On Barack Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize

Saturday, October 10, 2009

This op-ed probably best sums up my opinion on the matter, that overall it's a good thing and shows what a change has taken place in European views of the United States since the election, although it still feels a bit weird to have a prize awarded so soon. The only part I don't agree with is the note on Iran - I wouldn't say that Obama overlooked the fact that Iran's government had stolen an election in order to negotiate with them, but rather that the Obama administration had kept its distance and gave enough time to show its disapproval of the stolen election, after which it grudgingly went back to the bargaining table since Khamenei and Ahmadinejad seem to have been able to keep a hold on power for the time being. Given that the nuclear issue is one where both sides in Iran are mostly in agreement it's not such a big deal.

What will be interesting to see is whether the GOP is disciplined enough to avoid making this into the next big issue. Since Obama himself had nothing to do with it being awarded to him, if the GOP takes this issue and runs with it it'll burn them.

Here's Obama on winning the Nobel:

While we're on the subject, here's Barack Obama from the night of astronomy at the White House on 7 October. Photos can also be seen here.


Tom Degan said...

The moon - that nocturnal inspiration to poets and lovers for centuries - was viciously attacked yesterday morning at 7:31 EST by Muslim terrorist Barack HUSSEIN Obama and his co-conspirators within THE GOVERNMENT.

A clear message has been sent by this radical jihadist to good and decent people everywhere. There is no room for misinterpretation: if they can target the moon - THE MOON! - in such a ghastly and unprovoked matter, it proves - conclusively - that Main Street is not safe. All of us are vulnerable to their insidious wickedness and villainy. Our children must be protected from the radical, hideous agenda of this man and his vile administration. Mark my words, my fellow Americans - today the moon, tomorrow Anytown, USA. OH, THE HUMANITY!

Where will it all end? What sinister plans does he have in store for Christendom? Don't say you weren't warned, America! Don't you dare say you weren't given ample notice of this Kenyan-born extremist's evil intentions for us. I can see it now: Death Panels! Communist Medicine! An abortion clinic in every public school! Generations of innocent American schoolchildren forced to memorize entire paragraphs of the autobiography of Malcolm X! I have seen the future, my friends. It is bleak. Very very bleak.

But seriously folks....


Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

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