Even mainstream media stunned, skeptical over Nobel Peace prize

posted at 9:30 am on October 9, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Many of us assumed that the mainstream media outlets would cheer Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize award today, but as Byron York notices, they seem as stunned as everyone else — and also as skeptical.  For instance, the Washington Post reminds readers that two other sitting American Presidents have won the Nobel, but only in their second terms, and only after they’d, er, actually achieved something:

Obama is the third sitting U.S. president–and the first in 90 years–to win the prestigious peace prize. His predecessors won during their second White House terms, however, and after significant achievements in their diplomacy. Woodrow Wilson was awarded the price in 1919, after helping to found the League of Nations and shaping the Treatise of Versailles; and Theodore Roosevelt was the recipient in 1906 for his work to negotiate an end to the Russo-Japanese war.

In contrast, Obama is struggling over whether to expand the war in Afghanistan, preparing to withdraw from Iraq, and searching for ways to build momentum to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and assemble an international effort to stop Iran’s nuclear program.

On Twitter, a number of people are making reference to Jimmy Carter’s award in 2002 for nothing more than speaking out against the policies of George Bush.  However, Carter had a legitimate shot at it in 1978 for his work on brokering a peace agreement between Israel and Egypt only a few years after their last war — and didn’t get a share in the Nobel awarded to Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat for those efforts.  Has Obama done anything remotely significant in foreign affairs, let alone as significant as that agreement, which still continues today?

The New York Times should also be cheering, but instead it also questions the thought process of Nobel voters:

Reporters at a news conference to announce the prize pressed the committee’s chairman, Thorbjorn Jagland, to explain the reasons Mr. Obama had prevailed over other candidates who included human rights activists in China and Afghanistan and political figures in Africa.

Specifically, reporters asked whether Mr. Obama might not become mired in a war in Afghanistan as Lyndon B. Johnson was in Vietnam.

But the committee said it wanted to enhance Mr. Obama’s diplomatic efforts so far rather than anticipate events in the future.

What diplomatic efforts “so far”?  He gave a speech in Cairo and … and … and … gave a few in Europe, too.  That was the point of those questions from reporters; Obama has done little so far.  He has mostly followed the Bush policies in two wars that the Nobel committee appeared to detest over the last few years, as Allahpundit pointed out in his post this morning.  Obama did make a big show of appeasing Iran during its election crisis.  Perhaps they should change the award’s name to the Neville rather than the Nobel.

Finally, Matt Lauer apparently hit the nail on the head with his assessment, according to TMV’s Joe Windish:

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LAUER: There are no major foreign policy achievements to date … In some ways he wins this for not being George W. Bush.

GREGORY: That’s an inescapable conclusion.

That’s actually the only reason.  He won for getting elected.  It’s no more significant than that, and even the normally fawning American media know better.

Update: Peter Beinart says this only reinforces the conservative argument that Obamamania is all about style over substance, calling the award a “farce”:

I had always thought the way these things worked was that you helped bring peace or democracy to some corner of the globe first, and then you won the Nobel Prize. But this year, the Nobel Committee has turned that logic around: It clearly likes what Obama is trying to do: on nuclear disarmament, climate change and Middle East peace—and so, in a “preemptive” strike, it’s giving him the award now, in hopes that doing so will boost his chances of success later. It’s an interesting idea. Perhaps next they’ll start giving Oscars not to the people who have made the best movies of last year, but to the people who have the best chance of making the best movies next year. After all, once you’ve already made the movie, you no longer need the encouragement.

I like Barack Obama as much as the next liberal, but this is a farce. He’s done nothing to deserve the prize. Sure, he’s given some lovely speeches and launched some initiatives—on Iran, Israeli-Palestinian peace, climate change and nuclear disarmament—that might, if he’s really lucky and really good, make the world a more safe, more just, more peaceful world. But there’s absolutely no way to know if he’ll succeed, and by giving him the Nobel Prize as a kind of “atta boy,” the Nobel Committee is actually just highlighting the gap that conservatives have long highlighted: between Obamamania as global hype and Obama’s actual accomplishments.

Personally, I prefer this “major award”. It’s just as tacky, but at least it does something:

Update II: Jazz Shaw calls it Freaky Friday.


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Why stunned? He got it for these monumental achievements:

1. Being half black
2. Being not Bush
3. Showing up for work for 10 days

Daggett on October 9, 2009 at 9:31 AM

So the Nobel Prize for Literature is next? Can he win it with Bill Ayers?

Mr. Joe on October 9, 2009 at 9:32 AM

Clearly, the talking points memo from the WH was late this morning.

Vashta.Nerada on October 9, 2009 at 9:33 AM

Obama Peace Summit!

Mr. Joe on October 9, 2009 at 9:33 AM

Ten days. That says it all.

Vashta.Nerada on October 9, 2009 at 9:34 AM

And once Obama finishes his little speech at 10:30 about how humbled he is to have been bestowed with this prestigious award he will retire to the situation room to contemplate how to conduct the war in Afghanistan.

turfmann on October 9, 2009 at 9:34 AM

Sorry about this diss on the Olympics. Have this piece of chocolate covered in gold foil.

WashJeff on October 9, 2009 at 9:34 AM

He got it for these monumental achievements:

1. Being half black
2. Being not Bush
3. Showing up for work for 10 days

Sorry to quote myself, but I can explain why *I* didn’t get the prize. I only achieved two out of three of those accomplishments.

Daggett on October 9, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Can’t wait ’till Dennis Prager comes on today.

nickj116 on October 9, 2009 at 9:35 AM

The name of the award is now: The Nobel Who Hates America the Most award

Rogue on October 9, 2009 at 9:35 AM

What’s the first thing anyone says when they first hear this news?

“What for?”

It’s embarrassing and rather insulting. He’d be better off refusing this “major award”…at least then he’d have done something.

Asher on October 9, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Daggett on October 9, 2009 at 9:31 AM

The affirmative action President just became the affirmative action international honoree. Doesn’t do a damned thing but show up for the photo-op.

Seriously though, nobody gives this any credibility. The committee looks like a bunch of pandering fools.

highhopes on October 9, 2009 at 9:35 AM

And Bush was leaving office anyway. B. Obama did not defeat Bush, so what is this award for again?

mwbri on October 9, 2009 at 9:35 AM

The Nobel Prize and $2.50 might get you a cup of coffee. It has lost any meaning, they’ll give one to anyone who’ll push an anti-Western, anti-capitalist agenda.

Rebar on October 9, 2009 at 9:35 AM

If the man had a shred of honor, he’ll reject this, maybe jack his approval #s up a bit.

Rogue on October 9, 2009 at 9:36 AM

This prize is usually given to the undeserving. Nobody should be skeptical.

burt on October 9, 2009 at 9:36 AM

This would be like honoring a scientist who spent two weeks on the first phase of research on developing an AIDS vaccine the Nobel Prize in Medicine!

What a f*cking joke.

diditagain on October 9, 2009 at 9:36 AM

Ahahahah!

Enoxo on October 9, 2009 at 9:37 AM

Beck is goofing on this on his radio show now. They’re reporting that he, Glenn Beck, was just awarded an Oscar for the best documentary film of the year because, even though he’s never made a film, still one day he might, and if he does, the Oscar people think it would be the best film of the year.

Whoot.

petefrt on October 9, 2009 at 9:37 AM

Awarded for marxist potential. Hope.

Fletch54 on October 9, 2009 at 9:37 AM

It’s embarrassing and rather insulting. He’d be better off refusing this “major award”…at least then he’d have done something.

Asher on October 9, 2009 at 9:35 AM

He won’t refuse the prize but he had damned well be humbled by it when he speaks. That starts by not making the whole thing about him. He, of course, will be an epic failure just like everything else the filthy lying coward does.

highhopes on October 9, 2009 at 9:37 AM

It is this type of display of frothy saliva slathering that required the invention of the term “sycophant”. Of course “groupie” conveys a similar theme, but fails to capture the caressing nature of the tongue bath.

Immolate on October 9, 2009 at 9:38 AM

I think I’ll tell my boss that I want a promotion and a raise, payable up front in advance. I’ll actually do the work to justify it later. That should fly…..

Vashta.Nerada on October 9, 2009 at 9:38 AM

In the military – we have a saying …

“Giving awards to those who don’t truely deserve them – cheapens the award.”

That said – the going price of a Nobel ought to be about 25 cents about now.

HondaV65 on October 9, 2009 at 9:38 AM

The Nobel Committee out-sycophanted the media to the point where they are in disbelief of the sheer giant balls of sycophancy we are all witness to. Well done!

Seixon on October 9, 2009 at 9:38 AM

The ego of our president just went up 10 notches. He probably does think he deserves this.

deidre on October 9, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Breaking News: Bambi just won “Dancing With The Stars“.

Dire Straits on October 9, 2009 at 9:38 AM

The left wing propaganda machine is working overtime . . . did you notice that he received this sham award just before the weekend so all the Sunday morning television talking heads can revel in his magnificence.

rplat on October 9, 2009 at 9:38 AM

A lot of people will find this offensive.

Not just us.

If the Olympics Bid wasn’t Obama’s jumping the shark moment, this surely is.

jhffmn on October 9, 2009 at 9:38 AM

And somewhere… out there…

Antonio Salieri smiles and proclaims a great win for mediocrity everywhere!

Skywise on October 9, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Surely this warranted the Jon Luc Picard facepalm pic. I mean really this should be a no brainer for all-time greatest facepalm. EVAH!

Archimedes on October 9, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Wonder what the people of Honduras have to say about this?

Or the victims of Taliban justice out in Afghanistan might say…if they were still alive?

The most vapid President ever gets the most inane award in the world.

Perhaps the Dali Lhama should give his back…after all, Obama refused to meet with him this week.

coldwarrior on October 9, 2009 at 9:39 AM

The reality is that the prize appears to have been awarded to Barack Obama for what he is not. For not being George W Bush. Or rather being less like the last president. The question now is whether having being anointed perhaps too early by the committee, a Nobel prize earned so cheaply and at so little cost will help him in his efforts on the international stage or rather be an albatross around his neck. Something against which all his future efforts will be judged – and perhaps found wanting.

Even the lefty rag The Guardian in the UK isn’t impressed.

Wethal on October 9, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Obama: This is not about me.

artist on October 9, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Breaking News: Bambi just won “Dancing With The Stars“.

Dire Straits on October 9, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Is that for the 2011 season?

Vashta.Nerada on October 9, 2009 at 9:39 AM

He told us to respect Islam, or else. And if that wasn’t clear, he explained one of the main duties of the POTUS was to “fight stereotyping of Islam wherever it is found.” So his job is a bit like an English monarch, but for Islam apparently.

Some people might say his job is to defend (see, Oath of Office) the US Constitution and the rights enshrined in it, the most important and revolutionary being freedom of speech and religion.

Beagle on October 9, 2009 at 9:40 AM

Perhaps the Dali Lhama should give his back…after all, Obama refused to meet with him this week.

coldwarrior on October 9, 2009 at 9:39 AM

That would be excellent.

Vashta.Nerada on October 9, 2009 at 9:40 AM

The Nobel Committee has just held up a mirror to the MSM. Take a good look Press People because that is YOU!

Herb on October 9, 2009 at 9:41 AM

And once Obama finishes his little speech at 10:30 about how humbled he is to have been bestowed with this prestigious award he will retire to the situation room to contemplate how to conduct the war in Afghanistan to his “Room of Mirrors” to contemplate on just how awesome it is to be Barack Obama.

turfmann on October 9, 2009 at 9:34 AM

Fixed it for you.

SeniorD on October 9, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Even mainstream media stunned, skeptical

I can’t imagine why since…they created him.

Brat on October 9, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Actually, this award only makes him look more ridiculous and people are catching that by the day.

promachus on October 9, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Woodrow Wilson was awarded the price in 1919, after helping to found the League of Nations and shaping the Treatise of Versailles

Lol. There’s another one to add to the list of Gore, Carter, Annan, Arafat, El Baradei and the UN rapePeacekeepers.

BadgerHawk on October 9, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Repeat from the earlier thread, but…

There is a reason they don’t call it the Nobel Freedom Prize or the Nobel Liberty Prize. There’s a reason they didn’t award it to Reagan and Bush.

Can any of you jagoffs actually think of a better person to win the Peace in Our Time Prize? Or is it the Peace at Any Price Prize? I forget sometimes…

Troll Feeder on October 9, 2009 at 9:42 AM

I am glad he won. It is yet another distinction Obama shares with Carter and Gore. The prize is a total Farce.

Geochelone on October 9, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Why stunned? He got it for these monumental achievements:

1. Being half black
2. Being not Bush
3. Showing up for work for 10 days

Daggett on October 9, 2009 at 9:31 AM

4. Eating waffles.
5. Losing the Olympics.
6. Teleprompter perfection.

jimmy2shoes on October 9, 2009 at 9:42 AM

OH ED! The Lamp! Isn’t it beautiful!

Strong work!! Put it up in the front window and watch Mom become horrified.

ted c on October 9, 2009 at 9:43 AM

If you look at the closing deadline for nominations,2 wks after he was sworn in??!!,for cryin’ out loud,what do you expect?Everybody was having HOT fuzzies over him then….This has totally started my day off stinkin’.Peace?Peace?Our boys are dying over seas and our country is unrecognizable? I am ready to go to new zealand with Rush.

ohiobabe on October 9, 2009 at 9:43 AM

I will poll my officemates tend towards the more cycnical and capitalistic wing of the Left, but first returns indicate befuddlement, as well. Not that we don’t like the guy, mind you, but, really, wft?

It’s all a bit surreal.

Bleeds Blue on October 9, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Obama won because he best read the TelePrompTer. I wonder what TOTUS will say in its acceptance speech.

cubachi on October 9, 2009 at 9:43 AM

You know it is weird when Kanye storms the stage at Oslo

Mr. Joe on October 9, 2009 at 9:43 AM

A committee that awards hope and ideals awarded somebody that has pushed hope and ideals.I’m shocked.

You don’t have to succeed at anything to get a peace prize – you just have to try. *shrug*

dieudonne on October 9, 2009 at 9:43 AM

He won for getting elected. It’s no more significant than that,

No, actually it is more significant than that, and it’s creepy, because it is about him, his ego, his leftism and his disdain for the country he was elected to lead.

If Hillary had been the nominee and won the presidency, don’t tell me she would be getting a Nobel prize nine months into office. This is about more than George W. Bush.

BigD on October 9, 2009 at 9:43 AM

I would respectfully disagree with those who suggest that Obama has yet to accomplish anything deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize.

First, at every turn he has shown himself to be anti-USA, anti-Israel, and pro-tyranny, thus meeting the minimum requirements.

More important, through executive order and his actions as commander in chief, he has emasculated the national security apparatus and the military capability of the world’s sole super power.

Finally, as president, he has started a chain of events designed to destroy the economic engine that runs that super power.

Based on their criteria, the Nobel committee has found in Obama their perfect all time Peace Prize recipient.

TXUS on October 9, 2009 at 9:43 AM

A quick check at some of the prominent lefty blogs…and I’m even more surprised, as even many of the comments there are like “WTF”.

I eagerly await what the lefty talking heads are going to say in the coming few days about this.

JetBoy on October 9, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Fanboys Chuck Todd and Mark Helperin on Morning Joe also said this is sort of embarrassing.

juliesa on October 9, 2009 at 9:43 AM

“Tone”

They’re giving the award for tone???

Good God.

David Gregory continues to be an idiot. I don’t know why Lauer didn’t simply go to Rachel Maddow, who has more testosterone than does Gregory.

drjohn on October 9, 2009 at 9:43 AM

This is going to be the best speech evar!

exception on October 9, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Seixon on October 9, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Oh no. Will the media try and catch up?

promachus on October 9, 2009 at 9:43 AM

I’m so interested to see how a man who has never been wont to show humility, will now reach down and find his inner narcissist.

ted c on October 9, 2009 at 9:44 AM

Receiving a major award for nothing is embarrassing; the Law of Unintended Consequences kicks in yet again.

Darren McGavin for President!

Liam on October 9, 2009 at 9:44 AM

Does anyone know who sent in the application for nomination of this do nothing pres. to win a worthless award?

ZeeMI on October 9, 2009 at 9:44 AM

The Nobel Prize for Tone.

LMAO

drjohn on October 9, 2009 at 9:44 AM

Will Obama use the $1.4 million monetary award for deficit reduction??

drjohn on October 9, 2009 at 9:45 AM

This is the Chump Award for not getting the Olympics even though he did the requested walkon. Those Scandinavian countries are polite, if nothing else.

unclesmrgol on October 9, 2009 at 9:45 AM

The Nobel Prize and $2.50 might get you a cup of coffee. [...]
Rebar on October 9, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Actually, the Nobel Prize will give you a cup of coffee and $1,399,997.50 in change.

Just another useless factoid.

factoid on October 9, 2009 at 9:45 AM

This is mind blowingly funny. Maybe they will give Barry a Fields Medal for all that hard work his is doing on arithmetic, adding up numbers and stuff.

Geochelone on October 9, 2009 at 9:45 AM

I guess since Bush used the Doctrine Of Preemption, now this is the Award of Preemption.

The Nobel Prize Committee (aka The BHO Fan Club) is Preempting the Peace that shall be spread about the world by the ascension of the One…

and all the knees shall bow….

ted c on October 9, 2009 at 9:45 AM

It’s all a bit surreal.

Bleeds Blue on October 9, 2009 at 9:43 AM

When even you are befuddled, you know the left screwed up, lol.

Vashta.Nerada on October 9, 2009 at 9:46 AM

In the military – we have a saying …

“Giving awards to those who don’t truely deserve them – cheapens the award.”

That said – the going price of a Nobel ought to be about 25 cents about now.

HondaV65 on October 9, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Reminds me of Little League “participation trophies”, you didn’t win, but because you went to sleep on 2nd base….

jimmy2shoes on October 9, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Rush’s show should be hysterical today!

This just shows the NPP is a F**ing JOKE!

xler8bmw on October 9, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Will Obama use the $1.4 million monetary award for deficit reduction??

drjohn on October 9, 2009 at 9:45 AM

No, it’s going to be used to create or save one job that’s required to polish his new hardware.

/s

ted c on October 9, 2009 at 9:46 AM

I would respectfully disagree with those who suggest that Obama has yet to accomplish anything deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize.

First, at every turn he has shown himself to be anti-USA, anti-Israel, and pro-tyranny, thus meeting the minimum requirements.

More important, through executive order and his actions as commander in chief, he has emasculated the national security apparatus and the military capability of the world’s sole super power.

Finally, as president, he has started a chain of events designed to destroy the economic engine that runs that super power.

Based on their criteria, the Nobel committee has found in Obama their perfect all time Peace Prize recipient.

TXUS on October 9, 2009 at 9:43 AM

this This THIS

SilverStar830 on October 9, 2009 at 9:46 AM

I found out how Obama won the Nobel Prize.

Richard Daley and ACORN counted the votes.

drjohn on October 9, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Brat on October 9, 2009 at 9:41 AM

was thinking the same thing…I’m sure there will be leg tingling galore for the rest of the day…

cmsinaz on October 9, 2009 at 9:47 AM

In the military – we have a saying …

“Giving awards to those who don’t truely deserve them – cheapens the award.”

That said – the going price of a Nobel ought to be about 25 cents about now.

HondaV65 on October 9, 2009 at 9:38 AM

An Old CSM told me this: Soldiers are like 25k mile tires. If you go 25k miles, your award is your paycheck. If you go 35k, maybe you get an AAM, 45k maybe gets you an ARCOM.

President Obama’s not even on the car yet.

BadgerHawk on October 9, 2009 at 9:47 AM

I nominate Barry for Athlete of the Decade for his superior bowling skills. Somebody give him a plaque or something.

Geochelone on October 9, 2009 at 9:47 AM

This would be like honoring a scientist who spent two weeks on talking about the first phase of research on developing an AIDS vaccine while advising everybody to share needles and have promiscuous unprotected sex the Nobel Prize in Medicine!

diditagain on October 9, 2009 at 9:36 AM

LibTired on October 9, 2009 at 9:48 AM

On the up side, Barry gets to go bash America and talk about himself on a forum podium, he never gets tired of that. It will give him an extra speech to put in the iPod gifts he makes to foreign heads of state (he’ll include the Copenhagen speech too, even though he lost, because he got to talk about his awesomeness in it).

And Michelle can stop off in Paris and London to go shopping again, it is change of season and she can’t be wearing any old $800 sweater from last winter.

And we can foot the bills for all of the travel and be grateful that we have such a cool Prez. Because in the end, cool is really what it’s all about, right?

obladioblada on October 9, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Will Obama use the $1.4 million monetary award for deficit reduction??

drjohn on October 9, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Date nights and shoes for Michelle! Why not?

Obama aside, I wonder if all those winners of Nobel Prizes and genius grants for serious research and helping the poor and opressed and writing books in lonely obscurity feel obligated to plow the money back into their work, or if they say “I’ve worked hard and been poor for too long. Time to PAR-TAY!”

In this case, look for a substantial chunk to go to charity.

Bleeds Blue on October 9, 2009 at 9:48 AM

This joke of a man wouldn’t have gotten this ridiculous award without the MSM lying for him.

Blake on October 9, 2009 at 9:48 AM

You know it is weird when Kanye storms the stage at Oslo

Mr. Joe on October 9, 2009 at 9:43 AM

“Barack, I’m real happy, and Ima let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best non-contributions to world peace of all time. Of all time!”

-Kanye

BadgerHawk on October 9, 2009 at 9:48 AM

I thought Martin Sheen should have won it for West Wing.

To review : Barry is handed the presidency by the vast leftwing DNC/SRM conspiracy and is then awarded a Nobel peace prize for it.

Everything the left does is now simply to prop up their boy Barry but it will not work. It only calls more attention to the fact he is an incompetent Marxist fraud.

DeweyWins on October 9, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Barry took two asprin and some cough syrup. He should get the Nobel in Physiology and Medicine too.

Geochelone on October 9, 2009 at 9:49 AM

the righty reaction to O’s nobel is absolutely priceless. i hear dick cheney shot someone in the face this morning.

sesquipedalian on October 9, 2009 at 9:49 AM

Saturday Night Live Obama Impersonator Accepts Nobel Prize on Behalf of President, Says “What? This Wasn’t a Joke?” http://optoons.blogspot.com/2009/10/saturday-night-live-obama-impersonator.html

Mervis Winter on October 9, 2009 at 9:49 AM

Maybe the NPP Committee saw the vacancies in BHO’s trophy case.

There’s the empty spot for Cub Scouts that his daddy didn’t take him to. There’s the empty spot for his Eagle Scout Trophy that Mommy wouldn’t take him to go get. Then there’s the one for the state basketball championship trophy that the team that he didn’t make didn’t win. Then, there’s the trophy for being the valedictorian of the New Little Marxists School that he didn’t get awarded. There’s also that big blank spot for the Dean’s List plaque that he never received.

Yeppers, it’s an award of pity.

ted c on October 9, 2009 at 9:49 AM

Something else to consider, if President M.T. Suit (aka ‘The Puppet’) was in office for just 10 days, who wrote the paper submitting his name for the Prize Albatross? Somebody, somewhere is pulling some serious strings.

SeniorD on October 9, 2009 at 9:49 AM

In the military – we have a saying …

“Giving awards to those who don’t truely deserve them – cheapens the award.”

That said – the going price of a Nobel ought to be about 25 cents about now.

HondaV65 on October 9, 2009 at 9:38 AM

$0.25! Really? Has inflation already kicked in?

Archimedes on October 9, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Point of order: he could turn it down and request they select a more worthy candidate, right?

So our Narcissus-in-Chief is playing along with this farce.

And good points:

TXUS on October 9, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Beagle on October 9, 2009 at 9:50 AM

This joke of a man wouldn’t have gotten this ridiculous award without the MSM lying for him.

Blake on October 9, 2009 at 9:48 AM

- – - – - –
this award was bought and paid for by George the mad dog Soros

bluegrass on October 9, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Barry took two asprin and some cough syrup. He should get the Nobel in Physiology and Medicine too.

Geochelone on October 9, 2009 at 9:49 AM

You heard that he can diagnose meningitis (and cure it too) all without mom knowing about it ??

ted c on October 9, 2009 at 9:50 AM

It’s all a bit surreal.

Bleeds Blue on October 9, 2009 at 9:43 AM

When even you are befuddled, you know the left screwed up, lol.

Vashta.Nerada on October 9, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Dude, this isn’t on us. It’s on five Norwegians with aquavit problems, I think. Spend enough time in those long, cold Scandinavian winters and goodness knows what you’ll get up to to break up the boredom.

Bleeds Blue on October 9, 2009 at 9:51 AM

Right up on the mantle next to the Grammy. What next? A Pulitzer or an Academy award?

Caper29 on October 9, 2009 at 9:51 AM

the righty reaction to O’s nobel is absolutely priceless. i hear dick cheney shot someone in the face this morning.

sesquipedalian on October 9, 2009 at 9:49 AM

I don’t know what other blogs you’re hanging out at today, but the general reaction here is laughter. The Nobel Committee just told the world that their award is a joke.

They should have waited and given it to him a month before his re-election bid.

BadgerHawk on October 9, 2009 at 9:51 AM

This award is meaningless. It has been for a long time. It used to be awarded for results. What ever the committee’s reasons there were others nominated that actually had results and good ones at that. This is just plain sick.

BetseyRoss on October 9, 2009 at 9:51 AM

Hmmm, I just checked my email. I just won an indie game development award for that roguelike I haven’t coded for in two months. I may only be 20% finished, but I totally deserve it.

Hey, it also turns out I aced all my finals this semester too. I haven’t taken them yet, but heck…

jhffmn on October 9, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Drudge link: “The deadline for nominations is February 1, meaning Obama would’ve been nominated after being in office for just 11 days.”

petefrt on October 9, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Nicely put together, Ed. Re this by Beinart:

the Nobel Committee is actually just highlighting the gap that conservatives have long highlighted: between Obamamania as global hype and Obama’s actual accomplishments.

This liberal sounds like he finally gets it. What’s behind a lot of the backlash against the president. The American people are generally tough, compassionate and fair. They are also keen on BS detecting. We can only tolerate so much of someone so unaccomplished and undeserving getting such a free ride with so much in their life in such a public in-your-face way. Hell yeah we get resentful and turned off.

RepubChica on October 9, 2009 at 9:52 AM

He’s even done less if you look at the timeline. He had to have been nominated 10 DAYS after taking office.

What had he accomplished in those 10 days that would warrant this?

Midas on October 9, 2009 at 9:52 AM

I guess I should have some mercy. The guy went to bed last night not knowing a thing about this and it’s not even 1000 and I’m beating the snot out of him.

WTF is wrong with me, good on ya Barry. Now go win Afghanistan.

ted c on October 9, 2009 at 9:52 AM

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