Should Obama Have Refused The Nobel Prize?
Israeli Scientist Wins Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Obama what did your beloved Muslims win the Art in beheading, making war , stoning women, honor killings or burning people alive? Ariel Schalit/Associated Press …
Obama/Biden – Obama won the Peace Prize, and then went off to bomb the c*** out of Libya, get involved in Pakistan, and then carefully maintain the other wars that we had on our plate. So….There’s long been talk of …
It Will Be Like An Albatross Around His Neck
President Barack Obama said Thursday that he was, “surprised and deeply humbled” to win a Nobel Peace Prize and sought to downplay the accomplishments, but he was most certainly thinking, “Why couldn’t they have waited?”, because it’s almost the last thing that he would have wanted right now.
The award sadly became the brunt of jokes after Yasser Arafat was awarded it in December, 1994 with no one in the world seemingly believing that Arafat wanted peace except the selection committee.
Obama has achieved nothing on the peace front so far, and winning the prize puts him in an even more difficult position than he was in before winning it.
He has to make a decision within the next week or so as to whether to send 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan, and will have to decide within a few months as to whether to bomb Iraq’s nuclear facilities, and a decision will have to be made about Iraq during his tenure as President.
If he sends additional troops to Afghanistan, and/or bombs Iran then it will seem highly incongruous after just having been award the Nobel Peace Prize, and if he doesn’t then he will be accused of not having taken action because of the prize.
The prize will single him out like the mark of Cain for his opponents and will be like an albatross around his neck.
Ah ! well a-day !
What evil looks
Had I from old and young !
Instead of the cross, the Albatross
About my neck was hung.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
One would have hoped that the selection committee would have learned something after awarding Arafat the prize, but they seem to be completely out of touch with the world stage, and to have totally misjudged the world’s reaction to awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Obama.
Even Obama’s most ardent fans are scratching their heads in bewilderment today and asking how he could have been in the running for the prize after only twelve days in office, which is when the Nobel nomination deadline ended.
It is sad that the value of the price has gone beyond being devalued, and will henceforth have such negative connotations, that one can fairly easily imagine people refusing to accept in coming years, and the Guardian even suggested today that Obama should have rejected it.
Below is a short roundup of reactions from across the political spectrum.
Click here for our photo tour of Obama’s rise from Barry to Barack. (Photo credit: Gerald Herbert / AP) Barack Obama’s big surprise win this morning produced more than a few “huhs?!?” heard ’round the world. Our personal favorite came …
Ruth Marcus: “Mom!” my 12-year-old yelled from the kitchen. “President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize!”
I told her she had to be mistaken.
This is ridiculous — embarrassing, even. I admire President Obama. I like President Obama. …
Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize [Daniel Pipes]. “He won what?” is the first universal reaction. And second, at least on the Right: “Why did they do that?” Even the Nobel committee’s citation does not pretend Barack Obama has actually achieved …
awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Obama sounded a deferential note. President Barack Obama said Thursday he was “surprised and deeply humbled” to win a Nobel Peace Prize and sought to downplay the accomplishments.
President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize early Friday morning, and HuffPost bloggers have offered opinions that range from skeptical to angry to adulatory.