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Nobel Jury: Obama Got Prize For Effort

More rear guard action from the Associated Press:

Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Thorbjoern Jagland, announces in Oslo Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, that US President Barack Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

Nobel jury defends Obama decision

OSLO – Members of the Norwegian committee that gave Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize are strongly defending their choice against a storm of criticism that the award was premature and a potential liability for the U.S. president.

Asked to comment on the uproar following Friday’s announcement, four members of the five-seat panel told The Associated Press that they had expected the decision to generate both surprise and criticism.

Three of them rejected the notion that Obama hadn’t accomplished anything to deserve the award, while the fourth declined to answer that question. A fifth member didn’t answer calls seeking comment.

"We simply disagree that he has done nothing," committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland told the AP on Tuesday. "He got the prize for what he has done."

Jagland singled out Obama’s efforts to heal the divide between the West and the Muslim world and scale down a Bush-era proposal for an anti-missile shield in Europe.

"All these things have contributed to — I wouldn’t say a safer world — but a world with less tension," Jagland said by phone from the French city of Strasbourg, where he was attending meetings in his other role as secretary-general of the Council of Europe.

He said most world leaders were positive about the award and that most of the criticism was coming from the media and from Obama’s political rivals.

"I take note of it. My response is only the judgment of the committee, which was unanimous," he said, adding that the award to Obama followed the guidelines set forth by Alfred Nobel, the Swedish industrialist and inventor of dynamite, who established the Nobel Prizes in his 1895 will.

"Alfred Nobel wrote that the prize should go to the person who has contributed most to the development of peace in the previous year," Jagland said. "Who has done more for that than Barack Obama?"

Aagot Valle, a left-wing Norwegian politician who joined the Nobel panel this year, also dismissed suggestions that the decision to award Obama was without merit.

"Don’t you think that comments like that patronize Obama? Where do these people come from?" Valle said by phone from the western coastal city of Bergen. "Well, of course, all arguments have to be considered seriously. I’m not afraid of a debate on the peace prize decision. That’s fine."

In Friday’s announcement, the committee said giving Obama the peace prize could be seen as an early vote of confidence intended to build global support for the policies of his young administration.

The left-leaning committee whose members are appointed by the Norwegian Parliament lauded the change in global mood wrought by Obama’s calls for peace and cooperation, and praised his pledges to reduce the world stock of nuclear arms, ease U.S. conflicts with Muslim nations and strengthen the U.S. role in combating climate change…

Jagland said he didn’t think the Nobel Peace Prize would hurt Obama domestically but added the committee did not take U.S. politics into consideration when making their decision.

"I’m not so familiar with American politics, and I don’t want to interfere with it, because this is a totally independent committee," he said. "We should not look at internal politics."

Think how “left leaning” you have to be to have the Associated Press call you “left leaning.”

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 13th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

22 Responses to “Nobel Jury: Obama Got Prize For Effort”

  1. Reality Bytes says:

    I got it! OBAMA IS BEING SCORED ON A CURVE…SOME KIND OF TWISTED AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PERHAPS!

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Hey, Nobel Jury, here’s an old military saying (cleaned up for general consumption)
    “Hope in one hand and poop in the other and see which one fills up first”

    So you gave barry an “A” for effort.

    “All these things have contributed to — I wouldn’t say a safer world — but a world with less tension,” Jagland said by phone from the French city of Strasbourg, where he was attending meetings in his other role as secretary-general of the Council of Europe.

    So if it’s not, by definition, a safer world, the end result again is what? If the goal is “less tension” then you really are an illiterate group of blind people. Even the liberal papers, and yours report on the GROWING tension in the middle east and worldwide.

    I don’t really know how stupid you are, I don’t think you’ve reached your limit yet.

    • caligirl9 says:

      WTF is a “world with less tension?” Sounds like some New Age kumbaya crap. It’s not a safer world. And our own nation is imploding on itself.

      There are many stupid people on earth. A large percentage of them seem to get into power and screw things up for those of us who are honest and use our brains.

  3. beautyofreason says:

    “”He got the prize for what he has done.” ”

    So what did Obama do in the two weeks as president that got him nominated for the award? Perhaps he gave a cushy speech about the wonders of Islam, ignoring its political offshoots. On his first days he revoked the Mexico City Policy barring the international advocacy of abortion from organizations receiving public funds. Perhaps just the promise of hope and change was enough to get the committee to wet their pants.

    Maybe I am being too cynical. I’m sure he did a lot of important stuff before he became King….er, President. The article he published at Harvard was surely enough. Or his association with left wing radicals and Marxists in college. His desk job as “community organizer” was more than sufficient.

  4. Petronius says:

    “The left-leaning committee … lauded the change in global mood wrought by Obama’s calls for peace….”

    Buried in this sentence is a nugget of truth.

    The plain truth is that this Prize was awarded by the international left that hates America for its robust political and economic freedom, and for its economic and military strength.

    They criticize the U.S. reflexively, and Nerobama resonates with them like a Stradivarius violin.

    They all share the same anti-American lynch-mob mentality.

  5. catie says:

    Good grief!

  6. NickB says:

    Further on in the article it states that the time span between Obama taking office and the Nobel nomination deadline was a whole two weeks. So, these nitwits are trying to say that Obama did enough in two weeks to deserve a Nobel peace Prize? Please.

    The Nobel Committee had every intention of handing it out to Obama as long as he was elected, and when he was, it was a done deal. He’s one of them, and they wanted desperately to give it to another socialist, a brother in arms, so to speak.

  7. conant says:

    I suspect they would have given him the prize even if he didn’t get elected.

  8. VMAN says:

    I know let’s give everyone a Nobel prize just like they give all the kids a prize in T-Ball for making an effort.

  9. David says:

    It seems to me that the title of Nobel Laureate is very much like a title of nobility granted by a foreign power. While not against the letter of the constitution this surely violates the spirit of it. What if the EU decides to declare Obama the Duke of Chicago or something stupid like that. If I was Obama I would say thanks but no thanks and personally give the award to one of the other candidates.

  10. proreason says:

    Obamy made a good effort as a Wall Street clerk, before he quit due to feeling like he was in the enemy’s camp.
    He made a good effort as a Community Organizer, although nothing ever got done.
    He made a good effort as a Civil Rights lawyer, even though he never tried a case and has no records.
    He made a good effort as an author before giving up and letting Bill Ayer write his book.
    He made a good effort giving away Annenburg Challenge money even though everyone admits it was failure.
    He made a good effort running for state legistator after his hit men removed all of his opponents.
    He made a good effort as a state legislator, even getting his name on a couple of bills after 9 years in office.
    He made a good effort running for the US Senate, after his hit men revealed the divorce records of his opponents.
    He made a good effort in the US Senate, except for lying about each of the bills he claimed he worked on.
    He made a good effort running for President, particularly after Soros / Goldman Sachs caused the economic collapse.
    He made a good effort touting the Stimulus Bill that Pelosi’s crime partners wrote.

    He always makes a good effort.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Yoda said it best. “Do…or do not. There is no try”.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3hn6fFTxeo

      Our young padawan is only listening to the dark side.

    • Colonel1961 says:

      A great effort. Immeasurable, actually – as he has never accomplished anything…

      But, of course, we’re cynical (and probably RACISTS!) for even commenting.

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      Or could it remotely be that the Nobel Committee, mesmerized and taken aback by the o-blah-blah (thank you George Soros), foresaw the great deeds he was about to accomplish in a quick fashion.

      You know .. spearheading the collapse of the economy and capitalism, the shredding of the US Consitution and Rule of Law, the nationalization of American industry, the destruction of the greatest health and health delivery system in the world, the preservation and furtherance of do-nothing-good racial organizations all while driving race relations backwards in leaps and bounds, the removal of nuclear weapons and adequate defense from them in the US and for its’ allies, cavorting with dictators and crazy despots around the globe, …. and on and on and on.

      Now .. that’s a lot of work! :-(

  11. pdsand says:

    “All these things have contributed to — I wouldn’t say a safer world — but a world with less tension,” Jagland said by phone from the French city of Strasbourg, where he was attending meetings in his other role as secretary-general of the Council of Europe.”

    “The left-leaning committee whose members are appointed by the Norwegian Parliament lauded the change in global mood wrought by Obama’s calls for peace and cooperation, and praised his pledges to reduce the world stock of nuclear arms, ease U.S. conflicts with Muslim nations and strengthen the U.S. role in combating climate change…”

    All of the “tension” and bad “mood” that existed in the world during Bush’s presidency was coming directly from the left because they opposed his policies. How asinine.

  12. Confucius says:

    They would have been better off saying nothing.

    Their circuitous logic and contradictory statements are embarrassing–even for leftists.

    (On the other hand, it does explain why they like Obama.)

  13. njyankee says:

    I had a test the other day. I tried telling my teacher that she should just give me an A and that somehow, at some undetermined date, I would actually earn it. But apparently my teacher doesn’t think like the Nobel committee.

  14. canary says:

    I’ve been seeing some interesting video’s on Glenn Beck’s show.
    Today was Obama’s spokesman Gibbs referring to Republicans as devils be beat over health care. Yesterday was unseen video of Obama speaking to SIEU union before election. He also showed a picture, follow up of that meeting with all the supposed doctor’s wearing doctor white coats that were SIEU people, and recenlty footage showing people walking up to a table at the White House lawn, where white doctor coats were stacked. It was all created b.s.

    I am so disgusted at Republican Senator Snow from Maine, to include her studid excuses. I’ve felt she’s somewhat corrupt and deal maker for years. I’ve thought of her as a wheeler dealer type.

  15. joeblough says:

    Yes, the first affirmative action nobel prize.

    But consider, what if the fools on the nobel committee actually thought that he had done something … what might that be?


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