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On Being Nobel

Many others have already weighed in on Barack Obama being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize early this morning, so I’ll only be making a short statement (since I know you all are wondering what I think about it).

Does he deserve it? No. Why? Two reasons.

Reason One: Norman Borlaug
This man has saved more lives than any other single individual in history, through his application of science to agriculture deployed in nations across the planet. ‘Nuff said.

Reason Two: 1948
In 1948 Mahatma Ghandi was nominated for the fifth time, having gone 0 for 4 in his previous nominations, but died before the winner was announced. Since the Nobel isn’t awarded posthumously, Ghandi was slighted for the final time. But, rather than giving the award to someone who was less deserving, to someone who may have been the best candidate of that year but would not have been, in the grand scheme of things, Nobel Peace Prize material, the committee did the best thing it could have done and awarded the prize to nobody. They issued a statement, saying, “…[T]here was no suitable living candidate,” and it was true.

So, does Obama deserve this award? No; he is not of the caliber of Norman Borlaug–yes, the bar should be set that high–and even if Obama was the most qualified nominee this year, the committee should have acknowledged that that was not enough, and withheld the award.


October 9, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. I agree.

    Comment by Hisham | October 12, 2009 | Reply

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