It's not any surprise there's rage from the right
over Barack Obama being awarded the Nobel Prize
for Peace. Considering these are the folks who applauded when the 2016 Olympics went to Rio de Janeiro
rather than Chicago, total outrage at international recognition of the current President of the United States can only be expected.
The Nobel Committee states it awarded the prize to President Obama for "...his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." In particular, they mentioned his "...work for a world without nuclear weapons..." and that, due to Obama's influence, the United States has re-engaged with the world on a multi-lateral front and "...is playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climactic challenges the world is confronting." (You can see the video of the announcement here
So, in essence, the Nobel Committee gave Obama the prize for his intentions. While I don't necessarily agree good intentions and lofty aspirations are valid basis for such an award, the Nobel Committee did. And if receiving such a prize gives Obama further incentive, encourages his further action, and increases support for his efforts to turn these intentions and aspirations into concrete reality, I'm okay with his selection.
And I'm certain he will give the prize money
to charities that support these efforts.