I Agree With Obama
October 12, 2009
By Tom Barrett
This week the world was shocked – no, dumfounded – when the Nobel Committee announced that they had awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Barrack Hussein Obama "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." BO's response? "I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many transformative figures that have been honored by this prize." I never thought I would agree with the man on anything, but I have to say I'm with him all the way on this one.
Based on the Committee's deadline rules, Obama was nominated for the prize on the TWELFTH DAY after he took office. Just exactly what "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples" did he exert during those few days?
The only thing that is "extraordinary" about this prize is how clear it is that Obama received it for words, not for deeds. The Committee has admitted as much. "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." In other words, he talks good.
But is that a reason to place such a man in the company of Mahatma Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King, and Lech Walesa, people who actually DID something?
"Who? What? So fast?" a shocked Walesa said when reporters told him about the latest Obama win. "Well, there's hasn't been any contribution to peace yet. He's proposing things, he's initiating things, but he is yet to deliver."
So, has the Nobel become so cheapened that if you "hope" for peace, you get the Prize? Heck, EVERYBODY hopes for peace. So should we do like they do in peewee softball, where they give every kid a trophy for trying? Better start stamping out a few billion Nobel medals.
And what is the guy doing to do for an encore? The premier Catholic educational institution in the country gives the premier abortion booster in the country an honorary doctorate. He hasn't been in office for a year, hasn't done a thing, and he "wins" a Nobel. I guess the next logical step would be for him to have his press guy call the Pope and see if he can arrange to have Obama made a saint.
Interestingly, Obama refused to meet with a real Nobel Laureate, the Dalai Lama, because he didn't want to offend the Communist Chinese, who have occupied and brutally oppressed Tibet and exiled the country's spiritual leader. President Bush met with the exiled leader publicly and gave him one of America's highest awards to demonstrate America's solidarity with oppressed, freedom-loving people. Other presidents who didn't have Bush's courage met privately with the Dalai Lama. Obama wouldn't even do that until he first met with the Communists, thus making it very clear where his priorities lie.
Former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy said on MSNBC that Obama had won the "Yasser Arafat Prize." That pretty much sums it up. The world has known that for many years the awarding of the so-called "Peace" prize has been controlled by leftists. But when they gave it to the terrorist Arafat, the prize lost all credibility.
Most of the Nobel prizes, such as the ones awarded for literature and the sciences, are parceled out by Swedish committees. But for some odd reason, the Peace Prize is controlled by Norwegians. And it is not a committee of people that decides the winner – it is a committee of politicians. (Yes, there IS a difference between people and politicians.) Norway in general leans to the left, but in this case anyone who was not a Socialist didn't have a chance - three of the five members that chose Obama came from the farthest left party in that nation.
When Obama heard about the Nobel, he had just been humiliated after his failure to even come close to bringing the Olympics to Chicago. He had done something no sitting president had ever done, and reduced our nation's stature in the process. He had traveled to meet with the Olympic Committee and begged them to give his home city the honor. They turned him down flat.
So how did he use the boost the Nobel gave to his flagging popularity? He went to a dinner for homosexuals and helped them raise money to further their radical homosexual agenda. He promised them that he would force the military to accept openly homosexual soldiers, and that he would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.
How does America feel about Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize? Except for extremely radical left blogs where they undoubtedly rigged the polls, even left-leaning organizations like ABC showed up to 77% of Americans disagreed with the Nobel Committee's decision. I didn't find one credible poll where at least 55% were not against him receiving the honor.
The largest, and therefore probably the most accurate, poll I found was the one done by the Washington Post. 55% of its almost 50,000 respondents were negative about Obama's selection. This is particularly significant since over 75% of Washington, DC, residents voted for Obama. It looks like the tide is changing. I'm happy to say that not a day goes by that I don't hear from Obama voters who write to say that they realize what a huge mistake they made on Election Day.
So even though the Norwegians, and probably most of Europe, still love Obama, his popularity continues to drop here in the USA. Fortunately Europeans don't get to vote here in 2012.
ABC News Poll on Obama's Nobel Prize
Washington Post Poll on Obama's Nobel Prize