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    Angry Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

    I guess they like his speaches too...

    Usually the prize waits for some sort of concrete achievement, however slight.

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    Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize
    Fri Oct 9, 2009 6:03am EDT

    OSLO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for giving the world "hope for a better future" and striving for nuclear disarmament.

    The decision to award one of the world's top accolades to a president less than nine months into his first term, who has yet to score a major foreign policy success, came as a big surprise and provoked strong international criticism as well as praise.



    The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised Obama for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

    The first African-American to hold his country's highest office, Obama has called for disarmament and worked to restart the stalled Middle East peace process since taking office in January.

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    "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," the committee said in a citation.

    In a speech in Prague in April, Obama declared: "So today, I state clearly and with conviction America's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons."

    But he was not the first American president to set that goal, and acknowledged it might not be reached in his lifetime.

    On other pressing issues, he faces hard decisions on the future of the war in Afghanistan and is still searching for breakthroughs on Iran's disputed nuclear program and on the stalled Middle East peace process.

    Israel's foreign minister said on Thursday there was no chance of a peace deal for many years.

    "EMBARRASSING JOKE"

    The chief Palestinian peace negotiator, Saeb Erekat, welcomed the award to Obama and expressed hope that "he will be able to achieve peace in the Middle East."

    Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader and a Nobel Prize winner himself, said: "I am happy. What Obama did during his presidency is a big signal, he gave a hope. In these hard times people who are capable of taking responsibility, who have a vision, commitment and political will should be supported."

    But some Arab and Muslim reaction was fiercely critical.

    "Obama's winning the peace prize shows these prizes are political, not governed by the principles of credibility, values and morals," said an Islamic Jihad leader, Khaled Al-Batsh.

    "Why should Obama be given a peace prize while his country owns the largest nuclear arsenal on Earth and his soldiers continue to shed innocent blood in Iraq and Afghanistan?"
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    SFW? This has been a pinko popularity contest for decades. The science side is about as political now. Wish the DailyKos would sponsor it and buy the naming rights so people won't mistake it for something of value.

    Why folks keep getting outraged is the more interesting bit.

    (Does it show that I've been talking to my "progressive" friends more lately?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odd View Post
    SFW? This has been a pinko popularity contest for decades. The science side is about as political now. Wish the DailyKos would sponsor it and buy the naming rights so people won't mistake it for something of value.

    Why folks keep getting outraged is the more interesting bit.

    (Does it show that I've been talking to my "progressive" friends more lately?)
    Yeah, but even Jimmy Carter actually held a weeks-long peace summit at Camp David with Palistanians and Israel in attendance - That was an achievement, even though it mis-guided and thus quickly fell apart. Has Obama done anything remotely like that yet?

    The only peace summit I'm aware of was having a beer with Gates and Sgt Crowley, which didn't actually accomplish anything either.

    When folks stop getting outraged about crap like this is when I'll REALLY give up hope for the country.

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    Well, that was a bad idea then, and would be now.

    Maybe we're coming from such different perspectives it doesn't seem so, but you made my point.

    All for diplomacy, but that's not the role of the President. That's what ambassadors are for. And even they shouldn't be getting in the middle of deals with remote entities, though if they can help broker a deal that is advantageous to their home nation, sure.

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    I've been a peace officer for over 18 years establishing peace where there was none even if I had to kick someone's ass to do it. Where is my Nobel Peace Prize?
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    Biggest joke since Michelle's peapatch in the back yord of the White House.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post



    I've been a peace officer for over 18 years establishing peace where there was none even if I had to kick someone's ass to do it. Where is my Nobel Peace Prize?
    You didn't have a teleprompter.

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    The committee had to give it to him, or else they would be racists. The democrats must be so proud.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dadyswat View Post
    You didn't have a teleprompter.
    Damn , your right. Good point. That's where I went wrong.
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    Cool, he got the same award as Yasser Arafat...
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    Yassar Arafat won it.

    Joseph Stalin and Adolph Hitler were nominated for it.

    The award is chosen by five Norwegians appointed by the Norwegian parliament, and has ALWAYS echoed the politics of Norway.
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    Apparently all you have to do for this award is run around the world and talk about how bad America is
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post



    I've been a peace officer for over 18 years establishing peace where there was none even if I had to kick someone's ass to do it. Where is my Nobel Peace Prize?
    That is Great!

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    Cool, he got the same award as Yasser Arafat...
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    Yassar Arafat won it.

    Joseph Stalin and Adolph Hitler were nominated for it.

    The award is chosen by five Norwegians appointed by the Norwegian parliament, and has ALWAYS echoed the politics of Norway.

    And don't forget Al Bore for his Power Point Presentation or was it for inventing the internet?

    Just more and more worth taken out of the Prize.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maclean View Post
    Yassar Arafat won it.

    Joseph Stalin and Adolph Hitler were nominated for it.

    The award is chosen by five Norwegians appointed by the Norwegian parliament, and has ALWAYS echoed the politics of Norway.
    Let it be known that THIS Norwegian does not agree with the decision...nor do I agree with our politics...maybe that's why I'm happy here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maclean View Post
    Yassar Arafat won it.

    Joseph Stalin and Adolph Hitler were nominated for it.

    The award is chosen by five Norwegians appointed by the Norwegian parliament, and has ALWAYS echoed the politics of Norway.
    Quote Originally Posted by KaiGywer View Post
    Let it be known that THIS Norwegian does not agree with the decision...nor do I agree with our politics...maybe that's why I'm happy here?

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    LOL, I heard today that he was nominated two weeks after he took office

    That makes it even more dumb, because he sure as hell hadn't done anything to promote whirrled peas then - That was when he was dwelling on the AIG bonuses 24/7.

    The nominations are supposedly sealed for 50 years - That gives time to the people who nominate the idiots to live a full life without being laughed at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ace View Post
    Cool, he got the same award as Yasser Arafat...
    Well, since you put it like that... Maybe it's appropriate. I think Obama has promised so many great things to everyone, Arafat may have him beat in the believability department.

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