People were shocked when President Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace prize today for his initiatives to reduce nuclear weapons, reduce conflict in the Muslim world, and promote worldwide diplomacy. Why so shocking, since these are Nobel-worthy causes? Because Obama had only been in office for two weeks before the February 1 Nobel nomination deadline. The Nobel Committee doesn’t seem to think it’s a problem. They attribute a change in global mood to Obama’s calls for peace and cooperation, even though his initiatives have not yet had the time “to bear fruit.” So what do you think? Does he deserve the award? [MSNBC]
After the jump, see how Obama stacks up to the other presidents that have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
- Sure, at 43 years old he was the youngest “cowboy” president ever to be elected, but Theodore Roosevelt was serving his second term in the White House when he won the Nobel Peace prize in 1906 for his role in ending the bloody battle between the Japanese and Russians. He is responsible for the Treaty of Portsmouth signed in 1905. Yee-haw!
- President Woodrow Wilson knew a thing or two about international politics. He won the Nobel Peace Prize during his second term in office in 1919 after being an integral part of creating the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I. Just call him the founding father of “idealism” in foreign diplomacy.
- The Nobel Committee was a little bit late to recognize President Jimmy Carter’s efforts, but better late than never. Carter was finally awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his decades of dedication to finding peaceful solutions to international conflicts. I would say 25 years could be considered “paying your dues.”
In comparison, feels a little early for Obama to have won this honor, no?