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The breaking-news alert on my BlackBerry at 5:13 a.m. was stunning: President Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. Time magazine's Mark Halperin said on "Morning Joe" that "not since Marisa Tomei won the Oscar" has he been this surprised.

That was a good line, and it encapsulates the "Say what?!" reaction rippling through the nation. The surprise in Oslo makes last week's Olympic disappointment in Copenhagen a distant memory for the president.

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 9, 2009; 6:13 AM ET
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The Nobel prize for peace has always been a political award. That's exactly the point of the prize. It's to raise the awareness of a cause and to raise the profile of a crusader. President Barack H. Obama has made a sea-change in the approach of the most powerful country on earth towards diplomacy on all fronts and towards nuclear disarmament. He is more than deserving of this recognition.

Posted by: genefoxjr | October 9, 2009 7:17 AM | Report abuse

This price will help the US overseas. Under Bush we were hated and now already other countries are showing us more respect when we say ''I'm an American.'' Job well done.

Posted by: ridagana | October 9, 2009 7:25 AM | Report abuse

That's the power of George Bush, now two people ower him the Nobel Prize, Carter and Obama.

Posted by: Gregory1 | October 9, 2009 7:28 AM | Report abuse

I can't help but think of the impotent rage of the right wing... and smile.

Posted by: hellslittlestangel1 | October 9, 2009 7:56 AM | Report abuse

God, what an embarrassment. This has to be one of the stupidest things I've seen in the news all year.

I mean, we've known for years that the award was political, but to give is to a guy with ZERO actual accomplishments is kind of shameful. I'm just glad I'm not a Norwegian, this could turn the entire country ito a punch line.

If I were Obama, I would be trying to think up a way to gracefully decline this worthless "honor".

Posted by: ZZim | October 9, 2009 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps this was awarded for the great work done as a community organizer in Chicago and all the "peace" that broke out in that city.

Posted by: Linda7 | October 9, 2009 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Bravo!!!! y VIVA PRESIDENTE OBAMA!!!!!

Posted by: henrynavia | October 9, 2009 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Please keep in mind that this is entirely the Norwegians' idea and has caught the White House completely by surprise.

I generally support Barack Obama, but this makes no sense.

(I kind of like the line, "The first time a Nobel prize was awarded for 'Not being George Bush'.")

To repeat, If you have any questions...ask the Norwegians.

Posted by: stivgdgy | October 9, 2009 8:04 AM | Report abuse

What a joke. He was nominated after being in office for NINE DAYS.

The Nobel Prize is an utter joke.

Posted by: bobmoses | October 9, 2009 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Peace and diplomacy have always been American values. Congratulations President Obama. This is an honor for all Americans.

Posted by: Judy_L | October 9, 2009 8:12 AM | Report abuse

The President has a lot of ideas, but then so do I and I did not win the Nobel Peace Prize. I think it is premature. A little talk, and no action sums it up.

Posted by: Barnacle-Bill | October 9, 2009 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Let's follow a short timeline, shall we?

Barack Obama became President of the United States on January 20, 2009.

The deadline for Nobel Prize nominations was February 1, 2009.

Barack Obama could not have been president for more than 11-1/2 days when he was nominated.

This is beyond ridiculous. All the other Nobel Prizes got to people who have actually accomplished something. I suppose we will next see the Nobel Prize in physics go to someone who started a research project this past winter.

All that is left to make the farce complete would be for the president to decide next week to send another 60,000 troops to Afghanistan in implementation of General McChrystal's surge strategy.

Posted by: gilbertbp | October 9, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Obama 2 (health-care and peace), republicans and their allies in the press 0.... now that's stunning.

Posted by: jpsbr2002 | October 9, 2009 8:17 AM | Report abuse


President Obama carpenter of a new framework for an old world. The wood the latent goodwill and able hands of peoples everywhere who seek a better and fairer life. The nails his clear and careful thought, his enlightening and inspiring words, his caring and expansive heart. I am thrilled by the decision in Oslo today. It makes me proud to be an American. Let's roll up our sleeves and get to work.

Posted by: catfish1 | October 9, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

This award is a joke. He was President for about ten minutes before the nominations were due. This is like an award show no one watches.

Posted by: Alangc2 | October 9, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

I am stunned. This is just soooo creepy, the pesonality cult, and worship that surround this guy. Even Obama supporters should be very leery of this.

Posted by: ohioguy1 | October 9, 2009 8:21 AM | Report abuse

The Nobel committee will now be under the microscope by the rightwing (i.e. Glenn Beck).

Posted by: gopstupor | October 9, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Oh My Stars! Negroes aren't supposed to be President! Negroes aren't supposed to win the Nobel Prize! It's the Apocalypse! Help! Mommy!

Posted by: cllrdr | October 9, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Well, he DID write a very well-received memoir.

Posted by: mikwil84 | October 9, 2009 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Sit back, relax, and enjoy watching the conservatives blow their top.

Posted by: zackool | October 9, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Stunned? It's too soon to be stunned. . .

Posted by: gbship | October 9, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Just as with the International Olympic Committee, this is an international body with a history, customs, and rules of which I know basically nothing. I look forward to some basic reporting (this is not a knock on this quick piece at all) on the following questions: Does the Committee often "encourage" new figures on the world stage with such prizes, or are its peace prizes usually awarded only at the end of someone's career? In general, how does this fit in with what the Committee usually does, and if it's typical why, if it's unusual, why did it happen? What is its history of awards related to issues of nuclear nonproliferation and peace, which seem like core issues to its mission? look forward to learning.

Second point: What was the main focus of the award? Was it nuclear nonproliferation? If so, Obama's pursuit of this goal has been a grossly underreported story throughout his political career and this might be a good time to do a backgrounder story on it. As a layperson, I've noticed the Lugar-Obama bill on loose nukes, the speech in Prague, the aggressive progress with Russia on a nuclear nonproliferation treaty this year, and the attempt to recast Iran and Korea as part of a global "reset" on nuclear nonproliferation as opposed to singling out individual states and not others. Yet people don't identify him with nonproliferation because it's not the issue of the moment, which (rightly) is climate change. It's weird, like he's speaking to a mike that's been turned off on this one topic. Maybe this will get people's attention.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | October 9, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

I think he's very deserving. This ranks right up there with Milli Vanilli winning a Grammy!

Posted by: kingsra | October 9, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

A warm congratulations to our president. A reminder to all of us that the world is bigger than the United States. He does not shy from the hard work involved in creating world peace. He has raised the image of the United States in the rest of the word and has a vision beyond a limited vision of US interests. To those who cannot wrap their hearts around this recognition and honor to our country and our president, I offer a loud raspberry.

Posted by: sergius1 | October 9, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

"El Rushbo" just seen waiting for the pharmacy to open in West Palm Beach, FL

Posted by: NotBubba | October 9, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

This is the greatest news I have read this morning. President Obama winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. The world knows a good and godly man when they see one. If only the misguided ones in that Great Nation of US would stop their foolish bickering over nonessentials and work with the most enlightened POTUS; then their nation and the world would be evolving in the right direction - a better place for all. Selfishness and greed on the part of SOME in that noble country can only stymied the efforts and initiatives for correcting those woes that are badly hurting the USA and by extension the people of the world. The world continues to watch the rudeness and selfishness on part some Americans in leadership positions, beaming ugly images and imagery around the globe; we from outside looking in are bewildered; yes, the USA is an open or transparent nation but we want to see the best practices sent overseas not your dirty linen; why do they continue to muddy the waters; it makes no sense at all. More than ever don't you agree that all hands at the plough are needed to put US back on the right footing? You can do it; Yes you can, just step back and listen to your voice of reason. God gave you the birthright of being a Great Nation and don't let that be stolen from you...all people are equal in His sight. Keep working for a better world - your God given task.

I shall continue to pray for your President Obama and his administration that they succeed because the cause or causes to which they hold dearly are right not for a few but for all Americans and the World as a matter of fact - the Common Good. Those people behind the Noble Peace Award got it right this time around. Congratulation to you Mr. President Obama of the USA and of World. God bless America and congratulation to the people of America we love you.

Poetrynest.blogspot.com

Posted by: Pat21 | October 9, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

The prize shouldn't be seen in the context of the last nine months, but of the last nine years.

It's just such a nice change to have a US president who doesn't think his job is to stir up war and trouble on behalf of the American armaments industry.

The prize is for Obama's effort to bring a giant rogue state back into the international fold.

I guess that just gives America's crazed Republicans twice as much reason to be angry about it.

But they're angry about everything all the time anyway. Let them froth, the world no longer wishes to deal with them ... in fact that's the real message of this prize.

Posted by: JenDray | October 9, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

This is a terrific move celebrating perhaps not only Obama, but the sea change in America's stance and standing vis-à-vis the rest of the world. I'm delighted.

Posted by: Lutoslawski | October 9, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Sit back, relax, and enjoy watching the conservatives blow their top.
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We're not blowing our top...we're laughing our a@@#s off.

Posted by: wadeb123 | October 9, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Yeah...right. On his way from Copenhagen, he must have stopped at Oslo & begged the Nobel committee to give him the peace prize.
Anti-Obama morons! plug your own ears & scream all you want, you can't undo this. Apparently the Nobel Committee has no problem giving the prize to a black guy.

Posted by: sarvenk63 | October 9, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

What's next?


He wins the Miss Universe Pageant?


I can't wait to see what SNL does with this.

Posted by: drjcarlucci | October 9, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

As a European i would say Barak Obama has completely changed the relationship between Europe an the USA. The Nobel Peace price is an political price and Obama will get more political influence as a pace price winner. By giving the price too Obama the pressure on him to continue his peace work will be greater.
Congratulations mr. President.

Posted by: geirandrekristiansen | October 9, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

The greatest threat to world peace is the tension that now exists between the Islamic world and the US / secular western democracies. The one person on the planet with the greatest ability to influence the outcome of this conflict is the President of the United States. This president has adopted a non-confrontatial posture and that is why he is being rewarded with this honor.

Posted by: zuleron | October 9, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

hahahahahah! what a joke!

Posted by: DaMan2 | October 9, 2009 8:48 AM | Report abuse

I don't know, this seems a bit bizarre.

If I'm Obama and someone gives this to me I'm feeling a bit sheepish. Someone said there was a Chinese dissident and and Afghan Women's rights worker nominated? They totally sound deserving.

I think Obama could possibly turn this into a real positive (not a creepy fan club moment) by offering the award and the monies to the afghan woman.

She exists in a completely hostile environment and this kind of spotlight shift could do a lot for her cause. Whereas, here the discussion is likely to focus on how unlikely a candidate Obama is at this point in his career. Especially if as stated before he had to be nominated within 11 days of his presidency.

When my wife told me I was like "say wha?" still sleepy, but yeah, I don't think this makes a lot of sense yet... unless you are into kool-aide.

Posted by: gconrads | October 9, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

This news is indeed extraordinary! The world media reaction is positive... http://www.enewsreference.com the GOP on the other hand...

Posted by: nquotes | October 9, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

The deadline for nominations is February 1st. The prize was decided upon recently, not the same day as nomination.

No matter how much the Republicans spin this, it does matter to many, especially to the rest of the world. Recent polls show that the US has regained its #1 rating among most admired nations according to Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands Index. Doesn't being #1 give a little more clout?

Posted by: MichelleKinPA | October 9, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

President Obama has earned the Nobel Peace Prize for the most basic contribution to the fraternity of nations. Moslems have become the 21st century version of Japanese Americans in California in the 1940s and the Jim Crow South throughout most of the 20th Century. Its okay to despise them, revile them an make political use of their existence to push your agenda. Obama has declared an end to that international dynamic and internal US political tool.

Excellent Job, Mr President

Posted by: kmwray | October 9, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

President Obama carpenter of a new framework for an old world. The wood the latent goodwill and able hands of peoples everywhere who seek a better and fairer life. The nails his clear and careful thought, his enlightening and inspiring words, his caring and expansive heart. I am thrilled by the decision in Oslo today. It makes me proud to be an American. Let's roll up our sleeves and get to work.

Posted by: catfish1 | October 9, 2009 8:18 AM
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WELL SAID!!!

Posted by: MUPPET | October 9, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Jonothan Capehart! It's nice that we can always count on you to say the stupidest thing in the Post.

Posted by: HookInMouth | October 9, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I don't know, this seems a bit bizarre.

If I'm Obama and someone gives this to me I'm feeling a bit sheepish. Someone said there was a Chinese dissident and and Afghan Women's rights worker nominated? They totally sound deserving.

I think Obama could possibly turn this into a real positive (not a creepy fan club moment) by offering the award and the monies to the afghan woman.

She exists in a completely hostile environment and this kind of spotlight shift could do a lot for her cause. Whereas, here the discussion is likely to focus on how unlikely a candidate Obama is at this point in his career. Especially if as stated before he had to be nominated within 11 days of his presidency.

When my wife told me I was like "say wha?" still sleepy, but yeah, I don't think this makes a lot of sense yet... unless you are into kool-aide.

Posted by: gconrads |================================

You don't even KNOW the afghan women, but you think she's more deserving than YOUR president. A virtual stranger, the woman is trying to get rights only for afghan women, to you is better deserving than someone who tries to get a better life for EVERYONE.

This must be from someone who is drinking the haterade...

OBAMA 2012!!!

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

Interesting how after only 9 months in office the Right can blame the President for the poor economy, for unemployment, for Afghanistan and every imaginable abomination, but give him the Nobel prize for peace and wait a minute. What did he do to earn that?

Posted by: genefoxjr | October 9, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

To cllrdr:

Nelson Mandella - 1993
Bishop Desmond Tutu - 1984
Martin Luthor King - 1964

...all black, I believe.

Posted by: eve5 | October 9, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Rookie of the Year. But not the Nobel Peace Prize.

Posted by: Nomis1 | October 9, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

This is embarrassing for America and the world. The Nobel Peace Prize went to someone that did absolutely nothing.....Bill Clinton spent years trying to bring Arafat and Israel together ...he gets nothing. Obama won this award from an organization trying to affect politics in the US the same way Al Qaeda did in Spain by ignoring accomplishment in favor of partisan politics. It is a transparent attempt to reward Obama for surrendering America's sovereignty to the UN and weakening America's resolve to defend freedom around the world.

Posted by: Realist20 | October 9, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Praise the Lord and pass the Kool-Aid.

Posted by: Nomis1 | October 9, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

mmmmmm ... mmmmmm ... mmmmmm ...

I think the school kids who sang the Obama song should have won the Nobel Peace Prize. They want world peace too.

Posted by: Nomis1 | October 9, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

So, the formula for winning Nobel Peace Prize = making a billion speeches talking about your life story and making money on
books about your life story.

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

I voted for Obama, not for his foreign expertize, but his promises to right the economy and get that back on track. However, I'm not going to take this honor away from him.
Some of you asked how the nominations are made, when thay are made and how mant there are. Truth is, nobody knows! The Norwegians keep the list of candidates a state secret almost. Only one who knows he/she is on the list is the winner. Yeh, sure, it's political. But the inventor of TNT actually did something good with all the profits and the winners should feel humbled and honored.
Now, maybe Barack feels he hasn't done enough to get the award. There have been those that have turned it down. If I was in office only 9 months, that's what I'd do. I'd wait until we were out of Afganistan and Iraq and Darfur and all the other areas our soldiers are in harms way. I'd bang Isreal's and the Palestian's heads together, lock them in a room and not let them out until peace is made. Same with the Koreas. But I would make Iran's neuclear threat a first priority. There's one place a little strength may be necessary.
The last American sitting president to earn the Peace Prize was Woodrow Wilson in 1919 for establishing the League of Nations. Teddy Roosevelt won the US's first Peace Prize for ending the Russo-Sino War of 1905. Hooray for Obama. Obama in 2012.

Posted by: hobsry7350 | October 9, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to Pres. Obama.

"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."

America is now seen as a country that reaches out to others. What a concept.

Posted by: rlj1 | October 9, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Obama's Nobel Peace Prize is worth about $1.98.

Posted by: Nomis1 | October 9, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Even more entertaining than the outrage from conservatives some correspondents have predicted here is the onanistic self congratulations from the left. Seems to me the award is a bit of a poisoned apple as the White House and its many sycophants will now find themselves having to defend the very thin record of accomplishment that led to this award, thus focusing attention on Obama's lack of foreign policy achievements beyond a few pretty speeches. The main thing this award will accomplish: giving Obama another opportunity to play dress-up and deliver one more pretty speech in Oslo.

I am sure the Europeans will love it.

Posted by: Sobek | October 9, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

The Nobel Prize nominations had to be submitted by 1 February, 2009, and Obama had only been in office 9 DAYS at the time he was nominated. It would be interesting to understand WHO nominated Obama and with what justification at the time..that he is the first BLACK President, a good telepromter reader, with good speach-writers and a broad, gleaming smile ? Personally, I think the first BLACK President qualification may have won him the prize because, like Stevie Wonder sang:

"We are amazed but not amused
By all the things you say that you'll do.
Though much concerned but not involved
With decisions that are made by you.

But we are sick and tired of hearing your song,
Telling how you are gonna change right from wrong.
'Cause if you really want to hear our views
"You haven't done nothing"!"

Posted by: Z_2k | October 9, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I'm not a big fan of Al Gore, but arguably he deserved his Nobel Peace Prize.

Imagine how that poor guy feels this morning with the crushing realization that the Nobel Peace Prize is nothing more than a political bauble, awarded on the basis of most pretty speeches in a 10-day period.

Even Yasser Arafat, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994, is probably turning over in his grave.

Posted by: Nomis1 | October 9, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Americans are a trip! 99.9% of you couldnt name more then one winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and now you are all experts on the prize and its history. I love it! Espescially watching the Right-wing-nuts foam at the mouth at another Obama slap-down.

Posted by: ilg123 | October 9, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

SNL can't top this. It's funny by itself.

Posted by: Nomis1 | October 9, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Former President Jimmy Carter says the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to President Barack Obama is a "bold statement of international support for his vision and commitment."

Posted by: paulnolan97 | October 9, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

@sarvenk63 , re: "Anti-Obama morons! plug your own ears & scream all you want, you can't undo this. "

No one wants to "undo it". In fact, as it will stand as a shining example of how little this Nobel Preace Prize means from now on; it's now frivolous. That it can be awarded soley on the basis of words and not actions, on aspiration and not accomplishment.

Posted by: Z_2k | October 9, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Obama 2 (health-care and peace), republicans and their allies in the press 0.... now that's stunning.

Posted by: jpsbr2002 | October 9, 2009 8:17 AM
_________________________________________
Just as in baseball, you actually have to cross the plate to count runs. RSP (runners in scorring position) is a stat used to show how badly you didn't finish what you started. When a real healthcare bill is passed and we are not at war, then count the runs.
Until then I've only seen
IOC 1 - Obama/Winfrey 0

Posted by: thensell | October 9, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Congrat to President Obama, and to all American on this great award, it does not get any bigger. A historical day, yes good intention should be rewarded and it has. When Obama took over the presidency the world was i such a dire position, we have only changed few degree to the better. W did such an incredible job screwing up the world that a little bit will get you the Noble Prize... it goes to show you...we have 12 more years of this enjoy it...
God Bless the USA

Posted by: jfk5 | October 9, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Sit back and watch the show. The Republicans including Russ Limbaugh and Glen Beck want the U.S. to be hated. This is what feeds them. Obama gives hope and inspiration while the Republicans and their cronies only promote endless conflict and despair.

Posted by: johnnyk1 | October 9, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

it goes to show you...we have 12 more years of this enjoy it...
God Bless the USA

Posted by: jfk5
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Depending on how elections go, you'll only have 7 more years of President Obama (if he wins a second term). Not sure where the 12 years comes from

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

Come on ohioguy1! Personality cult? Celebrity worship? I mean after all, Obama doesn;t have one of those right wing talk radio shows where one of the first requirements of the callers are to utter the silly, slavering phrase: "What an honor (Rush), (Sean), (Glenn)! You are such a great American!" Do you realize how many times we have been subjected to such anal sucking of these flatulent talk radio hosts?

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

Hey Republicans eat your heart out. You could nominate Limbaugh and Beck as Jerks of the year....

Posted by: johnnyk1 | October 9, 2009 12:08 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 5:52 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 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Attention for BREAKING NEWS...... AP: Wednesday Night , 10/09/09.... Norwegian government releases excerpts from a recording taped during the Nobel Peace Prize committee deliberations .....

Sven: "Hey Uli" ......

Uli: "yah Sven...vat you vant"???

Sven: " I vant you toooooo come en listen toooo this catchy tuuuune on MSNBC....."

MSNBC: "hmmmm hmmmm hmmmm Barack Husein Obama....Hmmmm hmmm hmmm ......"

Uli: "ya Sven ...that sure is one caaaaatchy tuuuuune .... vat doooooes it make youuuu think about.....???? "

Sven: "Well ...we both knooooow its not going toooooo vin a prize at the festival ......but it sure is snappy and yoooou can change the words any way yooooou like ...."

Uli : "yah Sven ....How's this sound?" ....."hmmm hmmmmm Good ....hmmmm hmmm Good.... Mama Caaaaaaampbell's Soups are ... hmmmm hmmm Good.... "

Sven: "Ohhhh happppppy days... That's the tuuune we can use for mama's soup commercials....I'm sooooo at peace when I hear that caaatchy tuuuuuune....I knooooow the whoooole world will be at peace when they hear it tooooo..."

Uli: "Sven did yoooou hear what yooooou just said ....?"

Sven: "Yes Uli , I did"..... but vat are yoooou thinking noooooow ?"

Uli: "I think if that caaaatchy tuuuune can make yooooou peaceful now....and yoooou think the whole world will be at peace when they hear Our Soooooup Sooooong... "

Sven: "Yes Uli ...I agree....We should give Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize ....because if it wasnt for that caaaaatchy tuuuuune we wouldn't have a sooooup soooong to sing at the festival when we enter our sooooup in the contest.... "

Uli: "I think we are gooooona vin....Our Mama will be soooo happy ....hmmmmm hmmmmm hmmmmm... "

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

I disagree about that this makes the loss of the Olympics a distant memory; on the contrary, I think the Norwegian Committee was speaking directly to the Olympic snub, as if to say, "Hey, Mr. President, the U.S. didn't win the Olympics in spite of your goodwill, but we still believe in you. We're not going to reward a country that refused to be a good world citizen for the last eight years, but we will reward you for signaling a change in course."

Posted by: unpoetaloco | October 10, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

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