Our Nobel Leader

According to Wikipedia, Alfred Nobel’s will specified that the Peace Prize should be awarded “to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”  Two years ago I wasn’t even aware of the existence of the most recent recipient of the Peace Prize.   Most people were not familiar with Barack Obama, outside of his fellow politicians and community activists, and the people of Illinois where he served as a state senator.  Now, through the award, he is linked with the likes of Albert Schweitzer, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mother Teresa, who each spent  the majority of their lives selflessly devoted to the downtrodden and less fortunate.  He is now one in a list of actual participants in important world-changing peace treaties, which include Sadat and Begin, Kissinger and Le Duc Tho, and Woodrow Wilson.

As an American, I am proud that the President of our country has been chosen to receive such an award.  But as an objective observer, I am baffled by the choice.

President Obama has been able to break the color barrier in achieving the highest office in our land, but I hardly think this is a reason to win the Nobel Peace Prize.  He may have some nebulous vision of hope and change, but clearly he has not been in charge long enough to bring that about, not to mention that the change he seeks is the destruction of the American way of life.  His past associations have been with people and organizations that are anything but peaceful.  His former mentor and pastor, Jeremiah Wright, incited racial divisiveness with his hate rhetoric.  His supporters and associates include former terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, who famously planted bombs of destruction and applauded murderers.  Obama himself was an important part of ACORN, an organization that is being investigated for more than a few corrupt and illegal practices.  None of this brings to mind “peace.”  BarackObamawhat

The leftist elite of the world are now using the riches bequeathed by entrepreneur Nobel to reward and influence their leftist agenda.  While ineffective anti-capitalists such as Jimmy Carter and Al Gore have received the award recently, Reagan was ignored while Gorbachev, his Russian counterpart in ending the Cold War, was recognized.  Here are some famous conservative’s views on the selection process as reported by Politico:

“This fully exposes the illusion that is Barack Obama,” Rush Limbaugh told POLITICO in an e-mail. “And with this ‘award’ the elites of the world are urging Obama, THE MAN OF PEACE, to not do the surge in Afghanistan, not take action against Iran and its nuclear program and to basically continue his intentions to emasculate the United States.”

Limbaugh continued: “They love a weakened, neutered U.S, and this is their way of promoting that concept. I think God has a great sense of humor, too.”

“Utterly ridiculous. The credibility of the Nobel Peace Prize has been dwindling downward for years and now it has hit rock bottom.. . . Reagan won the Cold War, freed millions, yet was never awarded the Nobel.”

12 Responses to “Our Nobel Leader”

  1. 1 Consuella Banana Hammock October 11, 2009 at 9:52 am

    ahhhh, welcome back. your post was like a good drink of water. well done! did it feel good to be writing again?

    i agree. i was baffled by the choice. can we really say that someone who “brought peace” in theory is worthy of such an award? i know he talks about peace. i know he wants to get us out of the war. i know he wants to “sit at the table” with aggressive dictators. but he hasn’t done any of it! not one damn thing! he gets the award for WANTING peace? damn, give it to me. i want peace too!

    i was in france when obama was elected. the french rejoiced. they were so happy. just his election alone healed some wounds between our two countries. it was a good thing. but does it deserve an award? i can’t go quite that far.

  2. 3 lynette October 11, 2009 at 10:54 am

    i have spoken with a number of foreign colleagues and friends, and they see this as a vote of confidence in the US again, after years of isolationist activities and a refusal to “come to the table”.

    do i think it is premature? perhaps. but any one person who can, within less than a year, radically change the international perception of the US as a nation that wishes to seek peace and understanding from the perception that we are warmongers and willing to bomb anyone that does not agree with us has in fact accomplished a lot. and the choice has received many endorsements from former Nobel Laureates around the world, have you noticed?

    has he done enough to win the prize? i don’t know and i am not sure.

    on the other hand, Henry Kissinger won it, didn’t he? and i venture to say he was far less worthy…

  3. 4 Cyndi October 11, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Yay! Welcome back.

    I’m nowhere near the far right, can’t stand Rush, support Obama and would describe myself as middle of the road with left-ist leanings on social issues and right-ist leanings on economic issues. Still, this award baffled me too. What has he done to deserve it? I’ve read many articles on the subject since Friday, from both sides of the fence and the best explanation I’ve found is precisely what Consuella said. He brought hope and some healing to the world just by being elected. Hmmm…not really enough for me either.

    I read one article that I loved asking since he is planning on bringing peace and received the Nobel Peace Prize, and I am planning on obtaining my PhD, can I just go ahead and get mine now too?

    Great post! 🙂

    • 5 les@mamaneeds2rant October 11, 2009 at 1:29 pm

      It is a frightening thought that this appeal to the President’s vanity could affect his judgment on Afghanistan. He needs to listen to the military experts he has appointed and give them the support they need to finish the mission they started. Whether our initial approach was right or wrong, we can NOT leave the troops we have over there unsupported without a clear game plan in place.

      On the US being a warmonger nation, I hardly think we can allow an attack on US soil to go unanswered. And when there are troubling spots in the world, the US is called on to help. Then we’re damned when we do step in, or we’re damned for not getting involved. And when we’re there trying to stabilize things, they don’t want us to leave them on their own. Yet they don’t want us to be there. wtf.

  4. 6 robinaltman October 11, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Love this post! I’m pretty similar to Cyndi in my political/social leanings. It seems pretty obvious that “thinking about” doing something isn’t the same as actually doing it. I guess common sense has had its day.

    I’m thinking about getting a new pair of shoes. I hope that translates into actually getting them. I’m going to close my eyes really tightly and see what happens. I’ll get back to you on this one. . .

  5. 8 Cyndi October 11, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    LOL – I hadn’t even thought about shoes Robin! I love shoes! I’m going to plan on obtaining some and hope they magically appear too. Let me know when you get yours and I’ll do the same. 🙂

  6. 9 Cindy Alden October 11, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Does avoiding assassination count as peace?I guess this successful dodging of bullets would theoretically prevent widespread rioting in the streets.Maybe someone should come up with a “passive”or indirect Nobel peace prize,as opposed to an active Nobel peace prize.Then people like Obama might actually qualify.It’s still a stretch!
    Cindy A.
    Ps.Maybe we could continue this discussion at Starbucks.LOL!

  7. 11 Chris October 12, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    I think that genocide is a bad idea. Also, I’m not George W. Bush. Where’s my Nobel? Imagine if the other Nobel prizes were given out on the same criteria. You’d win it just for coming up with the zaniest idea possible.

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