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Obama's Nobel for Good Intentions

Apparently, they now give out a Nobel Peace Prize for good intentions. Unless I have missed something, President Obama has not yet achieved a nuclear free world -- which was also, by the way, Ronald Reagan's good intention. He has not yet achieved peace between Israel and the Palestinians -- a prospect the Israel Foreign Minister recently dismissed as years away. He has not yet tamed the nuclear ambitions of Iran, which has responded to outreach with deception, defiance, bloody crackdowns and missile testing. He has not yet pacified Afghanistan -- preferring, so far, to dither and fidget. He has not yet removed the nuclear threat of North Korea, the world's wackiest, totalitarian nuclear power. He has not yet solved the problems of global warming, achieved a free Tibet, ended the slaughter in Congo, lifted the oppression of Burma or settled the conflict in Darfur.

At first I thought the announcement of the prize was a joke. On further reflection, the Nobel Committee has made itself a joke. It has decided to give a ribbon before the race, a trophy for aspiration, a gold star for admirable sentiments. Which means that the decision it made is entirely, purely, solely political. Members of the committee like Obama's goals and rhetoric. And since they aren't American citizens, this is the only way they could vote for him. In the process, they have forfeited any claim to seriousness. Peace -- the kind of peace that keeps people from being killed and oppressed -- is an achievement, not a sentiment. The Nobel Peace Prize Committee can no longer distinguish between the two.

Intending to honor Obama, the committee has actually embarrassed him. Europe's slobbering embrace of Obama is really the worship of its own reflected image -- both are critical of America and elevate diplomatic process and promises over outcomes. Americans prefer their honors to come with achievements.

By Michael Gerson  | October 9, 2009; 8:29 AM ET
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You are right. They don't like America and this is one way they can tell the rest of the world. He hasn't done anything yet except get our country into bigger debt. I'm afraid he'll now use this as an excuse to do what he damn well pleases. This is an empty award for an empty suit. I'm not proud although I'm sure Michelle is.

Posted by: 45upnorth | October 9, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Gerson,
I share your view except for that terribly uneducated judgement about Europe. If you took a look at European newspapers and blogs today, you would see much and heavy criticism of the Nobel Committee's decision. Many Europeans, like you, first thought it was just a bad joke.

The Noble Peace Prize Committee does not speak for Europe, in fact with this award it does not even speak for Alfred Nobel and the instructions given in his will anymore. I, and many other Europeans, would also rather see the honours be awarded for achievements, not rhetorics. There's no reason to dig the transatlantic ditches deeper than they already are.

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

The wording of the Nobel Peace Prize says it is for acomplishments OR to encourage the winner to continue his/her current significant efforts.

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

Couldn't agree more with Gerson. I'm an Obama supporter, but this is just kind of embarrassing.

Posted by: corcoran25 | October 9, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

I honestly believe Obama is doing a great job as a president and as a diplomat. It seems to me that the American people (specially republicans) are starting to forget who got our country into depression and this huge debt. Obama has done far more than what George W Bush did; maybe they are just good intentions but at least he has them, he truly wants to make this world a better one and that's far more than what I can say about our disastrous previous president.

Posted by: alelo_19 | October 9, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Changing the entire tone of international relations clearly is of no use whatever. Reorienting the direction of international policy is useless.

Better to rush to war based on false and cooked intelligence reports and beat one's chest and swagger. Heat up the planet. And along the way give boundless welfare to billionaires.

"There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy," Mr.
Gerson.

Posted by: TomSimone | October 9, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Nothing new here. The committee made itself a joke when they gave the prize to Al Gore.

Posted by: oldftrplt | October 9, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Gerson probably cheered when Chicago was not awarded the Olympics! Why do you hate America?

Posted by: whirlwind81 | October 9, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

What a tool you are Gerson. Next time read what committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland said about why they awarded it and not what your knee-jerk mind told you to spew out in your column.

Posted by: HillRat | October 9, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

First, Gore. Now, Obama. The Nobel has become a prize awarded for chicanery. What a sham!

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

After giving the prize to Arafat, it shows what that prize is worth. Here is a link to Irena (Sakharov) Bonner's magnificent speech at the Oslo Freedom Forum in which she said:

At one time, the Nobel Peace Prize was the highest moral award of our civilization. But after December 1994, when Yasser Arafat became one of the three new laureates, its ethical value was undermined. I haven’t always greeted each selection of the Nobel Committee of the Norwegian Storting with joy, but that one shocked me. And to this day, I cannot understand and accept the fact that Andrei Sakharov and Yasir Arafat, now posthumously, share membership in the club of Nobel laureates.


http://politinfo.wordpress.com/2009/05/24/andrei-sakharovs-widow-yelena-bonner-speaks-out/

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

Gerson and his fellow sychophants appear to be sucking up to the disaffected minority that cannot abide honoring President Obama. It would be better reporting to consider the text of the prize announcement, rather than blindly criticize the result.

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

Aw Gerson, you're just peeved because your buddy George didn't make the cut.

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

Putting aside whether giving the award to Obama was correct or incorrect, the Nobel Peace Prize committee became a joke long ago, when it awarded the prize to Yassir Arafat.

Posted by: Bernie16 | October 9, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Europeans dislike America, so the Nobel Peace Prize is given to an American? Under what bizarre form of logic does Mr. Gerson operate?

That this President, unlike the former President, is working hard to solve issues mentioned by Gerson - with Iraq, Iran, with Israel and the Arabs, with Afghanistan, with global warming, with the economic recession - is a testament to Obama's engagement with the world.

Posted by: davewyman | October 9, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

I'm going to make a wonderful whine out of all these sour grapes.

Posted by: wideblacksky | October 9, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Sorry Gerson...your stooge boss Dumya didn't (and will never) qualify for the Noble prize despite you guys telling him he was the greatest president since Lincoln.

Posted by: August30 | October 9, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

I don't think the Nobel is for good intentions. I think President Obama's decision that the U.S. will be accepting of people from different cultures, races and religions is a massive change. The anger of the right shows how big a change it is.

G.W. Bush made obscene gestures at the world. Obama has restored our traditional position with the added blessing that he has acknowledged the contributions of groups we've left out--groups like Muslims, Buddhists, etc.

To me, it feels good to be back as a part of the world community, not to be in the position of trying to order other countries around.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | October 9, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Gerson is on target. Europe is a giant beauracracy which values process over achievement. How can any serious person put Obama on the same list as Mother Teresa, Lech Walesa and others who spent many years at great personal sacrifice fighting for great causes. It is outrageous and demeans the award.

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

MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT. THIS WAS ALL ABOUT THE NOBEL COMMITTEE'S NOT-SO-SUBTLE MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES:

"WELCOME BACK TO WESTERN CIVILIZATION, AFTER 8 YEARS OF RULE UNDER THE BUSH CHENEY MILITARY JUNTA."

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

It's spelled "Nobel" not Noble.

Yeah, it's a little embarrassing and President Obama should politely decline. However, the US is still overwhelmingly the preeminent power in the world and we should not be shocked that the rest of the world should be happy that we no longer have GWB in charge and that we rejected McCain and especially Palin. It's a token of appreciation that we did not listen to the voices of ignorance and fear.

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

Why is it that everytime a Democrat wins a Nobel Prize, the wingnut ideologues try to discredit the Nobel Committee and the Prize Winner. They did it to Jimmy Carter. They did it to Al Gore. Now they're doing it to President Obama.

One would think that having a Nobel Prize winning President would be a source of pride for America. Deriding or belittling this honor is just as demented as cheering Chicago's loss of the Olympics.

Let's face it. You wingnuts are only patriots when you're party is in control.

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

"Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God." Matthew 5:9 NKJ

Mr. Gerson STOP HATING Oh! it's the way you earn your living by YOUR OPINIONS.

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, BUT the LORD weighs the hearts.
To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
Proverbs 21:2-3 NKJ

Posted by: american4 | October 9, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

to gerson and all the tea bagging wingnuts who post here, you president was the joke, a nightmarish, horrible one. the slime of dubya's eight years will take longer than the obama administration to wash away.

that aside, i agree that the award, though not terribly wrong, was premature. i suspect that the inevitable comparisons with his idiot predecessor blinded the selection committee. i also suspect that history will prove them correct.

p.s.: to gerson and his ilk--suck on it!

Posted by: jimfilyaw | October 9, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

The Noble Peace prize is an oxymoron. With all the prizes given out, why isn't there peace yet? The war to end all wars, WWI, didn’t. All the past prizes have mainly been for good intentions and momentary respites. The Prince of Peace did not effect peace in the material world, so why should we expect a mortal to do so? The best we can hope for is good intentions.

Posted by: csintala79 | October 9, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

The news that the Nobel Peace prize was awarded to President Obama is incredibly exciting and entirely in line with previous winners.The fact that the response to this honor has been greeted with suspicion and or derision by some commentators should be an embaressement to the American people.
I for one would like to congratulate the President and the American people on winning this award.

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

Gerson, why do you continue to spread lies about Iran? Do you never read a newspaper? Iran has agreed to full international inspections and to having its uranium processed in Russia. In other words, it has effectively relinquished the ability to make nuclear weapons. Do you have no integrity? Any comment from you about Israel's nuclear weapons, the Dimora plant, and Israel's public threats to bomb another country? Didn't think so. Like the Nobel committee, you are losing credibility daily.

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

Well, the Nobel Committee's decision to award President Obama the peace prize is debatable, but as for making oneself a joke, Mr. Gerson, you do that nearly every day with your own words -- and worse. You helped to mislead this country into a war that killed tens of thousands of people. That's beyond a joke. It's even beyond outrage. And it doesn't exactly make you a credible spokesperson for anything, especially not the Nobel Committee.

Posted by: Bob22003 | October 9, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Give a few happy speeches in a short 9 months - and you too can get a Nobel Prize!!

Posted by: pgr88 | October 9, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

According to Nobel's will, the Peace Prize is to go to whomever "shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations" or to encourage them to continue their efforts.

What the average American thinks is not relevant to this selection. It is based on the global perspective.

Gee, I never knew there were so many Nobel requirements experts!

Posted by: Babzter | October 9, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

I wish to thank you for clarifying the Committees criteria for their selection process. It's obvious you know more about their awards then they do?

No Gerson, the joke isn't Obama won a Nobel Prize for Peace. The joke is the Post actually gives you space to spread your vile message.

Posted by: boblund1 | October 9, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

It is too bad they don't award a NOBEL WAR PRIZE. Let's see who would be the worthy recipients? Hmmm there are just too many to sort through. Peace in this world is really hard to fathom....Look where we have come since Nobel's conception of the prize. Today peace in the world is a fairy tale. Very sad.

Posted by: chelist1 | October 9, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Gerson is mad because Obama got the award for not being Bush (Gerson's former boss).

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 9, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Figures that the naysaying right would denigrate Obama's being awarded the Prize, just as these kinds of people cheered Chicago's non-selection last week. When is the GOP going to get it? I'm a registered Republican.

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

A joke, Mr. Gerson? As the old saying goes, "It takes one to know one".

Bravo, Mr. President! It's wonderful to be proud of our Chief Executive once again.

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

Get over it loser.

I am sure you and the right wing blather would have been ecstatic if Bush was awarded the Nobel Prize for Ineptitute and Belligerence

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

No the joke, Gerson, is your incessant cynical outlook. "Bitter, party of one!" In these post-Bush years ahead of us when we will be recovering on all fronts from his hate and arrogant rhetoric, the brightness of Obama's vision is a TRUE ACCOMPLISHMENT. That Mr. Obama's vision could turn a George Bush world into a place of hope and enthusiasm is a remarkable step towards peace.
The Nobel Committee recognized what you don't: changing the attitude is the first step in a lasting peace. You just don't get it.

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

I read somewhere that the nomination deadline was only 12 days after the election. My question is: who nominated him? Another good question would be if the nomination was prompted by the Nobel committee in order to give him the prize. This is embarrassing...especially if the President decides to increase troop strength in Afghanistan, take on Iran, and reverses course in Iraq if things start to balloon out of control.

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

Right on Mr. Gerson. Mr Obama has been President of the United States for 8 months. During this period of time the war in Iraq has not ended, there is no peace between the warring parties in the Middle East, the North Koreans have tweaked the tail of the United States, and the Iranians have defied the United States. Not to mention all the confusion but no policy to end the war either way in Afghanistan.

Perhaps the committe was making the award because Mr Obama has not initiated a new war either with Iran or North Korea. I'm not sure where Mr. Obama has had any impact on world peace other than the fact that he is much more popular in Europe, Africa and Asia than Mr. Bush was. Or perhaps the committee was making up for the perceived political snub of the Olympic bid headed by Mr. Obama on behalf of the United States.

I concur entirely the prize was either poorly awarded or was awarded on strict political lines.

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

"You are right. They don't like America and this is one way they can tell the rest of the world"

Now that makes perfect sense. They don't like America, so they give the award to the US president.

Seriously, how freaking stupid are you?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 9, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Obama already did something for peace, Mr. Gerson, something he as President of the United States had to do.

He said the United States will not torture prisoners.

That alone deserves a Nobel Prize.

But I imagine its hard for you to accept any responsibility for your tacit support of what "enhanced interrogation techniques" really are.

Posted by: megman | October 9, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Gerson, it seems to me that you sir, might be the joke here. I too was shocked to learn the news. However it did not take long for me to realize that the President does indeed deserve the award, given the positive impact he has already had on the world. The committee awards the prize to those they consider most deserving. That you will conclude that it is a joke for awarding the prize to a President whose positive contributions would only give you heartburn suggests that you might not be one to be taken seriously.

Posted by: radeyeye | October 9, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Growing up, I was taught, " Never over-promise and under-deliver. It's much better to under-promise and surprise everyone later." Obviously, the contrary is true when it comes to being the President of the United States.

Here we are, with a President as fresh as a crisp (and dare I say empty) new suit...winning the Nobel Peace Prize? This is embarrassing at worst and laughable at best.

Thank you, Nobel Prize Committee, for confirming a sad, but well-known truth to our politicians: Don't worry about outcomes. Just get elected, and re-elected. Just over-promise your glamorous, unattainable, cushy agenda and you might just win the Nobel Prize for over-promising and under-delivering peace.

Well said, Gerson.

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

Mr. Gerson and his fellow "conservatives" just don't get it. Still.

The joke is on you Mr. Gerson.

Posted by: Snedly1 | October 9, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Love it! If only to watch the right wing and their idiot pundits go into apoplectic fits. Hopefully, they will all drop de*d from blown gaskets and strokes. They must be dying inside at this rebuke to the Bush Doctrine and his neocon cronies. I am laughing hysterically at what Obama was able to accomplish in 8 months when Bush could barely dodge shoes thrown at him after 8 years. Laughing HYSTERICALLY!

Now watch as the hurt feelings of the right and their insecure inferiority complex cause them to lash out at the Nobel Committee and the world. That's the kind of immaturity we've been having to watch for a decade.

Posted by: Pupster | October 9, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

This is one of the nastiest, cheapest, disgusting articles ever to have appeared in this or any other newspaper. Shame on both Gerson and the Post for printing this garbage.

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

Gerson: Why do you think good intentions shouldn't be rewarded? The Nobel Committee (not "Noble" Committee, as misspelled in your column) can and should reward people for their commitment to making positive changes in the world. Obama hasn't been president for even a year yet! And as far as I can tell (from history and all) during our (and Obama's) lifetime the conflict between Palestine and Israel will never be resolved, Afghanistan will never be peaceful, Tibet will never be free, and various countries in Africa will never have civil rest. President Obama can only do what he can do. Give the guy a break. He deserves the Peace Prize...he has earned it.

Posted by: sillygirl2274 | October 9, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Bushie upset that two presidents (former Pres. Carter and Pres. Obama) received Nobel Peace Award in direct rebuke of their former boss. What a surprise - NOT.

Posted by: rlj1 | October 9, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Dang Europeans! Urk sputter! I done heard they put mayo on their freedom dries.

Posted by: spidey103 | October 9, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

That loud smack that you heard is the international community's reaction to Bush.

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

It continues, Democrats screaming that anyone that happens to disagree with anything to do with Obama is only doing so because of Dubya. Bring yourselves down to reality and let go of your hatred of W, it's in the past, get out of your own head and recognize that everything is not about W for Republicans either.

Here is my message to Democrats: When Obama has accomplished or significantly contributed to world peace I will be the first to stand up and be proud of our President. He doesn't get my undying, groveling respect because he WANTS world peace and TALKS ABOUT world peace.

Remember respect is earned and he hasn't earned respect for his accomplishments in the arena of world peace, yet. When he does, he will get mine.

This is NOT ABOUT Dubya, it's about Obama and his worthiness for the award. Get over the blind adoration of someone who is making decisions about your lives and hold him accountable. Let's see what he can do to honor the Prize now--the pressure is on.

Posted by: barowe2 | October 9, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Wow, you are so quick to be a critic, now all of a sudden such a distinguish group of men and women decide on our American President to be chosen for such an honor is not as honorable.

Are you a racist? Are you a hater? Do you write to replace the smallness of something else of yours?

Anyone with any kind of intelligence knows this has great influence on The Act of trying to get nuclear freedom accomplished.

Now, those involved will put forward effort to try and make it work due to the popularity of it being introduced to our American President.

We know one thing for sure.....YOU, Mr. Gerson, will never be honorable enough to receive such an award.

Thank you.

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

I haven't heard any voices from the Right saying that the Right has been premature in pronouncing President Obama's failure. If one conclusion is not premature, then neither is the other.

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

The sarcasm specialists are practicing their craft.

You want to know more about Nobel prizes? Try teh "google".

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

Couldn't have put my thought better.

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

Thanks, Mr Gerson. My sentiments exactly. It's a sad day when a venerable institution like the Nobel Prize Committee is reduced to a cheerleading body. Disgusting. As Bill Kristol mentions in a similar piece this morning, it ought to have gone to someone like Sen John McCain, whose early support for the surge in Iraq HAS saved lives by reducing the violence there. What a shame.

Posted by: linguist64 | October 9, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Geez Gersion, you want to say that disregarding the UN and launching illegal wars don't qualify you for the Nobel Peace prize? What was the Nobel committee thinking?

Posted by: August30 | October 9, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Well I would think it would be up to the Nobel committee to decide how to award the prize. I believe that is how the rules are written and whatever. But apparently that is now up to American conservatives to decide. Is there anything they don't know better than everyone else?

Posted by: jjhare | October 9, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

The cons cheer when they find out the US wont be holding the Olympics. Then they wail and whine when an American president is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Can it be any clearer? Conservatives and the GOP are not actually Americans. Their only allegiance is to their own power.

Posted by: Mac27 | October 9, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

I am absolutely DISGUSTED by the news this morning. What has Mr. Obama done in the last 9 months to deserve this award. The Nobel committed has made itself a joke and damaged the award by their actions!

Posted by: Disgusted15 | October 9, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

LOL!! Gerson and his wing-nut pals are going nuts on this one!

Looks like they've got their talking points all queued up and now we'll all hear for the next few months how Obama doesn't deserve the Nobel.

While they've been deriding Obama since his first day in office -- cowering behind their desks in pundit-ville with their noses up any available Limbaugh orifice -- hurling insults and thinly-veiled racial epithet, our president has been out shaking hands with the world -- trying to reassure our allies that, no, not all Americans are insane, even though it looked that way for eight years (and still does of you read the Washington Post).

Yep, the president has been busy while you whining hacks have been gossiping like feeble old has-beens to your gaggle of illiterate goober followers.

Not even a "Congratulations Mr. President" like any true American should say whe our elected leader wins the PEACE PRIZE? Gerson you are a despicable, worthless, pathologically callow @ss.

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Posted by: Frank57 | October 9, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

All you have to do is read some of the comments (mostly bile) on Mr. Gerson's truth-filled column to observe just how delusional, naive, and fawning most Obama supporters actually are.
They've have made Obama-worship into a religion.
How could you nominate someone for a Nobel Peace prize just weeks after he was inagurated as President?

Posted by: FreedomFirst2 | October 9, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

And one more clarification, this prize is not awarded by the Nobel Prize Committee: the Peace Prize is awarded by a committee appointed by the Storting, the Norwegian Parliament.

Posted by: Babzter | October 9, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse


Well I would think it would be up to the Nobel committee to decide how to award the prize. I believe that is how the rules are written and whatever. But apparently that is now up to American conservatives to decide. Is there anything they don't know better than everyone else?

Posted by: jjhare | October 9, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse
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Well, they don't know how to avoid arrest in public bathroooms for illicit sex.

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

I seem to recall GWB being nominated by the Cons for starting the Iraq war. Now Kristol thinks Mccain should get one for pushing the surge.

That's right wingnuts, war is peace, and the real prize will be given to whoever wipes humanity off the face of the planet, thus ending all wars forever. Maybe the GOP will win yet

Posted by: Mac27 | October 9, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Get over it, Gerson.
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The Committee awarded the prize to Barack Obama because he repudiated the militaristic foreign policy and preventive war doctrine of you and your master, George W. Bush.
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Re-establishing the rule of grown-ups over U.S. foreign policy might not seem like a bit deal until you think about the military might and potential for planet-wide devastation that we hold in our hands.
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Here's an analogy: a small child sneaks into the cab of a large truck and releases the emergency brake, and begins an exciting joyride as the truck starts rolling down a steep hill. A man leaps aboard the truck, pushes the child out of the way, grabs the wheel, and applies the brakes, stopping the truck just before it crashes into a crowded bus stop at the foot of the hill. The grateful mayor then presents the man with the key to the city.

Posted by: Pablo01 | October 9, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Another graceless column from a man who purports to write gracefully. What would Mr. Gerson do for a living without the Washington Post?

Posted by: poor_richard | October 9, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Good grief! Nothing against President Obama, but his getting the award is the ultimate farce. Get this, he told the democrats to shove it yesterday, with the likelihood that he will send more troops to Afghanistan to fight the war, has warned Iran that military action is not off the table if they attain nuclear weapons, and, too boot, continues George Bush's policies in Iraq. All you Obama Zombies, who are consumed with Bush-hatred, you are incapable of seeing reality for what it is ... and as for the Nobel committee ... they are Obama drones like the rest of you. If indeed Barack Obama is worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize for, in reality, engaging the same foreign policies of George Bush, then George Bush deserves the prize, too.

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

Mr. Gerson, a former employee of the disastrous George W. Bush, can be suspected of having dubious motives for this post. However, as an Obama voter, I am embarrassed by the Nobel decision, as I'm sure Obama himself is.

There is no doubt there are many "Obama worshippers" around the globe. After the previous administration's invasion of another country on false pretenses, how could it be otherwise? But there are those of us who voted for Obama who laud his achievements and criticize his mistakes, and just wish partisanship and extremism - left and right - would go away.

Posted by: NCDem1 | October 9, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Perfect! I love it! President Obama is a world citizen and inspires all those who recognize him as such. We are fortunate to have him in America as our leader.

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

Mr. Gerson,

History is written about the doers.

It is not written about the scoffers, mockers, whiners and complainers.

Obama is trying to make the world better for his kids and my kids. I'd rather depend on him than on you.

Congratulations Mr. President for being a Peacemaker!!!!!!!

Posted by: rtg2t | October 9, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Sour grapes, poor loser Gerson once again shows why he was selected to be George The Dumber's speechwriter. Like his colleagues Rove and Lord Cheney, he has no class at all.

Maybe Hiatt will win a price for running his orphanage for washed up neocons like Gerson, Krauthammer, Will and Shecky Kristol.

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

I have some proposals to make, in the spirit of the Nobel announcement.

Let's also give Mr. Obama the 2009-2010 NBA Rookie of the Year Award, and also Most Valuable Player! Note: The basketball season has not even begun, but hey, have you ever seen a hoopster with better intentions?

And let's not stop there. Let's also give Mr. Obama the Nobel Prize for Medicine. After all, his now-stealth health care plan WILL (absolutely!) - someday - save millions of lives, but, of course, no sooner than he reveals to the world what's actually in the plan. No matter, no trouble, it's GOING to happen, so let's give to him now! He DESERVES it!

Posted by: FreedomFirst2 | October 9, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Obama did deserve the prize. He rid the world of the crowd that coined the phrase axis of evil, went to war on false pretenses, slaughtered thousands through incompetence. Pity though that the wordsmith of that infamous phrase still gets paid to spew his nonsense.

Posted by: kabindra1 | October 9, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

All we are saaaaying

is Give Peace a Chaaaance...


By this logic, shouldn't John Lennon have won?

I don't see outbreaks of peace ANYWHERE in the world since Obama was elected. Just the opposite (ironically only exception may be Iraq!).

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

Do you have one?

Posted by: AMQ1 | October 9, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

This award really pisses off the neocons.

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

If the L.o.r.d wanted peace, Republicans would not be his chosen people. Soon the conservative Bible will come, and you will know why hatred is just!

Posted by: Mac27 | October 9, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Do have one? I didn't think so.

Posted by: AMQ1 | October 9, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Sure beats bad intentions, like the previous administration's. At first you thought it was a joke? You are so out of touch, you probably thought at first that Obama's election was a joke. Michael, Bush is no longer in office. Time to stop writing his speeches.

Posted by: gtoney55 | October 9, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse


What was Gerson's commentary on Joe Wilson?

That President Obama "deserved" it. The Nobel award is no where near as big of a joke as the venom, demagoguery, and vitriol hurled at this President since February. Particularly from frustrated columnists unable to write with or about any substance.

Interestingly, what is happening to Obama now is similar to what when on during Ronald Regans first 7 months in office. Except for the award, of course.

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

What a sad, angry, little man. Yes Obama has not had much chance to effect change; but there is no doubt that he has mad huge changes in the mere climate of US-world relations. Whereas Gerson's former boss extolls that we are now the only superpower (and uses that political capital) let's not forget; Obama reaches out to the rest of the world and they realize it. I can imagine this may have been an even bigger slap in the face for George Bush and company, and rightly so.

Let's see, if I remember correctly, Mr. Rumsfeld was pushing for bunker busting mini-nukes to go after the evil doers living a hundred feet underground. And Mr. Gerson was starting a new cold war with the Iranians with his "Axis of Evil" even after they offered to help the US immediately after 911.

(http://www.antiwar.com/orig/porter.php?articleid=8590)


Bush nade NO effort to be an honest broker in the Palestinian-Israeli issue. Obama has at least tried although I doubt he'll make any progress. We all know about the massive amount of power they wield on Capitol Hill.

Posted by: dontblamemeivoted4gore | October 9, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

"He has not yet pacified Afghanistan -- preferring, so far, to dither and fidget"

Gerson: It's called developing a strategy!

Obama's life story and journey to become the first black president alone is worthy of the prize. He has inspired hope to millions. Don't give me that crap that he doesn't deserve it.

Posted by: WAWatcher | October 9, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse


What was Gerson's commentary on Joe Wilson?

That President Obama "deserved" it. The Nobel award is no where near as big of a joke as the venom, demagoguery, and vitriol hurled at this President since February. Particularly from frustrated columnists unable to write with or about any substance.

Interestingly, what is happening to Obama now is similar to what when on during Ronald Reagan's first 7 months in office. Except for the award, of course.

Posted by: kenhyde | October 9, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

so, obama and carter and gore win nobels. krugman and stiglitz won economic nobels. and the radical right vilifies them all. the rest of the world honors them, right-wingers demonize them. what a bunch of patriots....or should i say "hatriots". the lack of respect shown to the office of the president, the speaker, or anyone with opposing views (nobel laureates) is grade school nonsense. children. lying cheating delinquent children behave better than you "wrong-wingers", because there is nothing "right" about the way you collectively behave. dissent is fine. free speech is fine. but these ceaseless, feckless claims and tantrums just because you lost an election are shameful. in 2012, you'll get your chance. but that's not soon enough, is it. you insist on trying to bring down our country by destroying the office of the president, by shouting lies in the hallowed halls of congress, and threatening impeachment for everyone who disagrees. children. misbehaving children. grow up "wrong- wingers" and offer solutions.

Posted by: disillisioned | October 9, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

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zickzack wrote:
So, you're sitting there in Oslo and you're considering who to give the Nobel Peace Prize to. Dum, dee, duh, duh.__Then you get an email from Alqaeda saying that if you don't select Obama -- you're going to get a little visit from one of their suicide bent jihadis with a 'gift' for you.___Then, say you're Obama thinking "how great am I" upon learning of the award.____Are you then, after having gotten a PEACE prize, going to approve a request for 40,000 troops for Afghanistan?___I think the USA is being played.
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Posted by: zickzack | October 9, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I agree Obama was a premature win.

I would have liked to have seen the prize awarded to Benazir Bhutto, posthumously.

Posted by: mstubbs614 | October 9, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I guess it was just such a shock to the Nobel committee that the leader of the US doesn't advocate invading every country on earth they were moved to award him the Peace Prize.

Sometimes ideals are worth rewarding.

Diplomacy and cooperation are tough concepts for those who believe in forcibly bending others to their will.

Posted by: arancia12 | October 9, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Well, it must be for good intentions. But how many in the far right have won anything at least for good intentions? Please, educate me, may be I am missing something here and Mr. Gerson too.

Posted by: petrarca1 | October 9, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

A lecture about achievements from anyone in the Bush administration is rich indeed. Gerson's boss made the world a more dangerous, angry, distrustful place. Full stop. The inertia involved in merely attempting to reverse that course can't be overstated. But we wouldn't expect the author of the phrase "Axis of Evil" to comprehend that.

Posted by: henryj1 | October 9, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Gerson, your envy is palpable. It's clear the mainstream disagrees with you- NO ONE in decades has attempted such a broad-based outreach - to Republicans, to the "Axis of Evil", to all. Even though they responded with clenched fist, he continued to engage them in intellectual debate. It is clear that the world is more peaceful with Barack Obama as President of the United States.

Congratulations, Mr. President!

Posted by: mm14 | October 9, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

The New Normal. Hot Air is a revered and rewarded commodity.

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

"Americans prefer their honors to come with achievements."

Uh, like all the Medals of Freedom Bush gave out to losers who lied to get us in a useless war? Like that?

Or like the way Wall Street moguls are rewarded for long-odds speculation that risks others wealth? Like that?

I don't see any evidence of your statement "Americans prefer their honors to come with achievements." Maybe 50 years ago…

Posted by: blackmask | October 9, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

"Europe's slobbering embrace of Obama is really the worship of its own reflected image"

I can observe 2 things about this statement: you don't like Obama and you don't like other people who like him.

Any number of people have worked for peace in the Middle East, Burma, etc., and received the Prize but we still have problems in those places don't we? So the award doesn't go to those who actually grab the brass ring, does it? It's about people who try. So maybe you are missing the point.

I think what this says is that the people who decide on the Nobel found immense progress merely by moving squarely away from the destructive attitudes of the prior 8 years. He had the courage to squarely confront the issue and say it was wrong and he will try to do better. In that light, it is as much a repudiation of Bush - and you, I suppose - as it is an acknowledgement of Obama's stand. You see it as weakness and appeasement and self worship but they see it as progress in the name of peace. Apparently it's a big deal to them and they get to choose.

Who knows? in another 8 years he might get another award for a real brass ring accomplishment that you would rather have seen now! It could happen. Of course you would probably deride that award too.

Posted by: tfspa | October 9, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Pres.Obama has not earned the Nobel Prize. It must have been given to him for future intentions. I can't help but notice that his entire life is rushed (Two years in Senate before the Presidency). Also, other awards are screwball this year. Sarah Palin given a Pulitzer for never reading a book. Vince Vaughn an award for a movie which has so far not been made, and the Nobel committee promises next year's award to a Muslim doing good for non-Muslims. Whew!

Posted by: drzimmern1 | October 9, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Well, it must be for good intentions. But how many in the far right have won anything at least for good intentions? Please, educate me, may be I am missing something here and Mr. Gerson too.

Posted by: petrarca1 |
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The Nobel Peace Prize was instituted to recognize, "..."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". Alfred Nobel

The journey to peace is a long one. It starts with collaboration, ideas, values, and cooperation. President Obama has set us on that path.

Now contrast that with the former administrations insistance on alienating Europe (Rumsfeld's "old Europe"), invading countries, (Afghanistan and Iraq), and sneering at agencies that advocation world cooperation.

It's a concept, I understand that. But ideals often don't end up in concrete achievements. Did Mother Theresa end famine and poverty in India? Did Ghandi bring world peace?

I know conservatives hate nuance, but this is really a nuance that takes some thought (not really but I thought I'd throw you guys a bone).

Posted by: arancia12 | October 9, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

"Americans prefer their honors to come with achievements."

Not all of them. The president you served -- by stoking up emotions for an unnecessary, disastrous war, btw -- bestowed a lot of honors based just on cronyism and the need to have people shut up about what they'd witnessed.

And the honor Mr. Hiatt's bestowed upon you, a regular WaPo column, really doesn't seem to be based on any sort of accomplishments at all.

Posted by: sembtex | October 9, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

The Peace Prize has always been about intentions and not results. What is a peace agreement but the INTENTION to establish peace? Did Arafat-Peres-Rabin actually achieve peace or resolve the conflict? Has Aung San Suu Kyi created a democratic Burma? Did Carter stop the Iraq war?

Let's face it, this prize has never been about results. It's about encouraging agendas that will create peace. In that respect, they chose a fine winner.

Posted by: jedlev | October 9, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

the government haters are at it again. maybe you (radical right wingers)all should follow your real leader, your fellow government hater, timothy mcveigh. he hated clinton, just like you guys. what government building will you bomb next? what innocent victims will you claim next? incessant hate breeds chaos and carnage.......but you guys like that. don't you.

Posted by: disillisioned | October 9, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, you're right Mikey!

But you know? So much to do in so little time, in order to correct the mistakes of the previous administration.

What did you expect in 9 months?

The Second Coming!

Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | October 9, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

"It continues, Democrats screaming that anyone that happens to disagree with anything to do with Obama is only doing so because of Dubya. Bring yourselves down to reality and let go of your hatred of W, it's in the past, get out of your own head and recognize that everything is not about W for Republicans either."

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What you on the right fail to acknowledge is that although Bush may be out of office the stink remains and it is that Bush stink that has to be eliminated before the air once again becomes pure. Yes, the world is happy to have a smart and reasonable person leading the US once again. They smelled the Bush stink and are happy that is is slowly disapating - they have awarded President Obama accordingly for his continuing efforts to eliminate the Bush stink.


Get your heads our of your butts and face the facts.

Posted by: Kathy5 | October 9, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Gerson: he supplied Gawd's Chosen President GWB with these immortal words:
AXIS OF EVIL

And gopers wonder why nobody loves them :(

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

It may only be 11 AM, but its a good time to enjoy a good chilled martini if only to celebrate the fact that the right wing twitterati is going berserk, melting in its abdominal fat as it were. While I was just as surprised as the President about this win, and don't know what to make of it, I sure am enjoying the spectacle of mental midgets like Gerson, Kristol and all their fellow buffoons on the right blubber their way to even greater irrelevance!

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

This award was for reversing the Bush policies that were accurately viewed around the world as the primary threat to world peace. It won't help him politically (as he can't run against Bush and McSame next time) and I suspect he wishes it had never happened. Now the GOP can add Nobel Peace Prize to his Editor-in-chief of the Harvard Law Review, his two personally-written best seller books, his intelligence, ethics, idealism and worldwide popularity as a basis for attacking him. But, to be honest, being the anti-Bush U.S. President probably DOES contribute more to world peace than anyone else could muster, as under Bush we were the aggessors who rolled tanks into Iraq without provocation or justification.

Posted by: dolph924 | October 9, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

A man walks into a bar ....

And is handed a Nobel Peace Prize!

Badading!

Posted by: pyellman | October 9, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

My reaction was very similar to Gerson's: I said, "So the Nobel Peace Prize is now the equivalent of a halftime locker room pep talk, rather than the bottle of champagne after a Super Bowl victory."

Posted by: MattRaymond | October 9, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse


OH,

And Didn't the world need a comment from this putz?

A pointless, asinine comment from this pointless asinine putz?

Posted by: whistling | October 9, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

This is positively laughable, both the column and its comments.

It never fails: whenever there is a Nobel Peace Prize awarded, there is always going to be a group of people who will rush to claim that it is proof that the committee has run off the rails.

I was living in the South when Martin Luther King got it, and you wouldn't believe the vitriol. It was as if someone told the white South that one and one made three.

In 1973, when Henry "Bomber" Kissinger received the prize, I thought it had gone to the lowest form of life possible (which is pretty much what I still think).

Last year when the prize went to Al Gore, Krauthammer had such a hissy fit I thought it was going to give him a heart attack.

The prize indicates the thinking of a group of people in Norway, that's all, for crying out loud. It doesn't cost the US taxpayers anything. It's not a Constitutional issue. It's not even that much money, relatively speaking (1.4M). I think Obama made more from his first book.

Get a life, people, or at least a little perspective.

Posted by: michael19 | October 9, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse


My GOD, this guy is ignorant.

Did Rabin share the nobel prize because he'd caused peace in the Middle East? NO, he and two others got it for their attempt to begin.

Failed.

As for "Americans prefer their honors to come with achievements"...a stupid comment from
an unwashed idiot,

Does Gerson, speech writer and idea man for the reviled idiot Bush

THINK HE SPEEKS FOR WHAT AMERICANS LIKE?
Like under what scenario?

He shows how second class he is, the paucity of any sense, and of the Washington Post that hires him.

Posted by: whistling | October 9, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Why yes, Mr Dubya words-writer! It's so much better to threaten the world, demanding Europe obey, etc. than to actually promote peace! You tell'em!

Posted by: aint2sure | October 9, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse


Yes, yes. The whole world is stupid.

One thing about silly, unbearable Gerson: he
never had to consider writing any speeches

for awards of any kind for his detested boss, Bush.

Well, maybe some from Israel when they gouged more arms or American taxpayer money.

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

The Europeans slobbering embrace, by your own description, puts them in the same category as the majority of Americans who last Nov. 4th, 2008, slobbered at the polls.

The difference between us and you, we don't need a towel to clean up the tears. But your whining, crying rabid right wing base needs a couple of tons of them right now.

Posted by: AverageJane | October 9, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

what a joke this alleged prize represents.
not one accomplishment and he get the prize?

Posted by: infantry11b4faus | October 9, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Gerson is the new spokesman for the "Terrorists".

Posted by: AverageJane | October 9, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Gerson's take is pretty much the reaction I would have expected from someone who wrote speeches for a serial war criminal.

But I can kind of understand the resentment: Hell, if the Nobel committee can give the prize to Henry Kissinger (another serial war criminal) why are they so down on George W.?

Posted by: PeterPrinciple | October 9, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse


I think Obama is more deserving of this honor than critics give him credit. See, the critics have gotten nasty, yet Obama continues to reach out to them. It's not surprising the critics are so critical about this, after all, what does this say about them?

Posted by: MysteryMovesWashOut | October 9, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I see so many comments about Bush and "the last 8 years", even one or two referencing McCain and Palin.

Just what the heck does that have to do with Obama winning the prize? That he looks so much better than Bush and that's why he should win? That's the comparison??

Look I was no huge fan of Bush, but I think a lot of you folks need to put down your Keith Olbermann fixation on the past president and really think about what's going on in the world today.

Posted by: RambleOn | October 9, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Oh, the perils endured by the vaunted partisan hack, trying so hard to denigrate everything the President does without coming across as a shallow, petulant whining little preppy boy who just had his patent leather shoes and white knee socks splashed with cow manure.

And, predictably, failing miserably at it.

Gerson knows that Obama didn't seek this honor, and while humbled by it, is not basking in its glory. And we can agree that he didn't do anything to deserve it, save capture the imagination of the entire planet with a vision for our future that the money-worshippers served by the Republican Party (and several notable Senate Democrats) cannot abide.

In the wake of the disaster that was the Bush/Cheney administration, we in ten short months are once again seen as the greatest nation on earth, not in our own deluded jingoistic conversation with ourselves, but by the international community at large. Of course, the war mongers on the right call this development the product of "capitulation." They always have, and always will.

What put a burr under Gerson's saddle is the prospect that the imprimatur of such an internationally-respected body, protestations of the jingoists here aside, might in some small way help the President to succeed in his quest for peace, particularly in the Middle East.

Gerson would clearly rather Obama fail in that effort, because with every passing success he knows the regional party of the Jim Crow South is more and more marginalized.

So what are his alternatives save to denigrate everything? These are the sour grapes borne of the toxic soil of right wing ideology.

Posted by: trippin | October 9, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

The bruised vanity of Republicans today is a pleasure to read and has made this better than your average Friday. Still their disloyalty is troubling. Our president has won the Nobel Prize. That is a cause for national celebration, not childish whining. Grow up or move to Honduras.

Posted by: pbishmcc | October 9, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

The bruised vanity of Republicans today is a pleasure to read and has made this better than your average Friday. Still their disloyalty is troubling. Our president has won the Nobel Prize. That is a cause for national celebration, not childish whining. Grow up or move to Honduras.

Posted by: pbishmcc | October 9, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Gerson that the prize is premature. But in his disparaging of the prize, Gerson reveals his true neocon colors.

Posted by: ripvanwinkleincollege | October 9, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

"Apparently, they now give out a Nobel Peace Prize for good intentions."

Would that have anything to do with why Mr. Gerson's idol George W. Bush didn't win it?

Why do Republicans hate America?

Posted by: CardFan | October 9, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

The people who think Obama deserved this because he made America popular on the world community need to take a Valium.

THE EUROPEAN PRESS is better about America, but the actual relations are still terrible.
--Putin still hates America, which is why Russia won't help us with Iran.
--Obama just alienated the Poles and the Czechs by giving up the missile defense shield without getting anything in return.
--Germany has 92 percent approval rating for Obama! But refused to send more troops to Afghanistan when Obama asked.
--Same thing with France
--Iran fired missiles on the fourth of July remember?
--Hamas, Lebanon, still hates America
--Now Israel doesn't trust Obama

SO WHAT HAS BLOWBAMA DONE? WHAT A JOKE

Posted by: TonyV1 | October 9, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

The people who think Obama deserved this because he made America popular on the world community need to take a Valium.

THE EUROPEAN PRESS is better about America, but the actual relations are still terrible.
--Putin still hates America, which is why Russia won't help us with Iran.
--Obama just alienated the Poles and the Czechs by giving up the missile defense shield without getting anything in return.
--Germany has 92 percent approval rating for Obama! But refused to send more troops to Afghanistan when Obama asked.
--Same thing with France
--Iran fired missiles on the fourth of July remember?
--Hamas, Lebanon, still hates America
--Now Israel doesn't trust Obama

SO WHAT HAS BLOWBAMA DONE? WHAT A JOKE

Posted by: TonyV1 | October 9, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Or, you could have been garcious and limited your remarks to "congratulations." At least for a day? An hour? I am very surprised and disappointed that you would so boorishly snarl right out of the box. I guess my expectations were just too high, Mr Gerson.

Posted by: hongdb | October 9, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Well, I am sure that when the Swedish Academy institutes a Nobel Prize for torture, GW Bush and Dick Cheney will be top candidates.

Posted by: maggots | October 9, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

You are right. They don't like America and this is one way they can tell the rest of the world. He hasn't done anything yet except get our country into bigger debt. I'm afraid he'll now use this as an excuse to do what he damn well pleases. This is an empty award for an empty suit. I'm not proud although I'm sure Michelle is.

Posted by: 45upnorth | October 9, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

##################################

This makes a lot of sense - they hate America, so they give the prize to an American president.

I think you just won the Nobel Prize for Twisted Logic. Suggest you make your reservations in Stockholm early.

Posted by: maggots | October 9, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Under George W. Bush, the world had to put up with invasions, threats, bullying, and religious wackos in positions of power praying for Armagedeon.

Under Obama, the people of the world have been able to relax and not wonder if the world is going end in a nuklear holocaust tomorrow. That is reason enough to give Obama the Nobel prize.

Posted by: Chagasman | October 9, 2009 12:28 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 12:28 PM | Report abuse

"--Putin still hates America, which is why Russia won't help us with Iran.
--Obama just alienated the Poles and the Czechs by giving up the missile defense shield without getting anything in return."

Oh, you must get your news from Fox. Out here in the real world, we know that Putin will support us in Iranian sanctions for the first time, as a direct result of recasting this missile shield as a short-range shield, one infinitely more appropriate to the Iranian threat, and one that actually works. The missile defense Bush poured concrete for couldn't hit a school bus with a homing device on it!

"--Germany has 92 percent approval rating for Obama! But refused to send more troops to Afghanistan when Obama asked.
--Same thing with France"

That's the first time I've heard a beer-muscled right winger admit that Germany and France govern with more sense than we do. I agree with you.

While we're out appropriating $626 billion of our precious dollars on two wars that accomplish nothing but alienate the Muslim world and create more terrorists than we can kill, we're told we can't afford to prevent the deaths of 45,000 American citizens who die every year, right now as we engage in this silly banter, from lack of health care. No wonder you right wingers don't understand the first thing about a peace prize.

"--Iran fired missiles on the fourth of July remember?
--Hamas, Lebanon, still hates America
--Now Israel doesn't trust Obama"

Hey, if you want to get right down to it, right wingers hate America too -- that doesn't mean President Obama isn't a great President that will bring us back from the precipice to which the Bush/Cheney crime syndicate led us.

"SO WHAT HAS BLOWBAMA DONE? WHAT A JOKE"

You have all the linguistic talent of a C-student sophomore. And they say our edducation system is broken!

Posted by: trippin | October 9, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Obama was humble and gracious in talking of his award by the Nobel committee. He didn't put his own name in contention or lobby for the prize. The Right's snide and dismissive remarks instead of a quite, low keyed congratulations are telling, just as their cheering of Chicago losing the Olympic bid was telling. They will denigrate the president whenever possible and on whatever happens. Obviously it just doesn't have to be on the policies he puts forth.
One other thing; Michael Gerson seems to be getting more ink space than all other columnists combined at the Post. It is kind of hard to accuse this paper of being a leftwing rag.

Posted by: creatia52 | October 9, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Obama and to the nation for electing him. This was an unsought honor, one that seems to have turned any number of politicians and commentators green with envy.

The sour grapes approach--which is apparently authentic--makes the GOP seem petty. It's time for the grown-ups in the GOP to step forward and take the reigns of leadership.

Of course our GOP senators, Ms. Snow and Collins issued very kind statements of congratulations--the appropriate response. I just wonder what's wrong with the southern/midwestern wing of the GOP and the ideological wonder kids like Gerson. Are they completely without decency?

Posted by: protagoras | October 9, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

We know hoe you feel jew boy.
We don't like niggras either !!!

Posted by: flyersout | October 9, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I support portions of Mr. Obama's agenda. However, I think Mr. Obama received the "participant" ribbon, like they give kids at swim meets, so they don't quit after being smoked by the heavy hitters. I felt embarrassed when I heard the news.

Posted by: Moderation | October 9, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with pbishmcc above. I'm loving seeing all these right wingers throw a tantrum. It's interesting how anything or anyone that doesn't align with their ideology (even something as well regarded as the Nobel Prize) is automatically dismissed as some kind of fringe element.

Posted by: dcdude1 | October 9, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

An ill-advised award, to be sure, but taht shouldn't overshadow the Rev. Mike's faithful and unquestioning service to the previous president, whose ONLY intention was to cut the taxes of his buddies at the Midland Petroleum Club.

Posted by: misterjrthed | October 9, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Gerson, you America-hating partisan hack. why don't you resign and do America a favor?

Seriously, your comrades in the America-hating Republic Party of No have no ideas other than greed, fear, and hatred.

The world wants none of you and yours.

Nor does America.

We, a proud nation, are proud of our President.

Not just today - but every day!

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

Oh, brother. If they gave prizes for sour grapes, I'd nominate you. Or prizes for cheering on pre-emptive wars and torture. Was it your idea to bomb the moon, too? It's a shame you can't be happy for our country and agree that peace is not a dirty word instead of intent on being such a downer. It's a lot easier to break things than to fix them.

Posted by: SarahBB | October 9, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Jeez, you haters really need to get a life. An AMERICAN PRESIDENT just won the Nobel Peace Prize after eight years of Bush's disastrous neocon experiments. This should be a moment for celebration, not right-wing carping and race baiting. Do you realize that the right in this country now shares the same talking points with the Taliban. Way to go guys.

Posted by: osullivanc1 | October 9, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

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 1:55 PM | Report abuse

The Nobel Peace Prize used to mean something very big and credible.

Today, the Committee prostituted and destroyed the value of its brand, and diluted the works of past leaders that have already been awarded it on demonstrated accomplishment.

What a slap in the face to more deserving candidates.

This will prove to be a public relations disaster, although it is not a problem President Obama deserves blame for. Unlike other significant controversies, Obama deserves no criticism for this decision today.

But Obama's agenda is full of enough other problems and I believe the Nobel Prize Committee just raised the bar even farther out of reach for a President who has already evidenced he is way over his skis.

Today's decision will reinforce a developing legacy as the "most over promised and under delivered public figure" in history.

Posted by: KevinMac1 | October 9, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Nobel Peace Prize Winner President Barack Hussein Obama has done more in his short 8 months than most presidents do in their entire time in office. He has brought this country back from the brink of total economic collapse thanks to the efforts of former Senator Phil Gramm who was an economics advisor to McCain..he has refocused the efforts in Afghanistan to attempt to wrestle the radicals from Al Queda.. Al Queda was a creation of our CIA.. he has met with leaders in this world who have massive constitutencies but were otherwise demonized.. he has restored my faith in my country and I love this president. I savor every moment he is in office because we won't see another like him in a long long time.

President Obama is going to be one of our greatest presidents.

Posted by: goodcake4u | October 9, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gerson, you windbag, the only other major critics of this award are the Taliban. Typical Gerson column.

Posted by: wetbook71 | October 9, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Leave it to the WP to have a war monger (and possible war crimnal) write a column on the Peace Prize.

Whiny wingers are acting like 3 year olds.

Why do you hate Ameica so much? Or is it just politics? I don;t remeber you cpom[plaining about the Medicine and Physics prizes?

GOP - on the fast train to irrelevance. Good riddance to bad trash.

Posted by: respondus | October 9, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I wish Gerson had told us who he thinks should have won the prize. Elsewhere in the Post, John Bolton suggests that G. W. Bush should have won, and William Kristol indicates that it should have gone to John McCain. I trust that Gerson would also give us a strictly non-partisan judgment.

Posted by: twm1 | October 9, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

The Nobel Peace Prize lost all credibility when in 1973 Henry Kissinger and North Vietnam's Le Duc Tho were co-winners. Nixon wanted out of Vietnam and Tho, who was willing to wait for a take-over of South Vietnam for a few years.
Both sides and Norway knew that the Communists would conquer the South, but we all wanted to pretend that no worse than the Korea conflict outcome, would ensue.

Posted by: sperrico | October 9, 2009 2:34 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 2:55 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, like you Mr Gerson, 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 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps now, Mr. Gerson, you understand the depth of the resentment George Bush and Company (you included) left in their wake in the rest of the world. The world now expects so little from a US President that one that shows even a glimmer of respect and intelligence is deemed worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize.

This award isn't about how good Obama is. It is about how good he looks in contrast to a predecessor who was loathed by the world.

Posted by: exco | October 9, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what the President's critics will say or use against him! They will criticize anything and everything he says or does. They are critical of the fact that he breathes in and out, lives, loves and walks on this planet.

This is a great honor for our leader and for our nation. It awards and gives strength to the "intentions" that are mentioned in the award if not what has actually already been accomplished. The power behind an "Intention" is the most potent force for its realization.

Honestly, the reported Republican and conservative reactions to this honor confirm them to be a truly classless act! The fact that this President, by virtue of his DNA, his sincere respect and concern for all people and cultures, and compassion for the common man, has, reestablished our position in the hearts of the world's people and allowed us to regain the worlds respect , lays the foundation for achieving desired foreign policy goals in the future. That's a lot to have achieved in 8 1/2 months and it's a great plus for America.

It seems while the Captain at the helm of our ship of state, tries to navigate the treacherous waters in which this nation was floundering when he took the helm, a large part of the nation is offering support, encouraging and praying for him, and putting arms to the wheel along with him to turn this boat around. And others are busy in the back of the boat drilling holes, raising a distracting ruckus, pouting and whining, complaining and criticizing, and trying to drop anchor at every opportunity wishing for him to fail, regardless of the fact that we are all in this boat and will sink or survive together. Lord, I hope the good people of the Republican party will get behind a respectable sensible leader and turn their party around so that we can have a decent viable healthy 2 party system again

Posted by: PREMSHANTI | October 9, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

"Apparently, they now give out a Nobel Peace Prize for good intentions"

Perhaps, but it sure beats the prize and price for Bush-Cheney leadership, or lack thereof. Now go cry in your beer with the other neanderthal-cons, while rest of America enjoys the moment in the sun.

Only neanderthal-cons can be disappointed by American president winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Sheesh.

Posted by: JohnDebba | October 9, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Back in March, I was on an international flight out of London. A person cut in front of me in line and I asked her to respect the queue as did several other passengers. She said to me ... "oh, you Americans" like we were the plague. But it occurred to me that it was now Ok to be an American and everyone of all nationalities shushed her on. The principal reason for it to be ok to be an American is that Barak Obama had become our president ... that in and of itself is worth a Nobel or 2

Posted by: devcondg | October 9, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

This column is dripping with the author's envy and hatred for all things Democratic and liberal. One day, Mr Gerson, you may achieve a sort of political "sartori" when you realize that a significan majority of the "civilized" world finds your political philosophy offensive and destructive. The award to Obama may well be no more than the Nobel Committee's way of saying "Ding dong the Witch is Gone" but who can blame them?

Posted by: gposner | October 9, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

What? 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 Nevil Chamberlain would have won a prize. Peace in our time! It's not Obama's fault he was selected, but these prizes should start coming with a box of Cracker Jacks!

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

Ahhh, so now the Noble prize is as worth as much as the U.S. $1.00, and I don't mean or indicate the cash value that is awarded, and thank goodness Obama decided to donate the prize money to charity, why would he choose to keep something he did NOTHING to deserve

Posted by: urSofakingdumb | October 9, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

The Road to HE double hockey sticks is paved with "GOOD INTENTIONS".

In this case Barack Hussein Obama is under the guise of "GOOD" Intentions. He is not about Peace that is for sure. He is only about advancing a liberal extremist socialist agenda, and a one world order Government.

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

GERSON
Wake up.

This prize is effectively an extended middle digit

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from the civilized world

to the bush / cheney / bolton / GERSON / KRAUTHAMMER neocon policies of the past.

In your face.

I hope your head EXPLODES.

Posted by: daveque | October 9, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Amazing how many posts are from anti-Americans. I thought you'd be proud, but then again you cheered when Chicago did not get the olympics, and now boo the Nobel committee. You really are a bunch of losers. Republicants = losers. Catchy.

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

Always Remember "THE PEACEKEEPERS" 241 Marines KIA on Oct.23,1983 while they slept in Beirut,Lebanon. By an Iran backed Hezbollah JIHADIST.

The great "SPEECH GIVER" was just in Denmark. Isn't that close to Norway?

Someone needs to check and see if any STIMULAS money is missing. Looks like a Chicago PAY FOR PLAY. This administration knows how to get the polls turned around!!

Most of us have heard "ACTIONS SPEAK,LOUDER THAN WORDS. The only thing I can think of is the beer party with the STUPID cop and the POOR,POOR ME VICTIM!!!

Posted by: 79USMC83 | October 9, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama's credit card size resume was good enough to be elected to the most powerful position in the world. Why is the press now questioning his qualifications for something as unimportant as the Nobel peace Prize?

Posted by: wizboman | October 9, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

It is a repudiation of Bush, Cheney, Gerson and their murderous ilk. It is a sign of admiration for the United States for voting in a true leader after eight years of deadly folly.

What don't you understand about this, Mikey?

Posted by: drankland | October 9, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

drankland gets it

Posted by: daveque | October 9, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Do the screamers here

HAVE ANY IDEA
JUST HOW FURIOUS AND ALARMED THE WORLD WAS

about George W and his zionist keepers?
The answer is VERY. They were very alarmed.

Those who watch Fox news and read those same WaPo zionists
have No idea of what's going in the world.

They live in a little bubble like the idiot Bush did, and for the same reason...kept by the neocons and zionists who used them for
war fodder.

It is not without devious plan, and it will work about as well for the planners as it worked for them in the 1930s and
40s.

Gerson is a sort of minor yacker for them.

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

As an Obama supporter, I was shocked when I first heard this news. I was not happy. However, it's not his problem since he didn't enter the race to win it. To ditch the award now would be in very bad taste. He must make the best of a difficult situation and it seems he is trying to do that.

What is interesting is that we do have in this country a strand of opinion which likes to pull people down. That's not really in the American spirit, is it? Even if you think the guy doesn't deserve it (and I don't), I see no point in raining on his party. His award will do no harm and he's handling it as graciously as possible.

Posted by: Matthew_DC | October 9, 2009 4:20 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 4:38 PM | Report abuse

This is all about insuring more troops aren't sent by this president into Afghanistan. The socialist members of this committee, are trying to stop America's dominance, and they think they have an appeaser in Obama...http://cooperscopy.blogspot.com/

Posted by: ronsuev | October 9, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

This is all about stopping this president from pursuing victory in Afghanistan and other areas around the world. They think they have a soul mate in Barack Obama...http://cooperscopy.blogspot.com/

Posted by: ronsuev | October 9, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, the Nobel Committee fell for the rumor that Obama is Jimmy Carter in black face.

Posted by: Dimslie | October 9, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Some of the Dims seem to be taking this "award" seriously. Remember, the deadline for nominations was Feb. 1.

Posted by: Dimslie | October 9, 2009 4:59 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 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Well, good intentions are a lot better than the evil, bloody intentions of Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld.

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

I know the neocons want everyone to forget their reign, but the Nobel committee did not and appreciates the change Obama has made.

Posted by: ottoparts | October 9, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

"Why is it that everytime a Democrat wins a Nobel Prize, the wingnut ideologues try to discredit the Nobel Committee and the Prize Winner. They did it to Jimmy Carter. They did it to Al Gore. Now they're doing it to President Obama."

Brooklyndemocrat, your party of democrats are nothing but criminal frauds. The party of perpetual fraud who goes to other Countries to campaign and intimidate American voters.

mAC27 WROTE:
"Can it be any clearer? Conservatives and the GOP are not actually Americans. Their only allegiance is to their own power."

Dream on Mac27 , the complete opposite is true. This is desperate projection by you democrats in the same way you desperately continue to "CLINTONIZE" President Bush. It just proves how childish and full of hate democrats are to those they can never measure up to.

I am a registered democratic AMERICAN OF OVER 20YEARS , not a registered democrat. In fact I never once called myself a democrat.Ignorant AMERICAN blindly voting straight democratic for 16 years. I find nothing to be proud of calling oneself a democrat.As an informed American I will never support or vote for the criminal and traitorous party of democrats. I will continue to expose you for the hateful liars and frauds that you are.

Posted by: RobLACa | October 9, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

If this is the good intentions prize then what does that say about George W. Bush's intentions?

That they were.............evil? That you aided an evil man in his mission to handout hard earned money to the elites in this country?

Your argument is stupid Gerson. Go back under your bridge and leave the rest of us alone.

Posted by: theobserver4 | October 9, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

The ONE spoke and peace fell across the land...LOL

What a joke of an award this has become.

Welcome to the world of the left when intentions without accomplishments deserve merit. Same with government programs, so what if it doesn't work, it's the trying that counts. Or look at public schools where they give out awards for mediocrity.

Posted by: rdtshop | October 9, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

"Well, good intentions are a lot better than the evil, bloody intentions of Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld.

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

Hey ottoparts, what it like being an assinine liar? Just love your lie about eight years of torture. Too bad it didn't include you but then again it's because it was a desperate lie of you loser when you were irrelevant and in the complete MINORITY when your lies ansd treason began.A war war democrats voted for then turned traitor like dope fiends lusting for power.

It's hilarious you accuse the most crime free Administration of President Bush of criminality after 8 years of impeached felon sexual predator Running around the White House whoring it out for campaign contributions from drug dealers and terroists , selling pardons and looting the White House causing damage in the amount of $500,000.

It's no wonder your hate Republicans/Conservatives/Americans, democrats are complete losers and criminal scum.

Posted by: RobLACa | October 9, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I keep seeing people claiming to be pro-Obama and still surprised and disheartened by his winning of the Nobel Peace Prize. I call bullpucky on this. It doesn't matter however. The people who are complaining about Obama's winning the prize weren't for him to begin with and vice-versa. They aren't going to "convert" Obama's true supporters.

Posted by: rlcampbell | October 9, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Pacifism in the face of a determined enemy always results in a defeat. These people would have given the Europeans the peace prize in the 1930's for all the non-aggression pacts they signed with Hitler. We all know how that worked out.

Posted by: alstl | October 9, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Obama didn't win the prize because of his own substantive accomplishments, and he was smart and graceful enough to note that. Nor was the award intended to honor Obama's substantive achievements, as Gerson would know if he'd bothered to read the Nobel committee's statement. Gerson's comments, in short, are graceless. But they do have an important grain of truth. In a sense, Obama won the prize for not being George Bush. From the perspective of most of the rest of the world, the George Bush years represented a profound rupture, in which the world's most powerful country became a dangerous source of instability. The relief that normal diplomacy and a more civil approach have returned is palpable.

Posted by: madhoboken | October 9, 2009 5:28 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.

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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 5:29 PM | Report abuse

What started out as a SILLY SEASON is turning into a SILLY YEAR, and has the potential to become SILLY Four YEARS.

Looks like Good Times are here!

Is it OK to have too much FUN, especially during the dark times of high unemployment and housing foreclosures?

Posted by: vatodio | October 9, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

The whole world and most Americans got enough of the rabid and ignorant republicans. They have no place in our world so we need to create a country right deep to the south to deport them so they can live among Neanderthals..

Posted by: bluelagoon21 | October 9, 2009 5:35 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 5:38 PM | Report abuse

"Obama's winning the prize weren't for him to begin with and vice-versa. They aren't going to "convert" Obama's true supporters.

Posted by: rlcampbell"

You been proven a liar. You sem to have a problem with democrats being exposed for the lairs and frauds that they are. Does it not make you feel good anymore? Well that is too bad. This Country deserves better than the Dumbo empty suite some were duped in electing. Obama is a fraud and a disgrace people can change their minds and not support the fraud.

You can keep crying "but we won" all you want. You didn't win this Country to do with as you please. It doesn't belong to you, it belongs to AMERICANS , you choose to be democrats.

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

These hateful comments put down the intelligence of the Nobel Prize committee! It is not for Gerson to comment at all about this honor for our president. It is an honor bestowed on our President and it is sorrowful that so many Republicans would spew out their ugliness once again for the world to view!

Posted by: mkgardner | October 9, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Nothing is as conducive to world peace as killing Taliban and Al-Qaida. And right now, nobody is killing more of them than Obama.

Also, for a long time now, America has acted as an enabler to the worst elements of the Israeli Right Wing, which Obama is trying to rectify by getting them to stop building those settlements that make a mockery of their oft stated desire for peace.

Obama has clearly lowered the anti American and anti West sentiments in the Muslim World.

I've heard pundits and various Republicans talk about how Mandela of South Africa or Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma are more deserving of the Nobel Prize. But while these individuals should be commended for their struggle for democracy and social justice, they aren't fighting for peace.

To me, Obama is the logical choice for this award.

Posted by: Dolmance | October 9, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama has just made the republicans (who didn't bother to read the criteria for the prize to begin with) (and who suddenly don't mind bashing america by ridiculing its president when it suits them) look ridiculous (in addition to having criminally bad manners) by himself pointing out that it obviously wasn't for his achievements but rather for his aspirations.

Posted by: JoeT1 | October 9, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

The President has a few accomplishments that merit at least praise. He has given all the Europhobes a chance to vent so that we once again can see their unreasoning xenophobia.

He has, at least for the next few years, put to rest GW Bushs' fire, ready, aim and McCains bomb, bomb, bomb idea of international diplomacy.

Posted by: sauerkraut | October 9, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I find it somewhat ironic that those commentators strongly in support of this award for peace - and who themselves louldy declare that they are pro-peace - are reacting to this particular author with immense vitriol and foul, angry, hateful langauge. These same people call for understanding, diplomacy, and outreach to dictatorships with no elections, few if any rights for women and where homosexuality is illegal and punishable by death - but the one middle eastern country where women are equal to men and gays are not hung, beheaded, or stoned to death is so evil, on par with Nazi Germany, that it must be annihilated.

The fact is, this is not about George W. Bush or all the bad things W did. It is not about all the screw ups the Republicans have done either. Every year, hundreds of people are nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. People who have made a real, quantifiable difference. People who, often thanklessly, work day in and day out in dangerous and depraved conditions, to help others. These were passed over for Barack Obama when he was in office for little more than a week. We are still engaged in two wars, Iran and N. Korea either have, or will have nuclear arms, Guantanamo is still open, Darfur is still a tragedy. Obama has very good intentions, and, I sincerely hope, will make those good intentions into substantive reality, but it is early and he has not accomplished these things yet. So why get the award? Its not Obama's fault, he didn't ask for it, but the Nobel Committee made a mockery of themselves by putting nice words ahead of concrete results.

Posted by: B212BB | October 9, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

"The whole world and most Americans got enough of the rabid and ignorant republicans. They have no place in our world so we need to create a country right deep to the south to deport them so they can live among Neanderthals.."

More desperate and wishful thinking. Most Americans are not democrats. I am registered democratic and I am no democrat. Bluelagoon21 you are hate filled liar and a traitor to this Country. You are a democrat that our Military wrote Harry Ried about.

"TO BE BRIEF, YOUR WORDS ARE KILLING US"

You can have the rest of the world , you are not good enough or worthy of calling yourself an AMERICAN.

"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."

What a crock. Your mean what democrat Presidents nornally do correct? Like getting their pecker polished, selling out the Country, disgracing the office with incompetence and getting credit for things they don't deserve. Democrats have become a joke and the greatest fraud upon the human race. Keep deluding yourselves.

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

A Nobel Peace prize for not being Bush! Really, really embarrassing.... what next?

Posted by: mihalick | October 9, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Peace Prize to Obama? Please. It's a sharply-jabbed middle finger to America, that's what it really is.

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

Posted by: jmbreland | October 9, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Gerson: I wouldn't be so indelicate as to call the Nobel Peace Prize Committee "a joke". It's not wise to criticize members of a country (Norway) that has a lot of oil and actually has a stable government.

If Reagan was deserving, Gorbachev was more so.

McCain is in the same class as President Obama when it comes to good intentions. The "Surge" was not his invention, he only supported it. An the success of the "Surge" will not be evident until we can remove the bulk of our troops from Iraq without an escalation of violence. That remains to be seen.

Posted by: MillPond2 | October 9, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

It will now and forever be know as the Numbell Apeazment prize.

Posted by: markandbeth92 | October 9, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Gerson has to go to bed every night knowing that he was complicit in the slaughter and mutilation of over 30,000 American sons and daughters in the illegal Iraq war miserably executed by the inept hands of Donald Dumsfeld. He also knows that the slaughter and mutiliation of tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi citizens is on his cowardly hands because he championed their deaths.
It is no surprise that he was part of that company of draft dodgers who believe in war without end, just don't ask them to fight it or send their own sons and daughters. That this miserable man now tries to denigrate President Obama for being honored by a foreign nation for his depth of character, his desire to reach out America's hand in peace instead of calling our old allies filthy names, tells me that Gerson is a nothing, a nobody, a sorehead loser who will never earn any claim to fame for doing good.
In fact it appears that the Republikkklans with their twisted ideology of "might means right" and only "tax cuts for the wealthy" have any meaning, will go to their ignorant graves hating Obama no matter what he achieves for the good of the citizenry and America.

Posted by: papafritz57 | October 9, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

So does this mean that I can win the Nobel Prize in medicine for talking about how much I want to cure cancer?

Posted by: drjoe1 | October 9, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Gerson,

I too think that this prize being awarded the President is inappropriate, but I have to take issue with your blanket smear of Europe. Do you even read the European press? This is an intelligent critique of the award:

http://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2009-10/frienden-nobelpreis-obama-komitee

But I bet you
1) can't read it
and
2) wouldn't read it even if it were in English.

As another post noted, there is no need to broaden the divisions that still exist between the US and Europe.

Posted by: Udo1 | October 9, 2009 7:21 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 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Once again...can somebody illuminate us as to who and/or how the President was even nominated? I don't think this is an irrational question. There must have been a nomination package written. Who wrote it? On who's authority? Who submitted it? Did the President authorize it? If so, why? If he did his own authorizing for such a prestigious award with absolutely no 'there, there' then how can he stand and say he's 'surprised and humbled?' If he didn't think he had a chance, then why was a package submitted in the first place? Did someone get some sort of back-room suggestion from the Nobel committee that should a particular person get nominated...then he would probably win?

Posted by: PanhandleWilly | October 9, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Poor Mr. Gerson. If they were giving out awards for bad intentions, you and your Bushian friends would be at the top of the list.

Posted by: jkarlinsky | October 9, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

I find it ironic that Gerson, a self confessed Christian and a follower of the Prince of Peace cannot even find it within him to congratulate the current sitting President who is doing his bit to try and encourage better more peaceful relations between nations and intrastate as well.

Posted by: Mikey6 | October 9, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Methinks thou dost protest too much.

Posted by: patrick3 | October 9, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Gerson, mr. axis of evil, run along and write another speech for mr. flightsuit. I'd think that idiot is looking for something reasonably good to spew while "replenishing the old coffers".

At the end of the day, you're just another angry republican, aren't you?

Posted by: binkynh | October 9, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

I know what *I* think is "embarrassing", the number of Americans who are so ready to angrily jump on the fact that the President of the U.S. won an award.
My god, he went after the Olympics just like every other head of state and didn't get them. "AHA! SEE!? He ISN'T that popular!" He gets the Nobel Peace Prize, "AHA! SEE!? He's just an empty suit who is just popular!" How damned giddy can you get about wanting the President of the U.S. to fail and still call yourself "PATRIOTIC"?
The sore-losing right-wingers who just can't stand the fact that a ni**er Democrat is the President AND he is respected in the world just makes the Palinites crazy. What a sad sorry pathetic bunch. God help us if they ever win an election again. But at least I can take solace in the fact that the same old tired angry thirty percent WON'T win an election.
Ugh. There is a segment of America that just disgusts the h*ll out of me.

Posted by: SamBrown2 | October 9, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I forgot. Gerson! You forgot to list "He has not yet..." turned water into wine! Therefore, how could he win this award?!
I hereby swear and declare on my children's eyes, I will NEVER read another article by Gerson. My word of honor as a man.
I am thoroughly disgusted by the number of Americans who find this award just one more thing to sneer at. Shame on every last one of you.

Posted by: SamBrown2 | October 9, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Reading these comments, one can only conclude that the raving hatred of the Obama cultists (American socialists, aka liberals) is only surpassed by their slavish devotion to the empty-suited and extremely unaccomplished Obama. One day a child among all these children might break the news that the Emperor has no clothes, but that day does not appear to be forthcoming soon.

Posted by: pijacobsen1 | October 9, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

From Mike Tomasky in today's Guardian of London:

"If I were in the White House's boiler room, I would have begun by suggesting to the president that he demur altogether. That would be the best path. Second best would be to accept it but with strings and conditions. First and foremost, I'd recommend that he does not travel to Oslo for the award ceremony next month. No doubt the image of Obama in Oslo was on this committee's mind. But Obama shouldn't indulge them. For a prize that everyone knows was not earned, he should not show up and collect."

Hey Mike, not EVERYBODY knows it wasn't deserved - you need to read the Washington Post Comment section - it's HQ for the Obama Cult, and on this planet, there ain't NUTHIN' President mmmmm....mmmmm....mmmm Barack Hussein Obama! doesn't deserve!

Posted by: pijacobsen1 | October 9, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Gerson, get together with your friends Krauthammer et al and together you can institute the Kristol Hate Prize. Pretty easy generating a list of nominees. You are all in bad company.

Posted by: washingtonpost31 | October 9, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

When the nukes go off in Tel Aviv, when the Taliban retake Afghanistan and begin the purges, when North Korea nukes anyone in Asia, when China retakes Taiwan, when Russia retakes Eastern Europe will the Nobel Committee retake it's award?

Posted by: mwk624 | October 9, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Believe and ye shall be saved.

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

And he shall be known as the Great Acquiessor! Whoopie.

Posted by: GordonShumway | October 9, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

I heard a rumor that the Nobel Peace Committee is also awarding Nevil Chamberlain posthumously for his peaceful words prior to WWII...

Posted by: mwk624 | October 9, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

This is not the recognition of the world of an extraordinary achievement on the part of our president (there is none) this is the misguided will of the five members of the Nobel Prize committee; which never in their lives have had to face reality or lived under the oppressing regimes of the world dictators (Cuba, Iran, Venezuela, Korea…etc.) and think that these dictators, after hearing of the Nobel Peace Prize will come to the table and talk like civilize people. I spent way too many years in a Cuban prison to know that the world is not like they see it. WESTERN WORLD!!! Wake up and smell the urine and feces of all the prisoners of conscience around the world. People that their only crime was to think differently; I have seen them die next to me, fighting for real change and with the hope that maybe, one day, there will be peace… THEY DESERVE THE PRIZE.

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

Like I said the Kanye Wests' are trying to snatch the victory and the moment from the winner even before the Pres made his acceptance speech. What a bunch of hypocrites and Jockasses

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 9, 2009 9:41 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 9:53 PM | Report abuse

I'd say the strongest argument I've heard that President Obama doesn't deserve this award is when Pres. Obama essentially said "I don't deserve this award".

Personally, I hope he earns it over the course of his career, but for now, it's a bit of an embarrassment and he knows it.

Posted by: kojak1971 | October 9, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

I 'm incredulous that this great honor, this tribute to the US and its leadership in the world can be so belittled by M. Gerson. You guys on the right are headed for a permanent minoriity status with your petty venal political aspirations. No questions in most minds, you are not a credit to your country - where's your Nobel Prize Mr Bloviator?

Posted by: bigustom | October 9, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Heres the old Gerson back in the saddle again. I thought you had gone soft after your excellent column the other day, but the hack is back. Aren't you a little embarrassed to be siding with al qaeda and Michael Steele

Posted by: formerrepublician | October 9, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Obama is God's man on earth. So why are you surprised he won the Nobel Peace Prize? God wants peace on Earth, good will to all. Obama wants peace on Earth, healthcare for all.

Check it out. It's in your Bible.

Posted by: jkurts101 | October 9, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Right wingers are the most despicable class of people. They are devoid of any ethics or morality. Can you imagine if any democrats had allied themselves with Iran or Taliban. The next despicable class of people are the owner of the free press, like the Washington Post, who channel the right wing views, and coddle and protect these deranged class of people.

Posted by: kevin1231 | October 9, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama's credit card-sized resume, amplified by a fawning press, was of high enough quality to assume the most powerful position in the world. Why is the press now upset/puzzled he won an increasingly unimportant award like the Nobel Peace prize with nil accomplishments? Seems to me the Nobel committee only did what the major networks and newspapers have done for Obama the past 24 months.

Posted by: wizboman | October 9, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Here's the thing. If Obama's getting the Nobel means that those recurring nightmares I get about France not liking us will go away, then it was all worth it. God bless you Barack Obama!

Posted by: Leopold1 | October 9, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Obama should not have got the whole prize for himself. The Nobel Committee should have given credit to the two men who did the most to make the Great Obama what he is today. He should have had to share it wilth Axelrod (who engineered his campaign), and the terrorist Bill Ayers (who launched Obama's career and ghostwrote his book).

Posted by: andrewp111 | October 10, 2009 1:45 AM | Report abuse

The Post Partisan postings today are nothing short of shameful. Could you imagine, ever, ever, any collection of WaPo columnists writing a group of satirical and/or denunciating columns when and if any other American figure was awarded a Nobel Prize? Much less the President? My God, Henry Kissinger was a proven war criminal who threw together a series of false announcments in the process of creating that peace agreement solely in order to throw the 1972 election to Nixon. And not one peep of protest when he was awarded the prize (while his partners in South America were torturing and killing young people by the tens of thousands....).

And the WaPo offices, overstocked with errand boys for AIPAC, Lockheed and Boeing, are shocked and offended by this award? You people are truly unAmerican. Fred Hiatt has created a talentless monster.

Posted by: Dollared | October 10, 2009 2:15 AM | Report abuse


OBAMA DESERVES IT! WE ALL KNOW HE ABSOLUTELY WAS THE ONLY TRUE CANDIDATE!
HE HAD THIS WON HANDS DOWN AND YOU KNOW IT'S TRUE!

WHAT? ... but.. oh...


I thought it was the NOBALLS Prize.

silly me.

Posted by: tkpisces | October 10, 2009 5:45 AM | Report abuse

..."Elevate diplomatic process and promises over outcomes"...
Really Mr. Gerson? Is that really what you meant to say?
Because the flaming catastrophe that is today's Iraq was such a fantastic outcome from the administration you were part of, wasn't it? Oh, and the absolute failure to apprehend Bin-Laden. And the near-collapse of our economy, worsening poverty, massive deficits and of course Katrina.

Heckuva job on the "outcomes" there, pal.

Posted by: GeoffWittig | October 10, 2009 8:01 AM | Report abuse

"Americans prefer their honors to come with achievements"?? Really? After 8 years of an administration that handed out faux awards and medals like a Special Olympics for Right Wing Stooges and Fools Who Brought Us to Ruination? And equated inherited wealth with rule by divine right?
I dont think so.

Posted by: DoctorT1 | October 10, 2009 8:12 AM | Report abuse

You people trashing the Bush Administration crack me up. I don't personally give a rat's ass for the part of the world that oppresses and terrorizes innocent people, but you apparantly care about "the world." Have you ever entertained the idea that maybe "the world" is wrong? Putin, Ahmedinijad, China's overseers, most of Africa. Chavez, Castro, etc. Why should we give a crap about these people except in ways that benefit us? What a myopic view of the world you have! And just for fun, let's look at a couple of Bush's cucesses....Africa raves about how much his administration did to fight AIDS, Obama is pretty much following the Bush doctrine when it comes to the war, Congress is about to renew pretty much everything in the Patriot Act, were weren't attacked again afetr 9-11, GITMO is apparantly a pretty good idea. Gneralize all you want about the past and the present but when it gets down to details, you can't face the truth. I don't give a damn what the Nobel committee and the UN think. When those organizations are comprised of fair and freedom-loving people, I'll start caring, but right now they are dominated by U.S. hating leftists and dictators. Enjoy your Peace Prize, Obama. Consider who is giving it to YOU (if it is really given to the U.S., I absolutely reject it).

Posted by: SoonerGal | October 10, 2009 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Mmmmm. Bitter.

Posted by: JPRS | October 10, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Apparently Obama won it because George Bush was a moronic war criminal who alienated the rest of the planet. The brainwashed and braindead myopic hypocrites in the republican party will do anything to help destroy America at this point.

Posted by: timebanded | October 10, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

I'll endorse this from someone snark in the State Department:

"Certainly from our standpoint, this gives us a sense of momentum -- when the United States has accolades tossed its way, rather than shoes."

Sucks to be GWB right now - this just confirms what we already knew - he destroyed our standing in the world. Good riddance. If only enablers like Mr. Gerson would take the hint and fade graciously away.

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

I think Rachel Maddow explained it best yesterday evening.
As for the naysayers. Just keep on showing consternation every time our president and our country succeeds.
You are increasingly ignored.
This includes Gerson.

Posted by: ronnivic | October 10, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I am exceedingly proud to have a man of peace in the White House and a respected place in the world community. It is a prize for one man who represents many people's hopes. I think this truly is a call to action for all Americans-- what can each of us do in our own community to promote healing and dialogue-- instead of hate and screaming? Let's all try!

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

Why does this useless "writer" have a job at this once-great newspaper?

Oops -- once again, I've answered my own question ...

Posted by: jrmitchell | October 10, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Gerson states that Americans prefer their honors to come with achievements.
That is precisely most Europeans attitude.
Isn't a president of your country that has good intentions an achievement?

Posted by: wilfrieddresel | October 11, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

This is silly. Who is complaining about Aung San Suu Kyi's award? But, what has she accomplished other than house arrest? I think good intentions are only part of it. Obama is moving the conversation between the west and the US-Islamic (Arab part of it anyway) to a more productive atmosphere which is, no doubt only a beginning. He is moving into a new direction that must happen if there will ever be better understanding and less hostility. That is the basis of the award.

Posted by: trk113 | October 13, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

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