Obama wins the Peace Prize *UPDATED — FREQUENTLY*

By now you all know that Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize.  After deciding that the Nobel Committee probably didn’t award it as a consolation prize for Obama’s having lost before the International Olympic Committee, I tried to figure out what “peace” the Nobel Committee meant.  After all, this is a guy so ineffectual that even Saturday Night Live points out that he does absolutely nothing.

I’ve decided that this is a preemptive prize, because the Committee looked ahead to the insane nuclear winter and global Muslim/non-Muslim war Obama’s fecklessness is bringing into being and they knew:  he makes a desert, and calls it peace.  Since the Committee can confidently expect that, once Obama does what he does best, there will be no more prizes, now was the time for a preemptive award.

UPDATE:  I dashed the above off pre-carpool.  I’ve now had a chance to think more.  This sets the seal on the Peace Prize’s irrelevancy.  People of various political stripes could defend some of the more disgusting awards (Arafat springs to mind), because they liked the effect these winners had on their chosen field.  In other words, Arafat may have been a disgusting, murderous warmonger, but he’d at least done something.  As I noted above, even Obama’s staunchest defenders can’t pretend he’s done anything at all, and certainly not in nine months.  The only thing he’s done is to be elected.

And that’s really what this is all about:  He is the change that anti-American Europe has been waiting for.  By being elected, he’s decimated America, and that’s what they want.  Because they view America as an aggressor nation, ion their minds having a non-aggressor in the White House — and, even better, a black(ish) non-aggressor — means America is disarmed, which itself is a form of peace.  They are too short-sighted, of course, to realize that America has been the guardian, not the aggressor.  With America gone, they’ll have they peace of the Muslim grave.

UPDATE II:  Obama was nominated on February 1 — 11 days after he took office.  That simply proves my point, that Europe recognizes him as the emasculator of America, which in itself is sufficient, to their stunted minds, to mean world peace.

UPDATE III:  We know anti-Americans have viewed Obama as a Messiah.  But if I remember the last Messiah who came along, say about 2000 years ago, there was some sacrifice involved.  This is the “Messiah-Lite” program, which in itself is an outrageously creepy idea.

UPDATE IV:  Some have suggested that Obama refuse the prize, which would make him less of a laughingstock.  A headline at BNO News, however, has Obama accepting the award “as a call to action.”  In other words, Obama fully agrees with the Europeans.  He too believes that, just by being Obama, he has conferred some sort of celestial blessing on the world.  He is, in his own mind, the embodiment of Hope.  In other words, he is a megalomaniac.  It will be interesting to see what he does with the prize money.

One other thing:  with few exceptions, both the Nobel Peace Prize and the Nobel Literature Prize are given only to people who are anti-American.  It’s interesting that the Nobel Peace Prize Committee seized Obama up and concluded that he, too, is anti-American.

UPDATE V:  Apropos Obama’s decision to accept — there’s good reason to believe that he needs to tamp that ego down and put his acceptance on hold until the end of January 2013.  It seems that it’s unconstitutional for him to accept.  Although, the Constitution hasn’t stopped Obama before, so why should it stop him now?

UPDATE VI:  Even Jennifer Loven, who is probably the single most partisan AP reporter in the history of partisan AP reporters, can’t figure this one out.

UPDATE VII:  The Nobel Prize Committee was explicit that this prize is because Obama creates the hope of peace, rather than peace itself.  Certainly there’s been no peace since Obama’s become president and, in fact, things are worse, rather than better under his watch.  Given Obama’s failures, his goals and his limited number of actions, what’s really interesting is the type of peace the Committee envisions.  Recall that just the other day, the Obama administration cut funding to a group the monitors human rights in Iran.  This reminds us that peace isn’t always lion sleeping with the lamb, which is what most people envision.  To the Left, peace simply means the world under the thumb of a strong man — or, in the post Obama world, under the thumb of a strong religion.

UPDATE VIII:  Obama has announced that he will give the prize money to charity.  I have a suggestion:  Since the only thing Obama did to earn this prize was to get elected, why don’t we give the money to the people who actually created the election outcome, namely the American voters.  Turn the money over to the IRS, President Obama.

UPDATE IX:  I just checked my “real me” facebook account, which is liberal land.  Those few who have commented on it have expressed the same theme:  “I really like Obama, but this makes no sense.”  While many are very concerned that this move puts pressure on Obama to withdraw from Afghanistan (because he’s got to make the desert of peace in that country too, Cambodia-style), I wonder if this won’t make average Americans sit up and wonder what’s really going on with this president.  (See Big Lizard’s too, for suspicion about the timing vis a vis Afghanistan.)

UPDATE X:  Have you noticed that libs are more upset than conservatives?  We conservatives realized years ago that the Nobel Peace Prize was a joke and this is just more proof, as if we needed anyway.  To liberals, though, this is an “Emperor has no clothes” moment.  They truly respect the Nobel Prize and think it is a prestigious and meaningful award, never mind some of the yahoos to whom it’s been awarded.  Having it awarded to someone who has done nothing at all is frightening to them, because it might hint at the fact that conservative disdain for the Prize is rooted in reality.

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Also blogging (a list I’ll add to during the day)

Brutally Honest

Byron York

Radio Patriot

American Thinker

The crowd at Commentary’s Contentions (and this is a global link to the blog, not to a specific post)

Power Line, which provides a useful list of prior winners, showing that Obama comes at the bottom of a steeply declining slope

Ed Morrissey

National Review Online’s Corner (and again, this is a global link)

Michelle Malkin

Melanie Phillips

And Discover the Networks helps explain what’s really going on (h/t Sweetness and Light)

Richard Cohen (a liberal who makes a nasty swipe at Palin, but still makes a good point about the insanity of the award)

Even the New York Times is bewildered (although approving)

The London Times savages the decision to award the prize

The Anchoress

Radio Patriot has the ultimate reductio ad absurdum

Bruce Kesler

Up North Mommy

Even Time Magazine, one of Obama’s biggest cheerleaders, thinks this is a bad idea

Flopping Aces

Iowahawk

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  • Charles Martel

    I just got back 10 minutes ago from our local hardware store where I went to buy a doormat.

    On my way out, the owner began riffing on Rush Limbaugh, to nobody in particular, repeating the usual slanders about his weight, drug addiction and dissing of The One. The guy was actually emitting spittle as I was exiting.

    I walked back in, caught his eye and asked him if he had ever read “1984.” He smiled, probably because he was thinking I was going to hand him a compliment. He said yes. I told him, “Look up the phrase ‘duckspeak.’ You, sir, are a doubleplusgood duckspeaker. And once you realize what that means, you’ll also realize that this is the last time I will ever enter your store.”

    Speaking as only a leftist “businessman” can, he said, “Good! Don’t come back!”

    Are these people nuts?

    Dont’ answer that—rhetorical question.

  • SADIE

    From something bad, something good. This true tale should bright some light.

    STORY NUMBER ONE

    Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago .. Capone
    wasn’t famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the
    windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.

    Capone had a lawyer nicknamed “Easy Eddie.” He was Capone’s lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie’s skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time.

    To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends, as well. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day. The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block.

    Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him. Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars,
    and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object. And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong. Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was.

    Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn’t give his son; he couldn’t pass on a good name or a goof example. One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done. He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al “Scarface” Capone, clean up his tarnished name, and offer his son some semblance of integrity. To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. So, he testified. Within the year, Easy Eddie’s life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street . But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he could ever pay. Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion, and a poem clipped from a magazine..

    The poem read..
    “The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour. Now is the only time you own. Live, love, toil with a will. Place no faith in time. For the clock may soon be still.”

    STORY NUMBER TWO

    World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant
    Commander Butch O’Hare. He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft
    carrier Lexington in the South Pacific.

    One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank.

    He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship.
    His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet. As he was returning to the mother ship, he saw something that turned his blood cold; a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding its way toward the American fleet.

    The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless. He couldn’t reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from the fleet.

    Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 caliber’s blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent.

    Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible, rendering them unfit to fly.

    Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction. Deeply relieved, Butch O’Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier. Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event surrounding his return. The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch’s daring attempt to protect his fleet. He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft.

    This took place on February 20, 1942 , and for that action Butch became the Navy’s first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Medal of Honor.
    A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29. His home
    town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today,
    O’Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man.

    So, the next time you find yourself at O’Hare International, give some
    thought to visiting Butch’s memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor. It’s located between Terminals 1 and 2.

    SO WHAT DO THESE TWO STORIES HAVE TO DO WITH EACH OTHER?

    Butch O’Hare was “Easy Eddie’s” son.

  • Mike Devx

    Charles M #45,

    Great commntary, Charles, and awesome writing. What if we are on the cusp?
    Everything believes that America must decline slowly, like the Roman Empire, or like Victorian England. But why must that be the case? The decline could just as easily be swift.

    I ran across a great line in today’s Mark Steyn article. The whole thing is very good, but here’s a few paragraphs, with the money line at the end:

    As the historian Robert Dallek told Obama recently, “War kills off great reform movements.” As the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne reminded the president, his supporters voted for him not to win a war but to win a victory on health care and other domestic issues.

    Obama’s priorities lie not in the Hindu Kush but in America: Why squander your presidency on trying to turn an economically moribund feudal backwater into a functioning nation state when you can turn a functioning nation state into an economically moribund feudal backwater?

  • Mike Devx

    Charles Martel #51:
    > just got back 10 minutes ago from our local hardware store where I went to buy a doormat.

    I knew Obama could be purchased by George Soros and his ilk, but I wasn’t aware he was available at the local hardware store.

  • SADIE

    Mike Devx…not only is it possible, but the owner insures that while you are buying a dormat, he makes you feel like one.

    It’s called: Liberal Hostiltality.

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Re Sadie (#52):

    The surprise ending to the stories Sadie told sounded too good to be true. I’ve had lots of emails with those kind of surprises, and they’re always false. So I checked this one. Not that I doubted Sadie, of course, but we’ve all been fooled. What amazed me is that the story is absolutely and completely true. I found each story on its own inspiring. The two stories together knocked my socks off. If you haven’t read #52, please do.

  • SADIE

    Barefoot Bookworm, so glad you found the stories as inspiring as I did. I was going to plant it your open thread, but I thought since we were all here, it would serve the greater good.

  • Mike Devx

    An excerpt from J.R. Dunn’s article over at American Thinker concerning Obama and the Nobel Peace Prize:

    This is now a permanent part of his persona, something he will need to work at to overcome. Can he overcome it? He didn’t do so this weekend. The sole mature choice when confronted with the Norwegian parliament’s damnfoolery would have been to politely reject the award. This would have earned him far greater public accolades and even reluctant respect from the likes of me. But Obama failed that test. He always will.

    Obama has been in office for eight months, and there is not one peace accord that hostile actors have signed. He’s mouthed some pretty speeches while overseas that they went ga-ga over. Is *THAT* enough to win a Nobel Peace Prize? Pretty speeches?

    Apparently.

    And Obama accepted it. Thus can you distinguish the wise from the foolish.

    Enjoy this moment! It’s right up there with Joe The Plumber, and the “bitter clingers” speech in California made about the Pennsylvanians. And the American DVDs submitted as a high gift in England – DVDs which they can’t play. This is another classic insert-foot-in-mouth moment by Obama. Indeed by the Committee too. As can be seen by the dismay by many on the left, this is not subtle either! The left is never happy when their Leaders commit glaring faux pas.

    So enjoy the moment! There will be more! Don’t forget the image of the policeman helping Henry Gates down the steps while Obama, full of himself and grinning as he headed towards his moment on the Cameras, ignored the elderly
    man’s difficulty.

    Obama cannot help himself! There will be more. Enjoy them all! Every single one.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.

    Where’s the Congressional bill, vote, or approval of this award?

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    But if I remember the last Messiah who came along, say about 2000 years ago, there was some sacrifice involved.

    There’ll be plenty of sacrifice involved, Book, Aztec style.

  • Charles Martel

    Obama will slip around the constitutional ban by noting that the Nobel Committee is not a sovereign.

  • SADIE

    Charles Martel

    GOOD ONE!
    Go to my post #31 and add your name to the ‘zinger list’.

  • SADIE

    I know we’ve all been doing our due diligence, but one more read couldn’t hurt.
    Three snips to entice you.

    snip/
    They have just awarded him a peace prize which Obama himself suggests was extended on credit …
    snip/
    What, more specifically, might they be expecting of Obama? For starters, Norway, along with neighboring Sweden and Denmark, has been banging the drum for America to hand over to the United Nations….
    snip/
    The real hope is that Obama will remember he took an oath (twice) not to serve as global spokesman for the Norwegian Nobel Committee, but “to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

    Read the rest here.
    http://pajamasmedia.com/claudiarosett/what-price-for-obamas-nobel-prize/#comments

  • Marguerite

    Charles – how did the other two presidential recipients (Wilson, Roosevelt??) go around that provision?

  • Charles Martel

    Marguerite, good question. They probably went with the same argument.

    I don’t have any problems with The One accepting the prize on constitutional grounds. My objections center on merit and good form, which makes me a. . . .racist.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    The Nobel Committee is an arm of the Norwegian Parliament, appointed by them, for them. That is a foreign state.

    TR did not actually pick up the prize money (or the prize itself) until 1910, when he visited Europe after his African Safari. He did not feel right accepting the prize while he was in office. TR wore an old fashioned suit with a top hat when he went to get the award. He picked up the prize in Christiania, Norway, on May 5, 1910 and part of his speech to the Nobel Prize Committee is as follows:

    As for Wilson, he was never against sweeping people he didn’t like under the river with military power at the domestic front.

  • Marguerite

    Charles, I object on constitutional and merit grounds, so that puts me in really deep do-do. What can be worse in 21st century America than racist – I tremble.

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