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    “On the Spot: Matthew Pailes, anthropology graduate student”

    Did Obama deserve to win a Nobel Prize?

    Um, I hope he has a presidency that will allow him to deserve it.

    But aren’t you supposed to do something to win an honor like that?

    I think it was, in a small part, that the world wanted to apply pressure to him to, basically, live up to the speeches he makes. But I think it was intended to put a little bit of exterior pressure, which I’m perfectly fine with.

    You don’t think it had anything to do with being the first black president of the U.S.?

    Not really. I think it has to do with his personality being somebody who is quite charismatic and can really inspire people.

    So if he doesn’t do what he says he’s going to do in all of his speeches, should they take the award away after the fact?

    No, but I think people’s attention spans are short enough that either he’ll live up to it or it’ll fade into obscurity and no one will really care.

    Doesn’t that kind of cheapen what the Nobel Prizes are all about though if they give them out based on what they hope happens?

    Um, it does strike me as a bit odd. But, you know, everything is political and there’s no point in trying to pretend that it’s not.


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