In 2009 Barak Obama was given one of the most coveted and prestigious awards a person can receive. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to people who stand out for acts of courage and kindness for humanity. An example of a worthy recipient would be Mother Teresa, who given the award for her selflessness and kindness work with people of Calcutta India. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, she spent over 50 years serving people in the slums of Calcutta.
Barak Obama, however, did nothing like that. In fact, the 2009 Nobel Peace prize has been the most controversial so far. Obama beat out many people who were clearly worthy recipients of the award. Yesterday, Johnathan Turley wrote a scathing article about Obama winning the award and what the ex-Secretary of the Nobel recently admitted.
In Jonathan Turley’s blog post yesterday he wrote, Like many people, I was highly critical of the awarding of the Nobel Award to President Barack Obama in 2009 before he had done anything as president. Now the ex-Secretary for the Nobel Prize Geir Lundestad has admitted that Obama did not deserve the prize but rather they thought the award would strengthen Obama. It is a maddening admission that the committee bypassed a list of worthy candidates with proven contributions to humanity to give a boost to someone that the Committee simply liked. That would seem grossly unethical but Lundestad merely acknowledged that it did not seem to work.
As I discussed at the time, Obama beat out various more worthy candidates including Dr. Sima Samar who is an amazingly brave Afghan woman who has risked her life to fight for the rights of women and girls in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. The chairwomen of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, Samar was the first Hazara woman to obtain a medical degree from Kabul University. She has had to repeatedly flee for her life but has insisted on returning time and time again to treat the poor and fight for women’s rights — in an area where feminists are routinely killed or sprayed with acid by extremists.
Samar also opposed the rise of Sharia law and religious radicals. Extremists forced her out as Deputy President and later Minister of Women’s Affairs. For civil libertarians, the comparison of Samar and Obama could not be more striking. Where Obama has repeatedly refused to fight for principle and yielded to politics (in areas like torture, privacy, and detainee rights), Samar has refused to yield on principle — even at the risk of her own life.
While Obama was in office less than two weeks before his nomination, Samar has spent a lifetime fighting for oppressed women in Afghanistan. Geir Lundestad and his colleagues rejected Samar and others because they wanted to boost Obama.
In his memoir entitled “Secretary of Peace,” Lundestad admits “No Nobel Peace Prize ever elicited more attention than the 2009 prize to Barack Obama . . . Even many of Obama’s supporters believed that the prize was a mistake. In that sense the committee didn’t achieve what it had hoped for.” That is Lundestad’s way of explaining a decision that openly ignored the premise of the prize, ignored humanitarians with inspiring records, and gave the leading humanitarian award to someone without single credible claim to that prize.
Lundestad’s book is lacking any evidence of an ethical commitment to the history of the Nobel or its underlying principles.
Barak Obama should have turned down the award, allowing a worthy recipient to receive it. But of course, arrogant Obama would do no such thing. His presidency is filled with these types of occasions.
In 2013 Obama won the NME Hero of the Year Award, again beating out people who actually did something heroic. Barak would be better suited to win an award for his scandals while being the Commander-in-Chief. He should be recognized for giving the terrorist nation of Iran over a billion dollars or providing guns to Mexican cartels. He could win an award for doing nothing in eight years to remove ISIS or stopping North Korea from terrorizing the world.
The list goes on and on. Barak Obama should have never recieved the Nobel Peace Prize, the world became a much scarier place under his administration. In fact, the current Nobel committee should remove the award from Obama if they have any hope of preserving the honor it carries, which was cheapened by this single, undeserved recipient.