President Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize (Updated)
Sorry - not a joke or a misprint. Well, not a joke in the sense that writing something so ridiculous must obviously be untrue and I'm just going for laughs.
It is not a misprint either. The former community organizer who took office 9 months ago has been honored with the Nobel Prize for Peace.
Fox News has the citation:
"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.
Obama was not nominated based on what he had accomplished as president because he had been in office for less than two weeks.
I would add a simple, declarative WTF and leave it at that.
Sammy Benoit adds:
At first I thought it was a joke. Barack Obama wins the Nobel Peace prize? For what exactly? I ran to check my calendar, no it wasn't April 1st, why were they they telling joke news stories on Fox? OMG they are telling the same news story on MSNBC and CNN. They give the Nobel Peace Prize for running around the world and trashing your own country?
Today the famous peace prize named after the guy who spent his life creating and manufacturing weapons of war, descended into ridiculousness. Of course the Person who who nominated Obama was even more ridiculous, after all nominations had to be filed by February first, less than two weeks after Obama became President.
According to the Committee the POTUS won the Nobel Peace Prize on for giving the world "hope for a better future" and striving for nuclear disarmament. And he did all that between January 20th and February 1.
"The decision to award one of the world's top accolades to a president less than nine months into his first term, who has yet to score a major foreign policy success, came as a big surprise and provoked strong international criticism as well as praise.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised Obama for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples".
The first African-American to hold his country's highest office, Obama has called for disarmament and worked to restart the stalled Middle East peace process since taking office in January.
"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 in a citation.
In a speech in Prague in April, Obama declared: "So today, I state clearly and with conviction America's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons."
But he was not the first American president to set that goal, and acknowledged it might not be reached in his lifetime. (Source)"
This is not the first weird Peace Prize Award, other recent strange awards included, Al Gore, Yassir Arafat, and Mohamed ElBaradei (the head of the IAEA who has been covering up Iraq's nuke program).
The last ten winners include:
The Nobel Committee evidently is engaged in a campaign to trivialize the award and its prestige with this absurd choice. True, Jimmy Carter and Yassir Arafat have already set the bar so low that it would seem no further indignities could possibly be worse. But for all their faults, at least the two anti-Semites chosen earlier had long careers on the world stage. Obama's nomination before he had actually accomplished much beyond getting elected has an absurdity to it that is different in tone to the craziness of awarding a the Peace prize to a murderous thief like Arafat.
Rarely has an award had such an obvious political and partisan intent. It was clearly seen by the Norwegian Nobel committee as a way of expressing European gratitude for an end to the Bush Administration, approval for the election of America's first black president and hope that Washington will honour its promise to re-engage with the world.Instead, the prize risks looking preposterous in its claims, patronising in its intentions and demeaning in its attempt to build up a man who has barely begun his period in office, let alone achieved any tangible outcome for peace.
Mark Roth adds:
I guess that additional troops for Afghanistan are out of the question now. Is this a form of international meddling in our foreign affairs?
"[Obama's] 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."
Update from Thomas Lifson (hat tip: Lucianne.com)
Mickey Kaus has a brilliant suggestion (hat tip: Lucainne.com):
Turn it down! Politely decline. Say he's honored but he hasn't had the time yet to accomplish what he wants to accomplish. Result: He gets at least the same amount of glory--and helps solve his narcissism problem and his Fred Armisen ('What's he done?') problem, demonstrating that he's uncomfortable with his reputation as a man overcelebrated for his potential long before he's started to realize it.
The transnational progressives who pass out these accolades believe America is the problem in the world, the main threat to peace, the impediment to "progress," etc. The award is a symbolic statement of opposition to American exceptionalism, American might, American capitalism, American self-determinism, and American pursuit of America's interests in the world. That is why Obama could win it based on only 10 days in office - merely by capturing the White House and the levers of power, he stands to do more for the Left's "knock America off its pedestal" program than any figure in history.
Scott Boerman writes us:
The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Obama and the subsequent statements of the committee chairman reveal that the committee is now shameless about its interventionist goals.
The committee said it attached "special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons,"
Steve McCann adds:
An ego unmatched in United States presidential history will now be beyond unsufferable. His denigration of our country has paid personal dividends already.
Even left commentators are appalled, and see the potential for backlash. Peter Beinart at The Daily Beast:
... by giving him the Nobel Prize as a kind of "atta boy," the Nobel Committee is actually just highlighting the gap that conservatives have long highlighted: between Obamamania as global hype and Obama's actual accomplishments.
I had always thought the way these things worked was that you helped bring peace or democracy to some corner of the globe first, and then you won the Nobel Prize. But this year, the Nobel Committee has turned that logic around: It clearly likes what Obama is trying to do: on nuclear disarmament, climate change and Middle East peace-and so, in a "preemptive" strike, it's giving him the award now, in hopes that doing so will boost his chances of success later. It's an interesting idea. Perhaps next they'll start giving Oscars not to the people who have made the best movies of last year, but to the people who have the best chance of making the best movies next year. ....I like Barack Obama as much as the next liberal, but this is a farce. He's done nothing to deserve the prize.
What do you suppose Michelle Obama will wear to the ceremonies? And will she give a press conference to recall how she sat on her daddy's lap and watched Dr. Ralph Bunche, the first African-American win the Nobel Prize in 1950? Oh! That was before she was born.
David Paulin adds:
...as a nation conceived in original sin, one that has gone on to commit offenses against the world for which it must now atone. And Obama views himself as the special instrument through which America can finally purify herself, join the world of other nations as an equal rather than a leader, and go forth and sin no more.
...Mitt Romney, speaking at a recent Foreign Policy Initiative conference, indicated "that Obama shares the view of certain 'foreign-policy circles' that American is 'in decline' and that it is his job to manage America's decline."But that doesn't quite capture the flavor of Obama's mission. Obama is not merely observing a downward trend and trying to shepherd this nation through the process. He believes such a downward direction is the morally proper one for America and Americans, the only way we can be forgiven our manifold sins and emerge purified through humility and sacrifice.Obama also believes that he is the special instrument by which the nation can accomplish this transformation. That, more than any specific policy on any specific issue, is the goal of Obama's presidency: the shriving and humbling of America. That is what Obama means by "fundamental change."
News that President Obama received the Nobel Peace elicited a gasp from the anchor of afternoon newsreel of Israel Broadcasting Authority Radio on Friday - "Well, now that is a surprise", she said with some spontaneity.Within an hour of the announcement, Reuven Rivlin, veteran speaker of the Israel Knesset Parliament, warned that "Someone who gets a peace prize should not force-feed Israel with his version of peace", going on to say that he hoped that the peace prize would not inspire the president to "dictate a peace accord to Israel"Israel has reason to be concerned.The committee that awards the Nobel Peace prize is comprised of officials from the Norwegian political elite, as opposed to other Nobel prizes for excellence in science, education, health or other scholarly concerns.
The announcement of this prize occurs at a time that Norway remains almost the only European nation to recognize, aid and abet the Hamas regime in Gaza, at a time when Norway sanctions boycotts of some Israeli companies, and at at time when Norway openly funds movements in Israel that advocate the expulsion of Jewish communities from Judea, Samaria, the Golan and Jerusalem.
Matthew May adds:
Richard Baehr adds:
The Nobel Committee admitted the award was not for accomplishment. Of course that is nothing new: Jimmy Carter, Mohammed El Baradei, Yassar Ararat, UN peacekeepers, Kofi Annan, were all a bit short on the accomplishment side of the ledger.
In Al Gore's case, he has the accomplishment problem as well as winning for promoting something completely unrelated to the directive of Nobel in establishing the prize. To be clear Obama won for these reasons: first and foremost, he is Barack Obama. In other words, he is America's first black President, and he is not George Bush.
He also says things that are pleasing to hear to those who do not want America as a world leader. Arizona State University had Obama speak at its commencement this year, but would not give him an Honorary Degree, since he had not accomplished enough yet to earn it. The Nobel nominations had to be in by February 1, 11 days after Obama took office. So somebody was very impressed with those first 11 days.
Ed Lasky adds:
The worst danger that few are pointing to is that this will just make Obama more resistant to using any force -- it validates his fecklessness and lifts it up to a virtue. He is frozen now -- and will continue abandoning allies, pressuring Israelis, empowering adversaries-because, you know, it wins him prestigious prizes.