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President Obama Wins the Yasser Arafat Memorial Award for Non-Bushism

October 10, 2009

By now, anyone not confined to the deep recesses of a dark cave are well aware that President Obama is this year’s recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.  What people are less aware of are the reasons for President Obama’s award.

Putting aside for a moment that this award has been handed out to such champions of “peace” as Yasser Arafat and Le Duc Tho, what exactly has the president done in the way of promoting peace–ostensibly the reason for the award in the first place?  Hell, what has he done at all that has borne any fruit whatsoever? 

Criticism of the committee’s decision is already widespread:

Mr Obama becomes the third sitting US President to receive the prize. The committee said today that he had “captured the world’s attention”. It is certainly true that his energy and aspirations have dazzled many of his supporters. Sadly, it seems they have so bedazzled the Norwegians that they can no longer separate hopes from achievement. The achievements of all previous winners have been diminished.

Even that great bastion of liberal idiocy itself, the Huffington Post, is aghast at the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Obama:

The Nobel Peace Committee has been accused in the past of trying to make a political statement, and perhaps, because they admire Obama and his groundbreaking presidency, in addition to his earlier anti-war statements and recent speech to the Muslim world, they are, by this action, hoping to jump start his ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Why else give him the honor now? Whatever one might feel about Obama, he has not earned this singular award.

The prize was already a joke, but this really cements the N.P.P. as nothing more than a fanciful way for leftists world-wide to dress up the phrase, “f–k Bush”.   After all, the award was given to the astronomically inept Jimmy Carter in 2002 for his “efforts” to negotiate peace in the middle east, which mostly consist of abandoning the Shah in Iran, and his anti-Semetic ranting in his laughably moronic book, Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid.  Recall that in 2007, the award was given to Al Gore for tireless work in stopping global warming and unicorn poaching, and also for his relentless criticism of the evil Chimperor.

But with this awarding to President Obama–apparently for his tranformative Hopey-Changeyness, the Nobel Peace Prize has become the ultimate participation ribbon.   Merely demagoguing an unpopular predecessor and apologizing for the imaginary transgressions of your own country are now sufficient for an award that was created to honor achievement by individuals working toward the ultimate goal of peace.  Arguably, merely tossing around the words ‘hope’ and ‘change’ approximately a thousand times a day for two years leading up to a presidential election isn’t what the creators of the Nobel Peace Prize had in mind.

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