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A Small Peace

I. Don't. Believe. It.

Barack Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize.

My initial reaction was stunned disbelief. What the hell has he done to deserve it?

I guess talk IS cheap. All the guy has done is talk.

He's TALKED about reducing or eliminating nuclear weapons... mainly ours, of course. Iran's, North Korea's -- they don't really count. They're willing to talk all they like, as long as we don't expect them to keep any promises they make.

Oh, and he's worked towards reconciling America with the world. Which translates into he's gone on his grand "we're sorry, world" speaking tour.

The Nobel Peace Prize is usually awarded for one of two things: either a singular achievement, or a lengthy record of accomplishments. Obama has been president for barely nine months, and his list of successes is thinner than a supermodel after a three-week coke binge.

Even more remarkably, the deadline for nominations was February 1. That means he was nominated less than two weeks after assuming office.

Anyway, that was my first thought. Then I gave it some more consideration, and I was forced to admit that Obama's winning the Prize is actually a step up for them.

Obama, for all his non-accomplishments, actually raises the bar for Nobel Peace Prize laureates. Recent winners have included Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2007), Muhamad ElBaradei and the IAEA (2005), Jimmy Carter (2002), Kofi Annan and the United Nations (2001), Yassir Arafat (2004), Mikhail Gorbachev (1990), and the UN Peacekeeping Forces (1988) (for, presumably, outstanding achievements in the field of child rape, a special award presented by Roman Polanski). Compared to their accomplishments, Obama's lack of actually doing things looks pretty damned good.

Essentially, Obama's award is for the outstanding achievement of "not only not being George W. Bush, but joining the rest of the world in blaming him for everything." And for the most part, I can live with that.

I do have two concerns, though. The Prize comes with close to a million and a half dollars in cash, and that raises some interesting questions. Can a sitting president accept that much money? Will he pay his taxes on it, or will he let Treasury Secretary Geithner counsel him on how to avoid them? And will he pocket it, or divvy it up among many and several liberal causes? (I find myself wondering if ACORN will get any...)

My other concern is that Obama is already pretty damned insufferable and smug. This can not help that situation in the least.


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I do have two conc... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
I do have two concerns, though. The Prize comes with close to a million and a half dollars in cash, and that raises some interesting questions.

Obama will give the prize money to his favorite charity, ACORN.

He should at least share it... (Below threshold)
MPR:

He should at least share it with his TOTUS. That would actually make more sense. If you can make any sense how liberal, elite-ist, Euro-pacifists think. Or Obamalala.

Jay Tea...and to think, thi... (Below threshold)

Jay Tea...and to think, this was awarded for just his first TEN DAYS as President!!

Wowser. mmm.mmm.mmm INDEED!

Shouldn't we have massive murals and statues of him all over the place?? It would make it easier to worship him. kinda Saddam Hussein style.

My biggest problem with thi... (Below threshold)

My biggest problem with this is that Obama is guided by the direction of the prevailing winds. Currently one of the most important items that should be on his agenda is our combat troops in Afghanistan. Does anyone think he will contradict his new status as "Peace Guy" with support for our forces? Didn't think so.

Who had "Wins Peace Prize before getting Bin Laden" in the Obama Achievement pool?

"My other concern is that O... (Below threshold)
Still An Unrepentant Democrat:

"My other concern is that Obama is already pretty damned insufferable and smug."

If that isn't calling the kettle black. LOL

But it is fun watching the wingnuts heads spin, especially the faux "libertarian's. Kinda like Beetle Juice.

And what may be even more fun is that the faux "libertarian" may be right that it really is the: He's not George Bush Award.

What a beautiful day!!!!

Jebus what a way to wake up... (Below threshold)
Meiji_man:

Jebus what a way to wake up in the morning...
can the Nobel Peace Prize have been come anymore of a PC Good Cookie?

Another empty award for the... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Another empty award for the empty suit...

Hillary and bubba must be t... (Below threshold)
MPR:

Hillary and bubba must be throwing lamps and chairs around the room where ever they are. That would be separate rooms most likely.

Like it or not, TheOne is a... (Below threshold)

Like it or not, TheOne is a war time president. And that very definition should have excluded him from consideration for the nobel PEACE prize. This is more than a rebuke on GWB. This is a foreign community trying to influence our policies. They know that this will play a part in how he shapes his Afghanistan and terrorism plan. If he actually has one, that is.

Norm Coleman is calling for... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Norm Coleman is calling for a recount.

Maybe the NoPP is a condole... (Below threshold)
Matt:

Maybe the NoPP is a condolence prize for not winning the olympics for Chicago? I don't see it as being worth much else since it is usually given to clueless warmongers. Hmmm, maybe he is qualified...

Think all the White House w... (Below threshold)
Blacque Jacques Shellacque:

Think all the White House windows have been blown out yet from the expanding ego?

Doesn't get any easier for ... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Doesn't get any easier for Republicans. This must be pretty tough to handle - I hope all of your weekends aren't ruined.

Y'all don't get it. He got... (Below threshold)
Tammy:

Y'all don't get it. He got it for being the first black president--not because of any achievements. Anyway, I lost respect for the Nobel Academy years ago when they awarded it to Arafat and then Al Gore. It used to be a great achievement. Now, it's more of an indictment than an honor.

Anyone remember when the sh... (Below threshold)
mag:

Anyone remember when the show "One Step Beyond" aired in 1959-1961 (I was a tiny kid then). But my father loved that show. And I just bought the episodes on dvd to watch it now.
ANYHOW...it begins by saying something about "No human explanation can be found for these events".
So, that's what this own administration is about...us stepping into the beyond where there is no rhyme or reason or sane explanation.

All I could think of while ... (Below threshold)
epador:

All I could think of while driving in and hearing NPR wax poetic was Johnny Depp saying "They'll be no living with her after this!"

I AM talking about Michelle.

And then I remembered VIO.<... (Below threshold)
epador:

And then I remembered VIO.

Quick note:In 1994... (Below threshold)
James H:

Quick note:

In 1994, Arafat was awarded the prize jointly with Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres for their efforts at Middle East peace. It wasn't to Arafat alone.

The Nobel Peace Prize has t... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

The Nobel Peace Prize has turned into a participation trophy...

Slow year for peace, I gues... (Below threshold)

Slow year for peace, I guess.

"...it really is the: He's ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"...it really is the: He's not George Bush Award."

Exactly. And the selection committee has now made the award totally worthless.

I wonder who nominated him?... (Below threshold)
Hank:

I wonder who nominated him?

So Obama won with the submi... (Below threshold)
CDR M:

So Obama won with the submission deadline of 1 Feb? In 9 days as President he won this. The only thing he said he'd do at that time was close Gitmo. It's still open.

Barack Hussein Obama... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Barack Hussein Obama
Mmmm-mmmm-mmmm

...but Jay, it isn't a p... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

...but Jay, it isn't a peace peace prize...

Wow. Nearly speechless.</p... (Below threshold)
pvd:

Wow. Nearly speechless.

I wonder how the dissidents in Iran feel?

The women of Afganistan?

Eastern Europeans?

The Dalai Lama?

And to jp2, vic, saud, et al: I really stopped caring about the Nobel Peace Prize when they gave it to a terrorist and then a junk-science profiteer. It won't ruin my weekend. For you this weekend, celebrate the symbolism. Toast your hero.

Come Monday morning there's work to be still to be done and a man who's yet to prove to me that he's up to the job - junior high popularity contests notwithstanding.

The Nobel committee has con... (Below threshold)
John:

The Nobel committee has continued down the path of irrelevancy. The committee has made some fairly bad choices for the last decade or so, its anti-America agenda fits in perfectly with Mr. Obama's. The following is a list of recent Nobel winners.
1994 Yasser Arafat (A terrorist)
2001 Kofi Annan (Anti-American Politician)
2002 Jimmy Carter (Anti American Politician)
2005 Mohamed El Baradei (A fool and a Liar)
2007 Al Gore (A large fool and liar)
2009 Barrack Obama (Anti-American Politician)

This is a collection of Leftist doofuses, unknown bureaucrats, petty dictators, terrorists, conmen, and crooks. What distinguished company, Mister President "No Clue". The continuing journey to mental retardation is firmly imbedded in our society; this is not all that different from giving an Oscar to a pedophile.

No Bell Peace Prize?... (Below threshold)
engineer:

No Bell Peace Prize?
Nobel Peas Prize?
Nobel Piece Prize?

It must have been one of those. It surely couldn't have been the Nobel Peace Prize.

No Balls Peace Prize?... (Below threshold)
Matt:

No Balls Peace Prize?

Peace ... PEACE S... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:
Peace ... PEACE SELLS , PEACE SELLS But WHO BUYING?


I think I am going to take ... (Below threshold)
JustRuss:

I think I am going to take vacation all of next week, because I will still be throwing up and depressed. The world is most definitely going to end in 2012 so we don't have to worry about who the next President is.

Did President Reagan win th... (Below threshold)
UncleZeb:

Did President Reagan win the prize? He actually accomplished something.

We're all riduculing Obama'... (Below threshold)
klrtz1:

We're all riduculing Obama's Nobel Peace Prize but this could be a new trend in awarding liberal prizes and awards.

- Give a Pulitzer Prize to a journalist who is willing to write a great expose someday.

- Award an Oscar to a filmmaker who announces he is planning to make a great movie.

- Grant a Tony Award to a playwright who tells people his idea for a great play before he's written a single line of dialog.

Of course in order to win, each of these would have to be able to ruin the weekend of numerous right-wingers. What better reason could there be?

Line of the day from Jonah ... (Below threshold)
Pretzel Logic:

Line of the day from Jonah Goldberg at NRO: Obama should win the Cy Young Award for throwing out the first pitch at the All-Star Game.

Hell, if Al Gore and Yassir... (Below threshold)
OLDPUPPYMAX:

Hell, if Al Gore and Yassir Arafat won this phony, meaningless award for the superior politics of anti-US sentiment, why not Hussein!

The Peace Prize (and for th... (Below threshold)
jim m:

The Peace Prize (and for that matter all non-science Nobel Prizes) has long been an award for leftism. Few real achievements in working toward peace have been rewarded and several times the prize has been awarded as an open and deliberate slight to the US.

So that raises the question of whether it really is that much of an honor any more and especially so for an American president.

I did hear a snippet from the actual announcement in Oslo where the official listed Obama's 'achievements' for peace and the first thing he mentioned was that Obama was the first black president.

I think it was also clear in his statement today that Obama realizes that this award in entirely unearned. At least he has that amount of sense left.

"I wonder who nominated him... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"I wonder who nominated him?"

He nominated himself, naturally.

I had him winning the Nobel... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

I had him winning the Nobel Prize for Economics

Based upon the awards of th... (Below threshold)
SShiell:

Based upon the awards of the past few years, I think the Nobel committee selects winners based upon:

Cheerleading: "He's made the right kind of step, now the addition of the Nobel could be the final opush for realizing the goal." (Carter & Arrafat)

Stupidity: Al Gore? (Gore?)

and now

Wishful thinking: "If we give this guy the prize, then maybe he can use the luster of the prize to assist him in achieving the goal - whatever that is." (Obambi)

Personally I am leaning toward STUPIDITY as the prime theory.

"I had him winning the Nobe... (Below threshold)
Hank:

"I had him winning the Nobel Prize for Economics"

LOL!

Barack for the Heisman.... (Below threshold)
Pretzel Logic:

Barack for the Heisman.

Just click and type:


http://promo.espn.go.com/espn/contests/theheismanvote/2009/

I wonder if the Peace they'... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

I wonder if the Peace they're talking about is for international affairs or domestic policy?

He doesn't seem to be doing too well in either department, it seems to me. Internationally, he's viewed with amusement, with nothing to show for his Great Apology Tour or his Great Olympics Tour. It remains to be seen, but domestically, history will judge him to be an economic rapist and the most wrong-headed president since Herbert Hoover.

Watch out in the upcoming y... (Below threshold)
apb:

Watch out in the upcoming year - we all know the Jug-Eared Douche is an absolute narcissist; what the dumbass Noogins did was reinforce his spineless demeanor toward terrorist regimes. With the swollen noggin and jelly-like spine, he'll become an even worse panderer toward Ahmadinijad, Chavez, etc.

Don't be silly, Jay. He's ... (Below threshold)

Don't be silly, Jay. He's humbled by it.

I wonder if Michelle is fin... (Below threshold)
914:

I wonder if Michelle is finally proud of Afghanistan?

Doesn't get any easier f... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Doesn't get any easier for Republicans. This must be pretty tough to handle - I hope all of your weekends aren't ruined.

See who's laughing next November, jp2.

Nominations for potential w... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Nominations for potential winners of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize ended on February 1. The president took office only 12 days earlier on January 20.

Let's take a look at the president's first 12 days in the White House according to his public schedule to see what he did to deserve a Nobel Peace Prize:

January 20: Sworn in as president. Went to a parade. Partied.

January 21: Asked bureaucrats to re-write guidelines for information requests. Held an "open house" party at the White House.

January 22: Signed Executive Orders: Executive Branch workers to take ethics pledge; re-affirmed Army Field Manual techniques for interrogations; expressed desire to close Gitmo (how's that working out?)

January 23: Ordered the release of federal funding to pay for abortions in foreign countries. Lunch with Joe Biden; met with Tim Geithner.

January 24: Budget meeting with economic team.

January 25: Skipped church.

January 26: Gave speech about jobs and energy. Met with Hillary Clinton. Attended Geithner's swearing in ceremony.

January 27: Met with Republicans. Spoke at a clock tower in Ohio.

January 28: Economic meetings in the morning, met with Defense secretary in the afternoon.

January 29: Signed Ledbetter Bill overturning Supreme Court decision on lawsuits over wages. Party in the State Room. Met with Biden.

January 30: Met economic advisers. Gave speech on Middle Class Working Families Task Force. Met with senior enlisted military officials.

January 31: Took the day off.

February 1: Skipped church. Threw a Super Bowl party.

Such a sad bunch of immatur... (Below threshold)
SteveP:

Such a sad bunch of immature whiners.

Don't like that Obama's won the Nobel prize? Don't think he deserves it? Well...who gives a damn what you think.

That prize is the world telling YOU that your policies, your President and your beliefs are garbage. The only people who don't know this by now are you childish fools.

You complain, complain, complain and offer nothing but more complaints. Want to see a loser? Look in the mirror. The rest of us already know what you are and laugh at you daily.

And, yes, this is the world... (Below threshold)
SteveP:

And, yes, this is the world telling you that George Bush was a failure. Just needed to clarify since most of you are hard headed and a bit delusional.

Nice SteveP, how about inst... (Below threshold)
mike:

Nice SteveP, how about instead of bi**ing at us why don't you offer some examples of what Obama has done to earn this piece of garbage prize.

SteveP, nobody rational thi... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

SteveP, nobody rational thinks Obama has done anything to deserve this.

Stevie P; another sockpuppe... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Stevie P; another sockpuppet:

"You complain, complain, complain and offer nothing but more complaints."

Did you get that from Pelosi or Reid?

"My other concern is tha... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

"My other concern is that Obama is already pretty damned insufferable and smug."

This is nothing, wait until he wins the Oscar or Emmy (especially all the time he's been on the tv) next.

Nice SteveP, how ab... (Below threshold)
SteveP:

Nice SteveP, how about instead of bi**ing at us why don't you offer some examples of what Obama has done to earn this piece of garbage prize.

Gee, Mike, is your name Huckabee? Or are you just being completely unoriginal and mimicking what your heros tell you you should say.

Pathetic.

And I don't need to give examples of anything. None of us do. We didn't give him this prize, the Nobel committee did and they explained it pretty clearly. If you don't like it, well, once again NO ONE CARES WHAT YOU THINK ANYMORE.

As I mentioned, what this prize is is the world telling you losers what the rest of us already know - that the previous 8 years were the result of an insufferable, narrow-minded party who made the world worse and is STILL too ignorant to undestand why.

Don't like that explanation? Well, once again, you are in no position to demand anything. We voted you idiots out. Get a clue or go back to your cave and sulk.

SteveP: Have a nice weekend... (Below threshold)
pvd:

SteveP: Have a nice weekend. Have a celebratory beer even.

Nothing you say can ruin this sublimely ironic moment in history.

In case you don't get it, we're nto complaining.

We're laughing.

But obviously not with you, IYKWIMAITYD.

And, yes, this is ... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:
And, yes, this is the world telling you that George Bush was a failure. Just needed to clarify since most of you are hard headed and a bit delusional.
Who stooped the Rape Rooms in Iraq? Who allowed Afghan women to have a voice? Who allowed Free Elections in Iraq? Who allowed AF girls to get an education.

The US War Fighters under BUSH of course doing something about Evil in the world instead of sitting back and just talking about it is something the Liberal mind never understands.

The US War Fighters... (Below threshold)
SteveP:

The US War Fighters under BUSH of course doing something about Evil in the world instead of sitting back and just talking about it is something the Liberal mind never understands.

Yes. Good and Evil. The world is really that simple. Hate to inform you, but that's the type of propoganda that only works for the intellectually challenged, cowardly and fearful (the fearful, that is, who think they're actually fearless).

The world is more complicated than black and white, good and evil labels. The rest of us know this. Hussein being bad doesn't mean every action Bush took (from abu ghraib to taunting the Russians with nuclear warheads in neighboring countries) was justified, good foreign policy or the proper course. In fact, most of what he did made matters worse. Scratch that - EVERYTHING he did made matters worse. The man was a one-note disaster. His followers can only process one thought at a time, it seems.

That's why George Bush was laughed at and vilified by everyone but you idiots. Believe it or not, having a President who is respected around the world is actually a strength - not that simple-minded people like you would know that.

But, then again, we've made our opinion about you clear by voting you and the like-minded out of any position of power. Furthermore, your opinion on whether Obama is right for the country or not has been nullified by your poor track records, bad judgements and failures. I know it's frustrating being wrong all the time, but concrete thinking is the primary result of that.

Being right actually means something in an argument. One day when you people are right about something we won't ignore you as much.

"One day when you people ar... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"One day when you people are right about something we won't ignore you as much."

Yeah Stevie, how's that "Stimulus" package working out? You know, where unemployment WON'T go over 8%?

Hate to ruin your weekend, BUT THE WORLD IS STILL LAUGHING!




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