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Obama candle zombietimecom IMG_9176Two readers asked what the general press reaction was to President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize last Friday.

Here is a selection of sites from centre-left to left which give their verdict:

No Quarter – ‘Congratulations TOTUS‘ [Teleprompter of the US]:  ‘A war time commander-in-chief getting the Nobel peace prize! There in lies the profound incongruence and the absurdity of this award. Is this all a joke?’

Weekly StandardMeet the People Who Were Passed over for Obama‘: Includes people who are actually working for a better world right now.

Newsweek – ‘Obama Not First Surprising Nobel Peace Prize Winner: Seven Controversial Recipients’:  ‘It’s a bold—and some might say strange—move to fete a president who’s still in the beginning of his diplomatic career. After all, Arizona State didn’t even think he was ready for an honorary degree. Who knows what else he has in store for the United States? One thing we do know: Obama is likely to order thousands more troops into a war zone within weeks.’

Naked Capitalism – ‘Obama Nobel Peace Prize Smackdown Wrap’: ‘I was certain I was either reading an Onion [satirical magazine] headline or had woken up in an alternative reality when I learned that Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Huh? Even Obama had the good sense to say he didn’t deserve it.’

New Statesman – ‘Obama win the Nobel Peace Prize.  Is this a joke?:  ‘So what are the odds? The week I write a cover story for the New Statesman, arguing that President Obama has turned into “Barack W Bush” and is emulating his predecessor’s policies on human rights, civil liberties, Afghanistan and a host of other issues, the bloody Norwegians go and give him a Nobel Peace Prize. You couldn’t make it up.’

The Economist – ‘Even greater expectations’: ‘The Nobel committee evidently wants to encourage him but it might have been wiser to hold judgment until he has achieved more.’

Washington Post – ‘Our Laureate: Neda of Iran’: ‘The Nobel Committee’s decision is especially puzzling given that a better alternative was readily apparent. This year, hundreds of thousands of ordinary people in Iran braved ferocious official violence to demand their right to vote and to speak freely… One of those killed was a young woman named Neda Agha-Soltan …’

Miami Herald – ‘Not so fast …: ‘Europe loves Mr. Obama because he’s not George W. Bush, whose war-on-terror policies are reviled, but is that really a prizeworthy distinction? It shouldn’t be.’

The Confluence – ‘The Nobel Peace Prize’: ‘The problem is he hasn’t done anything except make some speeches. But we already knew that last year.’

Huffington Post ‘Obama and the Peace Prize: Too Much, Too Soon’: ‘Obama clearly didn’t deserve the Nobel, which should be awarded not for aspiration but for real accomplishment.  But it’s not Barack Obama’s fault that the Nobel Committee went goofy.’

Reclusive Leftist – ‘I thought the Nobel Peace Prize was for actually doing something’: ‘The Nobel Peace Prize is not the People’s Choice Award, for god’s sake. It’s the kind of thing you get for stopping wars and brokering armistices. It’s the kind of thing you get for a lifetime of working for peace and human rights … What has he done? He’s done nothing.’


And … you can read all about the Nobel Peace Prize Committee members here.  Better judgment next year, folks.

Oh, yeah — I forgot to add that the NPP nominations had to be in by February 1, 2009.  So, that meant that the President had only just been inaugurated (January 20).  Go figure.   


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