Obama Wins Surprise 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

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Reporters gasped when it was announced. Coverage:

Matt Lauer, “So in some ways he wins this for not being George W. Bush…”

Twitter’s going crazy. The Nobel website is dying under the sudden traffic surge.

UPDATE: My favorite #ReasonsBHOwonNPP: “Because the Nobel committee was pissed about last week’s SNL skit.”

         

24 Comments

  1. Incredible. I generally support what Obama has done so far, but it's not nobel material. I fear if the committee continues down the road of political picks that it will become irrelevant.

  2. I fear if the committee continues down the road of political picks that it will become irrelevant.

    Ya think?

    At most, this is like an A+ for effort. What a shame for all of the worthy candidates who have real accomplishments under their belts.

    If the presidents' policies and diplomatic change of tone end up bearing fruit, it would be completely correct for the Nobel committee to honor him on a future date. Awarding the Peace Prize simply because they feel hopeful about where his change of tone will lead is absurd, and blatantly political.

  3. This is nothing more than an impotent world giving the middle finger to the “Selected pResident”, since they can't have their preferred option: G.W. Bush in shackles at The Hague.

  4. What CS said!

    This is like giving the Oscar to a film that hasn't been shot yet because it sounds like a good idea. Maybe that's what Nobel is becoming…an acting award.

  5. Personally, I think Obama should refuse the award.

  6. I'm with Andy. A polite refusal and some words about more worthy folks out there that this award should go to. Of course, this won't stop the “fringe” from saying that Obama bought the Nobel Committee to give him the award.

  7. This is nothing more than an impotent world giving the middle finger to the “Selected pResident”, since they can't have their preferred option: G.W. Bush in shackles at The Hague.

    We don't agree on much DQ but we agree on this. Obama got the Nobel Prize because he's not George Bush, and that was enough reason for the Nobel Committee.

  8. You have to actually ACCOMPLISH something, not just give speeches, to win the Nobel Peace prize.

    I may not have agreed with Carter's Nobel either, but the man did help negotiate real, tangible peace accords, whether they held up or not.

    What tangible accomplishments can be listed for Obama to have won this Nobel at this time?

    Is the Nobel Peace prize to now be reduced to nothing more than a flavor of the moment award for pacifism?

  9. T

    You're right on both counts. Obama should pass on this and yes, the pundits have a new football to roll in the mud with. Care to set up a pool for the number of news cycles this story eats? By the time Rush, fox, and O'reilly get done, my bet is 8.

    Here's my virtual buck for the pool…

  10. Yipee! Yes, the Prize was essentially for not being Dubya or more particularly, Cheney..

    But it also reflects the truth of the matter which is why Obama should accept it. The day the CIA allowed bombing in Bagdhad just before Obama's arrival there last April sealed it for me. Obama not only stood in the face of “our enemies” and extended a firm hand of peace, but he also stood against far worse: the enemies of democracy within our own nation.

    What can I say, the guy has brass nuggets! And now the Nobel Prize. Well done President!

  11. I hope Obama opponents and those slamming the Nobel Prize committee realize is that this is not a curse, but an opportunity for the U.S.

    I hope to the President accept gracefully, acknowledges how little has been done and how much still needs to be done to improve conditions for peace, and then use the global platform to U.S. leadership in the promotion peace and human rights and continue to re-position our nation as a admirable world leader. I also hope he takes Sima Samar (who is a more deserved winner, IMHO) and moved the discussion of human rights in Afghanistan to a more prominent place (and perhaps stirring greater international support for the U.S. effort there).

    * cross posted content from other Nobel Prize post.

  12. Isn't a global peace prize, by its very nature, political? Doesn't matter if it is Aung San Suu Kyi, Martin Luther King, Lech Walesa, etc. … it's all political. There's really no other way to achieve peace.

  13. @@Care to set up a pool for the number of news cycles this story eats?@@

    A much more active cyber pool right now is how many times will he use the words…”I, me, myself” in his acceptance speech. I'm in at 25.

  14. This is, basically, the third American politician in the last eight years to get the Nobel for, what, not being a republican? Or George Bush? Carter, Gore, and President Obama should thank the caricature of the American Right that the world accepts as fact.

  15. IQ?

    Your oratory criticism is seen for what it is. You doing your part to project the meme?

  16. ModDem72,

    Opportunity for the US? How so? It's not like Obama needs the money. Someone like Sima Samar is not only more deserving of the recognition, but it would help her do more than she already has.

  17. Everyone knows on level 23 of POTUS after you bomb the moon you get the Nobel Prize.

    And my other joke for the day is-I can prove Obama is no Hitler, Hitler got the Olympics but not the Nobel Prize. So Obama must be the anti-Hitler.

    Thank you, thank you I will be here all week please tip your waitress.

  18. That's actually pretty funny, SkyFather!

  19. It's not about the money. I would imagine it would be donated to a deserving cause. It would even be nice to donate the money to Samar.

    The opportunity is the global platform. While many in the U.S. (and elsewhere for that matter) have become dismissive about the Peace prize, it is still respected in many areas in the world. The President can use Nobel Prize to continue to strengthen the country's position as a leader in international diplomacy and human rights (an area where we have suffered significantly in global perception).

  20. I can prove Obama is no Hitler, Hitler got the Olympics but not the Nobel Prize. So Obama must be the anti-Hitler.

    THAT was funny!

  21. MSF – Very nice, very nice.

  22. The Committee has continued the contemporary tradition. This was “Thanks for Not Being Bush” again.

    I doubt it was a consolation prize for failing to lobby successfully for Chicago 2016.

    And, it wasn't merely a reward by the PC-BS Committee for being the celebrity rock-star darling Idol of the Year (that award for Obama is reserved later this year, by Time Lite.) No, the reference to “nuclear-free” stuff (at the least, naive and silly; at the worst, ugly and sinister) was more like how Obama met their anti-Bush and related PC-BS generalist criteria this year for this PC celebrity award.

    It's noteworthy that most people on the airwaves have either scoffed at it or are puzzled, and even embarrassed and confused. (This honestly may have been President Obama's reaction to the award, too.) Notably, they've frequently gone on promptly not to dwell long on this silliness but on important issues, like health care and Afghanistan, which are important, and much more important than this PC anti-Bush award.

  23. “it is still respected in many areas in the world”

    The underdeveloped world, indeed.

  24. It's worthwhile for no other reason than to watch the wingnuts frothing at the mouth about it!

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