Noble Peace Prize Based on Promises?
Reactions across America on Friday ranged from outrage to shock to enthusiasm. While some are glad that Obama was recognized for his initiatives, others feel that Obama's efforts towards peace have not yielded results. This year there was a record number of 205 nominations for one of the world’s most coveted prizes. There is an idea, one that is undeniable, that Obama does not deserve the prize. He hasn’t done anything yet.
His two major achievements are being named as America’s first black president and being the first American president to chair the UN general assembly. When you compare that to another Noble prize winner it’s obvious that he has done also nothing. Nelson Mandela spent 26 years in jail for the liberation of South Africa and was released to start democracy and be the first freely elected president in the most racist country in the world. Obama promised to try and work on nuclear non-proliferation.
The Committee that selects the winner said “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” But that’s the problem a lot of people have with the selection of Obama, he has provided hope, with no results. It’s like giving some their high school certificate at the start of first year because they show the potential to go through and finish school with top marks.