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Can A Sitting President Receive A Nobel Peace Prize?

An interesting read, not that it really amounts to anything.

J.P. Freire – Can a sitting president receive a Nobel Peace Prize?

There’s a problem for President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize victory and it’s not his inexperience. From Article I, Section 9 of that neglected curio, the U.S. Constitution:

“No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog.Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

18 Responses to “Can A Sitting President Receive A Nobel Peace Prize?”

  1. Toni Trepanier says:

    Oh, I’m sure Pelosi, Reid and the rest of his pals will push that through for him. After all they are in favor of shredding the Constitution. The progressives are aiming for a “New World Order” its been their goal for a long time. I think ‘o’ expects to head it up.

  2. Toni Trepanier says:

    Oh, I’m sure Pelosi, Reid and the rest of his pals will push that through for him. After all they are in favor of shredding the Constitution. The progressives are aiming for a “New World Order” its been their goal for a long time. I think ‘o’ expects to head it up.

  3. Bigvinu says:

    Wouldn't go that far, but it's a moot point indeed. Firstly, The Democrats in Congress would Okay it no matter what. Secondly, it's a moot point because:

    1. The Nobel Peace Prize is not a "present, emolument, office, or title". It's quiet literally, a prize.
    2. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is an independent, non-governmental entity.

    Those two points make that segment of the Constitution Non-applicable to our discussion, and if it were, I think the Democratic majority would easily Okay the President.

    The argument that because Parliament assigns members, it ties it the Government is not true. That's because the physical entity awarding the prize to the President is not the Government of Norway.

  4. Wigglesworth says:

    Thank you, Bigvinu. At least someone knows how to read!

  5. Wigglesworth says:

    Thank you, Bigvinu. At least someone knows how to read!

  6. JayBlanc says:

    The Nobel prize is awarded by a private institution the Nobel Foundation, a trust set up by the will of Alfred Nobel.

    The constitutional bar is against public officials holding "Titles of Nobility" awarded "from any king, prince, or foreign state."

    The Nobel Prize is neither a title of nobility, or awarded by a king, prince or foreign state. The award is from the Nobel Foundation. It is presented in a ceremony led by the current King of Norway, but that is actually a recent thing and the prize was not originally presented that way, and it is not required to be.

  7. JayBlanc says:

    The Nobel prize is awarded by a private institution the Nobel Foundation, a trust set up by the will of Alfred Nobel.

    The constitutional bar is against public officials holding "Titles of Nobility" awarded "from any king, prince, or foreign state."

    The Nobel Prize is neither a title of nobility, or awarded by a king, prince or foreign state. The award is from the Nobel Foundation. It is presented in a ceremony led by the current King of Norway, but that is actually a recent thing and the prize was not originally presented that way, and it is not required to be.

  8. Tom White says:

    The Nobel Committee is not associated with the government in the same way that Acorn is considered a non partisan organization. With a wink, a nod and a smile.

  9. Bigvinu says:

    But it's tantamount to saying that Saskatchewan's donation of $1,000,000 to Habitat for Humanity (which they did March, 2009) would make any recognition Habitat for Humanity ever makes in the future is tied to the State Government of Saskatchewan, and thus a foreign recognition.

    Now, our discussion would have much more merit if say, Barack Obama was being given Knighthood by Queen Elizabeth. But I think it's important to note that Queen Elizabeth giving an honor that she herself is involved with administering is different from the King of Norway presenting an award that was already announced by an independent non-governmental commission.

  10. Tom White says:

    The fact of the matter is, the award was simply a meaningless nod to "not Bush". I think the real story is the fact that the committee decided to make a political statement rather than it's intended purpose. However, it should be noted that Dr. Nobel left no instructions as to the criteria for the award (not that the award named after him is to be held to his wishes).

    The award is officially a laughing stock political statement much like Time's "Man of the Year".

    Pity, really. But the award being given to Carter and Gore had already rendered it meaningless.

    There is no doubt that if anyone really cared about this law that the same congress that allows Charlie Rangle to falsify documents and hide assets he is legally required to disclose to continue to chair the Ways and Means committee shows the total lack of integrity and complete contempt that the Democrats in Congress have for our laws. So I am 100% certain no matter the applicability of the law, this congress would override our laws.

  11. Bigvinu says:

    I can't begin to comprehend what that's supposed to mean: "no matter the applicability of the law, this congress would override our laws. "

    In actuality, you also seem to write off the award as a political statement for the sole fact that the statement does not agree with your politics. That's just simply not what a political statement is. Now, the award was probably unjustly given to the President, I'll agree with you on that. It probably was to contrast President Bush's policies to President Obama's.

    But it's saying that giving the ward to Carter and Gore rendered it meaningless that is the real issue. I can almost certainly bet that you're wiling to say that not because they were undeserving, but because their views didn't agree with you. Personally, I believe Gandhi was a passive whining obstacle to Indian independence that paraded around as a Savior while really being a drama queen doing little more than petty hunger strikes. That said, the man probably deserved a peace prize for helping give some inspiration to people.

    My point is that the validity of something isn't judged by your liking/disliking of it.

  12. Bigvinu says:

    I can't begin to comprehend what that's supposed to mean: "no matter the applicability of the law, this congress would override our laws. "

    In actuality, you also seem to write off the award as a political statement for the sole fact that the statement does not agree with your politics. That's just simply not what a political statement is. Now, the award was probably unjustly given to the President, I'll agree with you on that. It probably was to contrast President Bush's policies to President Obama's.

    But it's saying that giving the ward to Carter and Gore rendered it meaningless that is the real issue. I can almost certainly bet that you're wiling to say that not because they were undeserving, but because their views didn't agree with you. Personally, I believe Gandhi was a passive whining obstacle to Indian independence that paraded around as a Savior while really being a drama queen doing little more than petty hunger strikes. That said, the man probably deserved a peace prize for helping give some inspiration to people.

    My point is that the validity of something isn't judged by your liking/disliking of it.

  13. Tom White says:

    Well, it means that they would vote to allow Obama to receive the Peace Prize IF it were determined the law did not permit it. Note that the Nobel Committee is APPOINTED by the Norwegian Parliament. That makes them a government entity same as a cabinet position here.

    Carter was president from 1977 – 1981, and he suddenly gets the Peace Prize 21 years later, a year after the Afghanistan war began. And Gore in 2007? What did he ever do for peace. He is a climate change huckster. A flimflam man.

    And perhaps you did not see this post: http://varight.com/?p=2648

    You bet it is political.

    And it has nothing to do with my politics. Read the post above and the AFP link.

  14. Tom White says:

    Well, it means that they would vote to allow Obama to receive the Peace Prize IF it were determined the law did not permit it. Note that the Nobel Committee is APPOINTED by the Norwegian Parliament. That makes them a government entity same as a cabinet position here.

    Carter was president from 1977 – 1981, and he suddenly gets the Peace Prize 21 years later, a year after the Afghanistan war began. And Gore in 2007? What did he ever do for peace. He is a climate change huckster. A flimflam man.

    And perhaps you did not see this post: http://varight.com/?p=2648

    You bet it is political.

    And it has nothing to do with my politics. Read the post above and the AFP link.

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