Obama, America and the Nobel: What if he’d turned it down?

Reflective President Obama
What if Obama had turned down the Nobel Peace Prize?

   

The surprise award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Obama ignited a world-wide explosion of reactions—positive and negative.  

Just this week on OurValues.org, our readers have weighed in with comments that convey pride, gratitude, incredulity, disgust, celebration, disdain, hope, and more.
   

What if Obama had turned down the prize? What would the reaction have been?
   

It’s rare but not unheard of to turn down the Norwegian prize. What if the president did it?
   

I speculate that the reaction would not have been any different. His foes would have used it against him, railing against his feigned humility or arguing that he tarnished America’s image. We are weaker, they would say, because he turned it down.
   

Obama’s supporters would have come to his defense, praising his humility or arguing that it proves that he doesn’t suffer from a messianic complex. We are stronger, they would say, because he turned it down.
   

What do you think? What would the reaction have been—what would your reaction have been – if Obama had said “No, thanks”?

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