President Barack Obama was recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on October 9, 2009. However, it is still under heated debate whether or not this award is well deserved. To find out, we asked Juniata students’ opinions on the matter.
Michelle Medina ’12, Plattsburg, N.Y.: I think it is lame for Obama to get the prize when he hasn’t even done anything yet. Other people probably deserved it more than he did. It is cliché because he is the first African-American President.
Hannah Miller ’13, Hanover, Pa.: I think it is silly because while he promises to be a good leader and has taken steps in the right directions, he has done nothing definitive yet to bring peace. I also think the only reason he got it is for not being George W. Bush.
Joshua O’Brien ’10, Albany, N.Y.: Currently, he has not done enough to deserve it even thought he has shown a lot of effort, such as reaching out to the Muslim world. Hopefully, it will hold him to higher standards in the future as far as his policies are concerned.
David Grim ’12, State College, Pa.: In terms of foreign policy, I think he has done a good job reaching out to foreign countries and trying to establish a positive reputation for the U.S. abroad, but I don’t think he has done anything significant to deserve it. Other U.S. presidents who received the award were Jimmy Carter, who worked with conflicts for decade, and Woodrow Wilson who created the League of Nations. But when considering people like Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr. and Kofi Annan, he hasn’t done anything to come close to deserving to be mentioned with them.
-Sam Stroup ’12, Juniata Online Journalist