Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

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  1. sargon20

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    How amazing indeed.

    OSLO — In a stunning surprise, the Nobel Committee announced Friday that it had awarded its annual peace prize to President Obama “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples” less than nine months after he took office.

    “He has created a new international climate,” the committee said in its announcement. With American forces deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, President Obama’s name had not figured in speculation about the winner until minutes before the prize was announced here.


    Barack Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize
     
  2. snobbes

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    Congratulations
     
  3. eurotop40

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    Very good!
     
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    Whoa, now lets see these Right wingers turn this into a BAD thing.
     
  6. Northland

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    Idiotic to say the least.

    The nominations were made in February, less than a month after Obama had been sworn in (11 days). Not even 3 months after he had been elected. There was no proof at that time that he'd be able to do anything. It has been less than a year since his election, less than 9 months since he officially became President. Far too premature to have done something such as this. If Obama were half the man that all the crowers claim he is, he'd have had the decency to decline it-which would have elevated him to an even higher star status.

    In 1966, 1967, 1955, 1956, 1948 1939-1943. 1932, 1928, 1923, 1924 nobody won-a similar thing could have been done here.


    Other sitting Presidents who won-Thomas Woodrow Wilson, Founded The League Of Nations (predecessor of sorts to The United Nations) as part of The Treaty of Versailles. He won in 1919, late in his Presidential tenure.

    Theodore Roosevelt-drew up the Japanese-Russian peace treaty of 1905. It was 1906; but at least he had something of a proven track record, having taken the reins from McKinley after the former was assassinated in 1901, and the treaty seemed to be holding.


    To bestow so great an honor so early in the Presidency and with claims of the great and extraordinary things he has done is a way to both diminish the value which it has always held and to place a pressure so great on Obama that he will be fully screwed and skewered if he doesn't get Afghanistan and Iran and North Korea into peaceful harmony within their borders. While his efforts-which will hopefully be ongoing for a long while are good thus far, it slaps the faces of others who have fought far longer and harder.

    So congratulations on an honor which may prove to be disastrous.
     
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    The Norwegian Nobel Committee


    The Nobel Peace Prize for 2009


    The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.

    Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama's initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.

    Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population.

    For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world's leading spokesman. The Committee endorses Obama's appeal that "Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges."


    Oslo, October 9, 2009
     
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    reprint from my post in the Nobel thread in the etc. forum:

    getting an award that Yasser Arafat has won for "making peace", is hardly anything to crow about anymore.

    also, how do you get a "peace prize" when you have just sent thousands more troops into an existing war zone, and 240 US troops have been killed there, and 1800 afghan civilians since you took office?

    obviously Afghanistan was inherited, and i am not blaming him for that obviously, but perhaps you should get the peace prize for ending a war, not continuing it?

    also, his policy and action on Darfur, has been woefully lacking and he has done zilch on congo.

    he has talked about wanting a nuclear free world and has spoken about middle east peace...

    how does making speeches about these things, but not actually accomplishing them yet, get you a peace prize? :confused:
     
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    I hear he is a frontrunner for the Nobel Prize in Economics as well.

    He did just as much for the economy as he has done for peace, lots of lip service...
     
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    The tone he has set is extremely extremely important worldwide. Yes, now he must go on to facilitate actual reconciliation, peace, and humanitarianism.

    I am confident that, if anyone can, he will.
     
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    Hrm.. Ok so it's not a joke. I'm really shocked and I'll second what Northland said in his post. There's been nothing concrete in what he's done to really make him and the Peace Prize go together. If he rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons or toppled the North Korean or Burmese dictatorships or caused a permanent peace between India and Pakistan over Kashmir or something like that, sure. But honestly this is just uhm too wierd for words. This is gonna be a field day for the right wing, and will diminish the future awardees' accomplishments.

    Obama awarded 2009 Nobel Peace Prize - CNN.com

    What did he do in the time as President or as a candidate to make him stick out? I'd venture to say that this is just an extreme swing, a radical reaction, saying thank heavens we don't have to deal with Bush and the conservatives anymore.

    :33:
     
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    Regardless of Obama's domestic policies.... the Nobel was already a joke, we know it's been a joke, and now it's just sad. 9 months in office... nominations shortly after he took term.

    For what?

    Crazy.

    Last I checked Gitmo is still open, and Chavez and Aquavelvadad 'kinda' like him, but scoff and continue their shiate.

    Nevermind. Arafat and Gore and now Obama.

    Ah got it "Stunning decision is designed to encourage his initiatives to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world."

    "Honors promise, not actions" http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/10/09/national/w045150D42.DTL&tsp=1

    Wow, promise and not actions for Barry. A first.
     
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    This is the same as saying a "Superior" Retard won a 'Tater Sack Race.

    You have got to be fucking kidding me. Seriously.

    Fuck me if people aren't so desperate to make him look good they do THIS stupid shit.
    Eintein....Theory of Relativity...
    Obama...economic collapse, massive bailouts, unemployment, 2 wars at once, with 2 more on the way...wins "Peace" prize.

    Amerika is now officially in "fucked and collapsing" mode.

    The only real surprise here is if they give the "Runner Up Retard" prize for this Peace one to that douchebag David Letterman for "Spreading his Piece".

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    The only thing Obama has done is show up every day to his job..and be "Black".
    WOW...."Nobel" prize worthy shit right there.......
     
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    Wow... even San Franciscans less than pleased:

    Yasser Arafat (1994)
    Jimmy Carter (2002)
    I'd like to congratulate President Obama on receiving the anti-semitic Irving G. Thalberg Award.


    Reagan actually (vs promise to) ended the Cold War without firing a shot at the USSR. Odds of winning Nobel Peace Prize: 1 / 5,876,435,201.


    Actually, nothing to see here.... Muslim extremists still want us dead, and we've gone from worse president to worst president. A bunch of ultra-liberal fucknoids in Sweden carry about as much weight as the Grammy Awards.
     
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    The Nobel was awarded to Barack Obama the man, not the president. His call for civil discourse has been clear throughout his public life.
     
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    That is not what they say they awarded it to him for.



    As for civil discourse, is that what you call those bombs being dropped willynilly on civillians?

    (yes, yes. I know- George W. began the fight. Doesn't explain why Obama is escalating it.)
     
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    And that's saying something, given that the Grammy nominations are submitted and voted on by the record companies (and in the latter case a *few* musicians too). They're just a publicity engine, literally nothing more.

    And this has about the same credibility. Not to hate on Obama, but can anyone really say with a straight face that Obama has done anything to deserve this "honor"?
     
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    I agree it doesn't make much sense awarding the Peace Prize to Barack Obama after only 9 months in office. About as much sense as those condemning him for whatever it is they hate about him.

    I reckon most of the reason for the award is simply that he is not part of the Bush/Cheney cabal that was so destructive and anti peace.
     
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    As a " Tom Mccoy" wrote in the Times comments:
    [NEXT UP!]
    The Nobel Prize for literature goes to...

    Ozzie Osbourne!!!

    And the Nobel Prize for medicine goes to...

    Dr. Phil!!!!
     
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