Will he hand it back?

Nobel Diploma

I think Obama will lose the 6 November election. He has gone from hero to zero in four years – superlatives were generated to describe the hope and wonder expected of him in 2004. Celebrations for his election were so over-the-top they far exceeded those that welcomed John F. Kennedy (who at least had substance).

The Norwegian Nobel Committee were wrong to award Obama the Nobel Peace Prize, which also emphasises hope.

Obama, like Clinton before him (who after all came from Hope Arkansas), promised hope. Hope – whether for oneself of one’s children – is the one thing that can hold people in adversity together. In Orwell’s 1984, Room 101 crushed hope.

Obama is Room 101.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.

Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama’s initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.

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. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.

For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world’s leading spokesman. The Committee endorses Obama’s appeal that “Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges.”

Oslo, October 9, 2009

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35 Responses to Will he hand it back?

  1. Jim Rose

    now what peace treaties did he help with? more known for liberal use of drones

  2. ar

    Peace through liberal application of drones… although he won’t be an award for that…

  3. Tom

    Please, Hamster. Don’t be shy. Just say something.

  4. Julie Novak

    Just by way of a passing note, Obama is completely put in the shade by Frederic Passy, the first winner of the Nobel Peace Prize: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fr%C3%A9d%C3%A9ric_Passy

  5. JC

    Look to be honest I was happy to see him gain the presidency. I thought he was a middle of the road Clinton type (seeing that’s how he campaigned), who would do a little good (not much) and that it was a great thing for the obvious and seemingly intractable problem of race relations there.

    It pleased me to no end and I think a lot of people felt the same way.

    However we ended up with a ideological fool who seems to think he’s smarter than everyone else, when he’s not and way, way over his head.

    I feel like I have been lied to.

    He’s done a great deal of damage to the country and he has to go, not just beaten by a whisker but thrown out on his ear to live the rest of his days so we never hear or see the asshat again.

  6. I sort of feel the same way as JC, but the gloss came off quickly.

    However, I think his fall has been a matter more of four months or even four weeks than four years – maybe even four days. Mitt landed a punch on his glass jaw and he’s suddenly reeling, just as Tony Abbott began the steady process of undermining Kevin Rudd by standing firm on the ETS. Rudd blinked, and that was the beginning of the end.

    Now, with everything starting to go wrong and an implacable opponent opposite him who has a plan and wants to win, the same thing is happening to Obama. Let’s hope it happens fast enough to see him out the door this November, and then I hope he lives a long time in his infamy and disgrace. Death would be too kind for him.

  7. Cold-Hands

    The Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 will go down in history as the affirmative action Nobel, given to BHO because of what he represented rather than who he was or what he did. But Clint Eastwood got it right; Obama hasn’t done the job, so it’s time to let him go.

  8. JamesK

    There was more than enough evidence to say he was an extreme leftist and that he would happily bide his time and even deny it when/if necessary.

    We knew he was an alinskyite and we knew he was woefully inexperience as an executive.

    I was happy to see a black man elevated to the top job but knew it would wend in tears.

    What I didn’t know is that with other extreme leftists Pelosi and Reid just how much damage he would do in such a short time.

    Also with the media just how he would then still be competitive in his re-election bid.

  9. Gab

    But want did Obama actually do to deserve a Nobel 19 days into his administration?

  10. Johno

    There are many black Americans who might be glad that Obama turned out so bad. Although the prize for being the first black President has gone, there remains the opportunity to show that a black President can still be a competent President who can become President based on their ability, not their skin colour. Obama’s skin pigmentation was his only qualification for being elected President.

  11. But want did Obama actually do to deserve a Nobel 19 days into his administration?

    Don’t you know? He was THE WUN! He was THE WUN WHO MADE THE PLANET HEAL AND THE OCEANS RECEDE! /sarc

  12. Rafe

    I thought it was obvious from Obamas track record (get a load of his “community activism”) and from the meaningless nonsense that came out of his mouth that he was a complete dud from the go get. The trick was to listen to what he actually said without being taken in by the resonance of the phrases, dramatic pauses etc.

    Without the financial collapse which was blamed on the incumbent Bush, McCain and Palin had an excellent chance to get home. Their campaign surged ahead of Obama when Palin came on board and then collapsed when the full extent of the financial disaster became apparent.

  13. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “But want did Obama actually do to deserve a Nobel 19 days into his administration?”

    For that reason this gong is of no further interest to me, whoever wins it. The selection committee was utterly wrong in doing what they did – giving a prize to an effete little former equal opportunity public servant who had never done a day’s work, let alone anything extraordinary.

    They gave it to him because he is black and tarnished the reputation of the thing from that time on.

  14. Rafe

    And I bet hammy had a secret crush on Sarah as well but there is no way he will admit to it.

  15. Rafe

    What was it worth after they gave one to Yasser Arafat?

  16. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    I thought it was obvious from Obamas track record … and from the meaningless nonsense that came out of his mouth that he was a complete dud from the go get.

    That too Rafe. Much like other contributors here I’ve had my time in the spotlight delivering papers at professional and industry seminars.

    The essential of especially good preparation is not so difficult for a competent and disciplined professional expert. In this goon I see an alarming inability to prepare, let alone present a lucid thread, make his case and substantiate it – he’s barely literate.

    When you’re on your game the question time is the most rewarding bit, when you have no idea what is going to come at you and there is but a short period to use your skill to demonstrate the veracity of your piece. I’ve watched OZero in that period and he is woeful.

    Clinton was an excellent, polished speaker with innate skill and charisma in bucket loads. This fool couldn’t hope to shine his shoes – or fetch his coffee.

  17. CC

    I had him picked for a charlatan from day one. I didn’t care (still don’t) that he was black, white, purple or green with red stripes. I knew Americans made a huge mistake to elect him and I hope they won’t make the same mistake again.

  18. Abu Chowdah

    Agree with CC. for me, the raving about his lame ass oratorical skillz was the first indication there was some skulling of the Kool Aid.

  19. And what a mistake:

    Cynically adopting the black dialect of the American South, a dialect utterly alien to him, he demagogues against Washington’s supposedly selective waivers of the Stafford Act — legislation that requires communities hit by disasters to match 10 percent of federal aid. They waived it for 9/11, he tells the crowd, and they waived it when Hurricane Andrew hit Florida: Those communities were allowed to keep their one dollar for every ten federal dollars. But when he comes to Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the largely African-American population of New Orleans, Obama implies that Congress refused the waiver: “What’s happenin’ down in New O’leans? Where’s yo’ dollar? Where’s yo’ Stafford Act money? . . . Tells me that somehow the people down in New O’leans they don’t care about as much.”

    In fact, ten days before Obama gave that speech, Congress had waived the Stafford Act requirement for Katrina. He was well aware of that fact, too. After all, he was one of only 14 senators to vote against the waiver. It was part of a bill to fund the war effort in Iraq. That is, to pander to his Bush-deranged, anti-war base, Obama decided that squeezing New O’leans was a price worth paying. Then, he lied about what happened in order to foment racial resentment — an atmosphere that he calculated would help his presidential bid.

    What a sick, deranged piece of work he is.

  20. Boris

    What was it worth after they gave one to Yasser Arafat?

    Exactly my thought.

    And yet awarding it to Obama was scandallous on abother level. Give it purely for good will gestures. Unforgiveable.

    The only consollation is that it did not do him any good. Not in the US, where it matters anyway.

  21. Boris

    Their campaign surged ahead of Obama when Palin came on board and then collapsed when the full extent of the financial disaster became apparent.

    Come on, Rafe. Bush was deeply unpopular in the last 2 years and the Republican loss to Hillary or Obama was all but foregone conclusion even before GFC. Besides McCain was not popular even among the republicans. They never stood a chance.

    Obama’s real (and quite shocking) victory was in the primaries. On paper Clinton was by far the strongest candidate from both parties. I believe, Obama won because many democrats were sure of Hilary’s victory and did not want to end up under the Clinton bus. The rest, to use a cliche, is history.

  22. Tom

    I had him picked for a charlatan from day one … I knew Americans made a huge mistake to elect him

    It was the Prairie Home Companion NPR feelgood story of 2008. Wow! America could elect a black man as the prez! What harm could that do? Especially when he was such a nice talker (I lived in a poor black neighborhood in Nashville, TN, for six months in 2007)!

    Main street America has taken four years to figure out he’s a disaster. The horrible truth was revealed on Wednesday night when the propagandists of the media were effectively cut out of the deal as the intermediaries.

    It will unravel quickly.

  23. NoFixedAddress

    If someone supports the Nobel Committee then I’m sure they support the United Nations secretariat, the EU secretariat, the Re-elect Chavez secretariat, the Putin for Imperial Emperor secretariat and a few other secretariats I am not allowed to mention.

    I’m just waiting for some ‘edgy’ artist to throw a replica of this nobelled prize into a jar of urine alongside a jar of urine containing a replica of the nobelled prize to ipcc/gore recommending their mad theories.

    Nobel Peace Prizes…check out 1994

  24. Boris

    And btw I do not think Obama has been a disaster. His useful contribution involves exposing the left-wing democrats as downright socialists. He is quite pompous and shallow, all talk and little substance, but, you know, presidents come and go, and their impact is at the margins.

    Not at all sure McCain would have been much better. Bring in Giuliani any day.

  25. Tom

    One mo’ time for the creative genius of the man who cut through the Obama orgy on main street. Remember when the leftist trolls were mocking him? (H/T Bolt)

  26. Oh come on

    The Palin pick put McCain back in the game, although it appears as though he didn’t like the way she went rogue (ahem) on the campaign trail. Silly old fool. He picked Palin because she wasn’t your standard political yes-man; she was a straight shooter, a slightly loose cannon, and that’s what people loved about her. So when she did what said on the tin, McCain went through 50 packets of Depends in an evening. And then Lehman Brothers collapsed, and McCain decided to retake the limelight by suspending his campaign to single-handedly solve what we now call the GFC.

    This was a huge political gamble. Now if he had have been able to cobble together something that even vaguely resembled a ‘rescue package’ or could have been sold as something along those lines, it would have paid off bigtime and he would probably have won the election on the back of this outstandingly presidential individual act of bold initiative. But of course he achieved nothing, and quietly resumed his much-diminished campaign.

    And when we look back at it, it’s pretty obvious the old fool never had a hope; the Dems weren’t going to play ball with a GOP candidate when a Presidential election was in the offing that they thought was theirs. And to be frank, I don’t think McCain had the intellectual chops to achieve what he set out to do. His massive gamble failed, and he lost it all.

    But that’s how Obama won the election, in spite of the Palin boost that could have delivered the White House to McCain (but seriously – thank christ this didn’t happen, although that’s a discussion for another time).

  27. NoFixedAddress

    @Oh Come On

    I think the standard by which we judge a leader is competence in their decision making.

    You are obviously crying about some president.

    I haven’t seen McCain nor Palin on the ballot (but seriously – don’t thank Christ ever again and I will have a discussion with you right now).

    The one name you never mentioned was,
    Romney.

  28. Biota

    What I would like to know is, who was it behind the scenes that decided Obumma was to be their useful puppet?

  29. nilk

    Valerie Jarrett, off the top of my head, Biota.

  30. MT Isa Miner

    Biota, this is also the thought that constantly kicks my *@$.
    I can’t decide which conspiracy theory to join. On the one hand the obvious long march through the institutions Alinskities but on the other hand the Grandparents CIA connecions and to also his mother’s and step fathers, but then on my third alien hand the mystery of the alleged relationship with the Pakistani roommate and the visit to Pakistan ( who the HELL visists PAKISTAN without ulterior motives?) and the paki money backers. My tiny mind has shorted a long time ago.

    But Ockhams razor means it is just the results of the usual socialist incompetence on the grander scale of the USA.

  31. Papachango

    Want the Nobel Prize awarded purely on the basis of that sickeningly grovelling speech he made in Cairo?
    You used to have to work for a Nobel prize – even Arafat and Al Gore at least put in the yards. Obama just read from a teleprompter.

  32. entropy

    Pretty much, papa. At least, travelling to Cairo was the only thing he had actually done that was used to justify the award, although it was consistent with the other reasons (nuke proliferation, climate change) in that it was just talk and towering rhetoric.

  33. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    the affirmative action Nobel,

    lol, how true. Just as he was the affirmative action ‘black’ President which America ‘had to have’ (let’s hope they don’t get like us and ‘have to have’ an affirmative action female leader; the only female leader I want to see anywhere is a real one). At the time I saw it as healing balm for America’s racial problems (caught up myself a bit in the wishful thinking) but always thought he was an untried policy weakling who would be quickly exposed in other ways. As he was.

    He shouldn’t hand it back. It has a place in history; I just hope it stays there.

  34. C.L.

    You know who Al Gore beat out for a Nobel in 2007?

    This woman: Righteous among the Nations, Israeli Commander’s Cross, Order of the White Eagle, Commander’s Cross with Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irena_Sendler

    Al Gore did more for peace.

  35. Alfonso

    The US and therefore the entire West is at the crossroads…do US statist dependent mendicants permanently outnumber US sovereign individuals?

    We’re going to find out.

    Romney at anything better than even money is superb odds.

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