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Pres. Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize!
« on: October 09, 2009, 03:44:28 am »
What great news! Barack Obama has been chosen the winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize!  ;D
Do you prefer a hero who will confirm your deepest fears? Or a hero who will inspire faith in humanity and goodness?

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Re: Pres. Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize!
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2009, 05:50:20 am »
He's a REAL American Hero!

Why it's taking so long for Americans to recognize what the rest of the world sees is beyond me!
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Re: Pres. Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize!
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2009, 06:23:49 am »
The vote was unanimous.

The voters were academics, diplomats, and the like.

Think about THAT for a second.

Also think about this: The award was for increasing the cooperation among nations. Now Obama just got the Presidency. So what he has gotten the award for is essentially not being George W. Bush. It’s a sobering reminder of just HOW MUCH GEORGE W. BUSH’S ASS WAS HATED THE WORLD OVER.

And all this just a week after Conservatives were chuckling to themselves about Obama failing to win the Olympics for Chicago.

Now what are they going to say?

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Re: Pres. Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize!
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2009, 06:48:58 am »
And all this just a week after Conservatives were chuckling to themselves about Obama failing to win the Olympics for Chicago.

Now what are they going to say?




"THIS IS ALL A RUSE BY THE DRIVE-BY MEDIA TO GAIN CREDIBILITY!!! HE'S STILL A SOCIALIST!!! I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK!!! WE WILL STILL BREAK HIM! HE WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS THE WORST PRESIDENT IN US HISTORY!!! LONG LIVE THE CONFEDERACY!!!"

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Re: Pres. Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize!
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2009, 07:15:47 am »
So he beat out T'challa for the award!


WOW!

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Re: Pres. Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize!
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2009, 07:21:31 am »
Now what are they going to say?


Michael Steele Attacks Obama Over Nobel Peace Prize. Yes, Really.

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By David Weigel 10/9/09 9:58 AM

The Republican National Committee has issued a political response to the president’s Nobel Peace Prize, blasting the Nobel Committee for denying the prize to unnamed “tireless advocates” and attacking the president’s domestic record. The quote, from RNC Chairman Michael Steele:

    The real question Americans are asking is, “What has President Obama actually accomplished?” It is unfortunate that the president’s star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights. One thing is certain — President Obama won’t be receiving any awards from Americans for job creation, fiscal responsibility, or backing up rhetoric with concrete action.

In recent years, really since the prize was awarded to Yasir Arafat, conservatives have attacked it as an award the America-hating parts of the world like to give out to promote their hatred. This, however, seems like a hasty statement from the opposition party.


Michael Steele - what an asshole.
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Re: Pres. Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize!
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2009, 08:08:43 am »
Now what are they going to say?


Michael Steele Attacks Obama Over Nobel Peace Prize. Yes, Really.

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By David Weigel 10/9/09 9:58 AM

The Republican National Committee has issued a political response to the president’s Nobel Peace Prize, blasting the Nobel Committee for denying the prize to unnamed “tireless advocates” and attacking the president’s domestic record. The quote, from RNC Chairman Michael Steele:

    The real question Americans are asking is, “What has President Obama actually accomplished?” It is unfortunate that the president’s star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights. One thing is certain — President Obama won’t be receiving any awards from Americans for job creation, fiscal responsibility, or backing up rhetoric with concrete action.

In recent years, really since the prize was awarded to Yasir Arafat, conservatives have attacked it as an award the America-hating parts of the world like to give out to promote their hatred. This, however, seems like a hasty statement from the opposition party.


Michael Steele - what an asshole.


Even Kanye West had a specific alternative in mind when he attacked Taylor Swift. Who exactly are these “tireless advocates” of which Steele speaks?

Mind you, I’m not saying better choices aren’t out there but I’d bet money that Steele and his puppet masters have no idea who they are and could not identify any of them if their very lives depended on it.

That’s the way it usually works. Some Swedish Economic Theorist nobody ever heard of wins. Folks nod their heads say “isn’t that nice?” and go back to what they were doing.    

Unless Michael Steele is going to say BILL CLINTON should have gotten it. A really good argument can be made for this. He did help rescue two journalists on top of his humanitarian work post Presidency. But a partisan hack like Steele will NEVER make that argument.

So he is reduced to saying: “I don’t know what they should have done but they should not have done that!”

By the way the “he doesn’t deserve it” contingent is suggesting he politely decline the award.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/kausfiles/archive/2009/10/09/what-obama-should-do-with-his-nobel-peace-prize.aspx

That argument is a sham to me as all the folks who think he is hubristic are inclined to hate him by definition. Why attempt to please folks that are disposed to hate your guts? Awards acceptance is a personal matter. His acceptance or non-acceptance won’t affect his running of the country in the slightest.
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Re: Pres. Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize!
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2009, 02:42:58 pm »
As much as I hate to agree with Steele, I think he's got a point. What exactly has President Obama done to deserve this award? I think this is more a reaction to the changing of the guard from Bush to Obama than a true accounting of Obama's accomplishments in the pursuit of peace, etc. Its way too early to give him this award.

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Re: Pres. Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize!
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2009, 02:49:21 pm »
DAMNIT, ROBBED AGAIN!!! >:(

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Re: Pres. Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize!
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2009, 02:56:51 pm »
As much as I hate to agree with Steele, I think he's got a point. What exactly has President Obama done to deserve this award? I think this is more a reaction to the changing of the guard from Bush to Obama than a true accounting of Obama's accomplishments in the pursuit of peace, etc. Its way too early to give him this award.

They gave a Nobel to Al Gore for raising world awareness to Global Warming. That is not a concrete accomplishment as such either.

They also give one to Kissinger for bombing the hell out of Southeast Asia.

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Re: Pres. Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize!
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2009, 04:29:44 am »
Sure, some of the people who have been awarded the prize in the past could be questioned. But remember, Al Gore had been promoting environmental causes for 20 something years before he got the award. Jimmy Carter had been in the trenches for decades. Teddy Roosevelt had helped broker peace in the Russo-Japan War. Clinton never got the award, despite his part in bringing Arafat and Rabin together, his attempts at peace in the Balkans and Northern Ireland. 

Regarding Kissinger, he wasn't the President. He might have advised Nixon and later Ford, but it was up to the President to make the necessary military decisions. He didn't bomb anyone. President Obama still has troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.It's just too soon for him.

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Re: Pres. Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize!
« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2009, 07:04:13 am »
Obama says Nobel Peace Prize is "call to action"
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Describing himself as surprised and deeply humbled, Obama said he would accept the award as a "call to action" to confront the global challenges of the 21st century.

"I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments but rather an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations," he said in the White House Rose Garden.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised Obama for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples," citing his fledgling push for nuclear disarmament and his outreach to the Muslim world.


You can question or criticize the committee's choice, of course. Steele is an asshole because he took the opportunity to attack the President for being selected by the committee.
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Re: Pres. Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize!
« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2009, 11:52:04 am »
When is Steele going to put on the lawn-jockey uniform and make it official?

This "Man" is a chairman in name only as he willingly abdicated all of the power usually associated with the position to other Republicans. He is routinely smacked down by Limbaugh and the like and he is only trotted out to make the most vitriolic statement against President Obama.

Steele is an absolute disgrace.

Season 3 of THE BOONDOCKS  should have Steele criticing Uncle Ruckus for being a militant in comparison.

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Re: Pres. Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize!
« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2009, 12:03:55 pm »
Obama restored the world's faith in America.  And restored America's faith in itself. 

He works day and night undoing the damage done to the country by 8 years of Bush, much of it we'll never know about because the press is too busy focusing on the latest tea bagger protest.

He's taken serious steps towards nuclear disarmament, he's reached out to the Arab/Muslim world, and people criticize him because he hasn't passed a health bill that has been eluding the greatest Democratic presidents since Roosevelt.

His legacy will take decades to understand because as a black man leading the world's most powerful nation the symbolism of what he's done will be emulated the world over.  There's a Arab boy in the suburbs of Paris that will one day be Prime Minister of France.  There's a dark skinned black girl in the favelas of Bahia that will run day run Brazil. 

There will be a second and third black president in the United States because he is the first.  Just like Miss America.  Corey Booker, Deval Patrick, Kamala Harris and other amazing next generation black political figures will rise up using the roadmap and organization Obama built.

He is the living embodiment of the American dream. 

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Re: Pres. Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize!
« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2009, 06:34:00 pm »
And all of that is heartwarming and relevant and does nothing to explain why Ghandi went to his grave w/o a Nobel Peace Prize, but Obama gets one before being in office for one full year. Congrats to him, but I find it crazy to honor someone w/a Nobel Peace Prize for stuff you HOPE they will do.

Be that as it may, the idea that he should decline the honor is BEYOND insulting. They pulled that crap when they said he should bow down to Hillary and be her vice-president.