Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize in less than two weeks

The nominations were due to the committee on Feb. 1, and the president took office on Jan. 20. Did our president do enough for world peace in 264 hours to deserve even nomination let alone the win the award?

I guess he can check this one off the bucket list. From Breitbart

President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said, citing his outreach to the Muslim world and attempts to curb nuclear proliferation.

The stunning choice made Obama the third sitting U.S. president to win the Nobel Peace Prize and shocked Nobel observers because Obama took office less than two weeks before the Feb. 1 nomination deadline. Obama’s name had been mentioned in speculation before the award but many Nobel watchers believed it was too early to award the president.

Congrats, I guess. Kind of wondering why the president did not have time to meet with another Nobel Prize winner this week…


David Bernsein over at Volokh Conspiracy has already got a “Top 10 reasons Obama won” post and he’s soliciting the best of the best to complete the list. We can start with David’s and you can add more in the comments below.

We’ll save the final order for later…

  • Consolation prize for losing the Olympics
  • Who gives a rat’s you-know-what about Afghanistan, anyway
  • The Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology were already taken
  • “We couldn’t give an ‘un-prize’ to George W. Bush, and this was the next best thing”
  • For extraordinary diplomacy at the Gates-Crowley “Beer Summit”

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More from the Wall Street Journal. Lech Walesa sees that actions and results do not matter any more, it’s all about your intentions.

Poland is stunned to see the Nobel Peace Prize given to U.S. President Barack Obama. You can always count on Poland’s outspoken ex-president and its best-know Nobel Prize laureate Lech Walesa to be undiplomatic:

“Who? What? So Fast?” he said when reporters told him about the latest Obama win.

“Well, there’s hasn’t been any contribution to peace yet. He’s proposing things, he’s initiating things, but he is yet to deliver,” he said.

Walesa went on to say that we should see this as encouragement for Obama.

Others in Poland are also amazed, so much so that they began questioning the value of the prize.

Earth Times and others have an interesting take…

“It’s very clear they have wanted to encourage President Obama to move on those issues he has been talking about,” Martti Oiva Kalevi Ahtisaari, the 2008 peace prize winner, told CNN.

AP (at Politico) seems to think Obama winning the award was going to happen, just not this soon.

President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said, citing his outreach to the Muslim world and attempts to curb nuclear proliferation.

The stunning choice made Obama the third sitting U.S. president to win the Nobel Peace Prize and shocked Nobel observers because Obama took office less than two weeks before the Feb. 1 nomination deadline. Obama’s name had been mentioned in speculation before the award but many Nobel watchers believed it was too early to award the president.

Gregory Katz, again writing for AP, notes the …

… new president was hailed for his willingness to reach out to the Islamic world, his commitment to curtailing the spread of nuclear weapons and his goal of bringing the Israelis and Palestinians into serious, fruitful negotiations.

Hailed by who? For what? It’s kind of like giving the St. Louis Rams the Superbowl trophy assuming their good intentions – with a record of 0 and 4 – ensures they should probably, maybe win.

You will see a pattern in the reporting today and this weekend. The win will be noted – generally in the first two paragraphs of the story – as unexpected and possibly too soon. You will not see a list of actual accomplishments since, well, there are none.

Here’s Steve Doocy on Fox and Friends with the relevant question:


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  1. yutch on October 9, 2009 at 2:44 am

    anyone on the peace prize committee should be put on the 'do not fly' list and permanently banned from entry into the US and flight on any US based carrier.

    • chvy219 on October 9, 2009 at 5:38 am

      Who wouldn't want to be associated with distinguished people like Yasseer Arafat, Jimmy Carter, and Al Gore?

    • phil on October 10, 2009 at 7:19 am

      Didn't Yassar Arafat win the peace prize by dying?

  2. zedgar on October 9, 2009 at 2:59 am

    I guess this ties his hands on Afghanistan, right?  How could he up the ante in this war now that he is deemed to be the world's peacemaker?

    • steve g on October 9, 2009 at 5:16 am

      we agree with zedgar. Hard to push Afghanistan now, even though I think we are wasting the blood of our children!

      It seems no co-incidence that we fired 1 (or 2?) missles at THE MOON.

      What many folks were not told: the missile(s) were built by Northrup Grumman for 80. million USD.  THIS represents a shift in military goals towards civilian goals for peace.

      We ARE for peace, but this is too much of a coincidence (lol) …. By keeping the defense folks at Northrup-Grumman happy (by spending 80 million plus whatever NASA spent), and receiving the 'Noble Peace Prize' ………  a one-two punch!

      1 Million Dollar Prize:  Obama 'in the highest' …  should send his million bucks to Georgia, to help people who lost their homes in recent flooding, while he was in Europe joy-riding on Air Force One, with Opra Winfree!


  3. Jeff S on October 9, 2009 at 4:04 am

    Much like everything else, he won this award for actually doing nothing.   He must be "annointed"!!

  4. Dimsdale on October 9, 2009 at 4:16 am

    I'm with donh: this is an affirmative action award, and a b-slap for Bush.  Even Bob Schieffer couldn't believe it.   Just wait for the onslaught of Obama defenders trying to create reasons why he should have won, particularly after kowtowing to China and snubbing a true peace patriot, the Dalai Lama.


    They should rename it the "Neville Chamberlain Award", given the garden path Obama is taking the country down.

    • donh on October 9, 2009 at 2:02 pm

      Sure was a vicious onslaught today from the left! Talking points off the Axelrod twitter …we are just bitter ulcer constipated right wing  extremists who have no idea how much the whole world loves Obama. First I thought this is not Obama's fault, he's just a victim of an over zealous affirmative action hand out. However, hearing his acceptance speech talk about how this Nobel prize empowers  his "peace" agenda, and given how hard he lobbied for the Olympics, Obama may have actually sought out this award with aggressive diplomatic efforts. I no longer believe he was "surprised" .

  5. lewp3 on October 9, 2009 at 4:30 am

    How do you say  "Acorn"  in Norwegian?

    • Lazybum on October 11, 2009 at 2:48 pm

      "United Nations"

  6. phil on October 9, 2009 at 5:00 am

    What should Obama do with his 1.4 million dollar prize?  Why, take Michelle on another date, of course.

  7. Anne-EH on October 9, 2009 at 5:28 am

    Unbelievable, just simply unbelievable. I am SPEECHLESS!

    Have also posted a posting over at Free Republic and the responses have been great!

  8. Trawlerowner on October 9, 2009 at 5:30 am

    This whole Nobel Peace Prize is a sham as Pres. Obama has done nothing yet to earn it.!

  9. Ange on October 9, 2009 at 5:34 am

    ha ha ha ha ha, oh this isn't a joke, … sob

  10. joy on October 9, 2009 at 6:04 am

    I cant think of what Obama could have possibly done in such a short span of time(two weeks after taking office is when the voting was closed for the nominees).

  11. Anne-EH on October 9, 2009 at 6:08 am

    The awarding of the NPP to President Obama has disgraced those who have won it in the past, living and past on as well as devalued it for future winners. One lady that should have won it instead of Al Gore, a Polish woman now decesed who save the lives of many Jewish children during WW 2 who should have won it.

  12. joy on October 9, 2009 at 6:24 am

    The Nobel committee saw fit to prop up a weak floundering Obama by awarding him the peace prize. He has done nada to be rewarded with a million plus dollars. 

  13. Uconnjim on October 9, 2009 at 6:35 am

    Note to the Nobel Board:

    There were 205 nominees (largest number ever) among them the following:

    French President Nicholas Sarkozy;French-Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt; Chinese dissident Hu Jia, who was also a front-runner in 2008; Cluster Munitions Coalition known its central role in getting nearly 100 countries to sign a treaty last year in Oslo banning cluster bombs; Austrian children's charity SOS-Kinderdorf International, put forward by the Austrian government; American Greg Mortenson, nominated by six members of the U.S. Congress for his Asian school building charity; Vietnamese religious leader Thich Quang Do; and American musician Pete Seeger.

    We can see that each of these people and organizations has done Something to warrant their nomination, what has our President actually succeeded in doing to warrant this award?

    Where, in God's name, is the Nobel Award for President Reagan for doing more than any President in history to end the threat of global war?  Please give credit only where credit is due!

  14. AmandaK on October 9, 2009 at 6:37 am

    I demand a recount. This is an absolute shame. The other nominees have been snubbed.

  15. donh on October 9, 2009 at 8:35 am

    This injustice does not help Obama’s need for credibility. It only?proves the fact Obama receives everything he has gotten?by some affirmative entitlement handout of a global leftist elite. This also proves we are living in the second term of Jimmy Carter.? The Nobel Group has shown its reactionary agenda that is a danger to the world. They wish to turn back the clock to a pre 1945 world in which there were no nuclear arms. It is childish fantacy to dream of a world without nuclear weapons. It is gun control on the macro international stage. Only the criminal regimes of dictators will hold the nuclear arms. Efforts to disarm the civilized world of nuclear?weapons ?has the opposite effect of proliforation amongst the uncivilized world of?iron fisted ?dictatorships. …..http://www.youtube.com/user/merchvent#p/a/u/0/G6nHsE0u8gE

  16. Linda Mae on October 9, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    When I checked out the members of the panel who had awarded Gore the Peace Prize (not it was NOT the prize in science) I found that the 5 members were Socialists and members of the Green Party.  I don't know if the same panel was responsible for the Obama fiasco but don't doubt for a moment it was not made up of  similar political agendas than they Gore panel.  Bottom line:  cap and trade for global warming

  17. Dimsdale on October 9, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Coming up next: an Oscar: Best actor in the category of teleprompter reading.

    • donh on October 9, 2009 at 1:52 pm

      Obama has been on TV enough to win an Emmy in several catagories!

    • Anne-EH on October 9, 2009 at 4:42 pm

      It seems like it always has to be about him.

    • Dimsdale on October 9, 2009 at 5:05 pm

      Jay Leno tonight: "Obama's biggest accomplishment so far  –  winning the Nobel Peace prize!!"


      You know you are in trouble when the late night hosts are making fun of you.

  18. Dottie on October 9, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    I'm crying for our country.

  19. donh on October 9, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Never forget Norway's ignoble Nazi past. Many countries in Europe were victims of German aggression. However, Vidkun Quisling was a vicious ally of Adlolf Hitler, among his very best friends . Norway has been using its Nobel peace prize for years in the post WWII era to advance a neo  national socialist  agenda that is always hostile to Israel and favorable to muslim terrorism.

  20. donh on October 9, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Some interesting research. Erik Brandt of the Swedish parliament nominated Adolf Hitler for a Nobel peace prize in 1939. Nobel made a vast fortune off of wars with Germany selling to both sides of the conflicts. Key subsidiary Bofos has scandals of selling arms illegally to iran for years and even has a chemical plant based in Iran …. .http://www.nti.org/e_research/profiles/Iran/Chemical/2337_2406.html…Clearly Nobel has a significant bias to reward a "be nice to Iran" peace policy.

    • donh on October 9, 2009 at 8:35 pm

      Nobel's subsidiary Bofors Chemical Industries Group in Isfahan Iran is called the backbone of the Iranian Weapons Industry by US Intelligance sources.

  21. gillie28 on October 9, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    The Obama's Administration's new slogan for the nation:  "The Farce Be With You."

  22. donh on October 10, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Dutch subsidiary of Nobel AzkoNobel charge by US justice Department for extorting kickbacks from Iraq during the UN Oil for Food scam….. .http://exportprac.com/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/34162….

    Getting a Nobel peace prize from this group is like accepting a virginity award from Larry Flint.

  23. gillie28 on October 10, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Latest Update:  The Nobel Committee for the Peace Prize are this year's Oscar winners for Comedians of the Year. Meanwhile, Obama has just accepted the Olympic gold medal for skating (on thin ice) and (with deep humility) sainthood

  24. donh on October 10, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    I appreciate the humor but this is no Joke . I am really concerned this award is proof positive an underground remnant of the nazi party in Europe is in control of the EU and pushing events to wage holocaust Armageddon against Israel via proxy of Iran. Nobel even stands to profit from such a war. The world needs prayers !…. .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPVgVdgtKx0

  25. Reh Dogg on October 11, 2009 at 5:23 am

    I was shock to here the news myself. Obama has done absolutley nothing to deserve The Nobel Peace Prize. What happen to the days when you had to earn this award? it's truly a sad day in america. Instead of doing the right thing turning down the award, he accepts it. This man's ego is growing larger than his ears.

  26. Lazybum on October 11, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Let's pretend that B.O. actually accomplishes something note worthy- will they then have to issue him a Super-Duper Peace Prize?

    The saddest part is that people actually take these self-appointed, ivory tower pseudo-intellectuals seriously! I mean, why not just have a prize issued by the International Coalition of  Frontal Lobotomy Recipients?

  27. theignorantfisherman on October 13, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Who Da Man!!! lol…

    I can't believe it took him that long!

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