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A Nobel for a Good Two Weeks?

“Mom!” my 12-year-old yelled from the kitchen. “President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize!”

I told her she had to be mistaken.

This is ridiculous -- embarrassing, even. I admire President Obama. I like President Obama. I voted for President Obama. But the peace prize? This is supposed to be for doing, not being -- and it’s no disrespect to the president to suggest he hasn’t done much yet. Certainly not enough to justify the peace prize.

"Extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples?” “[C]aptured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future?” Please. This turns the award into something like pee-wee soccer: everybody wins for trying.

Scroll down the list of peace prize winners. Jimmy Carter won in 2002 “for his decades [emphasis added] of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts.” Last year’s winner, Martti Ahtisaari, was cited “for his important efforts, on several continents and over more than three decades [emphasis added], to resolve international conflicts.”

Obama gets the award for, what, a good nine months? Or maybe a good two weeks -- the nominations were due Feb. 1. The other two sitting presidents who won the prize --Woodrow Wilson in 1919 for founding the League of Nations, Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 for negotiating an end to the Russo-Japanese War -- were in their second terms.

I imagine that Obama, when they woke him up this morning to deliver the news, grasped the bizarreness of it all. Back in 2006, when he was only a star senator, he mocked his instant celebrity at the Gridiron Dinner.

“I’ve been very blessed,” he said. “Keynote speaker at the Democratic Convention. The cover of Newsweek. My book made the best-seller list. I just won a Grammy for reading it on tape. And I've had the chance to speak not once but twice before the Gridiron Club. Really what else is there to do? Well, I guess, I could pass a law, or something.”

If the Nobel Committee ran out of worthy candidates, it might have engaged in a bit of recycling. Nothing wrong with a second prize to Aung San Suu Kyi (1991). And I suspect it did not actually do the president any favors. Obama’s cheerleaders don’t need the encouragement -- and his critics will only seize on the prize to further lampoon the Obama-as-Messiah storyline.

Speaking of which, what does he do for an encore? Somebody, quick, call the pope.

By Ruth Marcus  | October 9, 2009; 9:18 AM ET
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Actually, Obama received the "Ignoble Appeasement Prize."

Posted by: Jerzy | October 9, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

This award is appalling. It represents little more than an effort by a committee of Norwegians to spit in the face of George W. Bush one more time. President Obama has made a few lofty, even utopian, speeches about international relations since taking office. He has absolutely no concrete accomplishments for which he might be honored. This Nobel prize diminishes the awards given to chemists, physicists and medical researchers who have actually accomplished something during their long careers.

Posted by: rwe123 | October 9, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Now we know why our President was flying all over Europe bad mouthing our country and George W. Bush. Now we know why he cancelled missile defenses there. If they gave one to Jimmy Carter for his work with Israel and Eygpt which actually brought a peaceful end to their conflict it made some sense, but Obama?

"Unlike the other Nobel Prizes, which are awarded by Swedish institutions, the peace prize is given out by a five-member committee elected by the Norwegian Parliament. Like the Parliament, the committee has a leftist slant, with three members elected by left-of-center parties."

All he has to do to become Saint Obama is to stop supporting partial birth murders, give away all of America's wealth and power and surrender to our enemies in the Middle East. He is already on track for the latter two elements.
If you thought our Messiah was hubris filled and anti-American before, you ain't seen nothing yet.

Posted by: mharwick | October 9, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

oh man, the entertainment of watching the wingnut/village magpies heads explode over this recognition of how obama has/is changing the dynamics of international politics.

i'm loving it.

Posted by: mycomment | October 9, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

I usually admire your posts, Ms. Marcus, but you cannot be more wrong on this. This award is for President Obama's philosophy and principles, which already has changed the world dramatically. After the Bush era's assault on the whole world and the reign of terror, President Obama's presidential campaign itself already changed most of us (from the earlier comments, I can see that it was not all of us who were convinced by President Obama's commitment to peace and justice), here in the US and around the world. People all over the world now believe that we can peacefully coexist and that it is all right to hope for a better future. President Obama has ALREADY done more for the world than any contemporary political leaders. You obviously do not believe in humanity and its ability to do wonderful things as long as it can hope and trust each other. Shame on you!

Posted by: motherforobama | October 9, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

We should be glad, perhaps even proud, that the prize came to our nation: never forget that Pres. Obama is the most visual part of our nation so this prize given to him is much like giving it to our country. However, we should also be worried. We are embroiled in two wars. One was, granted, thrust upon us by Al Queda and the taliban. The other however was an unwarranted attack against an innocent country: what could the NPP committee have been thinking? I could see it, perhaps, if Pres. Obama was making great strides to get our troops out of Iraq. He is not doing this. He is also continuing detainments of Muslims who may or may not be guilty of ANYTHING.

I think that the NPP folks moved too quickly. I hope that the prize does not become meaningless as a result.

If Pres. Obama really wanted to be a class act he should return the prize, after stating what an honor it was, and ask the committee to award it to a more deserving individual(s).

Posted by: spike591011 | October 9, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps the Nobel committee was overzealous (and definitely premature) in awarding the Peace Prize to Obama, but the commentators seem equally overzealous in urinating all over it. Obama would not be the first unconventional recipient of the award, and he is certainly not in the same class as other awardees (think Yasser Arafat).

Ruth, I disagree that this won't do Obama any favors. Obama's critics will always find something to lambast him about, and I agree that his cheerleaders will always find the positive and overlook the negative. But what about the very large population in the middle? I think it does have the potential to renew the hope among that population that increased American diplomacy will better our world and that Obama is on the right track.

I am prouder of my President today than I have been in months. And I believe that Obama can accept the prize gracefully, in a way that recognizes that he has much work ahead of him to live up to such a designation and then capitalize on the momentum to make things happen.

Posted by: tiffany33 | October 9, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

What is indeed a shame is that his own personality has done nothing to change the warring tone in Washington. Just look at how many comments will appear how they love this award because it will do nothing but upset the republicans. Why can't they be honest and exactly question why, as I would, did he actually win this? Is it for indeed, 2 weeks in office before the nominations ended? Was it for lofty speeches to win the nomination as his followers crucified Hilary Clinton and one of their own ex-Presidents as racists? Was it for some reason I can't fathom yet because when I logged on and saw the first headline, I thought it was a joke. But then again, if giving a few speeches is all it takes now , then indeed the Nobel Peace Prize has just become a big joke and a disservice has been done to all the years of accomplishments of all past winners.

Posted by: justmyvoice | October 9, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I quite agree with Marcus....this is really tasteless. I supported Obama, simply because Bush was SOOO BAD, but if McCain had not chosen a bimbeaux running mate I would have voted Repub. What has Obama done other than vacillate on every issue and fallen victim to AIPAC, the FED and other special interest groups? Bah! At this rate Donaldo Duckeme will be the next winner of piece prize.

Posted by: yard80197 | October 9, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

It seems as though the comments are misplaced, this award is made to the President of USA, not Barack Obama. The goals and aspirations expressed by this country with him at his head is why the Nobel has been awarded.

Posted by: october30 | October 9, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

And they ask why we need political pundits. To cheer when we get turned down for the Olympics. To boo when our president gets the Nobel Peace Prize.

Posted by: jrbarry63 | October 9, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

President Obama has been forthright in seeking peace and reconciliation around the globe, reaching out to non-western and non-Christians in the world, and expressing the hope of mankind for a better, less violent world. He is moving us in the right direction. Exactly the aims that Alfred Nobel had in mind. Nothing the President has done has diminished America's strength, but actually has strengthened our moral will and standing. If this award gives impetus to his efforts, praise the lord. We have been wandering long enough in the wilderness. I say 'congratulations Mr. President. Now just make sure you work harder than ever to achieve your goals.'

Posted by: umbriadan | October 9, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

When's the crucifixion?

Posted by: ravitchn | October 9, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

WaPo should make it mandatory for it's columnist to read/know the definition and why the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded before they write a column.

"Nobel Peace Prize may be awarded to persons or organizations that are in the process of resolving a conflict or creating peace."

"The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

Posted by: rlj1 | October 9, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Anything that shows that the world opinion of the U.S. is improving is a good thing. Why complain about what it's for? Positive press like this play out on many, many levels, including economically.

I hope Michelle gets it next year for her amazing progress in showing women how to have awesome arms. And then McCain for good sportsmanship.

Anyway, stupid, parochial Americans are dominating the natural sciences this year, too. Seems we're not as f'd up as left and right wing whackos thought. I told you so. America still rocks.

Posted by: Wallenstein | October 9, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Is this the first time the Nobel Peace Prize has be awarded for giving speeches?

Obama hasn't do much else since he got in office. Lots of nice speeches, though.

Posted by: morenews1 | October 9, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Is this the first time the Nobel Peace Prize has be awarded for giving speeches?

Obama hasn't done much else since he got in office. Lots of nice speeches, though.

Posted by: morenews1 | October 9, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

As near as I can tell, President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for not being George Bush.

Posted by: lhlmd | October 9, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Agreed, Ms. Marcus. I, too, am an Obama supporter, but I actually laughed out loud when I heard he'd been given the peace prize. For what? It's ludicrous. This prize should be awarded to those whose long-term achievements signal that real effort has occurred....I understand the committee is making a political statement, as always, but this year, they really cheapened the whole concept of a long history of Nobel bravery in selecting surprising individuals. What a shame.

Posted by: TooLongInWashington | October 9, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

A Nobel was desperately needed.

That way it pushed the fact that Gov't Motors is closing the deal to sell Hummer to China off of the front burner.

What a joke. I guess they should give a prize post-humously to Timothy Leary for promoting the LSD these guys were on when they voted to award Obama.

Posted by: kentuckythunder | October 9, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

True, this is probably a reaction against eight years of Cheny/Bush, eight years of slaughtering thousands of innocent Iraqi and Afghani woman and children and devouring our own (military) children. Compared to that, two good weeks sounds pretty good.
Now, let's see if Obama has the courage to grow into the prize by resisting McCrystal's demand that Afghanistan turn into a larger killing ground.
Columns like this, Marcus, don't help the cause of peace.

Posted by: sojourner3 | October 9, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I agree to some extent with Ms. Marcus, esq., but the fact is that the Europeans do not simply take things at face value. As Ms. Marcus knows, I assume, from having lived and studied in Europe...but must have forgotton...Europeans take a much longer view than those of us who think that, having acheived our goals...for example, getting the diploma...we are now educated, rather than variations on Mr. Baum's scarcrow.

I think what the Nobel committee was trying to say...that Ms. Marcus missed while preparing dinner...was that the United States must lead the world into generations where discussion and influence that transcend war will create change.

President Obama has shown evidence of that new rationality. One might conclude that the committee having watched for so many generations the various uses of force substitute for diplomacy, may wish to respond by encouraging this new and rational vision of what the future may become.

Posted by: joshaughn | October 9, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

It seems as though the comments are misplaced, this award is made to the President of USA, not Barack Obama. The goals and aspirations expressed by this country with him at his head is why the Nobel has been awarded.

Posted by: october30 | October 9, 2009 10:26 AM
Actions not words are what matters and Obama has backtracked on most every important matter.

It's sad how stupid the most recent generation of americans has become. Fawn over speeches and cover your eyes to the actions that defy those speeches so you can keep living the lie.

Posted by: Cryos | October 9, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

I could not agree with this column more. I am a Democrat and supporter of the President. And, as an American, I am proud whenever an American is awarded high honors. But, this is totally ridiculous and cheapens the the Nobel prize considerably. Obama has done almost nothing for world peace so far. What a joke.

Posted by: rosepetals64 | October 9, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Ruth, you're a ninny. The deadline for nomination was two weeks after he became president. The deliberations came afterward, otherwise, the awards would be given out a LOT SOONER!

President Obama has offered the platform of dialogue and discussion, not the back of a hand. It really means a lot to me that we're not seen as the bully in the playground, as we were for the last 6 years. We had a LOT of goodwill after 9/11, but it was absolutely wasted over the war in Iraq. We went backwards - how could we as a nation justify the invasion of Iraq? Bush's administration was continually doing a rewrite as the facts came to light. WMD? none. Bush said "I'm not into nation-building" but as soon as there was no evidence of WMD, that good-ol nation building mantra kept coming up. Ask any Iraqi whether they're better off, I don't think you'll get a "yes". Meanwhile, Afghanistan is on the back burner, and Osama? Bush didn't care where he was - he "didn't think about him at all".

Posted by: MichelleKinPA | October 9, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

It is my wish and hope to cure cancer and write a great novel. I herby submit my name for consideration for Nobel Prizes in medicine and literature.

Posted by: giantsfan | October 9, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

And it takes 40+ years for them to recognize Charles Kao for his ground breaking work in fiber optics. The Nobel gods really move in their majestic and mysterious ways above lowly mortals.

Posted by: shuntak | October 9, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I agree that it was premature, but one cannot deny that the language and intentions he was stating over the last years including the campaign were a complete 180 from the hate-mongering go it alone attitude of our past administrations.

It's almost as if these Europeans saw Obama as the ray of light poking through the gloomy storm clouds of Neocon foreign policy. We haven't just been on the wrong track for the last 8 years. It's been going for decades......and Obama has stated an intent to complete trash these policies which have NOT been working to make the world a better place. This is what has conservatives so up in arms. Obama has declared his intent to be a game changer on the status quo of voluntary war, jilted alliances, and religious zealotry. It's got to be scary to have someone be the antithesis for business as usual when it's all they've known or considered as being acceptable.

Now he has to deliver despite massive internal pressure to keep trying to flush our interests down the throat of everyone else as if it ever turns out to actually benefit us.

Posted by: theobserver4 | October 9, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Those who use this as an opportunity either to bash or laud Obama only reveal their ideological bias. This isn't about Obama. It's about the Nobel committee.

By using this strategy the Nobel committee has damaged its credibility. Granting this award to Obama was like giving the 2010 Super Bowl trophy to the New Orleans Saints based on current expectations.

The best the Nobel committee could have done, given their February time frame, would have been to award the prize to whomever had accomplished the most at that time. It certainly wasn't Barack Obama. Do they want drama, or do they want honesty?

It may not be dramatic to say it now, but the Pittsburgh Steelers are the current Super Bowl champions. That's the honest truth.

Posted by: CuckooRaja | October 9, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Poor obama! He is being exploited by the Nobel Peace Committee and will suffer the laughs and jeers of the world!
Those whom the Gods would destroy they first adore.

Posted by: thornegp2626 | October 9, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

The Nobel Committee has parodied itself and actually does Obama a disservice as this sets him up for further mockery.

I'll give credit to Obama for seeming to get the joke in his remarks this morning. He needs to because Saturday Night Live and the talk show hosts will.

All good points, Ruth Marcus.

Posted by: DagnyT | October 9, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

The Nobel Peace Prize to the man who would not meet with the Dalai Lama this week in Washington? what an awful irony! The Dalai Lama's schedule here included giving a "Light of Truth Award" to a representative of brave Chinese who have spoken up in their country, in the face of real threats, on behalf of peace and mutual respect among peoples -- THEY are the ones who deserve this award.

Posted by: esthermiriam | October 9, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Isn't it obvious ? They couldn't give the award to the US voters for voting out one of the most corrupt and evil (as in axis of) administrations in history, so they gave it to the guy at the top.

Posted by: rbe1 | October 9, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

This is not a matter of "leftist slant" members recognizing someone with a leftist slant. It's a question of whether the award now has any meaning or value. Considering how little time there was from the start of his presidency until the nominations were accepted, one has to think Mr. Obama was recognized for his actions from the time he was elected until the Nobel nomination, or for his actions while a Senator and a candidate for president. And during that time I can only see (whether you agree with them or not) good intentions; the same as millions of others have.

Posted by: Dungarees | October 9, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Maybe just congratulate the man? Stay classy, Ms Marcus. Well, at least Mona will approve.

Posted by: hongdb | October 9, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry, Ruthie. You'll get over it. Maybe something bad will happen to the country soon and you'll be happy again.

Posted by: jlelijah | October 9, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I think rbe 1 might have a point. Also, the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee sometimes do want to encourage rather than reward. The world is at a crossroad in many respects, and Obama is a key player.

I was surprised too and there are certainly valid objections to this choice - a lot of them, in fact. But let's look at it the way it's intended.

Posted by: asoders22 | October 9, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Poster rlj1 on David Ignatius column today offers information and clarification on the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama, and it worthy of a repost here:

WaPo should make it mandatory for it's columnist to read / know the definition and why the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded before they write a column. (and I would add as well, for those who would blog in rancid fury at the new found respect our President has throughout the whole world)

"Nobel Peace Prize may be awarded to persons or organizations that are in the process of resolving a conflict or creating peace."

"The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

I wish our new President well, and just hope he can navigate between Scylla and Charybdis on the Afghanistan thing, and refuse entry into a third useless war against Iran, for reasons of nuclear WMD which they do NOT have and may never develop, unless of course they are attacked.

Best of luck Mr. President!

Posted by: tarquinis1 | October 9, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

While I think Obama's changed tone is a welcome breath of fresh air for international relations, returning our nation to sanity, I don't think he's really done enough to merit this yet. But if the Nobel committee wants to make a statement about international dialogue instead of "shoot first, discern what the threat might be later" as a foreign policy guidance, well, they should be my guest. I suspect even Obama knows this is not about him, but rather a choice that the country has made.

Perhaps, this is the Nobel committee's way of giving the prize to the American people? Food for thought - or perhaps a column, Ms. Marcus.

Posted by: B2O2 | October 9, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Obama should tour with Ms Universe or Ms America.... Just put a crown on his swelled head and he can recite "I want world peace and love and rainbows for everyone....rainbows shall light the sky and I dream of a world without nuclear weapons." Poof...just like magic will happen for he is THE ONE and he shall MAKE IT HAPPEN - What a fairy tale ...and these Nobel idiots fell for it.... who are they and whats their connection to George Soros ??

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | October 9, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Did Mr. Obama campaign for this award? Did he even know he was getting it? Does the Nobel Committee have to take it back from him? Please folks he is young but even a young man has dreamed dreams and he is trying to push forward on those dreams. I know the GOPers among you will call him appeaser. They like war and like jingoism and profits that go with war. But having just lost a family member in the almost 9 year old Afgan war, I can tell you we the most of us who are voting, are sick of it. This young man is at least trying, he is living the Chiristain value of peacemaker. Jesus would embrass him for that. He would be called brother. So I for one will rejoice that the world has come to see the promise of this man. I am sick to death of the GOP the party of war, the party of "no":the party of those who have no vision and dream no dreams. They have no soul and their heart is shrivled with constant votes against programs that help the people of the United States of America. Thank God for the acknowledgement of the world that peace is worth effort. God Bless America and God Bless our wonderful president.

Posted by: patisok | October 9, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Done nothing? Overturning (most of) the horrific Bush administration anti-environmental laws/rules and lifting the ban on federal funding for stem cell research is NOTHING? Ask Liz Blackburn and Carol Greider about that - they certainly would not think their Nobel cheapened.

Posted by: CellBioProf | October 9, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

In the middle of all this mud slinging, could I just point out that Obama didn't ASK to win the Nobel Peace Prize?

To hear the criticism, you'd think Obama conferred this upon himself.

Posted by: egc52556 | October 9, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

It seems you and many of your colleagues and countrymen would prefer the USA not be respected and liked by the rest of the world. The Cheney/Bush years were destructive on many fronts and which threatened peace and prosperity around the world. ( there are some excpetion such as Bush's concern for Aids in Africa ) The rest of the world is happy that the USA as represented by your President wants to take your country and the world in a new direction. The award is as much for the American people as it is for the President.
Why cab't you accept it with grace and humility?
What you have written reminds us that 46% of voting Americans thought it was ok to have Sarah Palin a heartbeat from the Presidency. And we are constantly reminded of that when we see elected officials such as Joe Wilson , Virginia Fox, Michelle BAchmann and many others spoting off on TV. It is all to easy to bring the Cheney/ Bush policies back to the world. Perhaps the Nobel Prize is telling you that

Posted by: gwbc | October 9, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

What's so striking about these comments are the number of folks who are downright upset that the President of the United States won the Nobel Peace prize. Sad commentary on the level of partisanship...

Posted by: wibby2 | October 9, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Now that the Savior has won the Nobel, let's give straight A's for the next 4 years to all those freshmen in high school before they take their first exam. Unbelievable. Should I now pray to him 3 times a day?

Posted by: homersimpson10 | October 9, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

As not being respected and liked all around the world, honestly - we really shouldn't care. You don't live your life thinking about whether or not Europe likes us, and they don't live their life thinking about if the US likes us. Get a clue folks. World diplomacy is only important to the point wars don't break out over petty matters. After that, who really cares what the world thinks of us, and vice versa? If you have that much time to worry about that, you really have no life to begin with.

Posted by: homersimpson10 | October 9, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Marcus:
You couldn't have been more cogent or knowledgeable in this great post.

Love the facts concerning the USA prezs who have won. The contrasts are so dishearting and so laughable.

Are you not sure your 12yo did not vote in this silly popularity contest!?

Posted by: adamnescot1 | October 9, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

it may be premature. i personally would have prefered to see him winning it during his second term. He is the first to acknowledge he does not deserve it, as he mentioned in his remarks earlier in the rose garden. But what troubles me most is this rediculing tone. He did not lobby for it. he did not expect it. the man even said he does not feel he deserves it. so instead of pouring your ridicule on him, i think there is a more mature way to state your take on this big beautiful win for the president and our country.

Posted by: szw0 | October 9, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

It's not surprising to see the palpable disappointment among conservatives that the president has won the Nobel. It's a point of pride amongst this sorry anti-American faction when they learn that we are hated and disrespected around the world.

This is the ultimate letdown for them: America is loved again.

I offer my condolences to conservatives, my mutual celebration to the rest of Americans who love our country, and my congratulations to the POTUS.

Posted by: B2O2 | October 9, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I have not yet found the cure for autism, cancer, diabetes and heart disease. But, you know, I might. If it comes to me, I will jot it down and the send it in.
If not, I will just chill here and think uplifting thoughts.
Either way, go ahead and overnight me the Nobel for medicine.
I was, after all, thinking about the cures.

Posted by: mrcrister3 | October 9, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Marcus, please spare us your high dudgeon. It's more becoming to the oleaginous sleaze that provides commentary on Fox News.

Posted by: rogfrie | October 9, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

This Nation has gone mad! You Obama haters dare to call yourselves Americans! What kind of American revels in the USA not getting the Olympics, what kind of American is disgusted at our President receiving the Nobel Peace Prize? You all sound like a bunch of spoiled brats! You know you can leave this wonderful country ANY TIME! In fact, true Americans will help you pack.

Posted by: whatiswrongwithpeople1 | October 9, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Some door knob says: "This award is for President Obama's philosophy and principles, which already has changed the world dramatically. "

Yet another illustration of how juvenile Americans can be in their understanding of what's going on in this world. Same kind of arrogance that we saw in the Bush years. Only, it's now from the left end of the spectrum.

Posted by: vishalg_99 | October 9, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

President Obama himself admitted that this prize will be a 'call to action' for himself and, hopefully, the rest of the country. He admitted that it could not be based on his achievements. Does it not seem ridiculous that some would use this award to criticize President Obama?
As always, it seems the politically minded in this country are wasting their energy attacking everyone they disagree with, instead of putting their energy towards improving and ensuring the health of all of their countrymen. Instead of working on ending the death and destruction in the Middle East. Instead of insuring that nuclear weapons will never again be used to simultaneously exterminate millions and destroy the environment. No, they'd rather act like third-graders, refusing to work together; refusing to compromise if they don't get their way; refusing to simply agree that something needs to be done and they're the ones with the ability to do it.
Come to think of it, Obama might just deserve this award for simply trying his hardest to negotiate with the human-quagmire we call Capital Hill. I'm almost in agreement with the Swedes. At least President Obama is trying.

Posted by: dietrich89 | October 9, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I am genuinely embarrassed by how ignorant you and many of those who comment on your article are. If you know anything about the history of human rights, you will not think for a second that President Obama does not deserve this prize. Bush, and all of us in the US who kept him in his office for eight years, destroyed EVERY SINGLE basic human rights principle and premise, and, while doing so, literally killed millions of people, and turned the world into a place of endless conflicts and violence. President Obama ended that process, and reversed the trend so that all of us can believe and hope that we can peacefully coexist. No one has deserved this prize more than President Obama.

Posted by: motherforobama | October 9, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm lovin it. Like most I do not understand the committee's decision. It's odd, frankly. But he won without running for it. He's gonna give the money away and he was quite humble and self effacing in his reaction today. A class act. The downside is actually for the Republicans, MSM pundits and talk jocks. They cannot resist taking this as an opportunity to trash the President anew. Last week they shouted they were glad America lost the Olympics and this week they are shouting foul that our President won the Nobel. Couple this with several months of birthers, deathers, and black helicopters piloted by Nazis and I think Obama comes out ahead. Trashing the President is getting real boring..... at least to many of us Independents.

Posted by: tarryh | October 9, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Would that I had coined the phrase "nattering nabobs of negativism".

President Obama has done more for our international reputation than anyone in the last eight years. Good for him! His two weeks have done more for us than can be counted, in the eyes of the thinking world.

The reflexive derogation of him by those in most definitely NOT loyal opposition is boorish in the extreme. Too bad for us!

Posted by: Geezer4 | October 9, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

What is the nomination process? Who put his name on the list? Is this some secret ritual known only to the prize committee?

He's afraid to meet with the Dali Lama (sp?) because what he thinks the Chinese are going to think/do? Wow, that's great...

Posted by: blasher | October 9, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

well, look at the bright side, the bar is lowered now, good intentions but not results are the litmus test, so next week Joe the bus driver may win. We could all use a Nobel. My bet is that Obama will get an Oscar next, for what you say ?same as the Nobel, not much

Posted by: snapplecat07 | October 9, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

The WashPost online has 19, that’s Nineteen, negative articles on the President of the United States winning the Nobel Peace prize, and 2 positive articles. Who are you, Fox News? Shameful beyond words!

In less than a year Obama has avoided the second great depression; is ending the war in Iraq in an orderly, honorable way; is looking for a way to win in Afghanistan, something Bush couldn't figure out in 7 years; is working for universal healthcare for all Americans, something every president has failed to deliver in nearly 100 years; and won the Noble Peace Prize.

At this point in his presidency Bush was reading “My Pet Goat” to school kids and Cheney was hiding in the basement of the White House, badly in need of a change of underwear.

Right now Obama is on schedule to become one of America's greatest presidents. Rejoice America, even as the little jealous neocon men turn green with envy.

Posted by: chucky-el | October 9, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Marcus. Since when did you sign on to the right wing smear attack brigade. The only thing that is embarrassing and ridiculous is your reaction.

Why not simply accept this award at face value for the amazing honor that it is?

Why question it?

It is like snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

In your opinion is this a net benefit or harm to the U.S. and its policies? I do not see you even attempting to argue the latter, and therefore presume that you accept the former.

End of story hon!

In other words what the "heck" is wrong with you?

Posted by: wrjacobs1 | October 9, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Chucky-el writes:"In less than a year Obama has avoided the second great depression"

---uh,I dont think we were ever close to the second depression. During the first yr of the depression unemployment hit 25% , we are barley under 10%. Bank failures during the first yr of the depression were 750, we are barley near 100.I would correct you on yr generous statements on Iraq(which according to Obama's campaign promises , we s/b out of there by now) and Afghan but I get tired of correcting Obamites who usually faint at the sight of the messiah(Obama). "heal me Obama"...

Posted by: snapplecat07 | October 9, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

If Obama had any class, he would decline it in favor of those who actually sacrificed much for peace. From the weekly standard

Meet the People Who Were Passed Over for Obama
Sima Samar, women's rights activist in Afghanistan: "With dogged persistence and at great personal risk, she kept her schools and clinics open in Afghanistan even during the most repressive days of the Taliban regime, whose laws prohibited the education of girls past the age of eight. When the Taliban fell, Samar returned to Kabul and accepted the post of Minister for Women's Affairs."

Ingrid Betancourt: French-Colombian ex-hostage held for six years.

"Dr. Denis Mukwege: Doctor, founder and head of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. He has dedicated his life to helping Congolese women and girls who are victims of gang rape and brutal sexual violence."

Handicap International and Cluster Munition Coalition: "These organizations are recognized for their consistently serious efforts to clean up cluster bombs, also known as land mines. Innocent civilians are regularly killed worldwide because the unseen bombs explode when stepped upon."

"Hu Jia, a human rights activist and an outspoken critic of the Chinese government, who was sentenced last year to a three-and-a-half-year prison term for 'inciting subversion of state power.'"

"Wei Jingsheng, who spent 17 years in Chinese prisons for urging reforms of China's communist system. He now lives in the United States."

Posted by: Wiggan | October 9, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Snarky Ms. Marcus, very snarky.

Posted by: jpawlik1 | October 9, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Absurd. Embarrassing. The hubris, clueless, delusional Obama can only "campaign". Never in the history of the Nobel Prizes has anyone won for speeches!!! AS SNL so aptly put it, "he had done JACK SQUAT". Unless of course you consider he is bankrupting America, thrown our allies under the bus, embraced our enemies, opened our borders to terrorist, denigrated our military and CIA, run up the largest deficit in the history of the country, and lied to congress and all Americans and is trying to desolve our Constitution. At this rate, we will be a third well socialist state in 6 months. And for this, he receives the Nobel Peace Prize????? Unbelievable.

Posted by: magsthecat1 | October 9, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

No question this will further the Obama-as-joke atmosphere that is emerging. He is quickly becoming a joke--witness SNL. He hasn't made the world a better place at all. ME? He basically encouraged the Palestinians to return to hoping they will get 1967 borders--which in turn drove Israeli's further away. The sides are farther apart now than ever in actuality. Afganistan? headed for even more violence, will be even worse because Mr. Obama's "careful analysis" has been taken by the Taliban as weakness and encouraged them to fight harder. North Korea? They are pushing the boundaries further because they know they can. They are MORE dangerous. Iran? Worse now. The people riot in the streets for fairness; Obama sits on his hands. The Iranians will use the negotiations to gain time and get the bomb and THEN make overt threats to the ME and world. Even more dangerous. No weak person has every really brought peace. And I don't mean militarily only, I mean mentally. Everyone knows Obama can be had. And, they are acting accordingly.

Obama will regret this joke was laid on his doorstep. A year or two later after some REAL accomplishments, I'd have cheered it. Now, with Gore, Obama and Carter, the Nobel Peace Prize is quickly becoming the booby prize no one will want to win.

Posted by: cregan1 | October 9, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

As a Republican, I can only sit here and laugh. Soooooo many jokes, soooooooooo little time!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: jadrummond | October 9, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

You know Ms. Marcus, it's not like you have to write on every bit of news that is out there. For goodness sakes. It's not like he expected it, lobbied for it or as far as I can tell new that he was even a candidate.

You're concern shouldn't be with Obama it should be with the Nobel committee.

On the other hand, the fact that the right wingnuts have gone gaga over this deserves something. What a bunch of babies ...

Posted by: devcondg | October 9, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Now it's confirmed. This award means nothing.

Posted by: rg019571 | October 9, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

It seems a bit unfair that his teleprompter didn't share this award.

Posted by: angiebrian | October 9, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Ms Marcus: You are finally showing your true colors. Behind that smirky smile on TV you've been swallowing a pretty bad taste since Mr. Obama won the election.

Sit down, relax, maybe get your hair done, and drink a tall glass of cold milk with your sour grapes. I have absolutely no respect for you now, because I realize that this honor, which President Obama did not expect nor strive for, has taken you by such surprise that your reaction has shown us who you really are.

The bitter bile backing up in your tight little throat must taste worse than castor oil. Now THAT pleases me! I do hope you read all these comments.

Posted by: janna2 | October 9, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Ms Marcus is right! Where has Obama achieved peace? You can win a Nobel peace prize for wishing for world peace now? Shouldn't Obama share his prize with the last 50 winners of the Miss America Pageant? By the committees current logic Neville Chamberlain would have won a prize. Peace in our time! It's not Obama's fault of course, but these prizes should start coming with a box of Cracker Jacks!

Posted by: valwayne | October 9, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

The only rational explanation for this action I can find is in Mr. Obama's stance vis a vis Israel which nicely dovetails with the tenor of voices at our illustrious United Nations - blaming that nation for ensuring its survival - shame on the Nobel committee for so blatantly devaluing the noble intentions of its founder.

Posted by: wbach | October 9, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

His credit card size resume was good enough to be selected for POTUS. Why should the press now questioning his qualifications for the measly Nobel Peace Prize?

Posted by: wizboman | October 9, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

The Nobel Committee long ago degraded the Prize beyond recognition by handing it to a cut throat like Arafat, UN hacks like ElBaradei and Anan and domestic crackpots like Jimmy Carter and Al Gore.If Obama could be believed that he was "humbled" by the award it would be worth it for that alone, but as we know, everything that he says has a shelf life of ten minutes.

Posted by: diana11777 | October 9, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

In children's soccer, everyone wins an award. The Nobel committee, only awards one Peace Prize per year, and they don't award them to past winners. Ms. Marcus's comments are insulting, to say the least.

Posted by: patroclus | October 9, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama is currently waging two wars. He has increased the troop count in Afghanistan and will do so again. He is dropping bombs in Pakistan, a country we are not at war with. He didn't even grovel before the UN for permission before doing so.

He could have brought home ALL of the troops on his first day in office. But he didn't.

So I guess the award is for hope, becuase it certainly isn't for change.

Posted by: TheMSMControlsUs | October 9, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

As a cynical conservative I can only assume that this an attempt by the committee to preempt any US military action in the Persian gulf.

Posted by: MARVINBAUMAN | October 9, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse


Hey Ruth Marcus:

This is what we (the ones who did not vote for Obama) are talking about.

This is the love affair the MSM has had with Barack Hussein Obama (mm, mm, mm) that has been extended to the world.

It's ridiculous, isn't it?

Voting for a man who hasn't done anything (yet)?

YOU RUTH finally realized it.

It will take a little longer for the people who voted for him.


Posted by: ahartnack | October 9, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the Nobel Committee. In the previous year, no one has done more than Obama toward achieving lasting piece. That is a great thing. And, perhaps you should consider that we have an inspirational leader who wants to accomplish peaceful things -- but whose political opponents doggedly oppose every single proposition and then complain when nothing gets done.

And, as for you countless naysayers, I ask what other leader has done more than Obama to achieve lasting peace? Is it George W Bush, who took the nation to Iraq and shocked and awed the Iraqis for weeks before settling in for a long hard slog that continues to this day? Perhaps it's Bill Kristol, who demands that we attack Iran AND North Korea because we think that both will develop nuclear warheads.

I know -- maybe it's John Bolton, the ex-UN ambassador who is right of Attila the Hun.

Posted by: teoandchive | October 9, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait until the SNL folks take this one on. I mean they're not the swiftest folks, but they've got one up on the Nobel Committee who actually think the President did something!

I hope he deserves this award some day, but, as they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Too bad there is nobody out anywhere in the world who has risked his life and put himself on the front lines of the peace movement for years. Bono would be a better choice.

Posted by: ted22 | October 9, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Did you actually think before writing this?

Posted by: joelc | October 9, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

The end justifies the means - if something makes Obama look good, then it must make sense. If it makes him look bad, then it does not compute.

Posted by: GeneWells | October 9, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

The award is dubious for obvious reasons. But really: who really cares what Ruth Marcus has to say about anything? Shame on WaPo for ignoring so much superior female op-ed talent.

Posted by: misterjrthed | October 9, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse




Posted by: jaysonrex | October 9, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

The Nobel must be like a reward we give our kids to encourage good behavior - don't expect too much of them because it might hurt their little feelings. Obama has to be bummed about not getting the 2012 Olympics so the committee felt he needed a little public back pat.

Or maybe they were just concerned that he might not be able to totally gut America's military so they felt a push was warrented.

Posted by: briehl | October 9, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Remember Hillary on the campaign trail saying this..."I could stand up here and say, 'Let's just get everybody together, let's get unified, the sky will open, the light will come down, celestial choirs will be singing, and everyone will know we should do the right thing and the world will be perfect." --mocking Barack Obama.

Too bad some took this quote seriously!

Posted by: semby | October 9, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

This is clearly nothing more than an attempt by a group of European leftists to limit Mr. Obama's policy choices in Afghanistan. Anyone smell a connection to American Democrat pols behind the scenes? Other than that, hilarious!

Posted by: masonjahr | October 9, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I am just amazed that if you criticize Mr. Obama in any fashion .. .you're a wing/nut; racist or sexist . .the man has done absolutely nothing but speak beautifully and live in a fantasy world that most people wonder about. His smile did it,that is the only reason this man could have received the award: Let me introduce you to Mr. Nothing,

Posted by: fatherjoseph | October 9, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I think we're witnessing one major step in the creation of a cult of personality around President Obama. There's been quite a few minor steps taken over the last year or so, including the pop-art depictions of Obama, school children singing Obama's praises, and the constant water carrying by several major media outlets and countless minor players. But this one strikes me as something really unusual. Stalin and Mao would be very impressed. I hope all of those budding Socialists take a lot of notes, 'cause baby, this is how its done in the big leagues.

Posted by: JLee5 | October 9, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Marcus,
You are obviously a racist. You're only criticising Mr. Obama because he is a black man. I can see no other reson. You didn't have the same problem when a white man that had no accompilishments, like Albert Gore Jr., won. Your excuse that he was only President for two weeks when he was nominated is lame, because he was only in the senate 144 days when he began running for President! Next you're going to have some ridiculous column saying he has no clue what he's doing and is in over his head, or that he's the Ted Baxter of the presidency. The Post needs to get rid of bigoted, homophobic, xenophobic, abortion hating racist like yourself. I bet you secretly own a gun,white sheets, an SUV, and don't use those new floresent light bulbs, you earth destroying hillbilly. Keep your anti-africian, pro-slavery opinions to yourself, or get a job as Glenn Beck's gofer. Thank you, From a life long Democrat that believes you should love everyone.

Posted by: uberic | October 9, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Obama is right -- he doesn't deserve it. It really is embarrassing.

Posted by: mihalick | October 9, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

This is a joke! He has done NOTHING, but give a couple of lofty (and naive) speeches. Remember, this was a prize which was NOT given to Gandhiji. I am glad for it now. The noble 'peace prize' has no meaning. This proves it, once and for all!

Posted by: Venkata1 | October 9, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Barack Hussein Obama is full of "good" intentions. I wants to stop wars. He is looking for a way to go to war with Iran. I wants to initiate the draft. He wants to increase troops in a war he should be pulling out of. His intentions are good.

He wants to give another trillion dollars of future generations to his Harvard banking buddies. He has no concern for the destruction of the US Dollar which is causing financial instability to all nations. He has no stealing Americans money for his He good intentions.

He is forcing socialized health care on the American people, who have made it very clear they don't want it. There is no possible way to pay for that system without carelessly creating more "money" to throw at it. Again causing financial instability to all nations.

He is all excited about getting rid of nukes because we don't need them anymore. Banks can topple countries, why use nukes. Especially if the use Federal Reserve Notes (monopoly money).

And think, he's done all this without proving his eligibility to be President. Now that is a powerful man who deserves the respect of all usurpers of power in all nations.

O thou holy and most high Obama. He appears to have a great vision of peace. Really???

Just sickening.

Posted by: mitailbu | October 9, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

You are dead wrong on this one, Ms. Marcus.

Posted by: Gatsby10 | October 9, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I am so proud of President Obama for winning the Nobel Peace Prize for continuing President Bush's foreign policies (from Guantanamo to Afghanistan/Iraq to a Palestinian state)... Finally, some recognition for George W.'s efforts!!!!

Posted by: McTex | October 9, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Does one really have to come from the third to deserve a peace prize? Doesn't change of the course to worldly peace something signigicant? Ruth, do you have to play up to the republicans' "nothing done by the President is a success"?

Posted by: olnpvx | October 9, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

None of this would have been possible without the hard work and dedication of Repugnantone chickenhawks. First, your disastrously stupid foreign policy wrecked your party and disgraced your President, leading directly to Obama's election.

Now it pays further dividends by giving the most prestigious prize in international relations, (and a cool $1.4 million), to a man you despise.

Congratulations nitwits, and keep up the good work. He really couldn't have done any of this without you.

Posted by: madbuda | October 9, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Please read about what the Peace prize is awarded for, then write another column apologizing for you crass remarks.

Posted by: dudh | October 9, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Now you know how conservatives felt when Obama was elected President...

Posted by: robert_c_gladstone | October 9, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Just more of the loony Obama circus. He becomes a bigger clown every day; and the Euros are just loving it, giggling in our faces.

Posted by: tcogs | October 9, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Wow! These guys are getting better. The first Jimmy Carter had to build a bunch of houses to get his prize.

Posted by: Dimslie | October 9, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I knew it. Someone would call you a racist for your comments simply because you point out the obvious (something that even Obama has done) - he's not done anything yet. So here you are agreeing with the President receiving the award and now you're a racist. This is the backwards logic people use.

Doesn't matter, the award was a joke when they awarded it to Arafat. It's like a the daytime Emmy of the Nobels.

Posted by: shedao | October 9, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

It appears that Obama defenders interpret any criticism of their hero as racism. Very soon now the American people will make their unhappiness over that practice very clear. Hollering "racism" is now the last refuge of liberal scoundrels.

Posted by: mhr614 | October 9, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama symbolizes a major change for the most powerful country on earth. Despite the efforts of some, America is no longer a stain on race relations. Further, his commitment to multilateral efforts to solve common problems is a mjor step toward progress, in keeping with the mood of many other countries. I have no problem with those that say it is premature, but let us celebrate the progress our nation has made and the hope for tomorrow.

Posted by: fblaze | October 9, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

World Peace?

Can someone tell the families of the 8 soldiers killed in a remote outpost in Afghanistan that Obama has bought peace?

Can someone tell the 70 school children murdered in Chicago since Obama was senator/then president?

World Peace?

Posted by: Cornell1984 | October 9, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Hot Air -- DNC: If you laugh at Obama’s Nobel, you side with terrorists

Posted by: StewartIII | October 9, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse


Bush caused the killing of millions of people?! Are you kidding? I bet you long for the good ol' days when Sadaam Hussein was working his "magic" and those fun loving Taliban were in power!


Posted by: steveg06 | October 9, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Every knee shall bend.

Posted by: DaveinVA | October 9, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Marcus:

Congratulations should go to President Obama AND the people who had the audacity to hope and vote him into office. It doesn't surprise me at all that the world believes our President can and will continue to do all of the things that got him this award.

Posted by: rlcampbell | October 9, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I just negotiated a peace agreement between my mother-in-law and my wife… I want my god dam Nobel Peace Prize.

Posted by: isaiahberlinrules | October 9, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

For your information, the decision is made in October, not February.

Obama got the Nobel for restoring international relations to normal after eight years of war, torture, and criminality under Bush and Cheney.

That was not guaranteed to happen, for example President Palin would not have done it.

The end result of Obama's reforms will be felt in the future, but it's not unreasonable to award him the Nobel now for putting us back on the right path.

Posted by: ottoparts | October 9, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I really want to know. Please give me some concrete examples of what has REALLY changed in the world since Obama took office? And please don't give me the standard, "he's opened up lines of communication", etc. Concrete examples of how violence has ended and waring factions have layed down their arms, etc.

Posted by: steveg06 | October 9, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes international coddling like Kerry "mentioned" in 2004 can hit really hard at home. We are country that wants to be an isolationist but are forced to be a world leader.

For the Nobel committee to do this will only bring attention to the lofty goals set forth in the 2008 election and could lead to a Republican control of Congress in 2010 because of a lack of doing nothing so far. SNL saw it but the Nobel committee did not.

Posted by: Shiba-fussa | October 9, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Why not start giving out the oscars for next year, based on who they think should win it

Posted by: wbindner | October 9, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm just going to cut and paste the Nobel committee's statement on why they gave him the award, let's see if any of you anti-American haters have enough of an attention span to read the whole thing.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.

Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama’s initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.

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. 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.

For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world’s leading spokesman. The Committee endorses Obama’s appeal that “Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges.”

Posted by: ottoparts | October 9, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse


Yes I am a hater of anti-Americans.

Is the Nobel panel's satement supposed to make this any less of an joke?

Oh and the UN? Now that's an institution that gives me a "warm and fuzzy" when it comes to upholding human rights and bringing peace and freedom to the world (cough - cough).

Posted by: steveg06 | October 9, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I am both confused and ashamed at the reaction to this bit of news.

First, I am confused why people who are apparently educated in the realms of politics, foreign relations, and the Nobel Peace Prize, are so astonished at President Obama's receipt of this award. People like Yasser Arafat, Aung San Suu Kyi, Rigoberta Menchu, and Al Gore were awarded the Prize before they were able to produce any tangible results, and some never did--because that is not all the award is about. As Francis Sejersted, the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee in the 90's said, "The committee also takes the possible positive effects of its choices into account [because] … Nobel wanted the prize to have political effects." It is a PR boost, a shot of international goodwill, an hour in the spotlight, an endorsement of what these people believe in, not just what they've done.

Second, I wonder where all this ill will is coming from. Didn't OUR president just win a prestigious international award? Shouldn't other nations be mad, and us proud, not the other way around? Why did we have some Americans cheer when Chicago was snubbed for the Olympics, and jeer when Obama became the third American president in history to receive this award? Am I the only that thinks this says a lot about those opposing Obama's every single breath?

Posted by: politicsmajor | October 9, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Mothers-in-law dont count; not unless she's a dem and youu and your best rib are republicans. For crying out loud, dont the right wing in America realise that the advent of the Obama administration brought your country back into the sane world?

There's so much right wing whining that we on this side of the pond just dont get. Thank God for dems and independent voters who, we hope, will keep out republicans from DC for as long as common sense remains a bad trait in the GOP.

Posted by: cryingoverspiltmilk | October 9, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

There are no words in my vocabulary to describe how disgusted I am. Not with President Obama (though I did not vote for him) but rather with the nobel peace prize body. This is the body that gave Jimmy Carter the prize, at least he did try to work for peace for a few decades. This is the same body that gave the award to Al Gore and he has made millions off his global warming scare. But this takes the cake. A award that used to mean something means nothing now and a president that has done nothing will take it as vindication from the world to change our country.

Posted by: iacoboni04 | October 9, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I think what's confusing to some people is that Obama is just doing what American presidents normally do... that is if you don't count Bush/Cheney, who did the opposite.

Obama is getting the Nobel for getting things back to normal in international relations. And that is actually a big deal.

Posted by: ottoparts | October 9, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Was it my imagination or did I really hear that Obama said today that he didn't even know he had been nominated for the Peace Prize? If it's true that he didn't know of the nomination he'd better check quick to find out what other pertinent things his staff are keeping from him or are otherwise oblivious.

What comes to mind is the period preceding the announcement of Gore's Peace Prize. The world held it's breath as the day approached. Considering Obama's position it's very unlikely that he was so blissfully unaware.

Posted by: DarkMatter | October 9, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

You want to know why people are pissed? This is it in a nutshell - STOP TALKING ABOUT IT AND DO IT. We'll pat backs when we have jobs, good health care, real world peace, etc. Plans don't pay the bills. So get off the "you must be a racist/hater/republican/redneck" kick. The middle, unlike the idol worshipers, aren't so easily convinced and brother we decide elections. So ship it.

Posted by: shedao | October 9, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Marcus has it right. This is a true embarassment to everyone involved, the Nobel committee and the recipient, Obama.
My first thought when I heard it, and confirmed that it was true, was Caligula's Horse. Obama may be a historic figure for all the wrong reasons.

Posted by: buckrogers1 | October 9, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Of course 'the world' loves Obama. He spits in the face of our long time friends and allies while bowing at the feet of the Saudi king, back-slapping Hugo Chavez, kneeling humbly before the Iranian butchers, having Kaddhafi consider him his 'son', getting plaudits from Castro, doing Russia's bidding, refusing to meet the Dali Lama because China might frown. The Nobel Prize is Obama's reward for being an American-hater and most of all, a malignant anti-Semite, as are so many of his secret Czarist regime, including a gaggle of Jew-hating-Jews. Those of us who oppose Obama's trashing of America in service to some Marxist/Muslim/Whatever ends are thinking of what's best for America, unlike Obama and his fawning sychophants.

Posted by: prwar | October 9, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

By the by, this is the world's way (alright the Comittee of the Norwegian Parliament) of welcoming the US back to the path of sanity.

Posted by: cryingoverspiltmilk | October 9, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

It is the craziest thing. The nominations had to be submitted by February 1, 2009. Obama had only been president 9 days when he was nominated. On the other hand when one considers Yassir Arafat got one for killing jews and Al Gore got one for making billions of dollars perpetrating a hoax on the American people...Barack's prize looks about right.

Posted by: PSOG | October 9, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

This noble prize thing is pretty funny. I can't wait to see Steve Colbert and Jon Stewart not to mention SNL. One day a skit about not doing Jack and Squat and the next a noble prize. Who would have ever know that accomplishing nothing but talking lots of smack could be so rewarding.

Posted by: tom59 | October 9, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Madam, a good two weeks is better than than a horrible eight years; thats how we see it this side of the pond, leastways!

Posted by: cryingoverspiltmilk | October 9, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Somebody check his hands for stigmata. If there aren't any, I'm sure his loyal disciples in the press will be more than happy to photoshop some in for him. :-/

Posted by: plaasjaapie | October 9, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I feel the award is a message to the US that it counts and cannot just look at its navel. The timing is awkward for Obama and is easy to ridicule, but I feel the real message the world is sending us is that we matter and our past moral authority has been squandered by petty politicians, mostly republican. The world needs an outward looking, expansive and hopeful US, not a paranoid, bullying, zenophobic one. Same thing that happened before WWII, Lindbergh and many conservatives tried to keep us out while the world burned. The war was lost for Germany the day we entered the fray. My father fought in Normandy and in the Battle of the Bulge and was always proud of what he did for the people of France and Germany. I don't think we could say that about Iraq, it was a war based on a lie. We should stay the course and not cut and run, because we made that mess. The world wants us to be ourselves again. We should listen instead of mocking the message. We have quit listening.

Posted by: rlgauthier | October 9, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

PSOG, did Menachem Begin get the prize for killing Arabs? Dont display your idiocy to the world!

Posted by: cryingoverspiltmilk | October 9, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

I sincerely believe that no human being should go to bed hungry.

Food, Clothing and Housing MUST be a basic Human / Humane Rights.

Absolutely no violence against another living being.

Earth should be climatically controlled at the ideal setting, to be determined by the experts at a later date.

I truly believe in all of the above .

Now, Can somebody please NOMINATE ME for the next year's Nobel Peace price?

Posted by: vatodio | October 9, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Someone here wrote: "President Obama has ALREADY done more for the world than any contemporary political leaders."

This is an example of the Obama Cult delusion: that mere words represent anything other than... mere words.

Fortunately, the number of American voters deluded by Mr. Obama is fast shrinking, as they see their economy continue to crumble, the dollar lose its value at a frantic pace, and the extra debt placed upon them by Obama as insanely destructive of the prosperity of future generations. And on top of all this, Obama wants to destroy American medicine as we have known it, and put the government in charge of your health decisions. (If the government pays for something, the government controls it.)

Millions of Americans, many of them former Obama supporters, have rubbed their eyes and have become horrified at Obama's left-wing ideology, which in last year's election was hidden beneath a patina of centrist babble meant to deceive the American Middle.

This award will further the growing notion that Barack Obama as president is really a form a public parody. A man worthy of the presidency, but without meaningful accomplishments prior to becoming president, who received the Nobel Peace Prize would have immediately chastised the Nobel Committee for its poor judgment and for its implicit denigration of far worthier individuals and of the prize itself. He would refuse to have anything to do with such a ridiculous undertaking. This is what a man of substance would do. He would not take what he did not earn. He would find it insulting.

Obama, however, did the opposite. He accepted the prize and will revel in it, irrespective of what he says today about "sharing" it. Obama has no grace, only style. And the style is just a contrivance for him to get what he wants.

However it happened, we have elected a megalomaniac as president of the United States.

Most worrisome about this prize is how it will affect Obama in some key military and security decisions. Will he make his foreign policy decisions in accordance with U.S. national security needs, or to curry favor with and receive continued affection from foreign elites?

One can say Obama will do the right thing in these matters, but that assertion is a mere "hope" in the belief he will "change" his current direction, which has been to bend a knee to tyrants, grant terrorists all sorts of novel rights, defang the U.S. military, and demoralize the troops in the field with his indecision and doubletalk about his on-again, off-again "strategies."

A very large, unhealthy, and increasingly unattractive ego occupies the White House, and our country will pay a frightful price for it before the final chapter is written.

Posted by: SARileyMan | October 9, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Two weeks of Obama deserve a Nobel Peace Prize when compared with eight years of Bush.

Posted by: turkerm | October 9, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

"Two weeks of Obama deserve a Nobel Peace Prize when compared with eight years of Bush."

Only if the award is given for reading a TelePrompTer.

Posted by: SARileyMan | October 9, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Someone wrote: "The timing is awkward for Obama and is easy to ridicule, but I feel the real message the world is sending us is that we matter and our past moral authority has been squandered by petty politicians, mostly republican."

What is "moral authority" and in whose eyes are we trying to secure it? Do you really think the Nobel Committee's opinion of the United States is all that important? The U.N. General Assembly is essentially a meeting room for the world's tyrants. Why should the United States care what a group of tyrants think?

Liberals live for, and by, vacuous and empty concepts like "moral authority" because they do not want to accept that, for the most part, the world is a very rough place. They do not want to make hard choices. Liberalism is about as useful in solving problems as a candlelight vigil.

Really, you need to stop thinking in purblind cliches, and educate yourself about the growing perils. What good is your "moral authority" going to do when Iran detonates a nuke and change our world for the worse forever? And what you will do when, inevitably, those psychopaths use it?

Will you pat yourself on the back, and think highly of yourself for doing nothing, and exclaim: "Well, at least those Europeans think we have our moral authority intact!"

Posted by: SARileyMan | October 9, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

It is now official. The Nobel Peace Prize is a complete joke! From now on, no one with integrity should accept it.

Posted by: jack_carlson | October 9, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

This is not the first time that the Nobel Prize Committee has embarrassed itself. I am sure it will not be the last. If its past is any indication we can anticipate Osama Bin Laden's turn to be coming up. Nonetheless Americans should not be frustrated as Obama could not have solicited this prize any more than he could bring the olympics to the US. He is loved by the socialized democracies of the world because he loves them. This is how they show love. We, as Americans, should be a little insulted by a group of Swedes making such a brazen and obvious effort to influence internal US politics but it is not the first time. They gave one to Gore for cryng out loud. For those of you who say the award was given to him as president of the USA instead of to him for his personal accomplishments...does that mean we will get to use the million dollars that accompanies this prize to off-set the cost of health care?

Posted by: PSOG | October 9, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Last week's "Saturday Night Live" got it right.

Posted by: SickandTired2 | October 9, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

"PSOG, did Menachem Begin get the prize for killing Arabs?"

I dont know if that is why they gave it to him...I sort of doubt it because the committee has not shown that sort of saavt...but if that is the reason I would agree with it. At least one could say Begin took affirmative action to solve a problem instead of just offering jabber.

Posted by: PSOG | October 9, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

@jack_carlson: Agreed. Yasser Arafat, a terrorist who blew up buses of Jewish kids to make his point, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. What's ironic is that Arafat actually had a greater claim to it than Obama, because Arafat had at least made a show of a change of heart by recognizing Israel's right to exist. He actually negotiated a peace treaty. Arafat engaged in real diplomacy that had, at least superficially, tangible results.

Obama's "diplomacy" has to date consisted merely of a series of speeches with the principal theme of apologizing for his country and saying that his election means America is now, at last, a good country.

Posted by: SARileyMan | October 9, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I am continually amazed at the small-minded, mean-spirited commentary that spills over these pages.

Ruth Marcus wrote a ridiculous column, then the serpents pile on with the venom.

Too many of my fellow citizens any more just plain suck, they are so disgraceful.

Shameful conduct.

Posted by: phoenixresearch | October 9, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Someone wrote: "I am continually amazed at the small-minded, mean-spirited commentary that spills over these pages."

That's another liberal ploy: If someone disagrees with you, call them "mean-spirited."

Don't offer rebuttal, contradicting analyses, fact, logic, or even a nice bit of humor.

Just resort to epithets.

And they call us "small-minded"!

Posted by: SARileyMan | October 9, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Peace Prize for Obama? Please. This is a sharp jab of the middle finger at America, that's what it is.

What's next? An international law enforcement prize for Barney Fife?

Posted by: jmbreland | October 9, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

"Two weeks of Obama deserve a Nobel Peace Prize when compared with eight years of Bush."

"Only if the award is given for reading a TelePrompTer."

Maybe it was for Obama making Peace with the English language.

Posted by: turkerm | October 9, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

What troubles me is the way and the reasons President Obama was awarded the Noble Peace Prize, not that I would for a minute begrudge him the prize after he completed a major achievement. It was given on intentions, not deeds. That troubles me, and more than a few others. I fear it could become a jinx, this was not the time for such an honor.

Posted by: SanchoK | October 9, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

"Maybe it was for Obama making Peace with the English language."

As when he said passing the "stimulus" bill would keep the unemployment rate from going over 8 percent? (It is now nearly 10 and moving up.)

As when he said his healthcare reform bill won't "add a dime" of debt?

As when said a few weeks ago that we have a new general and strategy in Afghanistan, only now to be considering yet another strategy because his left-wing allies don't like the war?

Etc, etc, etc.

The man has indeed uttered a lot of words in the last nine months. He is the all-time ace at getting himself on television (and at overspending) and filling up the atmosphere with his talk.

I give him that. I will even agree that they were, for the most part, correct in their grammar.

But the truthfulness of those words is quite a different story.

What good is eloquence if employed mainly in the service of self-promotion, mendacity, or the enlargement of government?

The key fact about Barack Obama is this: Prior to running for president, he had two notable achievements.

Each was writing a book.

And each book was largely about himself.

His acceptance of an undeserved Nobel Peace Prize fits perfectly with the man's character.

Posted by: SARileyMan | October 9, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see you've joined the rest of the haters at the new, improved Washington Post, Ruth. What happened? Fred Hiatt threaten to cut your pay?

Posted by: thrh | October 9, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

More details on the Nobel Peace Prize award process:

Posted by: MichelleKinPA | October 9, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

"As when he said passing the "stimulus" bill would keep the unemployment rate from going over 8 percent? (It is now nearly 10 and moving up.)

As when he said his healthcare reform bill won't "add a dime" of debt?

As when said a few weeks ago that we have a new general and strategy in Afghanistan, only now to be considering yet another strategy because his left-wing allies don't like the war?"

Yes, it is because he time he speaks, he does so in English. We haven't heard that language from a president since Clinton.

Posted by: turkerm | October 9, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Ha! Obama gets the Liberal's Nobel Prize for not being Bush!

I would love to see some further investigation into Obama's trip to Copenhagen. It's to far fetched to think it was really to give Chicago a shot over Rio! Now it appears, showing up in the region made him eligible for losing - second place gets the Nobel Prize.

Liberals are always good for some chuckles!

Posted by: 2009frank | October 9, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

I think Obama won this award because in just a few short months, he, like no one else ever, has changed the paradigm of how we Americans view the world. And, I think he has begun to cause the world to look at itself differently, too. In this ever shrinking world, the only way for all of us to move forward is to have a much broader world view than we have had in the past. We must begin to understand people who are different than us, not just dismiss them. Now, more than ever, we are "all in this together..." We are neighbors. We are family, for good or for bad.

To be able to cause such a paradigm shift is a HUGE accomplishment, and worthy of this kind of recognition... even now.

Posted by: mmck | October 9, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Not to offend, but all this (Newsweek, best-seller, Grammy, Gridiron Club, IOC, all those Euro trips) says:

Obama is the "hip-hop president", there is way too much HYPE in this administration, all talk no action... as in Hip-Hop... And the world is under the spell.

And gizz wat yo: Obama likes it.

Posted by: recharged95 | October 9, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

The Nobel Peace Prize is unique and not given for specific accomplishments as is the Nobel Prize in Physics, Chemistry, Literature and Physiology or Medicine which are usually issued in retrospect for specific achievments in that area.

According to Alfred 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 Nobel Committee decided that "the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

I'm tired of people saying President Obama hasn't "accomplished" enough to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize. The prize honors his World Wide Positive Influence in International relations/fraternity. His campaign and election changed the face of America's relationship to the World and is bringing Nations together to address world problems using dialogue and negotiations as the most important tool for resolving conflict.

Posted by: CindyLugo | October 9, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

"Glad to see you've joined the rest of the haters at the new, improved Washington Post, Ruth. What happened? Fred Hiatt threaten to cut your pay?"


Actually, I am a "Disliker."

I dislike Obama's overspending, as it guarantees a lower standard of living for Americans.

I dislike Obama's assault on the dollar.

I dislike Obama's plan to cut Medicare.

I dislike Obama's desire to force people to buy health insurance by fining or imprisoning them if they don't.

I dislike Obama's indecision causing anguish and death to our troops at the front.

I dislike Obama's habit of saying one thing and doing another.

I dislike Obama's plan to house the world's worst terrorists on the U.S. mainland.

I dislike Obama's long-time, intimate association with criminal outfits like Acorn.

I dislike Obama's desire to tax productive citizens and give the money to political allies.

I dislike that Obama is so ignorant of how the economy works that he believes "profit" is the same as "overhead."

I dislike that Obama destroyed the DC School Voucher program, effectively giving academic death sentences to many DC youth--all to keep the donation machine known as the teacher's unions happy.

I dislike Obama's plan to nationalize student loans.

I dislike that Obama fosters a sense of reliance on government.

I dislike that under Obama the public sector is growing and the private sector shrinking.

I dislike Obama's give aways and bailouts to corporations and individuals who made stupid decisions.

I dislike Obama taking over two of America's car manufacturers by strong-arming bondholders, so that he could give equity stakes to his union pals.

I dislike Obama's plan to impose huge new taxes on energy and force us to use light-bulbs we don't want and drive cars we hate.

I dislike that Obama never goes overseas without apologizing for the United States of America,

I really don't give a whit about Obama's words. That currency no longer has much value. And when it comes to his deeds, there is, just nine months in, already much to dislike.

Posted by: SARileyMan | October 9, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Uh oh...another liberal that "gets it."

What's the world coming to?

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | October 9, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm not an American but I feel their embarrassment. This is so wrong on so many levels. But it's what I would expect from a bunch of self-righteous Eurotrash. If they weren't floating on a sea of oil, the Norwegians would be dismissed as the nonentities they are. Most of them were Quislings (a word coined from the name of their prime minister at the time) during WWII and, like their equally smarmy Swedish neighbours, defended their actions as being oh-so noble and self-sacrificing. In reality they're just a bunch of smug nupties and I hope the (non-Obamabot) American people let them know how they feel about this ridiculous and blatantly partisan act.

Posted by: liamm1 | October 9, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Peace = Pretty Egregious Award Conveyed Erronously

Posted by: festus75 | October 9, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

"The Norwegian Nobel Committee decided that "the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

Ummm, what were his "extraordinary efforts"?

Giving speeches?

Winning an election?

Of course, all that is too surreal to consider seriously. What the Nobel Committee said was the reason was just obfuscation, the content of a de rigeur press release. It has all the credibility of a late-night TV infomercial.

The real reason for the award is to influence Barack Obama to do what the Committee wants him to do. This is transparently obvious.

Only a fool would take the Committee's words at face value. Only a fool would think Barack Obama has done anything worthy of it. Indeed, if we can trust him, Barack Obama would agree he's not done anything worthy of it.

This award is a political stunt from a Nobel organization that is given to political stunts. Nothing more.

The outrageous dimension to it is how Obama popped out of a bed this morning and eagerly embraced this sham. This shows an astounding vanity, and presidents who are that ostentatiously vain invariably cause the country dire problems.

Vain presidents will sacrifice their country's interests for another trophy in the case, or another line on the resume.

Posted by: SARileyMan | October 9, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

"I think Obama won this award because in just a few short months, he, like no one else ever, has changed the paradigm of how we Americans view the world."

Any evidence for this?

As Obama has been engaged in this heroic paradigm-shifting, his poll numbers have moved markedly southward.

In fact,the more he says about anything, the less the American people seem to like or believe him. The American people still want him to succeed, but, as he reveals it, they are pretty clearly rejecting his agenda from gun control to Iran.

The evidence, in other words, decisively rejects your hypothesis.

Posted by: SARileyMan | October 9, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

It should have gone to Vladamir Putin. At least he enforced peace in the Former USSR, and rules the place with an iron grip - without Stalin's bloodshed. Obama has done exactly nothing. Awarding this prize to Obama makes the Nobel Peace Committee look like a gaggle of buffoons.

Posted by: andrewp111 | October 9, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

"Obama has done exactly nothing."

Yes, but it has been an eloquent nothing.

Posted by: SARileyMan | October 9, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

The absolute surest way to bring death and destruction to the maximum number of people and to their civic and financial institutions is to adopt Marxist policies. Thanks a lot, Narway.

Posted by: Iago22 | October 9, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Are their any Americans left in this country. A President fails in his attempt to get the Olympics for an American city and his political opponents cheer. A President receives the nobel prize and opponents and allies react with consternation and anger. Yes the President has not achieved world peace in 9 months, but it is a good thing for the world to respect and admire an American president and his agenda. At least it was a good thing until now. The shameful response to our President getting the Nobel Prize speaks volumes about how low this country has fallen.

Posted by: steven08817 | October 9, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA WINS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE. For the first time,the National Spelling Bee champion was chosen by selecting the African-American US President with the best pronunciation while reading a teleprompter. "Spelling is more than getting the letters in the right order" said a spokesperson. "It's also about the sum of your life experiences, and what you might achieve".

Posted by: doctorfixit | October 9, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

The Nobel bunch are a lot of snooty, Euro-socialists. They want Democrats to keep winning elections in America because Democrats are the closest thing to Euro-weenies we have.

In other words the Nobel people are trying to influence American elections with their, now, nearly worthless prize.

I hope most Americans will realize what a phony setup this really is.

My fear is that many will think B.O. won the thing because he deserved it.

Are there really enough suckers out there for this scam to work??

Posted by: battleground51 | October 9, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA WINS PILLSBURY BAKEOFF. The President mentioned that he had been daydreaming about chocolate chip cookies, and the Bakeoff committee immediately recognized that his superior intellect would probably come up with the award winning recipe, so they awarded First Prize to the President.

Posted by: doctorfixit | October 9, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA WINS NBA CHAMPIONSHIP. For his smooth on-court style and his support for night basketball, the NBA championship committee awarded the National Championship to Barack Obama, in a stunning upset over the favored LA Lakers.

Posted by: doctorfixit | October 9, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

"Are their any Americans left in this country. A President fails in his attempt to get the Olympics for an American city and his political opponents cheer. A President receives the nobel prize and opponents and allies react with consternation and anger."

Chicago did not deserve the Olympics, and I live there. The place is crawling with corruption, and it was pretty much agreed that the Olympics would have been Graft Central. So, yes, I am delighted the near-bankrupt city of Chicago and horribly mismanaged state of Illinois failed to get it.

This Democrat-run state is a mess, like California and Michigan and the rest. The average wait time for creditors of the state of Illinois to be paid is now three months. It's good that the politicians here won't have an Olympics to hide behind. Maybe they will take care of business.

Right after the pigs go supersonic.

Obama showed his vanity by becoming a salesman for his Chicago cronies, in trying to land a two-week sports festival seven years from now.

And he showed his vanity today by accepting an award that everyone knows he does not deserve. A more substantial human being would have refused it on the principle that true leaders do not accept undeserved rewards.

Obama, of course, eagerly took it.

Posted by: SARileyMan | October 9, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

This prize is supposed to be for actions accomplished, not as a hopeful nudge toward socialism. Twelve days of "hope and change" and suddenly the world is a new place? Please.

The Look At Me nature of this administration that seems more interested in public speeches and coverage than actual activity has already become a liability here. Now that the European Socialist have give their stamp of approval, it is clear we either jettison this administration and their trappings or we sink slowly in the west leaving the very same socialist nations to the militaristic whims of Islamists, the Russians and China. Good luck because we won't be there to save you. We cannot even save ourselves.

Posted by: TruBluTopaz | October 9, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama's great contribution to world peace did indeed come in the first two weeks of his presidency.

Because Obama's great contribution to world peace was to wrench control of the world's most powerful weapon, the US military, from the twitching, grasping fingers of America's deranged, drooling Republicans.

No single act could do more to preserve world peace, and we're all thankful for it, around the world.

Posted by: kevrobb | October 9, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

In the same way the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards OSCARS to their own; Liberals do the same with Nobel Prizes.

Then for a year the elite liberal intelligentsia bows down to the winner and anticipates the world to be thrilled with what they have done for themselves.

Candidly, since being elected President is Obama's only positive accomplishment anyone could honestly point to, I feel sorry for the liberals who cast their votes for him didn't win anything.

Posted by: 2009frank | October 9, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

@battleground51: You asked: "Are there really enough suckers out there for this scam to work??"

No, I don't think so. Obama's electoral campaign was a masterpiece of bait and switch. Now, in power, Obama's shroud is being stripped away and, as he has been uncovered, support for his policies has fallen markedly. Inevitably, this will lead to his personal approval falling to unelectable levels.

America did not "change" last November. Politically, we're still a center-right country, and the American people will give the boot to any president who does not respect those boundaries. I think it is unlikely that Obama will respect those boundaries.

Obama, for all his mammoth pretensions, will not end up as a transformational president. If anything, his presidency is tracking that of Jimmy Carter.

Posted by: SARileyMan | October 9, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

"Because Obama's great contribution to world peace was to wrench control of the world's most powerful weapon, the US military, from the twitching, grasping fingers of America's deranged, drooling Republicans."

If this juvenile nonsense were true, the recipients of the award should be the American voters. Obama did not elect himself.

Posted by: SARileyMan | October 9, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Peace is what you have when the good guys win!

Posted by: jack_carlson | October 9, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

What I see from a lot of people is that we should be happy that the other countries like us again. Honestly....who cares if they like us or not, they like us because our economy is crap right now and we are not the big kid on the block for the first time in a long time. Mind you for the time being. When you are the number one nation in the will not be liked. Get used to it. It's just like if you are the best in a league of some If you win all the time and you are favored to win all the time....people hate you...Most countries hate us, generally speaking, because since WW2 we have been the nation that has led the world in production, consumption and military strength. Now that we screwed up...we need to get it back together again. This nobel prize to Obama....even though he means well...I don't necessarily agree that he should have been the one to receive it. He hasn't done anything except take over from where Bush left off. I'd rather be #1 and hated, like we have been, then be # 10 and liked by everybody else.....someone needs to lead and our country is the best country to lead this world, although at the moment I sometimes wonder where our leadership really is.

Posted by: DamianPalmares | October 9, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Where was Marcus when the Medal(s) of Honor were awarded by G.W. Bush? Watched your commentary on Newshour. Drop your resume off at FOX.

Posted by: groundwaterhegemony | October 9, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Someone with some sense - Damian you are so right. What is the big deal about the rest of the world liking us/US? Who needs them? The US didn't get to be a superpower by relying on anyone else. I'll take Bush's brand of diplomacy anytime over Odumbas. Khaddafy for sure woke up and realized that he didn't want to p/o Bush cause Bush would kick his a**. Funny how the Nobel hasn't been awarded to a Republican (in recent memory) only Democrats. Doesn't that show the committee is aligned with the leftist/Socialist agenda? If Odumba had any class, he would have declined the award with a gracious, I haven't done anything yet to deserve this. Once again his mask drops and he shows his true character - he has none.

Posted by: profmoriarty | October 9, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

yeah, i'm sure it was some sort of commie-norwegian plot to torpedo our government.

tell ya what. the prospect of barack obama as a nobel laureate seems by several orders of magnitude less absurd, less unreasonable, and less dangerous than the prospect of sarah palin holding forth in the oval office. where was all the media outrage over that charade?

Posted by: jimfilyaw | October 9, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

My friend, Alex Cockburn put it better:
People marvel at the idiocy of these Nobel awards, but there’s method in the madness, since in the end they train people to accept without demur or protest absurdity as part and parcel of the human condition, which they should accept as representing the considered opinion of rational men, albeit Norwegian. It’s a twist on the Alger myth, inspiring to youth: you too can get to murder Filipinos, or Palestinians, or Vietnamese or Afghans and still win a Peace Prize. That’s the audacity of hope at full stretch.

It’s dawning even on those predisposed to like the guy that when it comes to burning issues the first black president of the United States truly hates to come down on one side or the other. He dreads making powerful people mad. He won’t stand up for his own people when they’re being savaged by the nutball right, edges them out, then has his press secretary claim that they jumped of their own accord. This may impress the peaceniks of Oslo, but from the American perspective he's looking like a wimp.

Posted by: edlharris | October 9, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

so why didn't he get one for Medicine since he proposed the healthcare bill? This really cheapens the Peace Prize but since Carter and Arafat got it it hasn't been worth much

Posted by: jschmidt2 | October 9, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

"For the 1st time in my life I am truely proud to be an American." Nope still sounds just as condesending and stupid as it did last year. How about Dear Mr. President please let my people go, or All I want for Christmas is my country back.
Over the years I have witnessed many crazy things but this one is up on the top of the list. Now that the Nobel prize has truely turned into a joke that nobody is laughing at please help put truly worthy people into office to help govern the land not rape it for unworthy self intrest. I am pround to be an American just not pround of some of the people governing it.

Posted by: OnlyinAmerica | October 9, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse

"This award is for President Obama's philosophy and principles, which already has changed the world dramatically."

Alcoholism obviously continues as an ever escalating American tragedy.

Posted by: PoohziePhart | October 9, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Eze 13:10 Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and [there was] no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered [morter]:

Eze 13:11 Say unto them which daub [it] with untempered [morter], that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend [it].

Dearly Beguiled, have you not eyes to see the veneer BHO II oozes out of his vapid, vacant, vacuous, soul of vanity? The adoring zombi followers of this reincarnated Jim Jones cult creature are profainly posturing their propaganda. Pravda allusions! Weaving their preposterous props of "Peace & Safety". The fetish of fools gone wild! Will be visited with sudden destruction! Therefore, Idol worshipers, Repent from your idolatry and seek The Face of God, The Peace of Nations, The Lord of Hosts!

Posted by: scott31 | October 10, 2009 2:14 AM | Report abuse

I think all that can be said has been said, but I'd like to add my amazement. Thankfully, it seems there will be no windfall political benefit for Obama. One poster wondered if he didn't win the award because he is black, which causes me to wonder about the effect of that fact on his whole administration.

Posted by: Auburninbp | October 10, 2009 2:26 AM | Report abuse

Gee, a WaPo "reporter" says she voted for Obama!! Will miracles never cease? I wonder how many reporters/columnists/management at the paper voted for Mc Cain????

The award is a political blessing on a man most European leftists consider a comrade.

Posted by: felix335 | October 10, 2009 3:53 AM | Report abuse



WHAT? ...



I thought it was the NOBALLS Prize. 8>/

Posted by: tkpisces | October 10, 2009 6:14 AM | Report abuse

The Prize is a joke, at least since Arafat received it. And as a joke, they've made a choice and created a headline worthy of "The Onion." Of course you like Obama, Ruth, since you're a partisan, but even your ilk can't stomach this kind of fawning. Kind of makes you realize how we feel, watching Dems fawn all over this empty suit here at home. What's next, an award from Chavez? You people really need to check yourselves, because this guy makes GWB look wise and overqualified. As for the Prize, a total joke....

Posted by: subframer | October 10, 2009 6:23 AM | Report abuse

Nobels aren't chosen by work up to the date of a nomination. The committee works until September choosing among nominees.

I can do research. Can I work for the WaPo?

Posted by: LittleThom | October 10, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Marcus and WaPo need someone to do research.
The Grey Lady is a shadow of her former self.
These comments are, for the most part, much like the wingnut garbage at Politico.

Posted by: ronnivic | October 10, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Little Thom,

"I can do research. Can I work for the WaPo?"

Obviously not. Research and fact-checking aren't, apparently, part of the rigorous, multi-layered editorial process at the editorial page. Snark and condescension is.

Posted by: sembtex | October 10, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

NewsBusters -- Nobel for Obama 'Ridiculous,' But Wash Post's Marcus Admits: 'I Voted for President Obama'

Posted by: StewartIII | October 10, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Of course this award to Obama is undeserved and a farce. Congratulations to the 30% of leftists--with whom we conservatives still disagree about everything else--for being honest enough to admit it! Too bad for the others who are forced to try to defend the cheapening of the Nobel into something Norwegians leftists give to support any leftist cause around the world...

Posted by: yourstruly1991 | October 11, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Marcus refutes her own argument. She admits to voting for Obama (a man whose popularity is largely based on his personality and not his accomplishments) And then she states that the award should be based on doing, and not being.

Posted by: henleytx11 | October 12, 2009 2:58 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is NOT a bimbo!
The campaign is over, stop being so rude!

Posted by: Amyday1 | October 12, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

The liberal Ms. Marcus is properly embarassed about a man getting a Nobel Prize he clearly did not deserve based on anything he ever accomplished. Liberals also support affirmative action in education whereby students are accepted by colleges and universities, an acceptance that their high school grades clearly indicate they don't deserve. In each case the skin color of the beneficiaries is "of color." This smacks of a curious form of left-wing racism.

Posted by: mhr614 | October 13, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

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