October 09, 2009
Well that was Fast
Posted by scott at October 09, 2009 06:35 AM
Mark gets a no-prize with a tuxedo on for bringing us news that Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. No, really! I had to check twice to make sure it wasn't fake! Foreign policy is where presidents nearly always do best, in no small part because that's what the founding fathers thought should be a primary responsibility of the executive branch when they engineered it.
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Goddammit this is stupid. Stupid writ large. I realize that the Peace Prize has been something of a joke lately, but this quote seals the deal:
In response to questions from reporters in Oslo, who noted that Obama so far has made little concrete progress in achieving his lofty and ambitious agenda, committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland said he hoped the prize would add momentum to Obama's efforts.
To paraphrase - he's not done a bloody thing except position himself as a subordinate to the rest of the fracking world, so let's give him the equivalent of the Participant Ribbon.
I was always under the impression that one received a Nobel prize for actually doing something. Guess I was wrong.
The cult of personality apparently is still going strong.
I especially liked:
"Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future," the committee said
My answer to that is the YOU can have him (Maybe as secretary General of the UN he would be about as effective)
Geez you would think they would wait to get down on your knees and suck his c**K until he actually DOES something.
The eventual Fark headline: Barack Obama linked to terrorist Yasser Arafat
Even the Swedes seem to be calling BS on this:
There's an article that the filter won't let me link up to, but if you go to Sweden's Local, you should be able to find it.
Moderate Party parliamentary group leader Lars Lindblad said that, though he was glad Obama had been elected president of the United States, awarding him the Nobel Peace Prize was a "historic mistake".
"In my view the Peace Prize should go to somebody who has achieved something," he told Dagens Nyheter.
Social Democrat foreign policy spokesman Urban Ahlin confessed to being caught off guard by the award.
"I was quite surprised I have to say. The efforts Barack Obama has made for peace do not currently correspond to a peace prize," he told news agency TT.