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Obama Wins Booker Prize

The Mann Booker Prize, Britain’s most prestigious literary award, has been conferred for 2009 on President Obama, it was announced yesterday. Not only is this the first time the Booker Prize has gone to an American. It is the first time the prize has gone to someone who has never published a work of fiction. By the terms of the Mann Booker Trust, the prize is awarded annually to “the author of what is judged to be the best novel published each year in the United Kingdom.” Obama has written two highly regarded memoirs, but neither was published in 2009 in the United Kingdom, and neither is a novel. At the press conference where the award to Obama was announced, the chairman of the judges said, “He’s bound to have a short story or two shoved into a drawer somewhere. That’s good enough for us.” And besides, the chairman noted, it was the unanimous conclusion of the judges that the president’s “whole life is a great novel.”

Although as recently as 24 hours ago, the president’s name was entirely absent from the traditional frenzy of speculation about the Booker Prize, he is now considered the leading candidate for the Prix Goncourt, which is the French equivalent of the Booker and possibly even more prestigious. Among past winners are Marcel Proust and Simone de Beauvoir. Traditionally, as a prize for novel writing, it has gone to someone who has written a novel. Obama got the award, according to the judges, for “smoking cigarettes and wearing those Euro-cut suits and skinny ties, and generally looking like a French intellectual.”

The president is considered a shoo-in for an Oscar in the category of best cinematography at next spring’s Academy Awards. “We had to give him something,” a spokesman said, “and nobody knows what the heck cinematography is anyway.”

Obama is also expected to win this year’s Nobel Prize for Physics, for an experiment he conducted two decades ago in a science course at the high school he attended in Hawaii. By dropping two coconuts from the top of a tower, he determined that gravity works in Hawaii just like it does in England, where Newton had conducted a similar experiment several centuries earlier, using apples, even though Hawaii is much closer to the equator. “Whether distance from the equator might make some difference in the way gravity works is a question that nobody had thought to ask,” the Nobel citation declares. “Now, thanks to Mr. Obama’s research, we have the answer.” Obama will be the first person to win two Nobel prizes in the same year. “Next year, he’s going for three,” said presidential adviser David Axelrod yesterday.

Among other prizes Obama has won or is expected to win in 2009 are Scariest Costume at the annual Halloween Ball of the National Press Club (he came dressed as Elizabeth McCaughey), Parent of the Year at the Sidwell Friends School (“So what if he missed all the PTA meetings?” the citation read), and Most Hot Dogs Consumed in Five Minutes (14) at this year’s White House staff July 4 picnic. A controversy broke out when the Post reported that they were actually veggie-dogs, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ruled that the new-age sauages should count. “Next year he’s going for 16,” said Axelrod. “Eyes on the prize.”

By Michael Kinsley  | October 10, 2009; 12:04 PM ET
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This might have had a chance of bring funny if the same trite storyline had not been followed by at least a dozen other columnists 12 hours before.

Posted by: lewfournier1 | October 10, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Underscores how GRATEFUL the Free World is for being out from under a Cheney/Bolton run USA (and its mad 'king" George).

Posted by: lufrank1 | October 10, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Stupid, asinine, fatuous, ignorant, etc. Satire (at least I think that’s this is) and for the WaPo to publish such trite for the umpteenth time is why they're loosing money and subscribers.

Okay we get it you don't think Pres. Obama deserved the Nobel Peace Prize. How about reading their press release. They have a website and the choice was unanimous.

Posted by: rlj1 | October 10, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

A reminder of why Kinsley is easily the most overpraised writer on the "Left".

Posted by: thebuckguy | October 10, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I have a great idea what Obama should do with the prize money for winning the nobel peace prize. Donate it to ACORN.

Posted by: buzzychief | October 10, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

What a stupid ass piece. To paraphrase Truman Capote, "This isn't writing; it's typing."

Posted by: Drew_Babb | October 10, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

This reads as if it was written by a smart-ass 12 year old who expects an extra cookie from his mommy for being oh, so smart.

No wonder WaPo is quickly losing readers and credibility.


Posted by: david-speakeasy | October 10, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

New World Order Award.

Gosh, he is deffinetely better than Bush.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | October 10, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse


It's typical for an Obama supporter to think that the decision of five political appointees in Sweden represents the gratitude of the "Free World." Obama had done nothing. He hasn't created peace for anybody. The prize is a naked political statement, yet supporters who follow him blindly will seriously argue that he deserves the honor which had gone to men and women like Mandela, Elie Weisel, Desmond Tutu, and Mother Teresa. I think it is disgraceful.

Posted by: CJ705 | October 10, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party is now weak on national defense. What do the Republican Party have in common with the Taliban, Alcada, the Iranian goverment, and Hamas: All against President Obama getting the Nobel Peace Prize. It seems to me that if our enemies hate it then we should be for it.

Posted by: AMQ1 | October 10, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

The GOP will be more jealous about it again and they will do anything just to put down Pres. Obama. Poor GOP, they think that they can fool the people. The only people that the can convince to side and make donation with their cause, is the moronic and psychotic people. Michael Steele is very funny, they think that they can have some donations out of the greatness of the President. Think its time for them to shut up, and think of the people and leave their greed agenda, if not come elections, its only democrat and independent will be left and the governmen administrations.

Posted by: alvin1435 | October 10, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I agree completely with lufrank1--the Free World, and the Nobel Prize committee--shows its appreciation of an intelligent, thoughtful US President. Whoever is our President is automatically one of the main political leaders in the world. It helps us as Americans and much of the world to have a US president who is curious and knowledgeable about other countries and cultures, who shows his appreciation of them, and who is subtle in his dealings with them, all the while fulfilling his primary duty to protect the United States. Congratulations to President Obama and really to the rest of us for supporting and voting for him.

Posted by: jandmward | October 10, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

There are some sensibilities so pinched and stunted that they will not celebrate the fact that the US President has won the Nobel Prize.

Not me, though. This is an opportunity for national pride and international solidarity and a recognition that there is hope for world peace. There are probably more intelligent observers who realize how close we are teetering toward an expanded land war in Asia and understand that it isn't the best course to follow.

Bravo President Obama. Yes to peace over war. Yes to good will over cynicism. Yes to better writing over a hack job like today's Kinsey.

Posted by: roboturkey | October 10, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Ever since his election last November, Obama has done nothing but improve the image of the U.S., which was tarnished beyong recognition by Bush and Comapny.
He deserves the Nobel for restoring the feeling of hope and optimism, throughout the world, that we can possibly achieve some peace in long neglected areas like Palestine. He makes me proud to be an American.

Posted by: RailRoadBill | October 10, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I thought it was pretty funny. The scary thing is, I didn't realize it was a joke until I got to the Oscars. Don't do this on the radio...

Posted by: sjohnston1 | October 10, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

One thing is clear- Obama's campaigning in Europe for the presidency of the United States is paying off. It is my hope that in four years he can go directly to Europe and campaign for the presidency of the EU.

Posted by: mhr614 | October 10, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm disappointed by this essay. I've read close to brilliant, insightful pieces by Kinsley. This is a far cry from his usual standards. One of the above posters is right--it reads like it was written by a precocious 12-year-old.

Posted by: Jenner1 | October 10, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Kinsley's mother should have been terminated in her third month carrying him!
This is SICK !!!!

Posted by: mudbone | October 10, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

It might be trite (and funny) but that's how much Obama deserved the peace award unless Gandhi donated him all his credits while I was asleep. If a left-leaning American had to be chosen, what wrong did Clinton commit. he got Irish issue sorted out and managed to at least make Palestinians and Israelis talk, something as rudimentary as that which Obama has failed to manage!

Posted by: pun8max | October 10, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Obama's two books are beautifully and stunningly written and perhaps the award people want to honor that he did his own writing, somewhat fairly rare in public life? It seems also fairly rare to have all of it from the first book to the presidency to the challenges before all of us be something like a global healing adventure, of which we are all living Chapter One.

Posted by: GaiasChild | October 10, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I actually like Michael Kinsley. This piece is so embarrassing. It is not funny, and it is not timely.

Here is a good rule of thumb: if Richard Cohen can think of an idea, it is NOT worth thinking of.

Posted by: wapoisrightwingrag | October 10, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

from these posts, obama supporters should get the nobel for pomposity -- thank goodness michael kinsley has a sense of humour..more, more

Posted by: gmallet0709 | October 10, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

with regard to railroadbill's comment, I would add this dialogue to the article, half-seriously, half-jokingly:

Bush: Hey, buddy. I deserve at least a quarter of that thingy you got from Africans!
Obama: No, sir. You deserve it completely! And it is given by Norwegians and not Africans!
Bush: What the hell do I know! But, don't forget to return the favor to the next guy now! (wink)

Unfortunately, that seems to have been the criteria for Nobel this year- degrading all previous winners!

Posted by: pun8max | October 10, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Embarrassingly stupid article.

Posted by: jbhcotton | October 10, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious. One of the top two million "Obama wins [insert funny prize]" that was posted after the initial two billion "Obama wins [insert funny prize]" initial reaction.

Does Kinsley own a computer?

Posted by: wapoisrightwingrag | October 10, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, I hope the columnist wasn't paid for this knock-off. If so, I need to switch careers. I've got five free minutes every now and then to edify the masses. Did you forget (or miss) the white smoke over the Vatican angle? Co-opting that one without attribution would have really given you street cred.

Posted by: Oldpaint | October 10, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I know this column was supposed to be funny, but the part about being in Hawaii as a boy to conduct physics experiment misses the mark.

Everybody knows Obama was born and grew up in Kenya.

;) ;) ;)

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | October 10, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Not funny

Posted by: machiado | October 10, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

"Obama's two books are [...] stunningly written"

How can a book stun you? Did it have, like, the secret of the Masonic pyramid within it's covers?

To quote Inigo Montoya:

"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means"

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | October 10, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Kind of predictable and pat, as far as satire goes.

I guess the Post, which in 2003 cheerled us into a premeditated invasion of a country that hadn't attacked us and had no plans or capability to, still doesn't appreciate how appalled the rest of the world was by that kind of behavior. In fact, some of its war criminal-abettor editorial staff (fellow named Krystol in particular) actually believes that that was a "peaceful" war, or something to that twisted effect.

Until you understand what the word "peace" means, you will naturally be confused by who wins this award.

I wish the Post luck in its continued struggle to master remedial concepts like the one represented by this word.

Posted by: B2O2 | October 10, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Marcus Brauchli and Katharine Weymouth, obviously nether of you even read your own paper.
Maggie please tell your husband to do his job. One would think after a year on the job Marcus would know better. 9th grade humor ceases to be funny after the 9th grade.

Posted by: bumpydanda | October 10, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

"What do the Republican Party have in common with the Taliban, Alcada, the Iranian goverment, and Hamas: All against President Obama getting the Nobel Peace Prize."

And a reflexive revulsion to Western, "infidel" ideas like equal rights for women and gays and lesbians.

See for example, Bob McDonnell, the Taliban's choice for Governor of Virginia.

Posted by: B2O2 | October 10, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Mr Kinsley's dry sense of humor is pathetic.
Maybe he joined the fray without a clue about what is going on: Obama's detractor will not miss any chance to undermine his legitimacy, no matter how stupid their arguments. Or Mr Kinsley may be one of them!

Posted by: levelheaded1 | October 10, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Mr Kinsley's dry sense of humor is pathetic.
Maybe he joined the fray without a clue about what is going on: Obama's detractor will not miss any chance to undermine his legitimacy, no matter how stupid their arguments. Or Mr Kinsley may be one of them!

Posted by: levelheaded1 | October 10, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Great article. Perfect example of how those on the right have absolutely no abilities at creating satire, irony, or humor. But that's okay...because those on the right have absolutely no abilities at understanding satire, irony, or humor.

Posted by: wilder5121 | October 10, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Not funny. Sarcasm in the poorest taste.

The irony is that, while the rest of the world, including former adversaries of America, have expressed great admiration for President Obama, his own people are using him as their target of ridicule.

Posted by: jisantiago | October 10, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Well, we all knew KInsey was great at sneering,

and that he worked for the Washington Post, but who knew it was one of the chosen?

Posted by: whistling | October 10, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Kinsley should be ashamed of himself for writing this garbage. Your racism is very revealing.

Washington Post, once a pride of place for real journalists like Woodward and Bernstein, is now a haven for racists and egomaniacs.

Perhaps this explains why the Post does not have the kind of influence it once is known to enjoy.

Posted by: jisantiago | October 10, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

You don't have the bad facial like Cohen...but you definitely resemble pedobear...

Posted by: unrest | October 10, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

That is not funny, Mr. Kingsley. In fact, it is boorish and crude. What have you done for peace lately? What for improvement of the economic stability of countries and the world? Where do you get off ridiculing a serious award of serious merit. Somehow do you think that the Nobel Committee is amateurish and failed to consider greater contributions to world harmony? Grow up or shut up.

Posted by: Jazzman7 | October 10, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Did I mention offensive?

Posted by: Jazzman7 | October 10, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama getting the Nobel Peace Prize should be no more shocking than Obama getting elected President. Acorn??

Posted by: CayC | October 10, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

It's too bad for Kinsley that there isn't a Nobel Prize for being a horse's arse. He'd win that one running away, so to speak.

Posted by: Bob22003 | October 10, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

This was phoned in, I'm afraid. I wish there was a 'Report abuse' link for the article itself, not just the comments.

Posted by: barneyG | October 10, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Asinine and petulant.

Can't you pundits act like adults?

Posted by: boyhowdyx | October 10, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

For all those who feel Obozzo is unworthy of this award. below is an exhaustive list of his accomplishments already:

Enough said!!!!

Posted by: Bcamp55 | October 10, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Too unfunny, too late.

Posted by: sembtex | October 10, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I hear GWB just won the "2009 Kiwanis Club Man of the Year" Award!


Posted by: slowpoke132 | October 10, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Yah that was a great book, I especially liked the nerd's view of Washington DC, a tour guide complete with description of picnic with banana jello! Also a cure for any insomniac. Tell people they're irresponsible, and the magic begins.

Posted by: bwcolq | October 10, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

So wait... You mean he really didn't win that British Novelist's prize? I was going to be so proud to be an American.

Posted by: scott3 | October 10, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse


I dedicate This Book entitled "BILL A RI AND THERE WAS LIGHT !" to the Former American President Bill Clinton, to his Wife - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - and Their Daughter Chelsea.

Leadership is the trade-mark of both the President and his whole family at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

The immediate goal of this Book is to make the leaders and peoples of the West aware of their grave responsibilities in connection with Haiti’s current tragic situation. For this reason, it recalls the dominant relationship the West has had with the Black World.

The case of Haiti, which is used as an example, does not escape this general rule. And my contribution is intended, among other things, to ensure greater Western solidarity with the actions undertaken - in full harmony and cooperation with the United Nations - by Former President William Jefferson Clinton, as well in the next future by the New President Barack Obama, the New Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the New United Nations Ambassador Dr Susan Rice.


Posted by: loubonnetdH6RcDzx | October 10, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Most of the comments display poverty of thought and a low tolerance for irony.

I thought it was funny and I got hooked until the Oscar part. I consider that quality writing. Congrats, Mr. Kinsley.

Bill Clinton deserved it, George W. Bush deserved it (he actually managed to get the Russians to remove of half their nuclear arsenal, no mean feat), while Obama gets big points for talking.

Posted by: ahengst | October 10, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I intend to be an influential journalist that reports significant revelations that bring new hope of health and prosperity to the world.

Where is my Pulitzer?

Posted by: 2009frank | October 10, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Most of the comments display poverty of thought and a low tolerance for irony.

I thought it was funny and I got hooked until the Oscar part. I consider that quality writing. Congrats, Mr. Kinsley.

Bill Clinton deserved it, George W. Bush deserved it (he actually managed to get the Russians to remove of half their nuclear arsenal, no mean feat), while Obama gets big points for talking.

Posted by: ahengst | October 10, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

the nobel is the prize of prizes for a lefty just ask al gore, or the peanut farmer, they lowered the bar to the floor. id say next year miss America should get it i mean the number one question for the miss America is if you could have anything what would you ask for and the answer is always, world peace. so i guess miss America will win the nobel next year for having good intentions unless the is republican

Posted by: getsix1 | October 10, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

"A reminder of why Kinsley is easily the most overpraised writer on the 'Left'."

Kinsley is pretty much in the middle: left on some issues, right on others. He is only reliably "left" relative to the current republican party.

Frankly, I don't have a problem with that, either. Sometimes I agree with him, sometimes he is funny, sometimes he is neither.

Posted by: taxpayer314 | October 10, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I always thought that Nobel prizes were given for accomplishments, guess I was wrong. It appears now that they are given for expectations, or maybe bribes. Nobel prizes will never be accorded the respect they have been in the past and the ones previously awarded are now diminished. There are so many that have accomplished so much and have been overlooked. Look up Irena Sendler.

Posted by: patilee | October 10, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

This is an amusing piece. Its funny look how angry all the liberals get when you poke fun at something that deserves to have fun poked at it.

Granted I am biases since I much dislike liberal philosophies (failures throughout world history when you take the blinders off) but wow amazing the nasty vitriol of the reaction towards this.

I guess liberals do really idolize Obama and get raving mad when anyone dares mock "the one."

Posted by: Cryos | October 10, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

I love it people are having trouble wrapping themselves around the idea Obama being chosen for the Nobel Prize for Peace.

Hey those same people who hate the idea of Obama winning the peace prize think Glenn Beck is an intellectual at best and has something to say at least.

Posted by: ArchieHaase | October 10, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

I love it people are having trouble wrapping themselves around the idea Obama being chosen for the Nobel Prize for Peace.

Hey those same people who hate the idea of Obama winning the peace prize think Glenn Beck is an intellectual at best and has something to say at least.

Posted by: ArchieHaase | October 10, 2009 7:31 PM
If you want to convince people about how right you are you would be better off attacking the issue not the person. If you are incapable of disputing people like Beck and instead resort to personal attacks that is revealing.

The fact most liberals just make it a character attack is pretty sad. I agree and disagree with Beck on different things but he brings up a lot of good points. I am largely a libertarian (conservative in fiscal matters; i just don't think libertarian is realistic for a large country).

At least people like Beck call themselves media commentators and don't have the nerve to consider themselves "reporters" when they are nowhere near that caliber. The low bar for being called a "reporter" in the MSM today is pretty bad.

Posted by: Cryos | October 10, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

He won the Booker. I see. And will he be awarded a gold medal from the Olympics Committee?

Posted by: Farnaz1Mansouri1 | October 10, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Sorry dears, but my 18 year old students were wetting their panties ( is that knickers or trousers?) at the idea of Obama winning a nobel peace prize. Seriously do you think a president who hasn't been in office for one single year deserves this accolade? Trying hard usually gets a merit badge, not an international award Oh and as my students are 90% Black African, don't try the cheap shot of racism.
Good on yer Kinsley! We Londoners need a larff!!

Posted by: paulatutty | October 10, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I think Michael Steele is a clown and so does the RNC. He doesn't add much and I personally think he has very little to offer in terms of ideas. What a bunch of losers. I would be ashamed to try to discredit everything positive that Obama is trying to address for America around the world. The whole world gives him praise and he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize because the impact of his efforts are being felt, while the right wing keeps looking like the party of fools around the universe. Very sad state of affairs. BOO!!

Posted by: rsn2000 | October 10, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Kinsley, you are an ass.

Posted by: michaelritter | October 10, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Underscores how GRATEFUL the Free World is for being out from under a Cheney/Bolton run USA (and its mad 'king" George).

Posted by: lufrank1 | October 10, 2009 12:39 PM

So let me get this straight...even 9 months into a new administration,George W. Bush (whom we haven't heard from in 9 months) is still being rediculed and that's perfectly alright. But let one objector say something negative about Obama (and many times rightfully so) and it makes front page news everywhere as though this type of behavior must not be tolerated! I say "What goes around, comes around." Pretty simple. If you don't like it then be the example, not the hypocrite.

Posted by: ssol4569 | October 10, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

One shoe $1.99

Two shoes $3.98 and world wide embarrassment

Nobel Peace Prize.....Priceless

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 10, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I used to expect such churlishness from the Washington Times. Now I have to expect it from the Washington Post as well. We now have a full-blown race to the tabloid gutter between the Post and the Times.

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

The Norwegian Nobel Committee

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2009

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."

Oslo, October 9, 2009

mm! mm! mm!

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 10, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

All this hate. Will you people ever get beyound that behavior?

Posted by: slovelace | October 10, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Irony pushed to an extreme. Obviously our president does not excel in all those fields

But Obama is indeed trying to show how in our globalized world problems in science, in economics. and in cultures and religions are all interconnected. Those who push for him to deal with one problem at a time don't appreciate his understanding of those interconnections.

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

WaPo should set up 'Ad Revenue Fund' and plead with readers to donate generously, instead of publishing garbage.

This will get them the money they so badly want. It will certainly help manage a less polluted environment.

Posted by: pattr1 | October 10, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey Mike,

You might want to get the name of Britain's prestigious literary prize right... (Hint. It's not "Mann")

Posted by: jpearlm | October 10, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Its ok that this is trite and without grace...or even humor...

Everyone knows blacks don't feel the barbs and jabs like white folks would. They don't need or value loyalty...never had it and don't miss it. 'Sides... no one will notice the hate and anger underlying such parody...cause surely all white folks feel the same...

Its ok to trash a man because people in other countrys like what he's doing, what he stands for, how he thinks. Getting even with uppity blacks is an olympic sport in America.

I cannot imagine Americans that would diss their president for receiving an honor...or cheering because you country did not get to be the site of the olympics...

Posted by: dutchess2 | October 10, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

You have a very little mind that thinks very little thoughts.

Posted by: boblund1 | October 10, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Attacking Beck? Beck is an idiot who uses ignorance of people listening to him to to make a point. Now that I have said this; I am saying it like I see it.

Posted by: ArchieHaase | October 10, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: farfalle44 | October 11, 2009 12:35 AM | Report abuse

one thing is for sure:
This dimwit Kinsley will never win any sort of literature award!!!


Posted by: Peaceful2009 | October 11, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Traitors are out in herds attempting to devalue president's prize!!

I guess they much rather see GWB get "considered" for war crimes than Obama for Nobel Peace prize!!


Go warmongering, go Cheney

Posted by: Peaceful2009 | October 11, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

you had me going until the hot dogs. Veggie or otherwise, a skinny guy like him couldn't have consumed that many at once. Meanwhile, "snide" is not your strong suit.

Posted by: daphne5 | October 12, 2009 1:47 AM | Report abuse

First of all that was funny. Now seriously we Americans are not dumb enough to think that our beloved President deserved the Nobel Peace Prize, come on people. This is not about black or what, but we are making it about that. Yes the President have not done anything to win anything so far, Yes it is too early to call right now, Yes he made way too many promises to too many people in our beloved country, No he have not come true yet, Yes I voted for him thinking that there were going to be a change in America, and No there have not been any changes, It all still the same but with a Black President... President Bush did not do a good job at all, but now President Obama have no direction (good or bad) is like he is afraid to loose his new cool guy fame or something. By the way what is good to one side is good for the other side also, It is legal to make fun of our President Black or White it doesn't matter, Our President is fair game now, just like President Clinton and President Bush father and son, He is Fair game so don't feel hurt because some of our brothers here in America are waking up from a fantastic dream of haveing the first black President to the cruel reality that we all felt in love with the idea of freedome and changes that might never come due to the inability of our goverment to police it self up, That is why now we need to open our eyes and question our goverment, where are the answers to our issues. So my beloved brothers and sisters let's do it lets question, let's get answers now, and ler us learn from it so we will remember and it will not happen again. Act now, I need my beloved President to address the issues and forget about his Star status and be what we voted him to be: Our President. I'm sorry if I insulted anybody I'm just frustrated with the out come of our economy and all the issues that we have here in our beloved country. But most of all I'm tired of my beloved President to go on T.V. and talk smooth and easy and for everything to stay as words nothing more than words...

Posted by: watcheye99 | October 12, 2009 4:37 AM | Report abuse

I just wrote and you did not keep it

Posted by: watcheye99 | October 12, 2009 4:40 AM | Report abuse

Our Problem is that we need to change our future our self instead of depending on someone else to do it for us...

Posted by: watcheye99 | October 12, 2009 4:46 AM | Report abuse

The Nobel Peace Prize for Obama? What about all the innocent civialians he's killed with drone missile attacks in Afganistan. He's a murderer--just like many of our presidents.

Posted by: SportingGoods | October 12, 2009 5:07 AM | Report abuse

The worldwide cult of Obama continues.

It is very embarrassing.

Not to mention creepy!

Posted by: battleground51 | October 12, 2009 7:04 AM | Report abuse

Great to see you back, but I fear you are losing your sense of tense.

Posted by: gbachelis | October 12, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

You made a mistake about the Mann Booker, since "Dreams of my Father" was largely a book of fiction. Though it was funny how his personal recollections dovetailed so nicely with a certain weather underground person he didn't know.

Posted by: denroy3 | October 12, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Can't wait for the Oscars next year.

Posted by: NoWeCant | October 12, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

To be fair, when Obama was born he was considered a British subject (because his father was) so the Booker prize is not as far fetched as you supposed. Further, Dreams From My Father, by his own admission, is not accurate in all particulars and so contains fictional elements. Just like Kinsley to malign the award unfairly.

Posted by: jvecchione | October 12, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

In a historic Holy Cow moment, the Vatican today made the startling announcement that President Barack H. Obama had been canonized a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, the first person in church history made a saint while still living. Church officials confirmed that President Obama had been given a dispensation from the normal requirement of having to die first because of concerns that Mr. Obama may in fact be immortal, as claimed by the Kool-Aid Society.

The officials further confirmed that the President had also received a dispensation from the normal requirement of having performed two miracles because, they said, he had made a number of eloquent speeches in which he had promised to perform more than two miracles -- miracles that he said were necessary to clean up the messes he had inherited from his predecessor, who not only was no saint but was the devil incarnate, according to Mr. Obama.

Pope Benedict XVI had called President Obama at 4 a.m. to advise him of his canonization. According to a source, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the conversation, the newly sainted President said thanks and asked the Pope if sainthood came with a monetary prize, like maybe $1.4 million. Advised by the Pope that there was no such prize, St. Barack told the Pope that was OK, he would easily make it up with a book deal, but the Pope would have to write a blurb for the book jacket. The Pope agreed, if St. Barack would autograph the book for him and throw in two magic teleprompters. Done. Sainthood had not dulled the Uniter-in-Chief's keen ability to negotiate and bring people together.

But there was more negotiating, according to the source:

St. Barack said he wanted St. Peter's Square rebuilt and expanded to make room for all his adoring followers on the day of his canonization ceremony in the square. And he wanted the name of the square changed to St. Barack's Square, along with the name of St. Peter's Basilica changed to St. Barack's Basilica. And he wanted the exclusive use of the square and basilica for all his future campaign rallies. The Pope politely declined but countered with letting St. Barack dress up like the Pope for the canonization, complete with pointed mitre and golden staff, and agreeing to kiss St. Barack's ring. That was a good start, but no deal, said St. Barack, according to the source.

St. Barack said he also wanted his image put on all Vatican coins and he wanted his birthday, August 4, designated as a holy day of obligation for all Catholics around the world. His divine patience wearing thin, the Pope agreed, and the two men at last broke into a chorus of Yes We Can, in Gregorian chant.

Now we may all pray to St. Barack, the Accomplished and the Humble.

Posted by: Nomis1 | October 12, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Kinsley is better than this. I this he's a brilliant writer and I usually enjoy his satire. In this instance I even agree with him on the substance (i.e. that the prize was premature and undeserved at this point), but the piece was embarrassing and unoriginal. Disappointing coming from Mr.Kinsley!

Posted by: sambam | October 12, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

TO: buzzychief who wrote:
“I have a great idea what Obama should do with the prize money for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Donate it to ACORN.”

Since when is it up to psychos to make recommendations to the President about anything?

I can tell you what you wackos ought to be doing with your acorns.

Then again, I guess it’s normal for nuts to talk nuts all the time.

Posted by: lindalovejones | October 12, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

He already won the Heisman.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | October 12, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Judging by the comments here Obama supporters sure seem to have extremely delicate and tender skins in regards to the lightest whiff of criticism...

Posted by: werehawk | October 12, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Kingsley must have caused a few heart attacks amongst the right wingers. They would sue him, but they prefer tort reform.

Posted by: Single_Payer | October 13, 2009 12:06 AM | Report abuse

kinsley, that was soooooo UNfunny. you are a true hack. and slate is garbage too. do us all a favor and STFU. you can take the rednecks on this board with you.

Posted by: memorybabe1 | October 13, 2009 2:29 AM | Report abuse

It is hard to believe there are still people who think Obama can do no wrong. He has not done anything right, yet. You all had better WAKE UP or we will all be slaves again.

Posted by: annnort | October 13, 2009 5:00 AM | Report abuse

NOW the left is concerned about who agrees with you. When Hamas, et al wanted us to vote for Kerry and then Obuma, it was insignificant. Hamas thinks that He doesn't deserve it because He is not selling out Israel fast enough. Everyone else, except for the hypnotized, knows it's a joke.

Posted by: swen2 | October 13, 2009 7:11 AM | Report abuse

Do you think the Euro-weenies gave B.O. their worthless prize just to embarrass him??

Lord Obama really seemed taken aback when he gave his tepid, acceptance talk.

He seemed to have a guilty conscience.

The NOBEL prize is politicized. Kinda like the Oscars. Remember Algore and his phony Oscar??

Posted by: battleground51 | October 13, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Has it occurred to anyone that Obama got the Peace Prize, because there was no other figure in the international community who could compete with him?

The international system is in such a state of disintegration that mere rhetoric makes one a prize-winning peacemaker.

Posted by: KarimAbdulTares | October 13, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Pretty much a huge waste of type.

Mike, you can do better.

Posted by: opinionatedinfairfax | October 13, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

I've heard some critics complain that the Nobel committee was looking only at the first 11 days of Obama's presidency; and others who seem to believe that it is ONLY about his presidency. I believe they are wrong.

I recall how transformative Barack Obama was throughout 2008 - and indeed, since 2004 when he addressed the Dem Natl Convention and people were inspired to learn more about him, thus, putting "Dreams from My Father" (1994) on the national bestseller list.

Barack Obama thinks on a larger scale than most people (in this regard, he is certainly towering figure compared to his critics) and acts in accordance with his vision. I remember his speech about race and racism last year. It was appropriate, moving and fair.

Do you forgot how he transformed presidential politics in America -- not just in terms of fundraising, but also in his ability get people involved? And, yes, he inspired the world community as well as Americans of all ages, races and backgrounds. The opposition tries (unsuccessfully) to deride him as "The One," hoping somehow to diminish the depth of character that even they must recognize (or why chose such a tactic).

I also remember how he remained centered, focused and above the fray when others were campaigning from the gutter. He continues to look ahead and remains above the pettiness, hatefulness, and autoeroticism of the "inside the beltway" crowd.

I also remember him saying that winning the election would be only a first step and that he did not have illusions that he would be able to accomplish the changes his supporters want without their help. It was a call to action for people to remain involved and to do their part.

Barack Obama is a man of great character and we are lucky to have him in office at this time. Very few presidents come into the White House facing such a colossal mess as the one left by the previous Administration who had the compliant support of Congress and an inept press corps.

I want Barack Obama to succeed in his efforts at home and abroad. I appreciate that his election (and the American voters' good judgment in choosing him) has restored the U.S.A. as a beacon of hope and a nation to be admired.

For capturing the world's attention, for rescuing "diplomacy" from the waste basket where the previous administration had placed it, for being the grown-up in a culture of bitterness and, seemingly, a motto of "I am consumed by hatred of anyone across the political aisle from me" -- for all of this and much more, I say Barack Obama was an excellent choice for the Nobel Prize for Peace. Hurrah!

Posted by: lisa9 | October 13, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

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