Some comments on Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele:

“The real question Americans are asking is, ‘What has President Obama actually accomplished?’ It is unfortunate that the president’s star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights. One thing is certain – President Obama won’t be receiving any awards from Americans for job creation, fiscal responsibility, or backing up rhetoric with concrete action.”

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger:

“Maria and I applaud President Obama for winning the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. The President has consistently shown that he is committed to reaching out to other nations and positioning America to once again be the global leader for peace and prosperity. This is a great honor for our country and reminds us all of the promise our nation holds. I look forward to working with him to address future challenges facing our nation. On behalf of all Californians, I congratulate President Obama for winning this inspiring award.”

Lt. Gov. and 10th Congressional District candidate John Garamendi:

“I want to congratulate President Obama for receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. He has changed the tone of the worldwide debate on international issues including reducing nuclear arms and building better international relations based on mutual desire to improve economic and social conditions in all countries. His policy is changing America’s relationship with the world, a change that will foster cooperation and peace.”

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.:

“While this award was unexpected, I think it is a testament to President Obama’s extraordinary ability to inspire people from across the globe to come together and share a vision of a brighter, safer and more prosperous world. With the election of President Obama, we started America back on a path to regaining our status as a beacon of light for the world. Now it is crucial that we come together across party lines to make that promise a reality. The president was right in his humble response to describe this award as an affirmation of America’s leadership and a call to action to address the major challenges of our time.”

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.:

“Today at the White House I had the privilege of personally congratulating President Obama for receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. I believe the Nobel Committee’s decision reflects the fact that the United States has restored its credibility with the international community. It signifies that the goals articulated by President Obama have resounded with the rest of the world.”

UPDATE @ 2:22 P.M.: A few more…

Former Arkansas Governor and 2008 GOP primary presidential candidate Mike Huckabee:

“There will be an outcry from those on the right who will say that Obama’s nomination, made two weeks into his Presidency, is impossible to justify but I think such an outcry will sound like right-wing whining. The better response is simply to allow those on the left to explain what he did in his first two weeks as President that merited such recognition.”

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican:

“I would say regardless of the circumstances, congratulations to President Obama for winning the Nobel Prize. I know there will be some people who are saying ‘Was it based on good intentions and thoughts or is it going to be based on good results?’ But I think the appropriate response is when anybody wins a Nobel Prize that is a very noteworthy development and designation and I think the appropriate response is to say ‘Congratulations.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Arne Simonsen

    The threshold for receiving the Nobel Peace Prize has now been set so low that anyone with or without a birth certificate can qualify. So get those nominations in by February 1, 2010 for next year’s prize – no accomplishments necessary to win 🙁

  • Though the nomination deadlines closes in February, voting doesnt take place until earlier this month.

  • Arne you should be ashamed of yourself for the disrespect you have shown a sitting president.The republicans have lowered themselves so low that you have become mean, manipulative that I wonder when you will don your white sheet.

  • Arne Simonsen

    Hypo, get real!! I support you believe ACORN should have received it, huh?

  • Ralph Hoffmann, Guest Columnist

    As a currently registered DTS, it seems the Nobel Committee based it’s unanimous choice on expectations of future performance of Barach Obama, who appointed our own Ellen Tauscher!

  • Hypocriticalyes has suggested Arne is connected to the KKK because Arne believes the threshold for receiving the Nobel Peace Prize has been set at a new low with Obama’s win.

    It’s sad that when people question, or disagree with the President, or his policies the liberals pull the race card. (You don’t like Obamacare; you’re a racist! You don’t like the stimulus package; you’re a racist; You question where Obama was born; you’re a racist!)They seem to resort to this tactic when losing ground during a political conversation, or when the opposition makes a valid point. This does nothing to advance the discussion, or prove one’s position valid.

    The real question is why would President Obama promise “change” and “hope” when he really hoped to change nothing?

    And why would someone get a Nobel “Peace” Prize when his first order of business as President was sending 17,000 U.S. troops into Afghanistan?

    What has he done to bring the troops home from Iraq?

    Maybe President Obama is racist? Because he could end these undeclared wars in the Middle East by issuing an executive order to bring the troops home right now.


  • John W.

    Kudos to some Republicans, including some of those quoted here and John McCain, for showing a little class. It’s not like Obama lobbied for this. He was as surprised as any of us but did his usual elegant job of putting it in proper context. I recommend reading his complete statement. The fact that Obama got nominated two weeks into his presidency is no big deal or at all unusual. Lots of celebrity names get “nominated” without much expectation of serious consideration. It’s obvious that the peace prize committee used this year’s award to recognize the shift in how the country approaches its international leadership role under Obama and, probably, to put some pressure on Obama to continue down a constructive path of engagement. I’m sure they had AfPak and Iran in mind. I trust Obama not to let that influence his decisions. Unlike the Nobel awards in science and medicine, the peace prize is handled through a separate process and has always had a political edge to it. In fact, one of the committe members said as much. If an American was to be chosen, Bill and Melinda Gates come to mind, or Bill Clinton. But obviously the committee had an agenda. All that said, my favorite part of this is watching the bobblehead wingers like Limbaugh come unglued. It’s so predictable, and so pathetically funny. First there was the outburst of laughter over Chicago not getting the Olympics. Now, they just can’t stand it that Obama got a win, even if it is one he didn’t seek.

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  • Ralph Hoffmann, Guest Columnist

    Well put, John W.

  • Mark

    I thought it was a joke at first, another case of full credit for doing nothing.

    Never saw anyone who did so little that spent so much time getting credit for it.

    Reads like bad reality TV, famous for being famous and nothing else. AI assume a Pulitzer Prize for Paris Hilton is coming next.

    A new commemorative coin will be available for $29.95 later this week.

  • Ken Thompson

    It hard to get two people to agree on anything. If 85% of people like there heath care why are we going there? We have no money. Start with Medicare and show us! How you can save money by getting rid of fraud.
    I guess now we can look at past winners of the prize and wonder?

  • Elwood

    This just in:

    Obama has been awarded the gold medal for winning the decathlon in the 2012 Olympics.

  • Chet

    We in Danville are very proud of the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to our Pres Obama. We should all be proud we elected such a great leader as our President.

  • Elwood

    Surprise announcement from the Vatican:

    The Pope has announced that he has named Obama Pope in Waiting.

    His Holiness promises to die soon so that Obama may become Pope.

    My golly, Chet, who appointed you spokesperson for everyone in Danville?

    There must be something in the water.

  • RNC is roadkill

    It is swell that the Pres was nominated and received this award. And, while I am a huge fan of the Pres and believe he at least possesses a modicum of incentive to pursue a path that is in the best long-term interest of the country, I, like many others, was also surprised at his being awarded this prestigious honor.

    I have to agree with some of those who suggest that Mr. Obama’s nomination may not be completely justified by his own actions.

    Based on some recent business travels in Europe, I think it was, in large measure, Mr. Bush and the fear he and his policies created that set the stage for Mr. Obama’s nomination and eventual award.

  • Elwood

    When they woke him up, ‘Bama said: “I won the what?”