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Friday, October 09, 2009

Wow -- Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize
Posted by Jill | 6:00 AM
Cue the wingnut howl!

It is a mark of just how badly George W. Bush damaged our reputation in the world, that after just nine months in office, Barack Obama has given birth to a revitalized standing of the U.S. in terms of world diplomacy -- and been recognized for that by the Nobel Committee:
n 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.”


The full citation read: “The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.”

“Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama’s initiative, the United States is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.”

“Only 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. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population,” the citation said.

“For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world’s leading spokesman. The Committee endorses Obama’s appeal that “Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges.”

I have my issues with this president, but this award is well-deserved.

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Blogger skywind said...
Let's see--Olympics in Chicago, Nobel Peace Prize...which matters more?

It says so much about the state of politics in this country that my first thought upon seeing this headline was "The wingnuts are going to go insane over this." Obviously you and Mustang Bobby had the same thought.

Anonymous Mike said...
Yes, there will be much stomping of feet and gnashing of teeth. Let the hysterics begin!

Blogger Bartender Cabbie said...
Nothing to get hysterical about, but it sure is ridiculous. There are at least 1 milliion people in the world more deserving I would imagine. Probably at least 1,000 in Chicago alone. What has Mr. Obama done to deserve such an honor? I can name one or two in Houston that I know personally that are more deserving.