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Peace Prize? Really?

Y'know, Obama's a likeable guy and a very historically-significant figure, even if he never met a government program he didn't like.

But a Nobel Peace Prize? Seriously? That's just silly.

Time Magazine Man of the Year I could see. Or even just the honorific of "Mr. President," which is his due.

But in terms of peace, he's done no more than any other U.S. President and considerably less than a few I can think of right off the bat the the Nobel people would sooner commit seppuku than hand the prize over to.

*shrugs* Oh well, politics makes people stoopid.

-The Gneech

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mammallamadevil
Oct. 9th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
the Nobel Prize is not SUPPOSED to cause controversy...
but the folks in Oslo have done it this time...as for Obama, on many issues, I'm still looking for results.

We won't even get started on the Meg Whitman ads here in California...Ahnold all over again...

I'm hoping that WLS talks about something else this afternoon.

seriously considering, for the first time in my life, registering Republican in 2010...

MLD

speaks
Oct. 9th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
Re: the Nobel Prize is not SUPPOSED to cause controversy...
rhanlav
Oct. 9th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
Re: the Nobel Prize is not SUPPOSED to cause controversy...
That would be a great Michael Bay movie. OBAMA!

Just insert lots of random explosions and the president being a total badass, and it'll be a Summer Blockbusters.
keross
Oct. 9th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
Re: the Nobel Prize is not SUPPOSED to cause controversy...
Not the first time. Palestinian President Yasser Arafat shared it in 1994. I seem to recall a bit of a halabalo over that.

-sigh-
mammallamadevil
Oct. 9th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
Re: the Nobel Prize is not SUPPOSED to cause controversy...
controversial but in the light of events of that year was an understandable selection.

MLD
grizzly47
Oct. 11th, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)
Re: the Nobel Prize is not SUPPOSED to cause controversy...
Forgive me, but I don't see how they can justify this award.

President Obama was only in office 12 days, before nominations were closed in Oslo on February 1st. 12 DAYS!!!

What did he do in those 12 days that justifies a Nobel? Nothing that I know of.

This award yesterday... I'm sorry Obama didn't earn it, and that's a shame. It's bad enough the Nobel people never give the award to Mathematicians (Hence the Fields Medal - but you have to be under 40 to earn that) but this just caps off how cheapened the Nobel has become in terms of the Peace Prize.
revar
Oct. 9th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
Quoting the O-man himself:
President Obama said Friday he was "most surprised and deeply humbled" to win the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, adding that he accepts the honor as "a call to action to confront the common challenges of the 21st century."

In a brief statement in the White House Rose Garden on Friday, the president said he does not "view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments," but rather as a recognition of goals he has set for the United States and the world.

"I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many transformative figures that have been honored by this prize," he said
the_gneech
Oct. 9th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
Heh. Sounds like his response was also "Peace Prize? Really?" :D

Like I said, very likeable guy. :)

-TG
grizzly47
Oct. 11th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
Peace Prize notifications - what I've read..
From I've read (such as the late Dr. Richard Feynman's account of his) they will contact you by phone, or other means the day they vote (for Feynman, they contacted him while he was in Japan back in the 50's).

So, I think Obama's astonishment was played up; He knew many weeks ago.
the_mcp
Oct. 9th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
Somehow, I don't think this is what Alfred Nobel had in mind when he established the prize to be awarded "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses." [emphasis mine]

"Who shall have done" -- not "who says he intends to", or "who the committee thinks might have the potential to", or "who gives us a Chris Matthews-like tingle up our collective legs." Obama might actually accomplish something of note during his term in office (though I rather doubt it) -- but his being nominated after only 11 days in office, then getting through the selection committee and making it to the final list after only a little over 2 months in office smacks more of a simple popularity contest than an award of any actual substance.

Basically, the Nobel Committee just elected the "cool kid" to be their Homecoming King.
sirfox
Oct. 9th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
http://elfs.livejournal.com/1144642.html

That entry and some comments and links below throw a little more light and perspective on the selection of Obama for the award.
tr_wolf
Oct. 9th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
I agree.

He's an awesome guy and all, but he's not actually *done* anything yet...

...certainly nothing meriting the Nobel peace prize!
thirdhorse
Oct. 9th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
Great line I read:
We were told that he's the first post-racial President.
Now he's the first pre-accomplishment President.
grizzly47
Oct. 11th, 2009 04:44 am (UTC)
Boy that hits it on the head. Totally agree with that last sentence.

What's next? Pope Obama?


I think stories I've heard (and just today) of medical professionals providing free health care in poor countries, or organizations like Doctors Without Boarders are more worthy of the Nobel.
maxgoof
Oct. 9th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
Since Time awards their Man Of The Year to the biggest newsmaker, regardless of whether it is good or bad news, yes, I could easily see him as Man Of The Year.
mj_4ever7
Oct. 11th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
well ,though i could think of some who deserve it more,Obama is still a good choise ,even if he still hasnt done anyhing YET but he WILL

grizzly47
Oct. 11th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
I think it should go to Drezzer Wolf:

* He helped stage the live TV proposal of Leonard Lion to Tiffany Tiger;

* He looks COOL in that leather biker jacket, and..

* He's got the guts to strut about on his "Walk-Abouts" without pants!


Yeah.. I think the Nobel committee missed the mark this year.. Should have gone to Drezzer.
mj_4ever7
Oct. 12th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
i second that !!!!!
radbaron
Oct. 12th, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
[img] http://thechronicleherald.ca/toons/Brucex11.jpg [/img]

This says it in 5 words....

And if the image doesn't come up, click on link!
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