, not just to the United States.. The word peace and reconciliation had slowly dissapeared with the Bush Administration. And if that was one piece that the committee considered...good for them!

Internationally, when President Obama was elected, almost instantly,this country started to be more respected again.

When President Obama gave his speech about race, I remember thinking... even if he does not become the next US President, what he communicated in that speech was so powerful. Future generations are going to, sooner or later, go back to that speech as an example of what it means to communicate your ideas on an issue as delicate as race and discrimination, with such clarity and respect, with care and humbleness... with dignity. That was the first time I really thought he had a chance to be elected.


Commenter: Leon DeKing
Yes, he does deserve this award. . . . for both the prescience of his agenda and his gently tenacious pursuit thereof.


Commenter: Frederick G. Rodgers, Ph.D.
22 October 2009

In my opinion, most of the comments so far are signs of a mounting national and international consensus that, yes, President Barack Obama merits the Nobel prize. I am more than willing to add my own "yes, he did deserve the prize" to that consensus. No, it is not "premature," etc. for the obvious reason that the Nobel committee, not easily driven by politics, etc. saw that, however cautious this lawyer and elected U. S. Senator is, he serves as a CATALYST for the "change" he carries to the Powers That Be and ordinary folks: the status quo, the shrugging off of global warming, the dramatic change in the basics of American health care, the shift in the perception of African-Americans with talent, integrity and honor (long overdue), the shrewd willingness to L I S T E N rather than utter self-serving platitudes -- the list is so long! Many people fail to see that, long after Jimmy Carter rolled up his sleeves to labor in the global vineyards, we at last have a man beginning to labor in the same vineyards overseas and at home. I patiently await his speech in Oslo. Folks like me will listen to someone who will act with compassion rather than bathe in egotistical waters like those pumped by "The Decider" who claimed The Lord decided he belonged in the White House. I salute Barack Obama and his courage no gold medal can equal. Portland, Oregon, City of Roses


Commenter: Anne P.
Yes, he deserves it. Most Americans are unaware of the degree to which people in other countries around the globe look to the U.S. for leadership. You may agree or disagree with this role, but it is ours whether we like it or not. Obama has restored these peoples' trust in our nation's governance to help build a more peaceful and cooperative world.


Commenter: John Jaye
This was decided when Mr. Obama
had been in office for 12 days.
At that point in time all he had done
was issue an executive order allowing
live birth abortions. That is not exactly
the type of deed that would justify
receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. Unless
they gave it to him for winning the election.
Those are the only two things he had
accomplished in February.


Commenter: Roselyn Heil
Yes. President Obama has turned us to a new direction of listening, respect and building relationships. This is vital for PEACE building. In contrast to competition which leads to killing the opponent rather than building peace.


Commenter: Chris seaman
I was very shocked to learn the the president won the prise....No he should not have won the prise as there will NEVER be peace in the middle east.....Never!...so why give the award!


Commenter: ZIGI
No. In a nascent presidency with no accomplishments but only audacity to his credit, he is hardly in a
league with Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Martin Luther King, Jr. and numerous others. He is already betraying the audacity of his campaign by reneging on the public option in healthcare wherein all Americans are covered.


Commenter: Nancy Kellner
No, it is too premature to bestow this honor on President Obama.


Commenter: Bonnie
The surprise in the U.S. reflects Americans' lack of understanding of how badly we have appeared to the rest of the world for most of this decade. Obama's election has truly changed how others view us and renewed hope for positive change around the world.


Commenter: Jake
Yes, Obama deserves it a hundred times over! He is saving lives by sending unmanned drones into Pakistan. Sure he's taking 1000's of Pakistani men, women and children's lives and displacing tens of thousands, but he's saving many innocent Americans from having to shoot or bomb them and risk being killed. That's noble. So to all you measley 42% who dissapprove... in a democracy... you don't exist!


Commenter: A. Smith
I believe he deserves it

It takes courage to change the current situation

faced with so many problems.

He is definately the man for the job.

I didnt vote for him, I didnt want him to win, but now I'm glad he won the election.

He has just what it takes.

Good Job Obama


Commenter: Gene
Yes, he does deserve it since it is given on the restoration of diplomacy among the nations accompanied with an openness to diplomacy with nations the previous President labeled an axis of evil.


Commenter: Almost Speechless
He didn't deserve it. He hasn't really done anything to even earn or deserve getting it in the past year, except for being elected. Since being elected, him and his administration have tried cramming socialist policies down our throats to the point where he's committing treason almost everyday and few are stepping up to stop him. To the Nobel Prize Committee, you know better than to give a guy like this the peace prize. It's almost like giving the peace prize to Hitler for doing what he did. To President Obama, congratulations on winning, but you just don't deserve to get that prize. What good things have you done to improve the horrid economic situation here in America or fix all of the other problems since you took office?


Commenter: Catherine
Yes.
His accomplishments toward improving global relationships and piece amidst the flood of right wing fear mongering and divisiveness within his own country validates his worthiness for the award.


Commenter: Surprised
Seems odd that Obama would get it prior to any noteworthy accomplishment. The Noble judges said: "Alfred Nobel wrote that the prize should go to the person who has contributed most to the development of peace in the previous year," Jagland said. "Who has done more for that than Barack Obama?" Using their logic... it should have gone to GW Bush just for leaving office. That at least meets the criteria of "who has contributed most".


Commenter: Margarita
Yes, of course President Obama deserves the Nobel Prize. Single handedly he has brought back some hope to the whole world. Poor and rich nations celebrated his ideas and promises for a better world. What else can we ask for Nobel Prize winner. All those opposed have fail to come up with a more deserving person with this worldwide appeal. Congratulations! President Obama.


Commenter: a farrell
President Obama does not (yet) deserve this prize. He was given the award for political reasons, which cheapens it, in my view. I am a huge Obama supporter, by the way. Any peace organization that chooses to honor Arafat and Kissinger but ignores Ghandi is a little cuckoo anyway. I think they put Obama in a terrible spot.


Commenter: Kristina Reaume
I think so. As a former tutor of foster teens on probation, I can tell you that nothing works for success like high expectations and in view of the waffling by Obama, I think a dose of high expectations is just what is needed. Obama's desire for collegial relationships with his opponents is both laudable and naive and he needs to face the fact that these people do not want the same thing for America and move on. Kristina


Commenter: pam
yes he did deserve to win


Commenter: Kathleen Mahoney
President Obama was given an award he did not seek. Is it really a suprise that the World seeks to recognize the radical change of policy in Washington. The World is hopeful we are heading in a new direction and peaceful direction.


Commenter: Confused
Sorry, I'm not seeing any accomplishment cited worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize. The President has vision, dreams, ideas, desires, and goals, but those are not criteria. The Nobel Peace Prize normally is not presented for simply wishing peaceful things, but to those having actually done something tangible which furthers world peace. It appears at this time, the emperor has no clothes. Maybe he will later on...


Commenter: John Cappola
Yes,the office of the presidency deserves the honor. After the disasterous eight years of the Bush administration, the American policy of peaceful engagement has essentially been restored by a Mr. Barack Obama.


Commenter: John
Absolutely, The man is our blessing, we fell down and now its up to us to brush ourselves off, check our moral compass, and do the right thing for all the u.s. citizens by supporting legislation that provides a good fairvalued healthcare system.


Commenter: selene verecunda
Yes for the nobel peace prize--how hip! Astronomy is great!


Commenter: Maggie Gerring
The Nobel Prize Committee chooses, that's their job, have they ever responded to others' opinions of their choices? Get over it! Done is done. They chose him. Period, end of story.


Commenter: Frank and Cara Ulrich
He has the smarts, and vision, to deal with the big issues.
He may not be strong enough to over come the AIPAC.
He has our support. 100%


Commenter: Margaret Schally
Yes, I agree with the Nobel committee's selection of President Obama for this year's peace prize. I was surprised as everyone else to hear of it but immediately saw how right and how important their decision was. As the president himself said, it was a call to action for all countries. But, as an American, I believe it also is a reflection of the historic nature of last November's election both because we elected the first African American as president but also because he has set an agenda for world diplomacy that has raised America's reputation throughout the world and gives us hope for a more peaceful future. That in itself is a major accomplishment.


Commenter: Anna Doris Shanks
I'm not at all sure I agree with using this prestigious prize to make a political point, and that is what I think was done. However, President Obama has changed the tenor of discussion in the world. He has gained the respect of world leaders. He has extended his hand in peace. After eight years of the buffoon administration, it is so good to feel our country is again held in some esteem.


Commenter: Jo
No...one needs to "earn" and "deserve" it...not receive it prematurely in the hopes it'll be earned!!


Commenter: Olga
Well, no. He is presiding over 2 wars (the escalation of 1) and the explicit threat to bomb a 3rd. Add to that Guantanamo, preventive detention, systematic suppression of torture and other war crimes investigations, no progress on civil rights, and continued capitulation to corporate interests of the defense, financial and insurance industries at the expense of citizens... the list is really just too long and inexcusable at this point. What peace is there that anyone can point to?


Commenter: Bill DiNome
Although I generally support the man, strictly speaking, no, he did not deserve this particular prize (yet).


Commenter: Margo Hebald
Yes!


Commenter: Helen Winfrey
By all means, yes! He has created a positive tone for dialogue. Rather than shouting and threatening, he is inviting conversation and deep listening. This is the only sane way forward in our increasingly dangerous world.


Commenter: Doug
Yes, he deserved it. He's started the ball rolling on so many things which collectively add up to deserving it. Starting the process of shutting down Guantanamo, committing to ending the Iraq war, opening up dialog with so many countries that Bush alienated, ending the missile shield in eastern Europe, helping save us all from going off the financial cliff with the stimulus package, now on the cusp of saving thousands of lives by finally implementing universal health care, etc.

The world was getting more and more unstable, and Barack has put on the brakes.

Actually though, I think this Nobel Peace Prize is really for the people of the United States who elected Barack. It was our choice that really finally is getting us back toward the right road.


Commenter: shady
Yes he is a deserving recipient. He is by nature a smoother of the waters and a symbol of brain over brawn. This award is a sign from the international community that other countries still have faith in the USA,which of course the Right wing is trying to piss away. I read that they are confused and outraged about it, but that's just their normal state of mind. Congratulations President Obama!


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