I don't know about you, but I never saw this coming. I guess this is a consolation prize for not getting Chicago the 2016 Olympic Games. Simply unbelievable:
President Barack Obama made history again Friday, winning the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."
Riiiiight. Sure he did. You know what Obama's done? Made speeches. That's it. Made speeches. Long ones. They are usually boring (at least to me; I'm not as "enthralled" as others over Obama's speechmaking skills).
Here is one of the supposedly principle reasons why Obama won:
"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," the committee said.
[ed. note:Chairman of the Nobel Committee Thorbjorn] Jagland said he hoped the prize would help Obama resolve the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
So, Obama won not for doing anything, but because he exudes "hope". That and the weak-kneed woosies at the Nobel committee want Obama to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; apparently, they hope the prize gives Obama impetus to do so. It's actually quite ironic; Teddy Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize for actually helping to end the Russo-Japanese War over a century ago, while Obama wins for doing...nothing. Usually, a prize is given to someone after they've been perceived as having tried to do something. Now the Nobel people want to put "the cart before the horse". They even admit to doing so:
The committee wanted to be "far more daring" than in recent times and make an impact on global politics, said Kristian Berg Harpviken, director of the International Peace Research Institute.
This is rich:
And Wangari Muta Maathai, the Kenyan environmentalist who won the 2004 Peace Prize, said the win for Obama, whose father was Kenyan, would help Africa move forward.
President George W. Bush did more to help Africans than any other President. On his last trip to Africa as President of the United States, Bush was mobbed by grateful people who recognized his efforts. Of course, you would never hear that from an African eco-moonbat. We don't even hear it from our current President, the guy who hasn't done anything.
Here's the money part of the piece [emphasis mine]:
The Norwegian Nobel Committee recognized Obama's efforts to solve complex global problems, including working toward a world free of nuclear weapons.
That's a stitch. Iran is about to have it's own nuclear bombs, and Obama is doing everything but providing those bombs to Iran as a handout. I'll bet you can't guess who agrees with this (OK, you probably could, but I had to lead with something):
Mohamed ElBaradei, who won the 2005 peace prize for his efforts to prevent nuclear energy being used for military means, said Obama deserved to win for his efforts to bring Iran to the table for direct nuclear talks with the United States.
President Bush spent several years trying to bring Iran to the table, using real international cooperation and direct talks (albeit with preconditions, unlike Obama), and that clown El Baradei says Obama is deserving of this award. What has Obama done to bring Iran to the table? Overlooked Iran's brutal crackdown after that country's sham Presidential election. Oh, sure; that's really a great reason to give Obama this "Peace" Prize.
I'll bet President Ego already has trouble getting through doorways with that big head of his. With this, those doorways will have to be expanded. I'm sure there's Porkulus money available to make it happen.
UPDATE: Apparently, Obama was nominated two weeks after the inauguration, some time in February. If anything, it just highlights the complete hypocrisy of the award and how meaningless it is.
UPDATE II: Patterico has the exit question:
P.P.S. What is it, two months before we get to go through this again? You know, when TIME inevitably makes Obama “Man of the Year”?
I imagine the answer is "yes".
UPDATE III: This post at Tigerhawk says something quite interesting near the end:
So, basically, the Nobel Committee has transparently and intentionally put itself in the business of endorsing political campaigns. Bear that in mind.
The end of the CNN piece I linked to earlier ends with this:
The Nobel recipient receives a prize of about $1.4 million.
New exit question: is this a campaign contribution by the Nobel Committee? Bonus question: is it legal?
“To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures” who won in the past, Obama said at the White House.
So does it mean he'll not accept the award? Uh...no:
“I will accept this award as a call to action, a call to all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st Century.”
Like I said, Porkulus money has probably been earmarked to expand any doorways The One's expanding head has to go through.
And my previous question remains: isn't the $1.4 million award considered a campaign contribution, and is it legal?