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October 9th, 2009
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We Listen – Your comments 10/9/2009

Editor's Note: American Morning's Friday audience responded to breaking news of President Obama’s win for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. The majority offered praise for the president’s efforts for “consistently trying to open the doors of communication and peace between the nations of our global community.” Those questioning the Nobel Committee’s choice considered the win “an affront to President Bush plain and simple,” and asked “just what did he actually do?”


  • Linda: Congratulations to President Obama for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. He has been consistently trying to open the doors of communication and peace between the nations of our global community. He has demonstrated the peaceful means we hope to open honest, peaceful resolution to that community. He has brought Hope to world leaders, respect for American principles, and is very deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize. Shame on the cynics...Hurray for our President and the honor he has brought back to the United States in the global community.
  • Dr. Sam: Most deserving! Peace is the ever present challenge; without it, nothing else matters. While holding up the offensive arm as a superpower leader, Obama has also freely extended the opportunity for peace for all peoples throughout the world. Republican will say no to everything, including this one. I am most disappointed about Ed Rollin's comments.
  • Ronald: Barack Obama wins Nobel Prize for Peace. Why? Because the world itself envisions the US President far more than the run of the mill media giants. Because, the world knows if any person is capable of bringing peace between Israel and Palestine, it will be Barack Obama. What the media channels should project is the dream for peace is closer than the knuckleheads of the past. To question the abilities for peace to become materialized is to question yourself whether you are a winner or a loser. Mr. Obama is a winner and the world knows it. He may have been in office merely 9 months, but just wait how the pages of history shall become written by those achievements he shall perform. Lastly, the world is abundant of politicians, but how many of them are truly statesmen? Now, you understand why!
  • Rose: YAY! President Obama! He totally deserves this. He has made major strides for this country and for different races in America. We have hope that if you are a person of color you can have the same opportunity as a white person and we love the fact he is reaching out to other cultures and countries. We acknowledge that he is the one who ended the long war in Iraq. He acknowledges that America has not always been right, unlike in the past, we were sometimes starting fights and conflicts just because we are the USA and we can.
  • Ken: I am delighted that President Obama has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. If nothing else, it is recognition of his defeating the Republican War Criminals!


  • Greg: The world now knows just how big a joke the Nobel booby prize is! Why are your reporters not reporting he was nominated just two weeks after being sworn in. Just what did he actually do!
  • James: This award is no doubt a surprise to the international community, let alone citizens of the United States. As of yesterday, many believed Barack Obama's policies were creating a first term worthy of the Peace Prize. Now, both supporters and detractors of the President cannot help but wonder why he was awarded so early. Unfortunately, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has rewarded a peaceful-minded leader who strives for disarmament, via a timeframe that leaves much to be desired, and leaves even more room for criticism.

How do you feel about the president’s win of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize?

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Wolf15

    Anything I choose to do instead of hanging out with my husband and four children better be waaay worth it. ,

    October 22, 2009 at 6:10 am |
  2. DONNA

    That is good and funny. I have actually been wondering the same thing. What is the underlying reason the media are trying to disract Americans with senseless journalism????????? I think we may be getting sucker punched and find out some big changes are quickly being set forth under our noses after the blow (senseless journalism) distracts us! (ie the health care bill reform going through rather quickly and etc. etc.I do agree the media is trying to use race as this very distraction when we all know if Obama had lost the election the racism on the other side would have been much worse and if Obama lost violent riots as was said rite before the election would have been happening. I will have to check into the Rush Limbaugh thing that you speak of. This senseless journalism does tell me white racism has gotten a lot better in America and for that I am thankful! It just needs to be worked on BOTH sides I agree.

    October 20, 2009 at 6:24 am |
  3. Martha

    Congratulations to the Nobel committee for their fine choice.

    Barack Obama is the PERFECT President for today's Democrat Party. There are NO statesmen on the left, only cronies who are scheming to overthrow our entire way of life including capitalism and adequate defense of our country. Nobody is looking any further ahead than the next vote or the next creative form of giving people welfare. Any criticism of the left, no matter how fact-based, is met by automatic attacks on the messenger. Look what they just did to Rush Limbaugh, painting him as some sort of racist when his accusers are basically the only people still fomenting real racism in our entire society.

    Of course Barack deserves this award. It is a political statement by Norwegian ultra-liberals, it isn't based upon anything that the recipient has actually done, and it makes for a nice, distracting headline so American "news media" can avoid reporting the actual things these people are really up to for yet another day. It's perfect for him! It could be renamed the Obama award!

    One upside: After this award, I have submitted myself for the Nobel prize for physics. I'm exactly as qualified to receive it as Barack was to get the Peace prize. Maybe more...I can at least spell physics.

    October 16, 2009 at 9:04 am |
  4. DONNA

    Dear President Obama,
    Just because I think that it is tooooo soon for you to have won the nobel peace prize doesn't mean I don't want you to have won it in the future. I am an American who wants you to succeed (hopefully it's with something I agree with [hee hee]) and I am sure you will do something extraordinary and we will be here to help you! It's just that it looks like nobel peace prize has lost credibility not you! I think Americans are frustrated because we want somthing REAL to look up to in that we feel it is just too soon. For example Mother Teresa helped the sick and dying and put her hands in leprosy for years... She didn't get it after 2 weeks of working in Calcutta.

    October 14, 2009 at 7:50 pm |
  5. DONNA

    I no longer have respect for the nobel peace prize. Credibility shot. When he was nominated he was only in office 2 weeks. So duh. What did Obama have to do to rig this up. Whatever... Suddenly nobel sounds like NOBELief it should have happened without some extraordinary achievement done for a good lenght of time.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  6. jay m

    The President deserves the Nobel Peace Prize because he is trying to end two wars, and he's dealing with the American Taliban (Republicans).

    October 12, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  7. George

    TO: Matthew Simon, His ntry form was sent in BEFORE HE WAS EVEN ELECTED which should lean toward an investigation into voter fraud for one.

    October 12, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  8. George

    EVERY president's pallet includes the words "Change" and "Hope" you people make me sick. You blindly follow this leader of nothing and see so much and of which none is reality. Lemmings, please dig a hole then jump off a cliff...Obama said to do it. Hitler's platform was also, "Change" & "Hope"...We are also taught history so we DON"T REPEAT IT. Now gtfo my country.

    October 12, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  9. George

    This is so absurd. Obama doesn't deserve any awards at this point. He has done absolutely nothing to better the planet, or The USA. If anyone deserves an award, it is Cheney & the Bush family for killing 3,000 on 9/11 and walking away scott free.

    October 12, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  10. John

    The Nobel Peace Prize for President Obama was richly deserved. All through the campaign he committed to diplomacy to solve international problems and pledged to denuclearize the world. He initiated negotiations to denuclearize Iran for the first time in 30 years. He introduced a UN resolution to denuclearize the world in the UN Security Council which unanimously. There factors make him most worthy for the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Barack Obama has not been apologizing for the US per se. What he has been apologizing for, (rightly) is the insult to the world of the so-called American foreign policy of George W. Bush. Bush's paranoid anti-diplomacy, go it alone, war mongering, thumbing his nose at the world foreign policy lowered the United States in the estimation of the world. The US was under Bush was the joke of the world and was universally look down on.

    The US under Obama is once again a partner of other nations and has restored some respect for the United States, which had been destroyed under Bush.

    October 12, 2009 at 6:03 am |
  11. suresh shah

    President Obama won the nobel. prize our heartiest congretulation to him. But when lot ofs American are starving for work.They need money to serve thair that time how it is wise step to give tons of dollers to pakistan.Because pakistan use that money to preapre militants instead of kill them.And Mr. Presedent should know this thing and stop to give them tons of american tax payers money.

    October 11, 2009 at 11:17 pm |
  12. Combat Veteran from Afghanistan



    The Army Warriors are built on family. A platoon (24+) or a squad 5-7 are familiy and we work and train together as a family. You see that family love by those soldiers who have lost their lives to save thier battle buddy lives.

    In over throwing "Don't Ask and Don't Tell" is bottom line going to "kill" the morale of the military troops and as Americans especially military Americans we cannot allow this to happen.

    Tired of hering about the overthrow and would like to finish my 9 years in peace and staying focus on the battlefield.

    I the enemy hates and killls "AMERICANS!!!!"

    October 11, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  13. Tanya Gupta

    President Obama, singlehandedly, changed the way people view the United States. He created an atmosphere of change, hope and most importantly of urgency. It's been 9 months since he's been in office, but he's definitely making efforts. Whether it'd be peace talks or addressing the largest Gay Rights organization. Give him some time, he'll eventually deserve the Nobel Peace Prize.

    October 11, 2009 at 9:29 pm |
  14. Anne

    This is an ABSOLUTE JOKE! Obama has done nothing other than get on the fast track to socialize the USA.
    HE is all about giving this country and YOUR rights away. Like the way you will work and everyone will get healthcare? Including the illegals? Like the way their will be rationing or healthcare and don't give me the story, 'this won't happen' as how can you expand something like this to include more people without rationing? Answer: You can't, so don't be naieve.
    Also, No one can have a better health policy than what the messiah wants YOU to have. All for one and one for all. GAG ME.
    People, he is taking away your rights.
    Next comes cap and trade IF the dollar holds out that long as with the second stimulus, which is planned, gov co is quickly spending everything the USA has, which IS the plan. All of this spending spree the drunken sailors in DC are on is about healthcare or anything else. This is ALL about bankrupting the USA, creating massive debt, growing government and then running out of money. When this happens, the dollar will be worth nothing, the government will be able to cancel its debt, however, there will be lots and lots of entitlment prorams and we will have a brand new currency. Whats your money going to be worth? The Obamamessiah will be, as he wants to be, the ruler of THE WORLD. Which is part of 'the plan. GAG ME.
    BO has don't nothing except a perpetual campaign and grow government!
    Wait until you are without a job as the people he plans to tax will not work and be his slave.
    Don't believe me.....just watch!
    The liberals of this country really make me want to vomit!

    October 11, 2009 at 7:33 pm |
  15. Rod Davis

    President Obama has done a few things that are noteworthy. It is true that the policies of the Bush administration created an atmosphere that highlighted Obama's move to the center away from confrontation issues.

    The missile defense system that President Bush wanted to install in northern Europe infuriated the Russians creating an atmosphere that could have started another Cold War. President Obama defused the issue by substituting ships with Aegis missile platforms. A brilliant move, why, because the Aegis missile system is capable of intercepting the short and medium range missiles of Iran without threating Russia.

    The ME policy of getting consensus views from all parties with intent of reaching an agreement through consensus is a new concept. He has yet to yield results, but it is better than ignoring the key members in the dispute as was the way of the Bush administration.

    Obama made campaign promises to release the Guantanamo prisoners. He has not done so, but the fault lies with Congress' disapproval of his plan without introducing an alternative. Korea is at the tables and talking with the Six world powers; Iran, with prodding, is now opening the doors to inspections, and the Free World is working together to solve the economic problems initiating by the bad practices of Wall Street and our Banking industry.

    Obama has done plenty to deserve the Noble Peace prize.

    October 11, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  16. Charlie

    You have all lost your minds!

    "Most deserving! Peace"

    "Mr. Obama is a winner and the world knows it. He may have been in office merely 9 months, but just wait how the pages of history shall become written by those achievements he shall perform."

    "YAY! President Obama! He totally deserves this. He has made major strides"

    He was elected 2 weeks after being sworn in! So please tell the world what he did in the 9 months , when he was elected only 2 weeks after being sworn in?

    What major strides did he make after 2 weeks being sworn in?

    Ed Rollins mentioned that it would make a good TV script, I agree, however would it be a horror story, or comedy?


    October 11, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  17. Raji Johnson

    Barack Obama's vision for peace and social justice deserves recognision through out the world. He is the only one currently on the world stage who has the charisma, diplomatic savvy and level headedness to bring some peace among nations and help UN to do it's job.
    I congratule the US president on his vison for the future.

    Raji Johnson

    October 11, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  18. Maxine Slusser

    I cannot under stand how CNN can let some one like Debbie Stabenow rant about subjects such as winning a war, when she probaly never held a gun and doesn't know the first thing what it is like to fight a raging battle. Maybe you can arrange for her to find Alqueda and the Taliban.

    October 11, 2009 at 12:48 pm |
  19. average joe

    It appears that the application for the Nobel Prize had to be submitted by February 1st 2009. So Obama was nominated for doing nothing but having good intentions.

    October 11, 2009 at 1:48 am |
  20. Jesse G.

    What a staggering swipe at the integrity and ever high minded intentions for which the Nobel Peace Prize stood. You'd have to take a look at the most irresponsible decision makers that have ever walked the earth for giving such a prestigious and up till now, most valued gift of honour, to a person who does not even come up to the soles of the feet of others more deserving.
    It shoould have been done immediately: it should have been returned immediately – instead of standing there, struck gob smacked in disbelief, that such a travesty could eventuate.

    October 10, 2009 at 1:25 pm |
  21. Lenny De Forge

    Our president won the Noble Prize because he won the election. He inspired the majority of Americans to change the way we view America in the world. As a result of his election the view of America has changed in the eyes of the world. He deserves it and we deserve it for electing him. So what changes he has made ....he has brought hope back to the whole world and the best is yet to come you just have to share that hope, and have a little faith.

    October 10, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  22. Darlene Johnson

    Dear Readers,
    The reason for Our President receiving the Nobel Peace Prize is
    because he is a President of PEACE.

    We are forgetting about the Word PEACE in the award!


    October 10, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  23. james

    This award is usually given to someone who has actually accomplished something. That is why this choice is such a joke and an embarrassment to all those who have received the award in the past. Maybe in a couple of years he will have done something to merit the award but this is far to early and stinks of political payoffs verses sound work. He has not even brought to his south side neighborhood where school kids keep killing each other. Let's see him do something then make an award not this disgrace.

    October 10, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  24. Jabli Izvesti

    It is just a Norwegian gimmick to manipulate Barack Obama to become Jimmy Carter to further the socialist agenda of the old Europe.

    October 10, 2009 at 8:53 am |
  25. Rotimi Thomas

    President Obama won the peace prize because he has decided to chart a peaceful course contrary to his preceedessor in office. At this point in time, the world needs peace to move foward for the safety of all. America cannot continue to ignore what the rest of the world including americans want "PEACE".

    October 10, 2009 at 6:06 am |
  26. Stacey

    Those criticizing President Obama for winning the Nobel Prize need to seek professional help! They need mental help. Oh wait, they probably don't have health insurance. What a shame!
    The man is a graduate of an Ivy League school; he had the oportunity to go work on Wall Street and become a millionaire; instead he decided to help people who were less fortunate. He should be applauded. He is definitly an example, a good example for youth all over the world, especially in this time of war and economic despair. Using his short 9 months in office as a reason for not giving him a well diserve prize is just ridiculous!
    Even if you don't like the man, you should have the honesty to recognize his accomplishments and be proud that the USA is once again respected in the world!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  27. DONNA

    This is gonna hurt the Nobel Peace Prize credibility, (sorry President Obama) in that he was nominated only 2 weeks after he won the election. Wow, I am disappointed that the Nobel Peace Prize could "rig" this up.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  28. you gottbe kidding me

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME. the nobel peace prize for this guy, there are 1000s of US soldiers who have done a better job than him helping out villages in afghan. not to mention thousands of others. i still dont see what he has done to deserve this. Is it because he is black? this for a guy who has not delivered on his promises not to mention screwing up with his medical bill. welcome to reality

    October 9, 2009 at 8:03 pm |
  29. AC Michael

    It is the the Nobel Prize committee's sole responsiblity to select the recipient. If anyone has an issue with that decision, take that up with the committee, not President Obama.

    I heard Ed Rollins this morning saying (I'm paraphrasing) that President Obama must now go out and earn the award: this is patently absurd, as is most of what Mr. Rollins has to say. President Obama is in no way beholden to the Nobel Prize or the selection committee. He is beholden only to his role as our president. To suggest that the Prize will, or should, impact the President's decisions re: Afganistan or any other matter facing this country is completely specious and intelectually disshonest.

    October 9, 2009 at 7:19 pm |
  30. Donald DeFesi

    Really a bad call here, and I am a staunch Democrat. What has he done to deserve this? It makes a mockery of the award. I am truly disappointed

    October 9, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  31. Dale from Florida.

    I don’t understand why President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize ?
    What has he done to help bring peace somewhere in the world ?
    Our country right now is at war in two nations. Is that peace ?
    Over 60 years ago, Germany got fooled by a man who spoke with a sharp tongue.
    I just hope we are not going to fall into the same trap.
    No I don’t believe Obama is the next antichrist.
    Actions speak louder the words.

    October 9, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  32. Lynn Christiansen

    O’Blamo and the Democrats blamed Bush for everything for more than 9 months now, and now they are taking claim for O’blamo’s success that he achieved within the first 12 days of being in office. Come on let’s get real—O’blamo has not done anything good yet nor does it appear he will.

    We see the politics and they sink….Noble Peace Prize….another one of Letterman’s jokes….

    October 9, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  33. Helen Lagasca

    This must be a joke. It just confirms that the Nobel is not really anything of value.

    October 9, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  34. Chris Harrison

    It is quite apparent that the panel who decides who the Peace Prize recipients are indeed as blissfully ignorant as the people that voted for this moron. Awarded Peace Prize because of the "hope he inspires" ??!! Are you serious??!! The only hope that obama inspires is that a majority of America HOPE that WE (the tax payers who support his socialist ideas) will soon be out from under his umbrella of dictatorship and socialism. It is so funny to hear people who voted for this slick-talking idiot now moan and groan their ignorance back in November '08. Hey, I got a idea....I'll just quit my job and live off the welfare hog like all these other obama lovers!!

    October 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  35. Belinda Long

    Yes, he deserves to win. He has talked about peace and understanding throughout his time in office. He is a good man and he is only trying to bring people together in peace. Why are people hating?

    October 9, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  36. Frank B.

    Instead of giving his prize to charity as reported, why doesn't he donate it to reduce the trillion dollar deficit he wants to add to?

    October 9, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  37. Matthew Simon

    I think there is some confusion about the Nobel Peace Prize...

    The Committee doesn't have to wait until the project or undertaking is completed before handing it out. It can be handed out to someone who INITIATES or LEADS actions that are likely to promote peace.

    Obama's support for non-proliferation, repudiation of torture, support of human rights, closure of Guantanamo, moving to end the Iraq war, and outreach to the Arab world, among other objectives are likely to lead to a more peaceful world.

    The Nobel Committee has made it clear they wanted to wish him Godspeed and stand with him in his efforts. Pretty forward thinking in my opinion...

    October 9, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  38. Melissa

    I think that CNN should also give President Obama the 2009 Hero of the Year Award! (I am being sarcastic . . . ) His being awarded the peace prize diminishes the purpose of the award.

    October 9, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  39. Staci

    What has the President done to deserve any reward. I am just like every average person of the middle class and I know he has not done one thing for me. He does not deserve ANY award

    October 9, 2009 at 3:20 pm |