Saturday, October 10, 2009

Obama’s Prize

How can you accept a Nobel Peace Prize when you continue to be the commanding officer of an army that is still occupying at least two countries half a world away?

Is it possible to not accept one of these prestigious awards? As it is, I think it is going to do Obama more harm than good. I have yet to hear from anyone who thinks it’s a good thing. If I were Obama I’d open up with, “What the hell are you thinking?”

I’ve lost all respect for the Nobel organization. I’ll have to quit keeping track of it just as I’ve quit watching the NFL.

How was that for a connection? I’ll be here all week.


  1. Gar, you silly naive historically ignorant boy. Teddy Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize while president. At the same time that Teddy used American power to bully Columbia into not interfering when Teddy engineered Panama into declaring independence, immediately recognized by the U.S. which then proceeded to build a canal. Teddy also sent troops into what is now the Dominican Republic.

    As for Woodrow Wilson. He sent troops into Mexico, of all places. And to this place called Europe, during this thing called World War 1. Woodrow won his Nobel Prize for initiating the League of Nations. Which America never joined.

    As for the current recipient, those silly Scandanavians seem to feel that our president has so changed the mood in the world and changed the world's view of America that he is already one of those rare transformative figures who do not come along all that often.

    I'm not saying I agree. But that's why he was given the thing.

  2. Sorry but Obama hasn't changed the world. In fact you can argue he hasn't changed the mood of the world either. He hasn't done anything yet and giving the Peace Prize to him now is just giving him trouble.

  3. I guess I should go do some research on why the Nobel Prize is such a prestigious honor. Sounds like I've been duped by the media once again.

  4. Actually there is precedent for declining. Le Duc Tho, who was awarded the nobel peace prize along with Kissenger, declined in 1973. Of course, Kissenger accepted. How's that for cynicism?

    There's an article out in this week's Newsweek by the grand polemicist Christopher Hitchens (check out his book on another Nobel Laureate: )

    In that article he breaks up the different peace prizes into several categories. Fun read :).