Friday, October 09, 2009

Round Up of Reactions to Nobel Peace Prize for President Obama

By Carol Gee

My sentiments exactly -- The first thought of many of us was that this will drive the Republicans crazy. Matt Yglesias tweeted: "They should institute a Nobel Prize for driving conservatives crazy." As a matter of fact it is making the Right Wing even crazier than they were before. With a HT to Matt Cooper for this link, showing typical arrogance, The Weekly Standard invites you to "meet the people who were passed over for Obama." Politico quoted several very critical conservatives including RNC Chairman Michael Steele and strategist Craig Shirley. The publication also quotes Rush Limbaugh's reaction: "'greater embarrassment' than losing Olympics." To quote further,

"This fully exposes the illusion that is Barack Obama," Limbaugh told POLITICO in an e-mail. "And with this 'award' the elites of the world are urging Obama, THE MAN OF PEACE, to not do the surge in Afghanistan, not take action against Iran and its nuclear program and to basically continue his intentions to emasculate the United States."

Limbaugh continued: "They love a weakened, neutered U.S, and this is their way of promoting that concept. I think God has a great sense of humor, too."

Later more sane reactions -- The Huffington Post linked to President Obama's Nobel speech, and provides more analysis of the selection of Obama, headlining that "Twitter explodes in response to the Obama Nobel win." New York Times "The Lede" gathered world reaction "to a Nobel surprise." McClatchy gives out "more updates." Matt Cooper spoke of President Obama's "elegant remarks" from the White House rose garden.

Earlier items -- The White House was surprised by the announcement, according to NPR. Taegan Goddard at the Political Wire reported on Twitter that "Obama will make a statement on the Nobel prize in the Rose Garden at 10:30." (It was just been delayed until after 11:00). Goddard also provided a round up of reactions to the Oslo announcement. Marc Ambinder at The Atlantic rounds up some fascinating opinions on why Obama should turn down the prize.

In conclusion -- Those who would disparage the Committee's award as merely honoring the President's "aspirational" sentiments dismiss it too lightly. One cannot be a peacemaker without engendering hope for peace in those who are in conflict. Those who dismiss the award as "not George W. Bush -- thank God he's in Dallas," diminish the strength of Obama's influence over people who do not live in the United States. Those who dismiss the award because we are still fighting in Afghanistan should take note of how much trouble the President is taking to figure out how to narrow the conflict and find ways to build bridges to the people of Afghanistan, including reconcilable members of the Taliban. Those who feel the President does not deserve the Peace Prize because of his civil liberties shortcomings should take note of his long commitment to denuclearizing the world. Those who dismiss the award because the President has yet to fulfill his campaign promises should take note of the unusually long list of serious problems he inherited from the previous administration. Sometimes it is enough to be hopeful, respectful of others, inspirational and willing to tackle anything. That is the elemental stuff of which real peace can be made.

Reference to the Nobel Committee announcement that President Barack Obama is their selection for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

(Cross-posted at South by Southwest.)

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  • There are lots of university professor liberals who find it to be a joke to give a prize like this to someone who has nice rhetoric. Frankly, based on this criteria, a nice letter to the editor protesting the war and asking that we communicate better with the Mislims might just get tyou this prize. And Rush has a point -- if Obama commits 60,000 more troops to Afghanistan as his generals have requested, YOU will be the ones going crazy.

    And, if fact, I think it is a misnomer to say it has driven the right crazy. Anyone with half a brain knows the prize is a meaningless tool of propanganda (Yasser Arafat ring a bell?). If anything, this a fodder for the right to expose WITH DEFINITE PROOF the nuttery of the socialist left of Europe and their useful idiot allies back here in the U.S.

    Alles Klar, Herr Kommissar?!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:32 PM  

  • I think the Nobel Prize is an honor for the President, he was very gracious about accepting it.

    By Anonymous Lisa, at 11:02 PM  

  • He was awarded the prize for not being George Bush. That is really all there was to it. He has not actually done anything and there is nothing at analyse.

    By Blogger Perry de Havilland, at 7:13 AM  

  • Oh yes, and if you think the laughter is confined to "the right", I suggest you go read Le Figero and check out their poll while you are at


    By Blogger Perry de Havilland, at 7:18 AM  

  • Jealousy rears its shiny head.

    As Michael pointed out in the post above, Mr. Obama didn't give the prize to himself. So all of this impotent outrage directed at him tells us a lot more about the people who are outraged and dismissive. If by some fluke it had gone to George W. Bush, the righties would be over the moon.

    By Blogger Mustang Bobby, at 8:27 AM  

  • Anyone with half a brain indeed. Especially the rear half.

    "Alles Klar, Herr Kommissar?!"

    So klar wie einen Mishaufe, vielleicht. Where do you get your ideas about Europe anyway? Most of them have a higher standard of living and live better and longer than most of us, but I'm sure you have lots of Fox facts at your disposal, Mein Herr, and all the 1950's Cold War propaganda you need to keep saying "we're number one" from the bottom of the barrel.

    By Blogger Capt. Fogg, at 1:00 PM  

  • You're right Fogg. We have too many niggers and spicks to be number 1. A multicultural society really drags you down.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:51 PM  

  • Is that your excuse for being an ignorant idiot? I doubt it - must be the Jews.

    As to the ethnic variety being a drag on the economy, the facts say otherwise. You don't get out much do you?

    By Blogger Capt. Fogg, at 9:56 AM  

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