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Originally posted by grover
reply to post by jd140
I deem it a good thing because it will put pressure on him to live up to it...not a good thing simply because he won.
Nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize
Every year, the Norwegian Nobel Committee sends out thousands of letters inviting qualified people to submit their nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize. The names of the nominees and other information about the nominations cannot be revealed until 50 years later.
Originally posted by grover
This pretty much says it all about the GOP and the hard right's blind hatred of president Obama:
There was what President Obama likes to call a teachable moment last week, when the International Olympic Committee rejected Chicago's bid to be host of the 2016 summer games.
"Cheers erupted" at the headquarters of the conservative Weekly Standard, according to a blogpost by a member of the magazine's staff, with the headline "Obama loses! Obama loses!". Rush Limbaugh declared himself "gleeful". "World Rejects Obama," gloated the Drudge Report. And so on.
So what did we learn from this moment? For one thing, we learned that the modern conservative movement, which dominates the modern Republican party, has the emotional maturity of a bratty 13-year-old. But more important, the episode illustrated an essential truth about the state of American politics: At this point, the guiding principle of one of our nation's two great political parties is spite, pure and simple. If Republicans think something might be good for the president, they're against it whether or not it's good for America.
What was true for the lost Olympic bid is true of the Nobel Peace prize win...and even though I think it is unwarranted the right's rabid and vehement reactions are as Paul Krugman said...spite, pure and simple.
Dumbo should hang his head in shame...the GOP...the big tent party has become the party of mean spirits and hatefulness.
[edit on 9-10-2009 by grover]
Originally posted by Ethereal Gargoyle
reply to post by LadySkadi
Not that it matters, but I choose the emoticons only on the basis of the actual visual expression (not the print" meaning) they have. And the selection is *not* very good (hence my recent thread about smiley selection).
Besides, "duh" isn't necessarily a hostile expression.....
Obama's Nobel win should spur climate commitment: UN
BANGKOK, Oct 9 (AFP) Oct 09, 2009
US President Barack Obama's winning of the Nobel Peace prize should encourage him to commit to an international treaty on global warming, the UN climate chief said Friday.
As two weeks of UN climate talks concluded in Bangkok, there were fears of time running out for 192 countries to reach an agreement ahead of a December showdown in Copenhagen, the deadline for a deal to tackle global warming.
The UN's top climate official, Yvo De Boer, said he hoped Obama's win would be "an encouragement for him to bring a strong commitment to Copenhagen".
The looming question of how Washington will fit into any new agreement has dominated the talks in the Thai capital and there are now just six days of negotiations, in November, before the critical Denmark gathering.
Hopes for a leading US role in the world's climate change efforts have been dampened by indications that its Congress will not pass major legislation on the issue by the end of the year.
Originally posted by whatukno
I wonder what the president will do with the $1.4 million in prize money he gets for winning the peace prize?
This is a shocker! I don't know what to think.