Obama, the change, peace prize, bush

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In summary, the conversation discusses the history of Nobel peace prizes being bestowed on certain individuals, including Henry Kissinger and Barack Obama. The speaker questions why Obama was given the prize, as he had only been in office for a year and there was no significant peace progress at the time. Some argue that it was a way to pressure him to not continue Bush's policies and instead pursue a peaceful path. The speaker also mentions that they wish similar pressure had been placed on infamous leaders such as Hitler and Pol Pot. They then acknowledge that American policies can involve unpleasant actions due to their superpower status. Overall, the conversation suggests that Obama's Nobel Peace Prize may have been given in hopes of influencing him to be different from his predecessor.
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I know they have quite a history of bestowing some individuals with Nobel peace prizes - Henry Kissinger is a prime example of those gentlemen. I still often wonder why they blessed Obama with the prize. At that time he didn't even have completed one year (hope I've it right) in the office and there was really no new dawn of peace. Some argued that they did so only to pressurize him so that he didn't continue Bush' policies. In a way 'pressurized' to follow peaceful path. I wish they would have pressurized Hitler and Pol Pot with the same kind of awards! I'm not criticizing American policies; I understand when you're a super power you have to do some nasty things - at least history tells us so. Of course, Obama knows how to sugar-coat his words and further cover them in his so famous humility. I see I don't even intend to criticize Obama. I'm simply arguing that Bush wasn't so bad after all, perhaps.

Your opinions, please.
 
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This is pretty old news but you are right: his award was given for:
1. Hope
2. Influence

What it says about Bush is they were hoping he'd he different and trying to influence him to be different.
 

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During his presidency, Obama implemented several changes such as the Affordable Care Act, the legalization of same-sex marriage, and the Paris Climate Agreement. He also focused on improving the economy and creating jobs, as well as ending the war in Iraq.

2. Why did Obama win the Nobel Peace Prize?

Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 for his efforts in promoting international diplomacy and cooperation, especially in regards to nuclear disarmament. He was also recognized for his efforts in addressing global issues such as climate change and poverty.

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