Astonishing

Updated below.

President Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobarack_obamabel Peace Prize. I’ll say it again: Astonishing. But it’s also humbling, and it brings with it a heavy load of responsibility — even heavier than that which he already bears as he tries to guide the ship of this nation through a veritable field of Titanic-sized icebergs. Yes, he’s been chosen for this honor very early in his presidency. He’s hardly had a chance to start — and he’s been pursued by snarling wolves intent on bringing him down since the day he was elected. But the prize was awarded by a committee made up of people from all over the world. It recognizes the profound changes he has already brought about, and symbolizes the hope that he will continue to succeed as a peacemaker. This honor was given not only for the sake of the American people, but for all the people of the world. This is an historic moment. I’m proud of my country for electing this man and working, finally, toward what is good, moral, and right.

Update: 

The Nobel Committee said he won it [the Peace Prize] for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples”.

“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,” the Norwegian committee said in a statement.

“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.”

President Obama said that he was “surprised and deeply humbled” by the award. He said he did not feel he deserved to be in the company of some of the “transformative figures” who had previously received the award.

Speaking outside the White House, he said he would accept the prize as a “call to action”.

President Barack Obama joins Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter, and Vice President Al Gore (who shared it) in being chosen for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Later update:

Patriotic American and right-wing talk-show-host Rush Limbaugh’s reaction to President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize:

“I think that everybody is laughing. Our president is a world-wide joke. Folks, do you realize something has happened here that we all agree with the Taliban and Iran about and that is he doesn’t deserve the award. Now that’s hilarious, that I’m on the same side of something with the Taliban, and that we all are on the same side as the Taliban.”

Ahem. We all are? You don’t speak for me, sir, or indeed for most of America. After all, only 22.5 percent of the population is still admitting to being Republican. But I do have to agree that yes, with your mindless, childish, over-priveleged rancor you’ve placed yourself squarely on the same side as the Taliban. Incredible. So why is it, again, that you hate America, Mr. Limbaugh?

Shame on you.

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2 Responses to “Astonishing”

  1. It is an astonishing surprise that the prize came so early in his career. I like how he sees the honor and what he thinks it means. An extraordinary nod to the power of promise.

  2. Surprising and cool that idealism is noticed.

    One thing’s for certain, Nuthouse Radio will be all over this.

    On a different topic… have you heard, Rush Limbaugh wants to buy the St. Louis Rams football team? Several African American football players have subsequently said they would never play for the Rams if Limbaugh owns team. Hoorah for that reaction.

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