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President Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

posted by GeoT

“for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”


Link to video of announcement


Nobel Committee Chairman Explains Obama Choice


“OSLO — President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a stunning decision designed to encourage his initiatives to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world and stress diplomacy and cooperation rather than unilateralism.
Nobel observers were shocked by the unexpected choice so early in the Obama presidency, which began less than two weeks before the Feb. 1 nomination deadline.”

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“There are few leaders who have managed to change the atmosphere in the world in such a short time,” (Shimon Peres former Nobel Peace prize winner)


Israeli President Shimon Peres — who shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995 — escorts then-Sen. Barack Obama during the presidential candidate’s visit to Jerusalem on July 23, 2008.

geot GeoT: **my opinion**

Yes its an honor and yes, putting diplomacy back in FRONT of U.S. foreign policy is vitally important… but, seriously, a misguided, or rather a mistimed awarding of the prize, in my opinion. This President has the bulk of the work he needs to do ahead of him… the accolades can wait. This will be fodder for further sniping from the wing-nuts and a distraction from the vital issues on the table.

That’s my take… my fellow bloggers here at 44 Diaries will be giving their perspectives as the morning unfolds


ogenicOgenec has weighed in:

GeoT, I disagree. You have to ask yourself this question: why did they award the Nobel? A variety of reasons to be sure, but in particular they cited his commitment to reducing the nuclear arsenal.

When you think about it, it makes complete sense. Alfred Nobel created dynamite. He later grew to resent the fact that he owed his wealth to weapons used for the mass destruction of human life. Well, nuclear devices are the ultimate form of mass destruction. The Committee must have looked at this and said, this is EXACTLY what Alfred Nobel would be fighting for if he were still alive.

Obama’s nuclear reduction efforts have enormous implications for world peace, and are consistent with the animating principles of the Nobel prizes. It’s quite fitting that he got the award. Now other leaders should step up and assist Obama in pulling the world back from the nuclear precipice.
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ag2 audiegrl’s take:

This whole uproar reminds me of the reports when Martin Luther King Jr. got awarded the prize or even Jimmy Carter or Al Gore. Many folks in this country ridiculed and scorned them for winning. As if him winning was an insult to them and their party.

The way I see this, its a simple fact of how differently the world views Barack Obama, versus the way people in our own country view him. In parts of the country and in the Republican party he is viewed with suspicion, disdain and anger, so even when he does or accomplishes something good, his motives are questioned. Even last week, when global polling showed that due to Obama the US had moved up from number seven to the number one spot of countries that the world admired, this jump according to the pollster was unprecedented in one year, and could only be attributed to the election of Obama. Did this make the right wing naysayers happy? No, they just accused him of traveling around the world apologizing for American.

The reaction from the right wing today is no less shameful than when they gleefully cheered when we lost the 2016 Olympic bid last week. Just ask yourself this. If today President McCain, after only being in office 9 months, had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, what would the right-wing be doing? You got it, popping the champagne cork right about now…

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Buellboy:

“Excellence is not a destination; it is a continuous journey that never ends.” –Brian Tracy
Congratulations Mr. President.

from Libbyshaw:
As an American I am proud that President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. From the day he started his campaign for the Presidency, nearly three years ago, Barack Obama set a new and bold tone in politics. He refused to play the old political games and he never stooped to personal attacks, though he was assailed by them very frequently from Reverend Wright to Bill Ayers. Obama handled the vitriol with grace and poise. Barack Obama said we are not comprised of red states and blue states but the United States of America. He wanted to unite, not divide. The same tone underlies the President’s foreign diplomacy. The world, including our allies who had been intimidated by eight years of bullying cowboy diplomacy, are relieved to see the U.S. now has a President who will listen to others. One who will use peaceful conflict resolution to build bridges between countries and connections between different people.

Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama is the world’s way of thanking the United States for getting rid of the lying, murderous, warmongering neocons who ran this country and the rest of the globe, for eight long, dark and dangerous years.


Other reactions:

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Reaction: Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

World Reacts to Obama Peace Prize Award

How Nobel could hurt Obama— The last thing Barack Obama needed at this moment in his presidency and our politics is a prize for a promise.


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Right-Wing Media and Polititians Roots Against America: Nobel Prize Edition

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The reaction from the right wing today is no less shameful than when they gleefully cheered when we lost the 2016 Olympic bid last week. Just ask yourself this. If today President McCain, after only being in office 9 months, had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, what would the right-wing be doing? You got it, popping the champagne corks right about now…

Here’s a little video by Media Matters giving us a telling compilation of the conservative outrage…

Glenn Beck

glenn-beck-220x300Of all things, the Nobel Peace Prize should be turned down by Barack Obama and given — you ready for this, oh this one’s going to make headlines — should be give to the Tea Party goers and the 9-12 Project. … Because of the arrogance of the progressives that thought no one would stand in their way. That he would be able to accomplish everything. Two weeks into his presidency, they nominated him for it and said, “oh this is going to be a slam dunk.” Because of the Tea Party goers and the 9-12 Project people that stood in his way and stopped him from accomplishing the things that he thought, “please, I’m the Messiah, I’ll be able to accomplish that.”–Glenn Beck

Link to the audio/video

Rush Limbaugh

rushlimbaugh“The Nobel gang just suicide-bombed themselves. Gore, Carter, Obama, soon Bill Clinton. See a pattern here? They are all leftist sell-outs. George Bush liberates 50 million Muslims in Iraq, Reagan liberates hundreds of millions of Europeans and saves parts of Latin America. Any awards?” Limbaugh says “Obama gives speeches trashing his own country and for that gets a prize, which is now worth as much as whatever prizes they are putting in Cracker Jacks these days.”

We all agree with the Taliban and Iran” that Obama does not deserve Nobel…I think that everybody is laughing. Our president is a worldwide joke. Folks, do you realize something has happened here that we all agree with the Taliban and Iran about and that is he doesn’t deserve the award. Now that’s hilarious, that I’m on the same side of something with the Taliban, and that we all are on the same side as the Taliban.“–Rush Limbaugh

Link to the audio/video

Michelle Malkin

michelle-malkinWorld apology tour” has “paid huge dividends,” “ultimate act of global affirmative action

On her website: Isn’t it so fitting? From community organizer to Illinois state senator (present!) to U.S. Senator for 143 days before moving into the White House…and now, the recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize — not for anything he’s actually done, but for the symbolism of what he might possibly accomplish sometime way off in the future—Michelle Malkin

She also took the opportunity to post this graphic from another right wing blog.

Nobelol

Link to the audio/video

Chip Reid

chip_reid_x200CBS’ Chip Reid asks Gibbs whether Obama “consider[ed] turning” Nobel Prize “down,” suggests award is “a partisan thing” and Nobel Committee “supports liberal causes“.

In a follow-up question, Reid said: “I think the point a lot of your favorite people, pundits, have been making is that the response to this has been like this — I mean, most Democrats have praised it and most Republicans have said, you have got to be kidding me. Ronald Reagan didn’t get one, but Barack Obama, nominated 12 days after he was sworn in, gets a Nobel Peace Prize. And the fear among some, even some Democrats, is that this is going to widen the partisan divide and make things even more difficult to accomplish on every front.

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Matt Drudge

mattdrudge220Today, Matt Drudge linked to an Associated Press analysis headlined, “He won, but for what?” with the Drudge headline: “‘For What’? Will He Turn It Down?

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Mark Halperin

mark_halperin_x200I predict right now that he will find a way to basically turn it down. … Because there is no upside.” On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Time’s Mark Halperin said, “I predict right now that he will find a way to basically turn it down. I share this with the world or whatever. I don’t think he’ll embrace this. Because there is no upside for him.

John Bolton

John Bolton220In an October 9 post on National Review Online’s blog, The Corner, Robert Costa quoted former United Nations ambassador John Bolton as saying, “He should decline it and then ask to be considered again in three or four years when he has a record.

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Mary Katharine Ham

marykatherineham220 Weekly Standard blogger Mary Katharine Ham wrote of Kaus’ “great suggestion“: “I think I would heartily approve of Obama’s doing it, and I’m a rather tough audience for him. Could his ego allow it?

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RNC Chairman Michael Steele

michael steele.jpg-thumb-280x392-33229“The real question Americans are asking is, “What has President Obama actually accomplished?” It is unfortunate that the president’s star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights. One thing is certain — President Obama won’t be receiving any awards from Americans for job creation, fiscal responsibility, or backing up rhetoric with concrete action.”

To be fair, a couple of statements from the grownups (this time) in the Republican Party

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John McCain

john_mccain_official_portrait_20091220I think all of us were surprised at the decision,” he said. But I think Americans are always pleased when their president is recognized by something on this order.”

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Tim Pawlenty

tim-pawlenty220During the WCCO radio show, “Lou from St. Paul” called in to say: “I haven’t heard you congratulate the president on receiving the Nobel Prize….What is it you’re waiting for?

Pawlenty responded: “I would say regardless of the circumstances, congratulations to President Obama for winning the Nobel Prize. I know there will be some people who are saying “Was it based on good intentions and thoughts or is it going to be based on good results?” But I think the appropriate response is when anybody wins a Nobel Prize that is a very noteworthy development and designation and I think the appropriate response is to say “Congratulations.”

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

20090816_mms_a07_459.jpgMaria and I applaud President Obama for winning the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. The President has consistently shown that he is committed to reaching out to other nations and positioning America to once again be the global leader for peace and prosperity. This is a great honor for our country and reminds us all of the promise our nation holds. I look forward to working with him to address future challenges facing our nation. On behalf of all Californians, I congratulate President Obama for winning this inspiring award.

Bob McDonnell (Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee)

bob-mcdonnell-stock-cropped-proto-custom_6McDonnell said he’d been on the road and had not extensively read the committee’s reasoning for the award, other than that it had to do with Obama’s diplomatic efforts. But he said he was pleased with anything that “brings accolades to the United States.” And then he repeated, “I’m delighted to see him win the award.

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New Rule: Everyone Deserves Equal Rights by Bill Maher

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billmaherposterBill Maher—Everyone deserves equal rights. That’s why they’re called “equal” and “rights.” Tomorrow night President Obama will speak before a gay rights group, and on Sunday there will be a massive gay rally in Washington, or as I call it, the Million Mo March. Which makes this weekend the perfect time for Obama to announce he’s repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” and committing to a full-throated endorsement of gay marriage. One, because it’s the right thing to do and two, because it will throw the conservative base into such a frenzied, pants-shitting panic that they’ll drop all that BS about death panels and socialism and let us all get some actual work done.

But of course that’s not going to happen. I can tell you what the president is going to tell his audience tomorrow: How much he supports them. How much he agrees with them. And how he wishes he was President so he could help them out. But here’s the thing about being president. There isn’t a lot you can do without either Congress, Oprah or Goldman Sachs behind you. But there is one thing the president can do with the stroke of a pen: He can let gays serve openly in the military. It’s called an executive order. Harry Truman wrote one in 1948 for blacks in the military, and that was that.

Don’t ask, don’t tell” has always been bad policy that was made out of a bullshit political compromise. You know, like you’re doing now with health care. It never made sense to begin with: “Here in the Army we’re all about honor. And trusting the man next to you. Now lie to my face about your sexuality, Johnson, or I’ll report you behind your back.” But forget all the good arguments for repeal, like because it was promised to us in the campaign or because it gets lonely on a submarine. Do it because it’ll make Rush Limbaugh explode like a bag full of meat dropped from a helicopter. Do it because it’ll make Sarah Palin go rogue in her pants.

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Bill’s humor is not for the faint of heart (NSFW), but he often gets right to the root of the problem with our elected politician’s and the people in our country obsessed by politics. Yes, people like us. 🙂

He has interesting guests and always ends each episode with a ‘New Rules” segment. Lately he has been posting his New Rules on Huffington Post on Friday mornings, letting readers see what he will be covering that night.

Bill Maher is a award winning comedian and Host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” which you can catch on Fridays at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time on HBO.

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Alan Grayson: The Invention of Truth-Telling

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alangraysondoesnt play“Madame Speaker, I have words for Democrats and Republicans tonight.”

“Let’s start with the Democrats”

“We as a party have spent the last six months, the greatest minds in our party, dwelling on the question, the unbelievably consuming question of how to get Olympia Snowe to vote on health care reform. I want to remind us all that Olympia Snowe was not elected President last year. Olympia Snowe has no veto power in the Senate. Olympia Snowe represents a state with one half of one percent of America’s population.”

“What America wants is health care reform. America doesn’t care if it gets 51 votes in the Senate or 60 votes in the Senate or 83 votes in the Senate, in fact America doesn’t even care about that, it doesn’t care about that at all. What America cares about is this; there are over 1 million Americans who go broke every single year trying to pay their health care bills. America cares a lot about that. America cares about the fact that there are 44,780 Americans who die every single year on account of not having health care, that’s 122 every day. America sure cares a lot about that. America cares about the fact that if you have a pre-existing condition, even if you have health insurance, it’s not covered. America cares about that a lot. America cares about the fact that you can get all the health care you need as long as you don’t need any. America cares about that a lot. But America does not care about procedures, processes, personalities, America doesn’t care about that at all.”

“So we have to remember that as Democrats, we have to remember that what’s at stake here is life and death, enormous amounts of money, and people are counting upon us to move ahead. America understands what’s good for America. America cares about health care, America cares about jobs, America cares about education, about energy independance, America does not care about processes politicians or personalities or anything like that.”

“And I have a few words for my Republican friends tonight as well. I guess I do have some Republican friends.”

“Let me say this; last week I held up this report here and I pointed out that in America there are 44,789 Americans that die every year according to this Harvard report published in this peer reviewed journal because they have no health insurance. That’s an extra 44,789 Americans who die who’s lives could be saved, and their response was to ask me for an apology.”

“To ask me for an apology?”

“That’s right. To ask ME for an apology!”

“Well, I’m telling you this; I will not apologize. I will not apologize. I will not apologize for a simple reason; America doesn’t care about your feelings. I violated no rules by pulling this report to America’s attention, I think a lot of people didn’t know about it beforehand. But America DOES care about health care in America.”

“And if you’re against it, then get out of the way. Just get out of the way. You can lead, you can follow or you can get out of the way. And I’m telling you now to get out of the way.”
“American understands that there is one party in this country that is favor of health care reform and one party that is against it, and they know why.”

“They understand that if Barack Obama were somehow able to cure hunger in the world the Republicans would blame him for overpopulation”

“They understand that if Barack Obama could somehow bring about world peace they would blame him for destroying the defense industry.”

“In fact, they understand that if Barack Obama has a BLT sandwhich tommorrow for lunch, they will try to ban bacon.”

“But that’s not what America wants, America wants solutions to it’s problems and that begins with health care, and that’s what I’m speaking for tonight.”

“I yield back the balance of my time” —Alan Greyson

I really could get used to this guy. 😉
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Candidates say: “Thanks, but No Thanks” Sarah Palin

posted by GeoT

Sarah Palin stands ready to stump for the Republican gubernatorial candidates running in palinpalmthe two most closely-watched campaigns in the country this fall, but neither seems to want her help.
Less than a month before voters go to the polls, it appears increasingly clear that the former Alaska governor, vice-presidential nominee and conservative favorite will not appear on behalf of either New Jersey’s Chris Christie or Virginia’s Bob McDonnell.
Palin is the only one of the most talked-about potential 2012 presidential candidates who has not yet campaigned for either Republican candidate.

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Calling ‘Em Out: The White House Takes on the Press

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Obama aides say they can't rely on reporters to referee public debates

Obama aides say they can't rely on reporters to referee public debates

Time/Michael Scherer—There was never a single moment when White House staff decided the major media outlets were falling down on the job. There were instead several such moments.

For press secretary Robert Gibbs, the realization came in early September, when the New York Times ran a front-page story about the bubbling parental outrage over President Obama’s plan to address schoolchildren — even though the benign contents of the speech were not yet public. “You had to be like, ‘Wait a minute,'” says Gibbs. “This thing has become a three-ring circus.”

For deputy communications director Dan Pfeiffer, the more hyperbolic attacks on health-care reform this summer, which were often covered as a “controversy,” flipped an internal switch. “When you are having a debate about whether or not you want to kill people’s grandmother,” he explains, “the normal rules of engagement don’t apply.”

President Barack Obama marks veteran reporter Helen Thomas' 89th birthday

President Barack Obama marks veteran reporter Helen Thomas' 89th birthday

And for his boss, Anita Dunn, the aha moment came when the Washington Post ran a second op-ed from a Republican politician decrying the “32” alleged czars appointed by the Obama Administration. Nine of those so-called czars, it turned out, were subject to Senate confirmation, making them decidedly unlike the Russian monarchs. “The idea — that the Washington Post didn’t even question it,” Dunn says, still marveling at the decision.

All the criticism, both fair and misleading, took a toll, regularly knocking the White House off message. So a new White House strategy has emerged: rather than just giving reporters ammunition to “fact-check” Obama’s many critics, the White House decided it would become a player, issuing biting attacks on those pundits, politicians and outlets that make what the White House believes to be misleading or simply false claims, like the assertion that health-care reform would establish new “sex clinics” in schools. Obama, fresh from his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, cheered on the effort, telling his aides he wanted to “call ’em out.”

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