Oct 12, 2009 iThoughts
Barack Obama had been in office for a matter of weeks when his name was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and had yet to complete his first year when the prize was awarded to him. In the words of the organization Obama was selected “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”. It appears to many, including me, that Bush’s foreign policy, and failure thereof, set the stage for Obama’s Nobel Prize. In the 8 years of the Bush administration among other things the USA created a major military presence in two Mideast countries and ignored international co-operation on many matters including the environment and disarmament.
So if Obama won the prize because he replaced Bush and reversed the foreign policies of the Bush administration than the prize was given to the wrong person. It should go to the voters who put Obama into office.
I have made a place on the mantel for my portion of the prize.