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Nobel speech lights up the internet

Audience in Oslo City Hall

Only a few events seem to spark as much comments on the web as the decision of the Nobel Peace Prize committee to award President Obama the coveted prize.

On the morning of October 9, the day of the initial announcement, over 5 percent of all tweets around the world included the word Obama.

obama trends
Obama trends in Twitter by Trendistic.

To compare, when the Olympic games were awarded to Rio, merely 2 percent of all tweets mentioned the winner city.

We know it's not deserved, YET!! I hope it propels him to act and raise awareness to human rights violations around the world.
Roxanna Goldenhart
Posted on Facebook

Back then, the discussion on World News America's Facebook page focused on the prestigious award and the short list of accomplishments of a newly elected President compared to past winners.

This Thursday morning, a search for Nobel Peace Price on resulted in tweets flying in by the second. The hopeful tone in some comments in October made way to disgruntled remarks about the recent decision to increase troop numbers in Afghanistan.

Nothing celebrates a Nobel Peace Prize better than 30,000 more soldiers in a war zone.

Tweet from Ben Greg

How do you talk about justifying war for half an hour while getting the Nobel Peace Prize?

Facebook update from Jacob Baker

On, a transcript of the acceptance speech in Oslo highlighted the irony that many users pointed to. The President mentioned war(s) 36 times and peace 27 times.

Obama speech cloud
World cloud created by

Meanwhile on Google, a search for 'obama nobel peace prize speech' was the number one trending topic on Thursday, beating out an update on Tiger Woods and news from Copenhagen.

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