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Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

In what has to be one of the most dramatic examples of the global elitist genuflection and obsequiousness before the presence of The One, it was announced today the President Barrack Obama has been awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

LONDON (MarketWatch) -- U.S. President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced Friday.

The committee cited Obama's "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

The committee said Obama had created "a new climate in international politics."

"Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future," the committee said, in a news release. "His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population."

When this item showed up in my email this morning the first thought was that it was a joke. But then I remembered that the Nobel committee's judgment has been routinely dynamited before such as when they chose AlGore(2007), Jimmy Carter (2002) and, the pièce de résistance, Arafat (1994).

The news release by the Nobel committee could easily read as satire.

Note: The New York Times calls it a stunning surprise. Well, it was for most everyone else, but a cynic might suspect the Times has been pushing hard on this for months.

Update: I like Rick Moran's take on this:


Sometimes, an event occurs that is so sublimely ridiculous that it becomes a parody of itself. That's what we have here.

And Obama thought last week's Olympic debacle was bad. The Nobel committee has unwittingly brought another weekend of derision to this president.


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An obvious endorsement of O... (Below threshold)

An obvious endorsement of Obama's continuation of the Bush policies of a U.S. military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jimmy Carter to Obama: "Now... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

Jimmy Carter to Obama: "Now accept the award and your journey to the dark side will be complete. I am your father..."

Remember when the Nobel Prize was awarded for achievement and not for simply appearing to care? The Nobel became undeone entirely when Al Gore beat out Irena Sendler. It is nothing but a mockery of the original intent.

Obama will create great fanfare but the Nobel Prize casts no shadow.

I understand the cutoff dat... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

I understand the cutoff date was February 1st.

He'd been in office less than two weeks.

Oh, what WONDERS is he going to perform given 4 years to work his magic on the world?

(Come to think of it, this explains his 'reluctance' to make a hard decision regarding Afghanistan - after all, how would it appear if he got a Peace Prize right after authorizing troops to another country? Not that he's overly concerned about his image or anything...)

I really am seriously wondering just how this is going to affect his already over-inflated ego. All his life he's gotten something for nothing, just for being slicker than vaseline on a doorknob. Now he's gotten a Nobel Peace Prize for simply existing and making promises.

Sigh. Nobody would think it even credible if it were in a novel. Real life, however, is much, MUCH stranger than fiction - and rarely comes to a satisfying resolution with all the plot threads neatly tied up.

Well now, until now I consi... (Below threshold)
Marc:

Well now, until now I considered obama as nothing more than Bush II considering he's continued the 2 wars, continues the rendition program so freedom fighters can be tortured by proxy and has spen the country into 3 times the deficit than Bush.

Now however it's obvious obama is Carter II given the same nutty economic and diplomatic policies.

And BTW, you you hadn't noticed, gallivanting around the globe being critical of every American policy of the last 8 years is now officially worth a cool million dollars plus.

In yo FACE, rest of the wor... (Below threshold)

In yo FACE, rest of the world!

U.S.A! U.S.A!

The Europeans sense that th... (Below threshold)
Edward Sisson Author Profile Page:

The Europeans sense that the stronger Obama is domestically, the more likely it is that Europe's world power will increase and America's decrease, relative to each other. They will continue to praise him to the skies so long as they sense that his tenure in office increases their power relative to ours.

Or, to put it another way, the European intellectual class senses that Obama cares more to earn their good opinion than he cares to earn the good opinion of any other group -- a sentiment also shared by many wealthy & well-educated Americans. To get that good opinion, he and they allow the attitudes and preferences of the European leadership to be a major factor in deciding what policies America will implement. And in return, the European elite praise him.

I am sickened by this trave... (Below threshold)
MichaelC:

I am sickened by this travesty of an European cabal once again interfering in the political life of our nation. The witless ones preceding Obamao in receipt of this politicized trophy were as divorced from the core reality of the American people as he constantly demonstrates that he is. They have behaved with a contempt quite similar to his for those Americans whose beliefs and politics demand another way than the one being shoved down our throats, now publicly abetted by the agendized cabal of the Nobel Committee.

It has become clear in the short time since January 19th, that if events continue to unfold in the same pattern here in the United States, we will throw this bum and his cohorts from office in due course. And thus, today is fired a preemptive shot across the bow of our country's internal struggle.

Sickening, truly sickening.

This incredible award will ... (Below threshold)
Bob:

This incredible award will probably affect BHO's decision on Afghan troop strength. Now that he's been crowned king of world peace, how can he beef up our forces? He's got to maintain his self-image after all.

"When this item showed up i... (Below threshold)

"When this item showed up in my email this morning the first thought was that it was a joke."

So did I. This has got to be the best example of "symbolism over substance" that I have ever seen. Once again, the leftist intellectual community proves that they value intentions far more than an actual track record of worthwhile accomplishments.

After that jerk Arafat (spe... (Below threshold)
mag:

After that jerk Arafat (spelling?)and then Gore and Carter I look downed at the Nobel Peace Prize. They can shove it.
This is another thing to make Obama's tail go up. And all the lefties are going to have an...well you know what I was going to say.
I have a scary feeling our soldiers are going to pay for this big time, like #8's comment.

I understand the c... (Below threshold)
I understand the cutoff date was February 1st.

He'd been in office less than two weeks.


ROFLMSTBSAO

(Rolling On Floor Laughing My Soon To Be Socialist A-- Off)

Nigel: Is this a joke? <br... (Below threshold)

Nigel: Is this a joke?
David: ...this is the...
Nigel: Excuse me, is this a joke?

I can't believe we are witn... (Below threshold)
J.R.:

I can't believe we are witnessing this. what a joke.

It's official, the Nobel Pe... (Below threshold)
Imhotep:

It's official, the Nobel Peace Prize is a joke and a totally worthless, political gesture.

This takes me back a few ye... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

This takes me back a few years to when I won Time's Person of the Year in 2006. I mean I was stunned. I think I remember I was in the middle of writing a mortgage check when my wife brings home this issue of Time and there it was on the cover. Well, it was not quite as prestgious as the Nobel and granted I had to share my award with some other people. On the other hand I can tell you that - all hubris aside, of course - I was just as deserving of that award as Obama is of the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Nobel committee has now... (Below threshold)
Highlander:

The Nobel committee has now completed the work, so nobel-ly begun in 1994, and continued in 2007, of reducing a once great honor to the sick political joke we see today.

If Obama had any integrity (which I seriously doubt) he would politely refuse the "honor" and suggest that it be awarded to someone more deserving.

But, narcissist that he his, it will never once occur to him that there could be anyone more deserving than he.

So did Arafat...........mea... (Below threshold)
xiphos:

So did Arafat...........meaningless!
Just like the U.N.

My immediate reaction was s... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

My immediate reaction was shock. Then I realized this is a tacit admission by the left (worldwide) that the Obama administration is failing and needs to be propped up.

The following is from the Nobel Prize site, on their nomination process:

"February - Deadline for submission. The Committee bases its assessment on nominations that must be postmarked no later than 1 February each year. Nominations postmarked and received after this date are included in the following year's discussions. In recent years, the Committee has received close to 200 different nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize. The number of nominating letters is much higher, as many are for the same candidates.

February-March - Short list. The Committee assesses the candidates' work and prepares a short list.

March-August - Adviser review. The short list is reviewed by permanent advisers and advisers specially recruited for their knowledge of specific candidates. The advisers do not directly evaluate nominations nor give explicit recommendations."

So yes, as JLawson pointed out, nominations do close on February 1 of each year.

February and March are used to review each candidate's body of work so that a short list of nominees can be created. (Snark comment: looks like a short list of "work" went pretty far for Obama).

Then from March through August the committee reviews the short list.

Ok, so when did the stuff happen that allowed the committee to speak of Obama's "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples" in their announcement?

Given the information above, I cannot find Obama's path to Nobel Peace Prize recipient. That tells me information is missing. A person or persons with influence with the prize committee and "invested" some way in Obama would fill a lot of the gaps in this story line.

Bottom line for me, this is direct evidence of panic by the political/social left in the face of failure and defeat. It's an all out effort to try and save the Obama presidency.

I'm usually skeptical of th... (Below threshold)

I'm usually skeptical of the on-air comments of George Stephanopolous, considering his deep roots in the Clinton Administration. So, an 'honest' comment from him that doesn't serve the Democrats is worth noting.

His comment on ABC News this morning on hearing the news of Obama's prize award, was "This isn't April First, is it?" This could only be an April Fools' joke, and George gained a little more credibility in my book for this statement. And the Nobel organization gained less.

Go figure.
I.

That first sentence alone i... (Below threshold)
Fin:

That first sentence alone is enough to make a fellow gag. Which is to that say poor writing skills don't serve your argument, or in this case, lack thereof.

Thats exciting news. Though... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

Thats exciting news. Thoughm tt sure pisses the hell out of the people that don't want anything good to happen to our nation while Obama is president.

Wonder if CNN will fact che... (Below threshold)
Hank:

Wonder if CNN will fact check the Nobel Committee.

Exactly what did Obama do t... (Below threshold)
hermie:

Exactly what did Obama do to obtain a nomination? He had nothing except campaign promises, and no accomplishments during his brief stint as a US Senator. All he had was 'Hope and Change'; which any con man from the streets of Chicago could give you. (Wait a minute...he IS a Chicago con man!)

I promise to make the world... (Below threshold)
hermie:

I promise to make the world safer for children and small animals.

Now where's my Nobel Prize?

That day one executive orde... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

That day one executive order to close Guantanamo bears sweet, succulent fruit.

Who's laughing now, Cheney?

How I found out...Hu... (Below threshold)
AJ:

How I found out...
Husband: "Looks like they couldn't find anyone to award the Nobel Peace Prize to..."

Me: (chuckling) "What'd they do, give it to Obama?"

Husband: "Yep."

Me: .... (waiting for the punchline)... "You're kidding, right?"

Husband: "Nope."

Me: "NO WAY! You're joking!"

Husband: "No, look." (shows me article)

Me: "But he hasn't even DONE anything!!"

And yeah, that sums it up.... Obama has done nothing but say "Hope" and "Change" a lot, and throw Israel under the bus. He was in office 2 weeks when the nomination deadline closed. I just don't get it. Remember when Nobel prizes actually MEANT something?

"Surely you jest!""N... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

"Surely you jest!"
"No, and stop calling me Shirley."

So much for any shred of respect for the Nobel Peace prize and the committee that awards it had.

'The Won' bringing 'peace' to anywhere on this planet?, I don't think so. Is it possible that the award was made as a gesture towards his divisiveness because he sure as hell has done more as a single individual to spread racial animosity than ANY I know.

I guess he and James Earl share more in common now than ever before. If the criteria that they used to make that judgment is used again he's a lock for the rest of his life.

I am totally in shock about... (Below threshold)
Eric:

I am totally in shock about this. I would actually be happy for Obama if he actually had a tangible accomplishment to hang this on. But seriously, what has he done to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?

Jimmy Carter worked his butt off to get a peace agreement between Egypt and Israel. He has spent decades on the world stage working for peace. I have great disagreements with Jimmy in how he goes about it, but I don't deny his commitment and sincerity. There is tangible proof of his work.

Ronald Reagan ended the Cold War. There is tangible proof of that.

George H.W. Bush freed the Kuwaiti people from Saddam Hussein. That is tangible proof of the torture, rape and horrors that Saddam inflicted on the Kuwaitis.

Bill Clinton worked hard for peace between Israel and Palestine. You can't question his commitment and sincerity in trying to accomplish peace. Under his administration the country and world benefitted from un-precedented prosperity. That is tangible proof.

George W. Bush freed the Iraqi people from Saddam Hussein, the Afghani people from the Taliban, took on international terrorism, greatly reduced AIDS in Africa. You can disagree with how he went about it, but Saddam Hussein is no longer a brutal dictator, the Taliban is no longer in power, and another 9/11 has not happened.

Compared to all of that what has Barack Obama done to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize after 2 weeks in office. The committee credits his commitment to reducing the world of nuclear weapons. The world has not been reduced by a single nuclear weapon since he became Senator. How does that make him worthy? In fact, Bush has an actual record of reducing nuclear weapons.

It's a start I guess.... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

It's a start I guess.

This just in...Ma... (Below threshold)

This just in...
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has named mmm...mmm...mmm...Barack Hussein Obama the MVP of the upcoming World Series.


You really aren't surprised... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

You really aren't surprised were you? What is hard for me to understand is how Obama can except a "coveted" peace prize for being elected. Kind of cheapens an already cheap prize more. Oh! Nevermind. ww

I am waiting to see all the... (Below threshold)
Mary:

I am waiting to see all the cheering and applauds to President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize, as I did for his failure to get the 2016 Oplympics for US

Bwahahahaha!I real... (Below threshold)
apb:

Bwahahahaha!

I realized that we are all living an episode of the Twilight Zone, where The Won has redefined his continuing wars as Peace - now this is beginning to make (limited) sense.

I wonder if the scumbags on the Nobel committee will grant him perpetual license?

Likewise, what's the Jug-eared Douche going to do with the money? I hope it's a really good charity...

Remember - the rest of today's the continuing edition of our Twilight Zone.

ROFL.... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

ROFL.

Funny comment I heard on th... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Funny comment I heard on the radio this morning:

Q: Why did Obama win the Nobel prize for literature?

A: He actually wrote books.

(D'oh! I screwed that up. ... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

(D'oh! I screwed that up. Lets try again:

Funny comment I heard on the radio this morning:

Q: Why didn't Obama win the Nobel prize for literature?

A: He actually wrote books.

Heard he was giving the mon... (Below threshold)
Ran:

Heard he was giving the money to ACORN.

This makes perfect sense...... (Below threshold)
Gizmo:

This makes perfect sense... the precedence was set with Gore's prize. If you remember he was given his Nobel for preventing "future wars" over scarce food supplies. The Nobel committee clearly thinks that awarding the prize based on future predicted events is AOK.

Ahh, the irony abounds. Thi... (Below threshold)
Burt:

Ahh, the irony abounds. This coveted award is announced on the same day that the U.S. begins bombardment of the earths nearest neighbor with the LCROSS mission. Further, this unilateral aggression is undertaken without a single UN resolution and not one sanction against the moon has been tried!

A quick question. Will President Obama have to wait for the check to clear before he gives General McChrystal the additiional combat forces?

Thank God it's only the Nob... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Thank God it's only the Nobel Peace Prize. I was worried there for a second that Obama had won something more important such as the Cracker Jack® grand prize.

Obama was surprised because he initially deleted the notice that was sent to him by e-mail, which had a subject line of "Your e-mail address has been selected as the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize". I've deleted a few like that myself.

Mac Lorry...SNAP! :)... (Below threshold)

Mac Lorry...SNAP! :)

The selection committee has... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

The selection committee has now cheapened the Peace Prize to the point it's meaningless.

Just in:President ... (Below threshold)
hermie:

Just in:

President Obama has been awarded the MTV music video award, the Oscar, and the Publisher's Clearinghouse Sweepstakes.

Announcements have yet been made regarding the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, and the Mary Kay Salesperson of the Year awards.

The smart move by President... (Below threshold)

The smart move by President Obama would be to thank the Nobel Committee and decline the award-saying he wants to actually acheive progress before being honored. That would be gracious, humble and smart politics (both domestic and international).

My guess is he does not do that.

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.

This just in.....President ... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

This just in.....President Obama's only regret..."I only wish Ed McMahon could have delivered this welcome news to us"....in a Dodge Caravan via a big check.

This is great news. I am ve... (Below threshold)

This is great news. I am very happy that he won. He deserves it.

I have to admit that I am having a lot of fun reading the reactions of people on these blogs. Too funny.

Win the Nobel Peace Prize? Yes we can!

This prove's Affirmative... (Below threshold)
914:

This prove's Affirmative Action is a joke! If We were to grade Obama's sock puppeted performance thus far on a curve, He still gets an F- as the worst President ever, regardless of all the drool and spittle being lovingly slobbered His pathetic way by the marxists.

Does the Heisman Trophy com... (Below threshold)
xiphos:

Does the Heisman Trophy come with that?

Can hardly wait for the SNL... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Can hardly wait for the SNL skit. It writes itself.

I think the Nobel Prize is ... (Below threshold)

I think the Nobel Prize is an honor for the President, he was very gracious about accepting it.

I suspect that the Nobel Pe... (Below threshold)

I suspect that the Nobel Peace prize was given to Obama to send a message... to whom and for what purpose, who knows

"I suspect that the Nobel P... (Below threshold)
914:

"I suspect that the Nobel Peace prize was given to Obama to send a message"

The message is one of hope.... To sockpuppets everywhere..But especially here.. If a worthless wimp can achieve false adulation... So can You.

When will you haters start ... (Below threshold)
Sam:

When will you haters start reading and understanding. Yes the cut off time was after President was in office 2 weeks. That was for the nomination, not the dang vote, it took 9 months for them to vote. If the President did a 1000 positive thing, you would still say he did nothing! Face it, it's who you are. Why don't you resharch what he has done. One of you Jerks said he was given everything he has gotten all his life.. He and his wife worked damn hard for sucess. He's a Brillant man, but being who you are, it will escape no brainers.Live with it, He's the President!

Bob, # 8 if you are over th... (Below threshold)
Susan:

Bob, # 8 if you are over the age 18,why are you not in the military? The more of you lip servers to join puts less stress on our brave ones who put their lives on the line. You can help with the beef up our serviceas you call it




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