by Michael dEstries
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obamaIt’s safe to say that the Nobel committee is betting on America to help lead on a number of issues. The award this morning of President Barack Obama for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize is more an affirmation of the hope and diplomacy such a person can bring to the world, and less a pat on the back for his past achievements. Whether or not this complicates Obama’s agenda is an entirely different matter. One thing we do know is that committee also recognized the President for his position on climate change. “Thanks to Obama’s initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting,” they stated.

Of course, the Copenhagen climate talks haven’t even started yet — but as the Wall Street Journal points out, “Europeans, like the Nobel committee, put more weight on intentions. Americans tend to focus on achievements.” Even the best intentions mean “jack squat” if nothing comes out of them — but as Obama said this morning in reaction to winning, he would accept the award as a “call to action” for all nations to address global challenges.

“They include peace in the Middle East, the threat from nuclear weapons, global warming, and the battles against poverty, disease, and injustice,” he added.

Only time and action will show how prescient the Nobel committee’s decision truly was.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • http://waterox.tumblr.com James Sklar

    I just saw the news this morning about the peace prize. Was this a joke? We are still fighting two wars: Iraq and Afghanistan, destroying the environment, killing innocent people and putting our best in harm’s way for no good reason.

    A travesty for sure.

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  • http://www.organikook.com OrganiKooK

    I know that a lot of people are either shocked, or dismayed by his award. I agree with the committee Nobel, that either it was his past performance, or the promise that he comes presenting to the the world. I believe that we are hanging on the precipice of change, and Obama has the charisma and momentum to change our world in a way we have never seen in the history of our country. He IS history in motion! I am personally enjoying just sitting back and watching the show. He will change our world for the better. Give him time to change all the problems that the previous administration left behind.!

    • Jack

      Take off the rose colored glasses and look again. He didn’t deserve the prize and he hasn’t done anything except spend trillions that will cause our children to be indentured servants to the Chinese.

  • myself

    This is the most horrific joke I ever read about!

    OBAMA (!!!) getting the nobel peace price??

    He’s a puppet of the elite’s New World Order agenda.

    He’s putting more and more troups into Afghanistand and
    won’t pull out the troups out of Iraq for a LOOONG time
    and when they finally move out they are replaced by war
    contractor firms/companies like Blackwater and such by
    the 10thousands or even more.

    He’s just about to start a war with Iran and many other things.

    He should be deep in jail just like the Bush-clique for
    war-crimes, mass-murder, treason on the American…

    He’s even thousands times worse than former ‘president’
    Bush and his colleagues Rice, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Perle…

    Look at his staff and what he and them have done before.

    If it wasn’t such a sad and serious thing I would like to ‘LOL’…

    Another thing:

    Did you ever hear about ‘codex alimentarius’ (horrible guidelines for food production)?

    Do a search on youtube and go to

    healthfreedomUSA.org

    for further information on this EXTREMELY important topic!

  • http://www.greenmeetup.com Caroline

    @ “Myself” : It’s very nice to be against war and willing to stay isolated from the rest of the world, I really don’t like war too, better make love, it’s more funny. BUT, I’m sorry, be realistic : if you don’t care about the rest of the world, the rest of the world will take care of you (same as politics). America ignored the world during the 90′s, result : 9/11.

    Obama has understood that one can’t be respected without inspiring some fear, and he has to do so to to maintain the peace in the world. The Nobel committee gave him the Prize because he is THE man who can change everything and who WANTS to change everything; however you can’t change the world in 7 days, refer the health care reform.

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  • Sam

    Being that this is a green website, it should be mentioned that Obama is no friend to animals. He recently took the wolf off the endangered list, as well as weakening the Endangered Species Act by hiring a horrible person to enforce it. (“President Barack Obama continues to make some mind-boggling decisions with regard to animals–decisions we would have expected from Bush, but not from someone who promised us better. In this latest instance, Obama has nominated, to enforce the Endangered Species Act as head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sam Hamilton: the FWS official with “by far the weakest record on Endangered Species Act enforcement of any comparable official in the country,” the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) reports”), and gave hunting a national day of recognition, as well as being seen ordering foie gras and veal. (I specifically remember him pretending to care about factory farming before he was elected.) And, the list continues.

    Also, if you were to follow the money trail, you would find that Obama’s real allegiance is to the ultra rich and corporations.

    “There is nothing more disgusting than the messiaonic message that much of the media is delivering concerning Obama’s widespread appeal. We have been bombarded by this belief that Obama transcends the traditional mold of a politician and than it is his 1.5 million person database, free from corporate and lobbyist influence that has contributed to his record breaking donations. Obama has tried to paint John McCain, with the willing help of some media outlets, as an old style politician; a kickback to the political ties to corporate money and lobbyist pandering.

    Obama is the poster boy for his “New Democratic Coalition”, uninfluenced by lobbyists and big corporations. In November 2007 at Des Moines, IA., Obama stated: ““I am in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over. I have done more than any other candidate in this race to take on lobbyists — and won. They have not funded my campaign, they will not run my White House, and they will not drown out the voices of the American people when I am president.”

    Like everthing about the Obama campaign, it is nothing more than smoke-and-mirrors. Mr. Obama, you’re running a presidential campaign, your donor information is public record!

    Let’s take a quick look at where your money came from:
    Total Donations as of April 20th: $234.7 Million from over 1.5 million contributors.

    Of this amount around $130.6 million (approximately 60%) came from only 117,300 contributors, $50 million more dollars than the total contributions to the McCain campaign. So where did this enormous amount of money come from? After all, isn’t it corporate and lobbyists that are funding the McCain and Clinton campaigns. Hmm…

    Oops, I remember. I remember speech after speech of Mr. Obama speaking of the economic crisis and housing crisis. You know the housing crisis caused by greed and corruption within Wall Street Investment firms and banks supported by the policies of Bush and McCain.

    Let’s take a look at where Obama’s money has come from:

    Top Contributors by employer:

    Goldman Sachs: Obama – $544,000
    McCain – $128,000

    UBS: Obama – $363,000
    McCain – $82,000

    JP Morgan Chase: Obama: $353,000
    McCain: $123,000

    Citigroup: Obama: $331,000
    McCain: $206,000

    Lehman Brothers: Obama – $312,000’
    McCain – $98,000

    Time Warner: Obama – $245,000

    Financial/Banking Industry Totals: Obama $16.9 Million / McCain $10 Million

    Interesting how the very executives and companies that Obama is going to reform seem to be flocking to him during this campaign. But wait, perhaps it’s a fluke? So let’s take a look at where Obama received his money over the past 5 years.

    Top Campaign Contributors since 1989 (Or 2004 if for Barack Obama)

    Goldman Sachs: Obama – $535,000
    McCain – $211,000

    JP Morgan Chase: Obama – $346,000
    McCain – $118,000

    UBS: Obama $315,000
    McCain – $107,000

    Citigroup: Obama $281,000
    McCain – $230,000

    Financial/Banking Industry Totals: Obama – $16 Million / McCain – $11.7 Million

    Interestingly enough, these statistics are the total contributions received since 1989. Incredibly, the irresponsible and predatory Wall Street investment firms have contributed more to Obama in 5 years than they have too McCain over the past 19 years. Hmm…

    Alas, I’ve got it, McCain is the poster child for lobbyists and political action committees. After all, they have contributed more to the McCain Campaign, Right??? Not necessarily, who represents Lobbying groups and PAC’s on capital hill? Lawyers!

    During this presidential campaign Barack Obama has received more than $15 million in contributions from Lawyers and Lobbyists; McCain on the other hand has received only $5 million in contributions. If fact, not including during their senatorial campaigns, Obama received more than $14 million versus McCains $4.5 million. (Again, those figures are based upon all US congressional campaigns since 1989)

    I’VE GOT IT, McCain is a pawn of big oil and energy conglomerates responsible for taking advantage of the American public. But wait, the Energy sector has given the Obama campaign around $1 million dollars this election, the same amount they have contributed to McCain’s Campaign. And over the past 5 years Obama’s senatorial campaigns have received $938,000 from energy companies versus McCains 19 year intake of $1.29 million.

    The Obama Campaign taughts this 1.5 million contributor base as some special and magical grass roots movement to support his magically delicious agenda of change. The reality is that the wealthy and elite of this country, are flocking to Obama at a far faster pace than they ever have to John McCain or Hillary Clinton.

    But I’m sure that they don’t expect any favorable treatment from their inflated contributions in the past and inflated contributions today. I’m sure that the “messiah”, the great savior of the middle class would never allow their money to influence him; and I’m sure that ObaMSNBC will point out Obama’s real contributors on Countdown.

    Wake Up! Obama is just another politician, an eloquent speaker that will say whatever he believes the populous wants to hear, so that he can advance his personal power.”

    J Brown
    May 19th, 2008

    America has been duped.