Update: To Obama – Just Say ‘No’. There’s a growing hope Obama will have the sense to turn this down. Don’t hold your breath!
2nd Update: You can breath again. He disappointed … again.
Comment at end
9th October, 2009
ABOLUTELY CRAZILY INCREDIBLE
As I lifted my jaw, Gordon-Brown style, up an inch or two, the value of the Nobel Peace Prize dropped several miles in my estimation.
They’ve awarded it to WHOM?
BARACK (THE WORLD’S SAVIOUR) OBAMA!?
THE NOTHING PRIZE
This has got to be the WORST EVER DECISION by that once-highly respected body. The worst EVER.
Not because Obama doesn’t mean well – the old woman next door means well – but because he was five minutes in the job and suddenly he’s the world’s peace-maker. I understate for emphasis – he was actually TWO WEEKS in the job before he was seen to deserve to be listed for this nomination. And nine months in the job before he got it.
WHY? What has happened since? World peace? Worldwide nuclear disarmament? A Middle East peace setlement? An unclenched fist from Iran?
I always understood that the Nobel Prize was not politically motivated and looked at all nominations’ track-records over a lengthy period.
Saying is NOT doing.
The Nobel Prize is suddenly the Nothing Prize.
Time to set up a new peace prize for those who have actually DONE something and not just said something.
“OSLO, Norway – President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said, citing his outreach to the Muslim world and attempts to curb nuclear proliferation.
The stunning choice made Obama the third sitting U.S. president to win the Nobel Peace Prize and shocked Nobel observers because Obama took office less than two weeks before the Feb. 1 nomination deadline. Obama’s name had been mentioned in speculation before the award but many Nobel watchers believed it was too early to award the president.
“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,” the committee said. “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.”
(More here if you must. I can’t stand reading it.)
Earlier report on possible candidates. These three might well have raised eyebrows too – but at least they’ve DONE something in politics!
“Former US President Bill Clinton, former British Premier Tony Blair and Sarkozy are among the frontrunners for Nobel Peace Prize 2009.”
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