Prizes Just Aren’t What They Used to Be.

When I was a kid I loved the prizes we got in cereal boxes. When we opened a box of cereal we would excitedly dig down deep to find the prize. Back then we got cool stuff like Matchbox Cars and Hot Wheels, Army Men, yoyos, puzzles, games, iron-ons, temporary tattoos, action figures and stuff you had to put together. Now days if there is anything at all in the boxes it’s just crap. Nope, prizes just aren’t what they used to be. Just like Nobel Peace Prizes.

Nobel Peace Prize, Barack Obama, Ken Bingham, oneutah.org

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  1. #1 by Cliff on October 9, 2009 - 2:29 pm

    A big CONGRATS to Obama and the progressive left. though I am a bit troubled by the Republican envy. I suppose the Republicrats are the only ones left in the world who still support the terrorists.

  2. #2 by brewski on October 9, 2009 - 2:40 pm

    I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments…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

    – Barack Obama

    Cliff must think Obama is a Republican suffering from envy.

  3. #3 by Richard Warnick on October 9, 2009 - 3:13 pm

    I would suppose that most right-wingers have no love for the majority of Nobel Peace Prize laureates.

    Possible exceptions: Henry Kissinger, the Dalai Lama and Andre Sakharov.

  4. #4 by Jay Wurlitzer on October 9, 2009 - 3:15 pm

    I wonder if Cindy Sheehan has signed off on the amazing record of Obama since his election.

    Once the darling of the peace movement now her loss trodden by the cynical reality foisted onto the American people, ignored, as she she rightly J’accuse Obama for his own deceptions he conducted when he ran for office and the now morass in front of us.

    Small wonder he wears the crown humbly and lightly.

  5. #5 by Cliff on October 9, 2009 - 3:18 pm

    In just eight months President Obama has taken us from looking like crazed, bible distributing (in Arabic no less) war mongering, macho, family killing raping and torturing nation that we WERE into a nation of peace seeking. Are you kidding me? You think that’s easy… try getting two people who don’t like each other to change… just two. He has turned the outlook of the whole world from one where everyone was worried about WW3 or WMD or Nukes, or mounting terrorism into a world of hope. Imagine if McCain had won. He was talking about WINNING in IRAN not some peace prize. If this General had asked McCain or Bush for troops we would have sent them THAT DAY.

  6. #6 by Cliff Lyon on October 9, 2009 - 3:22 pm

    link - Here is a brief list of some of the reasons President Obama deserves the Nobel Peace Prize: (As a side note, it took me less than 45 minutes to compile this into a diary. It took me longer to fix my html errors than to find a short list of Nobel Prize winning accomplishments by our President. I am sure I have missed MANY things.)
    3/18/8 – Obama caught world-wide attention for his moving speech on race relations
    7/24/8 – Obama lays the foundation for a new era of international relations and began inspiring renewed hope in American leadership during his campaign speech in Berlin
    11/6/8 – Obama’s victory was hailed as a promise of hope for the world.
    12/1/8 – Obama began plans to restore U.N. ambassador to cabinet rank.
    1/22/9 – Appointed a Special Envoy for Middle East peace
    1/22/9 – Ordered the closing of Guantanamo Bay
    1/22/9 – Ordered comprehensive review of detention policies
    1/22/9 – Prohibited use of torture
    1/22/9 – Signed an executive order to close CIA secret prisons
    1/23/9 – Lifted “Global Gag Rule” on international health groups
    1/26/9 – Began to address climate change by increasing fuel standards for automobiles
    1/26/9 – Appointed Special Envoy for Climate Change
    1/27/9 – Signs Lily Ledbetter “Fair Pay” Act
    2/1/9 – Expanded healthcare for children by signing SCHIP
    2/5/9 – Again addressed energy conservation by increasing standards for appliances.
    2/24/9 – Directed almost $1 billion for prevention and wellness to improve America’s health
    2/25/9 – Initiated international efforts to reduce mercury emissions worldwide
    2/27/9 – Committed to responsibly ending the war in Iraq
    4/1/9 – Agreed to negotiation of a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia.
    4/1/9 – Enhanced U.S. – China relations
    4/2/9 – Led global response to the economic crisis through the G20, obtaining commitments of $1.1 trillion to safeguard the world’s most vulnerable economies
    4/4/9 – Renewed dialog with NATO and other key allies
    4/5/9 – Announced new strategy to responsible address international nuclear proliferation
    4/13/9 – Began easing tension with Cuba through new policy stance
    4/17/9 – Secured $5 billion in aid commitments "to bolster [Pakistan's] economy and help it fight terror and Islamic radicalism"
    4/22/9 – Developed the renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents.
    5/8/9 – Proposed International Affairs budget that included funds to create a civilian response corps — teams of civilian experts in rule of law, policing, transitional governance, economics, engineering, and other areas critical to helping rebuild war-torn societies; Provide $40 million for a "stabilization bridge fund," which would provide rapid response funds for the State Department to help with an international crisis situation.
    6/4/9 – Gave historic address to the Muslim World in Cairo – "American is not at war with Islam" Foreign affairs experts insist that Obama’s engagement with the Muslim world has been remarkable. "He has been able to dramatically change America’s image in that region"
    8/4/9 – Used DIPLOMACY to free 2 American journalists from a North Korea prison
    9/18/9 – De-escalation of nuclear tension through repurposing of missile defense prompting Russia to withdraw its missile plan.

  7. #7 by Ken on October 9, 2009 - 3:44 pm

    I’m with Kanye West on this one. I think Beyoncé deserved it more than Obama.

  8. #8 by Jay Wurlitzer on October 9, 2009 - 3:58 pm

    Small wonder he wears the crown humbly and lightly.

  9. #9 by Becky Stauffer on October 9, 2009 - 3:59 pm

    First they celebrated that the U.S. didn’t get the Olympics. Now they hate that the U.S. president is a Nobel Prize winner. Why do the Kens of the world hate America?

    No need to answer — if it’s anything of a Democrat, they hate it.

    Come on, Ken, allow youself some joy.

    I’m proud of our president and pleased he has received this honor.

  10. #10 by Ken on October 9, 2009 - 5:12 pm

    I haven’t heard anyone angry about him getting the award. We all think it’s a joke. I have a feeling the Nobel Prize people did not do Barack Obama any favors today. As time goes on the ridiculousness of this award will become more and more apparent. If Obama had any humility as he suggests he would respectfully decline but his ego will not allow it.

    Becky thank you for your concern. Thankfully my joy has nothing to do with who occupies the White House.

  11. #11 by Weer'd Beard on October 9, 2009 - 5:34 pm

    Please Cliff, keep defending Obama’s win! It’s only hurting him, and you!

    I’m so damn happy about this!

  12. #12 by Jay Wurlitzer on October 9, 2009 - 6:03 pm

    It isn’t celebration. It is a dirge Becky. The guy is so undeserving, and so corrupt…. as to defy description.

    W’s 3rd term continues. The war(s), the borrowing, the spending, the no results. The Death.

    “Doing the same thing over and over again is the definition of insanity”. Albert Einstein

  13. #13 by Larry Bergan on October 10, 2009 - 12:02 am

    Wow Cliff! Thanks for the great list of Obama’s accomplishments. He really has done a lot of great things already. It’s so easy to forget until you see it all in one place!

    Clinton had an impressive list that took up a whole newspaper page after his 8 years and all the right wingers had to say is that he didn’t do anything.

    Sore losers!

  14. #14 by Ken on October 10, 2009 - 2:58 am

    According to Saturday Night Live Obama’s accomplishments have been “Jack” and “Squat”.

  15. #15 by Jay Wurlitzer on October 10, 2009 - 7:10 am

    The whole bit. Nice to see that the crew in New York is telling it like it is with a laugh.

    http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/10/05/2089602.aspx

    James if you had not noticed, the irrelevancy extends to Democrats. If the have a unstoppable majority in congress and the presidency and STILL cannot cannot accomplish Jack Squat now that is irrelevance.

    The representation of the nation is now in uncharted waters. Those in control cannot even keep from consistently soiling themselves. It does have a humor component, then the bodies come home and pile up overseas.

  16. #16 by Jay Wurlitzer on October 10, 2009 - 7:23 am

    More stuff to bring O bots down to reality. This award will have repercussions. The view from the “Continent”. Better put on your glasses James and Larry.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article6867711.ece

  17. #17 by Becky Stauffer on October 10, 2009 - 7:28 am

    Jay,

    Not to bring you down from your high, but really what else can we expect from a Rupert Murdoch website/newspaper?

  18. #18 by Jay Wurlitzer on October 10, 2009 - 8:30 am

    Murdoch or not the story has its facts, surely Becky support your guy there. The rest of the world has the goods on the guy and his path is no longer going to be easy for him. It happens to all presidents, but with his inexperience and hubris, not to mention incompetence, the next few months will be tough for the guy.

    You are the like the Bush 25% Becky. The rest of the people in the nation don’t have this allegiance to the empty suit called Obama.

  19. #19 by brewski on October 10, 2009 - 8:31 am

    A lot of people must be reading Murdoch newspapers

    there hasn’t been any contribution to peace yet. He’s proposing things, he’s initiating things, but he is yet to deliver.

    – Lech Walesa, Nobel laureate

    It seems to me that it is an embarrassment for the Nobel process

    – Princeton University historian Fred Greenstein

  20. #20 by Becky Stauffer on October 10, 2009 - 8:47 am

    Really, Jay? 56% of Americans (UP from September’s 50%) say they approve of the job he’s doing. Under the tough circumstances he’s faced in the past nine months, I’d say that’s mighty good.

    But keep up your wishful thinking. You too, Brewski.

    As for me, I’m hoping for all our sakes that our president is successful in his endeavors.

  21. #21 by Jay Wurlitzer on October 10, 2009 - 9:30 am

    That poll is completely cooked. Wait until 2010 and we will see. Democrats are running away from this president as they face their elections. Yessir that squares with a 56% approval rating.

    What is amusing is that Obama is out bushing Bush, and progressives support it. Makes you look unusually gullible. America truly is in deep trouble.

    He cannot be successful, besides he doesn’t run anything, he is being run. The inability to see the reality we face dooms any success. It will all be clear soon enough for you.

  22. #22 by Jay Wurlitzer on October 10, 2009 - 9:46 am

    Not much for polls, but in most respondents here would be Europeans and here is what they think.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/poll/2009/oct/09/obama-administration-barack-obama

  23. #23 by Larry Bergan on October 10, 2009 - 9:48 am

    Becky:

    Did you know Rupert Murdock owns controlling interest in The National Geographic Channel:

    National Geographic Channel (joint venture with National Geographic Magazine) 67%

    So you see, he really does have credibility.

  24. #24 by brewski on October 10, 2009 - 3:24 pm

    Cliff, your list is a joke, and you know it.

    3/18/8 – Obama caught world-wide attention for his moving speech on race relations

    A speech is not an accomplishment. If moving speeches are the barometer for greatness, then Lou Gehrig should get a Nobel Prize.

    7/24/8 – Obama lays the foundation for a new era of international relations and began inspiring renewed hope in American leadership during his campaign speech in Berlin

    See above.

    11/6/8 – Obama’s victory was hailed as a promise of hope for the world.

    If winning an election is the mark for a Nobel Prize, I guess you think GWB should get two.

    12/1/8 – Obama began plans to restore U.N. ambassador to cabinet rank.

    Administrative shuffling earns a Nobel Prize?

    1/22/9 – Appointed a Special Envoy for Middle East peace

    Wow, appointed an envoy, really he did that all by himself? What next, names blue-ribbon task force and is cannonized?

    1/22/9 – Ordered the closing of Guantanamo Bay

    And shifts secret renditions to Bagram. You’re making this far too easy for me.

    1/22/9 – Ordered comprehensive review of detention policies

    See blue-ribbon committee above.

    1/22/9 – Prohibited use of torture

    Winning the approval of terrorists and genocidal mass-murderers everywhere.

    1/22/9 – Signed an executive order to close CIA secret prisons

    See Bagram above.

    1/23/9 – Lifted “Global Gag Rule” on international health groups

    More abortions for all!

    1/26/9 – Began to address climate change by increasing fuel standards for automobiles

    But refused to increase gas tax which would surely get people to not want gas guzzlers in the first place.

    1/26/9 – Appointed Special Envoy for Climate Change

    See blue-ribbon comment above.

    1/27/9 – Signs Lily Ledbetter “Fair Pay” Act

    Does that mean that GWB gets a Nobel for No Child Left Behind?

    2/1/9 – Expanded healthcare for children by signing SCHIP

    Does Orrin Hatch get to share in the $1.4MM prize?

    2/5/9 – Again addressed energy conservation by increasing standards for appliances.

    But refuses a carbon tax.

    2/24/9 – Directed almost $1 billion for prevention and wellness to improve America’s health

    Borrowed $1B more from the Chinese?

    2/25/9 – Initiated international efforts to reduce mercury emissions worldwide

    I think Whole Foods should get a Nobel for selling MSC certified fish.

    2/27/9 – Committed to responsibly ending the war in Iraq

    Ha! This is the funniest one. He committed to a timetable laid out by Bush which he had previously opposed. As a candidate he had opposed the surge which made the responsible pullout possible. He had also then called for a rapid and irresponsible pullout. How many time can a person be so wrong about the same thing?

    4/1/9 – Agreed to negotiation of a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia.

    So I guess Reagan should get a Nobel too.

    4/1/9 – Enhanced U.S. – China relations

    Still waiting for Nixon’s Nobel.

    4/2/9 – Led global response to the economic crisis through the G20, obtaining commitments of $1.1 trillion to safeguard the world’s most vulnerable economies

    And called reckless and spendthrift by leaders of the G20 who rebuffed his demands that they spend more.

    4/4/9 – Renewed dialog with NATO and other key allies

    You get a Nobel for having dialog with countries you are already friends with?

    4/5/9 – Announced new strategy to responsible address international nuclear proliferation

    While Iran gets closer and closer….

    4/13/9 – Began easing tension with Cuba through new policy stance

    Bolstering the dictatorship and keeping thousands of pro-democracy activists in prison.

    4/17/9 – Secured $5 billion in aid commitments “to bolster [Pakistan's] economy and help it fight terror and Islamic radicalism”

    Borrowing more from China to send to Pakistan.

    4/22/9 – Developed the renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents.

    He developed renewable energy projects? Last time I checked companies develop renewable energy projects while the Kennedys do what they can to stop them.

    5/8/9 – Proposed International Affairs budget that included funds to create a civilian response corps — teams of civilian experts in rule of law, policing, transitional governance, economics, engineering, and other areas critical to helping rebuild war-torn societies; Provide $40 million for a “stabilization bridge fund,” which would provide rapid response funds for the State Department to help with an international crisis situation.

    I am still waiting for the experts on rule of law, governance and economics to explain to me how 200 years of Federal bankruptcy law was tossed out in the Chrysler and GM bankruptcies so that senior secured lenders were made junior to unsecured general creditors who happened to be Obama contributors.

    6/4/9 – Gave historic address to the Muslim World in Cairo – “American is not at war with Islam” Foreign affairs experts insist that Obama’s engagement with the Muslim world has been remarkable. “He has been able to dramatically change America’s image in that region”

    GWB gave speeches many times saying that the US is not at war with Islam.

    8/4/9 – Used DIPLOMACY to free 2 American journalists from a North Korea prison

    PRK extorted the US by insisting the Bill Clinton go there and kiss their ass. We did. Ok, fine, but not exactly a diplomatic victory.

    9/18/9 – De-escalation of nuclear tension through repurposing of missile defense prompting Russia to withdraw its missile plan.

    So pissing off our central European allies and backing down from the Russians all one one day. Amazing.

  25. #25 by Jay Wurlitzer on October 10, 2009 - 3:51 pm

    There won’t be a response to that Brewski. Very workman like. No grandeur, no over the top, just an accounting of all the nothing Obama has done.

    Cliff’s “list” is just a prepared talking points of the desperate side that realizes that their hero is really a boob, and will likely take them all down as the multiplicity of crisis take hold.

    Comes down to this, you either believe in the goodness and miraculous nature of the mundane exploits of this near president as walking on water…or you live in reality and you don’t.

  26. #26 by Ken on October 10, 2009 - 10:29 pm

    I am going to ask Weber State University to immediately award me a diploma even though I have not earned it yet. Since my intention is to do so then that should be good enough using the logic of the Nobel Peace prize committee.

  27. #27 by Cliff Lyon on October 11, 2009 - 8:04 am

    GWB gave speeches many times saying that the US is not at war with Islam.

    Brewski, You MUST be f…ing kidding. GWB could have given that speech a million times. Even if he HAD NOT used the word Crusade, no one would have believed him. For Christ’s sake, Bush couldn’t set foot in Cairo without being killed.

    I think the point of giving Obama the Nobel Prize was to send a clear message to Americans that the rest of the world HATES George W. Bush so much, they would have given the prize to ANY successor.

    The truth is the Prize was about Bush.

    Frankly, the Nobel Peace Prize was simply the most convenient club available to wack the approximately 25% of American Morons who still defend the Fucking Disgrace.

    Guess what? The world no longer gives a shit about what Republicans think. The Republican party is done. fucked and finished and disrespected by every decent, educated person in the world.

    Let me be really honest. Nobody gives a fuck what Republicans think anymore.

    Name me ONE visible active Republican respected by anyone or any country in the WORLD, outside of the tiny minority of American rubes who refuse accept that they have been used.

    Seriously, you guys are an international embarrassment.

  28. #28 by brewski on October 11, 2009 - 2:58 pm

    the teachings of Islam are the teachings of peace and good.
    America counts millions of Muslims amongst our citizens, and Muslims make an incredibly valuable contribution to our country.
    The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam … Islam is peace.

    – GWB quotes among many others

    As for the word “crusade”. GWB admitted the word was the wrong word to use. Most Americans use the word in a meaning not inferred by Muslims.

    I think the point of giving Obama the Nobel Prize was to send a clear message to Americans that the rest of the world HATES George W. Bush so much, they would have given the prize to ANY successor.

    Yes, exactly, so then you agree then that Obama did not deserve the award for anything he did, since you said they would have given it to anybody. Precisely.

    By the way, I have an awful lot of problems with the Republican Party too. There are very few current members of the Republican leadership that I have any respect for. But “very few” is more than none. I would rather have people like McCain and Corker in power than Pelosi and Reid.

    I would say that McCain is respected greatly by the Vietnamese for the decades of leadership and outreach he made long before it was fashionable.

    I am not sure what you mean by “you guys”, since I don’t speak for the GOP and differ with them on many issues. I know you are a classic loyal partisan hack and you can’t understand that sometimes people think for themselves and don’t have party loyalties. I would and have voted for Democrats who had the right ideas and principles, but I haven’t seen it in a long time and certainly not now. Bob Kerrey was one, if I had lived in Nebraska. Patrick Moynihan, if I had lived in NY. Bobby Kennedy, if I was that old.

  29. #29 by Cliff Lyon on October 11, 2009 - 3:31 pm

    Hey Brewski,

    You just defended Bush so you DO speak for the GOP.

    Please stop bothering us with your self-characterizations.

  30. #30 by Jay Wurlitzer on October 11, 2009 - 4:11 pm

    Please like most of your scrip this is completely over the top.

    Since the rest of the world is so patently pathetic at leading the world it seems to need America out front. The Committee decided to club OBAMA with the award so as to embarrass him into doing the DAMN THINGS HE PROMISED IN THE ELECTION.

    Look at his reaction, he acted like a teen that knocked up the headmasters daughter. Embarrassed. The world knew Bush is an ass, what they wonder know and wait to see is if Obama is one.

  31. #31 by brewski on October 11, 2009 - 5:44 pm

    My point was to easily point out your hypocrisy and refute your partisan cheerleading for Obama, not to defend Bush. If accurately quoting Bush did so, then so be it.

  32. #32 by James farmer on October 12, 2009 - 9:47 am

    The world knew Bush is an ass, what they wonder know and wait to see is if Obama is one.

    Jay:

    The above is obviously one of the more intelligent things you have stated at 1U.

    Two take aways: (i) you agree with the world that Bush is/was an ass; (ii) you concede that insufficient time has passed to make that same jugment re Obama.

  33. #33 by Jay Wurlitzer on October 12, 2009 - 11:29 am

    That is the benefit of the doubt given to Europeans and the rest of the world, we the American people already know what Obama is. An ass, really Bush’s third term in disguise.

    James you seem to unable to comprehend the idea that the “they” referred to in the sentence is Europeans and the rest of the world, not the United States.

  34. #34 by James farmer on October 12, 2009 - 12:44 pm

    Jay:

    Might I suggest, then, a primer on proper use of the English language?

    Regardless, I think you will find your statement wholly divorced from reality. The American people do not agree with your conclusion re “ass.” Indeed, by making such stupid statements, you, yourself, appear as the ass, and a stupid one at that!

  35. #35 by cav on October 12, 2009 - 1:39 pm

    Whenever it is said that “We all” or ‘The American People” belive / Think…It is fair to assume tha there’s mischief in statistical presumption afoot.

  36. #36 by Becky on October 12, 2009 - 2:53 pm

    I’d have to agree, Cav. And we might also suspect the inclinations of those who say they don’t put much stock in polls and then proceed to quote a poll.

  37. #37 by Jay Wurlitzer on October 12, 2009 - 8:41 pm

    Nice James! The equivalent of a “I know you are but what am I”? For adults.

    Divorced from reality? You are still in San Francisco right?

    The poll effect Becky is simply to show the spectrum. We will all know by the mid term elections. Polls don’t matter. They matter even less and have no influence if you pay no attention to them.

  38. #38 by James farmer on October 13, 2009 - 9:11 am

    Jay (Glenn):

    Yes, divorced from reality. We, the American people, as you refer, do not think Obama is an “ass.”

    While you and various elements of the party-of-no and fail-America may think otherwise, you are but a small, although shrill, segment of the American populace.

    Maybe, just maybe, instead of hoping for failure, you could bring yourself to rallying around the president and the country, or at least contributing in some positive fashion.

    Lord knows, America has done more for you, Glenn, during your years here than you have done for America. Quit your whining, ass!

  39. #39 by Jay Wurlitzer on October 13, 2009 - 10:36 am

    To whom do you refer? This person has really got you going there.

    Fuck Obama James. He is liar, and all that I hope for him is all I hoped for the Liar Bush.

    Obama is destroying the nation in the same manner Bush did. Keep your notions of what others owe to this country into the spectrum of requirements, as that is all there is. I am a sworn American citizen which means I have MORE obligations than a guy like you. You are a born citizen and a lawyer. Read the Oath of Citzenship sometime.

    BTW James what have you ever done for America that is positive other than managing your alcoholism?

    Citizens of Oath are obligated to defend the nation and constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic. As Obama continues unconstitutional directives from the last administration, he is then a domestic enemy of the constitution.

    As you seem to support him pretty much all the way around, then you too James have the similar problem to most Americans.

    The sooner Obama fails, the better off we will all be. You want the damn country to resemble Chicago politically?

  40. #40 by Jim Barnstall on October 13, 2009 - 2:56 pm

    Here James, this is something that will help you to keep track and organize your thoughts on Obama based on the existing reality. From one Jim to another.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/6310255/Barack-Obamas-Top-10-unfulfilled-pledges.html

  41. #41 by James Farmer on October 13, 2009 - 4:58 pm

    Jay (Glenn):

    There you go with that alcoholism stuff again.

    Sure it isn’t you that’s hitting the bottle these days, Glenn? The unbridled anger and wandering gobbledygook in your commentary suggests all is not well.

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