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The Nobel Peace Prize

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Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) invented dynamite and other explosives. Nobel was a Swedish chemist, engineer and armaments manufacturer who made an enormous fortune selling explosives and heavy munitions (cannons and explosive projectiles.)  Concerned about his legacy, he decided to use his fortune for the betterment of humanity.

In his will he created five annual prizes: physical science, chemistry, medicine, literature and the Big Kahuna: Peace

From Wiki:

According to Nobel’s will, the Peace Prize should be awarded: “to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

[…]

The Norwegian Parliament appoints the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which selects the Laureate for the Peace Prize. The Committee chairman, currently Thorbjørn Jagland, presents the Prize to the laureate at the award ceremony. At the time of Alfred Nobel’s death Sweden and Norway were in a personal union in which the Swedish government was solely responsible for foreign policy, and the Norwegian Parliament was responsible only for Norwegian domestic policy. Alfred Nobel never explained why he wanted a Norwegian rather than Swedish body to award the Peace Prize.[5] As a consequence, many people have speculated about Nobel’s intentions. For instance, Nobel may have wanted to prevent the manipulation of the selection process by foreign powers, and as Norway did not have any foreign policy, the Norwegian government could not be influenced.

[…]

The statutes of the Nobel Foundation specify categories of individuals who are eligible to make nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.[6] These are;

* Members of national assemblies and governments and members of the Inter-Parliamentary Union,
* Members of the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the International Court of Justice at the Hague,
* Members of Institut de Droit International,
* University professors of history, political science, philosophy, law and theology, university presidents and directors of peace research international affairs institutes,
* Former recipients, including board members of organisations that have previously won the prize,
* Present and past members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, and
* Former permanent advisers to the Norwegian Nobel Institute.

Nominations must usually be submitted to the Committee by February 1 of the year in question. Nominations by committee members can be submitted up to the date of the first Committee meeting after this deadline.

[…]

Nominations are considered by the Nobel Committee at a meeting where a short list of candidates for further review is created. This short list is then considered by permanant advisers to the Nobel institute, which consists Institute’s Director and Research Director and a small numbers of Norwegian academics with expertise in subject areas relating to the prize. Advisers usually have some months to complete reports, which are then considered by the Committee to select the laureate. The Committee seeks to achieve a unanimous decision, but this is not always possible.

Wiki also says that this year there were a record 205 nominations. That means the Barack Obama was considered more worthy than 204 other candidates.

The Nobel Peace Prize is supposed to be unaffected by politics or corruption.  It is supposed to go to:

“to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

This year’s award clearly violates the terms of Nobel’s will. According to the Citation the Committee selected Obama for his “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples” in his outreach to the Muslim world and efforts to end nuclear proliferation.”

From the New York Fishwrapper:

In Oslo, Thorbjørn Jagland, the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee and a former prime minister of Norway, explained that Obama’s early international diplomacy efforts helped him beat out more than 200 other nominees to become the third sitting U.S. president to win the award. The sitting presidents to win the prize were Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 and Woodrow Wilson in 1919. Former President Jimmy Carter won the award in 2002.

“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,” Jagland said. “We are not awarding the prize for what may happen in the future, but for what he has done in the previous year. We would hope this will enhance what he is trying to do.”

The problem is he hasn’t done anything except make some speeches. But we already knew that last year.


105 Responses

  1. To me this still seems like an Onion story. When I first saw it this morning (about 4:45AM), my eyes literally bugged out. I’ll bet Jimmy Carter is the idiot who nominated Obama.

    • I’ll bet Jimmy Carter is the idiot who nominated Obama..

      …as his latest FU to Bill. He’s obsessed

      • He’s not that bright.

        I think it is the Campaign team that got him elected to POTUS. They drank a lot of beer, and sat around thinking of all the different awards available….kind of a “if we can get this empty suit elected to the presidency with some a few choice words, how many other things can we win?”

        Let’s just wait and see how many more surprise awards this guy gets.

      • Jimmy Carter’s arteries are ocluded.

    • nah, he just slept at a Holiday Inn Express last night

    • Maybe it was Professor Gates. We need a tinfoil hat Tuesday.

  2. I have no doubt now that team Obama knew – if not lobbied intensely for it. hence the postponement of many war decisions re: Afghanistan, Iran.

    • ITA. I have little to no doubt this was fixed.

    • if he knew about the nomination and they lobbied for his win while he has been dragging his feet on a variety of decisions for both of the wars we are entangled in…it will be his undoing. People are disgusted by this win but willing to recognize he doesn’t control the committee. Any other scenario will ruin him.

      • the fact is NO ONE lobbied for Obama to get this award and you know it. the WH was as shocked as anyone. in any case, so what – happy that an american city will not get the Olympics and now upset that an American president has received an award that he didn’t ask for. does it feel good to be so patriotic or is your hate for Obama so strong no matter what, its always his fault.
        grow up – every one of you – you are worse than the right wingers who are so determined to make him fail. you won’t be happy until he is gone, right?

        • Wow. How do you wag your finger so wildly and keep your kool-aid cup from spilling? I’m impressed.

        • Heh, we deserve a better class of troll.

        • It’s just annoying when their spittle is flecked with red-colored sugary liquid. It makes for difficult laundry days.

        • Ellen–psst! My neighbor visited Chicago, and she hated it! I’ve been trying all day to find a number for the House Committee on UnAmerican activities, but I think it’s top secret! Can you help me locate the junior G men before it’s too late, I’m sure she’s in the Taliban!

        • I don’t recall anyone here being happy that Chicago was not awarded the Olympic games. We did however, laugh with amusement at the fool Obama made of himself in front of the Olympic Committee.

          The issue with the Nobel award was not that he didn’t ask for it, we don’t believe he deserves it.

          I doubt I’ll be happy when he’s gone. The GOP will probably win the White House which means at least 4 more years of mismanagement.

          I’ll be happy when a liberal Democrat is elected POTUS.

          • I’d prefer a real socialist. Sorry. But I’m done with the Dems. They don’t seem to allow liberals into their club these days. Heck, they don’t seem to allow Democrats!

        • Oh Ellen, my dear Ellen. Do your parents know you are still up? AND on the computer? Now get back to bed this minute.

        • There are deserving people who would have most likely used the money to further their causes. Such as, as I pointed to earlier today, former President Clinton and Bono for their real, substantiated, can touch it, WORK.

        • Yes, Obama is so deserving! He has done so much, especially for women. I distinctly remember the wonderful song he played when he won the Iowa primary. I remember his brushing off his shoulders to dis Hillary. He is small minded where women are concerned and it is frightening to me that he keeps getting these gratuitous cheap thrills for doing nothing! I wonder what the other 200 nominees were like. Maybe something like this woman. http://trueslant.com/pjtobia/2009/10/10/afghan-woman-loses-nobel-prize-to-obama/

        • Who told you what to say? Did they recommend correct punctuation? Cuz I just say nearly the exact words you posted elsewhere.

  3. It reminds me if my current patent struggle for a potential cancer drug. No matter how much evidence I present that my work preceded the other modeler and he called me for my slides, *I’m* the one fighting for my spot on the patent while he’s a shoe in for having done very little except pass my stuff onto a chemist who made the drug.
    If I were Hillary I’d be seething. She does all the heavy lifting during the campaign, he gets all the credit. She’s got to work her ass off fir international peace through diplomacy, he gets the frickin’ prize.
    Life is not only unfair, it’s cruel.

    • I notice it’s a he who is taking your creds. Why do things never change?

      • Yeah, I keep sending evidence, the other modeler keeps inventing new excuses. From now on, I’m covering my bases. Every time I talk on the phone with him, I am requesting a transcript. It will keep everyone honest.
        Next step, contacting the mail server administrator to track down the smoking gun email I sent him. I am NOT backing down on this one.
        F^&*er.

  4. It’s not just HRC; how about WJC and all he is doing with his Global Initiative. He did not even get nominated. My bet is that they certainly knew o was on the list; they have delayed the decision on AfPak and troops to not screw it up. May o think about the men and women who have died at his hands as he delayed support and decision for more fawning from the world.

    I am going to use the lower case o for this Jack Squat from now on. He does not deserve a proper capital in front of his name.

    • While I love Hillary, I agree that Bill is the one that was dissed.

    • The Global Initiative is trying to establish peace in nations that are fighting?

      Bill does great things in the world, but I don’t think the Peace Prize is the correct way to acknowledge his work.

      • Did Jimmeh Carter negotiate a stealth peace agreement I don’t know about someplace in 2002? I think not.

  5. It reminds me of May 31.

  6. I think you are all forgetting ‘THE BEER SUMMIT’. Cambridge was ready to erupt, Obama saved the world.

  7. I’m going from shock to laughter on today’s Barry ‘s cracker jack prize du jour for nothing ….but i’m still stuck on furious about the 3,800 fine for not buying their heath shit care . Isn’t not having health care ENOUGH of a fine?? No, you have to pay to not have it? WTF???

  8. This also is a nice way for them alter history and give poor little Obama things to show for. Where’s Bill’s Nobel Peace Prize by the way? I guess he has to wait for his just like the others even though he’s put in a successful 8 year term and has done things without awards of ‘encouragement’…

  9. It is a slap in the face to all those who have DONE something. To all those who stand up, or show up and defend the rights of others. Many of the other people nominated need that money and prestige to put a shining light on what they are trying to achieve.

    Obama has never stood up for anyone, a fleet of buses has been necessary for all those he has not stood by.

    This is beyond wrong. I don’t care whether it was bought – NPP is a platform, it represents so much.

    I think Karma is going to get him, and that will be one h*ll of a cross.

    • I wonder what the other nominees are thinking right now and the conversations they had with their families tonight as they sat in disbelief and shock that after spending their entire lives fighting for basic civil rights – some even going to prison and risking their lives – that they were passed over in favor of the hope and change man who has accomplished nothing.

    • Just the fact that Ghandi never received a NPP, but this little pissant has, puts the whole thing into perspective for me. Grrrrrrr

      But I think you’re right: Karma is going to get him.

  10. I think myiq had insider information. He called this hours before it happened:

    https://riverdaughter.wordpress.com/2009/10/07/al-franken-keeps-his-promise/#comment-403274

  11. POTUS, NPP, I guess they are creating achievements for him since he’s incapable of doing so himself . His whole life as been one of being given achievements

    • Or having someone else eliminate his competition so he could win his office unopposed. Bobby Rush kept him out of the H. of Reps. Hillary really won in spite of the rigged caucuses, rigged nomination, and media oversell.

      I supposed i’ll have to miss yet another SPEECH!

      I am not even disgusted. O is zero to me. I am less interested in him than I was in the doofus G.W., who also had everything handed to him.

      Why was Gerry Ferraro attacked when she said that a white man or any woman with O’s “record” would not have been a candidate? It’s the truth.

      • That is 0zero– using the zero of the number keys.

        0zero!!!!

        This has to be a joke — more humor is needed in this bland, dull world. So why not give 0zero the “peace” prize for zero accomplishments. 0zero da guy who uses mercenaries to do the dirty work. Yep sure da prez is da man to bring peace — yep you betcha.

        It is a SNL joke — too funny for words.

        Now we know for sure that 0zero is running for Emperor of da world. Oh — you didn’t know that position had been created — well Yes We Can!!

    • It’s like a Seinfeld moment. You know a show about nothing. This is an award about nothing. It’s a joke. I’ll never look at this so called award with any respect ever again. It’s been made into a “token”, a meaningless moment in history awarded to a meaningless subject by a meaningless group of thoughtless people.

  12. Quoting from a Nobel prize winner (guess that makes me a Nobel prize winner):

    “In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted – for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things – some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.”

    –BHO inaugural speech

    In celebrating Obama at this juncture, the Nobel committee is thumbing their noses at the resilience of ordinary people who desperately looked to 2008 for a change from Bush-era policies and have been let down once again. Were Obama to have received this award at the end of his first or second terms after actually having ended two wars and moved the cause of peace significantly forward, that would have been an entirely different matter. Awarding it to him now may seem like a clever way to hold him to his promise of diplomacy and dialogue, but really it is giving the milk away for free before the cow is bought and only serves to complicate things. War is not peace, and dissent is not unpatriotic, and yet, thanks to the hype surrounding Obama, we have the Democratic leadership in this country espousing the opposite positions. God help us.

    • Even if they were giving this award to him as a way to hold him to his promises still doesn’t make it right… what is he a two year old that needs to be bribed to listen to their parents? Or in Obama’s case the world. These people would literally sell themselves make this guy look good.

  13. tsk tsk. Bad myiq…very bad.

    • When I was young my mom told the neighbor kids not to play with me because I was a bad influence.

    • Lol What about Wik I. Pedia? Is he part of our movement? I see his words quoted everywhere–we’re growing! Yay us!

  14. Favorite comment from Steve Rhode’s Chicago blog:

    This just in: Lou Piniella named 2010 NL Manager of the Year by Nobel committee. Voters cite Piniella’s hopes, dreams and promises for next year’s Cubs as being sufficient.

  15. I just realized (truly) that I wrote my college thesis on Anton Mesmer. He created the science behind modern day hypnosis. How could I have known that in my lifetime, I would be experiencing the greatest public practitioner of the craft in the form of a US president. It is truly eerie to watch. How deeply it has taken hold of people, intelligent and otherwise.

    • Better not let Bostonboomer see that — she doesn’t believe in hypnosis – and all that stuff.

  16. “The problem is he hasn’t done anything except make some speeches. But we already knew that last year.”

    And weren’t most of those just “campaign rhetoric,” not to be taken seriously? (Or so the Canadians were told in regard to at least one situation.)

    All of this makes me want to go back to my books and delete the Nobel prize citations as “empty rhetoric.” I think I’ll at least work on errata apologies.

  17. is there a noble prize for ironing?? I think i qualify for it and deserve it! i also feel that sometimes all that ironing cannot be achieved by me but requires the collective action of the whole world.

  18. I can’t wait until Obama announces that he is donating his prize money to ACORN.

  19. I doubt the Nobel committee examined Obama’s accomplishments thus far and we’re convinced that he deserved the prize. I also doubt they were impressed by his rhetoric, as promises of peace and cooperation are pretty much universal for heads of state.

    I think the award was likely presented as motivation for him to pursue more humanitarian policies ahead of big decisions regarding Afghanistan the climate change.

    • Are you saying that doing the right thing wasn’t sufficient motivation?
      Now that he actually has the prize, where’s the incentive?

      • He is FAMOUS for not returning one’s calls the moment he gets what he wants…. he has just been green lighted to ramp up his wars . I guess he will wait until the white tie acception speech, but maybe not. Giving Obama something is the quickest way to lose any hold on him….

      • Doing the “right thing” (in a moral sense) means very little for someone in charge of running an empire. I think they wanted to push him/shame him.

    • Everything with Obama is aspirational. Where’s the fruit of those hopes? These troops in Afghanistan don’t seem to be experiencing all this Hope™ that the Nobel committee and Gibbs are speaking of:

      “We’re lost — that’s how I feel. I’m not exactly sure why we’re here,” said Specialist Raquime Mercer, 20, whose closest friend was shot dead by a renegade Afghan policeman last Friday. “I need a clear-cut purpose if I’m going to get hurt out here or if I’m going to die.”

      Sergeant Christopher Hughes, 37, from Detroit, has lost six colleagues and survived two roadside bombs. Asked if the mission was worthwhile, he replied: “If I knew exactly what the mission was, probably so, but I don’t.”

      http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/Afghanistan/article6865359.ece

  20. Dubya and Darth carried out the murderous, predatory agenda of corsair capitalism with chickenhawk swagger.

    Obama carries out the murderous, predatory agenda of corsair capitalism with quiet efficiency.

    How does this qualify Obama for a Nobel Peace Prize?

  21. It’s interesting that the nominations were last February. This means the people on the committee, politicians all, apparently, were so swindled by O’s rhetoric that they really thought he’d have accomplished stuff by now. It kind of makes me embarrassed for the whole world, somehow.

    I really wish the Dr. in the Congo had won. I think, in my mind, I’ll consider that he did win, and make a donation to his efforts in congratulations.

    • Replying to my own comment, but I just realized. The woman proposed for the NPP is named Sima as well. I am not, in any way, related or affiliated with her. I wish I was as brave and resolute, as creative and brilliant.

      • I’m willing to bet she doesn’t consider herself brave, resolute, creative or brilliant.

        Like most (real) heroes, she was in the wrong place at the wrong time and just did what needed to be done.

    • The nominations were last February – the decision-making process takes several months.

      Then after careful consideration and deliberation the Committee has a monkey throw a dart at a board to pick the winner.

      • Monkey… dart. It sure does seem that way. I wonder if the committee wish they could just wake up and do it over again.

        • Well, I sincerely hope they are seeing a reaction from the world that they were NOT expecting….maybe they will finally realize that the majority of this country is wise to the guy, didn’t vote for him, and find no comfort in the words “hope” and “change” as long as the Big O is leading the charge.

  22. Dave “M-m-m-m-my” Sirota asks “What’s with all the zombies?

    My response:

    Maybe Hollywood was inspired by all the Kool-aid zombies last year.

    You remember them, don’t you Dave?

    “O-bama, O-bama, O-bama”

    You were standing next to the punchbowl handing out the cups.

  23. The creative classers have run amok–

    Thorbjoern Jagland, chairman of the Nobel cmte., says he understands that people think this award is premature but to that his response is that giving it to Obama three years later may be too late:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/09/nobel-prize-to-obama-defe_n_316098.html

    • Who says that Obama will deserve the award three years from now? Does the committee have a crystal ball that the rest of us doesn’t? The Nobel committee’s reason for giving Obama the award is that they must be 100% positive that Obama will fulfill his promises of peace in the next three years of his presidency and his actions will warrant a Nobel Peace Prize. What if he proves to be as incompetent as he’s been during his first year as president? What if he actually escalates the war in Afghanistan and goes to war with another country like Iran? Will the Nobel committee take the award back from Obama and give it to another person who was nominated for this year’s prize? I’ve never heard of a dumber explanation for giving someone such a coveted award.

      • There you go with reason. Don’t you get it – all you have to do is believe in HOPE and CHANGE, and everything will be wonderful again.

      • excellent point

        it’s very risky to give a prize of that kind “in anticipation”. Can be working for guys like Desmond Tutu, but when one has to do with people that lead armies, it can have dreadful consequences. Maybe the best example is the one of Kissinger. In the later case the consequences were really, really awful because it even involved the Khmer Rouge genocide. And the US lost a war it had militarily won.

        But what bothers me in the Obama case, is the parallell that can be done (and there the Nobel prize can play a role) with the Vietnamese clusterf*ck. So I am more worried of Obama NOT “escalating” the war in Afghanistan (“Sorry McChrystal, I have a reputation now…”) and abide to the Nixonian theory to deplace the war “surgically” to a new theater. Even if the Kmher Rouge didn’t have nukes, they killed as much people, it took only more time. For the record the Pakistani have nukes and you’ll never know what happens…

  24. Would it not have been so much easier to just create another award (Noble Speech Prize) and give it to Obama instead of giving him the big one?

  25. I am convinced he knew about it beforehand. That is why he gave that dream speech on nuclear disarmament at the UN, annoying Sarkozy immensely.

    BTW how he is going to shape up against Putin, I don’t know. One thing’s for sure-thank goddess Hillary’s there doing the heavy lifting.

    • I wonder how much in advance. Are nominees notified and how much in advance?

      • Nope. That was just “the one” solving all the world’s problems through a teleprompter…

        And on that topic, how lame are you when you are being called out as weak by the French?

    • I agree, laurie. The WH even said they delayed alerting the world to the 2nd Iranian nuke plant because they didn’t want to damage Obama’s “image of success” at the UN that week.

      It’s all about Obama, all the time.

      I think they knew. I’ll never prove it, but it fits with the pattern.

  26. When Mohamed Elbaradei is more qualified to receive a ‘peace’ award than the current winner, it is time for the Nobel committee to take a long hard look at themselves in the mirror.

    Maybe Morgan Tsvangirai has tickets for the Lady Gaga tour on the 10th of December and said he can’t make the gala…?

  27. “We are not awarding the prize for what may happen in the future, but for what he has done in the previous year.”

    And what could he have done during an election year? Oh, wait, use race baiting as a tactic to win and then do a BIG magical number by magically sorting out the Florida and Michigan votes in his favor.

    Could somebody help me if he was this person last year? Because there is no way that he could be this person last year or the years before that.

    ” to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

  28. I wonder how many schools kids now are going to wish for good grades and be so disappointed when the report card comes out.

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