The Freaky Friday Nobel Peace Prize

While many of my colleagues here at TMV have already chimed in on the rather “curious” choice of awarding President Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize today, I was already asked to opine on the subject elsewhere. You can find the full rundown in my “special comment” (with a hat tip to MSNBC) at Pajamas Media… Freaky Friday: Obama’s Weird Peace Prize Win. One thing not noted in that column which I found of even more interest was the fact that nominations for this award were closed twelve days after Barack Obama was sworn into office this year. That must have been a really impressive twelve days!

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  • http://themoderatevoice.com T-Steel

    I'm going to say what my wife (a solid Obama supporter) said this morning:

    Obama wants a good teachable moment, here ya go! Teach the Nobel Committee not to award people based on “cool” points.

    And like the tides, some on Right talk radio here in Georgia are saying that The Obamas paid for this award during his campaign. *ROLLS EYES*

  • tidbits

    Good luck with that curve ball, Jazz. The Nobel Committee sure knows how to throw one.

  • mikeyes

    The Nobel Peace Prize is always a political statement and the committee has said so in the past. The avowed purpose is the promotion of world peace and its winners are selected to highlight the committee's goals. The winner does not have to have a “body of work” the way the other prize winners do, they just have to embody the ideals of the selectors. Linus Pauling won it one year for goodness sake for being the most visible (to the committee) peace protester. Most winners are never heard from again.

    Two other serving presidents and one retired president have won it in the past so there is plenty of precedent for giving it to the US head of state.

    Mostly I think this one is the Un-Award – that is George Bush didn't get it. I suggest we wait and see what President Obama decides to do with it before we become too snarky. And it is a little disengenuous to constantly be dismissive of this award (as most on the right are) and then complain that one has to have a “body of work” for such a great honor.

  • tidbits

    mikeyes -

    This isn't a right/left issue. I support Obama's fresh approach to foreign policy (though not some other of his policies), but it is way to early to determine Nobel worthiness. Jazz's reference to the list of persons under consideration closing only 12 days in Obama's presidency adds even more puzzlement to this already rather odd event.

  • DLS

    The lefties are already predictable, on-line and on the air waves. [rolling eyes]

    Meanwhile, in the real world, the topics have returned to the serious issues currently, which are health care, Afghanistan, and less so at the moment, what to do with the Iranians. Back to reality, people.

    The PC-BS Nobel Peace Prize? Aside from related speculation that it was sympathy for Obama's loss at lobbying for Chicago 2016 and general rock-star idolatry, the obvious thing about the Peace Prize was even correctly reported on, of all places, NPR earlier today:

    Once again this year, the Committee said to someone, “Thanks for Not Being Bush.”

  • DLS

    “Mostly I think this one is the Un-Award – that is George Bush didn't get it.”

    That's exactly the point. This is a left-wing playpen celebrity PC award and Political Statement by the related Nobel Committee, time after time. Specifically about Bush, Carter was given the award earlier, and Obama has been given the award now. Leftist politics by the Committee includes hearty anti-Bush activism, then (with Carter) and now (with Obama).

    “Thank You For Not Being Bush” is not only the Committee's real-world motto lately, but the alternative name of the Nobel [PC] Peace Prize.

  • shannonlee

    Obama said it himself, sometimes the committee gives their awards to people in the hope of giving momentum to a cause. Obviously they feel Obama is the world leader that can best bring about the change this world needs.

    I think we should all be proud…and this is coming from a McCain voter.

  • AustinRoth

    Next year, the Nobel Prize for Literature (shared with Bill Ayers, of course!)

  • DLS

    First the CBO gives a less-costly “good news” assessment of Senate health care “reform” legislation.

    Then Obama is given the Nobel Peace Prize (actually, I'm starting to think even Obama was surprised).

    Look at this as another good omen, libs. Forward, march, once more with health care “reform”!

    (Easy on the other craziness, like the “hate [thought] crime” game-playing.)

  • DLS

    “Look at this as another good omen, libs. Forward, march, once more with health care 'reform'!”

    Someone apparently already is thinking in this light, albeit in a more radical, distorted kind of light:

    “Today's announcement that President Obama won this year's Nobel Peace Prize not only strengthened the peace process, it also benefited human health worldwide.

    Many of President Obama's efforts thus far to reduce and eventually eliminate the global stockpile of nuclear weapons could prove more beneficial than any other action in preventing the ultimate public health disaster: nuclear war. …

    Seven years ago, then-Illinois State Senator Obama proclaimed his opposition to invading Iraq at a rally in Chicago. …

    Since taking office, President Obama has wasted no time in addressing the threat to human health posed by nuclear arms. …

    President Obama has been calling for peace, diplomacy and for a way to ban nuclear arms from the planet to protect human health. The Nobel Committee justly acknowledged his foresight when they awarded him the Nobel Peace Prize today.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-lovinger/ob

  • StockBoySF

    AR, re: next year's NP for lit: LOVE IT! Thanks!

  • StockBoySF

    “One thing not noted in that column which I found of even more interest was the fact that nominations for this award were closed twelve days after Barack Obama was sworn into office this year. “

    I was nominate for the prize based on my vote for Obama. I guess Obama did more than I did to win the reward.

  • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/msr Jazz

    I was nominate for the prize based on my vote for Obama. I guess Obama did more than I did to win the reward.

    Sorry you missed out, StockBoy. I was just awarded the Nobel Prize for Science for my ability to fire up my computer and make fun of Obama's Nobel Peace Prize.

  • StockBoySF

    Jazz, LOL! Congratulations on the honor! What are you going to do with the money? Buy a supercomputer so you make fun of Obama in a super way? :) You'll have to tell me what the kryptonite is for the SuperComputer.

    I wonder who else was nominated for the NPP (other than me).

  • DLS

    “I was nominate for the prize based on my vote for Obama.”

    Actually, the award of the Prize was mis-directed, if substantial acts are to be rewarded. The US Voter is indeed the correct recipient, for we elected Obama to office. (Feminists now have to worry that they might have been slighted if Hillary Clinton were elected instead, depending on Obama personality cult effect on the award this year.) But don't worry, for Time Lite has not yet made its decision and can still award “Person of the Year” to the American Voter for electing Obama to office. (Whether it will select someone else than Obama is still an open question, in fact.)