Debate: Has President Obama lived up to his Nobel Peace Prize?
Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Thorbjørn Jagland hands the diploma and medal to Nobel Peace Prize laureate, U.S. President Barack Obama during the Nobel Peace prize award ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo on December 10, 2009. (Getty Images)
October 7th, 2011
09:02 AM ET

Debate: Has President Obama lived up to his Nobel Peace Prize?

The following is an excerpt of my interview with Thorbjørn Jagland, Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which is responsible for awarding the Nobel Peace Prize. In this section, Jagland speaks about whether Obama lived up to the expectations of the Nobel Peace Prize he was awarded in 2009. The rest of the interview will be published later today covering topics from the tragedy in Norway to Europe's role in Central Asia.

Has President Obama lived up to his Nobel Peace Prize?

Yes, I think so. I’m as convinced as I was when he got it that he deserved it for many reasons. He changed so many things in American foreign policy; During three months’ time, he, for instance and that’s what’s the main reason why he got the prize, namely that he paved the way for new negotiations with the Russian Federation about nuclear arms. If you look at the will of Alfred Nobel that goes directly to what he said that the prize should go to the person that has worked for - he called it reduction of standing armies but in today’s terms it means arm control and disarmament. So President Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize because he paved the way for such negotiations; he said that he was willing to discuss the nuclear shield of Europe and therefore, the Russians were beginning to come back to the table and negotiations started again.

We couldn’t avoid giving the prize to President Obama given the will of Alfred Nobel and what he did on this point. But, there are other things also, which we looked at, for instance, the fact that he started immediately to build bridges to the Muslim world throughout the time.

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  1. Smiley of Baltimore

    As I read all the responses to the original question, most are so off base with their reply that it has become a bash the President session! The one thing I know or think I know to be true is this, most people that are replying don’t even have their own homes in order, their own bills paid on time or can’t keep the people close to them happy. So now we are looking to the 44th President to have every answer to every problem in the United States, YEAH RITE. For what this President has had to overcome with the fact of even getting elected was monumental, then having two wars that one had nothing to with the price of tea in China ‘Just a saying that means not justified”, just about everyone knew that OBL was in Pakistan but we went to Iraq and got Suddam Hussein for what? A GOP that works for Wall Street and will not tax them the same way I “a blue collar work” has been taxed for the 22 years of working. A TEA Party that has some of the believes that the KKK has WOW! No one wants the Government to have control of things until something affects them. We had a previous president that did what? We had a Vice President that was the CEO of a company called Halliburton that received hundreds of millions of dollars of no bid contracts to supply the military during the wars with faulty equipment that has killed our service man as well. Where is that Senate hearing at? The only thing GWB is good for is the acronym of WMD! That we still haven’t found 10 years later!

    October 14, 2011 at 3:41 am | Reply
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    I find it absurd that when someone criticizes Obama, the immediate response is generally "but BUSH blah blah blah". LOL as if stating your opinion on an entirely different person wins the argument or is even at least acceptable.

    BTW, I have never heard in my life someone responding to criticism of Bush with "but CLINTON blah blah blah". If you can't answer the debate with valid points, either:

    1. Don't Debate
    2. Change your Opinion

    March 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Reply
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