Just twelve days after taking the oath of office, President Barack Obama was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Who nominated him? The record holding that answer is sealed for 50 years, as are all nominations. Nominations were due on February 1.
Continuing on with the King of the World scenario, Obama surprised everyone, even himself and won. He was "humbled" by the award. He should have been embarrassed. In the world of super narcissism, that emotion does not exist. He stated that he will donate the $1.4 million award to charities. None have been mentioned yet.
Response from the GOP and Democrats alike has been mixed. Liberals are a bit miffed at Obama for not advancing their agenda to the extent they believed he would and the GOP now has further proof of the decline in the meaning of the award. Overseas the reaction is the same. While foreign leaders put on a happy face and send congratulations, a fly on the wall would probably have heard differently as they heard the news.
The award was established by Alfred Nobel in 1895. He stipulated, as the LA Times wrote, "that the peace prize should go to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace congresses."
Clearly, the evidence is in - the Nobel Peace Prize is now nothing more than a political statement awarded by brain dead Norwegians. Even the LA Times continues with "The prize is awarded by a five-member committee elected by the Norwegian parliament. The committee has taken a wide interpretation of Nobel's guidelines, expanding the prize beyond peace mediation to include efforts to combat poverty, disease and climate change." Wide interpretation, indeed.
Jimmy Carter, anti-Semite and failed U.S. president, won for working on the Middle East peace process at Camp David. Al Gore won for his 'work' on global warming. Gore is nothing more than a opportunistic charlatan on the issue and the Europeans lap it up. He has become quite wealthy on the naive American movie-goers and politicians. Remember, this is the man who flunked out of Divinity School and his Senator daddy sent him as a 'journalist' when his time came to go to Vietnam. He was safely tucked behind a typewriter.
There were a record number of nominations - 205. The chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee said, "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." Thorbjorn Jagland continued, "In the past year, Obama has been a key person for important initiatives in the U.N. for nuclear disarmament and to set a completely new agenda for the Muslim world and the East-West relations." Wow. From tallying up his record so far, who knew?
Just as the 2002 prize to Gore was meant as a slap to G.W. Bush as was the 2005 prize to Carter, and verified by the Norwegian committee at the time as such, the awarding of the prize to Obama is the final slap to Bush. The prize is diminished and the President is left looking foolish.
Some of the nominees overlooked by the committee include women's rights activists in Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo; organizations that clean up land mine areas; Chinese human rights activists; and Iranian freedom movement leaders. All of these nominees have worked for decades, risking their own lives for a cause worthy of recognition on the world stage. What did Obama do so far? Well, he was elected to the U.S. presidency on the campaign slogan of "hope and change." So trivial. So predictable of the liberal left in our country. The man who has led a privileged life despite the sad story dragged into the conversation at election time of being raised by grandparents after his single mom went off to pursue her career dreams. He reads and delivers a good speech off the teleprompter and he is elected president after less than one term in the U.S. Senate and no executive experience whatsoever. It shows.
The Obama world apology tour has reached a successful conclusion - the Nobel Peace Prize. The Times Online in London wrote, "Rarely has an award had such an obvious political and partisan intent. It was clearly seen by the Norwegian Nobel committee as a way of expressing European gratitude for an end to the Bush administration, approval for the election of American's first black president and hope that Washington will honour its promise to re-engage with the world." "Instead, the prize risks looking preposterous in its claim, patronising in its intentions and demeaning in attempt to build up a man who has barely begun his period in office, let alone achieved any tangible outcome for peace."
"Mr. Obama becomes the third sitting U.S. President to receive the prize. The committee said today that he had "captured the world's attention". It is certainly true that his energy and aspirations have dazzled many of his supporters. Sadly, it seems they have so bedazzled the Norwegians that they can no longer separate hopes from achievement. The achievements of all previous winners have been diminished."
Eight months and 19 days into his term as President, Barack Obama walked out into the Rose Garden and told reporters he was "humbled" by the prize. The world was embarrassed.
Here is a poll from the campaign of Lt. Governor David Dewhurst:
https://giveusyourfeedback.wufoo.com/forms/today-obama-was-awarded-the-nobel-peace-prize/ It sums up the seriousness of the prize today.