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(Mother Jones)   Could President Obama be on his way to a second Nobel Peace Prize?   (motherjones.com) divider line 39
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2013-10-11 08:12:52 PM
8 votes:
He would deserve a Nobel Peace prize IF...

1) When the country defaults, he declares a state of emergency
2) He arrests half the Republican party and publicly tries them for treason.
2013-10-11 06:54:05 PM
7 votes:
The conservative apoplexy would be... glorious
2013-10-11 09:35:53 PM
5 votes:
I like to think that Obama's Nobel was basically given to America as a whole, as a way of recognizing the country was looking for a change of pace after eight years of Bush.  If any other Democratic candidate won that election, they probably would have gotten the prize as well.
2013-10-11 09:12:41 PM
5 votes:
I hope so.  Not because he deserves it, but it would piss off all the people I most like to see miserable.
2013-10-11 09:37:24 PM
4 votes:

shanrick: I hope he wins the BOB award.

/best of the best


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2013-10-11 09:35:39 PM
4 votes:
I'm glad he won the first one. The pure butthurt and anger it caused right wingers was glorious. I have no idea how many times I said only in America would people get visibly angry because the leader of their nation won a Nobel prize
2013-10-11 09:53:24 PM
3 votes:

b0rscht: Obama didn't deserve the 1st one for sure.


Alright, look, this may be hard to recognise from inside the United States, but I think you might have missed the significance of Barack Obama being elected. The rest of the world that pays attention to the USA - that is all of us - watched as the global superpower with all the nukes and a pretty big army went and started a fight in Afghanistan (excessive but understandable) then started a fight with Iraq (huh?) and started more of a fight in Pakistan (!!!?) and was eyeing Syria and Iran, while its economy was crumbling, in a way that would impact everyone. Wars that were older than the students now learning about the countries in question in school were going on when the USA changed hands.

Barack Obama turns up promising to stop those wars and step down the militarism, and gets elected. That is, Barack Obama, just by getting elected, expressed the ability of a nation that had been in a state of non-stop war for a near-decade to stop, to stabilise, and maybe stop being such a gigantic asshole to the rest of the world.

Sure, the Peace Prize doesn't mean that much since suckholes like Kissinger have it. And yes, Obama did not turn out to be as anti-war, as pro-peace as he should have been to deserve the medal in hindsight, because of things he did after he farking won it. But if you want to know why he got it, he did seemingly turn up to muzzle the biggest, nastiest dog in human history.
2013-10-11 09:44:52 PM
3 votes:
He obviously didn't deserve the first one.  That was the Nobel committee thanking the American public for not electing another farkwad like Bush.

But OMG would I love to see the right wing blogosphere if he got another one.  It would be SO worth it.  Better still would be if the Nobel folks came out and said "We've started another prize, the Nobel Prize for Politics.  First awardee -- Barack Obama".  Swear to god I'd farking come right there, right then.
2013-10-11 07:52:49 PM
3 votes:

feckingmorons: If they call him to Stockholm it will be to take the first one back.


Still butthurt about it huh?
2013-10-11 07:03:31 PM
3 votes:
No. He didn't deserve the first one.

/life-long liberal and Democrat
2013-10-11 06:52:02 PM
3 votes:
If they call him to Stockholm it will be to take the first one back.
2013-10-12 12:10:34 AM
2 votes:

NeoAnderthal: Why not? He's every bit as worthy of a second one as he was the first time.


He won the first one for not being Bush, pretty much.  That's how glad the rest of the world was to see the back of the Bush administration.
2013-10-11 11:54:13 PM
2 votes:
My own hypothesis is that the committee actually planned to award the prize to Malala Yousafzai (who was widely considered the favourite), but had to find someone else tootsweet on Thursday on news the EU had given Malala the Sakharov Prize already.

I don't blame them, honestly. Kid gets two peace prizes in two days? Come on, that's just plain silly.

(Could be worse. The committee had Mahatma Gandhi die on them before they could award him the prize in 1948. In the end, the prize went unawarded on the grounds that no living person was suitable that year.)
2013-10-11 10:46:22 PM
2 votes:

sendtodave: revrendjim: No. He didn't deserve the first one.

/life-long liberal and Democrat

I don't know, I mean I guess he didn't. He hasn't objectively lived up to it. As a liberal, I should hate him, really.

But, I dunno. More and more I just feel that maybe we are being too hard on him for some reason. I mean, he's not such a bad guy, you know?

I think those guys in Stockholm just saw something in him.

Maybe I'm suffering from some kind of syndrome?


The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo, not Stockholm.  Sweden passes out all the other Nobel prizes.
2013-10-11 10:39:29 PM
2 votes:

feckingmorons: If they call him to Stockholm it will be to take the first one back.


Your anger makes me happy.
2013-10-11 10:20:44 PM
2 votes:

TalenLee: Barack Obama turns up promising to stop those wars and step down the militarism, and gets elected. That is, Barack Obama, just by getting elected, expressed the ability of a nation that had been in a state of non-stop war for a near-decade to stop, to stabilise, and maybe stop being such a gigantic asshole to the rest of the world


That is a view that can only be described as willfully ignorant of Barack Obama and what he stands for. And what he stands for is... nothing. And this was entirely apparent during the campaign. He offered up populist platitudes about what a lot of people wanted to hear. But the US political machinery being the broken system that it is, his primary and general election opponents were 2 people that no one really wanted, so he speaks to the youth about hope and change and they fall for it. But I'm terribly disappointed in the Nobel committee for being so gullible.

Given the history of the peace prize, I shouldn't be so surprised. I would be surprised if the committee were dumb enough to give another award to the guy who uses murder drones to execute "bad guys" without any sort of trial or oversight, after failing to close Gitmo, for sustaining the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, for illegally waging war in Libya, and for trying to start another war in Syria. Anyone who thinks this guy should be considered for a second peace prize needs to get their head examined. This clown belongs in jail with Bush and Cheney. Hell, the last US president who wasn't a crook was Carter, and he was just a joke.
2013-10-11 10:16:55 PM
2 votes:

Lionel Mandrake: I hope so.  Not because he deserves it, but it would piss off all the people I most like to see miserable.


I don't want to see anybody miserable...but, the hatred directed at the president is truly baffling to me.  It's completely out of proportion to anything he's actually done.

It's a kind of insanity.  Obama Derangement Syndrome is a real thing.
2013-10-11 10:12:43 PM
2 votes:
I'm still amused that people somehow think the statements Kerry made were just dumb luck
2013-10-11 10:06:33 PM
2 votes:
secularsage: ..He was hawking a military intervention that was too much for even the Republicans...

Dude, that's nonsense. They opposed it because it's all they've got: hating Obama and not wanting to give him ANYTHING. If Obama came out against taking a hammer and smashing your own balls into a red paste, there wouldn't be be any Republican children for a generation.
2013-10-11 09:40:47 PM
2 votes:
We need Fark awards
2013-10-11 09:37:17 PM
2 votes:
He's spent 5 years resisting the urge to beat the shiat out of Eric Cantor. I don't know if Mother Teresa could have shown that kind of restraint.
2013-10-11 09:36:47 PM
2 votes:

Lionel Mandrake: I hope so.  Not because he deserves it, but it would piss off all the people I most like to see miserable.


This - and anyway, if he manages to trigger the civil war that destroys the GOP, he'll actually deserve the next one.
2013-10-11 08:41:18 PM
2 votes:

revrendjim: No. He didn't deserve the first one.

/life-long liberal and Democrat


Thread over, everyone go home.  What Obama should have done is thank the committee for the honor, but decline to accept it.  That would have made him look both magnanimous and gracious.
2013-10-11 06:53:14 PM
2 votes:
We get it. He's black.
2013-10-12 09:51:59 AM
1 votes:
You know what other life-long liberal didn't think Obama deserved the Peace Prize?  Obama.  I doubt he would think he's deserving of a second Peace Prize, either.  And his speech when receiving the Peace Prize perfectly encapsulated the American ideal that sometimes Peace can only be achieved thru war, something the Peace prize committee probably does not agree with.  Why people can get outraged over this is beyond me.
2013-10-12 08:27:51 AM
1 votes:

Peter von Nostrand: I'm still amused that people somehow think the statements Kerry made were just dumb luck


Exactly. Guess what people, the fact that he said that after meeting with the Russians, after Obama spoke to Putin personally, and Russia took them up on it? Wow, what an amazing series of coincidences...
It's called diplomacy people.
2013-10-11 11:41:12 PM
1 votes:
God, I hope not. Enough all ready.

He hasn't been that great a president.
2013-10-11 11:22:54 PM
1 votes:

Farxist Marxist: Putin was perceived as the peacemaker, and Obama suffered another foreign policy black eye.


BS, Obama got just what he claimed he wanted and the responsibility/cost got shifted to Putin. You're just butthurt that you didn't get to spend a couple of trillion killing a few thousand Muslims.

Boy Howdie, do Real 'Merkins love killing those Muslims.
2013-10-11 10:57:06 PM
1 votes:

secularsage: ghare: secularsage:

I disagree, and I have no love for either party.



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Of course not
2013-10-11 10:30:05 PM
1 votes:

revrendjim: No. He didn't deserve the first one.

/life-long liberal and Democrat


The award is also given to those as a means to promote peace, not because they have done anything.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/cifamerica/2009/oct/09/nobe l- peace-prize-obama
2013-10-11 10:26:26 PM
1 votes:

NewWorldDan: TalenLee: Barack Obama turns up promising to stop those wars and step down the militarism, and gets elected. That is, Barack Obama, just by getting elected, expressed the ability of a nation that had been in a state of non-stop war for a near-decade to stop, to stabilise, and maybe stop being such a gigantic asshole to the rest of the world

That is a view that can only be described as willfully ignorant of Barack Obama and what he stands for. And what he stands for is... nothing. And this was entirely apparent during the campaign. He offered up populist platitudes about what a lot of people wanted to hear. But the US political machinery being the broken system that it is, his primary and general election opponents were 2 people that no one really wanted, so he speaks to the youth about hope and change and they fall for it. But I'm terribly disappointed in the Nobel committee for being so gullible.

Given the history of the peace prize, I shouldn't be so surprised. I would be surprised if the committee were dumb enough to give another award to the guy who uses murder drones to execute "bad guys" without any sort of trial or oversight, after failing to close Gitmo, for sustaining the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, for illegally waging war in Libya, and for trying to start another war in Syria. Anyone who thinks this guy should be considered for a second peace prize needs to get their head examined. This clown belongs in jail with Bush and Cheney. Hell, the last US president who wasn't a crook was Carter, and he was just a joke.


...Do you and I occupy the same planet?
2013-10-11 10:05:13 PM
1 votes:

Doktor_Zhivago: Nothing says nobel peace prize like extra judicial killings and 178 dead babies.


Wow, he managed all that more than a month before taking office? He's even more powerful than we thought!
2013-10-11 09:56:29 PM
1 votes:
Gosh, I hope he does.
2013-10-11 09:45:36 PM
1 votes:

BalugaJoe: We need Fark awards


The Fark award is being greened every few years, if you're deemed worthy.
2013-10-11 09:42:34 PM
1 votes:

feckingmorons: If they call him to Stockholm it will be to take the first one back.


Really? I'm sure they don't consider a blah man being President as much of an affront to peace as you do.
2013-10-11 09:33:58 PM
1 votes:

revrendjim: No. He didn't deserve the first one.

/life-long liberal and Democrat


THIS, new liberal
2013-10-11 09:30:06 PM
1 votes:

AliceBToklasLives: Ennuipoet: revrendjim: No. He didn't deserve the first one.

/life-long liberal and Democrat

This

/and also that
//take farking Kissinger's back too!

All of this.


Every word of these.
2013-10-11 08:29:06 PM
1 votes:

fusillade762: Should have given it to Putin.

/ducks


I was thinking that same thought earlier today.

Can you imagine Putin with a Nobel Peace Prize?  Jesus.
2013-10-11 07:47:30 PM
1 votes:

revrendjim: No. He didn't deserve the first one.

/life-long liberal and Democrat


This

/and also that
//take farking Kissinger's back too!
 
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