President Obama Wins Nobel Prize (WTF!)

I almost spat out my coffee this morning when I heard the news. I wasn’t planning on updating the blog any further today and I’d slept in. And LOOK WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SLEEP IN! Someone gives the dang president the dang Nobel Peace Prize for … um … what did he win it for? The man JUST got elected! He hasn’t even been in office a year. Isn’t this really the Nobel Peace Prize for “Dang, We Really, Really Hated Bush?” Either way, yeah for the prez. Yeah for us. But … um … what?

More after the jump.

From Politico:

Barely nine months into office, President Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize – with the committee citing Obama’s “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy” and his support for nuclear arms reduction. 

“Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future,” said Thorbjoern Jagland, chairman of the Nobel Committee

But the prize shocked the White House and international observers – some of whom are already questioning what Obama has done in his short time as president to deserve the honor. 

The White House found out about the award at about 5 a.m., via a wire report out of the Situation Room, aides said. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called the White House a little before 6 a.m. and woke Obama to tell him he had won. 

Gibbs said that Obama was “humbled” to get the honor and senior advisor David Axelrod expressed surprise that the award went to Obama. 

“It’s an honor. It’s nothing anyone expected. It’s certainly nothing the president sought. I think that he’s less interested in individual honors, and this certainly is one, than in advancing the causes that were cited by the Nobel committee,” Axelrod said on MSNBC. 

Anyone want to take a stab at what Obama won the prize for? I get that he’s intelligent and dynamic, but shouldn’t this be something you get towards the end of your presidency (or at least the end of the first term) when people can actually measure what you’ve done? I am fifteen kinds of bemused and bewildered by the news. Can you be happy and highly confused at the same time?

56 thoughts on “President Obama Wins Nobel Prize (WTF!)

  1. I came back to say one more thing: The Nobel Peace Prize is not a lifetime achievement award, so stop treating it as such. I honestly think Obama was awarded the Prize as encouragement or "good faith" that he will make good on his promises (ending the war, peace in the Middle East, etc). He’s arguably the most important political figure in the free world, so for us, the U.S., it’s a big deal.

  2. @ Terri – I’m so with you on that one – yes I’m so thrilled "they" left some of us in the West Indies :)@ Scott: I guess your helping of STFU isn’t as tasty as we thought!

  3. LMAO @ internet thuggery telling a screen name to STFU. as if your measely ass opinion means anything. what telling someone STFU really means is that your dumbass can’t think of anything else to say.

  4. Did you really think I would be put off by pathetic childish bullying? You will have to do much better than that. All It tells me you can intelligently support your argument.

  5. All I know is that I was less upset about them interrupting The View for a special report about this than the interruption not too long ago that let me know Chicago wouldn’t have the Olympics…."Can you be happy and highly confused at the same time?" Apparently so. If awards are being given away on promise and potential alone, perhaps I’ll get the Nobel Prize in Literature next year. *borderline hysterical laughter*

  6. I usually schedule the post of the Open Thread early in the morning.By the time I get up, I go and check the traffic. this morning, the traffic was WAY HIGHER than it would be usually at this time, so I knew something was up. I check the recent comments section to see in one of the listed replies ‘ Obama….Nobel Peace Prize’…and went WHAT?had to then scramble to see what was going on. I think that we, in America, had some theoretical understanding of how low our esteem in the world had gone. I don’t think we actually GRASPED IT, and how horrified the rest of the world had been over the previous 7 years since 9/11 and the reaction – by US to that event. I don’t think we understood what November 2008 meant to the rest of the world.

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