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The Nobel Prize for Treason

What the hqiz?



To quote O. Henry, "Having searched the thesaurus in vain for adjectives, I must, as a substitution, hie me to comparison in the form of a recipe."

Take of sadness 40 parts,
disgust 20 parts,
astonishment 15 parts,
nausea 15 parts,
resignation 10 parts.

Mix.

Aung San Suu Kyi. Desmond Tutu. Nelson Mandela. Mother Teresa. Martin Luther King, Jr. These people deserve such honors. They did something for world peace. They sacrificed much for the benefit of the world.

I want world peace as much as Barack Obama... if you're awarding prizes for intention, I can send you my address.

Gah.



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alaskawolf
Oct. 9th, 2009 11:08 am (UTC)
yeah i thought you actually had to DO something to win it
(Anonymous)
Oct. 9th, 2009 11:13 am (UTC)
Did he do something to deserve it yet? Huh? Are the peace Nobels awarded for the things you might possibly achieve in your lifetime if you get a chance?
(Anonymous)
Oct. 9th, 2009 11:14 am (UTC)
Sorry, that was me, Kitty
dhlawrence
Oct. 9th, 2009 11:24 am (UTC)
A bit premature, I'd say. Let's see him disarm Iran or North Korea without firing a shot, first.
dewhitton
Oct. 9th, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC)
Treason? That's a bit harsh.

But I'm puzzled about why he got the peace prize. All he's done is stand at a podium and tell everyone that fighting is bad.
sleepyjohn00
Oct. 9th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Well, his predecessor stood at the same podium and announced a crusade. There's an improvement in there somewhere, right?
marmoe
Oct. 9th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
Seconded.
deckardcanine
Oct. 9th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
I'm finally sold on the idea that the Nobel Peace Prize has become too politically bent for credibility. I defended Al Gore's win once and reconsidered later. But this just seals it. "For his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples"? Right.

Of course, the award has long gone to people I didn't think of as peacemakers. Teddy Roosevelt and especially Woodrow Wilson come to mind.
sleepyjohn00
Oct. 9th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
Well, if nothing else, he's cured us of Mad Cowboy Disease. That's worth a lot.

Hey, if they can award a Peace Prize to Henry Kissinger, there are no standards.
ccdesan
Oct. 9th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
I agree with that. I looked at the list of laureates and it's full of people who were obviously political tools, on both sides of the spectrum.
r_caton
Oct. 9th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
Wasn't Wilson the architect of the League of Nations?
r_caton
Oct. 9th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
Mad Cowboy Disease
LOL.
secoh
Oct. 10th, 2009 06:43 am (UTC)
I +1 that LOL!
marmoe
Oct. 10th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
Inc(LOL)
marmoe
Oct. 9th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
Has Obama earned it? No. I just hope he will.

The Nobel prizes never were meant to be awarded for retrospect life achievements, the way they are usually handled today. In his will Nobel wanted them to be awarded to those benefiting mankind most during the preceding year (singular!).

From my point of view, the other side of the Atlantic, I am distressed at the petty fighting between Reps and Dems. The US deserves better, the world deserves better. Bush failed on his watch both at keeping outside friends and warding the economy. Obama is faced with the clean up operation. At least he is trying to talk to other nations again, not just about them, as Bush did. The world can do with a bit more of "we" rather than "me, me and me". That's what the committee emphasized, IMHO, for better or worse.
bayliss
Oct. 9th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
seconded.

"Slàinte!"
leadsporkofdoom
Oct. 9th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
Sorry this is a big post, I got this in my mail:
This morning, Michelle and I awoke to some surprising and humbling news. At 6 a.m., we received word that I'd been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009.

To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who've been honored by this prize -- men and women who've inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.

But I also know that throughout history the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it's also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes.

That is why I've said that I will accept this award as a call to action, a call for all nations and all peoples to confront the common challenges of the 21st century. These challenges won't all be met during my presidency, or even my lifetime. But I know these challenges can be met so long as it's recognized that they will not be met by one person or one nation alone.

This award -- and the call to action that comes with it -- does not belong simply to me or my administration; it belongs to all people around the world who have fought for justice and for peace. And most of all, it belongs to you, the men and women of America, who have dared to hope and have worked so hard to make our world a little better.

So today we humbly recommit to the important work that we've begun together. I'm grateful that you've stood with me thus far, and I'm honored to continue our vital work in the years to come.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama
ccdesan
Oct. 10th, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
Re: Sorry this is a big post, I got this in my mail:
Well that's certainly a worthy response...

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