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  • S2
    Oct. 14, 2009 8:45 a.m.

    Yeah, take a breath, folks. The inception of the Nobel Prize, and the appointment of the 5 members to the selection committe is and has always been a leftist driven, exclusive cause.

    Surely the awarding of it to such luminaries as Yasir Arafat, the boy lover, Jimmy Forever Irrelvant Carter, the U.N., Lu Duc Throwup, and Algore should have been distinguishable enough for folks to realize the irrelevance and promotion the NPP is.

    I would guess by next year, now that Obama has topped the list, most Americans and the US press will ignore their next winner and related news releases.

    Oct. 14, 2009 8:17 a.m.


    This just in...!!! Obama wins the Heisman Trophy after watching a college football game...!!!

  • Canadian
    Oct. 13, 2009 1:42 p.m.

    Do I think Barack Obama should have won the NPP! No,and I'm not racist! I am not even an American but a Canadian! What has he done to deserve it? There must have been many more who qualified for this prestigious award. What I have noticed is that your president isn't following through with many of his campaign promises! The first thing he should have done was to stop the pork barrel spending and bring accountability into play!! Where are Sen. Dodds mortgage papers? Has your unemployment figures dropped since the stimulus money was put into effect? What about the Health Care Bill? If we in Canada don't work for a company that provides health care benefits we have to pay a few hundred dollars a month for benefits and still have to go on waiting lists for months. Our health care system is going broke and the only ones who receive free health care are those on welfare! Does this sound familiar to you honest tax-payers? Stop unwarranted lawsuits! Nothing in life is free! Even Adam was told to work to feed his family! Wake up America before it's too late!

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 13, 2009 4:38 a.m.

    For you political science professors,Governors and other Conservatives who pretend to be God fearing..."...Read em' and Weep!!!

  • Denny Mackerell
    Oct. 12, 2009 2:46 p.m.

    Congratulations to the President even if I don't agree with everything he does.

  • To Grandma
    Oct. 12, 2009 10:36 a.m.

    I would rather live in a nation of God-loving men, than God-fearing men. God is a loving being, not a scary being.

    Too many of you have let this Nobel Peace Prize issue rent space in your heads when it really shouldn't. Take a deep breath and look up the serenity prayer.

    It would be appreciated if those who comment would read over their comments and use good grammar and spelling. It takes away all credibility when you are ranting about the uneducated and can't even spell the word correctly.

  • How typical
    Oct. 11, 2009 4:55 p.m.

    "Bush should have won it! He got rid of Saddam!"
    "Obama's partly a black Muslim and won't prove he's an American!"
    "Affirmative Action has hit the Nobel Committee!"
    "I'm no racist!"
    "Who cares our president won the Peace Prize?!"

    You say you love America, but you hate Obama so much more.

    He is our President, he was elected President by the majority, sorry Utah. From the very beginning he was open to diplomacy with other nations, unlike the Bush Doctrine of No Diplomacy, Brute Force Only BRING IT ON.

    The world has joined the majority of Americans in embracing this willingness to work with others.

    Now go cry into your Sprites.

  • You know the saying...
    Oct. 11, 2009 3:10 p.m.

    "Misery loves company"? Are you guys so miserable in your bitterness that you can't be happy for those people that earn an award? All you that say "he didn't deserve it" and so forth sound like little chilcren complaining that that they didn't get their way. If you disagree with policies then work to get them changed, but in the meantime, respect others!

  • David in Michigan
    Oct. 10, 2009 9:56 p.m.

    to Anonymous | 7:38 a.m. Oct. 6, 2009
    "'...and we criticized President Bush for doing the opposite.'"
    Oh... you did not!!! You all sat there and let it happen."

    Anonymous, your statement is incorrect. Not everyone just "sat there and let it happen". I, for one, wrote letters and made phone calls to try to stop what was happening. Even if I was the only one, "all" is the wrong word to use.

  • Ridiculous
    Oct. 10, 2009 9:50 p.m.

    "I hope it will help him," Nobel committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland said of the award. "Obama is the right man at the right time, and that's why we want to enhance his efforts."

    In other words, this award was a leftist propaganda tool to support a leftist agenda.

  • RE: 2012 | 10:14 a.m.
    Oct. 10, 2009 9:39 p.m.

    Democrats cheered American defeat for eight years.
    Democrats booed American victory for eight years.
    Democrats are now destroying the country.
    Republicans want your vote in 2012.
    Fat chance? How remarkably unintelligent.

  • michaelm
    Oct. 10, 2009 9:36 p.m.

    Wow I have good intentions and lots of empty slogans, I can read off teleprompters and I have lots of friends in San Francisco, Where is my Nobel prize and money?

    What a farce, it's only important as a reminder that like thinking people like to give awards to the choir they preach to and require little actual results so long as you like what your own are saying to those drinking your brand of cool aid. Nice for him, he's celebrated by people for doing nothing and not being Bush. No big deal beyond his cheerleaders in the media building it up but wheres the beef? I'd have no problem with the award after his term is up plus a few years to see if it works. Like the three who got an award for inventing the basic technology for digital cameras they had to wait 30 years to prove its value before they got it. Perhaps to take it seriously we should wait 30 years and see if Obama actually does anything worthwhile and lasting.

  • to Anonymous | 2:12 p.m.
    Oct. 10, 2009 9:33 p.m.

    Funny, I thought Jesus wanted people to speak the truth. Why is saying that Mr. Obama didn't deserve a Nobel Prize hypocritical? It is just stating a fact.

    Perhaps for hypoocrisy, one should look in the mirror.

    Oh and by the way, I'm from Maryland, not Utah.

  • Destroy the BCS
    Oct. 10, 2009 9:26 p.m.

    Mr. Obama deserves to win the Nobel Peace Prize for his position on one issue alone:

    His desire to see the unfair and unjust BCS system destroyed.

    Thank you prize committee for also wanting to see the BCS system die.

    Since we all agree on this issue, we can all celebrate the award and don't need to see even one more post.

  • @Whine, Whine, Whine | 8:44 a.m.
    Oct. 10, 2009 9:24 p.m.

    If you believe that there will be "a democratic majority in the US for many, many years", apparently you haven't been reading many polls lately. Like when under Jimmy, in 3 more years people will be wanting to "change" back so badly there won't be anything left of the Democratic Party for another 12 years. You see, when a leftists are totally in charge, people actually expect that the rhetoric that has been placed in their heads by the media will actually come true. But since their ideas are actually inconsistent with reality, eventually everything comes crashing down and people come to their senses. So as long as our "Nobel Laureate" doesn't destroy our system of government completely, the Dems will self-destruct in the next two elections.

    As for rigging elections, people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones: the leftist's favorite organization ACORN provided an illegal win for the Dems in the last Senate election in Minnesota.

  • Raoul Fenderson
    Oct. 10, 2009 8:50 p.m.

    I'm kinda surprised that Obama was even considered for this award. He hasn't done much of anything on the world stage at this point to further the goal of peace, IMO. He didn't even have the spine to meet with the Dalai Lama in Washington.

  • The NIT
    Oct. 10, 2009 8:40 p.m.

    Mr. Chaffetz is right on the money!! For once honesty wins out over political correctness. What a joke...

  • Next up...
    Oct. 10, 2009 8:19 p.m.

    Ladies and Gentleman, your BCS College Football National Champion: Barrack Obama!

  • Smitty
    Oct. 10, 2009 7:05 p.m.

    He didn't deserve it.

    And I don't live in Utah.

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 10, 2009 4:26 p.m.

    I am proud of President Obama! He did not campaign for this prize. It seems to irk you that you have no control over what happens in Norway and Sweden which by the way have marvelous health care systems. What has Obama accomplished? More than any recent Republican President that is for sure.

  • boo
    Oct. 10, 2009 3:58 p.m.

    The Nobel committee has set a higher standard for Obama in the hopes he will turn America into Europe.

  • You've got to be kidding me!
    Oct. 10, 2009 3:57 p.m.

    Just goes to show you that the Nobel Peace prize is a farce. What, did the Acorn leadership move on and get hired to run the Nobel prizes? Come on! Obama won't even talk to the leadership running the Afghanistan war on terror! He must be too busy putting white coats on Doctors and getting black and white guys together for a beer. Put a tie on Mr. President and get serious!
    Next thing you know he'll win another award for running the country into the ground and making our money worthless.

  • Re; Self sufficient US
    Oct. 10, 2009 3:45 p.m.

    You're joking, right? The US has spent billions upon billions in foreign aid to Europe. If it weren't for us, they'd all have been speaking Russian a long time ago.

    And you bring up the national debt? There's an easy fix to that, you know? Cut off all of the parasites (in this country and in others) - those who do nothing and take our hard-earned tax money.

  • the only time utah will be happy
    Oct. 10, 2009 3:44 p.m.

    when the prize goes to some rep who does his agenda behind closed doors ..well that might be chris buttars and not a nuttars!

  • Re: Re: Washington State
    Oct. 10, 2009 3:41 p.m.

    You're flying from SLC to Seattle to work? Let's trade jobs and homes! I've been commuting out of WA State for months. There's no jobs here. The Dems chased most of them out and are trying really hard to run what's left of Boeing out.

    But since you ask for facts, how about this? Four of the top 5 states for unemployment are blue states (South Carolina is the one red state in there). The five states with the lowest unemployment states are red states, one of which is Utah.

  • Mossback George
    Oct. 10, 2009 2:40 p.m.

    I intend to do a lot of peaceful things some day. Will someone nominate me?

  • DR Don
    Oct. 10, 2009 2:32 p.m.

    The Nobel Peace Prize nomination deadline is February 1st. What, in the 11 days since he became President, had Mr. Obama accomplished that warranted this award? Serious question looking for a serious answer.

  • tigerlily
    Oct. 10, 2009 2:18 p.m.

    yes,UtahObserver, it does send a message. The message eing you don't have to do anything to get it.

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 10, 2009 2:12 p.m.

    The hypocracy here in Utah is jsut astounding.

    On one page, there is the endless fawning over every word spoke days ago in LDS General Conference.

    On the next is the hatred, un-civility, un-christian rantings from the same relgious zealots.

    Jesus spoke to his very own about this double-standard....and it even offended him more than the oppressive Romans -- he called them Hypocrites!!!

  • UtahObserver
    Oct. 10, 2009 12:47 p.m.

    Got to be honest...these comments say far more about Utah than they do about the President.
    He was not my first choice. Heck, his party is hardly EVER my choice.
    But he is my President. And I am proud that a signal is sent through this Award.
    The fact that the esteemed 3rd District Representative, once again, plays the fool is not surprising. David Hansen, what has he ever done except hold the coat of Orrin Hatch? What is surprising is that people who cannot spell, lack reason, and clearly are rooting for presidential failure can consider themselves the "best" Americans.
    Hard to believe we can find the means to criticize an American winning the Nobel Prize.

  • K2
    Oct. 10, 2009 12:22 p.m.

    "What can you point to seriously, that the president has actually accomplished ...? I can't think of anything."

    Should have stopped at, "I can't think". Mr. Chaffetz is the latest embarrassment to Utah. If he could just please forgot for one moment that the "R" in his political bias could possibly stand for RESPECT. This political power struggle is getting just plain stupid - this country has serious problems and then we have Chaffetz to keep the pot boiling.

  • Re: 2012
    Oct. 10, 2009 11:20 a.m.

    Warning: May contain sarcasm

    So what is the deal in Iraq, then? Republicans want to lose the war? They want the terrorists to take control of Iraq? We want our own freedom, our own rights, freedom of speach, etc., but extending that to other people is preposterous. And dems say that republicans are greedy!

    I can think of a few reasons why Obama might have earned the Peace Prize. Maybe it's because by going so deep into debt we are showing our trust in foreign nations to loan us trillions of dollars that we don't have. Or perhaps it is because he ended a war in which we are preserving freedom. After all, war is 100% evil, right? Finally, it might be because he's discouraging the not-so-peaceful workplace conditions. Who says you need to get a job if you are poor? The rich have too much money. Let's take it from those who earned it and give to those who don't want to get a job. With the higher unemployment rate (which has only increased since he became President) those without jobs can avoid the hostile interactions between co-workers and employees.

  • Gary
    Oct. 10, 2009 10:51 a.m.

    When I learned he obtained the Nobel Peace Prize, I was pleased and surprised. I wondered right away what Utah people were going to say? And I was right. Are the Utah people saying they want more war in the world? Whatever happened to wanting peace? That's exactly what Obama has done is promote peace. He's done more in promoting the path for peace in his short time in office than many presidents were were in for one or two terms. Many of our past presidents went for war all the time. Is that going to give them the Nobel Peace award. Notice the words "Nobel Peace Award"? It's about promoting "Peace". I remember the words of Obama before he became president and many times he spoke of promoting peace in the world and helping this world be a better place without war. Come on Utah...are you seriously telling me you want more war in the world? Can't you even swallow your pride and ocngratulate him on obtaining this award? This award is touching the hearts of many leaders in the world seeing that there is currently a president wanting peace in the world.

  • Howie
    Oct. 10, 2009 10:24 a.m.

    Why should anyone be shocked? We live in the era of trophy kids where awards are given to people for just showing up. This award ranks right up there with the pre-season all american lists, which are based on what they think someone might do. It would be nice if all the Obama Nobel apoligists would stop trying to explain their way out of this one. I would have respected the President more if he would have flat out refused the award based on the fact he has done nothing to earn it.

    These awards are based on politics--otherwise Ronald Reagan would have one it years ago for ending the Cold War.

  • 2012
    Oct. 10, 2009 10:14 a.m.

    Republicans cheer American defeat.
    Republicans boo American victory.
    Republicans want my vote in 2012.
    Fat chance.

  • Mike in Texas
    Oct. 10, 2009 9:53 a.m.

    While even President Obama has graciously admitted that he thinks that he does not deserve the prize, I disagree with him and with those in these comments who blindly and boldly proclaim that "he hasn't done anything".

    Any fair minded observer can see that President Obama has changed the tone of international dialog as it relates to American Foreign policy so that nations and peoples who recemtly have come to dispise American values and foreign policy, are now rethinking their views. What lasting value this attitudinal change necessarily depends on further actions on the part of our national goverment, but it is a good start. This award just throws a curve at those who have tried to marginalize the president from the outset for partisan political gain.

    Also, President Obama's initiative to stop deployment of the Missle defense system has removed a major thorn from Russia's side. It may well be, that this single act of trust will gain much needed Russian co-operation in dealing with the potentially serious threat to world security from Iran.

  • Self sufficient US?
    Oct. 10, 2009 9:51 a.m.

    One of the previous comments stated: "By the way since everyone seems to think the Europeans have it so figured out, why they always asking for handouts from the one nation that is self sufficient?"

    What a self delusion. The US Foreign Debt is going to 35% of GDP. American households have accumulated debt to dramatic proportions. The US is surviving only because of the massive credit foreign nations are still willing to give us. And you call our nation self sufficient?

  • Jr. High
    Oct. 10, 2009 9:44 a.m.

    Why is it that people are so willing to defend a person over principle? It reminds me of Jr. High kids. It doesn't matter what the issue, we're just going to stand by our pal.

    Facts are facts. Obama has not done what he promised to do. He has a majority in the House and Senate. If things are not moving along....he only has to look at his own party.

    This is not hard folks. He is the first partially black/Muslim/white president. (did I miss one in there?) That is a huge accomplishment and one that reflects on the progression of our country. But facts remain, he is not doing what the American people want. His promises were inflated. His delivery wanting.

    Now, lets stop protecting for the sake of protecting. He's a big boy. If he can't take the truth then he has no right to be in office.

    Finally, does he deserve the NPP? Personally, I don't think so.

  • Bob2
    Oct. 10, 2009 9:43 a.m.

    Republican anger is so deep and so festering that they now turn a bit of their anger on Senator Hatch, who makes the serious mistake of acting like a statesman and showing dignity where dignity is something from the past. If Mr. Obama won this award for nothing more than the rest of the world saying "Thank you for not being George W. Bush," well then--he sure deserves it. Because I knew George W. Bush, I lived in this country under George W. Bush and Obama is NO George W. Bush! (First off---he's kinda smart.)

  • Glen Beck is Jealous
    Oct. 10, 2009 9:42 a.m.

    Obama deserves the award for a whole number of reasons, including his efforts to pass health care reform.

    He just may pass a reform package that covers everybody, slows the growth of health care costs -- and guess what, doesn't add to the debt.

    Remember a few years back when the Republicans passed Medicare Part D without a budget offset? It has since added billions to the national debt -- which grew from $5 trillion to over $10 trillion from 2001-2009.

    Obama is passing legislation the responsible way unlike the previous occupant of the White House.

  • Kevin
    Oct. 10, 2009 9:42 a.m.

    Where do I sign up to receive a Nobel Prize??? I heard they were giving them away...

  • re:Washington State | 10:46 p.m.
    Oct. 10, 2009 9:13 a.m.

    Those "numbers" can be misleading....

    Is that why am I'm flying ($$$) from SLC to SEATTLE to go to work Mon - Fri?

    Oh that's right -- it's because I needed a JOB!!!

    I guess I could've been like some people and just taken anything I could find - like delivering pizzas - and then asked the Bishop to help our family out!

  • The GI View
    Oct. 10, 2009 8:58 a.m.

    Putting all rhetoric and posturing aside, President Obama has won a Peace Prize without securing peace in any of the world's combat zones. Awards must reflect actual accomplishment,not good intentions. It is not coincidental that this prize has been timed when the President is faced with major combat and potential combat decisions. The question is, 'Who gains from this?' Al Qaeda, Iran, N. Korea, and terrorists of whatever stripe, should this worldwide recognition go to the President's head and blur his judgment. Think it through.

  • Kaddie
    Oct. 10, 2009 8:55 a.m.

    I am very surprised that we can't look out and see that the United States is back to being respected in the world. I am sorry for those who can not see that there is hope again and it didn't just start when President Obama took office. It started when he was elected. I use to be a Republican. Not any longer. I am sorry the direction they are going in.
    You may not like the President and that is your right but it is sad that our representatives feel they can bash him. I look at the way he is with his family, the support he gives to his children, being seen in the neighborhoods around the capital supporting the business'. The strong words that have been issued to those countries that have harbored the enemies of our country.. so I say not only is it one for the President but a huge honor for all of us Americans.

  • Whine, Whine, Whine
    Oct. 10, 2009 8:44 a.m.

    I picked up my marbles and went home during the last term of the "Bush Wacker" & "Slick Dick", now it's your turn righties. Your actions, fear mongering, playing into corrupt businesses, feeding the greedy, and hatred will only insure a democratic majority in the US for many, many years. When you want to play ball on a level field, quit your racist lies, then and only then will you be considered a serious competition. Considering where your party put this nation and it's citizens after the last boondoogle administration got through with us, just where would we be today with "sweet Sarah & McDuff as our leaders today? To bad you couldn't rig the voting polls & results again or maybe we would have those two degenerates running our show. By the way where is the "Wacker nowdays? In hiding?

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 10, 2009 7:05 a.m.

    I did not know that the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded by the republicans in UTAH or any where else in the United States.

  • Hope
    Oct. 10, 2009 6:48 a.m.

    Shcmope. Once again, the Peace Prize committee reveals its hopeless politicking. Just give him the economics Nobel and get it over with. Neither have any relevance to anyone's life. And neither reflect any thoughtful reflection of reality.

    The proletariat have more important things to worry about. Like how we're going to starve in retirement because of the government-sponsored bubble and bust economy.

  • JBBevan
    Oct. 10, 2009 6:36 a.m.

    Neither the Nobel committee nor the President associate this award with accomplishment. It's purpose is twofold in my mind: to encourage the President to turn high rhetoric into accomplishment AND to let this country know that WE are expected to lead with class with understanding and, most of all, with effectiveness. I agree with Senator Hatch that when such an honor comes to America it is about US -- as Paul Harvey would say, "...about U.S." This award is not about accomplishment, it's about encouragement and acknowledgement that, as Lincoln said, "...we, even we here, hold the power and bare the responsibility...." World peace cannot happen without the facilitation of peace by this country and it's president. None of the other candidates had that kind of leverage in obtaining the object of the award.

  • G-ma
    Oct. 10, 2009 6:32 a.m.

    Socialists of a feather stick together! The Nobel "so called" Peace prize has lost what credibility it had. There is no great honor in having won it.

  • yyyzzz
    Oct. 10, 2009 3:44 a.m.

    Is it surprising that only the Talibans and some of the extreme republicans are unhappy about this award?

  • liz
    Oct. 10, 2009 1:37 a.m.

    you Republicans don"t realize that this Peace Award is a kind of compliment to the American people for choosing Obama as President.
    Obama is intelligent, compassionate, humble, and practical. The World recognizes this and has hope that this nation with Obama's leadership will bring peace. He inherited a catastrophic situation, nationally as well as internationally. The Republicans will do everything to keep him from succeeding. HELP!

  • Socrates
    Oct. 10, 2009 1:34 a.m.

    Dear Utah,

    “I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who've been honored by this prize.”

    Pres. Barack Obama

    I agree with the president. But then, maybe I'm just a hatemongering, racist hick. I'm confused. Does that make Obama a hatemongering, racist hick?

    Right before mentioning the importance of cooperating with Republicans, Utah Democratic Party Chairman Todd Taylor says on their blog:

    “Republicans who oppose this award show that they are out-of-step with American aspiration and the leadership that the world desires. They show why they are not fit to lead our country at this time. ”

    Does that mean, Mr. Taylor, that a the ruling party of a Congress with a 21 percent approval rating should step down? Another theory could be that some people think expressions and expectations of peace are not enough for a Nobel Peace Prize. But then, maybe we shouldn't get upset, and realize it's just a political prize, awarded to liberals, and that it's worth its weight in gold.

  • sassy
    Oct. 10, 2009 12:25 a.m.

    Mr Chaffitz only said what most of us believe! This is totally dumb. It just totally ruins the reputaions of the Nobel Peace prize. I feel sorry for those who have won it in the past!

  • BD
    Oct. 9, 2009 10:50 p.m.

    Silly symbolisms over substance - now were really in trouble with a president who has his head in the clouds while he really is on the ground clucking with the chickens. The American people should have won the NPP for electing a man who wants to get back at America. Really Obama should have won a Razzie. Obviously, Obama hasn’t brought peace to the world or to this country for that matter. Afghanistan is disintegrating because he refuses to increase troop levels at a necessary level to bring an end to the conflict. This is all because he’s worried about his legislative agenda. Kids are killing kids in his hometown with railroad ties while the American people are not only divided but bitterly divided. Not to peaceful or successful to me. Then again if he is successful with his agenda things won’t be to be to peaceful either.

  • Grandma
    Oct. 9, 2009 10:47 p.m.

    to: You ask what he has done?

    " He has not acted like George Bush."
    Look at what he's been doing. He's worse.

    "... and the United States wanted him to be President because they no longer wanted a President like Bush."
    Yep -- you voted for a president who said this nation is not a Christian nation. President Bush never said that in his eight years as president. This nation was founded upon Christian principles -- read your history. They were all God-fearing men who stood up and fought and gave their lives for our freedoms. Read the last sentence in our Declaration of Independence of what each of the signers pledged to each other.

  • Washington State
    Oct. 9, 2009 10:46 p.m.

    Why does everything always have to come down to ripping on Utah? News flash, there are people in other states who also think Obama was undeserving of the award.

    Liberals would have us believe the only conservatives left are in Utah. They would have us believe our numbers are dwindling. Guess they'll get a nasty surprise next fall in the mid-term elections.

    Keep up the good work, Utah. BTW, our unemployment rate here in this blue state is nearly DOUBLE the jobless rate in Utah. Isn't it great when the Democrats are in charge?

  • SS
    Oct. 9, 2009 10:38 p.m.

    Why can't we all be happy that an American won the award you ask?

    Are you serious? Because it was neither earned, nor deserved, that's why.

  • Cheapens Prize
    Oct. 9, 2009 10:18 p.m.

    Giving the Nobel Peace Prize to a man who had done absolutely nothing cheapens this award...The Nobel Committee's politics are showing...and the world is laughing at it.

  • tigerlily
    Oct. 9, 2009 10:09 p.m.

    Chaffetz is right on target. what has obama done to get this

  • Oh My
    Oct. 9, 2009 10:07 p.m.

    Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, Barack Obama. Enough said.

  • Where's The Puddin Comment
    Oct. 9, 2009 8:21 p.m.

    Post them all D-News!

  • world peace
    Oct. 9, 2009 7:58 p.m.

    You are all haters and until we can live with each other and each others' opinions, this country will go no where.

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 9, 2009 7:57 p.m.

    It's not a matter of too early, it's a matter of what he did in 11 days to deserve that award? even the president himself was surprised. Now, if this happens next year, then I am first on line to congratulate him because he did something. This one is merely in hopes and if that's the case, there are thousands who have hopes too and deserve the nobel.

  • Jann
    Oct. 9, 2009 7:26 p.m.

    I think it is a little premature for him to get it. I am glad that Senator Hatch had class in congradulating President Obama.

  • Hey History - Yeah, you....
    Oct. 9, 2009 6:39 p.m.

    Your profound ignorance overwhelms comprehension. Check your numbers out before you begin to spew. If the US produces 40% of the worlds food - how is it we are the third largest grain grower, Brazil is the largest producer of sugar, the US is 10th there, we are only third in sugar beats behind france and Germany, we are 11th in rice production. To be reasonable, we do lead in corn production, but that isn't a staple for much of the world.

    So before you rant at what a horrible place the rest of the world is, perhaps you ought to do a little research. America is a great place, but lets not get delusional about it. We have our own skeletons - let's not get all puffed up about ourselves here. Get you nose out of the propaganda and visit some other places. You'll find they aren't as backward as you make them out to be.

  • Don
    Oct. 9, 2009 6:20 p.m.

    It really is hard to believe that President Obama won this award. How? He has done so little in real terms versus that of President Clinton. President Clinton has been a tireless advocate of the truelly needy since leaving office! He and the first former President Bush raised at least a half billion dollars in aid for the Sunaumi victims and has done work in getting measle vaccinations out to the needy, aids work, and on and on and on! It appears by this standard that the Peace Prize board is trying to determine the American agenda! By the way can a sitting President receive such a large gift? I think all but 50 dollars must go to charity as there are limits to lobbying in Washington D.C. Are there not? Or is this a bribe from Europe? There are many more worthy individuals. Maybe one day years down the road Mr. President Obama would have been a good choice, but he is not the person now though a small committee may want it to be! Again my vote is for Former President Clinton!

  • Well-grounded
    Oct. 9, 2009 6:15 p.m.

    I am constantly ashamed at the lack of courtesy and respect political pundits and politians and party di-hards have for each other. It doesn't make me anymore inclined to trust them--whoever they are. The right comment was the one Senator Hatch gave today.

    We do not have to always agree with the outcome, but we can always be respectful. I say congradulations President Obama. The world is in need of peace. Now lets make it happen!

  • KJB
    Oct. 9, 2009 6:03 p.m.

    Personally, I'd say that Obama was given this honor a bit too soon, but it's their prize; they can give it to whoever they like. It's not like he went out and campaigned for it.

    I am happy that he has won for two reasons:

    1) It's a sign that America has begun to regain its' lost prestige in the world.

    2) It's worth it just to watch all of the right-wing heads explode. Does complaining about a president receiving such a huge international honor mean that you guys "hate America"?

  • Gary
    Oct. 9, 2009 5:45 p.m.

    I'm trying to decide who was the bigger idiot. Jason Chaffetz today or Kanye West at the MTV video awards.

    Let's please try to vote for people with some standards and intelligence. Chaffetz sounds like a 5-year-old who just lost a soccer match.

  • Mario McCash
    Oct. 9, 2009 5:43 p.m.

    When the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize was announced, they included in that announcement the rationale, justification and reasons why Obama was selected. So there is NO mystery here about why or how he got this, they explained it upfront. Thus there is no need for speculation and debate about whether or not he deserved it or if it was premature. Again go back to the statements the Nobel Price people said about why they decided on Obama. It seems many of the folks in Utah are just ignoring those remarks from the NPP committee or haven't made the effort to actually read the statement they put out. The point is, from their viewpoint, there were very compelling reasons that he above all others deserved and should have received this prize at this time, period, done, end of story. These prizes are not awarded in a vacuum where vagueness and superficial generalities apply. Come on folks, a great deal of thought and consideration was put into this. He won and we all should be very honored, humbled, glad, happy, excited, and ecstatic that he won. It is good for our President and good for America.

  • Doug G
    Oct. 9, 2009 5:40 p.m.

    It's a really positive affirmation by the nobel community and indeed much of the world of approval of the new direction our foreign policy is taking. Good for him, and us.

  • Re An Observer
    Oct. 9, 2009 5:32 p.m.

    I agree with your statement that Obama hasn't accomplished anything "much" yet but he will accomplish something, and can accomplish something if only 1 republican would agree with 1 thing he has talked about doing! Isn't it appalling that NO republicans can agree with this man on anything. No my question is this-How many of you same people think our past president did a respectable job?

  • Virgie
    Oct. 9, 2009 5:31 p.m.

    I suppose you think the fact the Pres. Obama opening up talks with other world leaders, where the Bush admin. slammed the door on them, had nothing to do with his receiving the Noble!

  • An Observer
    Oct. 9, 2009 5:07 p.m.

    Hatch SHOWS ONCE AGAIN that he out of touch not only with the people but with reality as well.

    There is nothing honorable or great about winning an award for nothing.

    Hatch is showing he is PURE poltician and has taken leave of all his senses.

    IF one didn't know, you'ld think this the "Obama done nothing" SNL skit gone wild:

    NOt only has Obama done nothing, accomplished nothing,

    he is now being given awards for it.

  • History
    Oct. 9, 2009 4:55 p.m.

    Lets see now. The peaceful leftist French, Italians, Spanish, Germans, and Russians combined to kill millions upon millions of their "enemies" in their cleansing projects, followed by the millions killed by Mao and Pol Pot. These are the types of "peaceful" people who have so gloriously shaped the world in the past two+ centuries. And now a bunch of leftists in Sweden have awarded a "peace prize" to a fellow leftist for talking about peace.

    While we "evil" capitalists feed half the world, the "enlightened" leftists in Europe brag about how great their systems are while 40% of their population is on welfare of one form or another.

    I've read enough Saul Alinsky (the creator of "community organizing") to not be offended by morons calling me a "racist." I know that's one of their "Rules for Radicals" (attack people personally instead of debating issues). But I'm offended by their stated agenda of destroying the American right and taking all of their money, property and power.

    You can keep your leftist form of peace and it's Prize. Neither has any real value.

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 9, 2009 4:53 p.m.

    I'm as surprised as Obama was!
    And I did appreciate his acceptance speech.

  • Primary Lesson for the GOP
    Oct. 9, 2009 4:51 p.m.

    President Thomas S. Monson reminded us a few years ago that “most people will not commit desperate acts [such as yelling, ranting, town-hall shoutdowns, and Obama hate-mongering,-- my ed.] if they have been taught that dignity, honesty and integrity are more important than revenge or rage."


  • SL Desert
    Oct. 9, 2009 4:37 p.m.

    Too bad Obama even accepted the award. He should have turned it down. He has done nothing more than spouted words and traveled everywhere. This in the face of less than two weeks in office when nominatd.

    As to LGR and the comment "ashamed to live in Utah" because of Chaffets comments, leave and live somewhere else. Maybe no one in other areas will speak their mind.

  • Wait Just A Minute Repubs
    Oct. 9, 2009 4:35 p.m.

    Do you people really believe that someone else was going to come into office after what the "Bush Wacker" and "Slick Dick" left with their departure and just snap their fingers and all would be fixed? Your party used every day, month and year while in the majority to create this mess for 8 longgggggg years and it certainly won't be fixed by this president or anyone else for that matter in a matter of a few days or months. Get real idiots!

  • Charlotte
    Oct. 9, 2009 4:32 p.m.

    Be Happy!!!!!
    Sen. Orin Hatch, what a smart man you are.

    Why can't we all be happy about this award? This is an achievement not only for Prez. Obama but for America as a whole. Common People!!!!!

  • Bullrider
    Oct. 9, 2009 4:32 p.m.

    Dixie Dan: Please tell me what this has got to do with either republicans or a black president. I for one am sick and tired of the race card and politics to excuse the poorest performance of any President the United States has had in the history of this country. I have a black son in law and Obama is not qualified to be in the same catagory with him as Obama is also half white and has proclaimed his hatred of America. Look at his Czar appointments which include terrorists and communist party members. I have voted for both democrat and republican candidates. I do not live in Utah and find your rhetoric very hateful and abusive toward them. Grow up and be a man or woman whichever you are.

  • Keep It Up Righties
    Oct. 9, 2009 4:26 p.m.

    Your actions and verbal attacks on our president will only result in your party being frozen out of any possible election victory for our countries top office for a longgggggggggg time!

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 9, 2009 4:16 p.m.

    Sen. Orin Hatch, what a smart man you are.

    Why can't we all be happy about this award? This is an achievement not only for Prez. Obama but for America as a whole. Common People!!!!!

  • DH
    Oct. 9, 2009 4:16 p.m.

    Someone please tell me how the world has changed. We hear constantly of hope but I see no reason for it. Politics with all of its corruption rages on. Unemployment continues to destroy the lives of millions of Americans. So many are losing their homes and along with it all hope. Meanwhile we hear a bunch of words and promises but to this point see no action except massive spending and deeper debt. Meanwhile the death tolls in Afghanistan seem to be mounting and as far as I can tell our President doesn't have a clue about how to deal with it.

    I can't see that the world is one bit brighter.

  • Enter nameJohn
    Oct. 9, 2009 3:55 p.m.

    It is long known that the Nobel Prize is no longer valid or respected.
    They are hard core left leaning group looking to promote the left wing agenda.

  • GOP
    Oct. 9, 2009 3:50 p.m.

    Asked if we all shouldn't be proud that an American won it, Chaffetz said: "Who cares?!"


    Beautiful, ranks right up there with: "You Lie!!!"


  • You ask what he has done?
    Oct. 9, 2009 3:43 p.m.

    Everyone keeps asking what Obama has done to get this prize? Let me try to explain it to you so you can understand. Last November the USA had an election and McCain lost and Obama won. So the question again, what has he done? Well, it's what he did not do. He has not acted like George Bush. Again, George Bush is no longer the President. McCain is not the President. Obama is the President, and the United States wanted him to be President because they no longer wanted a President like Bush. Bush is in the past, Obama is the Man that the people of the United States picked. So did you think Obama was going to act like Bush? Get real, the world does not spin around Utah. Utah is the minority. Only a few States think like we do here. So stop living in the past. You lost, Obama won. Do you get it now? Stop scratching your heads.

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 9, 2009 3:36 p.m.

    This award should tell us how critically important the US is to world peace and relations among nations. We are the 1000-pound gorilla in the room. We may not notice our influence on other nations, but they certainly do. As for Rep Chaffetz, I'm hugely disappointed. He comes across as an un-American partisan hack, and he's embarrassed Utah. It doesn't matter if you're republican or democrat; it's a good thing when an American president wins one of the most prestigious awards in the world. It's a good thing when the US is doing something to encourage world peace. Sen Hatch, thank you for being an American and a statesman on this.

  • Thanks President Obama
    Oct. 9, 2009 3:22 p.m.

    The US and the entire world value the Nobel prize and yet a few rednecks are threatened by a black man who wins the prize.

    Go President Obama!

  • Thinkin' Man
    Oct. 9, 2009 3:17 p.m.

    Even more than giving it to Al Gore for a movie that has nothing to do with peace, this award thoroughly discredits the Nobel Peace Prize, and is an embarrassment to previous winners who DESERVED it.

    At least Pres. Obama accepted it in a gracious manner, recognizing his deficiency.

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 9, 2009 3:15 p.m.

    Looks like affirmative action has reached the Nobel committee.....

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 9, 2009 3:06 p.m.

    Really what has he done but show his pretty face on t.v.

  • Linus
    Oct. 9, 2009 2:55 p.m.

    I think it is remarkable that the committee that awards the Nobel Peace Prize recognized SO EARLY in Obama's presidency that he belongs in that great fraternity of recipients including Jimmy Carter and Al Gore. I believe history will place Obama right between these two "GREAT" Americans because he possesses the attributes of both; bumbling incompetence he shares with Carter and hypocritical deceit he shares with Gore.

  • Great! Why now?
    Oct. 9, 2009 2:55 p.m.

    I am delighted whenever an American wins a Nobel Peace prize. A delay in the timing would, however, have lent it more credibility. Like this it seems more of a political award given due to Obama's iconic status as a "world bringer of hope" than for any actual concrete accomplishments. Next year's award would have made more sense.

  • What??
    Oct. 9, 2009 2:44 p.m.

    It just shows that the corrupt organization that presents these "peace" prizes is just that- a piece of work. I don't care who you are but Obama shouldn't be in a category with people like Mother Theresa. What a joke!

  • my slc
    Oct. 9, 2009 2:40 p.m.

    To Awestruck and others on this chat:

    Sad as it is, there is no civil discussion on the chat boards / blogs anymore.

    Remember, with all the hate, we are all Americans and should be supporting any victories as such.

    Also, will the hate chat talk when a republican wins POTUS? I doubt it. Sad.

  • To soon
    Oct. 9, 2009 2:37 p.m.

    The prize and it's committee have just left the president in an awful position. He should of course not accept this prize or the money which goes with it. The honor of this award is suppose to be in recondition of an accomplishment, not for an intention or the hopes for an accomplishment.
    It is like being given the medal of Honor for wanting to show valor, or speaking of valor but never demonstrating Valor.

  • Henry Drummond
    Oct. 9, 2009 2:35 p.m.

    I was speaking to a British Film director two years ago who talked about how the world used to look to America for leadership and how both Republican and Democrats have failed to rekindle that spirit. I suspect that is the message behind this award. The world is once again looking to America for leadership.Should anyone really be complaining that America is respected enough again that our President is receiving such an award?

  • Big Cheese
    Oct. 9, 2009 2:29 p.m.

    Utah is going to need a huge block of cheese to go along with all the whine.

  • GOP chant...
    Oct. 9, 2009 2:16 p.m.


    Pick a topic -

    Peace Prize

    It just doesn't matter.

    Good news, or bad - same old, same old.

    I'm a moderate Independant and I'm tired of you people

    - the louder you get, the further we move away.


  • Man-What Is Wrong Chaffetz
    Oct. 9, 2009 2:13 p.m.

    I am sure that this Chaffetz fellow has been sleeping on a hard cot in a dark storage room toooooooooo long for sure.

  • God Bless our President
    Oct. 9, 2009 2:05 p.m.

    Congratulations to Obama. This is a political statement and well deserved. The world has changed; accept it and join the human race. Chaffetz is a brat making childish comments.

  • too bad
    Oct. 9, 2009 1:57 p.m.

    This just renders the Nobel Prize a meanless political award for liberals to pat themselves on the back. Kind of like the Oscars awarding films that do poorly and stink but promote the "correct" political or social message.

    Have fun congratulating yourselves. You have just cheapened the value of your award.

  • Chaffetz-What A Punk!
    Oct. 9, 2009 1:56 p.m.

    Take this punk for what he is a "Now Generation" spoiled brat that wants EVERYTHING his way or he's going to gather up his marbles and go home. What a whinner!

  • To Dixie Dan
    Oct. 9, 2009 1:56 p.m.

    Such a race statement is so simply asinine.

  • Gary
    Oct. 9, 2009 1:50 p.m.

    What country is he accepting the award for? We are still trying to find out if he is a legal American citizen or not.

  • RE: John | 12:44 p.m
    Oct. 9, 2009 1:50 p.m.

    I don't care how the world views our country. If the world wants socialism and big government, they can have it. But that's not what works, and that's not what will lead to a better nation.

  • SNL
    Oct. 9, 2009 1:42 p.m.

    Now's a good time to review the Saturday Night Live skit about President Obama. "I've accomplished two main things, Jack and Squat!"

  • Paperboy
    Oct. 9, 2009 1:40 p.m.

    Senator Hatch's remarks commending President Obama represent what all Republicans and Utahns should be saying. It's time to bury the hatchet and move on and begin working together with other Americans and with people of other nations to solve the critical national and global challenges facing us all. The world will be a much better place if we can move beyond bitter acrimony and the division that seems to keep us stuck in the past, instead of moving foward.

  • Awestruck
    Oct. 9, 2009 1:33 p.m.

    I guess one can be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for "good intentions" now. Do I believe Obama truly wants to accomplish what he says? Yes, has he really done much of what the award says he has? 11 days is not enough time to award, someone the peace prize. All I really see Obama doing is a lot of talking, apologizing, feeling guilty for being an American, and quite a bit of whining. Am I happy for America? I would be happier if they would have awarded someone who had truly done something to deserve the award, not just someone who talks a lot about doing things. I can say "hope" and "change" "yes we can" and all the other stuff that Obama supporters chant with a tear in their eye, but it doesn't really change anything.

    The best part is how often people say, "Repubs are haters, Neocons are haters, Conservatives are haters can't they say anything nice?" Apparently nice only applies when the "right" candidate is in. I don't recall any of those people having any issue with all the hate with Bush. I guess supporting the President is only applicable with Obama.

  • Pedro
    Oct. 9, 2009 1:15 p.m.

    I am an Obama supporter. I think that he is sincere in his desire to do what is right for our country, and I support most of the initiatives he has proposed or is backing.

    That being said, I don't believe his accomplishments so far warrant awarding him the nobel peace prize. He is still new to his office, and most of his proposals are still in the early stages. The nobel prize committee clearly gave the award to President Obama to make a political statement.

    I congratulate President Obama, and I think he did the right thing by saying he will regard the nobel prize as a "call to action." On the other hand, I think the significance and prestige of the award has been diminished by giving it to someone based on their goals, and not their accomplishments.

  • Re Utah racists
    Oct. 9, 2009 1:13 p.m.

    People need to stop labeling Utah as the racists in the country.
    Read any online news report and you will read literally dozens of negative comments about Obama receiving this award.
    Each listing different reasons for their opinion.
    Utah is a great example of people who don't follow the crowd.
    Some people just like to catagorize them as sheep or followers.
    But when it comes to our President, his color needs to be left out of the discussion...from both sides.
    But certainly from those who try to defend him by attacking his accusers as "they must be racists".
    It's really getting old and even more untrue.
    A non-Utahn.

  • J.R.S. - Reply
    Oct. 9, 2009 1:11 p.m.

    Dude... Grow a pair! It isn't bigotry in Utah, it is the opinion of half of the country and some of the democrats as well! you wanna hear bigotry? It's people like you who call people bigots when they aren't bigots in the first place. You wanna talk about ignorance? Stop blaming the state of Utah for problems that you don't have an answer for or a solution for! There is no problem with the state of Utah. The problem we do have though is retarded people like you who doesn't understand that people are hurt no matter who is President. It's a premature award for anybody! And to give it to a political figure 11 days into his term is a slap in the face to people who have actually contributed to the proseperity of the human race. Stop whining about Utah or move. You are being forced to live here.

  • CeeCee
    Oct. 9, 2009 1:11 p.m.

    Really folks, do you think that Obama nominated himself for this thinking he would win. Someone nominated him and thanks to the Nobel committee we will not know who that person is for 50 years. Give the president a break, it's not like he asked for this, others bestowed it upon him. Blame them if you feel it is out of line. Yes, Obama is new and hasn't had time to do a lot, but someone nominated him because they felt his is worthy of this prize and the committee agreed. He may not be worthy of it now but I have no doubt that by the time he leaves office in 8 years, he will have earned that prize!

  • Randall W.
    Oct. 9, 2009 1:11 p.m.

    Message to Chaffetz from a constituent:

    I'm even more impressed by your comments about Obama's Nobel Peace Prize than usual, considering that it comes from a Congressman that campaigned on his accomplishment of kicking the winning field goal in a high school game, after-election boasting about sleeping on a cot in his office, and consistently parroting almost verbatim Republican talking-point lies. With those legendary accomplishments, you should feel quite justified in criticizing Obama's mere rise to the Presidency from an impoverished background and campaigning and acting to reverse the past 8 years of American jingoistic adventurism. You can probably rest now on your laurels, ease off on all that heavy lifting you've been doing, secure in the knowledge that your legacy has been well established.

  • Hatch Man
    Oct. 9, 2009 1:10 p.m.

    Classy statement by Orrin, I guess that's why the Kennedy's respected him as well. Senator Hatch demonstrates the ability to rise above partisan politics unlike Chaffetz. Even if Obama defeated terrorism I'm sure Glenn Beck would spin it as a conspiracy and make millions off his zombie congregation.

  • Chris
    Oct. 9, 2009 1:09 p.m.

    I have only one comment. What has he actually done to receive this award? Answer the question for yourself and see what you come up with.

  • TO astounded
    Oct. 9, 2009 1:08 p.m.

    How long will it take to pay for Bush's illegal Iraq war. Est. 3 trillion.

  • Carolyn
    Oct. 9, 2009 1:06 p.m.

    Peace is a process not an achievement. Our President Obama has shown the world he is a peaceable leader looking for way to bring people together. It is this nation, with half of its citizens preacing hate and racism, that is leaching the honor of ournation. The world is proud of Obama and his heart. I am proud of our President.

  • spk
    Oct. 9, 2009 1:06 p.m.

    I am encouraged by the award to President Obama. He seeks a partnership with the world and world peace. He is on the right track.

  • Gary
    Oct. 9, 2009 1:03 p.m.

    First of all Utah has not always been a Republican state,check your history,they were a Democrat territory until the Republican party said they would help them become a state in the 1890's.Second on the comment that it is good that the award went to an American, the jury is still out on that one, we have not seen proof that he is legally an American yet and are still waiting.

  • Amy
    Oct. 9, 2009 1:00 p.m.

    Well, that just puts the Nobel Prize right up there with the "FICKLE FINGER OF FATE AWARD"!!! What a slap in the face for the people that really deserve it. When are people going to wake up and see Obama for what he really is???? And I don't mean a great man! ! ! ! I am ashamed that he is our president!

    Oct. 9, 2009 12:59 p.m.


  • Jim
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:52 p.m.

    Shame on you Mr. Chaffetz for critizing a man who
    is turning this country in to a socialist state. How dare you? The Communist Party USA would definately not agree with you. (See cpusa.org)
    They think Obama is a wonderful president. I wonder who's side that puts all of the people who are criticizing you.

  • Matt
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:52 p.m.

    Winning the Nobel Peace Prize means nothing. What has Obama done for peace? Is becoming best buddies with murderous dictators who kill and rape their own population really a step towards peace? Is refusing to send General McChrystal the troops he needs to win in Afghanistan really a step towards peace? The Taliban continues to kill innocent people in Afghanistan, all the while Obama speaks of how we have to accept allowing the Taliban to have some political power in the country. Obama is a weak president. People can pretend that Obama is bringing peace, but weakness in an American president only causes more death. Obama is a failure. Good for Rep. Chaffetz in speaking the truth.

  • Frank and Beans
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:51 p.m.

    This isn't the PreSeason All American Award! this is a World Wide Award and should be for accomplishments! Would it be fair to say he has engendered peace in his own land? I think the country is as polarized as it's ever been right now. That is like handing out the heisman trophy to the preseason favorite, before they have ever played a game. I almost see this and agree with both sides though. It isn't as if he could have nominated himself. So he was nominated earlier in his term than I think is justifiable. I would venture to say it is more peculiar of the voting committee than it is against the President. He should accept with grace and poise. And if this motivates him to engender positive change, then so be it. I think he should start at home though and cleanse the inner vessel before the outer.

  • LDSTexan
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:51 p.m.

    I'm not a racist - I just don't think he deserved it!

  • The joke that is our government!
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:47 p.m.

    To correct a few humorous mistakes in Grammar:

    The level of intellectualism found within the NPP is absolutely ridiculous and I agree with Chaffetz 100%! This award means nothing to me anymore and I couldn't care less if they gave it to Ted Bundy or OJ Simpson or the Unibomber! The only thing that Obama did in his first 11 day was release numerous terrorist (I am sorry, Prisoners of War) and close down the most effective prison outside of the USA. That does not make the world a better place. Some semi intelligent people would even agree that the world would be more dangerous if criminals ran free. But what do I know? I am not an Obama supporter so my opinion has about as much worth as the aborted fetuses the government is funding to get rid of. It's a joke and a political move by an organization that used to pride itself in the advancement of humanity and betterment. Tip of the hat Obama, you are the savior of the world! (or at least to the uneducated minds that still believe you are straight as an arrow)

  • THEeyepatch
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:46 p.m.

    I will gladly accept the award for American League MVP.......... thank you everyone.

  • RE -- Honest Luke | 12:00 p.m
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:46 p.m.

    ["Thank you, Jason Chaffetz. This is akin to Milli Vanilli winning a grammy. Both worthless, subjective awards given to those who've literally accomplished nothing. What a joke."]

    actually, the joke is that none of you anti-obama people even understand why he won it. that's the real joke!!

    and here's a hint as to why he was awarded the peace prize... perhaps you can even spell it... it's called "hope". we had none before, and we have lots now. and the world recognizes that. it's a shame you don't.

  • embarrassing
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:45 p.m.

    This is simply embarrassing. Everyone - including Obama - knows that there is no way Obama has done ANYTHING to warrant this award. Now watch as the far left push their liberal puppet president to withdraw from the middle east ASAP and my guess is he will comply. Obama's presidency hits a new low each passing month and the absolute determination of the liberal left to prop up their great leader and hide his embarrassing leadership skills is an on-going and almost religious effort. All I can say is most people know that this award is a joke for Obama and only adds to their disgust.

  • John
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:44 p.m.

    This award is as much a statement regarding our nations new direction in foreign policy. It also
    could be considered applause for the electorate of this country for electing someone who would reach out to the rest of the globle community.

    The world communities are looking at the United States in a more positive lite.

  • RE -- Greg | 11:17 a.m
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:43 p.m.

    ["I am not sure which is a bigger joke..Obama for President or winning the Nobel Peace Prize award.."]

    actually, I think the bigger joke is you...

  • Turn it down
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:41 p.m.

    Obama comments that he wonders if he has done enought to win the award - well duuuuuuuh.

    Any honorable person would have turned it down knowing it is a sham.

  • What did you expect?
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:40 p.m.

    We live in a world that rewards people for doing nothing. Those that applaud the Nobel Peace Prize panel for their decision, are the same that believe they should have not earn things in their lives. By the way since everyone seems to think the Europeans have it so figured out, why they always asking for handouts from the one nation that is self sufficient. Keep applauding the man and the hoard he has in congress, that way you will always remember who was responsible for robbing you of your freedom.

  • J.R.S.
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:35 p.m.

    Wow... This is so sad... Just the fact that he is president was quite a bit for me... Sure there might have been more deserving but still. I am so sick of how all of the bigoted Utah is. Can't you show some patriotism?

  • MT in MD
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:34 p.m.

    The Nobel Committee's statement explaining the award pretty much says it all--the President recently proposed plans that would lead to a nuclear-free world. There's a pipe dream if there ever was one.

    I'm sure the good people of Afghanistan and Pakistan are feeling their world is so much more peaceful now, thanks to Obama's leading the world in the direction of peace. They are probably dancing in the streets and passing out chocolates to each other today, knowing that the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate is meeting with his security advisors about how to bring peace to Afghanistan, particularly this plan to allow the Taliban a role in the future government, as long as they promise not to harbor al Qaeda.

    Am I the only one that doesn't understand how all these pieces are supposed to fit together?

  • Embarrassed by your ignorance
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:32 p.m.

    Before commenting, no matter which side you are on. Try to do some research on what the award is intended for. Before applauding because you voted for President Obama, ask your self what merited a nomination after less than a month in office? What foreign policies has he actually enacted? What domestic policies are even working? How has he brought we as the people of the United States of America together? Comments like he is not George Bush are not an answer. Do we now award those that are not someone we disagreed with? I think so far the only paralled we can make is that his thinking is right in line with that of the Europeans. He believes in a large controlling government, he believes in spending the people's money with out consequence of action, he believes that it matters what the rest of the world "thinks" about the United States of America. The comment that was made about doing what was unpopular made me laugh. Everything he has done has been what was popular. He doesn't want to ruin his newly found status in the international "in group"

  • Astounded
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:31 p.m.

    Do you people know how big the number, one trillion is?

    What was it, 3 years ago or so that the Treasury Department decided it could no longer justify the luxury tax used to fund the Spanish-American war in 1896? That only took 110 years.

    How long do you think it's going to take to pay off Obama-care, and Obama-cars, and Obama-phones, and Obama-nation?

    Peace prize? What prize will he get when China et al foreclose on all of the treasury bonds they hold and issue a hostile takeover bid?

  • No substance
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:29 p.m.

    And what do you think the rest of the world is saying?? You are right, nothing. They are either so much in shock or are laughing so hard that they can't speak.

    What a joke of an award - all politics and no substance.

  • Roger S.
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:28 p.m.

    But isn't George Bush more worthy of the award? After all, he rid the world of the likes of Saddam Hussein.

  • David
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:24 p.m.

    Hatch just shows how out of touch he is with the people of Utah. Naturally Republicans don't plan to give Obama any breaks but I have even heard Democrats (from Utah and elsewhere) admitting the truth here which is that Obama has not accomplished anything to warrant the prize yet.

    His rhetoric is good, but the prize is supposed to be about making a difference - it's too early to tell whether his words will make a real difference. Obviously whoever nominated him in February was excited that he was talking about closing Guantanomo - still just words.

    Hopefully Obama will deserve the prize in the future but at present it's just a million dollar political statement of hope.

  • Perspective
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:22 p.m.

    The notion that the award is merely an anti-Bush statement is a lazy, dismissive argument. Shame on the Political Science professor who should be able to think beyond this simple point. Obama is a symbol not only in the US, but in the world as a "black" leader who is smart, decent, articulate and dignified. What makes this special is that his election defied expectations around the world that racism and hatred would preclude a presidency of an African-American man in a country that does not a good track record on race. Nor would he have been elected president in countries where the populace adore him, i.e., Europe. This recognition is very special and endearing to people all over the world. It does not matter so much what he has done, but who he is and where he is and what it means. Let's take a moment and celebrate with the world rather than spoil the moment with anger, jealously and pettiness.

  • Jacque
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:20 p.m.

    The US regaining dignity by what- borrowing more money from everyone to pay big spenders for acting irresponsibly, while honest TAX paying people follow the rules and still loose everything????? Big Promises, Little results, and complete disregard for our for-fathers and the Constitution of what use to be a great nation. I love America from long ago---we have very little foundation that we started this country on left. The more we (they) change the rules the more muddy WHO, WHAT, and HOW this is America becomes... I have never heard a President deface his country and treat his position with such disregard for THE PEOPLE of this country than Obama. Seems like just another well placed stepping stone to me.

  • thehulse
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:19 p.m.

    Did anyone actually look at the people who were in the running? Obama hasn't physically accomplished anything - especially in his first two weeks in office when they took submissions. He was a Senator for less than 6 months prior to that. Come one! The guy who should have won is the one building shelters and schools for women in drug torn areas. He would have used the million dollar prize to help them. Where will Obummer put his million?

  • ATV Grandma
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:18 p.m.

    Let's see what has Obama done? Oh yes, the stimulus package that went to preserve companies that deserved to fail. Most failing companies either dismiss the management or decrease the pay. These companies gave them bonusus. Oh and the many jobs that have been created. What about the number of Americans without health insurance because it went with the job they lost. And of course, bipartisanship between the President and Congress. What about the glitzy inauraural celebration when the economy is collapsing? He does smile nice and looks good in a suit. Maybe that's all that's needed.

  • re: Dixie Dan
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:16 p.m.

    You are the racist. My disdain for Obama isn't because he is black, it is because he is incompetent. It is because we have a different standard for him than any other President. He is horrible. When the nominated him, it was 11 days into this misguided presidency. You are a sheep.

  • Serious?
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:15 p.m.

    The level of intellectualism found within the NPP is absolutely rediculous and I agreee with Chaffetz 100%! This award means nothing to me anymore and I couldn't care less if they gave it to Ted Bundy or OJ Simpson or the Unibomber! The only thing that Obama did in his first 11 day was release numerous terrorist (I am sorry, Prisoners of War) and close down the most effective prison outside of the USA. That does not make the world a better place. Some semi intelligent people would even agree that the world would be more dangerous if criminals ran free. But what do I know? I am not an Obama supporter so my opinion has about as much worth as the aborted fetuses the government is funding to get rid of. It's a joke and a political move by and organization that used to pride itself in the advancement of humanity and betterment. Tip of the hat Obama, you are the savior of the world! (or at least to the eneducated minds that still believe you are straight as an arrow)

  • RINO'ism
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:15 p.m.

    I am starting to thing that the label RINO is a good thing - a real positive. If it represents everything thing the bash at all cost republicans do, it is a great title to have. As a former Republican, now independant... I would wear it proudly. The Republicans need leaders who doesn't pander to the sky is falling media light chasers.

    To Senator Hatch - nicely done. You can be chief RINO, and I say that in the most respectful way.

  • To Greg -
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:15 p.m.

    Yes - he did win both! Maybe you some how misunderstood "the joke".

  • Miguel
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:05 p.m.

    Jason Chaffetz rocks!

    This prize is a joke.

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:05 p.m.

    Dixie Dan is a fool, get over it. We "Utahans" can care less if we have a Black President, his race does not matter...it's what he can do.
    I am glad to see color in the white house.

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:03 p.m.

    As I think about this, this is an honor for the U.S. Let's take that approach. Besides, moving from the neo-cons is a step towards peace.

  • TT
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:03 p.m.

    He we go again just keep lowering the bar of sucess and acheivement for the people that can't earn it or want to earn it. Another handout

  • 11 Days
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:02 p.m.

    Just what did Obama do in 11 Days to warrant being nominated, let alone being awarded this so-called Peace Prize....It must be because he brought a Balck White hating racist professor together with a Hero Police officer for a beer in the WH while soldiers are dying Afganhistan because Obama has a yellow streak and worships Allah!!

    The Noble Prize is now akin to Kindergartners recieving a STAR on their forehead....

  • Re: Dixie Dan
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:02 p.m.

    I'm sorry sir, but you are race-baiting and you have not presented any sound evidence to back up your statement.

    I am a life-long Rebublican and have nothing but the highest respect for President Obama. His race is not an issue with me. I would further postulate that almost all Utahns, including Republicans would also agree that it is not an issue with them.

    I do disagree with many of his positions and policies, but that has nothing to do with his race.

  • Stunned
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:00 p.m.

    Wow! I have no faith in the Nobel Peace Prize anymore. There are so many folks who really work hard for real peace. The Dalai Lama, for instance, who has been exiled from his home and country, and truly cares about everyone. Wow.

  • Honest Luke
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:00 p.m.

    Thank you, Jason Chaffetz. This is akin to Milli Vanilli winning a grammy. Both worthless, subjective awards given to those who've literally accomplished nothing. What a joke.

  • Himself
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:00 p.m.

    Rep. Chaffetz, what have you done? Also, let's
    focus people. Winning a Nobel Prize is a good thing,
    so everybody with me now:


  • Anonymous
    Oct. 9, 2009 12:00 p.m.

    Jay Leno pointed out that the only deal he has closed on was with his wife on their anniversary.

    There are plenty of dreamers out there that can say what they would like to accomplish. But, it takes a doer to actually make things happen.

  • mtymouse
    Oct. 9, 2009 11:59 a.m.

    Kudos to Chaffetz for speaking the truth. What the heck has Obama done to deserve such an honor?! Maybe that he is bowing (figuratively as well as literally) to foreign leaders, that some interpret that as progress towards World Peace. The fact that Obama is black has nothing to do with my fear over his leadership, and lack of experience. Not to mention the debt we are shouldering on our children and grandchildren for years to come!
    "Change" doesn't necessarily mean things become better.

  • Pat Buchanana.....
    Oct. 9, 2009 11:55 a.m.

    ...had more class this morning, than CotMan did.

    CotMan has just shown WHY he is unfit for national office. His appallingly-rude comments show that he would be a total disaster in any kind of diplomatic role.

    Chaffetz has shown an unChristian attitude that reflects poorly on ALL Utahns.

  • Turtle2
    Oct. 9, 2009 11:54 a.m.

    Hey, "CT", Chaffetz was dug up in Utah County, which arguably has the most twisted reputation in all ways of all Utah Counties!! Lot of good people there, but a really thick moral haze pervades the air down there!!

    You've probably heard the comment: "You can see in, but you can't see back out"! Well, that really applies to Utah County and pretty much says it all!

    BTW, I will be surprised if the Deseret News allows my comment through, because they tend to aspire to a numbing blandness that refuses to present anything the least controversial!!!

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 9, 2009 11:52 a.m.

    Dixie -

    It has nothing to do with Obama's skin color. Obama shouldn't be receiving an award for which he's done nothing to earn.

  • Off to get my prize
    Oct. 9, 2009 11:52 a.m.

    Even the IOC with all their corruption does not reward without performance first. I guess athletes need not train anymore. But, as an American and a Democrat I should get with the times and be proud that we can be rewarded for our lack of effort. I hope that I can use this rule to my advantage. Our children should all be A students just because they show up.......hum-m-m-m-

  • Different President.
    Oct. 9, 2009 11:50 a.m.

    We finally have a President who is willing to LISTEN to others.
    The World has been sick and tired of the BULLIES in AMERICAN GOVERNMENT always having the last word.
    Many of us are excited to see how President Obama will continue in this kind and gentler way.
    Poor Jason, things just don't seem to be "Happening" for him lately.

  • Hatch needs a backbone
    Oct. 9, 2009 11:48 a.m.

    Be honest Hatch.....that was such a lame comment.

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 9, 2009 11:48 a.m.

    even though I don't agree with many of his policies & ideas, Orrin Hatch has always seemed to carry himself and his position with dignity & honor. Chaffetz & Hansen could learn a thing or two (or many) from his example.

    Congrats President Obama!

  • LGR
    Oct. 9, 2009 11:46 a.m.

    I'm very proud of President Obama, what a great honor it is, not just for him but for all of us in the United States of America.

    Rep. Jason Chaffetz has just demonstrated how low classed he is and I am embarrassed to live in Utah.

  • Grandma
    Oct. 9, 2009 11:45 a.m.

    Open up your eyes, folks! This president and his cohorts are leading this country into total ruin and destruction step by step. They want to completely take over our lives, our freedoms! We need to rise up from the dust and be men and women and protest that which we know to be evil. The scriptures are correct where it says that in the last days good will be called evil and evil good.

  • Pagan
    Oct. 9, 2009 11:43 a.m.

    Utah is a red state. It has voted for republicans probably before it was a actual state and still (and still does) practice polygamy.

    I do agree with one comment. This prize is given as a 'We're glad your not Bush' since he started two wars.

    I like Obama but really, to look better than Bush you simply have to stand still.

    Oh, and Bush was a republican.

  • awake
    Oct. 9, 2009 11:41 a.m.

    It is true "Utah Republicans just can not accept a black president" wander why????

  • Todd Taylor
    Oct. 9, 2009 11:39 a.m.

    Chachi, you can read a more complete statement at the Utah Democratic Party's blog. I'd provide a link, but the rules of this forum do not allow that.

  • Eskimo
    Oct. 9, 2009 11:34 a.m.

    Hatch is a class act. I'll give him that much.

  • AZ Texas
    Oct. 9, 2009 11:34 a.m.

    My first reaction (and latest for that matter) was "what?????"

  • Hatch
    Oct. 9, 2009 11:33 a.m.

    Younger politicians should watch Senator Hatch to see how a statesman acts.

  • Finally
    Oct. 9, 2009 11:24 a.m.

    Mostly I disagree with what ever Sen. Hatch says but this time I applause his statement as being elequent and great for the United States Of America!

  • Whoa Nellie
    Oct. 9, 2009 11:23 a.m.

    Corroon needs to explain himself. What strides has Obama made? Be specific. Can anyone explain what the President did to deserve this? I would really like to know. Also, who determines the winners?

    So, Mr. Todd Taylor, does one merely need to go about exuding hope and change with a persuasive public speaking ability in order to win a Nobel Peace Prize? And what in Pete's name does Jon Huntsman appointment have to do with the Peace Prize? With comments like yours (i.e. irrelevant) the Utah Democratic party is in desperate need of leadership.

  • Thank You, Senator Hatch
    Oct. 9, 2009 11:23 a.m.

    Senator Hatch's response is the classy response. No whining, no snideness. Thank you, Senator.

  • Fran Farny
    Oct. 9, 2009 11:20 a.m.

    Predictably, Chaffetz chimes in with a childish petty comment. Thanks to Senator Hatch for having some class.

  • Greg
    Oct. 9, 2009 11:17 a.m.

    I am not sure which is a bigger joke..Obama for President or winning the Nobel Peace Prize award..

  • We should be proud
    Oct. 9, 2009 11:16 a.m.

    I am truly sad that many here in Utah can't let go of their hate mongering long enough to see the good Mr Obama is trying to bring to the world. It is sad that those outside of our country can see it more than most Americans. When did we stop being an noble people? When did we stop seeing the good in each other? When did peace become evil?

    Is it too "early" as some think? I hope not. I hope that this vote of confidence will strengthen Mr. Obama and will help him in the darkest hours when people rage against him, both home and abroad. Doing what is right and what is good is often not what is popular. Christ Himself did what was best for all man kind and was killed for it. (I'm not say he's Christ)

    May we as a people strive to be worthy of this award. May we sue for peace and beat our swords into plowshares. I may not agree with Mr. Obama in all things, but at least he isn't acting on hate. A lesson Mr. Chaffetz could learn.

  • Digbads
    Oct. 9, 2009 11:15 a.m.

    Orrin Hatch... time to go.

  • I guess they gave it to him
    Oct. 9, 2009 11:13 a.m.

    because he's the "anti-Bush".

    I think that says a lot about how the rest of the world viewed our previous President.

    The U.S. can hopefully regain it's role as a moral leader in world affairs. I hope Guantanamo gets closed quickly so Barack Obama doesn't have to give his prize back....

  • Pat
    Oct. 9, 2009 11:09 a.m.

    I support Obama but I agree that he has done nothing yet to deserve this award. I think it will help him abroad but probably hurt him here with people who actually know what the award is supposed to be about. No one likes Europe sending political statements to us.

  • Rc Keene
    Oct. 9, 2009 11:06 a.m.

    I think they did it in the hope that we can undo the harm that the last eight years has done. He brings us hope not regrets..

  • Kit
    Oct. 9, 2009 11:06 a.m.

    If the prize is based on aspiration then I can think of plenty of people who have said they want world peace and to end hunger. There are plenty of people who have acted on these ambitions and have made a difference. Let's give this prize to someone who has made a difference in the world instead of someone who has reached celebrity status through words.
    And as for the democrat leader in Utah... way to take some pride in your state "even Utahns" can be brought together by this. Yup we really appreciate you. Democrats sit there and bash on the people they represent and then finish with a "can't we all just get along"

  • Only Chaffetz
    Oct. 9, 2009 11:06 a.m.

    Can keep classy. Nice job, maybe you should watch G.C. again on being nice to others.

  • Credibility is Warranted
    Oct. 9, 2009 11:06 a.m.

    I agree with Rep. Chaffetz, he (Obama) hasn't done anything to make the U.S. safer, other than rhetoric. Does anyone remember last year who ELSE got it and "puffed" him up with his GLOBAL WARMING ruse? Al Gore! Now, among those who deserved it, I vaguely remember Mother Teresa received it and justifiably. Why not Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, while they were at it? Or even Nancy Pelosi for the shove she is making to get the unwanted Health Care issue passed? NOT.

    Yeah, Jay Leno deserves it for his civility, as Chaffetz commented.

  • Dixie Dan
    Oct. 9, 2009 10:58 a.m.

    Utah Republicans just can not accept a black president.

  • Chachi
    Oct. 9, 2009 10:52 a.m.

    Todd Taylor's statement is not completely coherent.

  • CT
    Oct. 9, 2009 10:51 a.m.

    Where did you Utah people dig up this Chaffetz guy? He's an embarrassment.

  • my slc
    Oct. 9, 2009 10:51 a.m.

    Dave Hansen & Rep. Jason Chaffetz show real class, spelled with a capitol K.

    Congratulations Mr.. President and America.

  • Utah politicians are all RINO's
    Oct. 9, 2009 10:49 a.m.

    Dave Hansen, chairman of the Utah Republican Party is just jellous he was never asked to be on David Letterman, or get the Peace Prize either.

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 9, 2009 10:45 a.m.

    Hansen and Chaffetz are snarky buggers. And Chaffetz is concerned with respect?

  • Did chaffitz really say that?
    Oct. 9, 2009 10:44 a.m.

    Once again chaffitz lives down to the lowest of expectations.

    Even national republican leaders were cordial. What an embarrassment to Utah.