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10/9/2009

Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize. No, Really. For Real, He Did. Yes, I Pinky-Swear.

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:40 am

It seems like I’m kidding, doesn’t it? But I’m not. Even his sycophants in Big Media are taken aback by the decision:

President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a stunning decision designed to encourage his initiatives to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world and stress diplomacy and cooperation rather than unilateralism.

The Nobel Peace Prize is now officially a joke.

Wait, this just in: it already was.

I give this decision an A-.

P.S. Lech Walesa is less than impressed. He is quoted in the linked article as saying: “So soon? Too early. He has no contribution so far.”

Yasser Arafat could not be reached for comment, but presumably would complain that Obama hasn’t killed enough people yet to qualify.

P.P.S. What is it, two months before we get to go through this again? You know, when TIME inevitably makes Obama “Man of the Year”?

267 Responses to “Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize. No, Really. For Real, He Did. Yes, I Pinky-Swear.”

  1. Nominations had to be in by Feb 1st, which means Obama earned the prize in all of two weeks. Someone that good should have solved Iran, Palistine, and Afanganistan by 9 months.

    Mark (2b6567)

  2. Obama should be embarrassed. If he has any sense of decency, he will decline the award.

    Kevin Murphy (3c3db0)

  3. It was a joke when Carter got it a couple of years ago.

    Both got it for hating the USA as much as the Noble committee.

    Alta Bob (e8af2b)

  4. If he has any sense of decency, he will decline the award.

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

    Patterico (64318f)

  5. I think President Obama got the award, at the end of the day, for not being President Bush.

    That said, I think it’s silly; it would have seemed far more appropriate to wait a few years and pass judgement on what had been accomplished, first.

    aphrael (73ebe9)

  6. At least it didn’t go to Roman Polanski.

    beer 'n pretzels (932ce1)

  7. I’m fixing all the calendars — I didn’t realize we were so close to baseball’s opening day.

    aunursa (0e5924)

  8. I’m glad he got it. It may serve as a wake up call to some of his supporters. Like in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory where the four over-indulgent parents realize what worthless little children they have been spoiling.

    nk (df76d4)

  9. When I first saw people mention this, I thought for sure it was an article from The Onion that fooled people. I still do.

    JD (f6ce67)

  10. President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a stunning decision designed to encourage his initiatives to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world and stress diplomacy and cooperation rather than unilateralism

    .

    I’m sure that’s what Alfred Nobel had in mind when he first conceived and funded the award. Yup, let’s give the award to encourage him to achieve the political goals they hold so dear rather than for actual accomplishments.

    Between this and the whole “we can negotiate a place for the Taliban in Afghanistan” it feels like Teh Stoopid meter is pegged and smoking.

    BJTexs (a2cb5a)

  11. It was a joke when Carter got it a couple of years ago.

    Au Contraire – when Arafat won it, they lost all semblence of respectability. I wasn’t surprised at all at this – but I am surprised that his bootlickers in teh MSM actually have expressed some skepticism about the award.

    I now ask our military to bomb Sweden into the stone age – for the good of humanity.

    Dmac (5ddc52)

  12. The ultimate triumph of image over substance. And good catch above that this decision was made in Feb, though it is no less ridiculous were it made today.

    JD (0e5260)

  13. Well, here is where i offer a defense that isn’t very good, but its something…

    You know, you have to think at least some of this is for being our first black president. And you could argue that this is a sign of the relative peace and justice that now exists on racial issues here. But even then Obama wouldn’t have caused that to any appreciable extent, his election merely reflected that reality.

    so there is my limited defense, such as it is.

    But even liberals are saying this is not very well deserved. i think Lech Walesa has the best take, as in “maybe in a few years, who knows? but for now, no.” i mean even when we have disagreed with the nobels in the past, we usually saw the logic to it. carter did negotiate peace with egypt and isreal. and arafat was given it at a time when he was making himself out to be a peacemaker. i mean arafathead was full of it, and it was a mistake, but i won’t rag on them for it.

    But obama? only the hardened left will think he deserves it. i was telling a coworker and she literally wouldn’t believe me until i showed her the cnn email.

    A.W. (e7d72e)

  14. Uh-oh! I just remembered … Chicago!!!! So who put in the fix?

    nk (df76d4)

  15. Vegies of the World – UNITE!!! Object to this ursurper getting the PEAS PRIZE without flowering and producing something useful like say Okra!

    GM Roper (85dcd7)

  16. Btw, its really nice of the nobels to give this president a helpful boost to his self-esteem. i have long said that the man just believe in himself enough.

    /sarcasm knob turned to “11”

    Seriously, there will be no living with him now.

    A.W. (e7d72e)

  17. I want to eschew all humility and say it is with great pride that I accept this Nobel Peace prize given to Americans who voted for Obama.

    And I suggest you folks in this little room feed your churning bellies with a full read of the Nobel news release on Obama’s award. They make it quite clear that the rest of the world — that area outside the Fox News-only sphere — believes the U.S. just might be moving away from the destructiveness of Dick Cheney, the martinet behind the WBush marionette.

    Larry Reilly (45c8f2)

  18. Is it April Fools Day, just early?

    JD (0e5260)

  19. Mawy – Go back to your room. People are laughing at you. Not with you.

    JD (0e5260)

  20. Won the Nobel with 2 weeks of service. What Next? Walk on Water? Rise from the Dead?

    Who says Socialist don’t believe in GOD. They just created one.

    How can you separate Church and State when the Head of State is his own religion?

    HeavenSent (01a566)

  21. Monday Headline:

    Obama DC Monument to be funded from TARP.

    HeavenSent (01a566)

  22. Oh, and I see dmac wants to bomb Sweden over this. That’s very Bush-like.
    Sweden handles the Nobel prizes for science. Bush likes bombing scientists, the better to do away with any evidence that the Earth is more than 10,000 years old, etc.
    The Nobel Peace prize comes via Norway.
    So bombs away on Sweden, dmac. And then after you figure out the geography you can bomb Norway. It’s the Bush way. Bomb’em all. Let’s make America one big gated community.

    Palin/Wurzelbacher in 2012
    KEEP IT SIMPLE

    Larry Reilly (45c8f2)

  23. Larry Reilly enthusiastically endorses the “potential for peace” as opposed to, you know, actual accomplishments

    Bravo, Larry! I’m sure the people who put their lives on the line everyday in Burma and Darfur and Zimbabwe and pay the price for their mission are heartened by your words.

    BJTexs (a2cb5a)

  24. This morning I thought to myself: what liberal will be so unprincipled as to actually support this? Oh, hi, Larry Reilly!

    Patterico (64318f)

  25. Larry Reilly is an utter moron.

    Anyone who does not find this to be the ultimate, and desperate act, of sycophants is validate WHATEVER they believe so long as it is socialist in nature is mentally retarded.

    Can’t blame Obambi for it but he should reject it for obvious reason.

    2 f’ing weeks????

    You would think he was the second coming of Christ whose sheer appearance cause the oceans to heal, the dead to rise and nirvana on earth.

    HeavenSent (01a566)

  26. If the GOP has any guts and sense, from here on they will all refer to Obama as “President Obama, recipient of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, hee-hee”.

    nk (df76d4)

  27. Larry should celebrate the potential to reduce carbon emissions and lower SS and Medicare spending by jumping in front of an oncoming bus on the 405.

    HeavenSent (01a566)

  28. that’s so anti-Christy random.

    happyfeet (6b707a)

  29. Larry is the perfect cheer leader for Obama. Nasty. NO logic And he thinks Fox News determines how people who disagree with him think. False consciousness is the term, Larry.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  30. How can he get the Nobel Peace Prize when Hamas says he doesn’t deserve it?

    Neville Chamberlain didn’t have these naysayers. How come he never won one?

    –JRM

    JRM (355c21)

  31. it’s designed to encourage him to not blow nothing up. Some weird dirty socialist pre-emption tactic. Probably highly effective.

    happyfeet (6b707a)

  32. I have to agree. Much too soon. I would love to see his proposal for nuclear arms reduction to succeed, but nothing’s happened yet, not even our allies have endorsed it as far as I know, and certainly not NK or Iran. He should decline it.

    JEA (1eb0e1)

  33. I imagine relations with Sarkozy and Brown are now on the road to recovery.

    Who’s going to congratulate Obama first?

    em (7075e9)

  34. How widespread is the mockery of this decision?

    On Twitter, Jake Tapper writes:

    apparently the standards are more exacting for an ASU honorary degree these days.

    But wait, there’s more! Ezra Klein tweets:

    Obama also awarded Nobel prize in chemistry. “He’s just got great chemistry,” says Nobel Committee.

    …and a few minutes later:

    Don’t want to blog. Just want to tweet jokes about the peace prize.

    But my favorite so far may be from BigFurHat:

    THE ONION FOLDS in light of the Obama Peace Prize… “We officially cannot top that.”

    Karl (246941)

  35. If he has any sense of decency, he will decline the award.

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

    Comment by Patterico — 10/9/2009 @ 6:49 am

    LOL

    What – and lose braggin’ rights forevah?!?

    Let’s face it. Took office Jan 20, deadline Feb 1 for nominations, and they specifically mention HOPE in the text of the award. He got the award for NBB (not being Bush).

    no one you know (7a9144)

  36. Sometimes when laughing to tears at Bill Maher on HBO, or Colbert or John Stewart, I actually give in for a moment emotionally and feel genuinely sorry for you folks on the wacky far right, knowing that humor isn’t made for you.
    It’s because of a corollary to Colbert’s axiom that facts have a liberal bias: Humor has a liberal bias.
    It’s for that reason that I sometimes look upon you as I would children who get nothing for Christmas but, worse, see others with new toys and cheer.
    But I don’t feel sorry for you right now. Do you have any freakin’ idea how beautiful it is and will continue to be for us to watch you guys fume and spew and twist and burn over this Peace Prize? This is the true prize. The greatest gift.

    Larry Reilly (45c8f2)

  37. Was this award for the “audacity of hope.”

    Stan Switek (d9d8ce)

  38. I can’t to hear what Treacher has to say about this one.

    He should decline it.

    Of course he should – but who wants to lay odds on that he won’t? This man absolutely loves himself something fierce – even compared to Clinton, the overweening need to hear himself trumps all other concerns at the moment. If he actually declined it, I would be surprised – and pleased.

    Dmac (5ddc52)

  39. Day 233, only 1198 to go.

    Kevin Murphy (3c3db0)

  40. Karl…I can’t stop laughing…

    Larry Reilly….yes, we are laughing at the joke….the one on you….

    reff (b996d9)

  41. I think, strategically speaking, this award is coming way to early. They should have waited till the next presidential election year. This way Obama can point to it as one his achievements. Now, it is meaningless.

    The Emperor (0c8c2c)

  42. Larry,

    You may think we’re not made for humor, except that you may be the only person outside the Nobel committee who isn’t laughing this morning.

    Seriously, when Ezra Klein is mocking it, you might want to recalibrate your knee-jerk.

    Karl (246941)

  43. Sweden handles the Nobel prizes for science

    Gee, thanks for the geography lesson, Mawy – but Alfred Nobel was a SWEDE, you ignorant git. The point remains – bomb all the dirty Scandis.

    Dmac (5ddc52)

  44. Although it does make sense, in a way, that the Nobel Peace Prize Committee would give the award to Obama. Every good pimp knows that once your bitch has given you all her money, and you have had your way with her, you have to give her a kiss and tell her that you love her.

    nk (df76d4)

  45. If the Nobels included a Humility Prize, Obama would get that, too.

    Kevin Murphy (3c3db0)

  46. Larry,

    Martin Luther King used peaceful protest to protest the grossest brutality and the ugliest tribal thinking. He promoted love for our fellow man. He risked assasination, bombings, etc. He once had a lunatic plunge a letter opener into his chest so close to his heart that if he had sneezed, he would have died.

    And ultimately he did die for what he believed in.

    And every day in the world dissidents are jailed and beaten in china, reporters are imprisoned in North Korean, and hundreds of people protest largely peacefully for freedom in iran.

    These are the kinds of men who deserve the award.

    It sullies the Nobel peace prize to a mere politician, who risked little and accomplished nothing of value. i mean hell, all he did is make speeches and i would challenge anyone to remember a single line from any of them. i mean maybe if he gave a speech as memorable as “I have a dream” i would give the nobels a mulligan, but no, no, this is not deserved.

    Only a partisan hack or obamatron would think this was deserved.

    A.W. (e7d72e)

  47. tee hee hee hee

    Larry Reilly (45c8f2)

  48. The pig speaks from experience. LOL!!!

    The Emperor (0c8c2c)

  49. Next Year: Nobel for Economics for spending us into oblivion chasing unicorns and pixie-dust.

    HeavenSent (01a566)

  50. Obama should reject it. At least for the sake of being able to say they offered it and he rejected it.

    The Emperor (0c8c2c)

  51. Getting a Driver’s License requires more accomplishment.

    HeavenSent (01a566)

  52. For those who wonder just how I feel, I’ll let Delta House explain it. (possibly NSFW)

    Kevin Murphy (3c3db0)

  53. yes. Dmac isn’t wrong. dirty scandi knob polishers.

    Maybe while they’re blowing His Peaceyness they can ask him what up with Honduras.

    happyfeet (6b707a)

  54. I’m glad he got it. It may serve as a wake up call to some of his supporters.

    Not bloody likely. Anyone who is still a supporter has already swallowed a fatal dose of Koolaid.

    Phil Smith (1cf25d)

  55. Reagan ended the Cold War, got nada. Obama hopes everyone gives everyone else a hug, gets Peace Prize.

    Sharks are jumping other sharks.

    Kevin Murphy (3c3db0)

  56. I really wish Mawy would go into that wonderful detox program that’s ‘specially designed for little girls who got into Mommy and Daddy’s liquor cabinet one too many times.

    Dmac (5ddc52)

  57. Let’s be clear about one thing… Obama wasn’t surprised this morning. Collusion is collusion and the dirty scandi knob polishers didn’t do this without a Plan in place already for how the rancidly dirty socialist little president man could exploit their gay-assed bauble.

    happyfeet (6b707a)

  58. If he takes it — he can preen and celebrate himself and the MSM will protect him.

    If he declines it –he can preen and celebrate himself and MSM will anoint him humble.

    I can’t see him losing.

    HeavenSent (01a566)

  59. Larry Reilly:

    Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, locked in a Burmese rat hole cell, could not be reached for comment.

    But keep laughing, Bama-bitch. 2010 is a coming.

    BJTexs (a2cb5a)

  60. This goes so far beyond affirmative action it’s begging for its own descriptive term. Clairvoyant anticipatory action, perhaps?

    Joe Miller (a85074)

  61. You laugh at the idea that he might decline the prize. I’m just praying that he doesn’t.

    If he did the smart thing and declined it, just imagine the worship he would receive in the MSM for his humility, his self-sacrifice, his nobility!!!! Oh please Lord, DON’T let him do the smart thing!

    Obama getting the Nobel Peace Prize is making everybody laugh. If he declines it and gets all the glory, plus all the praise for his humble nature, then I think I’ll puke.

    Gesundheit (47b0b8)

  62. “He got the prize because he has been able to change the international climate,” Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland said. “Some people say, and I understand it, isn’t it premature? Too early? Well, I’d say then that it could be too late to respond three years from now. It is now that we have the opportunity to respond — all of us.”

    The Emperor (0c8c2c)

  63. Sharks are jumping other sharks.

    you rock. that’ll be my line for the half-wit hopenchangers at work.

    happyfeet (6b707a)

  64. If he can get more political points declining the “award” than accepting, he will decline. And if he can blame the republicans for “forcing” him to decline, all the better.

    Gerald A (0e58b1)

  65. Words. Just words. Awards. Just awards. The Nobel Committed “acted stupidly”. Shouldn’t they have invited Obama over for a beer first.

    Gary L. Zerman (c6d97b)

  66. Good grief, now there’s International Climate Change? How the hell am i supposed to keep track of this stuff?

    What’s next? Diplomacy credits? Appeasement forcing? Non-nuclear summer?

    Somebody help me!

    BJTexs (a2cb5a)

  67. “Somebody help me!”

    Here is all that you need to know, BJTexs. The world is in good hands. The grown-ups will take good care of you. Your Nobel-Prize-Winning President will be watching over the world when you go to sleep tonight.

    Gesundheit (47b0b8)

  68. I finally understand. Listened to the Nobel Prize Committee chair on CNN. Obama won for visualizing whirled peas. I swear that’s what he said!

    Kevin Murphy (3c3db0)

  69. So when am I getting mine?

    The Emperor who needs his own Nobel Peace Prize. (0c8c2c)

  70. If he accepts it, it would be so awesome if Jimmah could give the preamble – just think, we’d have ten minutes of Joo – hating rantings, then the Great One steps up to receive his due.

    Dmac (5ddc52)

  71. So when am I getting mine?

    Comment by The Emperor who needs his own Nobel Peace Prize. — 10/9/2009 @ 8:13 am

    Hey, you never know. Apparently if President “Present” Do-Nothing can get it, anyone can.

    no one you know (7a9144)

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  73. So when am I getting mine?

    Emperor, have you visualized World Peace?

    Kevin Murphy (3c3db0)

  74. And, Obama will accept the award. Can we impeach him now?

    Kevin Murphy (3c3db0)

  75. Note that folks like JEA and Chimperor simply assume that he deserves to win this, they just state it is too soon, too early.

    In related news, Major Leage Baseball just announced that they are awarding the World Series title to the Chicago Cubs, because they intended to play good baseball for the last 101 years.

    JD (dfc4ed)

  76. I finally understand. Listened to the Nobel Prize Committee chair on CNN. Obama won for visualizing whirled peas. I swear that’s what he said!

    Comment by Kevin Murphy — 10/9/2009 @ 8:09 am

    Seems to me, then, there should be retroactive awards to every Miss America contestent evah.

    Matador (ad4464)

  77. Comment by no one you know — 10/9/2009 @ 8:16 am
    You are becoming naughty. But I like it!

    The Emperor who needs his own Nobel Peace Prize. (0c8c2c)

  78. Emperor, have you visualized World Peace?

    Comment by Kevin Murphy — 10/9/2009 @ 8:17 am
    Yes I have. Can’t honestly say I was sober then.

    The Emperor who needs his own Nobel Peace Prize. (0c8c2c)

  79. In related news, the NCAA awarded Illinois the BCS Championship today, and they note that Ron Zuk intended to be a good coach.

    JD (dfc4ed)

  80. At least Time’s Man of the Year would actually make sense in terms of past awards. Who else have we been forced to see and hear so much of?

    Soronel Haetir (2b4c2b)

  81. Comment by JD — 10/9/2009 @ 8:20 am
    I honestly don’t think this is good for Obama. Many would argue this is another AA (Affirmative Action) thing. He needs to have some real achievements in areas like neutralizing Iran. Resolving the Iraq/Afghanistan wars. Bringing the economy back on its feet. Making progress on climate change. Restoring America’s leadership role on major world issues. Etc. This might happen somewhere down the line. Two or three years later. Then this award will make sense. Now, it’s like a joke. Sniff sniff. I smell racism…. 8)

    The Emperor who needs his own Nobel Peace Prize. (0c8c2c)

  82. In related news, Michael Moore was awarded another Oscar for his intention to do a documentary about the greatness of Teh One, Kayne West was also awarded a Grammy for some song he might write in the future, and Teh One inched ahead of Teblow and Colt McCoy in the Heisman balloting.

    JD (18325d)

  83. So, Arafat, Gore, Carter…I guess the choice makes sense. Besides, you need to be careful criticizing this decision. The DNC just announced that you are “with” the terrorists like Hamas when you criticize this choice.

    Yup. The same Hamas that supported Obama’s election.

    Ah, what a Brave New World we live in…

    Eric Blair (8484db)

  84. I can’t believe that people all over the country including the “patriotic citizens must support the President” people here aren’t supporting our President and cheering him on as he receives this great and unlooked for honor; not only for himself, but for the United States of America. Why do you all hate America and it’s great President so?

    EdWood (a88606)

  85. What you smell, lovie, is obviously the glue that you appear to be huffing this morning.

    JD (18325d)

  86. Maybe he was the 10th caller?

    JD (18325d)

  87. On a serious note, this award was intended to have an affect on both US domestic and international policies.

    I fear for our troops in Afghanistan, who are facing increased Taliban and al Qaeda attacks and are in need of reinforcements and logistical support. Obama will now more than ever play to the international audience. I think the chances of Obama approving the 45,000 additional troops has dropped to essentially 0.

    For the next 1180 days we will see Obama “trying to live up to the honor” of receiving this award – to our collective peril.

    in_awe (a55176)

  88. Haw Haw, actually the Prez must be pretty embarrassed. How could anyone not be embarrassed? The WH spokesperson I heard on NPR seemed to be.
    I don’t know how many Europeans you guys talk to but a lot of the ones I talked to during oh about 2002-2008 honestly thought that GWB was the next Hitler or very very close. I always told them that they were crazy and they would give me that “as an American you just don’t UNDERSTAND” look… or speech. This is the “Obama is not going to start a war with Iran IS HE?” peace prize.

    EdWood (a88606)

  89. “. . .and live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”

    Official Internet Data Office (4514e0)

  90. It was also announced that Barcky set a Guinness World Record for kind-of writing the most books about himself before the age of 50, and before ever actually accomplishing anything.

    JD (18325d)

  91. Peace and love to all my friends on this blog. Especially to those that hate me and want to see me fail. Peace, love and prosperity to you all.
    (Am I getting it now?)

    The Emperor who now deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. (0c8c2c)

  92. No, chimperor, you do not get it. Nor have you shown the capacity to get it in the future.

    JD (18325d)

  93. I did NOT say, nor did I imply, that Obama is worthy of a Nobel prize. I don’t think he is. IF he does something grand, that’s a different story. But no, he does not deserve a Nobel.

    JEA (1eb0e1)

  94. Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize is the greatest and most ridiculous example ever of racial preferences and quotas run amok. He has floated on “affirmative action” all his life, so this award makes perfect sense to him.

    Secondly, let us recall the prescient words of that erstwhile central European statesman, Rufus T. Firefly, who said, “Of course you know, this means war.”

    I’m sure Rush Limbaugh will have a comment about this award when he goes on the air, in 6 minutes. See you all later.

    Official Internet Data Office (4514e0)

  95. As you sow the wind, so you shall reap the whirlwind!
    We shall live in interesting times.
    This is not a harbinger for good.

    AD - RtR/OS! (eaac12)

  96. JEA – In #31 you state that it is much too soon, not that it is completely undeserved and unearned.

    JD (18325d)

  97. I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

    JD (18325d)

  98. Comment by JD — 10/9/2009 @ 8:58 am
    You are hurt, JD. I know. But maybe if you learn how to show some respect and decency to fellow bloggers, you wouldn’t have your ass handed to you like it has been recently. You should also stop misrepresenting people’s POV. You do that a lot. Case in point, JEA at comment 92.
    And Hint: When I said “Am I getting it now?”, I meant the award. But you had to pounce on it and talk out of point.

    The Emperor who now deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. (0c8c2c)

  99. Oh, my:

    “…But maybe if you learn how to show some respect and decency to fellow bloggers, you wouldn’t have your ass handed to you like it has been recently….”

    I don’t want to fight, but honest to God, look at your own posts, and how people have responded to you, for as long as I have seen you post here.

    Was that some kind of parody or something?

    Eric Blair (0b61b2)

  100. Obama is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and Rush Limbaugh is chosen to be a Miss America judge. The POTUS cozies up to Latin American dictators and disses the Prime Minister of Great Britain. Tens of thousands like up in Detroit, hoping for money from Obama in the midst of 30% unemployment in the city, and Michael Moore makes a movie criticizing those who build factories and provide jobs.

    Things are getting just a little weird.

    “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity…
    And what rough beast, it’s hour come round at last,
    Slouches toward [Hawaii] to be born?”
    W.B. Yeats

    Gesundheit (47b0b8)

  101. oh. The hopenchangers here at work both think the little president man’s award is a farce so we started talking about how Ralph’s wild rice mango salad is actually pretty tasty except kind of expensive and then OG told us about various salsas he’s been making from this book of salsa recipes he got somewheres.

    happyfeet (71f55e)

  102. RE: #93

    “racial preferences”? Aside from the fact that he doesn’t deserve it, what exactly do you find objectionable about this? (Again, just so it’s celar, he doesn’t deserve it.) The Nobel has been awarded to many blacks – Mandela and Tutu, for example. Is there something specifically about a black person being given an award you find objectionable?

    JEA (1eb0e1)

  103. Is there something specifically about a black person being given an award you find objectionable?

    No. But Jackie Robinson earned his Most Valuable Player award.

    Official Internet Data Office (4514e0)

  104. look at your own posts, and how people have responded to you, for as long as I have seen you post here.

    Was that some kind of parody or something?

    Comment by Eric Blair — 10/9/2009 @ 9:17 am
    The difference is that I don’t come out hurling insults at people who I disagree with. If I resort to insult, it is in response to those who insult me. Unless you are against me defending myself. If you really study my history here you will find that I come under fire for pointing out differences in view points that go against the general flow of conversation. I am the other side view. I keep the discussion honest and valid. If I was such a problem as you always try to paint me, Patterico or DRJ would have banned me or at least put me on moderation. They haven’t. Why? because they understand what I represent. I also have the reputation of apologizing when I know I should.

    The Emperor who now deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. (0c8c2c)

  105. (gasp)
    Sorry, still laughing my domestic terrorist ass off here.
    (BWAHAHAHAhahahahahahahahaha…)

    mojo (8096f2)

  106. Earth to Emperor…
    Your presence is an insult to many.

    AD - RtR/OS! (eaac12)

  107. At least they didn’t give it to the most effective life insurance policy on the planet, Joe Biden.

    Arch (2ad073)

  108. CEA, do the math.

    * He did nothing to deserve it.
    * He’s black.
    * He think he deserves it.

    Now, think hard. Where have you seen this before?

    Official Internet Data Office (4514e0)

  109. Again, parody and self-importance reign:

    “…I keep the discussion honest and valid. If I was such a problem as you always try to paint me, Patterico or DRJ would have banned me or at least put me on moderation…”

    I think you misunderstand many things.

    Why don’t you ask Patterico and DRJ if you really do keep discussion honest and valid.

    We’ll wait.

    Eric Blair (0b61b2)

  110. If I know all the words to “Let There Be Peace On Earth and Let It Begin With Me” by heart can I get one of those shiny medals too???

    iamaxian (156518)

  111. Re: 101

    > “racial preferences”? Aside from the fact that he doesn’t deserve it, what exactly do you find objectionable about this? (Again, just so it’s celar, he doesn’t deserve it.) The Nobel has been awarded to many blacks – Mandela and Tutu, for example. Is there something specifically about a black person being given an award you find objectionable?

    i am actually stupider from having read that. That’s like saying, “beside the fact that he raped a little girl, what do you have against Polanski?” “Beside the fact he killed his ex-wife and some tennis player, what do you have against OJ?” “Besides the fact he killed millions of jews and tried to conquer the world, what do you have against Hitler?” Um, the fact he didn’t deserve it is not beside the point. It IS THE POINT.

    A.W. (34198b)

  112. I am getting that Nobel Peace Prize, even if I have to shoot somebody or blow something up!!!!!!
    (Just kidding..)

    The Emperor who now deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. (0c8c2c)

  113. Larry

    Btw, you could just as easily argue that obama has made this world less peaceful. Riddle me this. do you think iran is more likely or less likely to get a nuke with obama? and if iran gets a nuke do you think the world will be more peaceful or less? duh.

    A.W. (34198b)

  114. Eric – Don’t waste your time. Mock and scorn.

    JD (5b977c)

  115. But there is a reason it’s called “Nobel Peace Prize.” It is a peace award to people who have made contributions to world peace. Obama has not done so badly in that department. Just saying…

    The Emperor who now deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. (0c8c2c)

  116. If by not done badly, you mean he has done nothing, then we are in agreement, Chimperor.

    JD (5b977c)

  117. Like most government drones, Teh One knows that to not affix your signature to something is the crowning accomplishment of your career.
    It is always easier, and less career threatening, to say No!, than Yes!
    BHO, if he can, will always vote Present!

    AD - RtR/OS! (eaac12)

  118. The Emperor

    Really. What has he done to promote peace? or just achieve peaceful change (a la martin luther king)?

    Name it.

    He is at war with two countries, he is letting iran get a nuke. but… but… he is making pretty speeches. not speeches that anyone things are particularly good, but well, there you go.

    A.W. (34198b)

  119. The LiC will achieve peace in the Middle-East…
    We’ll know when the mushrooms stop sprouting!

    AD - RtR/OS! (eaac12)

  120. Obama’s speeches have done nothing to promote world peace, either. His recent speech before the United Nations extolling a nuclear-free world was worthy of a silly college freshman repeating idealistic nonsense he just heard on campus. Making a speech which promises a craven American foreign policy does not promote peace. The expectation of American weakness will promote more world conflict, not less.

    Once again, as Rufus T. Firefly said: “Of course you know, this means war!”

    Official Internet Data Office (4514e0)

  121. I think the award was premature too – but it sure says a lot about how illegitimate U.S. authority became during the Bush years. aphrael is right: Obama got the award for not being Bush (and taking reasonable steps in the opposite direction, like multilateral approaches to…anything at all, really.) To me, this is a day to celebrate the return of U.S. legitimacy in global leadership.

    Tom (69f10e)

  122. It’s come to the point that winning the Nobel Peace Prize isn’t anything to be proud of, when you consider you’d be in the company of Arafat, Gore, and Carter. What a joke.

    jwarner (0a2a75)

  123. Add Tom to the list of idiots.

    JD (c40e14)

  124. Simpler 107: He’s black, ergo he’s unskilled and uppity.

    Nice messaging. Good luck with that.

    In totally unrelated news, I just can’t imagine why African Americans still think there are racial problems in America. Craaaazy.

    Tom (69f10e)

  125. They should have given it to Lyndie England, eh, nutcases?

    [Released from filter. — DRJ]

    Amused As Hell (66858c)

  126. The President already had a big head, this will only enable him to make matters worse. Fire up the printing presses – we need to spend more money that we don’t have.

    2012 looms ever closer.

    Corwin (ea9428)

  127. RACISTS !!!!!!!!!!!

    JD (c40e14)

  128. Today, Obama bombed the moon!

    [Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit]

    Arch (2ad073)

  129. Seems to me that this award simply reinforces what we all knew concerning the standards for the Peace Prize. Al Gore won it for saying unkind things about the younger President Bush and talking about global warming, while flying around in a private jet and having a house which used more electricity than a small neighborhood. Jimmy Carter won it for saying unkind things about the younger President Bush and telling everybody how mistreated the Palestinians are. Kofi Annan won it for doing absolutely nothing. Yassir Arafat won it for agreeing to stop planting bombs — which he did not — and for accepting, gratis, the generosity of Israel. Mikhail Gorbachev won it for losing the Cold War; the men who won the Cold War got nothing.

    Given whatever standards the Nobel Committee has used in the past, Barack Obama is the obvious choice!

    The Dana seeking the answers (3e4784)

  130. “…and taking reasonable steps in the opposite direction, like multilateral approaches to…anything at all, really…”

    Yes, Bush was notorious for his unilateral approach to international events…such as going to the UN to seek its’ imprimateur to deal with Iraq which had violated countless UN Security Council Resolutions; and then there was his acquiesence to the EU powers in attempting to convince Iran that they needed to abandon their nuclear power/weapons program; plus, his cowboy insistence that North Korea must talk to all of its’ neighbors together and not one-on-one with the USA to deal with the nuclear threat that they were becoming to the area, and the proliferation problem that they were presenting to the world.
    Yes, his cowboy-diplomacy was such an embarrassment to the world, and Obama has accomplished so much more in combatting world-terrorism, the subjugation of women and children within Islamic societies, and the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Not counting BHO’s highly visible support for democracy advocates in Iran and Honduras.

    AD - RtR/OS! (eaac12)

  131. Obama bombed the moon because sanctions weren’t working.

    Official Internet Data Office (4514e0)

  132. JD, 122: And here I thought we had something special… :(

    Tom (69f10e)

  133. Comment by The Dana seeking the answers — 10/9/2009 @ 10:28 am

    You got it right on the head. They also gave it to that chick from Honduras who made up a whole bunch of stuff that turned out to be fake but accurate.

    This silly prize is meaningless.

    Vivian Louise (eeeb3a)

  134. He has probably killed as many babies as Arafat did.

    I used to feel bad that people like Mother Terese, and thge woman who’s name, sadly, I can not recall. The one who helped peolple escapre from the Germans in WW II.

    They would be, in fact dishonored if it was awarded to them.

    Larry Sheldon (86b2e1)

  135. And has it been noted that the cut-off for submissions was 10 days after He was beatifiedinagurated?

    Larry Sheldon (86b2e1)

  136. Ah yes.,. Death panels, euthanasia of grandma and gramps, holocaust maker, pals around with terrorists, steals elections, hates white people and is a marxist, socialist, communist, fascist…according the right wing nuts who now have to reconcile their asinine charges with the reality that the most prestigious peace award in the world has been given to this man!

    Did you ever think you might be the “evil dooers?” with all your hate and rabble rousing? But of course not… because if you did you wouldn’t be Republican/Conservatives,now would you??!!!

    VietnamEraVet (9f20cf)

  137. That was supposed to say:

    And has it been noted that the cut-off for submissions was 10 days after He was beatified inaugurated?

    Larry Sheldon (86b2e1)

  138. Press release from the DNC …about time they spoke what we all know..

    The Republican Party has thrown in its lot with the terrorists — the Taliban and Hamas this morning — in criticizing the President for receiving the Nobel Peace prize. Republicans cheered when America failed to land the Olympics and now they are criticizing the President of the United States for receiving the Nobel Peace prize — an award he did not seek but that is nonetheless an honor in which every American can take great pride — unless of course you are the Republican Party. The 2009 version of the Republican Party has no boundaries, has no shame and has proved that they will put politics above patriotism at every turn. It’s no wonder only 20 percent of Americans admit to being Republicans anymore – it’s an embarrassing label to claim.

    VietnamEraVet (9f20cf)

  139. Larry —

    woman who’s name, sadly, I can not recall. The one who helped peolple escapre from the Germans in WW II

    I think you mean Corrie ten Boom.

    iamaxian (156518)

  140. Strike doesn’t work?

    Hmmm….now it does.

    Take three.

    And has it been noted that the cut-off for submissions was 10 days after He was beatified inaugurated?

    Larry Sheldon (86b2e1)

  141. O.k., as stunned as anybody here might be, just imagine how stunned . . . Hillary is.
    Bad, bad day for Hillary.

    m (a0ed3a)

  142. No, it doesn’t.

    Fits the world well.

    Larry Sheldon (86b2e1)

  143. crookedtimber.org/2009/10/09/peace-dude/#comment-291126

    -“Declining it very publicly is the only possible way of making political capital out of this”

    –“I don’t see this at all. Let’s be clear – this is the Nobel Prize For Not Being Bush. It is the big “welcome back” from the international community, which has more or less written the USA off over the last eight years. Throwing it back in their faces can’t be done respectfully because it’s clearly not a prize for Obama’s achievements, any more than Krugman’s was for new trade theory; it’s a prize for America, for not being Nixonland any more.

    And the political capital will create itself. The wingnuts are going to go apeshit about this. And they’re going to do so in the nastiest way possible and damage themselves badly. Specifically, I predict that they’re going to do enough “affirmative action” jokes to irritate the black vote into showing up for a midterm in the same numbers they did for the Presidential. The jujitsu approach of acting graciously and allowing his enemies to demonstrate what kind of people they are is Obama’s chief political strategy.”

    [Released from filter. — DRJ]

    bored again (d80b5a)

  144. Obama bombed the moon because sanctions weren’t working.

    Comment by Official Internet Data Office — 10/9/2009 @ 10:30 am

    No. The moon was bombed in clelbration of Obama winning the proze.

    Dr. K (eca563)

  145. Larry…it does if you type in “trike” following the “s” in the strike-out symbol.

    AD - RtR/OS! (eaac12)

  146. Tom

    here’s a clue. a black man can have an outsized ego. indeed, skin color does not grant a person immmunity from any moral or psychological failings, or exempt them from criticism based on them. to say otherwise is bluntly racist.

    the fact is he didn’t deserve this. this may have been affirmative action or at least joy at the mere fact that he is america’s first black president. certainly when a person is treated in a way they don’t deserve you have to wonder what is really behind it.

    A.W. (e7d72e)

  147. VietnamEraVet – you left off “baby killer” (see #132 above). Also, he clearly isn’t an American citizen, is Muslim, AND a radical Christian, and he trained at a madrassa.

    Also, since he’s black, there is clearly no possible way that he could have earned the Nobel, or anything else, on merit.

    Tom (69f10e)

  148. I’m wondering what his acceptance speech is going to sound like. How do you accept an award for doing essentially nothing, in less than two weeks?
    Nobel Committee–enquiring minds want to know.

    Rochf (ae9c58)

  149. VeV – It must make you proud, gives you a tingle up your leg, to know that the people that write insane DNC press releases are every bit as crazy as you.

    JD (b033b3)

  150. OK Tom.

    What concrete accomplishment did Obama have that could merit nomination, let alone winning the prize?

    Note that “Not Being Bush” is not a concrete accomplishment that merits nomination. Hell, I’m not Bush and I don’t think I got nominated.

    Really, we would like to know, since it really is such a mystery to us.

    Dr. K (eca563)

  151. Tom – What did he do in the 10 days between the inauguration and the deadline for submissions that merited this award?

    JD (b033b3)

  152. JD, and all you other “haters”:

    Note that Obama could have done something before he was inaugrated to merit the nomination.

    It’s a long shot, but it is theoretically possible.

    Like it’s theoretically possible for me to get my wife’s permission to have a 3-way with Jessica Abla and Jennifer Aniston.

    Dr. K (eca563)

  153. We will know if Obama deserved some of the things in his life on merit when we see his college records (from Occidental, Columbia and Harvard), for example. There’s too much hidden stuff. Years ago, George W. Bush’s SAT scores were revealed to the world, and that was considered investigative reporting. How did Obama do?

    Official Internet Data Office (4514e0)

  154. It’s not just that he’s done nothing in the cause of peace – he’s actively working against it, though he has no clue he isn’t. Appeasing terrorists, giving “pretty speeches” as A.W. said above when he should be taking action. But there’s something more:

    “I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself.”

    “Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use violence to get what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion”

    –Mother Teresa of Calcutta, 1979 Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

    no one you know (7a9144)

  155. Larry @ 10:43 am:

    I think you mean Irena Sendler, who helped smuggle 2500 children out of Warsaw.

    quiescere (c5229b)

  156. Vietnamvet

    Gotcha. so if obama says that the sun rises in the west and sets in the east and revolves around his massive ears, and if hamas says “that’s silly” and the taliban says, “that’s retarded” and if I happen to agree, i have thrown my lot in with the terrorists. Great logic, there.

    notice you can’t even pretend he has done anything to deserve it. indeed, since the deadline for nominations was Feb 1, then everything he has done since them doesn’t apply. which means even most of his pretty words don’t apply.

    And you know what? no one–not the nobel committee, not anyone–gets to substitute my judgment for their own. I don’t judge a person based on whether they won that stupid award. I judge the award based on who won it. Who are these people? Who died and made them the conscience of the world? The fact that Alfred Nobel died, btw, didn’t make them the rightful judge of anything. My ancestors didn’t throw off the rule of the pope in rome, and the king of england, just to substitute them from a bunch of Norwegians. To argue from authority, which is what you are doing, has been recognized as a fallacy for well over two millenia.

    why are the followers of Obama so quick to turn off their own logic and rely on faith. Faith in the nobel committee, and of course, Faith in Obama.

    By the way, if we are going to count how many times the left and right have agreed with terrorists, well let’s do it then, and not on the little issues but the big issues. Hamas and the Taliban didn’t want us to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq, either. But leftards have no problem agreeing with them on that. And when Obama says he wants to meet with the head of iran, the Taliban and Hamas applauds that. Its funny after agreeing with terrorists for so long suddenly the left finds any coincidental agreement problematic. Indeed, as the smoke rose from the WTC, it wasn’t the right asking “why do they hate us” and concluding that they had just reasons for doing so.

    A.W. (e7d72e)

  157. I want to eschew all humility and say it is with great pride that I accept this Nobel Peace prize given to Americans who voted for Obama.

    This is actually the most shrewd comment that Larry Reilly has ever made here. This prize wasn’t about Obama, it was about all the starry-eyed lefties who struggle with their deeply-submerged racism and classism and wanted to reward themselves by giving Obama this honor. As Larry points out, they should have just given it to the 50,000,000+ who voted for him, since that is who they are really targeting.

    The only possible way Dear Leader can avoid looking like a complete ass is to show up to accept the prize and deliver a robust speech defending America and vigorously blasting the cheap and easy anti-American sentiment that passes for intellectualism in most of Europe.

    JVW (cda235)

  158. Good point, Dr. K. I suppose we have to count his multiple memoirs, and his incredible ability to read a speech from TOTUS on his list of accomplishments that merit this award.

    In related news, Barcky just passed Peyton Manning as the frontrunner for the NFL MVP award. He remains comfortably ahead in the Heisman race.

    JD (b033b3)

  159. no one you know…

    Let me be clear. for my money the greatest peacemaker in the last century was FDR and Churchill. They fought because to lay down your arms would have meant even more death. So beating down the taliban and saddam in my mind makes peace, because there can be no peace without justice.

    But of course to the peacenicks, that is never peace. no war is ever necessary or wise, nothing is worth fighting for. so what i said above was arguing based on their standards.

    A.W. (e7d72e)

  160. “my favorite so far may be from BigFurHat:

    THE ONION FOLDS in light of the Obama Peace Prize… ‘We officially cannot top that.’” Comment by Karl

    There is one useful aspect to this. It allows us to tell intellectually honest libs from those whose opinions aren’t worth the time to read them, such as Larry and VietnamEraVet.

    As far as the international opinion of our President and of the United States, let us consider the following:
    – The french prime minister thinks our president is naive and too arrogant to admit it.
    – The British aren’t too far behind and don’t listen to our requests (having released the Lockerbee bomber).
    – The Poles know we have double-crossed them.
    – The Czech Republic knows we have double crossed them.
    – The Chinese are angry over our economic policy, at least when they are not laughing at our Sec. of Treasury.
    – The Russians again have as much respect for us as they did after Kruschev had JFK for lunch. The only difference, at least JFK was grounded in reality and knew it.
    – We are not understood by those who seek freedom in Iran and Honduras.
    – Our biggest backers are dictatorships like Cuba and Venezuela.

    The only people who think Obama deserved the Nobel are those who prefer style over substance, who mistake magical thinking with rational argument.

    As said, it should be obvious to anyone except the most blinded Obama-cult member that President Obama didn’t even have the time or opportunity to do something worthy of a Nobel at the time of the decision. Those with any intellectual integrity and honesty will admit so.

    Did Neville Chamberlain ever win a Nobel prize?

    MD in Philly (d4f9fa)

  161. A.W., I don’t at all believe that criticism of Obama = racism. I do think that in the aforementioned case above, criticism of Obama that assumes with little evidence that he’s unqualified for [fill-in-the-blank] and uppity, is criticism that draws on a legacy of racist language and assumptions that is specifically situated in the history of American racism. To have the privilege not to see it (or even intend to participate in it) doesn’t mean it has ceased to exist or matter.

    Tom (69f10e)

  162. I hate offering advice that goes against my own interests, but what the heck.
    Here it is.
    By all means go with your bilious overflow on the Nobel thing, but don’t let it consume you. At least once an hour entertain happy, fulfilling thoughts. For example, you might try reminding yourself that the U.S. lost its bid to host the Olympics.
    It doesn’t matter that you’ve been replaying that mind-tape a lot already before this morning’s bombshell. Try to tease some more shelf-life out of the warm, happy, validating feeling you had when you very first heard that the U.S. lost, which means that Obama lost. Yay!
    This trick might prove useful in coming years should the U.S. and Obama, despite all your prayers and wishes against such, enjoy success in various ventures.

    Larry Reilly (45c8f2)

  163. Oops – I meant go here…

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

    The other link is just an article about it. BUT you can vote once every day!

    Gesundheit (47b0b8)

  164. Mawy – America did not lose the Olympics. Chicago and Barcky did. That you conflate Barcky with the country is not surprising. But, continue to beclown yourself. It is always good for a laugh.

    RACISTS !!!!

    JD (b033b3)

  165. JD, surprising as it may seem, I wasn’t actually on the committee that awarded the prez the Nobel. I am sure they’ll do a better job speaking about their own rationale than I would, so here: Read it yourself.

    Tom (69f10e)

  166. “In totally unrelated news, I just can’t imagine why African Americans still think there are racial problems in America. Craaaazy.”

    Hmmm. Couldn’t be because the POTUS and his media allies are busy painting any political disagreement with him as “racism”, could it? Naaahhh.

    Mike Giles (39c34b)

  167. Good point, Dr. K. I suppose we have to count his multiple memoirs, and his incredible ability to read a speech from TOTUS on his list of accomplishments that merit this award.

    In related news, Barcky just passed Peyton Manning as the frontrunner for the NFL MVP award. He remains comfortably ahead in the Heisman race.

    Comment by JD — 10/9/2009 @ 11:07 am

    His multiple memoirs would put him in the running for the Literature award if the committee weren’t so biased against American authors.

    But I hear he’s up for a Grammy for spoken word recordings.

    And how about an Oscar?

    Hell, he might even win the next Miss Universe Pageant.

    Dr. K (eca563)

  168. Larry Reilly,

    You realize that lots of democrats agree Obama didn’t deserve this, right? It’s not an extreme position to say that Obama was unqualified for this.

    This is great fodder for trolls, because it’s legitimately awful to consider Obama’s extremely negative impact on world peace, among other things. You’re right that people should try to find happiness, but you’re wrong that disagreeing with this is some kind of nutty view. I guess you just plain don’t get it. The nobel peace prize has consistently been awarded to democrats who have either failed to help peace along, or actually caused tremendous strife. That’s a shame.

    Dustin (bb61e3)

  169. Did Economics get awarded yet? Perhaps he’ll get that one too…

    MD in Philly (d4f9fa)

  170. Mike, Obama has, again and again, denied that even his most crazy detractors have racist sympathies. He’s been called out by the left for not owning up to this reality. Yet, your comment implies that our POTUS is a first-class race-baitor. Seems to me that your conclusion perhaps says more about you and your assumptions than it does Obama.

    Tom (69f10e)

  171. The citizens of Honduras and Afghan women just collectively puked.

    JD (b033b3)

  172. The DNC has a statement:

    “The Republican Party has thrown in its lot with the terr-orists — the Tal-iban and Ha-mas this morning — in criticizing the President for receiving the Nobel Peace prize. Republicans cheered when America failed to land the Olympics and now they are criticizing the President of the United States for receiving the Nobel Peace prize — an award he did not seek but that is nonetheless an honor in which every American can take great pride — unless of course you are the Republican Party. The 2009 version of the Republican Party has no boundaries, has no shame and has proved that they will put politics above patriotism at every turn. It’s no wonder only 20 percent of Americans admit to being Republicans anymore – it’s an embarrassing label to claim.”

    Damn: those are some very strong words! The GOP won 48 % of the vote, right? They are a huge part of this country. The worst thing the democrats can say about the Taliban is that they are like Republicans?

    It’s all about power. The nobel prize is the “kick bush” prize, the counsel are committed to democrat corruption, and this entire prize is meant to be a bitter weapon to further divide our people so that America is weaker. While very few people think this award was qualified, this infighting further harms our ability and will to defend ourselves and promote peace against tyrants. Old Europe loves profitable tyrants, and hates the efforts to free millions of humans from them.

    Dustin (bb61e3)

  173. Tom? Tom? (Bueller?)

    Still waiting for an answer to #148….

    Dr. K (eca563)

  174. Since all of us are not Bush, does that qualify all of us for some kind of prize? If so, I just want to make sure I get my nomination in on time.

    Rochf (ae9c58)

  175. Yeah, Tom, he just let’s his mouthpieces advance those memes. He is above the fray. He would never stoop to something as low as that. He would never note that people don’t like him because he is different, or has a funny names, or does not look like the people on our dollar bills. You fealty to Teh One, and Teh Narrative, is noted. Gold star for you.

    JD (b033b3)

  176. Comment by A.W. — 10/9/2009 @ 10:10 am
    A.W. Why don’t you read the link provided on this thread. You will find out the reason they decided to give him this award. One of which would be this: “He got the prize because he has been able to change the international climate,” Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland said.
    He may not have done anything towards world peace. But I think “changing the international climate” is a good way to go in that direction. Don’t you think so?

    The Emperor who now deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. (1b037c)

  177. Obama has, again and again, denied that even his most crazy detractors have racist sympathies.

    He’s also denied his most crazy supporters have racist sympathies…opposite directions, of course. Racists to the left of me, racists to the right, stuck in de Nile with you.

    political agnostic (4ec1a1)

  178. Tom, you are lying when you say Obama has denied his detractors are racist.

    The opposite is the case. Obama has noted that some of the criticism against him is racist, and refused to condemn such disgusting and nationally harmful tactics.

    You, like the Nobel committee, are lying about what Obama has done. You are inventing accomplishments. You wouldn’t have to do that if you were talking about someone who actually had accomplishments.

    Dustin (bb61e3)

  179. Well, if they mean by changing the international climate that our enemies are emboldened, and our allies don’t even support us anymore, then I guess he did change the international climate. I can’t say I think that’s a good think, much less worthy of a prize like this. Next thing you know, they’ll be handing out Nobel Peace prizes in boxes of Cracker Jack.

    Rochf (ae9c58)

  180. Dustin…..love your little riff about Obama being so bad for world peace. Geez. That fast? I take that to mean you believe he can have that much a significant negative impact in that short a period of time but not a positive one.
    But between the lines of your logic I see the Party slogans pondered by Winston Smith:

    WAR IS PEACE
    FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
    IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

    And by that logic, I’m sure you think the great forces for world peace in recent years were Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz. The greater part of the rest of the world thinks otehrwise, witness today’s Nobel Peace prize.
    Now you guys form a circle, hold hands and think happy thoughts.

    As for JD: Let me get this straight. The United States was not in the running to host the Olympics? Are you, like dmac, geographically challenged?
    Tee hee hee hee.

    Larry Reilly (45c8f2)

  181. America did not lose the Olympics. Chicago and Barcky did. That you conflate Barcky with the country is not surprising. But, continue to beclown yourself. It is always good for a laugh.

    JD, that is one of the most stupid comments you have ever made. Is Chicago different from America? If he had gotten the bid, would it have been purely a Chicago thing or an American victory? You keep out doing yourself in stupidity. What’s happening to you? You used to be very smart and interesting.

    The Emperor who now deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. (1b037c)

  182. Has the Cy Young committee voted yet? I think that The Won’s pitch from the mound at the White Sox game makes him worthy of the Cy Young award.
    And the Heisman and Naismith committees will have to look favorably on him as well.

    Mike Myers (710e8b)

  183. Larry, of course Obama can have a more negative impact more quickly than he can build peace.

    That’s not obvious to you? It’s much easier to destroy than to build. Just ask the people fighting for freedom in Iran and Honduras. Just ask the Dalai Lama, who has shockingly been dis-invited by the white house in order to appease the armies that crushed his people.

    You, like the democrat party, are committed to demonizing and fighting your war for more power. You are not interested even slightly in peace. You want to use this prize to wage a bitter and angry fight against people who actually made peace.

    What has Obama accomplished? He’s announced stuff, but you have refused throughout the thread to say what Obama has accomplished.

    What’s the merit of a prize that has the stated intention of “Kicking Bush”? And went to someone who you admit has accomplished nothing?

    The merit is negative, actually.

    Dustin (bb61e3)

  184. Take it from people who live in Illinois–Chicago can be very different than America–more like it’s own little banana republic.

    Rochf (ae9c58)

  185. Larry at 180 – The Nobel commitee speaks for itself, not the world. The Nobel “Peace Prize” commitee has proven for years that it is beyond parody. (see Gore, Carter, Arafat)

    The world speaks in other ways. See the election and re-election of leaders all over Europe who supported Bush.

    Have Blue (854a6e)

  186. Barcky’s folks told use yesterday that the Taliban is not our enemy. The State Dept and DNC say otherwise. Which is it?

    JD (8e5805)

  187. Yeah, Emperor, Chicago is different from America. It is an enclave of violence and murder. It isn’t a democracy, since the elections are shams. It isn’t a place of justice, since criminals rule.

    It is a great thing indeed that the tyrants there did not get billions of dollars in real estate gains, off the back of the people.

    America did not lose the olympics. This is just on example of how Obama is unable to get any diplomatic result. He might get praise from those who want a obedient and weak America… who want to get things from us. But he has never and will never get anything back in return. Obama has failed to act in America’s interests.

    Dustin (bb61e3)

  188. At last, he’ll be able to pay Ayers the royalties
    he owes him….

    Dorothy Adams (e90721)

  189. Larry Reilly says “The greater part of the rest of the world thinks [Obama deserves the prize], witness today’s Nobel Peace prize.”

    The greater part of the world is shocked and angered that Obama got this prize. Those polls that have been conducted universally prove that the peoples of the world think Obama is unqualified.

    It’s the aristocracy that thinks Obama deserves the prize, but what they really think is that this will make a political statement. They’ve already admitted that this prize is not for anything Obama has done. It’s about “kicking Bush”, and praising celebrity.

    No, Larry, the people of the world are no different from you or I. None of us can recall anything Obama has accomplished. Speeches and prizes and ghostwriten screeds are not accomplishments. Millions of people are living in fear of tyrants, and Obama is helping the tyrants. You think this is some cute game, but Iranians are being murdered and tortures, with Obama’s help. Chavez is staging a coup of Honduras, with Obama’s help. China is crushing dissent in Tibet and elsewhere, with Obama’s help.

    This is a serious problem that adults are worried about, while partisan idiots gloat about the prizes awarded in gilded halls. I don’t appreciate your hatred of my kind, but I can live with it. What I cannot abide is letting the world crumble while the ruling glass toasts eachother.

    Dustin (bb61e3)

  190. Tom

    > criticism of Obama that assumes with little evidence that he’s unqualified for [fill-in-the-blank]

    Assumes? Here’s the facts. The nominations were due on February 1. So he was judged for 1) his campaign and 2) 10 days of being president. Is there something about that I don’t know about? Some secret wonderful peaceful thing he did that most of us don’t know about?

    No. So he doesn’t deserve it. And all the facts are in fact known on the subject, so no one is assuming jack squat. No, jack squat is what he is getting done (which is not an entirely bad thing).

    > uppity, is criticism that draws on a legacy of racist language and assumptions that is specifically situated in the history of American racism.

    Well, you used that actual word. And if you take the concept of egotistical, etc. and say it means “uppity” then you are saying exactly what I said: that black people are immune from being criticized for egotism.

    Sorry, but any time a part-term United States Senator thinks he is ready to be president, he is not exactly lacking for self confidence. And the incompetence I have witnessed over the last 9 or so months have not exactly proven that he had enough talent at the job to justify that self-confidence.

    The emporer

    > He may not have done anything towards world peace. But I think “changing the international climate” is a good way to go in that direction. Don’t you think so?

    Right. And the international community is going to do what? Iran will get a nuke and there is a very good chance that they will drop it on isreal. And the international community will do what? Write a strongly worded letter?

    He made the Europeans like him. That and $1.25 will get you a coke at the soda machine.

    No I don’t think he has made peace one bit more likely. And I think that if this peace prize encourages him to go even softer, the result with be conflagration.

    I suppose you thought Neville Chamberlain was a great peacemaker, too.

    A.W. (e7d72e)

  191. Good Allah, the obtuse is thick with these trolls. Mawy especially. But the Chimperor is giving Mawy a run for his money.

    JD (8e5805)

  192. JD, the trolls have a tremendous advantage.

    They know this is a big deal, and that it gets under people’s skin. I am personally saddened by this kind of thing. I was expecting Hu to get the prize, as he sits in Chinese prison for fighting for freedom. I actually was expecting this award today, and when I realized that Obama got it, I was flabbergasted. Why not give it to him after a few years of him actually being on the job? At least that way the prize wouldn’t be completely marginalized as a partisan trick.

    That’s really all this is. A shame, but I’m not sad that freedom fighters didn’t get some lousy award. I am ashamed that my country is the kind of country that gets prizes for not standing up to evil. I know this trick is going to work… any hope of my friends in Afghanistan being saved from Obama’s failures are lost. And hope of Iranians tasting freedom in the next four years is lost. Any hope of China making human rights progress is lost. Any hope of our nation humbly apologizing and helping Honduras is lost.

    Trolls have some guttural instinct that this is great proxy for the aristocratic disease. These wealthy fat old men in their gilded thrones in Scandinavia will have lots of champagne as they laugh at those demonized republicans. Even today, the DNC is calling criticism of this prize akin to the rape and torture the Taliban has practiced… a sign of tolerance of evil and hatred of freedom.

    We’re in for a bumpy ride, and while I have a lot to be thankful for, most trolls will be able to get a reaction out of me by snarking about this prize trick.

    Dustin (bb61e3)

  193. “I am both surprised and deeply humbled,” Obama said at the White House.

    “I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments. But rather as an affirmation of American leadership. … I will accept this award as a call to action.”

    Obama said he did not feel he deserves “to be in the company” of past winners.
    Do you folks still have something to say against him?

    The Emperor who now deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. (1b037c)

  194. Did anyone else find it interesting that yesterday Code Pink representatives visiting Kabul said that after actually meeting with Afghans they are non-rethinking their opposition to the war and their demand for immediate withdrawal?

    That will sorta put Mr Peace Prize Winner (I Won!!!) in a box – when even the most hysterical opponents to the war under Bush are reconsidering that opposition. Guess he’ll need months instead of weeks now to noodle that decision about what to do.

    in_awe (a55176)

  195. Is Chicago different from America?

    Dumbest comment on the thread, and that’s saying quite a lot.

    Dmac (5ddc52)

  196. Do you folks still have something to say against him?

    Yes, we do. We say “Give it back!”

    After all, George C. Scott turned down an Oscar for his performance in Patton, although actually deserved it.

    Official Internet Data Office (4514e0)

  197. TOTUS is smarter than Barcky.

    JD (b7fd45)

  198. Comment by Dmac — 10/9/2009 @ 12:11 pm
    You are so stupid. It must hurt your head to be this stupid. What are you defending in that comment? Go ahead and make your case that Chicago is not part of the United States of America. Go on.

    The Emperor who now deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. (1b037c)

  199. Emperor – Obama said he did not feel he deserves “to be in the company” of past winners.
    Do you folks still have something to say against him?

    Jimmy Carter, Yassar Arafat. Id say he fits in fairly well.

    Have Blue (854a6e)

  200. The Emperor

    > Obama said he did not feel he deserves “to be in the company” of past winners.

    > Do you folks still have something to say against him?

    Well, once again it is all just words with Obama. talking rather than doing. So he will say he doesn’t deserve it but takes it anyway. pfft.

    But i said it before, if he actually refused it, i would really respect that. And he can say, “it is my full intention to deserve this before my presidency ends, but i don’t deserve it yet” and i would respect that too.

    And, btw, if you haven’t missed this, this is largely criticism at the nobels, not obama. i don’t except him to have been a great president yet. i don’t think he will be, but i would be more than happy to be proven wrong.

    Btw, for bonus points, you yourself said obama did deserve it. so i guess your idol has rebuked you?

    A.W. (e7d72e)

  201. What action, lovie? Sh*tting on the people of Honduras? Giving control back to the Taliban? Letting Iran kill protesters and go nuclear? Pissing off the leaders of France and Great Britain?

    JD (b7fd45)

  202. grr… “except” was supposed to be “expect”

    dang lexdysia (dyslexia)

    A.W. (e7d72e)

  203. Emperor – It is a simple principal of logic that the part is not the whole.
    Dmac did not say that Chicago is not part of America, he said that Chicago is not America.

    Have Blue (854a6e)

  204. “Try to tease some more shelf-life out of the warm, happy, validating feeling you had when you very first heard that the U.S. lost, which means that Obama lost. Yay!
    This trick might prove useful in coming years should the U.S. and Obama, despite all your prayers and wishes against such, enjoy success in various ventures.”

    HA! This is comedy gold. How much projection can you cram into one bag of eye-roll-worthy schmaltz?

    SPC Jack Klompus (c1922b)

  205. The statement was not that Chicago is not part of America, lovie. That is a dishonest characterization that you created.

    JD (b7fd45)

  206. Emperor, Obama is right. He is 100% right that he doesn’t deserve this prize.

    I don’t understand though. That’s all we were saying. Of course we aren’t going to change our minds now that Obama agrees.

    Dustin (bb61e3)

  207. Btw, for bonus points, you yourself said obama did deserve it. so i guess your idol has rebuked you?

    Comment by A.W. — 10/9/2009 @ 12:31 pm
    Show where I said that.

    The Emperor who now deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. (1b037c)

  208. Is my asshole not part of my body? Is Chicago not part of America?

    But the disgusting nature of Chicago is completely different from America.

    Dustin (bb61e3)

  209. Where did I say Chicago is not part of America, chimperor/lovie?

    JD (b7fd45)

  210. Emperor, you are being kinda coy, and that’s OK, because ultimately, this award is just a political hack.

    But there are two prizes. There’s the theoretical prize for bravely fighting for peace at great personal cost. That’s the prize Obama didn’t earn. Then there’s the ‘kick Bush and please the aristocracy with your celebrity’ prize that Obama obviously did earn.

    We’re talking about the difference between the lofty goals of mankind, which the nobel prize does not represent but ought to, and the sickening attempt to demogogue, which is what this prize represents.

    The DNC’s first announcement once this prize was announced was to compare Republicans protesting the prize to the Taliban’s rape and murder and atrocitious tyranny. That’s your nobel prize. Bitterness and anger.

    Dustin (bb61e3)

  211. Obama lost a huge opportunity in not finding a gracious way to deflect the award to someone else:

    1. Of COURSE he’d still get the same award, just later. In the bag; and, meanwhile,
    2. for deflecting it, when 95% of the world agrees he doesn’t yet deserve it, he would redouble the slobbering worship of him already demonstrated by the Euroleft, MSM, et al.

    Mitch (890cbf)

  212. Is my asshole not part of my body?

    This question was first asked by Nietzsche.

    Official Internet Data Office (4514e0)

  213. It’s hard to believe a Peace Prize could cause such turmoil.

    Corwin (ea9428)

  214. It’s so much fun watching americanus wingnuttus terriblus have a head-exploding moment. You people are soooooooooooooo cute when you’re mad!!

    [Released from filter. — DRJ]

    Amused As Hell (66858c)

  215. Corwin, I understand the irony you’re trying to point out, but history tells a different story. Many NPP awards caused a furor. To name just a few: Kissinger, Arafat, Begin, Gore.

    The Prize has always been more about hope than about results; witness the 1929 award to Frank Kellogg of the Kellogg-Briand Pact. It oulawed war, after all! The hopeless naivete of the Pact was proven soon enough. The Nobel committee seldom recognizes that just wars sometimes are a necessary precursor of a lasting peace.

    Mitch (890cbf)

  216. Hopefully, the asshole won’t stare back at you…

    mojo (8096f2)

  217. Lew Rockwell gave his opinion on the matter.

    Michael Ejercito (6a1582)

  218. Where did I say Chicago is not part of America, Emperor?

    Comment by JD — 10/9/2009 @ 12:40 pm

    You implied that by saying this:
    Mawy – America did not lose the Olympics. Chicago and Barcky did
    Meaning, Chicago is different from America.

    The Emperor who now deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. (1b037c)

  219. No emperor. Obama and his Chicago mob/democratic machine did not get what they wanted. That is, by definition, a victory from America.

    Have Blue (854a6e)

  220. Chicago is distinctly different than America, yet part of America. My 7 year-old knows the difference. That you do not is telling.

    JD (e208be)

  221. For not from.

    Have Blue (854a6e)

  222. It’s not the world-wide turmoil that is so ironic – but the turmoil within each of us. We live with the lie that things should be fair; they are not.
    What is sad is this event is likely to cause disharmony among friends and family. Real people have made real sacrifices for the betterment of society; they are brushed aside. An iconic figure with poise and eloquence is lifted to a higher plane; not unlike the creation of a false god.

    Corwin (ea9428)

  223. My navigation system is part of my Lexus, but not a Lexus.

    JD (e208be)

  224. You have got to be kidding me. I tell you, this is just too easy to be much fun any more. ABBA’s I Have A Dream :

    I have a dream, a song to sing
    To help me cope with anything
    If you see the wonder of a fairy tale
    You can take the future even if you fail
    (Chorus)
    I believe in angels
    Something good in everything I see
    I believe in angels
    When I know the time is right for me
    I’ll cross the stream – I have a dream

    I have a dream, a fantasy
    To help me through reality
    And my destination makes it worth the while
    Pushing through the darkness still another mile
    (Chorus)

    (first verse repeats)
    (Chorus)

    My wife and I both thought that this was a joke this morning.

    htom (412a17)

  225. “The Nobel Peace Prize is now officially a joke,” this by Patterico, and “You’ve Got to be Kidding,” by everyone else, seem to sum up this matter rather well.

    JerryT (5b4616)

  226. You have to be intentionally obtuse, chimperor/lovie, because it would be literally scary were you to be that stupid.

    JD (e208be)

  227. Sad. Plaintive. And written when what peace entailed was better understood.

    Venus-The Bringer of Peace – Gustav Holst

    Amphipolis (b120ce)

  228. The Emporer

    > Show where I said that.

    I am not one of your subjects, so you can do your own scrolling.

    A.W. (e7d72e)

  229. […] Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize. No, Really. For Real, He Did. Yes, I Pinky-Swear. Segnala presso: Commie Watch, Humor […]

    Nation of Cowards » Blog Archive » Nobel Beclowns Itself Giving Obama Nobel — Lots 2 Be Humble About! (d89d4f)

  230. Obama got a gimcrack for selling out America and there is no other way to look at it.

    nk (df76d4)

  231. Dmac did not say that Chicago is not part of America, he said that Chicago is not America

    Thank you to those willing to practice the infinite patience of explaining the obvious to a complete and utter Bobo Doll. I’ve lived here all my life, and I refuse to believe that a city’s government as corrupt, mendacious and as non – responsive to it’s citizens as this one is in any way, shape or form representative of the rest of America. Good Lord, even New York City looks like a veritable golden land compared to this place. We’re the highest – taxed city in the country now, and yet we have an exponentially rising murder rate, our city services are sub – standard, and our schools routinely graduate students that have the reading capacity of 12 – year olds.

    I am ashamed of what my city has become, yet I still love it like a spurned lover. THIS IS THE CITY FROM WHERE OBAMA WAS INVENTED – his political godfathers are all directly responsible for the ungoldly mess that this city has become – and if nutbags refuse to believe what they can see with their own eyes, then eternal shame on them.

    Dmac (5ddc52)

  232. I thought they gave it to him for the unilateral seize-fire ending the bombardment on the moon.

    That’s a first in world history.

    And those moonies are still giving us the finger.

    So there you go. The man’s a saint.

    I know if I were President, and the moonies were still giving me the finger, I’d be hard pressed to call a truce.

    Which just goes to show, I’m not NPP material.

    papertiger (c4b55b)

  233. It must be a real bitch being a wingnut these days. They’re going to pass health care with a public option, and Obama is getting the Nobel Peace Prize. Ha ha ha ha!!

    [Released from filter. — DRJ]

    Amused As Hell (66858c)

  234. Emp. #219 “Chicago and Barcky did Meaning, Chicago is different from America.”

    Oh twaddle… when the governor of a certain southern state stood in the door of a university to prevent blacks from entering, did the state? America? The world? The universe?

    GM Roper (85dcd7)

  235. To those complaining of trolls, remember the trolls are under bridges in Norway. They came up today to announce and cheer the award.

    Teflon Dad (a55577)

  236. Thank you to those willing to practice the infinite patience of explaining the obvious to a complete and utter Bobo Doll. I’ve lived here all my life, and I refuse to believe that a city’s government as corrupt, mendacious and as non – responsive to it’s citizens as this one is in any way, shape or form representative of the rest of America. Good Lord, even New York City looks like a veritable golden land compared to this place. We’re the highest – taxed city in the country now, and yet we have an exponentially rising murder rate, our city services are sub – standard, and our schools routinely graduate students that have the reading capacity of 12 – year olds.

    New Orleans is a close second.

    Michael Ejercito (6a1582)

  237. Zero is truly the Milli Vanilli of politics. I think he should just keep his prize. I mean, he earned it just as much as the presidency. Although sometimes you do wonder if he’s blowing Soros.

    Vermont Neighbor (b9a8a2)

  238. Wingnuts, how does it feel to be a caricature of yourselves?

    [Released from filter. — DRJ]

    Amused As Hell (66858c)

  239. New Orleans is a close second

    Yeah, but they got a “do – over” after Katrina. Still haven’t gotten it right, though.

    Dmac (5ddc52)

  240. To you that say a state or a city is different from a country because it is not the country, I ask, what is a country? What is America? What makes up America? Building blocks make up a house. It on it’s own cannot be referred to as the house. But it is right to say the house cannot exist without it. Hate it, love it, Chicago is a constituent of this country. If it fails, it affects the general body. Your hand is not your body. But your body needs your hand to function. If something goes wrong with it, it will affect the body, with time. So fix it or cut it off!

    The Emperor who now deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. (1b037c)

  241. Still. Can’t. Believe It.

    HELP!

    Patricia (c95a48)

  242. I am not one of your subjects, so you can do your own scrolling.

    Comment by A.W. — 10/9/2009 @ 1:33 pm
    In other words, you cannot prove it. You simply made an accusation not based on facts. Let the records show that.

    The Emperor who now deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. (1b037c)

  243. Chimperor/lovie – Let the record show that you are a giberring gibbon, a r*tarded marmoset on a crystal meth bender, and dummerer than a sack of andrews. On a good day.

    JD (fd2bc3)

  244. Stop seeking notice, JD. Don’t you have friends to win back?

    The Emperor who now deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. (1b037c)

  245. No, I lost no friends from the dishonesty of the likes of you and SEK. You have proven yourself to be a couple generations of evolution behind the simpering symians.

    JD (fd2bc3)

  246. JD has a potty mouth. No wonder he has no friends. tsk tsk tsk….
    And he hates marmosets too. Where do we begin to help you, JD? :(

    The Emperor who feels JD hates marmosets. (1b037c)

  247. More juvenile projection. You are plagiarizing silly memes from other trollish mendoucheous types. Rather pathetic.

    JD (fd2bc3)

  248. You’re not being very kind to Marmosets, JD – or Gibbons…or Simians.

    Dmac (5ddc52)

  249. Where do we begin to help you, JD?

    Strong with the projection, this one is.

    Dmac (5ddc52)

  250. Affirmative action by the Nobel Peace prize committee.
    Ham fisted even.
    It’s hard to be proud of an award that was given with such patronizing and condescending language.
    As an American, President Obama should have told the Norweigians to STFU, go have another vodka and stop trying to influence our nations politics with their award.

    SteveG (97b6b9)

  251. The 2009 version of the Republican Party has no boundaries, has no shame and has proved that they will put politics above patriotism at every turn.
    –Democrat National Committee.

    Dissent is treason again?

    Kevin Murphy (805c5b)

  252. Dissent is treason only when the disenter is not a Democrat!

    AD - RtR/OS! (eaac12)

  253. Let’s review President Obama’s foreign policy accomplishments before and after his selection for the prize 10 days after his inauguration, shall we?

    Prior to his taking the oath of office he accomplished the following:

    1. Was treated like a rock star by a segment of the German public; which was nice after he had offended the German Government by trying to pull a PR stunt at the Brandenburg gate that was intended to overshadow JFK and Reagan’s actual accomplishments on behalf of Germany.

    2. Promised to heal the sick of the world and force the oceans to maintain proper boundaries. Unfortunately, the oceans have not been too cooperative. And it turns out any increased healing is dependent upon acts of Congress and the insistence of Sec. of HHS that everyone get the flu vaccine.

    3. Demanded that Putin and the Georgians stop scrapping and play nice with each other.

    4. Threatened to disregard and compromise the sovereignty of one of our allies, Pakistan.

    5. Promised to get us out of Iraq, quickly, as it was a war we shouldn’t have entered and couldn’t win. The surge was doomed to failure. It only looked like it worked because the world was already responding to the prospect of the one taking office.

    6. Promised we would win the “necessary” war, the one in Afghanistan.

    7. Promised to close Gitmo ASAP/ within a year/ sometime in the future.

    Since that day of the Nobel Committees selection:

    8. Failed to close Gitmo.

    9. We are still in Iraq.

    10. Apparently it is not so clear that the war in Afghanistan is necessary, or that we need to win it.

    11. Insulted the British government with gift giving and trying to return meaningful gifts to previous administrations.

    12. Has won the disrespect of the French, who accuse him of being too naive to know what he is doing and too arrogant to admit it and learn something.

    13. Turned his back on repression and election fraud in Iran.

    14. Supported a leader who was lawfully removed from office according to his country’s Constitution.

    15. Put the importance of his own moment of prestige before the UN above dealing with the reality of Iran’s ongoing violation of UN demands.

    Now what was it again that he did to deserve the Nobel within his first 10 days in office?

    MD in Philly (d4f9fa)

  254. This announcement was a beautiful thing because it generated bipartisan shock, amazement and surprise. There was a genuine feeling on both the left and the right, although not uniform, that Obama has not done anything yet do deserve the Prize. The fantastic thing about that is that is it shines a bright light on his lack of qualifications for the Presidency and his lack of achievements so far, something the media has been unwilling to cover. For that, we can thank the Nobel Prize Committee. SNL was prescient and a week early.

    Has CNN fact checked the award yet?

    daleyrocks (718861)

  255. you mock him cause of how Taliban you are but this is just his first one.. next time he’ll be even MORE better qualified so in you face wingnuts

    happyfeet (6b707a)

  256. feets – Do they give a Nobel out for toned arms? Michelle deserves something too, doncha think?

    daleyrocks (718861)

  257. daleyrocks, you’re right… it’s going to put tons of pressure on Americans to analyze what Obama has accomplished.

    What’s interesting is that this prize was transparently designed to create tremendous political turmoil in the USA. They’ve been doing that for many years… trying to hurt their boogeyman, the GOP and Bush. A peace prize as a tool for political bigotry and fighting? Yet another example of socialism failing.

    Dustin (bb61e3)

  258. He does have to pay taxes on this win, doesn’t he?

    PatAZ (9d1bb3)

  259. PatAZ,

    I was just reading about the options the President has with regard to the money. Apparently it can be a bit complicated. This, according to Richard Painter, a White House ethics counsel under President George W. Bush,

    “Turning the gift over to charity is something we usually would advise against in the Bush Administration,” he said. “For anybody, including the President and Vice President, it creates tax problems. The gift is still income and then the employee takes a tax deduction for the charitable contribution. There are limits to charitable deductions that are allowed. The President could end up owing some tax.”

    Dana (863a65)

  260. Talk about the ultimate in grade inflation.

    The foolish folks in Sweden likely are similar to touchy-feely educators in various public and private schools throughout America. The ones who’ve been gravitating towards the notion that when it comes to, for example, competitive sports at school, no team and no member of a team should ever be looked upon as a loser. So in a game of baseball, football, basketball, etc, the scoreboard must not instill low self-esteem, and therefore keeping track of who’s winning or losing should be de-emphasized. Consequently, even the losing team is judged as deserving accolades and a trophy.

    With the story of Obama and the Nobel Prize the epitome of dumbed-down grading and dumbed-down standards, the Nobel now has about as much credibility as — or actually less credibility than — say, the Miss Universe pageant, and certainly less gravitas than the “American Idol” or “Dancing With The Stars” show.

    Mark (411533)

  261. AAH said:

    It must be a real bitch being a wingnut these days. They’re going to pass health care with a public option, and Obama is getting the Nobel Peace Prize. Ha ha ha ha!!

    Not really. We go to work, enjoy our families. No real problems except the mortgage on our kids’ futures.

    How’s it going for you? Not so good, I suspect.

    I can’t speak for others, but I post here because, heck, I enjoy it. It’s fun. It helps to exercise the mind. I get to respond to people whose most intelligent post ends in “Ha ha ha ha!!”

    So, thanks. Keep posting.

    Ag80 (d1363b)

  262. @Gesundheit 165

    I just voted for Obama to win the Heisman. Anyone who fails to follow your link and do likewise is a racist.

    Stu707 (0981d5)

  263. FYI: a leftie friend of mine insisted right-wingers were the only ones questioning whether Obama had accomplished enough to deserve the award, so I posted a bunch of links to center/left sources proving otherwise.

    sierra (4be1ff)


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