At first I thought it was a joke. Barack Obama wins the Nobel Peace prize? For What? I ran to check my calendar, no it wasn’t April 1st, why were they they telling joke news stories on Fox? OMG they are telling the same news story on MSNBC and CNN. They give the Nobel Peace Prize for running around the world and trashing your own country?
Today the famous peace prize named after the guy who spent his life creating and manufacturing weapons of war, descended into ridiculousness. Of course the Person who who nominated Obama was even more ridiculous, after all nominations had to be filed by February first, less than two weeks after Obama became President.
According to the Committee the POTUS won the Nobel Peace Prize on for giving the world “hope for a better future” and striving for nuclear disarmament. And he did all that between January 20th and February 1.
The decision to award one of the world’s top accolades to a president less than nine months into his first term, who has yet to score a major foreign policy success, came as a big surprise and provoked strong international criticism as well as praise.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised Obama for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples“.
The first African-American to hold his country’s highest office, Obama has called for disarmament and worked to restart the stalled Middle East peace process since taking office in January.
“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 in a citation.
In a speech in Prague in April, Obama declared: “So today, I state clearly and with conviction America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.“
But he was not the first American president to set that goal, and acknowledged it might not be reached in his lifetime. (Source)
This is not the first weird Peace Prize Award, other recent strange awards included, Al Gore, Yassir Arafat, and Mohamed ElBaradei (the head of the IAEA who has been covering up Iraq’s nuke program).
The last ten winners include:
- 2009 – Barack Obama
- 2008 – Martti Ahtisaari
- 2007 – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Al Gore
- 2006 – Muhammad Yunus, Grameen Bank
- 2005 – International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei
- 2004 – Wangari Maathai
- 2003 – Shirin Ebadi
- 2002 – Jimmy Carter
- 2001 – United Nations, Kofi Annan
- 2000 – Kim Dae-jung
- 1999 – Médecins Sans Frontières
The Nobel committee should be ashamed of itself, this was an unwise choice made on a political rather than a rational basis. I don’t care who you are, Barack Obama, or Ronald Reagan, no human being could be qualified to receive the Nobel Peace prize after only 10 days in the Job.