President Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

October 10th, 2009 by Lee Eldridge

And the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize is?

Envelope please.

(Drum roll.)

(Rip rip rip.)

President Barack Obama!

Well it’s about time President Obama got the international recognition he so justly deserves. After all, he’s ended wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, bringing peace and democracy to these countries. Has brought home tens of thousands of our country’s finest troops. Has closed Guantanamo Bay. Has disarmed Iran and brought them back into the international community. Has brought peace to Israel and the Middle East. Has helped bridge the gap between Muslims and the West worldwide. And to top it off, his eloquent speech to the Olympic committee has brought the Olympics to Chicago.

Wait. What did you say? He hasn’t accomplished any of these things yet?

Hhmmm. So why did he win the Nobel Peace Prize?

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President ObamaJust a little tongue-in-cheek humor. Don’t take offense. And certainly don’t blame President Obama for winning this award. He has accepted it with grace and humility. And will be donating the $1.4 million to charity. (I’m assuming it won’t be ACORN.)

Reactions from the left and the right have been entertaining. Most clear-headed people from both sides understand that President Obama did not win this award for his accomplishments. Many are upset. Don’t be.

What has been clear for a number of years has been that the Nobel Peace Prize has a political component to it that, in my opinion, is quite unfortunate. It certainly undermines their credibility, and the stature of the award itself. The panel’s distaste for President Bush is quite public. And they have rewarded President Obama for being the anti-Bush. Not exactly how I would like to win a Nobel Peace Prize. But hey, if nothing else, it’s $1.4 million to charity. (And I’m still assuming it won’t be ACORN.)

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12 Responses to “President Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize”

  1. Mike Taylor Says:

    Well written, Lee. Thanks. I know I get defensive at the Wingnuts, cause it’s not Obama’s “fault” that he won the award. And I thought his response to it was what it needed to be. I like Huckabee’s response, telling Republicans not to say anything and let the Dems try to justify it. For myself, I liked it that he won, because I like his diplomacy….. but I’m sure a host of people in this world have a more extensive “peace resume” than he does.

    (Very happy to post these thoughts away from FB.)

  2. Cindy Vinyard Says:

    I’m with you on several points and want to add: Obama is about partisan leadership. He has his own agenda and it’s about saving the earth, without any one super power – power will be the earth’s death if we don’t stop and work together. He is the man!

  3. Lee Eldridge Says:

    Hey Mike, thanks for the note. But he didn’t win for his diplomacy. I believe he was nominated 12 days after taking office. He won for his speeches on the campaign trail. And because liberals in Europe view him as the anti-Bush. It’s kind of like giving an Oscar to a movie before it’s release, just because the movie studio says that it’s the best movie ever. Would be nice if the award was for his actions, not his speeches.

  4. Just Plano Bob Says:

    He is about global appeasment. His own agenda, ideology that will weaken a country that symbolizes strength from the true evil, that is out there. Strength, that most countries have come to rely on, but are now starting to doubt. Stop apologizing for my country Barry. The same Nobel countries that would be speaking German – if not for THIS country. No, Lee you do not have to wonder – 12 days after taking office. It’s a shame Nobel has come to this level. I have no respect for this committee anymore (and they have been losing creditability year after year). Doesn’t matter why they chose him. It was premature, and the whole world knows that. And there is nothing to justify it otherwise. This world is still too dangerous for holding hands and kumbayahs…

  5. Steve Guiot Says:

    Not sure I understand this “12 days” business. Everyone keeps saying he won after only being in office 12 days, and now Lee says he won because of his speeches on the campaign trail. Yes that was when he was NOMINATED. You know, he has spent some time since then, and I would assume before they made their decision who won, actually displaying his diplomacy skills. I would assume he was nominated for his perceived potential. ( Apparently you can also win primarily based on perceived potential… which I did not know.)

  6. Lee Eldridge Says:

    Actually Steve, I said he was nominated 12 days after taking office. And yes, I also said that he did not win for his diplomacy while in office. Maybe I think of diplomacy differently than you and Mike. Diplomacy is action, not just rhetoric.

    From dictionary.com:

    1. the conduct by government officials of negotiations and other relations between nations.
    2. the art or science of conducting such negotiations.
    3. skill in managing negotiations, handling people, etc., so that there is little or no ill will; tact: Seating one’s dinner guests often calls for considerable diplomacy.

    So it’s “conduct” and “skill in managing negotiations”. These are actions. Which he has done very little of so far. That isn’t to be critical of him or his presidency. He’s only been president for nine months. And he spent the majority of his time in the senate running for the presidency.

    If you haven’t seen the committee’s press release, here it is:

    http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2009/press.html

    I think it’s pretty clear that this award is as much about President Bush as it is President Obama. The entire second paragraph of the press release is a direct comparison to their opinion of how the Bush administration handled international affairs.

    And so, in my opinion, since President Obama has conducted very little actual diplomacy, it has been his words while on the campaign trail, and his words while as president, that gained him favor with the Nobel Committee.

    So is it your opinion that his accomplishments and his diplomacy while in office has earned him the Nobel Peace Prize? Or are you saying that he won for his perceived potential? I believe that I had read a quote the other day from the committee that it had not based this decision on potential, but I cannot find the quote at the moment.

  7. Steve Guiot Says:

    No, I think he probably won for not being Bush and you know how I feel about Bush, so as you can imagine, I’m just fine with that. I think everyone should get an award who is not Bush just for not being Bush. It could be the Nobel you’re-not-George-Bush prize. Then they could make a more prestigious award and call it the Nobel you’re-not-Dick-Cheney prize. George Bush could win that as well But Cheney could not win the you’re-not-George Bush prize. No prize for Cheney. All joking aside, as political as this Nobel turned out to be, it really emphasizes how I’ve felt over the last administration and how I think enough of the country and obviously most of the rest of the world feels that the arrogant attitudes and policies of Bush-Cheney have provided nothing but ill-will towards us. As an example, John McCain even confirms this when he said that the Bush-Cheney torture policy has probably helped terrorist recruitment. We as a nation are sort of in our own little world which is obvious when you hear people say stuff like we don’t need to be sorry for anything, we provide billions in aid to other countries, and if it weren’t for us, you’d all be speaking German etc. etc. Just an accepted arrogance towards the rest of the world that went scarily extreme under Bush-Cheney. I’m very relieved that we at least have an administration that attempts to engage the world in an honest fashion, even if it is only rhetoric at this time. It’s a start, and the world is relieved and grateful.

  8. Lee Eldridge Says:

    That’s funny. I’d like to win the Nobel you’re-not-George-Bush Prize!

  9. Darren Keller Says:

    I got an award for winning my age group at the Coronado Heights 15k run on Saturday. I was 3rd place overall, but this race doesn’t award the top 3 overall winners…just the first place overall winner, which happened to be my dear brother David. (Way to go, Dave!) I received the award because my time was the fastest time in the 40-49 year age group. My time was compared to the times of other runners in the 40-49 age group and since it was the fastest time, I got an award. That’s nice and easy. It’s based on fact and performance. I think I’ll let that dicate how I or anyone else should win awards.

  10. The Dragon Says:

    Nice blog, Mr. Lee.

    I agree with Plano Bob (BTW, that’s a great name, Bob). It is not Obama’s fault that he won and I think he’s actually embarrassed to a certain extent about it. However, the Nobel committee has made this award a joke. Even the mainstream media has questioned it. Any award should be about accomplishments – period. Everyone has POTENTIAL to do good things and accomplish much, so we should all get an award, right? If that’s the case, I’m going to appeal to the Coronado Heights 15k run committee and tell them that if I should win first place even thought I didn’t participate because I have the POTENTIAL to be a good runner. All I have to do is lose a crapload of weight, train every day for the next 5 years, get my Achilles tendonitis healed up and I could win.

    You know, now that I think about it, I have received the “award” of being de-friended on Facebook twice for NOT being a democrat…..maybe the Nobel committee is on to something………

  11. Liberty Larry Says:

    “Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or gazelle – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”

    Like it or not, this is the way the natural world has worked long before there were politicans or blogs or cable news.

    As Amercians we have to be on top of our game for our own best interests as well as those of the world community. America is about creating the opportunity to foster personal responsibility. To exercise the freedoms we have to take care of ourselves and those around us. That is done by maximizing your own potential to achieving greatness.

  12. Darren Keller Says:

    Here’s another perspective. It’s called the Nobel Peace “Prize.” Emphasis on “PRIZE.” When I was a kid I used to beg mom to buy the cereal box with the “prize inside.” No skill, no facts, no performance, required. Just have mom buy you a box of cereal. If that’s what Nobel intended for his price then I say, “Congratulations, Mr. Obama! You won a prize!”