Oh hey good morning! In case you missed it, President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this morning. Only nine months into his presidency! WTF?!?!
Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg referred to Obama’s work for peace and disarmament, saying: “This is a surprising, an exciting prize. It remains to be seen if he will succeed with reconciliation, peace and nuclear disarmament.”
Afghanistan’s Taliban mocked the award, saying it was absurd to give it to Obama when he had ordered 21,000 extra troops to Afghanistan this year.
“The Nobel prize for peace? Obama should have won the ‘Nobel Prize for escalating violence and killing civilians’,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location.
Mohamed ElBaradei, director-general of the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency — awarded the prize in 2005 — said: “I cannot think of anyone today more deserving of this honor. In less than a year in office, he has transformed the way we look at ourselves and the world we live in and rekindled hope for a world at peace with itself.”
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said in a statement: “The award of the prize to President Obama, leader of the most significant military power in the world, at the beginning of his mandate, is a reflection of the hopes he has raised globally with his vision of a world without nuclear weapons.”
Look, let’s be clear here…I voted for Obama and like the guy and I’m pulling for him to be a successful president, but even I can’t justify him winning this award at this point. Shouldn’t the recipient of a Nobel Prize establish a larger body of work than any president could possibly compile in nine months? If the committee awarding the prize wanted to suck Obama’s dick, couldn’t they have waited a couple of years? Jesus I can already hear the scorn and mockery flowing from Limbaugh, Beck and Hannity…”He’s Jimmy Carter without the credentials!”
Would it be a dick move for Obama to turn it down?