Nobel

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When I was informed earlier today that Barack Obama had been awarded the Nobel Prize, I responded with, “no way.”

Yes.

“No way.”

Yes.

“No way.”

Yes.

As anyone who reads this blog probably knows, I was a big supporter of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. And I’m still a supporter, even though I’ve been sadly underwhelmed by his first nine months, which have served as a sad reminder that, come day’s end, he is a mere politician, just like all the other so-called “Public servants” in Washington.

“No way.”

Yes.

To be blunt—how the f^%$ did Barack Obama win the Nobel Prize, which was decided upon after he’d been in office for … two months. Is this a joke? A prank? A … a … a … something? I mean, seriously—what the hell? Again, I like and respect Obama. But he deserves this as much as Mr. T does. Weird.

The worst part about it isn’t the unjustified victory, but the sudden demeaning of what I always considered to be the ultimate honor. If the good Nobel folks dish out awards in this manner, what does it really mean? Furthermore, the Republicans are going to have an absolute field day with this one—and who’s to blame them? The Chosen One chosen again, etc … etc.

“No way.”

Yes.

4 thoughts on “Nobel”

  1. First, who gives a shit about what the Republicans think about this or anything else–all they want is this administration to fail and the country to flush itself down the toilet so they can blame the Democrats come the midterms. As to the selection of this President for the Nobel Peace Prize, I believe it is a way for the rest of the world to soundly, unequivocally, repudiate the presidency of the prior occupant of the office and his unwillingness to acknowledge that actions taken by the leaders of superpowers have global consequences. Obama won the award because he plays nice with others. He isn’t a bully and he engages with the rest of the world, unlike his predecessor. Now he can earn the award by getting us the hell out of Iraq and Afghanistan and work with the rest of the world in neutering Iran, North Korea, Pakistan and any other country that is likely to flex their nuclear muscle in the future. I just wish he would get on with it.

  2. Both of the above answers are good. I’ll add one more. Merely in becoming President, Obama has achieved a feat that, in some ways, is more symbolic and important to the international than what he will or won’t achieve as President.

    That’s not to say we can abide him not fulfilling his promises, but it is to say that, even if he were a one term dud, he has changed the way millions of Americans and billions in the international community look at themselves. For a true son of Africa–a continent that has been raped by the rest of the world for centuries–to become democratically elected in the US is a massive achievement in itself, and in itself promises the possibility of a better century for so many people.

  3. I disagree with the other 3 comments. If anyone should have received the Nobel peace price, it should be Reagan or Clinton, who have much more experience in promoting peace (I.e. Berlin Wall, Middle East conflicts, etc). I’m sick of people who think Obama is a superhuman. He is our President, and we all have to respect that, but he’s just not as great as everyone thinks he is until he can actually DO something he has promised. Until then, he is just another typical politician: full of hot air, and no follow through.

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