UNDESERVED: Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize

Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize victory can be summed up in two words: premature and shocking. Although Obama has made great strides in terms of peace there are many things that he promised during the campaign trail that remain undone.

Obama received this coveted award because he opened up peace talks with the rest of the world and has improved the way in which other nations look at the U.S.

On October 9, the president blogged stating, “I will accept this award as a call to action – a call for all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st century.” Whatever happened to awarding people for deeds they have actually done?

“I’m still waiting for my Nobel Prize in literature for the book that I am trying to write,” joked English teacher Daniel O’Rourke.

Obama is now one of three sitting presidents to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Woodrow Wilson received the Nobel Peace Prize for founding the League of Nations, and Theodore Roosevelt received the award for mediating the peace treaty that ended the Russo- Japanese war. Key words: “founding” and “writing.” These were both things that were accomplished before receiving the award.

On his first day in office, Obama started off by saying that he would close down Guantanamo Bay in the near future. This has not yet been done.

“I don’t think Obama has proven himself worthy of such a prestigious award like the Nobel Peace prize. I think that this is the equivalent of giving a freshman senior honors and recognitions,” said English department chair George Miller.

As for being so “peaceful,” the White House has recently attacked Fox News Channel.

“We’re going to treat them the way we would treat an opponent,” White House communications director, Anita Dunn recently said. “We don’t need to pretend that this is the way that legitimate news organizations behave.”

If the president is willing to go after a news source that rates as the United States’ number one cable news network, which bears the slogan “Fair and Balanced,” then how peaceful can Obama really be?

Freedom of press is given to us by the constitution, and Obama should respect this and realize how poorly this reflects on him so shortly after winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

I guess we’ll see how deserving he really is in the months to come.