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obama wins 2009 nobel peace prize

October 9, 2009

I woke up to this new today from the BBC:

Obama wins 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

Gandhi, the man whose name in synonymous with nonviolence, never got one, but they gave one to Obama for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples”?

I mean, I like Obama and all, but the Peace Prize? Seriously, Oslo? With only 8 months in office and after sending an additional 21,000 troops to Afghanistan, and possibly more in the near future?

The best comment I’ve seen so far is: “I hope Obama will be able to take time out from planning the escalation of troops into Afghanistan to accept the Peace Prize” (Xoxarle).

But to be honest, I think it’s more of a slap in the face to Bush than anything else. (That’s the going theory on FRDB at any rate.)

Or maybe it’s satire (or “an embarrassing surreal tragic joke on a universal scale” as one member of the SPUSA put it), referring to the Party’s official slogan in George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984: War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength.

I don’t know. It’s too early for me think this much.


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  1. Nobel himself stipulated that the prize should go to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” But according to the Chicago Sun-Times, “More often, the prize is awarded to encourage those who receive it to see the effort through, sometimes at critical moments,” and that seems to be the case here.

    Plus, they gave one to Kissinger of all people, so you know the prize is pretty much bullshit at this point.

  2. It feels like the prize was more about an event, a paradigm shift in American thinking, than the person 'Barack Obama.'

    Our little world changed in a very subtle yet profound way when a 'black' President took office. I am acquainted with an experienced and outspoken gentlemen of African American heritage that is in his 70's now I believe. He was convinced there was no way a black man would win over McCain. I felt otherwise.

    The shock that hit him was immense. He had lived through times that were much more racially-charged, and he simply could not see that the world (at least America) was changing. I've been color blind my entire life; it doesn't matter to me. I saw the potential, felt the shift as people literally willed a new future.

    Whether he succeeds or fails at being a great President, he's become a symbol of unity. Now all we need is a female President of Asian heritage/descent. 🙂


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