Should President Obama have respectfully declined the Nobel Prize?
This morning I have participated in an interesting discussion regarding President Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize that was sparked by John Tantillo’s Winner Loser is Up: Winner David Letterman; Loser The Nobel Prize. (Note: John will be my guest on the PI Window on Business Show on November 5th, 2009.)
Here is the conversation Thread:
Jon Hansen: Generally speaking John one must wonder how such an accolade can be given before accomplishment in Obama’s ever so brief administration. Makes one wonder how he will hold up under the pressure of such a high expectation.
John Tantillo: We can only wait and see Jon.
Marcus R. Lewis: Spot on as always John. Although I don’t agree with Letterman on most occasions, I think that he made the right decision here and handled it very professionally. If other actions would have been taken, I am sure that it would have been a media circus.
On the Nobel Peace Prize, my fiance and I actually thought this was a farce when it came out on the AP wire until Fox & Friends confirmed it! Politicizing this award has other repercussions than branding issues. The other nominees really could have used the prize money for their cause.
I have taken this issue personally because of one of Obama’s competitors for the award was much more deserving and could really have used the press/money: Greg Mortenson. Mortenson has been building peace through textbooks. He has built many schools (with little or no supplies and funding) in highly terrorist locations in Pakistan and Afghanistan. These schools help educate the children and give them another option than becoming another Western culture hating extremist. You can get more info from his website.
Jon Hansen: Great point Marcus. Is image more important than substance. In fact in early poll results (very early), 71% do not agree with President Obama receiving the honor. This leads to an interesting question . . . if you were advising the President, would you have suggested that he gracefully and respectfully decline the honor citing that there are others more worthy?
Marcus R. Lewis: From a business standpoint, I have to agree with John that this may be a branding mistake to decline the award. However, I think on a personal level, I think he should have declined and said something like, “While I appreciate the award and faith, I have yet to achieve my goals with International issues.” I think this could keep his brand positive, as saying he is still motivated towards peace, but has not accomplished enough yet. It’s a tough move either way, but if I was in his shoes I would have declined the award on principle.
What do you think . . . Should President Obama have respectfully declined the Nobel honor?
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