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    Obama awarded 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

    For what? All his great "achievements"?? The man is naive and arrogant, now he has even more fuel for his ego.

    Obama awarded 2009 Nobel Peace Prize


    CNN) -- President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, a stunning decision that comes just eight months into his presidency.

    The Norwegian Nobel Committee said it honored Obama for is "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

    The president had not been mentioned as among front-runners for the prize, and the roomful of reporters gasped when Thorbjorn Jagland, chairman of the Nobel committee, uttered Obama's name.
    The president, who was awakened to be told he had won, said he was humbled to be selected, according to an administration official.

    The Nobel committee recognized Obama's efforts to solve complex global problems including working toward a world free of nuclear weapons.

    "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," the committee said.

    Jagland said the decision was "unanimous" and came with ease.

    He rejected the notion that Obama had been recognized prematurely for his efforts and said the committee wanted to promote the president just it had Mikhail Gorbachev in 1990 in his efforts to open up the Soviet Union.

    "His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population," it said.

    Obama's recognition comes less than a year after he became the first African-American to win the White House. He is the fourth U.S. president to win the prestigious prize and the third sitting president to do so.

    The announcement Friday in Oslo, Norway, came as a surprise -- Obama had not been mentioned among front-runners -- and the roomful of reporters gasped when Thorbjorn Jagland, chairman of the Nobel committee, announced Obama's name.

    Jagland said the decision was unanimous and came with ease.

    He rejected the notion that Obama had been recognized prematurely for his efforts and said the committee wanted to promote the president just it had Mikhail Gorbachev in 1990 in his efforts to open up the Soviet Union.

    Jagland said he hoped the prize would help Obama resolve the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, last year's laureate, said it was clear the Nobel committee wanted to encourage Obama on the issues he has been discussing on the world stage.

    "I see this as an important encouragement," Ahtisaari said.

    The committee wanted to be "far more daring" than in recent times and make an impact on global politics, said Kristian Berg Harpviken, director of the International Peace Research Institute.

    And Wangari Muta Maathai, the Kenyan environmentalist who won the 2004 Peace Prize, said the win for Obama, whose father was Kenyan, would help Africa move forward.

    "I think it is extraordinary," she said. "It will be even greater inspiration for the world. He has shown how we can probably come together, work together in a cooperative way."

    The award comes at a crucial time for Obama, who has initiated peace missions to key parts of the globe.

    Obama's envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, has returned to the region to advocate for peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. Mitchell met Thursday with Israeli President Shimon Peres. He plans to meet Friday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before talking with Palestinian leaders in the West Bank.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton starts a six-day trip to Europe and Russia on Friday. On the trip, the secretary will discuss the next steps on Iran and North Korea, and international efforts to have the two countries end their nuclear programs.

    The centerpiece of the trip will be her visit to Moscow, where she will work toward an agreement to take the place of the Start II arms control pact, which expires December 5. She also will address the new bilateral presidential commission that is working on a broad range of issues, from arms control to health.
    Mohamed ElBaradei, who won the 2005 peace prize for his efforts to prevent nuclear energy being used for military means, said Obama deserved to win for his efforts to bring Iran to the table for direct nuclear talks with the United States.

    "I could not think of anybody who is more deserving," said ElBaradei, the chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

    As the news of Obama's win broke online, postings on social network sites Twitter and Facebook expressed surprise. Many started with the word: Wow.

    The last sitting U.S. president to win the peace prize was Woodrow Wilson in 1919. The other was Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. Jimmy Carter had been out of office for more than two decades when he won in 2002.

    This year's Peace Prize nominees included 172 people -- among them three Chinese dissidents, an Afghan activist and a controversial Colombian lawmaker -- and 33 organizations, the highest number of nominations ever.

    The deadline for nominations must be postmarked by February 1 each year. Obama was inaugurated on January 20.

    The Nobel recipient receives a prize of about $1.4 million.

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    Congratulations???

    Our Dear Leader is a superstar in Europe, so I don't see how this will be a surprise to anyone.


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    One word......BRIBERY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawcer View Post
    One word......BRIBERY!
    Huh?

    What is the Norwegian Nobel Committee trying to get Barry to support that they need to bribe him?

    More likely, its a combination of their dislike of Bush, their approval of Barry's advancement of progressive social change and his administration's return to international diplomacy.

    Or the Norwegians and are trying to bribe him to nuke the Swedes and stop the proliferation of IKEA!!!11!1! (less likely)

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    They should give a nobel prize to Adam Sandler too...He gives people more HOPE than this....thing....

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    The Nobel recipient receives a prize of about $1.4 million.

    This makes me SICK

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    Cool, maybe next year I'll get the award because I can tie my shoes correctly...

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    Quote Originally Posted by VAMarine View Post
    Cool, maybe next year I'll get the award because I can tie my shoes correctly...
    Velcro shoes don't count!

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    Exclamation The deadline for nomination was feb 1, he was in office 11 days!!

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/presi...ory?id=8788973

    Obama Accepts Nobel Peace Prize as a 'Call for Action'

    Acknowledging that he was surprised and deeply humbled by the news that he had won the Nobel Peace Prize, President Barack Obama today urged the international community to work together on addressing the challenges of the 21st century.

    "I do not feel I deserve to be in the company of so many transformative figures who have been honored by this prize," Obama said in brief remarks at the White House. "I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations."

    The president said the prize will be used as a means to give momentum, but that no one person or one administration alone can solve all the problems.

    "All nations must take responsibility for the world we seek," the president said. "We cannot tolerate a world in which nuclear weapons spread to more nations. ... We cannot accept the growing threat posed by climate change, which could forever danger the world we pass on to our children. ... We cannot allow the differences between people to allow the way we see one another."

    Stressing the work he has done as commander-in-chief in pulling back forces from Iraq, Obama said that "some of the work confronting us will not be completed during our presidency" and that some work "may not be completed during my lifetime," adding, however, that he was hopeful the challenges will be met.
    "This award is not about the efforts of my administration, it's about the efforts of people around the world," he said.

    Obama, the third sitting U.S. president to win the prestigious award, will travel to Oslo in December to accept the prize in person.

    The news that Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize came as a surprise, even to the White House. Press aides said they had heard from news reports weeks ago that the president was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize but they do not believe Obama himself knew of his nomination.

    The deadline for nominations is Feb. 1, meaning the president was nominated after being in office for just 11 days.

    Geir Lundestad, director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, told "Good Morning America" the decision to pick Obama was unanimous.

    "President Obama has changed very dramatically international politics," Lundestad told "GMA's" Diane Sawyer today. "We feel he has emphasized multilateral diplomacy, he has addressed international institutions, dialogue negotiations. He has inspired the world with his vision of a world without nuclear arms. He has changed the U.S. policy dramatically. There's a whole list."

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    Isn't the deadline for the Nobel prize only 2 weeks after the inauguration?

    Correct me if I'm wrong.

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    I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations.
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    WHAT ACCOMPLISHMENTS!!!!!!?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by VAMarine View Post
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    WHAT ACCOMPLISHMENTS!!!!!!?????
    There are none. Even SNL knows it.


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    Pardon me while I throw up.


    Surely this belongs in the joke section. Sick perhaps but it must be a joke.


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    I think whoever wrote that skit deserves a prize....





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    Quote Originally Posted by TOF View Post
    Pardon me while I throw up.


    Surely this belongs in the joke section. Sick perhaps but it must be a joke.

    What's really sick is with the deadline for nominations being Feb 1, 2009, the Nobel people are stating that Obama was able to accomplish in 2 weeks what people like Mother Theresa, The Dali Lama, Nelson Mandella, and Martin Luther King Jr. took their lifetimes to do. Those people are so out of Obama's league, you can't even call it the same sport. It's an insult to them and the work they did/do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kev74 View Post
    Huh?

    What is the Norwegian Nobel Committee trying to get Barry to support that they need to bribe him?

    More likely, its a combination of their dislike of Bush, their approval of Barry's advancement of progressive social change and his administration's return to international diplomacy.

    Or the Norwegians and are trying to bribe him to nuke the Swedes and stop the proliferation of IKEA!!!11!1! (less likely)
    Exactly what I said...Bribery.

    How else would he have been nominated for the prize only two weeks into his term....He won the prize for what he promised to do,Not for what he has done. So...The Nobel peace prize along with the 1.4 million was given to him to ...a little push to actually do what he said he would do....Bribery!

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    So THAT'S how it works!

    Quote Originally Posted by VAMarine View Post
    Cool, maybe next year I'll get the award because I can tie my shoes correctly...

    Hey, I make a darn good bean soup. VAMarine, I'll nominate you for the Physics prize if you'll nominate me for the Chemistry, OK? That leaves Literature and History open. Any takers?

    Gunny

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    Quote Originally Posted by GySgt1811 View Post
    Hey, I make a darn good bean soup. VAMarine, I'll nominate you for the Physics prize if you'll nominate me for the Chemistry, OK? That leaves Literature and History open. Any takers?

    Gunny

    How about Mad Magazine for literature and Monty Python and the Holy Grail for history?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VAMarine View Post
    How about Mad Magazine for literature and Monty Python and the Holy Grail for history?
    Only if you promise to read them.

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    I've come to the conclusion that calling Obama a Nobel Prize winner is like calling Ben Afleck an Academy Award winner. Both are technically true, but in reality, Obama and Afleck just plain suck at what they do!

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