Obama made Twitter angry, but not me!
Published: Friday, October 9, 2009 - 10:35pm
The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced this morning that President Barack Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. He is the third president to win the prize while in office, and the only one to receive it in his first year on the job.
Immediately after the announcement, Twitter, the popular social networking site, was buzzing with comments.
The few positive tweets said things like, "Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama for his extraordinary efforts strengthening international diplomacy & cooperation! YES!," but the majority of the responses were things like, "I voted for him, but sadly the Nobel Peace Prize is no longer what it stands for." According to one survey, 69 percent of the responses were negative.
What I don't get is why so many people seem to be personally blaming Obama, when, unlike others, he did no lobbying for the award and in no way asked for it. In fact, he said he was "humbled" to be included among those who have received the award.
I personally believe that the Peace Prize has been improperly awarded to many people, and that there are worse people who could have received it.
Obama actually did some great things to encourage peace worldwide. He has worked toward nuclear nonproliferation, adding several countries to those currently part of the treaty. He has also worked to end the two wars that the U.S. is currently fighting, without compromising their stability. In a few years, he could have many more accomplishments.
I think he deserves it, but it may have been a bit prematurely awarded. Regardess of what you think, you can't be angry about what he is doing with the $1.4 million he was given as part of the award. He announced that he plans to donate it to an undisclosed charity, and I think that there is no better way to use the money.