Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize: “What Has He Done?”

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Global leaders are obsequiously flocking to congratulate US President Barack Obama for being awarded the Nobel Peace Price for his “extraordinary efforts” to promote world peace, but nobody is aware of him actually accomplishing anything in his short 9 months in office.

The Norwegian committee which awards the prize states airily that he is being given it “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples.”

It cities his support of nuclear disarmament (though he has not actually reduced nuclear stockpiles or combated proliferation), his concern over climate change (which he has yet to act on), and his desire for peace in the middle east (which remains unrealised).

Even supporters can be seen pondering whether it might not have been better to wait for him to have longer in office, and his political opponents in the US are infuriated by what they see as a partisan endorsement of a man who has yet to do anything more concrete than issue a series of pleasant sounding speeches.

Previously the prize has been awarded to joke presidents such as Jimmy Carter, as well as the likes of Al Gore and Yasser Arafat, causing some to wonder if the prize does not now simply reflect the politics of the awarding body and not any concrete achievements on the part of laureates.

Via The Economist.

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  • Isn’t it great how Obama has brought so much peace to the world. Being in Iraq longer than Bush. With more military interventions than the previous two presidents combined? And let’s not forget the increase in nuclear stockpiles. Fracking, I forgot fracking. Gotta love how global warming reached a tipping point with him in office. The Nobel prize and the Obama administration are a joke.

  • Almost looks pantless, up to his balls in corexit foam? I’d frame the upper half though, they should have made him walk on water instead.

    Couldn’t he remove the TSA (not visiting ever already, x2, with the TSA and seeing what happened to the Indian Ambassador) and those 1000+ military bases, of which 38 are in Japan?

    US isn’t very attractive or safe or goodly anymore. Just another 2nd world country.

  • Well it’s not Obama’s fault for receiving a Nobel Prize… Than why are you guys tormenting Obama for getting one and stating that he has done nothing?? I mean, as I’m not a American, I wouldn’t understand that much politics in America but it’s just too damn sad to see one country not supporting one’s leader “because he has done nothing” -_-;;

  • Wow some people’s children! I still hear everyone saying Obama is spending billions, trillions in health care.
    Where were you dumbasses when bush was sending billions to Iraq? Blank check signings so the sky is the limit. Sure it was stopped and so was our internal state structural funding. But we could build schools and hospitals for insurgents to practice on or give Al-Qaeda some thing to do. Where was all your bitching at then? we could have used that here in the states. Where are the excuses now?

    Republican = Buttsex no indicators no warning until too late. Selling you the no buttsex speach but doing it anyway.
    Democrats = Buttsex and atleast they yell Suprise! And say it to your face.

    Plus
    our economy was great in the clinton years unless you were super wealthy. (Incert babycry here)
    9-11 happend so spend spend spend thoes hard earned dollars!!! This way terror does not win since they were trying to cripple us that way anyway.
    Wait out economy became shitty anyway, more rich, more poor people. Interesting how we won this one?

  • Perhaps the the Nobel Prize committee thought that if America was able to elect Obama as president then maybe world peace doesn’t seem like some far-off fantasy anymore. Perhaps Obama is the greatest force for the miraculous occurrence of peace in the world by VIRTUE of his very election! lol.

  • probably they ran out of candidates and they thought who is the most popular guy > Obama < then give him the noob prize for reading from a teleprompter.
    PS: Obama is actually Bush in disguise.

  • Its quite funny actually, the other day I was driving and about two blocks of people where protesting obama and years earlier only about a handful protested bush…lets get this right, BUSH was the one to fuck every thing up, and things arnt gona start changing overnight dipshits

    I give Obama some kodos for having the balls to take this job…i agree he didn’t deserve the peace prize, until some things he said followed through. I wont judge him till the end of the four years.

    IRAQ is a shitthole, we all admit that much…americans should leave the damn place alone…

  • Allow me to sum up this discussion in the kindest, lighthearted way, as polite and pleasant to other people’s opinion as possible.

    Ahem…

    The USA sucks, the Republicans suck, George Bush sucks, Sarah Palin sucks, McCain sucks, and anyone who disagrees with me can go to hell…except that the USA is hell! Get it?

  • lol…. politics on a porn website. too funny.

    everyone banging away with one hand on the keyboard, the other hand on their junk.

    be comfortable in the fact that none of you know anything, and demonstrate only that you are able to regurgitate news media and Google searches without considering what any of them actually mean.

    also realize that this is the internet, and almost every word you write will be misinterpreted, misread or simply not read at all. because the world is now diseased with technology, and we simply do not have the time to think anymore.

    what a wasted effort for everyone who posted here. a bunch of anonymous trolls…. what a way to change the world.

    why don’t you stick to what you know and get back to masturbating?

      • It’s not really the Bush hate on our side that I’m worried about. It’s the Bush hate from everybody else. He really was the most hated man worldwide, besides Saddam, Ahmadinejad, and Kim Jong Il. I hate comparing him to those bastards (except Saddam because despite his atrocities, he kept Iran in check) since Bush actually had a couple of good things going for him. But that’s how the rest of the world saw him.

        And isn’t there still controversy surrounding Neda’s death?

        • Why stop at one? Why not go for both. Isn’t it disconcerting that seemingly everyone hates the guy and compares him to Hitler, whether they’re from or outside the US and if they’re jumping on the bandwagon or not.

          The answer is probably no. This is the internet. Opinions not allowed.

  • …not to mention Henry Kissinger.

    But seriously, who would you give the award to?
    I like his ideas even if he failed to put them in practice. The world won’t change in just 9 months. Give the man time and he’ll change it.

    Btw, i’m not American.

  • “… [The Nobel Peace Prize] simply reflect[s] the politics of the awarding body and not any concrete achievements on the part of laureates.”

    QFT.

    This is a huge mistake on their part; they’re going to lose a lot of credibility for this (rightly so).

    I mean, I voted for Obama, and I still kinda like him, but he hasn’t fucking *done* anything. ._.

  • He’s a black president and he hasn’t been assassinated yet. That alone indicates either we’re more socially progressed than we’d feared, or that racist would-be assassins are even dumber than we’d hoped.

  • He was given that award for his rhetoric.

    It was their way of saying, great speeches Barry…LIVE UP TO THEM!!!

    Something we should shout at that moron every time he appears in public.

    Gitmo’s open, we’re renditioning people, our military is kicking it’s best and brightest out because they love people of the same gender, we still wiretap, we’re still in afganistan and Iraq, we’re still passing no bid contracts to private contractors guilty of raping and killing american servicemen and their own employees, the people guarding our embassy were photographed anally felching each other and were only reprimanded, no war crimes tribunals, no investigations of past crimes, we’re practicing wallstreet welfare and letting poor people die in the street.

    This moron is Bush in blackface who thinks he can ignore the people who voted him and whoring himself to the people who were voted out of power.

    Unless he grows a pair he’ll just be a corporo-republicrat.

    The award better waken his crony capitalistic ass up and make him DO SOMETHING LIBERAL!

  • PLEASE READ I AM NOT BASHING BUSH OR OBAMA BUT:

    the nobel prize entries/nominations had to be in by early February… so Obama was president for like 2 WEEKS!!! what did he do in those two weeks to get anything?? nothing!!

    he couldn’t even find a cabinet member that wouldn’t resign because of some dumbass move they did a while ago!

    • I think he got it for surviving this long as America’s first black president. He kept legions of racist groups’ crack assassins at bay by sheer rhetoric alone (a tiny group called the Secret Service or something may have helped too, but I’m sure their contribution was negligible compared to Obama’s aura of PEACE blasting would-be president killers from every pore of his awesome skin). He should lecture in PEACE studies at every major American university after he’s done, so that all of America may finally become a nation of PEACE.

  • I’m just saying, because I’ve been to Iraq twice (I just got back last month), that we are definitely pulling out more troops than we are sending in. My unit (like 400 Marines), was replaced by about 100 Army cats. Their whole unit, like 400 cats, are replacing every Marine in the Al Anbar province. So this is a serious cut back. The president didn’t have shit to do with it though. No matter who was in office, even Hil-dawg, this would have happened. We don’t need to be there. Period. They should give every fucking service member a Nobel Peace Prize, at least we’re doing shit, not just telling people to do shit.

  • I for one do not think he should get the prize and it’s not because he did nothing but rather he has not yet succeeded in doing anything that deserves the prize.

    let me give an analogy, : Usain Bolts decided to try for marathon running and after 5% of the race the sponsors of the race decided to give him the first price.

    simply i’m not saying Obama does not deserve the prize but i would say it is premature after all he has only shown to the world that he is a good “short distance runner” wheter or not he can maintain or better his pace is yet to be seen.

  • Maaaaaaaan, conservatives sure are hypocrites. Y’all complain that Obama’s all talk and hasn’t done anything. So what exactly were you all DOing for the 8 years Bush was in office? Oh yeah, that’s right, screwing up the economy, starting pointless wars and turning the world against us. And so what do you do now that you can’t DO that shit anymore? You fucking bitch and moan like Obama’s the end of the world! Is that all you’re all good for??? Whining and screwing SHIT up?? FUCKED UP looneys!

  • “-Reversed restrictions on stem cell research”

    Sorry, but that’s not completely right. All he really did was reverse a ban on FEDERAL MONEY going to embryonic stem cell research. Adult stem cell research is seen as a more profitable and less likely dead end route.

  • Dirty_Dingus008 says:

    teleprez obama-rama has attempted many things in those last 8 plus months, he’s complete but a few.

    Like plunging trillions of dollars down a shit hole and hoping to do it some more when the House of Reps finally pass the *ahem* -Not a Heath Care- legislation that Congress already railroaded thru.

    -Pardon me- What the FUCK is going on here? Anything done in D.C. usually starts in the House of Representatives, than wanders over to Congress and finally is signed or vetoed by the President. It is time to drag every damn bastard off their lofty chairs and toss them All under the fucking bus.. followed by a Steam Roller.

    Like trying to help his corrupt Chicago union scum bleed even more money from every tax paying American and failing.

    Like giving blow jobs to every dictator in the world of which his part way done with. Guess most of europe didn’t like his handling of their dongs.

    Like tossing some more people under the bus to keep his grandmother busy.

    Like Still not showing America his BIRTH CERTIFICATE from fuck knows where. Seriously, if he had an American Birth Certificate. Why the fuck doesn’t he raise it over his head and proudly scream, “Fuck you all, I am a American!!!”…

    Like still ignoring his Father, who still lives in a rat-hole somewhere in Africa.

    teleprez will continue to destroy America day by day with the help of his other demotards. The only way to slow his down a touch is to get rid of many of them demoSCUM come 2010.

  • Okay, false alarm. You can get back to your anime and manga. The announcement was made just to get people talking. Tomorrow we will wake up and find out that someone more suitable actually won the award. NOT!

    • He’s only done nothing? =__=’

      -Reversed restrictions on stem cell research

      -Appointed an assistant to the president for science and technology policy

      -Created a foreclosure prevention fund for homeowners

      -Expanded loan programs for small businesses

      -Extended and indexed the 2007 Alternative Minimum Tax patch

      -Expanded eligibility for State Children’s Health Insurance Fund (SCHIP)

      -Expanded funding to train primary care providers and public health practitioners

      -Directed military leaders to end war in Iraq
      Sent two additional brigades to Afghanistan

      -As promised gave a speech at a major Islamic forum in the first 100 days of his administration

      -Granted Americans unrestricted rights to visit family and send money to Cuba

      -Restored funding for the Byrne Justice

      -Assistance Grant (Byrne/JAG) program

      -Released presidential records

      -Now requires new hires to sign a form affirming their hiring was not due to political affiliation or contributions

      -Pushed for enactment of Matthew Shepard Act, which expands hate crime law to include sexual orientation and other factors

      -Created a White House Office on Urban Policy

      -Supported increased funding for the NEA

      -Funded a major expansion of AmeriCorps

      -Worked to overturn Ledbetter vs. Goodyear

      -Banned lobbyist gifts to executive employees

      -Pledged to weatherize 1 million homes per year

      -Invested in all types of alternative energy

      -Enacted tax credit for consumers for plug-in hybrid cars

      -Provided grants to encourage energy-efficient building codes

      -As promised appointed at least one Republican to the cabinet

      -Extended unemployment insurance benefits and temporarily suspended taxes on these benefits.

      HEY GUY WHO WROTE THIS YOU DO UNDERSTAND MCCAIN AND BUSH AT LEAST COMPLETED BASIC STUFF LIKE THIS RIGHT?

        • Man, why do you all think the prize needs to be awarded for his work in office??? You’re PROJECTING expectations of his work in office as a pre-requisite for winning the award.

          Obama lived a difficult life and has become a shining example to the world of overcoming adversity through hard work and education – he’s living proof of the so-called American dream. The world sees THAT – why can’t you Americans see that???

        • So you’re saying just because he lived through his life to get to where he is now, its good enough to warrant giving him an award for successfully achieving something which could potentially lead to world peace….wrong award.

          Foreign policies?The war in Iraq and Afghanistan is still going on the last time I checked.How about we wait until it actually ends before giving him a pat on the back?

        • No, I don’t.

          “Inspiration” is not worthy of a Noble prize. I want action and I want closure and he has yet to do so, give him the price when he has. Be honest, the reason he got the prize was for being the first black president in the USA like someone said before.

          In a couple of years he might be worthy but not now with only 8-9 months in the office.

        • His life struggle and diplomatic approach to foreign policy has been an inspiration to the world and changed the face of international politics. And you don’t think that’s a worthy reason for receiving the prize?

  • I think giving him a Nobel prize was a premature decision. I’m American (born and raised) and I still don’t know why he is getting it and apparently he does not know either. Usually the Nobel prize is given to individuals who have drastically changed and helped curve the world we live in today in a better direction (people like Einstein or Newton among others). What has he done to change the world? He is a very smart individual and there is no doubt in my mind that he wants to improve the USA and also the relationship with other countries but he hasn’t done it yet. The prize should have been given to him when he actually accomplishes these things not for having the “idea/determination”, hence why I said “premature decision”.

    He has done a lot of things in his time at the office (like it was mentioned in the comments above) but nothing worth a Nobel prize. The only real big accomplishment he has done is being the first black president in the USA which might be the reason he got the prize. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that was the definite reason but it surely played a crucial role on the decision.

    Well whatever happens I’m happy for him, I guess. Hopefully he will live up to it and really improve things drastically like we really need them.

    Keep in mind, this post is my opinion and my opinion only.

    • I think the problem with how many Americans are taking it is that, for whatever reason, they see the prize as somehow having to be an award for his work in office. But the reality is that it’s more representative of his life struggle to overcome adversity and arrive at the position of his office, and how his struggle and open-minded diplomatic points of view have been inspirational to the rest of the world and helped the world have a better opinion of the United States.

      A lot of Americans (especially Republicans, it seems) seem to think they understand 90% of the world when they’ve never even been to see most of it. Do you all really think TV and the Internet is enough to understand? The Republican “kill first, ask questions later” approach had really turned the world against the US, and Obama’s candid, self-effacing approach to diplomacy is so much more open-minded and approachable.

      Why some Americans can’t see all this and appreciate it is really a mind-boggling thing (your Republicans certainly come across unnecessarily venemous and unsupportive considering).

      • I agree with you on all points except one.

        I consider myself a conservative, maybe even a Republican.

        The ability to think critically and avoid making rash judgments is not a Democrat privilege. Please try not to make blanket statements about groups of people based on their political preferences, or you too could be accused of being closed-minded or venomous. Not that I get that impression of you.

        Love and peace!

        • You’ve gotta’ admit tho, Republicans sure have been coming across seething during Obama’s short term so far, and for lesser things than what Bush screwed up on during his Presidency (well, maybe Obama’s messing up things [can we also say it’s too soon to see that yet, Reps??? XD], but at least he doesn’t seem crazy like Bush =P).

      • So you’re saying just because he lived through his life to get to where he is now, its good enough to warrant giving him an award for successfully achieving something which could potentially lead to world peace….wrong award.

        Foreign policies? The war in Iraq and Afghanistan is still going on the last time I checked. How about we wait until it actually ends before giving him a pat on the back?

        It’s like giving the Music Award to the artist before he even records the song.

        • The REALITY is that we started a pointless war in Iraq. What does taking over a tiny nation that didn’t have any WMD’s have anything to do with “having a job” or “not being attacked?” If anything, it has the reverse effect.

          I’ll admit, we need to stop focusing on healthcare and look more at the economy first, but globalisation is happening right now as we speak, we can’t keep being the bully on the playground and expect to get away with it.

        • There are things that are more important to the US than how it is perceived by a bunch of assholes who subconsciously probably wish for its destruction due to their own lack of understanding leading to the assumption of US arrogance. Things like having a job and not being attacked.

          I’m glad Obama is doing all he can to make the US look better. I just wish he would worry a bit more about reality than perception.

        • Being an inspiration for peace really is just as well. Do you think anyone beforehand who’s received the award has actually achieved world peace? You Americans have never had any understanding at all of how the world has perceived you, you just fucking assume you understand but most of you have never even left your own country, and now that the world is starting to warm up to the US because of your new President you’re fucking bashing him??? Y’all are looking a fucking gift horse in the mouth! XD

  • So whoever had that long rant to begin with concerning Obamas glorius accomplishments never did answer the question. Let’s restate it one more time: Exactly what is it that his excellency Mr. Obama did to merit a Nobel Peace Prize?

  • Obama probably won the Nobel Peace Prize because he went around the world apologizing to everyone about America’s past “bad” behaviour soon after he became president. In Turkey he declared that America is not a Judeo-Christaian nation in order to defuse a non-existent tense situation with a secular Moslem nation that actually never had a problem with America being a Judeo-Christian nation. However, in light of past winners like Arafat, Jimmy Carter, and Al Gore it is apparent that the Nobel Peace Prize committee has a sense of humour and that the real purpose of the prize is irony. They were just being facetious!

  • I think giving him a Nobel prize was a premature decision. I'm American (born and raised) and I still don't know why he is getting it and apparently he does not know either. Usually the Nobel prize is given to individuals who have drastically changed and helped curve the world we live in today in a better direction (people like Einstein or Newton among others). What has he done to change the world? He is a very smart individual and there is no doubt in my mind that he wants to improve the USA and also the relationship with other countries but he hasn't done it yet. The prize should have been given to him when he actually accomplishes these things not for having the "idea/determination", hence why I said "premature decision".
    He has done a lot of things in his time at the office (like it was mentioned in the comments above) but nothing worth a Nobel prize. The only real big accomplishment he has done is being the first black president in the USA which might be the reason he got the prize. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that was the definite reason but it surely played a crucial role on the decision.
    Well whatever happens I'm happy for him, I guess. Hopefully he will live up to it and really improve things drastically like we really need them.
    Keep in mind, this post is my opinion and my opinion only.

  • I still don’t think Obama should be president. I don’t believe in voting for presidents to begin with but Obama hasn’t really done much from what relatively news I can gather from others when I’m not watching anime. If anything, someone like Hayao Miyazaki should get a Nobel Prize for his contribution to the animation industry.

  • The only people that think he’s doing a good job are Socialists and Bush haters. The country is going to hell in a hand basket and he’s been too busy throwing out first balls at baseball games to notice. So far, his only claim to fame is that he’s not Bush.

    Enacting a slough of unworkable social programs is not going to fix our economy. I regret he learned nothing from the failed sociopolitical experiments of the late 60s. At the rate he’s going, it won’t be long before our economy is as fucked up as that of France…

  • First of all, Obama HAS made progress on efforts in INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMACY. He has already moved on ending the Iraq war, HE HAS OUTLAWED TORTURE, he has made the rest of the world have a better impression on the U.S, which will only help the international community on the road to ending global conflicts, and nuclear disarmaments.

      • I don’t need a job, Obama will take care of me like he was my daddy and I’ll be his little boy and live in the White House with him and sit on his lap when we ride in Air Force One.

        You’re just jealous.

      • Liberal hype, yeah, the truth is fucking liberal hype. Why don’t you get your fucking panties out of a bunch and admit that Obama’s made some progress, eh? Of course, you’re just another fucking Republican that thinks the world’s out to get you, but you’ve never even fucking left your own basement, let alone your own state.

        • Torture and the Iraq war weren’t things that Bush “needed to continue.” They were MISTAKES that he and his administration STARTED.

          The fuck man, you think a war like that can be ended right off the bat? Sure, if we want to happen in Iraq what happened in Afghanistan in the 80’s, be my guest, we’re just setting ourselves up for another Taliban.

        • Wow, hey, doing a great job there of pointing out some of the mistakes Bush made that he had to try and fix and that Obama has to continue trying to fix (torture, the war in Iraq, etc.) BRAVO!

        • Yes, because Iraq began to stabilize while Bush was still in office, Obama is able to pull a few troops out. Wow…that’s so fucking cool. He’s totally my hero!

          He’s outlawed torture, unless it’s deemed necessary by whoever’s conducting the interrogation or they call it something other than torture. Same as Bush. If you’d pull his cock out of your mouth long enough to read the actual executive order, you’d know nothing’s changed.

          He’ll close Gitmo, just to move all the prisoners somewhere else, and they’ll still be tried by military tribunals, just like Bush did. Now that’s change you can believe in.

          Bush negotiates with Russia to cut nuclear stockpiles by half and nobody notices. Obama signed a joint understanding to eliminate some of the same nukes Bush already agreed to get rid of and liberals orgasm. Truly a great day for America.

  • President Carter lucked into being in office when Egypt got tired of getting their ass kicked against Israel. Other than that, he gave us double digit inflation/stagflation.
    People also forget that it’s Congress that runs the economy. Hate Bush? His final two years were run by Pelosi and it shows.
    We’re back to double digit unemployment. Look to Congress. This isn’t a Parliment system where the Prime Minister is appointed by the Congress as a member of Congress. Congress gave us the Housing bubble with Fannie Mae, etc. and the Community Reinvestment Act (or did you really believe greedy bankers “gave” out loans that lost money for two years to people they couldn’t check had an income?). Toss in a Fed with Easy Money at the wrong time rather than a stable dollar as their charter demands, and you have a huge bubble. Even so, In the past, tax cuts and spending cuts returned the economy to health. Today we have HUGE spending (inflation, check the price of Gold) and tax increases EVERYWHERE.
    Yeah, Obama’s Peace Prize is for destroying the USA…

  • Did you just call Jimmy Carter a “joke president”?

    If we had listened to Jimmy Carter back in the 70s, we wouldn’t be in this mess that we’re in now. It’s sad that people like you can’t see past partisan bashing and realize Mr. Carter’s true worth.

  • There are two reasons they award the nobel peace prize.

    Achievements, given to someone who has completed a goal, to acknowledge what they have achieved.

    Aspirations, given to someone working towards a goal, with the idea that giving them a nobel prize will help them get support and attention.

    Obama has received a prize for his aspirations based on his continuing efforts towards nuclear disarmament, climate change, and peace in the middle east. They are NOT saying he has already accomplished his goals in these areas.

  • i support obama but i think giving this kind of award to a sitting president is not appropriate right now. with all the heated debate and protest about health care reform i would think they would have at least waited until he actually did something more, lest wait for his term to be up.

    • The leaders of Cuba, Russia, and South Africa lauded the action. While yes, lolDictators, we need their support more than we need say, our regular allies, because those “badguys” actually have influence in their surrounding areas.

      Taliban still hates us, but they hate anything not hardcore Muslim.

  • LOL, Global Warming isn’t real to begin with so who cares about pollution. We just need to think of an alternative so we can don’t need to worry so much when we do run out of oil. Stupid environmentalists.. more alarmist then Glen Beck.

    If the U.S. lost Iraq, then where is Sadam? Oh that’s right, the people of Iraq killed him…wonder how. Actually, if I am going to be proving people wrong, I am going to simply say that if America did nothing we would be screwed, but if America did something all the world cries and screams. Thank the flying spaghetti monster for not allowing the Europeans to be the controlling force or we would really be in 1984.

  • This is so fucking wrong!

    He did fucking NOTHING! All the contrary, only trying for more war, like Iraq and Iran, and guantanamo is still fully operational! U.S. is still the bigger polluter of mother earth.

    U.S. already LOST (Iraq) and lost miserably, they only refuses to admit, and keeps lying to all idiot americans (over 90% of americans are idiots).

    He is nothing than a big LIAR!

  • Man, fucking Republicans. Can’t stand Bush sent us into a war, can ya? Y’all piss and moan, and when you actually do something you fuck it up, and complain when the Dems come back in to clean things up. At least Obama has sensibility and common sense to his approach, instead of “hey, let’s go to war with Iraq because…!…?” Yeah, that’s what I fucking thought.

      • Well, _I_ looked it up and it seems like a 30-year-old issue U.S. military presence in the Middle East. From what I’ve read, Republican leaders warmly embraced the Carter doctrine, and every Republican president since 1980 has invoked its basic principle to initiate war in the Gulf region, including Reagan, Bush Sr. and Bush Jr. I could sort of understand Carter’s position in preventing the Soviet takeover of Afghanistan as allaying the spread of communism, but it feels like the Republican bent has leaned more towards securing oil interests in the Middle East?

        http://www.fpif.org/fpiftxt/5809

  • What does this article have to do with Japan? I don’t see anything about Anime, Ero-games, Lolis, or Naughty lesbian teachers. I don’t think politically divisive articles like this belong on Sankaku. Please move this post to occidentalism.org

  • Kinny Riddle says:

    Arte, concerning your “joke president” remark on Carter: He won the award as an EX-joke president, and it was mostly for other stuff he did AFTER he got voted out of his joke-like job. 😉

    Quite ridiculous, really. Even if Obama is well-meaning, this is too fucking early.

    Based on these guys’ logic, every “promising rookie” in the MLS, NBA, MLB, or whatever sport, should be awarded the “MVP of the Year” before the season even begins in earnest, even when these “future potentials” haven’t even touched the ball.

  • another worthless prize to the most worthless leader…

    should give it to him when he’s 5 years out of the presidentcy, when he’s on the lecture circuit touting global warming, or communism… then give it to him!

  • Ex-terrorist Yasser Arafat also won it, so it’s a pretty random decision

    Obama has done nothing, but he’s good at pleasing the masses, and that’s what he’s being rewarded for

    In 3 years he still won’t have done anything, but well, he’ll make a speech as if he had and everyone will kiss his ass

    • y’know, that argument of “he’s only been president for 9 months, what has he done!?” works both ways, right?

      what are you basing his track record on, less than a year of fighting with republicans? As for pretty speeches, he’s even said he wouldn’t be able to fix everything in 4 years.

      besides, he’s a politician, at least half the stuff he’s promised won’t happen.

      just hope the shit you want to come from him gets passed…

      as for this peace prize stuff… It’s… odd… but I’m more shocked at how people seem to misspell peace prize so many times here…

  • Its a good thing all you haters arent president or the world itself would contract VD and commit suicide all i hear is he sucks he doesnt suck WHY does he suck? WHY doesnt he suck? get that dick outta yer mouth and tell us why $10 says yall have no fucking clue what hes actually done for you. sos FOAD. and think before you speak. ignorance aint bliss its stupidity.

        • Well, I will at least give that you’re very upfront and honest in how you see the politics of some of the things that have happened, and I agree to most of the points and concerns you have listed above. It is troublesome, though, that most people in the US do not at all seem to take the time to think through the reasoning of such things – admittedly you must say you are also a special case, in that most US citizens have NOT traveled the world and yet many of said are ready to condemn it.

          And also despite your reasoning, it still does not justify the actions that the US has taken in many cases. Fundamentally there is a “right” thing to do, and I would guess that the US being such a moral nation would understand this. Iraq is a mistake and should be apologized for. If we want to accomplish things in the middle east there is a right way of doing it and a wrong way. There are many paths to reach the goal, and sometimes you have to choose between what’s easy and what’s right, and the US does not always choose the latter unless it’s what’s “right” for the US.

        • “Tell me, what was the “rationality” of going to Iraq?”

          I don’t know, but I believe Bush thought that it would be quick and easy war with at most a few years mopping up before the US could establish another power base in the middle east. If Iraq became a capable ally and with the US military already in Afghanistan, as well as NATO and potential NATO members to the north, Iran would have been quite literally surrounded, and would likely have fallen in line. A large US military presence in the middle east along with the elimination of two oppressive regimes and the curtailing of a third may have brought stability to the region, and since so much of the world is dependent on middle eastern oil, greater stability in the middle east would have brought greater global security.

          I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Bush knew full well that Iraq wasn’t a threat, but calculated that by the time anybody could prove it the war would be over and the US would get a “pass” in light of 9/11 and the likely benefits of the potential for greater peace in the middle east.

          The plan itself has obvious problems, but isn’t necessarily terrible. The real problem was how it was implemented, which was haphazard to say the least and underestimated potential resistance, negative sentiment from the US attacking another Muslim nation, and the ability of the Iraqis to build a functioning government after decades of totalitarianism.

          It’s quite easy in retrospect to point out all the pitfalls (if I’m even right in my assumptions), but what if it had worked? If Iran had publically denounced terrorism, Iraq and Afghanistan began building modern and moderate democracies, the Isrealies and Palistineans had been able to find peace and we all sat around the campfire singing cume-ba-ya…people still would have real and imaginary issues to bitch about.

          That is because it is quite literally imposible for the US to ever do anything without most of the world and usually all Europe complaining, so why even bother trying to care? The US isn’t a puppet or an errand boy meant to sit idly by until the EU or UN needs it. That’s probably the real reason Obama is so popular though. It isn’t for anything he does, but for not doing anything. That’s fine for now, but a country that doesn’t pursue its own interests while it can will soon find itself deprived of that capability.

          It’s easy to complain about all teh things the US does, and often it’s justified. But realistically imagine what the world would be like if tommorrow Obama announced that all US troops in every country from Korea to Germany would be home in a month and all US basses would be closed and abandoned. If the US withdreew from NATO, the UN, etc and pretty much told the world to go fuck itself.

          Of course Obama isn’t going to do that and he’d be inpeached and removed if he tried, but my fear is that on a smaller scale he’s already overestimating the willingness of other nations to cooperate and the ability of the carrot without the stick to achieve anything meanigful. I hope I’m wrong, but I’ve yet to see any evidence that I am.

          Afghanistan will be the real test. If he hands the country over to the Taliban and abandons the people of Afghanistan the same way the US did to the Vietnamese I will lose the last bit of faith I have in him, and I fear it will establish a trend in which capitulation is interpreted as peace…

        • Wow, we have a right-wing nut here, huh? And how exactly was Suddam Hussein and his tiny little nation, with their NON-EXISTANT Weapons of Mass Destruction, a global threat in ANY sense of the word? Fuck, we only need to use HALF of OUR nuclear arsenal to totally vaporize ALL LIFE ON EARTH.

          COURAGE BULLSHIT MY ASS. You’re the fucking queer, you dumbass faggot. Take you’re fucked up logic back to the 14th century along with Bush and all your cavemen buddies.

        • Saddam Hussein was a global menace that needed to be stopped and only USA and Israel had the nobility, resources and COURAGE to make it happen.

          If you happen to be one of the few left wing faggots who don’t understand the treat Saddam was, then you are as queer as is Elton John and as blind as a mole.

          COURAGE is the word here; only with courage you can DEFEAT the enemies of freedom, justice and the American way of life.

        • Bzzzt. I LIVE in the US, and have lived in Germany and Guam, and have been to Japan a number of times myself, as well as traveling to maybe 20 or so countries and hundreds of cities around the world.

          Tell me, what was the “rationality” of going to Iraq? The US (or rather Bush and administration) said “WMD” out the wazoo, and it was a crock of shit.

          Sure many nations have done things like this in the past, and continue to do things like this even to the present day. But for such a culturally and intellectually advanced nation, that was a pretty stupid mistake. Having such a bellicose leader like Bush in office for 8 years was TRULY a mistake, not only for the United States’ foreign relations, but also for its economy.

          Almost all countries have their problems, and certainly there are many countries who criticize the US blindly the same way the US does. That doesn’t take away at all from the fact that the US is still itself very blind and arrogant to the way a lot of the world thinks.

          For Obama to have a compassionate and open-minded approach to world diplomacy, focusing on understanding before condemning, talking before attacking, that’s a huge step forward for the US. You all should be very proud of that, instead of seeing it as some sort of weakness.

        • “You guys REALLY think you have a good idea of what the rest of the world is like, without even having seen it for yourselves.” That’s an interesting assumption. I don’t suppose it’s occured to you that maybe it’s you who makes assumptions and takes them too far.

          In any event, I’ve lived in Japan, Germany, and the US, and with the exception of Antarctica I’ve visited every country on earth. Clearly I don’t have the world figured out as much as you have, but I’ve seen enough to know that sometimes the majority can be wrong.

          If you disagree with what the US does, fine. I disagree with a lot of the things the US does. But before I assume that a person’s or a nation’s actions are irrational (or stupid), I ask myself if it’s possible that I’m simply unaware of or don’t truly understand the rational behind those actions. You assume the US is oblivious and arrogant, but have you considered the possibility that the US may have good reasons for doing some of the things it does, and that perhaps it’s you who’s oblivious and arrogant?

        • Trust me, I’ve lived in a lot of places around the world including the US, and it’s most definitely that the US is out of touch. Other countries make assumptions and sometimes take them too far, but not NEARLY to the scale of obliviousness that the US takes it to. You guys REALLY think you have a good idea of what the rest of the world is like, without even having seen it for yourselves. (-_-) *shakes head*

          You all have good intentions, but there is often arrogance behind it, and an unwillingness to understand the other side’s point of view, especially true under Bush. At least Obama is diplomatic, but I guess a lot of you take diplomatic to mean weakness (verrrry stupid if you want to cooperate in a world economy, my friends).

  • How about the USA doesn’t stick their nose up every other country’s ass? how about that? Let the Palestinians and Israelis deal with their own shit.

    And I like Obama, but he hasn’t done a rat’s ass yet.

    • Because then the world throws a fit and starts bitching about why the US professes all these great ideals but does nothing to help the suffering. Or it acts like because the US has the largest economy or largest military that is owes the world something.

      If the US does anything it’s criticized for acting unilaterally (even if it’s not) or not minding its own business (even if it is). If it doesn’t do anything it’s criticized for being xenophobic and isolationist, and for condoning violence and oppression.

      In other words, unless the US agrees to be the world’s bitch and do whatever the UN or EU wants it to do, regardless of its own best interests and expecting nothing in return, it can’t win.

      That’s why it’s difficult for some Americans to give a fuck what the rest of the world thinks. If the US is going to be criticized no matter what it does, it might as well be criticized for doing what it thinks is right.

      • Score: 4, Insightful. Thank you for elucidating the central disconnect between some Americans and many other nations’ average citizen.

        In my mind, though, the real reason why the rest of the world bitches so much no matter WHAT America does or doesn’t do is because it’s currently the scariest superpower in the world. To be more specific, it’s because of the massive nuclear arsenal. However, if the US decided to scrap at least half of all their nukes, I don’t doubt there’d be wars starting within less than a month as many other countries try to become the Scariest Nation in the World. So this European is glad the Americans are holding on to their nukes so far – better them than Russia/China/North Korea/Iran/almost anywhere else. It’s a truly thankless job, on this we are agreed, but so far Americans are doing the best job they can.

  • Bush, Clinton, Other Bush, Reagan, all managed not to start a nuclear war. Every president who doesn’t destroy the world in his first year in office deserves a Nobel peace prize? I don’t have much faith in politicians, but that’s setting the bar pretty low.

  • Some people nominated whom he beat include critics of Chinese government (just like half of Sankaku including me) and some REAL heroes for women’s rights in Afgahnistan and Congo

    “Hu Jia, a human rights activist and an outspoken critic of the Chinese government, who was sentenced last year to a three-and-a-half-year prison term for ‘inciting subversion of state power.'”

    “Wei Jingsheng, who spent 17 years in Chinese prisons for urging reforms of China’s communist system. He now lives in the United States.”

    Sima Samar, women’s rights activist in Afghanistan: “With dogged persistence and at great personal risk, she kept her schools and clinics open in Afghanistan even during the most repressive days of the Taliban regime, whose laws prohibited the education of girls past the age of eight. When the Taliban fell, Samar returned to Kabul and accepted the post of Minister for Women’s Affairs.”

    Ingrid Betancourt: French-Colombian ex-hostage held for six years.

    “Dr. Denis Mukwege: Doctor, founder and head of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. He has dedicated his life to helping Congolese women and girls who are victims of gang rape and brutal sexual violence.”

    Handicap International and Cluster Munition Coalition: “These organizations are recognized for their consistently serious efforts to clean up cluster bombs, also known as land mines. Innocent civilians are regularly killed worldwide because the unseen bombs explode when stepped upon.”

  • Boy, this is so typical. Last week it was all about how he’s been in there nine months why has he not fixed everything already. Yet let him win the Nobel prize and its all about he’s only been there 9 months. Just think, he’s completely changed America’s approach to global politics, the world knows we can actually discuss problems level-headedly now, instead of the pig-headed “jumping into pointless conflict” approach the Republicans seem to love.

    • Not so much a political tool (it’s not like the nobel organization is affiliated with the democratic partys) as just a bad decision.

      Nobel prizes for aspirations are supposed to be for the purpose of drawing attention to the persons efforts, but being the president of the US kind of gets Obama enough attention and this prize will just encourage misunderstandings and people mocking him.

  • I support Obama, but even I’m a bit stunned by this. It seems more like they’re awarding this on what they’re hoping he’ll do rather than what he’s done. To be fair, he’s made some good moves in relieving world tension, but nothing really substantial has come of it yet.

    • U’re right only stupid people need symbols.
      we need more action make another war it’s the first speciality of the U.S.A.
      They’re the new 3 reich now we must think like them or die with our children and wife raped.

  • Yep. I don’t think it really mattered who came after Bush, they were gonna seem like a saint by comparison.

    Come to think of it, I wonder if I could hire him to just stand next to me if I ever end up in court.

    “Yes, the evidence against the defendant *is* overwhelming, but compaired to our former president, he just seems so… likable. Not guilty!”

  • If a white guy had come to power with the exact same policies as Obama he wouldn’t be considered for a Nobel Prize. The only reason he got this award is because he’s black.

    It’s also the reason he was elected since his race automatically secured the vote from the 20% of Americans who are black. It’s funny how when black people vote for a black president because he’s black i’s “progressive” but if a white person voted for a white president because he’s white that’s racist.

  • The other front runners are Tsvangirai and a chinese dissident. Obviously nothing has change in Zimbabwe to warrant an award for Tsvangirai. And they probably dont want to anger china by honoring a dissident. Something Obama already did by snubbing the Dalai Lama and they sure do love Obama.

    from CNN
    “Nominations for the prize had to be postmarked by February 1 — only 12 days after Obama took office. The committee sent out its solicitation for nominations last September — two months before Obama was elected president.”

    Basically its saying they are basing his nominations on campaign promises which are unrealize even upto now. Now i dont know what kind of politics they have at Norway but thats just stupid.

    Either that or Affirmative action.

  • perhaps it had something to do with his meeting with the cuban government and breaking that tension that’s been there since the missile crisis and the public meeting held with the mexican head of state to promote co operation between our nations?

  • Well, maybe they should also give Equality Now and Agnes-chan a prize for their achievements on the fight against pedophilia.

    I have nothing against Obama, but it’s truly interesting to give such a prize for the leader of a country that has the most nukes…

    And it’s not that I don’t understand the game, but it’s still kinda ironic.

        • Learning to gain mutual respect globally is what the final goal should be. Learning to work together is what we should be aiming for. Everyone knows we accomplish more working together than apart, and the longer we push against a world that we depend on for survival the more they’re going to push back. “I defeat my enemy when I make him my friend.”

        • This is oversimplified, but still true.

          It isn’t about respect. People absolutely hate you. They want you dead. It’s not because of anything you did, just that your very existence disgusts them. The only things you can do to change their minds are to surrender your free will and live your life according to their desires, or to oppose them.

          Appeasement is easier in the short term, while opposition is the only long term (as in centuries long) solution. In order to enjoy both long term and short term benefits, most leaders, and most countries, try to both appease and oppose, though usually one more than the other. Obama falls more on the appeasement side, while Bush was far more on the oppose side of the spectrum. Respect may increase the likelihood of long term survival, but survival, not respect, is the ultimate goal.

        • Even though the face changes, the machine that is the United States lives on. Apologizing for the past mistakes of this machine shows humility and that the view has changed from war-mongering zealots to open-minded diplomats.

          Why it is Republicans think that you have to be an asshole in order to get respect from the world I’ll never understand.

        • Agree with Anon 17:25. A LEADER has to FACE polemic decisions that may be not welcome by everybody. A leader has to have balls. And Obama is not a leader, he is an attention whore, willing to do anything she can to be popular. America is a country who deserves respect and I hope Obama won’t get re elected.

        • And why Obama has to apologize for the things a past administration did? If Bush committed any mistake, it’s HIS responsibility to apologize for it and to face any consequences their actions provoked.

          I don’t understand the double standards of sick liberals.

        • The only reason world leaders like him is because they know he’ll bend over and take it rather than risk being unpopular. Except it isn’t him who’s getting fucked, it’s the American people.

      • Amen! And how he got to be president of the country which he despises is beyond me. His wife Michelle even stated well before the election that she hates America. If you don’t like America you are always welcome to leave…

    • You fucking dumb ass people. Let’s all cry when someone says censorship then whine and bitch when a liberal who supports our freedoms wins an award.
      Might want to think where your interests really are then consider who to support politically. Because if you’re against Obama and his party then you’re helping the republicans, and yea they’ll let you keep your guns, but you’ll need them when they find your loli futa porn.

      • i think obama should start by putting bush and cheney on trial as war criminals.
        for the same kind of shit they did the nazis got a huge series of trials while w and cheney can still run around freely

      • You won’t have freedom when you VOTE for Socialism dum-ass. Keep buying what Obama’s been selling you, He’ll even buy you the rope to hang yourself with by charging the real tax payers.

        • Anon 15:19:
          “By the way in an election (any election) you are NEVER really free to choose whoever you think is the best, Instead you are forced to choose between a narrow selection of pre elected candidates that most of the time cant’ even expose their true viewpoints on key facts.”
          I agree insofar as the US political system is concerned, but there are better ones where more than two parties actually get a say in running the nation. Of course there’s still usually only one head honcho, but at least he finds it a bit more difficult to push his party line through effectively. To me this indicates that the American system is in dire need of a massive overhaul. It may have worked fine in a federation of small ex-colonies centuries ago, but I doubt it’s appropriate for a >300-million-citizen superpower these days.

        • Agree wint Anon 13:57.

          If you really pay attention to newspapers you will find that most of Democrat congressman supports censorship and moral codes to sanction movies, T.V. & videogames. Yes, there also republicans who support that bullshit, but most of republicans don’t give a rat ass about TV or videogame violence while it generates some wealth.

          By the way in an election (any election) you are NEVER really free to choose whoever you think is the best, Instead you are forced to choose between a narrow selection of pre elected candidates that most of the time cant’ even expose their true viewpoints on key facts. So, I can say than [b]in most of the elections you only can choose between be fucked or be screwed[/b]. Like the South Park episode where they have to choose between a turd sandwich and a douche.

      • It has nothing to do with him being liberal. He has not DONE anything to earn it! What has he done, what are his accomplishments? That he’s black? That he has talked a couple times about peace?

        He has DONE NOTHING TO EARN THIS AWARD. However, given the fact that past recipients include that dog Arafat who murdered for most of his life, perhaps Obama is in good company, eh?

      • I have to agree with it here. McCain could have got the prize if he’d been elected, as long as he made sure to point out what a catastrophe the previous eight years had been at every turn.

        I think it may actually be a kind of emotional blackmail on the part of the committee. “Here’s an ultra-prestigious award. We trust you to NOT BE A GODDAMN WARMONGER, that’s why we gave you this award.”

      • First Posting Idiot says:

        Bush did suck a horrible job that America overcame it’s racist history and elected a Black president. As a second nutpunch to Bush, Obama got One of the most Prestigious awards in the world, before he got anything done yet.

        Say what you want to about him being a liberal, but you have to admit America will have an advantage when everyone else loves our president, rather than hates him as was the case with Bush.

        • What you’re not getting is that it hasn’t been until the past 50 years or so that global economic systems have become so closely tied with one another. Product shipping and networking technologies have expanded to astronomical proportions in the last 20 years – the bonds between economic systems are much more closely intertwined than they were in centuries past. The whole “we’ll do whatever the fuck we want” attitude won’t cut it in a global marketplace anymore, and quite frankly just on it’s own merit it’s a piss poor approach to foreign relations in general.

          And don’t get a big head about the US paying for a lot of shit around the world. Last I checked, the US had the largest debt of all the developing countries in the world. Americans live in fucking wealth, even the poor people have it better than a lot of the countries in the world (trust me, I’ve seen both sides of the coin and all levels of extreme).

        • Uh, it’s been a global economy for the last few centuries.

          Don’t worry too much about US participation though. Seeing as it’s the largest single economy in the world, the world economy is pretty much dependent on US participation.

          And sorry, but until the EU gets off it ass and builds something resembling a military, the US can’t afford to play nice. It’s fine to bitch about the US being a bully and point out all the mistakes the US makes when the entire world enjoys the stability paid for by US diplomacy and the military, but I don’t see any other countries volunteering for the job. They’re pretty quick to complain when the US doesn’t act though, if US intervention would benefit them.

        • Uhhh, guys, this is the 21st century and we’ve entered a global economy. You can talk about doormat shit all you want, but unless you think the US is ready to forcibly take over the world, we’re going to have to learn to play nice on the playground. =\

      • I think one thing all you Obamaniacs are missing is the fact that the deadline for Nobel nomination was 2 weeks after he took the oath of office. Obama deserves this award about as much as Highlander 2 deserved an oscar. (yes it is really one of the worst movies of all time)

        • The problem is that the promises he made were clearly impossible. People were just so desperate to get a democrat into office that they turned off their brains. Obama could have said he’d cut military spending in half and buy everybody a dinosaur and the next day half the country would be talking about what a great idea it was.

          Yeah, Obama is putting his nose to the grindstone and trying to keep his unrealistic and impractical promises. I can promise people that I can fly and put my nose to the grindstone flapping by arms, but it doesn’t mean I’ll be able to or that it’s a good idea. All it means is that I’m an idiot who makes pointless promises and I’m not worth listening to.

        • The most any politician can really ever promise is that they’re going to do their best to get their policies passed. No politician and certainly no President can force the entire Senate and House to completely agree with his/her point of view. So the best we can ask of Obama is to take action on the things he promised, and that he work as hard as possible to make them happen. Compared to Bush, who took vacation for 42% of his presidency, I think everyone would agree that Obama is putting his nose to the grindstone to get his promises done. The rest is up to Congress and the American people.

        • OK, politifact is a joke, but if you want to use it…according to politifact, of the more than 500 promises he made, he’s kept 47.

          The truth is, nobody cares if he’s working towards his promise to “ensure that more Metropolitan Planning Organizations create policies to incentivize greater bicycle and pedestrian usage of roads and sidewalks,” or if he said he would “‘throw his weight around’ to lobby for a college football playoff system, which he said would only add three weeks to the season.”

          War, terrorism, the economy, nuclear proliferation, health care, etc, are the areas where the promises he made got him elected. On those issues he’s accomplished little if anything worthy of praise, and nothing deserving a Nobel peace prize.

          It can be argued that he’s tried, and I’d agree, but if he knew he wouldn’t be able to keep his promises he shouldn’t have made them. If he didn’t know, he should have, because there were plenty of people (not least of all his republican opponents) who told him he was overestimating his capacity to effect change and underestimating the magnitude of the political inertia he would have to overcome to fulfill his promises. Perhaps if he’s had more experience…

          Given time, he probably will be able to do something meaningful. When he does, I’ll be the first to acknowledge his success. Then he may be worthy of a Nobel prize. Right now, it’s simply too soon.

        • Even if he is trying he still doesn’t deserve the prize at the moment. Put him back on the list in at least a year, or hell, the end of his term. He basically got this award solely on “future potential” and not “past achievements.”

        • If you compare him with the most other politicans he does really a good job. The most people only say promises they will never make reallity just to get votes witout even trying to keep them. He trys at last to do them all what is rare these days at politicans.

        • Ayu, beautiful, good to see you here again.

          However, I respectfully disagree of your viewpoint. Neither you or I are Americans, but at least the few Americans I know are kinda bitter about Obama’s lack of significant archivements.

          He is not a visionary like Ronald Reagan, who envisioned modern economy or faced the last days of cold war… “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

        • Shouldn’t we be taking up issue with the Nobel Peace Prize committee too? Sure, he hadn’t done anything at that moment to get nominated, but that’s just that: a nomination. The committee still chose him over other candidates even in the face of his lack of results. He didn’t deserve it then, doesn’t deserve it now, and they still picked him.

          If I were him, I would refuse the prize on grounds of “I haven’t done anything yet.”

          I’m a Democrat for whatever that’s worth.

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        • Why he destroyed small businesses, set up a nanny state, and has put us about a trillion dollars in debt to China. It’s funny he didn’t win the Nobel Prize for Lit. I mean at least he has written a book. It sucked, but he did something that would qualify him for that category.

        • So whoever had that long rant to begin with concerning Obama’s glorius accomplishments never did answer the question. Let’s restate it one more time: Exactly what is it that his excellency Mr. Obama did to merit a Nobel Peace Prize?

        • In all fairness though, how exactly can the not yet closing of Gitmo be laid at his feet, when it’s been Congress who’s been blocking the plans that the President has?

          As for naming Republicans to his team.
          He maintained the Secretary of Defense, who is a Republican.

          LaHood is indeed the second as Secretary of Transportation.

          There’s Jim Leach who is Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

          And from what I recall, he did ask other Republicans to serve as well. Judd Gregg for Commerce comes to mind. Think there was another one as well.

          Then there’s the appointment of Eric Shinseki as the Secretary of Veteran Affairs. That chap seems to call them as he sees them, so one would think that the more right leaning folks would appreciate his appointment as well.

        • First: this “Nobel” is a consolation prize for the blackf4ce because of the HUMILLATION (or mega ownage, if you preffer) he got after he tried to promote Chicago as the host for 2016 Olimpics. Remember, almost every idiot can get a Nobel peace in the category of “peace”. Two idiots come to my mind right now: the barely literated Rigoberta Menchu, and the white and nerdy Al Gore.

          Second: no matter how butthurt liberals are: GEORGE W. BUSH IS A GRAND MAN and was the best president the United States had in the past 20 years. He will be honored as Lincoln or Washington because he was a patriot who endured a trial no other president had faced in history; and he was VICTORIOUS. Bush was re elected without trouble. Obama will be another Jimmy Carter. Keep it in mind 😉

        • Man, fucking Republicans. Can’t stand Bush sent us into a pointless war, can ya? Y’all piss and moan, and when you actually do something you fuck it up, and complain when the Dems come back in to clean things up. At least Obama has sensibility and common sense to his approach, instead of “hey, let’s go to war with Iraq because…!…?” Yeah, that’s what I fucking thought.

        • should we start listing every minor action as evidence he’s doing something?. great you’ve proven he’s signed some administrative paperwork that was placed in front of him. he’s not literally sitting on his ass all day doing nothing. 2012 why don’t we just elect a secretary? he/she would do the same thing and probably have less lies and promises. what about every major campaign promise he made but has yet to actually do, most of which his office itself has admitted he has put on the indefinite backburner that is DC politics, never to be addressed again.
          half of the “achievements” you listed there were fundings and expansions ALREADY PLANNED. yes, the irony that even the Obama-loving press like the NYT has been forced to admit is that Obama has mostly just continued programs that Bush actually started towards the end of his presidency. the only difference is packaging them in Obama’s name makes them sound good to the brainwashed public that doesn’t want to think about how little he’s done, for fear of looking at themselves in the mirror and admitting to themselves that once again they, in the words of Kathy Griffin trying to be a political/cultural analyst, voted for a guy they liked instead of someone with actual credentials.
          whats funny is how the MSM tried their hardest to “fact check” the SNL skit on Obama and even then the best they could do to disprove it was to say at least Obama has started to close Gitmo (but he still hasn’t CLOSED it).
          so yes, OBAMA HAS DONE NOTHING. oh not literally nothing, he’s signed a few papers. He gets up in teh morning and sits in his office. kudos for getting so much done right? its funny to see his brainwashed supporters desperately try to say he has achieved so much, but he hasn’t. nothing of consequence to anyone but the desperate supporter trying to trump up his credentials.

          will he get anything done in the next 3 years? maybe. who knows. but to the ppl supporting him by saying “understand these things take time!”, most critics DO understand that. believe it or not, i find WE UNDERSTAND THAT BETTER THAN MOST OBAMA SUPPORTERS.
          YOU understand that the frothing Fox News retards are a loud but miniscule minority. most critics are just people, many who even voted for Obama, who aren’t so blind as to mindlessly act like Obama is the messiah just because we’re desperate for a political hero. He’ll get all those major achievements done in time? so give him the Nobel Peace Prize THEN. not in his first year of complete (to quote that hilarious SNL skit) jack squat.

        • He’s only been in office 9 months…
          He’s trying…
          These things take time…

          Exactly. That’s why he doesn’t deserve this award. Let him actually do something first. It’s not like he can’t get it in 8 years, if he deserves it then.

        • Yeah, he also stood in front of the bill of rights and talked about indefinite detention for people who haven’t even committed a crime. He’s also increased the number of US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, not decreased them. He’s in the process of closing Gitmo, sure, but Bagram Air Base will make a suitable replacement. The mean just oozes civil rights and commitment to peace doesn’t he?

          I don’t know if you live in America or not. But you should probably realize, there is no major difference between Republicans and Democrats, except for the fact that Republicans are slightly more upfront about the fact that they are assholes. Democrats on the other hand still try to make you think they’re not completely full of shit. Obama has done fuck all to deserve a peace prize. This was a political move.

        • That’s a long and unimpressive list of minor beurocratic decisions that have virtually no bearing on global politics and next to nothing to do with domestic or foreign peace.

          The laughable exception to that list is “Directed military leaders to end war in Iraq.”

          He told his commanders to end the war as quickly as possible while requiring that they meet certain objectives? So did Bush. That’s what almost every leader of every military of any country at war tries to do. That’s like saying he told doctors to take care of sick people, or he told Japanese teachers to molest their students.

          Maybe next he’ll tell the sun to rise and get the Nobel science prize.

        • He also spent $2-$3 trillion in his first 8 months, more than every president in history…put together.

          He plans on spending trillions more on programs(health care, student loans, ect…) that the US cant afford to pay for.

          The deficit has grown exponentially, and continues to do so everyday.

          He has continuously appeased dictators around the world who have no regard for human rights, or individual liberty.

          The war in Iraq would end in 2012 regardless of whether he said it would or not. The Iraqi government passed legislation saying we had to leave by then.

          The National Endowment for the Arts is a waste of money, and by no means is it the federal governments job to pass out money to “artists”

          The only “Republican” in his cabinet is the transportation secretary Ray LaHood, that sounds real freaking important. And you’d have to be ignorant to think ONE republican counts as “bipartisanship.”

          He’s shredded the constitution and pissed all over it.

          He’s George Bush on steroids, who appeases our enemies rather than confronts them. Change? hahaha don’t make me laugh. He hasn’t done anything but dick around for the last eight months.

        • Seriously, he’s been in office 9 months and he’s working his ass off and slowly making progress, but people think he was supposed to be some second coming and lickety-split fix everything that the Republicans fucked up. It’s fucking zealous Faux “News” and right-wing talk shows that gets gullible people into a stink, they yell their diatribes so loud that the stuff that’s getting done can’t be heard.

        • Please keep in mind, the major things like closing guantanamo, getting out of iraq, etc take a long time to accomplish, and aren’t as easy as taking everybody out.

          I don’t think any other president has had such unjustified criticism. He’s been trying to do the stuff, and be patient because these sorts of things can sometimes take longer than 4 years.

          Especially when it comes to getting things through congress.

        • He’s only done nothing? =__=’

          -Reversed restrictions on stem cell research

          -Appointed an assistant to the president for science and technology policy

          -Created a foreclosure prevention fund for homeowners

          -Expanded loan programs for small businesses

          -Extended and indexed the 2007 Alternative Minimum Tax patch

          -Expanded eligibility for State Children’s Health Insurance Fund (SCHIP)

          -Expanded funding to train primary care providers and public health practitioners

          -Directed military leaders to end war in Iraq
          Sent two additional brigades to Afghanistan

          -As promised gave a speech at a major Islamic forum in the first 100 days of his administration

          -Granted Americans unrestricted rights to visit family and send money to Cuba

          -Restored funding for the Byrne Justice

          -Assistance Grant (Byrne/JAG) program

          -Released presidential records

          -Now requires new hires to sign a form affirming their hiring was not due to political affiliation or contributions

          -Pushed for enactment of Matthew Shepard Act, which expands hate crime law to include sexual orientation and other factors

          -Created a White House Office on Urban Policy

          -Supported increased funding for the NEA

          -Funded a major expansion of AmeriCorps

          -Worked to overturn Ledbetter vs. Goodyear

          -Banned lobbyist gifts to executive employees

          -Pledged to weatherize 1 million homes per year

          -Invested in all types of alternative energy

          -Enacted tax credit for consumers for plug-in hybrid cars

          -Provided grants to encourage energy-efficient building codes

          -As promised appointed at least one Republican to the cabinet

          -Extended unemployment insurance benefits and temporarily suspended taxes on these benefits.

        • Except that Obama is still doing pretty much everything Bush was, but with different rhetoric.

          Is Quitmo closed? Is th US getting out of Iraq any quicker? How ’bout Afghanistan? Peace between the Israelis and Palestinians?

          I understand that these things aren’t easy and will take time, but only time will tell if Obama can live up to any of his campaign promises, or do anything meaningful for world peace. That’s why this award is premature.

          So far, the only “change” he’s made is to increase the likelihood that eastern European nations will develop nukes by making it look like the US can’t stand up to Russia, bought Iran a bit more time to make their own, extended a hand to the Muslim world which was ignored, agreed to talk with dictators without requiring that they make any efforts on human rights first, and proved that nobody wants to vacation in Chicago.

          Wow. He earned that peace prize.

        • well fuck you for saying so. India was never a shithole. Britain reduced it to what it is today, cos at one point of time it was the richest country in the world. The crown jewel that the filthy inbred royal family wears is from India, in case you didn’t know.

          Brits are nothing but a bunch of exploitative bastards. Colonising Iran would destroy it beyond repair. Atleast Obama is giving them a shot.

        • “Fucked up” is allowing Bush to stay in office for 8 years despite all the fucked up things he was doing. So considering that I don’t care -what- they do if it does no real damage.

          Also: Iran is a shithole, Britain needs to colonize them like they did india back int he day.