Some students at the University of California, Santa Cruz, are so brainwashed by the negative rhetoric they hear from the fake news and their teachers that they claimed President Trump does not deserve the Nobel Peace Prize but defended Barack Obama’s award in 2009. They did not even know why Obama received his award.
Campus Reform Media Director Cabot Phillips spoke to the students and found that some could not give a reason why Obama won the award less than a year into his first term.
Canpus Reform reports:
Since his election in 2016, President Donald Trump has made clear his willingness to use force against North Korea and leader Kim Jong Un if they were unwilling to denuclearize and come to the negotiating table.
This month, North and South Korea came together for historic peace talks aimed at bringing an end to the decades long conflict, and supporters of President Trump were quick to claim he deserves credit for his role in fostering peace in the region.
“Clearly, credit goes to President Trump,” South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said recently, adding, “he’s been determined to come to grips with this since day one.”
Since the breakthrough, some have even argued that Trump deserves consideration for the Nobel Peace Prize. But what would college students think?
I headed to the University of California, Santa Cruz to find out what students think about President Trump’s role, and whether they think he deserves consideration for the Nobel Prize.
After speaking with numerous students throughout the afternoon, it became abundantly clear: they do not think he deserves any such award.
“Hell, no; that’s a joke. What has he done for peace?” offered one student, while another added, “No. I feel like he just thinks that he deserves many awards.”
“It’s just too good of a prize for him to have credit for,” declared a particularly enthusiastic student.
Next, I decided to ask if they thought President Obama deserved the same award, which he won in 2009. The students passionately, and almost unanimously, agreed that he did.
However, most were speechless when asked to describe what Obama did to earn the award.
Watch the full video to see their responses:
On 9 October 2009, the Norwegian Nobel Committee made the surprise announcement that U.S. President Barack Obama, who at that time had been in office for a mere eight months, was being awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
Barack Obama became the third sitting U.S. president to be so honored, joining Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. (Jimmy Carter also received a Nobel Peace Prize many years after leaving the White House.) The Norwegian Nobel Committee’s decision in awarding a Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama was not popular with everyone, however, being that he had not accomplished anything to warrant receiving the award.
USA Today reports:
Geir Lundestad, director of the Nobel Institute for 25 years until stepping down last year, said the prize committee had expected the honor to deliver a boost to Obama, something he believes did not happen.
Speaking to The Associated Press, Lundestad, who sat in on the secretive committee’s meetings but did not have a vote, said the committee “thought it would strengthen Obama and it didn’t have this effect.”
“In hindsight, we could say that the argument of giving Obama a helping hand was only partially correct,” – not because Obama deserved it, but to give him a “helping hand”, Lundestad wrote, according to VG, a Norwegian newspaper.
The award, made by the committee in response to Obama’s stated aim of ridding the world of nuclear weapons, came nine months after he took office.
When the institute announced the award, it was met with fierce criticism in the U.S., where many argued that Obama had not been president long enough to have an impact worthy of the Nobel.
“Even many of Obama’s supporters believed that the prize was a mistake,” Lundestad wrote in “Secretary of Peace. 25 years with the Nobel Prize”.
“In that sense the committee didn’t achieve what it had hoped for,” he said, noting that Obama himself rarely mentions the prize.