Sunday, October 11, 2009

Nobel Obama--Random Thoughts

Thanks to all your kind encouragement, I have ceased hyperventilating and having occasional bouts of Tourette's over the naming of the American Messiah as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. I am now able to write the name Obama without worrying any longer that my head will explode and my fingers ignite. I can now look at the whole situation through the eyes of a nation which has been made the butt of a practical joke gone very bad. As it turns out, most of the civilized world was as shocked as I was, and in America, the vast majority joined anger to the shock.

The vote in Oslo was five to nothing. Four women, one man. Considering the haste of the decision (less than two weeks after Obama's inauguration), I'm assuming that it was directly affected by three factors. Obama's ability to walk on water. His ability to make flowers bloom on the Brandenburg Gate. And his finely-toned body running on the beaches of Hawaii. Oh, and world peace. We all know that this was a purposeful slap at America, a new piece of hype for the Great Waffler, an invitation to join the Euroweenie Federation, and an insult to our former President who dared to make war against the vilest of mass murdering tyrants and terrorists who had attacked America on her own soil.

For the sake of getting some perspective, here are some of the reactions. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen hailed Obama's "strong commitment to help build peace and defend fundamental human rights, including through the Atlantic alliance." Remember that this is the spokesman for the treaty organization which is supposed to be assisting us in maintaining European security.

Jumping in next is the multifaceted nepotist and oddly wealthy former UN Secretary Kofi Annan who called it "an unexpected but inspired choice." That was probably his way of saying that he expected to get the prize, but didn't want to rain on Obama's parade. After all, given Obama's generosity with the tax money of the American people, Annan might yet benefit. One Nobel laureate (who chose to remain anonymous) put it bluntly: "He hasn't earned the honor."

Obama has now joined the likes of Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Elie Wiesel, Mikhail Gorbachev and Mother Teresa, but has done even less to earn it than Jimmy Carter and Rigoberto Menchu. Given that the Euroweenies in general and the Nobel Peace Prize Committee specifically think that "peace" means "surrender," I suppose this ridiculous award really doesn't mean much in the scheme of world realities. In fact, it finally outs Obama as a friend of both the tyrannical governments in the mideast and the turn-tail-and-run Euroweenies. Depending on how seriously pompous Obama is at the award ceremony in December, we'll know how much affect it has on his already swollen-to-dirigible-size ego.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave some general praise about the intent (knowing full well the prize is supposed to reward accomplishment). She called it "an incentive to the president and to us all to do more for peace, and his engagement for a world free of nuclear weapons is a goal that we must all try to achieve in the coming years." In other words, the only way she's buying this crap is if Germany can have its own nukes right after Iran completes theirs. And by the way, "Mr. President, may we please have our missile shield back?" OK, so I put words in her mouth with that last one.

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama was equally evasive: "I am really pleased. I want to congratulate him from my heart." On the other hand, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid condemned the prize, saying: "We have seen no change for his strategy for peace. He has done nothing for peace in Afghanistan. All I can say to that is: "Don't feel too bad, Mooj, he has done nothing for war in Afghanistan, either." Hamas leaders have said he does not deserve the award. C'mon guys, we already know that. The Castroites also took a swipe: "The Nobel rewarded Mr. Obama's promises and good intentions with only nine months in power and little concrete results to show." Online Cubadebate (to which the Castros personally contribute) said "America remains mired on the Afghan front, where the situation is deteriorating rapidly and more civilians are dying now than ever." It appears the Cubans have a better handle on the situation than the Prize Winner does.

At home, official Republican response was properly derisive without being triumphalist. Republican National Chairman Michael Steele said: "The real question Americans are asking is, 'What has President Obama actually accomplished?" The Governator of California was properly stilted (after all, Maria Shriver was sitting directly behind him with a very sharp knife): "The president has consistently shown that he is committed to reaching out to other nations and positioning America to once again be the global leader for peace and prosperity." And how is he going to do that, Mr. Governor? By asking the tooth fairy?

Conservative pundits, in brief have been very negative (that's because most of them are sane and capable of seeing the turd in the punchbowl). Paul Kenjor says: "The Nobel Committee dishonors itself." Dan Kennedy calls it "Obamacomedy." Former Clinton adviser Dick Morris call it "Europe's bid to re-colonize America." Hugh Hewitt says: "Now please use the moment to save the Afghan people from the Taliban and the world of Iran's fanatics." Jerry Broyer calls it "Nobel's Stockholm syndrome."

My favorite quote comes from Prize Winner Lech Walesa: "Who? Obama? So fast? Too fast--he hasn't had the time to do anything yet. For the time being, Obama's just making proposals which don't seem to have any form or substance."

And I saved the best for last. Let's see what the ever faux-humble Messiah himself says. "I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people of all nations." What the hell does that mean? He's the aspiration leader? Sounds a lot like hopey-change, which has utterly failed so far, and shows no sign of recovering.

"To be honest [well, that would be a first], I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who've been honored by this prize--men and women who've inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace." Somebody forgot to tell the great intellect that Karl Marx never got the prize. So if he agrees with all of us, why doesn't he just follow the advice of the liberal Democratic magazine The New Republic and refuse the prize? Of course that would require true humility from the most arrogant politician ever to sit in the White House. So as cover for his grinning tour of Europe in December, he announced that his $1.4 million cash prize will be given to charity. Which charity, Prez, the ACORN relief fund? It will be a cold day in Baptist hell before this guy ever does the right thing.

20 comments:

StanH said...

I’ve been reading your comments/articles Lawhawk since 1/1/09 and suffice it to say, you’re pissed. I think this is just the cherry on the cake of the perfect socialist world con, and has little or no real value beyond the halls of liberal academia, or blithering sycophants in the MSM. In my mind the Nobel Prize is liken to a “dunce hat,” which Barry will wear with glowing distinction, with his fellow travelers, Gore, Carter, Arafat, etc. In most of America this will further alienate the majority conservative American electorate, and render Barry into a self imposed political oblivion. So I say, …Barry, haul ass left, you’ll be much easier to defeat as fully exposed statist, along with your brethren in congress.

Writer X said...

The more I see and read about the Nobel Committee, I think it's great that the president won the Peace Prize. Now four women and one man in Oslo have him right where they want him. It's like they've spray-painted him with all his leftist tendancies for all to see. There's no hiding now and who can't wait for his Apology Tour Part Deux in December? It'll make for more great clips for the 2010 political commercials, not to mention the ones in 2012.

P.S. We really should start a pool as to when McChrystal and Petreus resign.

AndrewPrice said...

I think the whole thing is funny, but I'm not angry about it. I guess because I already viewed the award as a joke.

In fact, I'm glad they were stupid enough to award it now. Because if they'd waited, people might have actually thought he'd done something to earn it. Now people know how hollow this award is. It's a left wing popularity award and that's all it's ever been. At least now other people can see that.

patti said...

i was at a large gathering yesterday and this was all anyone wanted to discuss. not one person was thrilled or happy about it. calling this a joke is generous. and loved the baptist line (ha!).

LawHawkSF said...

StanH: I can see it all now. He'll start wearing the medal, then get a couple he can order from a war surplus store, then a few more, and pretty soon he'll be marching around in full uniform with medals from neck to waist. As long as we're becoming a banana republic, we might as well have a leader who looks like one of the banana republic colonels.

LawHawkSF said...

WriterX: I'm coming around to that way of thinking fast. It's one step away from getting the Lenin Peace Medal. Nobody but the leftists believe it has any validity.

LawHawkSF said...

Andrew: You're right. You were just able to see the humor in it sooner than I was. And considering the number of Obama hangers-on that are making light of it, I have to admit that I had a brief attack of Obama Derangement Syndrome that drove out my usual ability to see the humor in world events.

LawHawkSF said...

Patti: Every time I start to get angry again, I just picture Obama strutting around the White House with his Peace Prize and pretty medal, grinning and repeating "I really am the Messiah, I really am the Prince of Peace." Followed by the appropriate bolt of lightning through the White House ceiling. Now THAT makes me laugh.

LawHawkSF said...

WriterX: I forgot one item in your comment. Andrew's the organizer, so he'll have to handle the pools (no money prizes, of course). I would hate to see McChrystal and Petraeus resign. But they are men of honor (something entirely unknown in the Obama administration), and the only thing that will keep them from resigning is their own belief that somehow by staying they can help the nation they love without betraying their honor. I hope they can find a way, but I think the inevitable resignations are coming.

Writer X said...

LawHawk, agreed. I couldn't blame either one for resigning. How else to get your clown of a boss's attention? Meanwhile, it breaks my heart to read about more casualties in Afghanistan while President Obama polishes his new medal.

LawHawkSF said...

WriterX: It's like Greek tragedy. Two great men prematurely ending their long and distinguished careers for the sake of honor, while the vile king, possessing no honor thrives. But like Greek tragedy, there will be the deus ex machina to save the people. And that particular deus is called the ballot box. In about a year, the king will lose the stranglehold he has on the two legislative bodies, and in about three years, he will lose the throne he should never have had in the first place.

JG said...

I agree with Andrew. To me, the irony wasn't that Obama was given an award for doing nothing, it was that we now have proof-positive that the NPP really means jack squat - which I have always believed. It's more humorously ironic than disappointing, from my perspective.

HamiltonsGhost said...

John Fund put it very succinctly in his Wall Street Journal Diary: "Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize for not being George Bush."

LawHawkSF said...

HamiltonsGhost: So true. I recently had this brilliant inspiration. Obama could follow his Marxist predecessors into the wonderful world of global domination by simply finding the places he wants to make war, and call it a major military Peace Initiative. Nothing he says makes any sense anyway, so why not simply use Marxist doublespeak? He could immediately turn the situation in Afghanistan around (the "right war," you know) by declaring a massive Peace Initiative, send in the bombers and the 40,000 new troops, and (you should pardon the expression) win. No problem with those pesky civilian casualties, since they now become collateral damage in the pursuit of peace.

We'll call it: "The peace of Obama which passeth all understanding."

LawHawkSF said...

JG: You were all way ahead of me on this one. I simply forgot that the Prize has been a lefty joke for decades. This was just the over-the-top-joke that makes it all work. Even pretend "accomplishments" don't matter anymore. Just the perception that something might actually be accomplished in the future is enough to grant the award. The cult of personality is finally joined with the culture of unreality.

Tennessee Jed said...

Of course virtually all the people who comment regularly at this site recognize the Nobel Prize as nothing more than a liberal political propaganda tool. Certainly it is that now if it wasn't always such. The question, I suppose is how effective a tool it really is. We have long been aware how education and the media in this country has been determined to cant heavily left. This is just one more thing that falls into that bucket. Yet, I can't help but think that all of these have possibly so overplayed their hand that Americans (and maybe other areas of the globe) have begun to see though this bullcrap. In other words, by being so obvious, The Nobel has probably devalued themselves, hopefully permenantly.

LawHawkSF said...

Tennessee: I think you're all right. This is so completely ridiculous that for the first time it even has liberals loosening up. This may be the accolade that broke the camel's back.

CalFederalist said...

Maybe it's time for Obama to receive a useless and ridiculous prize each month. I propose that next month he receive the Harvard Law Invisible Legal Treatises Award. Since we all know he's a legal genius and an expert on Constitutional law, he must have written something. So his works must be invisible. But just because they're invisible, it doesn't mean he shouldn't receive an award for them.

LawHawkSF said...

CalFederalist: Great idea. We might even start something like that on our site. I'll talk with Andrew about it. The following month, we could give him "The Largest Head in the World Which Hasn't Exploded" award. The medal is shaped like a helium tank.

DCAlleyKat said...

How about "The Greatest Mind Ever Placed Between Two Huge Ears Award", as an aside I like Liz Cheney's suggestion that the mother of a fallen soldier be sent to accept the award.

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