Public reaction to Obama Nobel: Huh?

posted at 4:51 pm on October 9, 2009 by Allahpundit

As funny as all the goofs today are, I feel some sympathy for him insofar as he didn’t campaign for this the way he did for the Olympics. Watching him get stuffed in the first round in Copenhagen was amusing because he strutted in there trying to “Zeus” the IOC into giving him the games. Hubris and nemesis. The Nobel is more like a flaming bag of sh*t left on his doorstep: He didn’t ask for it but now he has to deal with it, and no matter what he does he ends up a bit soiled. The last thing the White House wants is an excuse for voters to ponder the thinness of The One’s record, yet that’s precisely what this achieves — on a global scale, vastly beyond the reach of the SNL skit that the media’s been chirping about and even McCain’s viral “celebrity” campaign ad last summer. Like Ace said, Obama’s failure to produce meaningful Change is the elephant in the room and “the Nobel Prize committee has painted that elephant in hot-pink and gold-flake and thrown a ten thousand watt spotlight on it.”

CBS actually takes it as far as this:

Today’s Nobel Peace Prize announcement raises the question: Is a negative caricature of President Obama now fully developed?

One thing that eluded Mr. Obama during his presidential campaign was that he was never successfully lampooned by the Republican Party…

Well, today’s announcement – while totally out of the president’s control – finally may have handed his critics their own “Mission Accomplished” moment.

Like the Democrats did after President Bush prematurely declared the Iraq war “accomplished” on that aircraft carrier in 2003, the right is already using the Nobel prize as an opportunity to hammer Mr. Obama for not having accomplished what he’s being honored for.

My question: How much added pressure does this put on Obama to get something done soon, and does that something have to be in the context of international relations or will passing health care suffice? He’d better hope it’s the latter because he’s going to get jack from negotiations with Iran and Palestine. Perhaps a treaty of some sort with our new Taliban non-enemies will secure his peacemaking legacy?


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Yes, one that doesn’t involve him.

Vashta.Nerada on October 9, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Spot on Vash.

Dare to Hope.

Russ

russcote on October 9, 2009 at 5:37 PM

So what say you America…have you dared to hope for a better America today?

What a tool. Obama doesn’t realize that to the Nobel clowns, the greatest common challenge is making America (and any other country that strives for freedom and excellence) weaker.

This Supreme Idiot has no clue.

It doesn’t belong to me, you arrogant jackass.

Global warming, nuclear disarmament… what a joke. Sounds like it’s time for some wealthy conservative to do what Nobel did back in 1895 and set up an award for those who promote liberty and freedom.

reaganaut on October 9, 2009 at 5:38 PM

njcommuter on October 9, 2009 at 5:27 PM

It may take five or six years for some folks but I think most everybody, whether they admit it or not, sees the Peace Prize for what this particular award makes it: meaningless.

ncborn on October 9, 2009 at 5:39 PM

Question for the skeptical Chicagoan wearing a parka so early in October: How’s that global warming working out for ya?

Buy Danish on October 9, 2009 at 5:35 PM

As a Chicagoan, I can say it sucks. I swear we have been around 10 degrees below normal all year.

WashJeff on October 9, 2009 at 5:40 PM

As a Chicagoan, I can say it sucks. I swear we have been around 10 degrees below normal all year.

WashJeff on October 9, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Narnia was cold during the reign of the ice queen as well.

Vashta.Nerada on October 9, 2009 at 5:42 PM

Chicagoan: “He’s done a lot of work played a lot of basketball….Um.”

fify

nolapol on October 9, 2009 at 5:43 PM

DUH!

Errr!

DUH!

madmonkphotog on October 9, 2009 at 5:44 PM

The Peace Prize? Yeah, it’s like a flaming bag of sh*t on Obama’s doorstep.

But it’ll soon be forgotten… as he sets ablaze the entire house.

TXUS on October 9, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Meant to say — OUR entire house.

TXUS on October 9, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Global warming, nuclear disarmament… what a joke. Sounds like it’s time for some wealthy conservative to do what Nobel did back in 1895 and set up an award for those who promote liberty and freedom.

reaganaut on October 9, 2009 at 5:38 PM

I’ve been waiting for our Soros for a long goddamn time.

First recipient: Ronald Reagan (posthumously)

Russ

russcote on October 9, 2009 at 5:48 PM

russcote on October 9, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Lucky you! I couldn’t bring myself to read it, but put it through the word frequency counter and came up with 16: “I’s” – “me’s” – and “my’s” in six short paragraphs.

Looks like he’s still not very humble.

tru2tx on October 9, 2009 at 5:48 PM

Narnia was cold during the reign of the ice queen as well.

Vashta.Nerada on October 9, 2009 at 5:42 PM

+1

I cannot wait to enjoy warm summers and my pool again in 2013.

WashJeff on October 9, 2009 at 5:49 PM

I hear that ACORN did a little work in the committee

Falz on October 9, 2009 at 5:55 PM

The members of the Nobel Committee: Link.

As Boortz says, the biggest mistake this country undertook was ratifying the 19th Amendment.

That’s Boortz now. Not me (necessarily).

SteveMG on October 9, 2009 at 5:55 PM

SteveMG on October 9, 2009 at 5:55 PM

Don’t be squishy there are days I agree with it also. I want people to think when they vote not feel.

Cindy Munford on October 9, 2009 at 5:57 PM

The ego landed, it’s now refueling and preparing for take off once again!

ohellno on October 9, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Is there any doubt left as to the character, values, and intent of the Nobel Peace Price committee? I can’t see any, but there will be a large part of the population that sees it as a joke.

Still, over the next five or six years, people may begin to realize that the only part of the Peace Prize worth having is the money.

njcommuter on October 9, 2009 at 5:27 PM

You must learn to recognize satire. Think of it: Jimmy Carter? Arafat? Al Gore??. Surely by now you understand that the Nobel Peace Prize is the Mad Magazine of international accolades. This is a huge goof on Obama, who is egotistical enough to take it seriously.

mr.blacksheep on October 9, 2009 at 6:03 PM

tru2tx on October 9, 2009 at 5:48 PM

Somebody’s gotta do it. I won’t listen to the man on TV, but at least when I read it I can imagine a voice that doesn’t make me want to ram an icepick into my ears.

Russ

russcote on October 9, 2009 at 6:04 PM

…Sounds like it’s time for some wealthy conservative to do what Nobel did back in 1895 and set up an award for those who promote liberty and freedom.

reaganaut on October 9, 2009 at 5:38 PM

As much as I’d like to see that as well, I would rather see one or more of them to set up a fund that would help us organize and fund efforts to maintain true conservative control in the Reagan model.

If this could be done, every American would be an award recipient.

TXUS on October 9, 2009 at 6:04 PM

It may take five or six years for some folks but I think most everybody, whether they admit it or not, sees the Peace Prize for what this particular award makes it: meaningless.

ncborn on October 9, 2009 at 5:39 PM

I disagree.

The Nobel Peace Prize was made meaningless when Gore received it for making a movie that didn’t even pretend to have anything to do with world peace.

This award just continues the joke.

malclave on October 9, 2009 at 6:06 PM

I think he did have an inkling. Didn’t he know he was nominated, or is that a secret?

This award explains the Kabuki meeting of the Security Council at which he blessed the animals…er, floated his non-nuclear world peace dream. I think he was giving the Nobels a reason to choose him.

PattyJ on October 9, 2009 at 6:07 PM

Don’t be squishy there are days I agree with it also

Well, we simply can’t deny the right of self-determination to 52-53% (or whatever it is) of the population.

This isn’t the 1800s where women weren’t creating businesses and weren’t fully immersed in our economy, et cetera. Not to mention dying in wars.

There’s no doubt, however, that the sexes (broadly speaking) see the role of government different than men (Mommy Party vs. Daddy Party).

SteveMG on October 9, 2009 at 6:12 PM

I think he did have an inkling. Didn’t he know he was nominated, or is that a secret?

This award explains the Kabuki meeting of the Security Council at which he blessed the animals…er, floated his non-nuclear world peace dream. I think he was giving the Nobels a reason to choose him.

PattyJ on October 9, 2009 at 6:07 PM

Of course he knew, and you’ve nailed it.

After seeing to it that he was nominated, he knew — or was told — it would be iced with the non-nuclear deal, along with pulling down the missle shields in Eastern Europe.

TXUS on October 9, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Shh. The Nobel committee is planning on changing the name to the Nobel Pacifist Prize, because that’s really what this prize is all about. Of course, not real pacifism, just Western pacifism (as if the rogue nations would even agree to any form of pacifism).

Obama is Chauncey Gardner and thinks he’s just a swell, clever guy.

EMD on October 9, 2009 at 6:16 PM

SteveMG on October 9, 2009 at 6:12 PM

Then think of the people we all see in our daily lives that we can’t imagine how they got across the street let alone voting and impacting everyone’s lives. I ultimately trust the people but sometimes they scare me.

Cindy Munford on October 9, 2009 at 6:19 PM

I am 99% certain they are filtering out Barack Obama. The voting results are changing, but Barack’s name is not appearing. This joke, unfortuantely, is not going to work.

WashJeff on October 9, 2009 at 5:26 PM

But the guys over a espn must be havin a good laugh.

Greed on October 9, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Don’t feel too sorry for him AP. Barry and Michelle are going to get a nice big tax deduction for donating that million dollar-plus prize money. That’ll enable Michelle to buy a lot more overpriced designer sneakers and sleeveless dresses. So it’s not like Barry won’t benefit at all from winning the thing.

AZCoyote on October 9, 2009 at 6:21 PM

How come we did not see this coming? The Won never bragged about being nominated, and you know he would have if he had known. This whole thing smells like a fish left out in the sun too long.

Kissmygrits on October 9, 2009 at 6:22 PM

And the moron did it in 12 days. Just five days longer than it took to create the universe……. According to his schedule, he skipped church and “rested on the seventh day”…. twice.

ultracon on October 9, 2009 at 6:25 PM

Lame response from Richard Cohen here (including an unfunny dig at Palin).

Don’t give up your day job to work as a comedian, Richard.

Buy Danish on October 9, 2009 at 6:27 PM

Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth.

The banner was put up there by the ship for the people on the ship that were returning home after a successful mission.

It was not ordered up by the President and it was not intended to refer to the entire war effort.

Now, if these guys want to lampoon the ship’s commanders and claim that the sailors had not successfully accomplished what they had been deployed to do, that’s fine.(but still not accurate) But, continuing to imply that the President put the banner up there to claim the Iraq war was done and over is a flat out lie.

JadeNYU on October 9, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Thanks Jade. I’ve been seeing the banner NON gaffe almost daily. I wonder why the noncreative left haven’t been able to come up with a better/accurate blast in over 6 years.

Blacksmith8 on October 9, 2009 at 6:27 PM

My understanding is that if you’ve been nominated you must agree to remain in contention. In other words, several months ago BHO thought he was worthy.

A real mensch would have (well, just rejected it) but at least offered to split the money with the other far more worthy people he stepped over to get the prize.

WitchDoctor on October 9, 2009 at 6:44 PM

In other words, several months ago BHO thought he was worthy.

WitchDoctor on October 9, 2009 at 6:44 PM

I don’t think “worthy” really enters into his calculations.

mr.blacksheep on October 9, 2009 at 6:46 PM

I agree, WitchDoctor, I think he knew.

PattyJ on October 9, 2009 at 6:49 PM

Ironic that the people who like Obama the most (European elites) are the ones making him look the worst. Repubs should sit down in their recliners, grab the popcorn, and enjoy the show!

kasubo on October 9, 2009 at 6:53 PM

Obama is truly The One the liberal elites have been waiting for.

Jesus was tempted by the Devil with “all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.” (Matt. 4:9)

Yet Obama is handed the Nobel Peace Prize for essentially good intentions.

What a knife in the back to the Neda Agha-Solton and the Iranian people…

zb42 on October 9, 2009 at 6:57 PM

he could have disarmed all the critiism of his hubris, and malignant narcissism and celebrity status by merely graciously declining

but of course the criticism is spot on which is why he didnt, he is constitutionally, pardon the pun, incapable of declining the award

ginaswo on October 9, 2009 at 6:59 PM

Norwegion Wood!

’nuff said?

Shivas Irons on October 9, 2009 at 7:12 PM

Oh for goodness sake, are these people (in Norway) on some sort of drug??
The Nobel has become a joke!!

mmcnamer1 on October 9, 2009 at 7:15 PM

Aw crap! Now the fathead will really try to surrender us to the rest of the world. We continue to have our youth sacrifice their lives and body parts and this joker is trying to make nice with the Taliban. Is Margaret Thatcher is busy? Maybe we could work out a trade.

Jakefut on October 9, 2009 at 7:20 PM

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2616/3996156898_91010fb389_o.jpg

Obama wins Miss America.

andy85719 on October 9, 2009 at 7:42 PM

The Nobel was already a joke. This just reaffirms it. Previous winners were Al Gore and Jimmy Carter! Ronald Reagan ended the cold war for f*&$@ sake!

Alfresco on October 9, 2009 at 8:42 PM

Maybe he got it cause we’re on such good terms with Palau?

Robert17 on October 9, 2009 at 8:57 PM

My question: How much added pressure does this put on Obama to get something done soon, and does that something have to be in the context of international relations or will passing health care suffice?

It doesn’t add pressure to perform. It is, in my mind, a tacit acknowledgement that he never will.

tartan on October 9, 2009 at 9:12 PM

Oh for goodness sake, are these people (in Norway) on some sort of drug??

There’s a lot of mercury in lutefisk.

Fortunata on October 9, 2009 at 9:46 PM

The guy was elected President of the United States for doing nothing but waving the words Hope and Change around for two years. Why can’t the Nobel idiots officials award him on that basis as well? It makes total sense.

PoodleSkirt on October 9, 2009 at 10:00 PM

Dear Liar has announced that He’s giving the prize money to charity.

Probably to ACORN for their work with young Central American girls.

rbj on October 9, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Sorry- don’t believe him. I want to see receipts for it. He’s had big cash in his grubby paws before and never managed to share a dime of it- except of course to further enable his pal, Jeremiah Wright’s church.

anniekc on October 9, 2009 at 4:58 PM

As I posted earlier on another thread at HA, he ought to use it to pay for his trip to Oslo to accept his stupid prize. This way the American taxpayers don’t get stuck with another million dollar tab for his world travels to promote “The One”.

Susanboo on October 9, 2009 at 10:18 PM

One thing about the whole “thinness of his record” thing> Of course it’s thin. He’s only been in office eight months and half of that’s been spent trying to deal with the various crises he inherited and the other half has been spent on what will be a defining achievement one way or the other when it gets through. When was he supposed to do the other stuff, and what was the other stuff, anyway?

Bleeds Blue on October 9, 2009 at 5:04 PM

Give us a break, he doesn’t have to deal with any more than many Presidents of this Country have had to in their first year. (If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen). If he would do his job instead of campaigning for it, he might get more done. It’s bad enough listening to him and all his cronies whine everyday on the television, and now we have to listen to you here? Give it a rest whiner.

Susanboo on October 9, 2009 at 10:27 PM

Heard Obama is donating his Nobel prize money to “charity.”

I’d like to know WHICH charity.

Trust but verify.

marybel on October 9, 2009 at 10:30 PM

Don’t feel too sorry for him AP. Barry and Michelle are going to get a nice big tax deduction for donating that million dollar-plus prize money. That’ll enable Michelle to buy a lot more overpriced designer sneakers and sleeveless dresses. So it’s not like Barry won’t benefit at all from winning the thing.

AZCoyote on October 9, 2009 at 6:21 PM

And J. Crew sweaters…..

Susanboo on October 9, 2009 at 10:51 PM

As funny as all the goofs today are, I feel some sympathy for him insofar as he didn’t campaign for this the way he did for the Olympics.

Well we don’t know who nominated do we? I wouldn’t be suprised if he has some people within the Nobel Committee who he now owes some favors.

Rbastid on October 9, 2009 at 11:42 PM

Diminished! Devalued! Debased! Why does anyone give a sh*t what a bunch of socialist dim-bulbs in Norway think?

chickasaw42 on October 10, 2009 at 12:06 AM

Obama got a Nobel?

Big whoop.

-Meremortal
[TIME Person Of The Year, 2006]

Meremortal on October 10, 2009 at 12:45 AM

Who are these dimwits in the video?

I need hope. I need change.

Mojave Mark on October 10, 2009 at 1:31 AM

Affirmative action at it’s logical conclusion.

KyserS on October 10, 2009 at 7:45 AM

It’s not exactly the same, but it certainly is comparable. They’re both in a position of declaring victory when the battle is far from being won.

And yes, Obama could’ve turned it down. But he didn’t. So he believes he deserves it.

amerpundit on October 9, 2009 at 5:01 PM

You should know better than to agree with crr6. Bush didn’t declare victory prematurely. He declared an end to major combat operations. That was it.

And since it actually was the end of major combat operations, he was of course telling the truth.

This whole “Mission Accomplished” thing is the real-world equivalent of a straw man argument. Put words in someone else’s mouth that he never said, then mock him for saying them.

ThereGoesTheNeighborhood on October 10, 2009 at 10:58 PM

Worthless obama “wins” a worthless piece award…totally worthless!

jgdp on October 11, 2009 at 9:37 PM

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