Friday, October 9, 2009

Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

I have a few thoughts on this (are you surprised?). From what I understand the committee that decides this is already very liberal: that explains a lot. In a way, I think it's for the fact he is NOT Bush, period. It's not about him. But his ego will be fed because of this, unfortunately. My understand IS that the award was for personal accomplishments, etc- so for me, this cheapens the award.

Three other presidents have received this award- Wilson, Roosevelt, and Carter (in '02). All liberal leaning progressives (I don't like using "progressive", but that's the term so Oh well, right?), which goes back to point above, the political leanings of the NPP committee. It isn't AS much Bush in the extent that history, including today, has shown that no conservative administration- one who does not have a "one world" world view, would EVER be nominated for such thing. That gives me, for one, a great deal of thoughts to chew on to form my personal perspective of the *actual worth* of this award, as I had never truly thought about the process and people that deeply before.

One thought also, is:
"Mr. President, you just won the Nobel Peace Prize- how can you send X thousand additional troops into Afghanistan?" I see it coming.
So my question is: how much of our liberty and freedom will be given up for him to try and live up to this award?

I do however agree with Mike Huckabee's statement:
"There will be an outcry from those on the right who will say that Obama's nomination, made two weeks into his Presidency, is impossible to justify but I think such an outcry will sound like right-wing whining. The better response is simply to allow those on the left to explain what he did in his first two weeks as President that merited such recognition."
and you?

Apparently conservatives aren't the only ones wondering how Obama has won this award. As reported on Special Report with Bret Baier:

-- "Apparently Nobel prizes now being awarded to anyone who is not George Bush"
Ana Marie Cox- Twitter
Air America Correspondent

-- "He won, but for what?"
Jennifer Loven (full article)
AP Correspondent

-- "Obama also awarded Nobel prize in Chemistry. 'He's just got great chemistry,' says Nobel committee"
Ezra Klein- Twitter
Washington Post Blogger

--- couple other tweets I thought was good ;)-
"How long till the Nobel Committee just gives up the ghost and names "you!" the winner of the peace prize?"
"About to receive the Nobel for hitting 7,000 Twitter followers. Planning to share it with the world."

-- "I like Barack Obama as much as the next liberal, but this is a frace"
Peter Beinart (full article, interesting read)
Political Writer
The Daily Beast

-- "Whatever happened to awarding for deeds actually done?" ... "... giving an Oscar to a young direction for films we hope that he or she will produce"
Michael Russnow (full article)
Huffington Post Writer


  1. He didn't do anything the first two weeks. My understanding of the prize from reading the Nobel site is that it's less about accomplishing any specific goal and more about encouraging a growth towards increased world peace. Obama has done that and given the amount of positive publicity/reception his presidency has received around the world he is able to do that in a way that few other people can.

    Naturally no Republicans have won the award and of course there is a sort of bias working in Norway. They have a certain worldview that doesn't jive with most right wingers. Now you could view that as a bad thing or you could just accept that as the way it is. Either way I wouldn't disagree.

    The main thing I protest is the notion that he's going to let this "go to his head" or that it is going to cause our liberty or freedom to be given up. We gave up a lot of that during the last President's term and almost no one on the right and not nearly enough on the left protested. I know some of us saw that coming and with good cause. Here I don't see any indications that that will happen. I could be sort sighted, maybe you could enlighten me?

  2. Point one: As our British compatriots say, your analysis is spot on!

    Point two: This means I can get my master's now, right? I mean, I think I have the potential to get it and I have every intention of getting it.
    But hey... why not just give me my doctorate?