Does Nobel Not Have a Prize for Ineffectiveness?

Okay, so let me get this straight.

Barack Obama, whose idea of foreign policy involves denigrating and apologizing for his own nation, wins the Nobel Prize for Peace. Really? As an Associated Press story pointed out–making use of a Saturday Night Live-like list of his non-accomplishments–the deadline for nomination for the award was only 12 days after his inauguration. Which means, exactly as the AP writes, that Obama won the award more for his promise than his actual performance.

Or, maybe he received the award because one Scandinavian country embarrassed him in front of the world stage last week, so another Scandinavian country feels it necessary to fluff his ego today.

Or, perhaps the Nobel committee’s determining criteria for whether a candidate is worthy of the award is if he or she has adequately emboldened terrorists. Former recipients of the award after all include Yasser Arafat, who was a community organizer of terrorist organizations in his own right, and former American President Jimmy Carter, who never passes up an opportunity to hug Hamas leaders.

Considering that criteria, perhaps when this particular Nobel Prize winner’s actions directly contribute to the death of innocent Americans at the hands of terrorists who have been legitimized rather than marginalized, negotiated with instead of hunted, and given uniquely American constitutional rights rather than killed on the battlefield like the animals they are, the Nobel prize committee will re-shape the bust of Alfred Nobel itself to look more like Barack Hussein Obama. From now on, just as President Obama changed the superficial look of terms like “terrorism” and “Global War on Terror,” the Nobel Prize committee will from this point forward no longer be awarding the Nobel Prize for Peace, but will award the Nobel Prize for Peace and Hatred of Israel.

And considering that Congress rebuffed his previous State Department requests to send $400,000 in taxpayer money to organizations run by the children of Moammar Qaddafi, perhaps the president can send them some of his prize money.

When former Vice President Al Gore won the award in 2007, he prevailed over Irena Sendler who, during World War II, single-handedly saved 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto. I cannot help but wonder who was overshadowed by Barack Obama.

Some reactions from across the world and across the media spectrum:

So soon? Too early. He has no contribution so far. He is still at an early stage.

Lech Walesa, former Polish president and Solidarity leader.

The awarding of the Nobel Peace Price to President Barack Obama landed with a shock on darkened, still-asleep Washington. He won! For what?

For one of America’s youngest presidents, in office less than nine months — and only for 12 days before the Nobel nomination deadline last February — it was an enormous honor.

The prize seems to be more for Obama’s promise than for his performance. Work on the president’s ambitious agenda, both at home and abroad, is barely underway, much less finished. He has no standout moment of victory that would seem to warrant a verdict as sweeping as that issued by the Nobel committee.

And what about peace? Obama is running two wars in the Muslim world — in Iraq and Afghanistan — and can’t get a climate change bill through his own Congress.

His scorecard for the year is largely an “incomplete,” if he’s being graded.

Associated Press

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.

– RNC Chairman Michael Steele

The Nobel Prize Committee has made a gross miscalculation in awarding the Nobel Prize to President Obama. Speaking to reporters, Thorbjorn Jagland, the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee said “We would hope [the Nobel Prize] will enhance what he is trying to do.” However, in awarding the Prize to the President, the Committee has risked undermining much of the President’s momentum on a number of fronts by focusing supporters and detractors alike not on what he has done, but on what he hasn’t. President Obama has only been in office since January, and has been tackling, for better or for worse, healthcare, Iran’s increasingly aggressive stance, tough decisions about troop levels in Afghanistan, and the worsening situation in Pakistan. While it is true that he has reached out to the Muslim world in unprecedented ways, reengaged our allies, and helped the U.S. reach a tremendous milestone in race relations, and spoken out on nuclear disarmament, he has yet had the chance to solidify gains on any major policy issue or really have the opportunity to turn his attention to issues of peace. In fact, as Afghanistan becomes increasingly discussed in many quarters as a war of choice, Obama has had to focus his attention not on peace and diplomacy, but on calculations of war.

Because of the selection of the Nobel Prize Committee, today many around the world are questioning whether Obama’s accomplishments during his short time are deserving of this great honor. And, at a time when some are feeling disappointed that Obama’s promises of change are not being fulfilled fast enough, this award may not be actually be helpful to the President in the way that the Nobel Committee hopes. Rather, it may shine a spotlight on a lack of accomplishment, even for those who support the President. For those who wish to undermine the him, this award will prove a fertile talking point for raising questions about whether the President will prove to be more about optics or substance. (Fox News will certainly be having an early Christmas because of this announcement.) So, in addition to having to live up to the hopes that his campaign and election raised at home and around the world, President Obama will have to earn, in the minds of many, this prematurely bestowed award.

So far, the White House has had little response to the announcement. However, if President Obama wants to assure the world that he is focused and grounded, it might benefit him to recognize that his accomplishments in fostering peace do not match up to those of prior recipients, and take the opportunity to talk about the work being done by others, and the long distance we still have to go in achieving the goal of peace. Otherwise, Obama may face a growing number of skeptics who worry that he will accept words over actions in this important arena. The Nobel Prize Committee ultimately may have given fodder to Obama’s detractors, but the President can still seize this moment to demonstrate that he recognizes the difference between rhetoric and actual change.

– Lisa Gans, The Huffington Post

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 America’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 claims, patronising in its intentions and demeaning in its attempt to build up a man who has barely begun his period in office, let alone achieved any tangible outcome for peace.

London Times Online

When Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace stated, this morning, that the Nobel Peace award this year was not so much in favor of Barack Obama as it was a shot against George W. Bush, he was absolutely correct.

There’s no way around the obvious reality that this prize was awarded not for performance, but for participation and politics. About a week before last year’s presidential election, 76 American Nobel Prize-winning scientists backed Barack Obama’s bid for president by lauding his “emphasis during the campaign on the power of science and technology to enhance our nation’s competitiveness” while simultaneously chiding former President George W. Bush’s different look at science, which resulted in damage done by “stagnant or declining federal support” and resulting in “lost time critical for the development of new ways to provide energy, treat disease, reverse climate change, strengthen our security, and improve our economy.”

Barack Obama won, on perceived promise alone, a prize never received by Ronald Reagan or even Mohandas Gandhi for actual accomplishments. I think it’s fair to say, from this day forward, that any credibility the formerly prestigious award retained after the selection of Arafat, Carter and Gore has now been officially lost. Perhaps that’s what the award and its newest winner has in common.

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  1. Mick says:
  2. D.A.Gust says:

    There’s nothing like getting the trophy before the race, incomprehensible!

    Like getting put in the Hall of Fame after the first portion of the first game played…

  3. Bodenzee says:

    The truth is out. Barry is now officially in the same club as Yasser Arafat, Jimmy Carter and Al Gore.

    Are you impressed with Nobel Prize recipients? I'm not.

  4. Sandy says:

    Obama brought a white cop and a black professor together over a brew. Surely, that alone makes Obama deserving of such an award. ;o)

  5. Anonymous says:

    How ironic that he is given the 'Peace' prize when he has placed our security and the security of the world in more jeopardy than any president. This committee has no credibility on the world scene…past receipients have been a joke as this one will be. The world will applaud the weakness and ineptitude of an American president who will refuse to defend and secure our nation. The so-called prestige of this award becomes even less noteworthy when bestowed upon an imposter and an enemy to freedom and liberty. The charade continues but the world will one day see it for what it is but until then we must keep shining the light on the corruption of this gov't and run them out of their holes, one by one.

  6. John Feeny says:

    I can't even see straight.

  7. Anonymous says:

    What's next, the Cy Young Award for his pitch during the All-Star Game?

  8. PFFFTTTTTTTTT says:

    SHAM

  9. Anonymous says:

    12 days on the job and he gets a Nobel Peace Prize???

    This award was a preemptive strike on Obama to influence his policy decisions. They've provided him with a fresh narcissistic supply… How can he make "non-peaceful" decisions like approving a surge in Afghanistan or taking out Iran's nuclear capabilities if he is a Peace Prize recipient? He'd look like a hypocrite, it would undermine his image, and we all know how concerned he is with how he's perceived. By giving him the award, they've effectively taken a role in determining US policy.

    The juxtaposition of his SNL skit with the "winning" of the Nobel Peace Prize is just too much for anyone to accept without a whole lot of salt.

  10. AND THE WINNER IS says:

    Calvin Klein award for his mom jeans.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Yeah! Chicago 2016!!! woo hooo… oh wait…. wrong thread. ;-)

    Maybe they'll reconsider Rio now. LOL

  12. NOBELT CAPRIS PRIZE says:

    The ego had landed, now it soars, yet again.

  13. Anonymous says:

    The Norwegian Nobel Committee is obviously drinking the same Kool-Aid as the idiots in this country who support Obama are downing by the gallon. I thought it was just the USA, now it is the world that is operating like the old comic book series "Reverse World."

    Obama has set the stage for World War III to be initiated by an Iran / Israel conflict. Did the Nobel Committee just ignore the fact that Obama gave $950 million to Hamas controlled Palestine to rearm against Israel? Just this week Obama refuses to meet with Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th and current Dalai Lama who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989! Now Obama wins the same Nobel Prize for embracing terrorists and thumbing his nose to our longstanding ally Israel?

    The actions of the entire Obama administration reads like some ill conceived fantasy novel, not like the pages of American history. Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize fits right into this never ending nightmare that is destined to last another 39 months unless Congress suddenly gets a heavy dose of reality. Just exactly what is it going to take for people to wake up to what Obama really plans as leader of the free world?

  14. PRINCE OF PEACE says:

    He is bringing about peace by not releasing his birth certificate and college transcripts. Can you imagine the violence and civil war that would break out upon learning the truth about this foreign born mulatto mocking our Constitution?

  15. Still a Patriot says:

    Hi Jeff -

    I heard this on the drive to work & almost had to pull over to throw up – then I remembered Al Gore & how meaningless these prizes really are. I wonder if Soros bought it for him??

    Susan

  16. Anonymous says:

    This just in – we were told that Mr. Obama narrowly beat out second runner up Roman Polanski – who was nominated by the Nobel committee for his “outreach” efforts with children around the world!

  17. Anonymous says:

    12:04, now that's a good one

  18. A J Foyt says:

    Maybe they can go ahead and award next years Indianapolis 500 winner.

  19. Katherine says:

    I think it was terribly premature to award such a prize to Obama. I am frankly pretty appalled. Sounds like he was, too. And as you know I'm a raging liberal democrat.

    By the way, if we were moving to Philly we would totally buy your house! It sounds like a steal. I hope you get some great offers soon!

  20. Anonymous says:

    My reaction was the same as "Susan's" posted above. If Obama/Soetoro was a real man he would NOT accept this award. He has done nothing credible his entire life and continues his scams to this day.

    Susan

  21. Edith says:

    I had always understood that being the recipient of the Nobel prize, one had to have actually made an invaluable contribution to society.By awarding this honor to BHO when the only accomplishment he can claim is his empty oratory, leaves me speechless and in my view has lowered the importance of this once sought after and cherished award.

  22. Teri~Facedown says:

    I totally didn't know you could get a Noble Peace prize by being a community organizer/serial campaigner! WOW!

  23. TNelson says:

    Obama fits right in with this prize! Quid pro quo is the way to go!
    I wonder how many pounds of flesh our prez will have cut from us when the payment comes due?

  24. momathome says:

    Wow – coming from a country that was rescued by the US in WWII! Sounds to me like there are some serious psychological issues going on across the pond – I guess this means that when the Muslims take over Norway (as they are in the process of doing by means of immigration, then reproduction) the Norwegians won't be asking for our help again. They can all just fall to their knees into shariah and dhimmitude! Erik the Red would be so ashamed of his descendants. It's pretty sad when the French look tough in comparison!

  25. Anonymous says:

    people
    i am getting next year nobel of natural sciences for what i might do from now until i die

  26. RKBA1963 says:

    They taunt how he has "promised" to bring together the world. All sit together and sing Kum-Bah-ya.

    They missed the point that he has managed to divide a nation, to the point that has probably not been seen since the civil war.

    He is really naive'

    It shows what happens when you elect the most inexperienced President we have ever had in the history of this country.

    P.S. – Jeff, good luck in selling the house and moving to the South.

  27. Anonymous says:

    I will no longer call myself an American Norwegian. This was a planted fix to prevent him from sending anymore troops to Afghanistan. Heaven help us on this rapid drop to purgatory.

  28. Dee says:

    I lost respect for this prize when they awarded it to Arafat, Carter, and Gore. It's more like the joke of the year award or Mad Magazine's award of the year. What a laugh. This should boost that ego again. I think he was feeling down when so many disagreed with what he has been doing. Can't wait for next year's recepient.

  29. Courtney says:

    When Gore won the Nobel, I lost all respect for it.

    In this case, I think it's Europeans trying Affirmative Action a la American Liberal. It's nothing more than a token award. And that IS actually racist.

    The uber liberals want to cry "racism" at every utterance conservatives make, when in reality they're projecting their own actions and feelings. That's why the liberals don't get it that the conservatives aren't racist. Conservatives look at people by their actions and their attitude and those things speak for themselves. Color and race have nothing to do with it.

    And yeah, Obama's ego may have taken off again. But his narcissism doesn't allow him to realize he's just become an even bigger joke.

  30. Anonymous says:

    imo the decent thing to do would be to say thanks for the consideration but in deference to the more deserving candidates i cannot accept. this will allow them to give it to a person who truly deserves it.

    anything less is another reason to think poorly of obama's character. this is not a good message to his daughters and certainly not a good message to the students across this country.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Nobel Panel::::: have you no shame?

    and WHO purchased this for obama? was it SORRROS?

  32. goddessdivine says:

    I too lost respect for it when awarded to Gore. Now it's a complete meaningless piece of paper.

    The honorable thing to have done would be to not accept it; but I really don't think Obama and honorable belong in the same sentence.

    This was purely political, and like you mentioned, anti-Bush. Bush freed millions from a dictator, yet all he gets are shoes thrown at him. Obama merely reads a teleprompter and goes on an apology tour and he receives this "prestigious" award. This is what we Christians say in quoting Isaiah: "calling evil good, and good evil."

  33. Anonymous says:

    Next award will be the Nobel Prize for Economics.

  34. Lilly says:

    Maybe they have a copy of his college thesis, “Soviet nuclear disarmament”. If we ask very nicely do you think they'll let us see it?
    Barf!

  35. Chuck in San Diego says:

    Let’s take a look at the president’s first 12 days in the White House according to his public schedule to see what he did to deserve a Nobel Peace Prize:

    January 20: Sworn in as president. Went to a parade. Partied.

    January 21: Asked bureaucrats to re-write guidelines for information requests. Held an “open house” party at the White House.

    January 22: Signed Executive Orders: Executive Branch workers to take ethics pledge; re-affirmed Army Field Manual techniques for interrogations; expressed desire to close Gitmo (how’s that working out?)

    January 23: Ordered the release of federal funding to pay for abortions in foreign countries. Lunch with Joe Biden; met with Tim Geithner.

    January 24: Budget meeting with economic team.

    January 25: Skipped church.

    January 26: Gave speech about jobs and energy. Met with Hillary Clinton. Attended Geithner's swearing in ceremony.

    January 27: Met with Republicans. Spoke at a clock tower in Ohio.

    January 28: Economic meetings in the morning, met with Defense secretary in the afternoon.

    January 29: Signed Ledbetter Bill overturning Supreme Court decision on lawsuits over wages. Party in the State Room. Met with Biden.

    January 30: Met economic advisers. Gave speech on Middle Class Working Families Task Force. Met with senior enlisted military officials.

    January 31: Took the day off.

    February 1: Skipped church. Threw a Super Bowl party.

    So there you have it. The short path to the Nobel Peace Prize: Party, go to meetings, skip church, release federal funding to pay for abortions in foreign countries, party some more.

    And Reagan beat down the Russians and ended the cold-war and he got nothing.

  36. Rix says:

    Bodenzee:
    > The truth is out. Barry is now officially in the same club as
    > Yasser Arafat, Jimmy Carter and Al Gore.

    Bravo! I wouldn't put it any better.

  37. Anonymous says:

    Keep your Nobel, I'd much prefer to win America's Funniest Home Videos.

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