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October 09, 2009

Nobel Committee Gives Obama an "A" for Trying Really, Really Hard

I've heard of grading on a curve, but this is just surreal:

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...

Too bad there isn't a Nobel Prize for unintentional irony. Have these folks stopped to contemplate what values and attitudes are shared by a majority of the world's population lately?

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Hint to the clueless: the darker the country, the less free and democratic the government. Obama's actual achievements over the last year could aptly be summed up as a lot of lofty talk about visions followed by backing down on those visions and walking away with nothing.

I'm reminded of an old song:

Daddy didn't like trouble, but if it came along
Everyone that knew him knew which side that he'd be on
He never was a hero, or this county's shinin' light
But you could always find him standing up
For what he thought was right

He'd say you've got to stand for something
or you'll fall for anything
You've got to be your own man not a puppet on a string
Never compromise what's right and uphold your family name
You've got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything

Obama's big on talking about what's right. It's the "standing up for it" part that seems to elude him. On the other hand if we're awarding prizes for not being George Bush, I guess Obama deserves a big A+.

Obama's muscular non-confrontationalism puts him right up there with the United Nations, who have raised non-binding consensus to an art form. They deserve each other.

Posted by Cassandra at October 9, 2009 08:35 AM

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Cass, excuse me, but I need to hurl.

What an embarrassment to Nobel winners - except Gore and Carter - who actually DID something to earn the award.

I think now teh won will only be able to live and rule from open air stadia, where his head and ego might be marginally contained.


Acccck. Arrrrrrrrrgh. This is like the worst hangover I ever had! Un-effin'-believeable.

And in the meantime he vacillates on giving McChrystal the troops he asks for and has allowed (or directed) such restrictive RoEs that we are fish in a barrel.

KP

Posted by: Kbob in Katy at October 9, 2009 10:19 AM

Swedes being Swedes, I am not all that surprised that they decided to award him the Nobel. What does surprise me is:

a. Somebody had the unmitigated gall to nominate him, after 12 days in office, for having accomplished, well, absolutely nothing.

b. That there are actually people who believe he is worthy of the award and has truly earned it.

c. And, you can get the Nobel for doing nothing more the denigrating the country you were elected to lead.

Posted by: RIslander at October 9, 2009 10:50 AM

Svirge (Sweeden) = Muslim Paradise on earth. Free food, free lodging, police who are outnumbered and bound to restrictive rules of engagment, and oh so many infidel women and small boys who are afraid to offend anyone except christians and evil joooooooooooos.

How much better could it be? The only downside is the chilly winters, but the government will certainly build them warm places and provide warm clothes....and they don't have to work for any of it, because the Sweedes feel such guilt for...being Sweedish?

And yes, I am of Sweedish ancestry. I feel bad that my grandparents' home has become a muslim paradise.

Posted by: Kbob in Katy at October 9, 2009 11:51 AM

The Nobel committee has continued down the path of irrelevancy. The committee has made some fairly bad choices for the last decade or so, its anti-America agenda fits in perfectly with Mr. Obama’s. The following is a list of recent Nobel winners.
1994 Yasser Arafat (A terrorist)
2001 Kofi Annan (Anti-American Politician)
2002 Jimmy Carter (Anti American Politician)
2005 Mohamed El Baradei (A fool and a Liar)
2007 Al Gore (A large fool and liar)
2009 Barrack Obama (Anti-American Politician)

This is a collection of Leftist doofuses, unknown bureaucrats, petty dictators, terrorists, conmen, and crooks. What distinguished company, Mister President “No Clue”. The continuing journey to mental retardation is firmly imbedded in our society; this is not all that different from giving an Oscar to a pedophile.

Posted by: Majik at October 9, 2009 12:06 PM

Look at the previous winners, at least those Nobel Laureates *cough* *cough* *hack* *patuee!* of the past 15 years, and tell me what the prize actually means...

In my humble estimation it has attained, or is well on the way towards attaining, all of the prestige of a Cracker Jack prize, albeit one with a larger cash award plus an Antithetical To US Interests bumper sticker for the Limo.

Posted by: bt_survey_says_hun at October 9, 2009 12:07 PM

Or what Majik said...

Posted by: bt_survey_says_hun at October 9, 2009 12:08 PM

Wait'll they have to sit through his acceptance speech...

Posted by: BillT at October 9, 2009 12:31 PM

My apologies to all - I forgot they moved Oslo to Norway.

Posted by: RIslander at October 9, 2009 12:35 PM

RIslander,

But A.Nobel was a Sweede. Nothing to apologize for.

Posted by: Kbob in Katy at October 9, 2009 01:33 PM

apparently, the peace prize is givien by the Norwegian committee while the science and literature and others are done by the Sweedish committee...

Posted by: olga at October 9, 2009 02:10 PM

True dat. Leave the apologies to Obie.

Going to Oslo will give him the chance to apologize to the Norgers because Americans don't eat much lutefisk with mashed peas.

Posted by: BillT at October 9, 2009 02:12 PM

sour grapes ...

Posted by: I Call BS at October 10, 2009 02:50 AM

sour grapes...

Translation: "As usual, I've got nothing of substance to offer in rebuttal."

Posted by: BillT at October 10, 2009 04:00 AM

I believe that even Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King Jr., Norman Borlaug, and Al Gore all needed more than two weeks in a position of authority to be able to accomplish their goals, Nobel or not.

Posted by: LittleRed1 at October 10, 2009 10:06 AM

LR1, you silly goose -- the Nobel Committee is *psychic*. They based the award on his masterful housing winterization duct-tape work for Habitat For Humanity in 2032...

Posted by: Pithecanthropus deBille at October 10, 2009 10:13 AM

...and you have no idea how difficult that was to type without benefit of opposable thumbs.

Posted by: Pithecanthropus deBille at October 10, 2009 10:14 AM

Hint to the clueless: the darker the country, the less free and democratic the government.

I'm reporting that slander to MauveOn-dot-org, Missy...

Posted by: BillT at October 10, 2009 04:05 PM

:)

Posted by: Cassandra at October 10, 2009 04:32 PM

"Hint to the clueless: the darker the country, the less free and democratic the government.

I'm reporting that slander to MauveOn-dot-org, Missy...

Posted by: BillT at October 10, 2009 04:05 PM"

I wondered if it was just my PC-klaxon that went off on that turn of the phrasymbologism. What with me being a clandestine practitioner of the, dare I say dark arts, of the VRWC and all that Illuminatiiiiiiii stuff.

Posted by: bt_29th_degree_hun at October 10, 2009 04:32 PM

Dark arts? Illuminati?

LUCENTIST!!!!!!

Posted by: BillT at October 10, 2009 05:11 PM

"He'd say you've got to stand for something
or you'll fall for anything"

That reminds me of two other old sayings:

A man who believes in nothing will believe in anything (Chesterton)

Don't be so open-minded your brains fall out (Anon)

Obama also proved his arrogance by being the first President in 18 years not to meet with a real Peace Prize winner: the Dalai Lama.

But then, he was only following orders from China.

Posted by: ZZMike at October 13, 2009 08:37 PM

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