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October 09, 2009

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Ranger

Actually, I don't know how much giving it back will matter. The real damage is already done. The average voter has already had the WTF moment. Obama would prevent any futher damage by turning it down, but I think this already hurts him in some very important ways.

Appalled

CH:

I've been thinking, lately, that Obama's vanity could lead him into a "Katrina" moment. I think the moment's here.

If Obama, on the other hand, can deliver a statement on potential vs reality, and manage some seemingly genuine self-depracation, he could probably revitalize his Presidency.

For the Nobel Peace Prize, on the other hand, there's no hope. They blew it.

Rob Crawford

If he gives it back, I bet that he'll do so in a way that makes him look like an even bigger douchebag.

justonebullet

I agree with Rush. This is worse than the Olympic fiasco. Now the whole world is focussed on how little he has achieved and the monkey will cling on to his back until he succeeds at something important.

Drudge says Obama will likely say he will accept the award on "behalf of Americans and America's values" (since he came into office, I bet). But he'll keep the cash. Nothing for you guys.

Gabriel Sutherland

At first I thought Obama was a nightmare, but now I am thinking it is just a sketch that will never end.

He's got to be the best of all time in the first impressions department.

Liberty's Roar

As I blogged earlier:
Libs Force Obama To Jump The Shark: This is actually pretty funny. Obama’s supporters have finally had this Affirmative Action Manchurian Candidate officially jump the shark by awarding him the Nobel Peace Prize. His entire life is one of unearned achievement and this time, even his sycophantic supporters are casting their eyes downward in shame.

lynndh

This is so so dangerous. Now, there can be no criticism of BO, all his programs will have to be implemented. And our enemies will take it to the bank and cause real problems, problems he can't handle. We are so screwed. A very bad joke on the world.

narciso

It's Karen De Young, she was the lead ???Sandinista booster at the Post, Rick,thirty years ago, hasn't learned anything since. But you're right, it's MacCrystal, Petraeus,
Casey, and then Mullen; and the last two are a backstop against any action

Rick Ballard

"But he'll keep the cash. Nothing for you guys."

I'm betting on a big donation to the Roman Polanski Home for Wayward Girls.

clarice

Or the Bill Ayers School for Budding Autobiographers.

Gabriel Sutherland

Job creation numbers
40K in Australia
31K in Canada

The United States is talking about a second stimulus. Ugh.

Rob Crawford

This is so so dangerous. Now, there can be no criticism of BO, all his programs will have to be implemented.

Nah. A stupid prize awarded by a pack of Eurotrash doesn't insulate anyone from criticism.

Thomas Collins

I don't think he'll give it back. He'll give a blah-blah speech on how his Administration has started the process of nuclear disarmament and international dispute arbitration but there is so much more to do.

Bill Ayers no doubt had to change his morning plans. Ayers didn't think he'd be drafting a prize acceptance speech this morning.

centralcal

He is accepting the award as a call to action.

(urp)

Pofarmer

his writing has gotten increasingly trite, mean-spirited and rife with errors.

The left in a nutshell these days.

Topsecretk9

NOBLE PEACE FOR PRESENT!

This is not exactly an "Emperor has no clothes" moment; more like, "The Emepror is not quite as well dressed as some people have been screaming at me".

Don't tell Davd Brooks that.

Pofarmer

At the same time, and amazingly enough, the Pulitzer Prize for Literature went to Sarah Palin for her stated intention “to read a book someday.” The former Alaska governor was described as “floored” by the award, announced in Stockholm by nude Swedes beating themselves with birch branches, and insisted that while she was very busy right now, someday she would make good on her vow to read a book. “You’ll see,” she said from her winter home in San Diego.

Is CNN gonna fact check that?

Captain Hate

Ahh the Ditherer in Chief is so easy to predict: Any bauble, no matter how phony, to adorn his man-boobs is too difficult to resist. What a punk.

Topsecretk9

I do believe this the first time a telepromter has ever won the Nobel peace prize.

glasater

Man is Zero an actor....just the right touch of humility.

Did he get healthcare in there or was it a reference for climate change I heard?

Original MikeS

I wish some one would tell the President who wants to begin to rid the world of nuclear weapons, that the previous President already began to rid the world of nuclear weapons by approximately 2 thirds.

Semanticleo

"Not since "The Tuxedo" has an empty suit been so powerful."

Maguire;

Your polyester suit of personal accomplishments makes you the winner of
the "SOUR GRAPES' award.

How many votes did Obama get, this time?

Semanticleo

"the previous President already began to rid the world of nuclear weapons by approximately 2 thirds."

Previous efforts at ending the Cold War never stopped y'all from proclaiming victory for Reagan, who just happened to be in the right place at the right time.

Racial overtones, anyone?

Neo

If Obama has gotten the Nobel Prize for doing as much as he has .. I can't wait to see what he doesn't do next.

PeterUK

"Your polyester suit of personal accomplishments makes you the winner of
the "SOUR GRAPES' award."

Septic,there is a vast difference between achievements and glittering prizes. Obama is going to end up looking like a Ruritanian President.

Captain Hate

Commenting on a blog to point out how insignificant the host is broke my irony meter.

Rob Crawford

Don't tell me -- semen-boy's ticked off at an act of lese majesty?

Ranger

I will say one thing, Obama has brought about at least one point of agreement between the left and the right:

[T]here are simply no meaningful "peace" accomplishment[s] in his record -- at least not yet -- and there's plenty of the opposite. That's what makes this Prize so painfully and self-evidently ludicrous.

That's Glenn Greenwald being quoted approvingly over at http://www.talkleft.com/story/2009/10/9/111855/894>TalkLeft.

BTD adds:

I take it he [Obama] hopes this goes away quickly.

Rocco

Just heard a caller on the radio call it the Nobel Appease Prize...HEH

clarice

Give your opponents lots of rope and they'll do it for you.

MayBee

LTC John - I know you are making a joke, but I think you are so so so brave.
xoxxo

Militant Banana

Ahh the Ditherer in Chief is so easy to predict: Any bauble, no matter how phony, to adorn his man-boobs is too difficult to resist. What a punk.

Just what I was thinking: You want a medal or a chest to pin it on? They have to give KING BABY something after loosing the Olympics for Chicago. Man, the dude can't even bowl decent!

This is all calculated, getting him ready for the next job. Just like he claimed not to be running for President when he was the Junior Senator. Now, we know he will be running for UN Secretary General or King of the World.

The End Times are coming. Wrong is right, Down is Up, inaction is rewarded, ideas are more important than results. The forces are aligned against Israel and it is now only a matter of time until war breaks out.

John 3:19 - This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.

jimmyk

Althouse: "Barack Obama can now proceed undistracted by thoughts of what he would need to do to win the Nobel Prize. Go totally hawkish. Kick Iran's ass. Anything you want. Ah ha ha ha ha."

Ranger

The irony here is that by doing this, the Nobel people have probably robbed Obama of the joy of fulfilling one of his life long dreams. Now he will have to slink off to Oslo and damp down the press on it to keep from reminding everyone just how absurd this whole thing is. If they had given it to in in 2012 (which would have been very feasable given that we will be "out of Iraq" by 2011, so they could have awarded it for "ending the Iraq war") he could have flown off in triumph and basked in the glory. Now it will be a joke for the rest of his life.

Militant Banana

Great article over AT at LUN.

PeterUK

What will the Reverend Jeremiah Wright say? That medal has an image of a dead white man on it.

Semanticleo

"The End Times are coming. Wrong is right, Down is Up, inaction is rewarded, ideas are more important than results. The forces are aligned against Israel and it is now only a matter of time until war breaks out.

John 3:19 - This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil."

There's your base, Righties. I know you like to be more covert about your sympathies, and don't appreciate the exposure, but your White Power/Christian compatrots want your audible support.

Rob Crawford

Now semen-boy's attacking people who didn't bow before his supposed massive intellect, right?

clarice

elsewhere in (Europe) Unicornlandia:
"French authorities have arrested an engineer working at the Cern nuclear research lab on suspicion of links with al-Qaeda.

The suspected Islamist, one of a pair of Algerian brothers detained today, worked at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern) on the Franco-Swiss border just outside Geneva. "

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article6868246.ece

Those WH vetters seem to be everywhere.

The brothers were arrested in the town of Vienne in southeastern France and are suspected of being close to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), also known as al-Qaeda’s north African wing.

sylvia

I think this is the soft bigotry of low expectations.

PeterUK

Septic.You must know that Christ renounced earthly baubles. Obama is collecting "earthly pleasures".

Rocco

Wei Jingsheng, a Chinese dissident known as "the father of Chinese democracy", was imprisoned more than 15 years for speaking out against a totalitarian communist regime. Mr Jingsheng used toilet paper while incarcerated to scribble his book.

Barack Obama was awarded the Noble Peace Prize after less than 15 days in office. President Obama used a member of the communist regime, who should have been incarcerated, to scribble his book.

Cecil Turner

This just keeps getting better. Carter: Obama's Nobel 'bold statement' of support:

Carter says the award shows the Obama administration represents hope not only for Americans, but for people around the world.
Dang, that's so touching I'm misting up. Carter probably doesn't even see the humor, either. Beautiful.

Those Norsemen.  Epic fail.

There's nothing quite like hanging an albatross around his neck. Now the contrast between a non peaceful world and Obama's mad rhetoric is going to come to everyone's mind whenever a shot is fired in anger anywhere in the world. Hey, where's the cop on the beat? Heh, retired to Texas, he is. Do you miss him yet?
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Militant Banana

There's your base, Righties. I know you like to be more covert about your sympathies, and don't appreciate the exposure, but your White Power/Christian compatrots want your audible support.

My guess is that you are a troll, but I will feed you anyways.

I could care less about what color someone is, it is what they do in accordance with a moral compass. Obama seems to have NONE - I guess you get what you PAY FOR. At least Obama admitted today that he did nothing to receive this award, only what he COULD DO.

Can you not see that trouble is on the horizon, approaching fast? Do you willfully ignore that Israel will soon be attacked or be attacking to protect themselves? Are you so blind by your own self-centeredness?

I guess it takes all kinds, but we sure could do with less of kinds like you! Don't go away mad, just go away!

clarice

"hoppet shark" In case you were wondering what jumped the shark in Norwegian looks like.

Hoppetin' Hoplites.

hoppet change, heh.
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PeterUK

"I can give you all the kingdoms of the earth in a moment of time" - Obama,"OK!.

It's OK, Leo; you can tag along as soon as the elephants pass.

Now really, Leo, you're smart enough to see how this is effecting Obama's base? It's a charade and they're seeing themselves as leaders of this absurd parade. Consciousness has been raised. It's all good.
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The meaning of indulgence.

Way OT, indulge me, but there's a study by a couple of Canadian psychologists which demonstrates that those who accrue indulgences to themselves by shopping 'green' are more likely to subsequently lie and steal.
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Militant Banana

Way OT, indulge me, but there's a study by a couple of Canadian psychologists which demonstrates that those who accrue indulgences to themselves by shopping 'green' are more likely to subsequently lie and steal.

I believe this goes hand on hand with the new light bulbs. People end up using more electricity since they feel that they have saved some. I guess they feel "entitled".

I've got an en-titlement for them: Stupid, Can't Fix That.

peter

My take is that the Nobel committee did this to handcuff Obama on Iran. We have to use bunker busting nukes on Iran, and now that Obama has received a Nobel Prize for his work on nuclear disarmament, the U.S. cannot even use surgical nukes. Boycott Norwegian products. (oh, i forgot they don't make anything there.)

LTC John

Peter, I rather think you have that right. Unfortunately.

Maybee - if not soiling myself while being mortared or whilst walking through mines counts, then I guess I am "brave". Thanks, regardless of my status!

Will the a future NPP go to the next Democratic Party nominee for President of the US. Why wait for two whole weeks of serving in office?

clarice

I think Althouse has it right guys--Now Obama can do ANYTHING!! He already got the damned prize.

Charlie (Colorado)

Previous efforts at ending the Cold War never stopped y'all from proclaiming victory for Reagan, who just happened to be in the right place at the right time.

With the right intentions.

Soylent Red

How much do you want to bet that Zero starts wearing the damn medal to UN events, or at the SOTU address or something?

I mean, his heart's inthe right place, but to get up to speed the guy has a lot of catching up to do.

(I know cleo...I'm a racist, blah, blah, blah)

Gregory Koster

Once again:

a) We are all serving a four year sentence.
b) There's nothing to be done about it.
c) Those howling for impeachment need quinine.
d) Once will accept.
e) Rolo will shriek that she has nothing to wear for the awarding cere"money" so she's gotta spend the award dough on new gowns that have been disenged with the aid of LSD.
f) The moment foreign affairs blow up, this will look as ridiculous to the world as it does to us.
g) Who wants to bet that foreign affairs WON'T blow up in the next three years?
h) Think you understand a bit better how Churchill felt in June 1940? Or Lincoln most of the time 1861-1864?
i) A prideful spirit like The Once and his tatterdemalion supporters will be stung by jeering and laughter far more than by sputtering.
j) You'll feel better for laughing too.
k) Remember, Sweden stayed neutral in both World Wars, placidly raking in dough which they are slowly giving to their new Muslim overlords.
l) Norway was governed by Vidkun Quisling in World War II.

RichatUF

Boycott Norwegian products. (oh, i forgot they don't make anything there.)

Oil. 2.7 million bbl/day.

The going rate for a Nobel Peace Prize is $25 million. I'm sure some of the Billionaires for Obama have that as pocket change.

Constant Gina

Congratulations to President Obama!

SWarren

Clarice,
He already got the damned prize.

Obama knew he had been nominated even though we didn't, or at least I didn't.

He has been actively pursuing it with everything he has done to date. (closing Gitmo, agreeing with Putin to disarmament, stopping the defense shield in Europe, no response to the uprising in Iran, etc etc.) Yesterday he said we will not pursue the Taliban, only Al Qaida since that is the acceptable enemy. The one thing that could nix his prize was sending a large increase of troops to Afghanistan.

My contention is that he HAS to agree to a troop increase but has been dithering for the last two months precisely because he wanted to attain the "'Prize" first.

McChrystal was supposed to meet with him today but that meeting was delayed to allow him to bask in the glory of his prize.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

There is no way that Michelle would let him turn down $1.4 million in prize money.

RichatUF

Oooh, I bet Bill Clinton is going to be real mad. Clinton spent his entire presidency chasing after it and got stuck with Arafat giving him the finger at Camp David instead.

MayBee

Maybee - if not soiling myself while being mortared or whilst walking through mines counts, then I guess I am "brave". Thanks, regardless of my status!

Yeah, but I know you never spill your martini, baby. That counts for something.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Any comments on this assertion?

Congress Will Have To Approve Obama’s Peace Prize

So says the Constitution:

There’s a problem for President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize victory and it’s not his inexperience. From Article I, Section 9 of that neglected curio, the U.S. Constitution:

“No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

Per Wikipedia, the Nobel Prize is awarded as follows:

”...the Norwegian Nobel Committee consists of five members elected by the Norwegian Storting (the Norwegian parliament).[9] In its first stage, several thousand people are asked to nominate candidates. These names are scrutinized and discussed by experts in their specific disciplines until only the winners remain. This slow and thorough process is arguably what gives the prize its importance. Despite this, there have been questionable awards and questionable omissions over the prize’s century-long history.”

While the Norwegian Parliament has no say in who receives the prize, the role it plays in selecting the committee ties it to the state. Congress will have to vote on whether to allow Obama to accept the prize.

MayBee

Sara- it does seem odd that a president can't accept money from a domestic entity, but could take cash from a foreign entity.

Although there are always weird exceptions like Presidential Libraries.

bgates

Go totally hawkish. Kick Iran's ass. Anything you want.

One of those things is not like the others.

bgates

proclaiming victory for Reagan

Find me somebody who said, in the fall of 1981, that Reagan had won the Cold War.

Gregory Koster

Bgates, how about the Professional Air Traffice Controllers Organization gang who certainly knew RR had won the Cold War, but were too busy complaining about the size twelve bootprints on their backsides as they picked themselves outa the gutter to actually say anything about it. The rest of us didn't say anything because we were too busy cheering or laughing.

Captain Hate

If there's any comfort I can take in this whole fiasco (other than the Nobel jerkoffs completely beclowning themselves and Bammy passing up a fat one right in the wheelhouse that even a twat like him could jack out of the park; seriously if he would've refused that award we'd shortly be getting BammyDontCare and Crap and Slayed suppositories) it's that Slick has to be more furious than when he found out what a slob Monica was. I feel sorry for whoever has to listen to him blubber and whine about how "unfair" it is; particularly if it's a working girl from an escort service.

fdcol63

LOL - No amount of suffering by the Clintons is enough.

daddy

Wish I was overseas in Asia today so I could see how this is probably being misrepresented by the Beeb and CNN International to their captive audiences around the world.

Nice to see the French and some Brits are calling BS, but I'd like to know if the rest of the world are as effective Bullshit spotters as we are today.

Anybody out there doing a steady dose of Richard Quest or Hard Talk have an update?

Seixon

Jumped the shark -> Norwegian -> "hoppet haien"

Doesn't make sense in Norwegian directly translated though, natch.

trentk269

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larry

FYI peeps, the joint chiefs are not in the chain of command. LUN

PD

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Now that's something worth spamming friends and relatives with.

DRF

TM

I do not understand why the Yankees want to win like that.

The strike zone gets smaller for the opposition every inning. The umpires so intimidated they call balls foul that are fair by a yard.

And they do not need it they are a great team.They will not win the World Series of course No bullpen depth.

DRF

Jim Ryan

I have decided that I am a great man. Just a great, great, great, great man.

Jim Ryan

I think of great men, like myself. Sparticus. Obama. Roosevelt. Odysseus. Washington. Sinatra. Costello. Clinton. Great men.

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