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President Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

By: Neil Middleton
By: Neil Middleton

President Barack Obama says he accepts the Nobel Peace Prize as a "call to action" to work with other nations to solve the world's most pressing problems. Meanwhile others are asking, "He won, for what?"

President Barack Obama says he accepts the Nobel Peace Prize as a "call to action" to work with other nations to solve the world's most pressing problems. He told reporters that he's not sure he's done enough to earn the award.  Mr. Obama is the third U.S. president to win the prize while in office. A spokesman says the President will donate the entire $1.4 million prize to charity.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Republican Party says Americans are asking what President Obama has actually accomplished.  Michael Steele says the President won because of his “star power” rather than any meaningful accomplishments.

The nominations were closed just eleven days after President Obama’s Inauguration.

Do you think the President deseres the Nobel Peace Prize?   Share your opinions and vote in our on-line poll.

Here's how the story is playing out in the media:


Analysis: He won, but for what?

WASHINGTON – (AP) The awarding of the Nobel Peace Price to President Barack Obama landed with a shock on darkened, still-asleep Washington. He won! For what?

For one of America's youngest presidents, in office less than nine months — and only for 12 days before the Nobel nomination deadline last February — it was an enormous honor.

The prize seems to be more for Obama's promise than for his performance. Work on the president's ambitious agenda, both at home and abroad, is barely underway, much less finished. He has no standout moment of victory that would seem to warrant a verdict as sweeping as that issued by the Nobel committee.

And what about peace? Obama is running two wars in the Muslim world — in Iraq and Afghanistan — and can't get a climate change bill through his own Congress.

His scorecard for the year is largely an "incomplete," if he's being graded.
Read more on CBS News

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Obama Accepts Nobel Peace Prize as 'Call to Action' 

President Barack Obama said Friday that he is honored to win the Nobel Peace Prize and will accept it as a "call to action" to work with other nations to solve the world's most pressing problems.

Appearing in the Rose Garden, Mr. Obama acknowledged he was "both surprised and deeply humbled" to win the award. In an unexpected pick, the Norwegian Nobel Committee cited the president's creation of a "new climate in international politics" and his work on nuclear disarmament.

Mr. Obama said he doesn't view the award "as recognition of my own accomplishments," but rather as recognition of goals he has set for the U.S. and the world.
Read more on the Wall Street Journal

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DNC rips Steele, compares RNC to Taliban, Hamas

Democrats pounced Friday on a statement from Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele, who said President Barack Obama did not deserve to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

In an e-mail to reporters, DNC press secretary Hari Sevugan suggested that Steele's statement, which said Obama’s “star power” had overshadowed more deserving recipients, was similar to reactions from Hamas and the Taliban.

The e-mail, sent to reporters shortly after Steele's statement, included the RNC response to the Nobel Peace Price, as well as the reactions from the two terrorist groups.
Read more on The Hill

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Some Analysts Warn Obama's Nobel Peace Prize Complicates War Efforts

It remains to be seen what impact President Obama's stunning capture of the Nobel Peace Prize, with a citation praising him for promoting diplomacy, will have on foreign policy matters, though some of Obama's critics are warning that it presents a new challenge to his war deliberations and other issues.

In particular, some foreign policy analysts say the prize announced Friday may complicate his efforts to wind down the war in Iraq and his decision on whether to ramp up the war in Afghanistan.
Read more on Fox News

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The Nobel Prize to Obama: Europe’s bid to re-colonize America

Whether it was rewarding Jimmy Carter for criticizing the Iraq war or supporting Al Gore in his crusade against global warming, the Norwegian parliament — which chooses the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize — has sought to use the award as a political tool to influence American politics.

Its prestige and moral power make the prize a potent weapon with which to help steer the direction of the colossus beyond the seas that controls a quarter of the world’s economy and most of its military power.

Now the Norwegians have weighed in to support Barack Obama in his bid to reshape America so it looks more like, well, Norway, or at least like Europe.

European socialism cannot succeed without conquering the United States.
Read more on The Hill

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Morning Bell: The Nobel Intentions Prize

As fellow Americans we always take pride in the achievements and awards of our compatriots. Although we congratulate President Obama for winning the Nobel Peace Prize today, he should accept the award on behalf of the American people for all our many sacrifices to make the world a better place.

Everyone recognizes, however, that the Nobel Committee awarded the prize to President Obama on the basis of hope for the future rather than achievements of the past. The politicization of this award saddens us when dissident leaders in China, Zimbabwe, Cuba and other dictatorships are passed over despite substantial achievements and not just hope for things to come.

More recently, former President Jimmy Carter won the award in 2002, and former Vice President Al Gore won it in 2007 for his environmental activism. It is clear to everyone that in recent years, the Nobel Prize has taken on a form of a political football that Europeans are able to lob into U.S. domestic politics when they desire to.
Read more on Heritage

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International Media Reactions to Obama Prize

London Times: Absurd Decision on Obama Makes a Mockery of the Nobel Peace Prize

The prize risks looking preposterous in its claims, patronizing in its intentions and demeaning in its attempt to build up a man who has barely begun his period in office, let alone achieved any tangible outcome for peace.
Read more on Fox News 

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Carter: Prize is 'bold statement' in support of Obama's global vision

The Nobel Peace Prize represents a "bold statement" of global support for President Barack Obama's international goals, former President Jimmy Carter said Friday.
Read more on The Hill

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President Obama won for 'de-emphasizing defense,' says Inhofe

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for promoting "multinational cooperation" and "de-emphasizing defense"

In an interview with The Oklahoman, he said that the cancellation of projects such as the F-22 Joint Strike Fighter, the missile defense system in Eastern Europe and the Army Future Combat Systems helped him earn esteem with the Nobel Committee.

But they did not help Inhofe's impression of the president.

"Those are all [cuts] that really bothered me,'' Inhofe, a conservative member of the Senate Armed Services Committee told the paper.

He also claimed the president's forthcoming decision on sending more troops to Afghanistan, per commanding Gen. Stanley McChrystal's request, could be affected by the prize.
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If he genuinely was on the fence, and now he gets this prize, it could lead him to reject the feelings of the military commanders," Inhofe said.
Read more on The Hill

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Limbaugh: 'Greater embarrassment' than losing Olympics

Conservatives pounced on the Nobel Prize committee's decision to award President Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize, with talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh calling it a "greater embarrassment" than losing the Olympics.

"This fully exposes the illusion that is Barack Obama," Limbaugh told POLITICO in an e-mail. "And with this 'award' the elites of the world are urging Obama, THE MAN OF PEACE, to not do the surge in Afghanistan, not take action against Iran and its nuclear program and to basically continue his intentions to emasculate the United States."

Limbaugh continued: "They love a weakened, neutered U.S, and this is their way of promoting that concept. I think God has a great sense of humor, too."
Read more on Politico

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President Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize for…funding abortions overseas?

Reuters reports that The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised Obama for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation
between peoples.”

But this prize was apparently awarded *prospectively*, since the nomination deadline for the prize came less than two weeks after Obama took office.

So what actions did Obama as President take before the February 1st deadline that gave the committee such assurance of his future worthiness of the
prize?
Read more from the Family Research Council

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How the Nobel Peace Prize Is Awarded

The Norwegian Nobel Committee's deadline for nominations was February 1, just 11 days after Obama's inauguration.

Up to 200 nominations are received annually by the committee, a number that has risen steadily as the award has become increasingly global.

Read more on Fox News 

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