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Times Online: How President Obama could retrospectively earn his Nobel award for peace

December 10, 2009


The Times Online says that to earn his Nobel Peace Prize, President Obama must follow words with action.

Barack Obama will receive the Nobel Peace Prize today. This is a shame. "I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who have been honoured by this prize," he said himself, when the award was announced in October. He was quite right.

The Nobel committee had its reasons. In particular, it praised the US President's "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples". The idea was that Mr Obama had changed the diplomatic tone, and that this, in itself, was substantive new American foreign policy that would move the world in a peaceable direction.

The decision seemed premature - a reward not for the President's actions, but for his hopes. If history is to vindicate the Nobel committee, he will need something more concrete.


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