The debate about the validity of Barack Obama being awarded the 2009 Nobel peace prize is centered around whether or not it was a rebuke of Bush or an endorsement of his goal of a nuclear free world.As per usual with politics,they're trying to make us look in the wrong direction.
Alfred Nobel left explicit instructions in his will written on Nov.27,1895.Here is a quote directly from his will.
The whole of my remaining realizable estate shall be dealt with in the following way: the capital, invested in safe securities by my executors, shall constitute a fund, the interest on which shall be annually distributed in the form of prizes to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind.
Notice it states the award is based on events based on the "preceding" year.The Nobel committee sends out invitations in September annually.February 1st is the deadline for submission and can only be submitted by a "qualified nominator".Here is a list of possibilities:members of national assemblies, governments, and international courts of law; university chancellors, professors of social science, history, philosophy, law and theology; leaders of peace research institutes and institutes of foreign affairs; previous Nobel Peace Prize Laureates; board members of organizations that have received the Nobel Peace Prize; present and past members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee; and former advisers of the Norwegian Nobel Institute.
Barack Obama hadn't even taken office yet for this award.Therefore,he must have been nominated for his efforts as a Senator,or if you want to stretch,as the President elect.The nomination is for efforts from the "preceding" year meaning his nomination must be based on his contributions from his campaign for President.Any speeches or meetings or other accomplishments from this year would be ineligible.
It will be 50 years before any details can be released,so we won't know until then who nominated him.I think we can determine today,however,that he certainly accomplished nothing during his campaign worthy of this award.More to come...