October 9, 2009

THE PUFF OF SMOKE FROM THE VATICAN CAN'T BE FAR BEHIND (via The Other Brother):

Barack Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize (WALTER GIBBS and ALAN COWELL, October 9, 2009, NY Times)

In a stunning surprise, the Nobel Committee announced Friday that it had awarded its annual peace prize to President Obama “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples” less than nine months after he took office.

“He has created a new international climate,” the committee said in its announcement. With American forces deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, President Obama’s name had not figured in speculation about the winner until minutes before the prize was announced here.


This guy is pure comedic gold. His reality is indistinguishable from an Onion parody.

The general backlash is going to be fun, but the best part is: You know who's got to be choking on his own bile right now? Jimmy Carter.


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Heck, Mr. Obama barely breaks into the Top 10 of the worst recent laureates


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Actually, the thought occurs: were the UR the wise politician of his supporters fanbtasy, he could turn this PR disaster to his advantage by refusing the prize and saying: "I don't deserve it until I produce peace in an independent state of Palestine."

Of course, that would deprive him of a new line on his CV, so....


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And so it begins, Obama Nobel win shocks Swedish peace group (The Local, 9 Oct 09)

The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (Svenska Freds) has classified as "shameful" the decision by the Nobel Committee in Oslo to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 to Barack Obama.

"The choice of Barack Obama as the recipient of the world's foremost peace prize is shocking," said the group's chairwoman Anna Ek in a statement.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 9, 2009 5:37 AM
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