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Originally posted by SaturnFX
if being voted in for skin color = peace prize, shouldnt the voters get the prize verses the person they voted for?
Originally posted by oneclickaway
reply to post by Chevalerous
I actually agree with you that this is beyond crazy but!... It's not correct that he GOT THE PRIZE in February.
That date was the final date for the submissions of possible candidates, then they have until October to discuss and decide the winner.
Well, then you would have to ask yourself WHY would a man who had been in office only TWO weeks be nominated for any prize? The mere fact he was nominated by Feb 1st is the condemning factor here, especially considering his past.
The award of this year’s Nobel peace prize to President Obama will be met with widespread incredulity, consternation in many capitals and probably deep embarrassment by the President himself.
Rarely has an award had such an obvious political and partisan intent. It was clearly seen by the Norwegian Nobel committee as a way of expressing European gratitude for an end to the Bush Administration, approval for the election of America’s first black president and hope that Washington will honour its promise to re-engage with the world.
Instead, the prize risks looking preposterous in its claims, patronising in its intentions and demeaning in its attempt to build up a man who has barely begun his period in office, let alone achieved any tangible outcome for peace.
Mr Obama becomes the third sitting US President to receive the prize. The committee said today that he had “captured the world’s attention”. It is certainly true that his energy and aspirations have dazzled many of his supporters. Sadly, it seems they have so bedazzled the Norwegians that they can no longer separate hopes from achievement. The achievements of all previous winners have been diminished.
Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
I think this years prizes were some sort of tongue in cheek joke.
The economics prize went to a bunch of Icelandic bankers who bankrupted their country.
The public-health prize went to a bra that doubles as a gas mask.
The research prize went to some guy who studied which being broken over skull is worse a full beer bottle or an empty one.
Physics prize went to center of gravity keeping pregnant women from tipping over.
Veterinary prize went to a woman who found that cows with names give more milk than anonymous cows.
NS Best of the Nobel 2009
This whole year was a wash, a joke, a waste, whatever you want to call it. And Obama's "peace" prize is just the big punchline.
Why don't pregnant women topple over? Do cows notice kindness? Does cracking your knuckles bring on arthritis? And is there more than one use for a bra? These questions and more inspired the research rewarded at the Ig Nobels, which were handed out on Thursday at Harvard University in a ceremony organised by the Annals of Improbable Research.
Originally posted by FlyersFan
- Just being POTUS isn't reason to get a Nobel Prize.
- So he's half black. So what? Again - not a reason to get a Nobel Prize.
- He did nothing to get the Prize. There is no 'achievement' in getting it.
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
it's clear that they awarded it for his EFFORTS, WILLINGNESS and GOALS.
These are all future accomplishments.
With maintaining an illegal prison system, 50,000 new private contractors in Iraq, and probably a new troop surge in Afghanastan.
The new president was hailed for his willingness to reach out to the Islamic world,
Like every other US president that has protected this US' policy.
his commitment to curtailing the spread of nuclear weapons
Please, if this is a serious consideration, where was Clintons Prize!
and his goal of bringing the Israelis and Palestinians into serious, fruitful negotiations.
Actually being the first black President of the U.S. and winning the Nobel Prize to top it off is quite an achievement for one single man.
He`s not as pathetic as you guys say he is.
WASHINGTON – The awarding of the Nobel Peace Price to President Barack Obama landed with a shock on darkened, still-asleep Washington. He won! For what?
For one of America's youngest presidents, in office less than nine months — and only for 12 days before the Nobel nomination deadline last February — it was an enormous honor.
The prize seems to be more for Obama's promise than for his performance. Work on the president's ambitious agenda, both at home and abroad, is barely underway, much less finished. He has no standout moment of victory that would seem to warrant a verdict as sweeping as that issued by the Nobel committee.
And what about peace? Obama is running two wars in the Muslim world — in Iraq and Afghanistan — and can't get a climate change bill through his own Congress.
His scorecard for the year is largely an "incomplete," if he's being graded.
The Nobel committee, it seems, had the audacity to hope that he'll eventually produce a record worthy of its prize.
Originally posted by kosmicjack
However, I think the circumstances are absurd and - furthermore - and insult to intelligent people everywhere - The intelligent people who have actually done something deserving of a recognition like the Nobel Peace Prize and the intelligent people who can plainly see how contrived and hollow this year's award is.
Originally posted by Skyfloating
I said that he cant be as pathetic as the crowds say he is because he has achieved what no other black citizen has achieved in the History of the U.S.: Becoming President and winning the Nobel Prize.
Originally posted by Skyfloating
I didnt say he got the Nobel Prize because he is black or POTUS. I said that he cant be as pathetic as the crowds say he is because he has achieved what no other black citizen has achieved in the History of the U.S.: Becoming President and winning the Nobel Prize.