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Palin, Vaughn, Rabinowitz Win Awards

In a stunning announcement, Millard Fillmore Senior High School chose Shawn Rabinowitz, an incoming junior, as next year’s valedictorian. The award was made, the valedictorian committee announced from Norway of all places, on the basis of “Mr. Rabinowitz’s intention to ace every course and graduate number one in class.” In a prepared statement, young Shawn called the unprecedented award, “f---ing awesome.”

At the same time, and amazingly enough, the Pulitzer Prize for Literature went to Sarah Palin for her stated intention “to read a book someday.” The former Alaska governor was described as “floored” by the award, announced in Stockholm by nude Swedes beating themselves with birch branches, and insisted that while she was very busy right now, someday she would make good on her vow to read a book. “You’ll see,” she said from her winter home in San Diego.

And again in a stunning coincidence, the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences announced the Oscar for best picture will be given this year to the Vince Vaughn vehicle “Guys Weekend to Burp,” which is being story-boarded at the moment but looks very good indeed. Mr. Vaughn, speaking through his publicist, said he was “touched and moved” by the award and would do everything in his power to see that the picture lives up to expectation and opens big sometime next March.

At the same press conferences, the Academy announced that the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award would go this year to Britney Spears for her intention to “spend whatever it takes to save the whales.” The Academy recognized that Spears had not yet saved a single whale, but it felt strongly that it was the intention that counted most. Spears, who was leaving a club at the time, told People magazine that she would not want to live in “a world without whales.” People put it on the cover.

The sudden spate of awards based on intentions or plans or aspirations was attributed to the decision by the Norwegian Nobel committee to award the peace prize to Barack Obama for his efforts in nuclear disarmament and his outreach to the Muslim world. (The committee said next year it will honor a Muslim who reaches out to the non-Muslim world.) Some cynics suggested that Obama’s award was a bit premature since, among other things, a Middle East peace was as far away as ever and the world had yet to fully disarm. Nonetheless, the president seemed humbled by the news and the Norwegian committee packed for its trip to the United States, where it will appear on Dancing with the Stars.

By Richard Cohen  | October 9, 2009; 8:44 AM ET
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It is strange that you used Obama's award as an opportunity to slam Palin! I don't understand the connection.

Posted by: tina5 | October 9, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

The Nobel prize committee has its seat in Sweden, not Norway, Mr. Cohen. Or was this also part of your attempt at irony?

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

Great job, Mr Cohen. You hit the nail right on the head. Funny, I thought awards were supposed to be given AFTER accomplishments, not in expectation of them. Spot on!

Posted by: linguist64 | October 9, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

This is a poor attempt at humor. Your Palin "joke' should have referred to her getting the Nobel Prize for her book, since it's number 1 on Amazon even though no one has read it yet.

Also, Obama got the award for not being Bush. This is not complicated.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 9, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

A lot of angry neocons today. Aww...Mr. Cohen was this close to calling Obama an antisemite.

Posted by: August30 | October 9, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Good thing this wasn't in the print edition of the Post. I thought I was reading Maureen Dowd for a moment. Mr. Cohen should spend less of his time ridiculing bad decisions and more of his time promoting policies he favors.

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

Certainly not what I would have expected from Cohen... but definitely makes a point.

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

@toolazytoo: The Peace Prize is the only one of the Nobels distributed by Norway.

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

Maybe this is why Chicago didn't get the Olympics -- the IOC didn't want the spectacle of seeing gold medals handed out before the events are even started.

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

The Prince of Peace he ain't!!!

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

As someone in another PostPartisan forum wrote, the Nobel Peace Prize award to Obama was clearly the Committee's single digit salute to the warmonger Bush and his Neocons. Take that Bush, Fred Hiatt, Diehl, Kristol, et al.

I don't envy the people trying to explain this to Bush this morning.

Posted by: Lazarus40 | October 9, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Actually, the Nobel Peace Prize is given in Norway. Or at least according to Wikipedia:

"The Norwegian Parliament appoints the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which selects the Laureate for the Peace Prize."

"The Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony is held at the Oslo City Hall,..."

The Nobel Prizes are presented in Stockholm, Sweden, at the annual Prize Award Ceremony on the 10th of December, (Nebel Peace Prize is presented in Oslo, Norway also on Dec 10th) the anniversary of Nobel's death.

"The other Nobel Prizes were to be awarded by Swedish bodies (Swedish Academy, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Karolinska Institutet) that already existed, whereas the responsibility for the Peace Prize was given to the Norwegian Parliament, specifically "a committee of five persons to be elected" by it. A new body had to be created—the Norwegian Nobel Committee."

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

The dumb is strong in here this morning.

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

Obama has ALREADY accomplished a tremendous amount by simply changing the PARADIGM of how we judge our country's involvement in the world. The only way to get along in this ever shrinking world is a have a much broader view. It's no longer enough to "kick butt" and then hide behind our borders. We actually have to try to understand the other billions of people with whom we share this world. Wake up! Smell the coffee! Changing how we look at things may be the single greatest accomplishment in a long period of time... and, the prerequisite of many good things to come.

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

Does Lazarus40 really think this event will do anything for Mr. Bush other than amuse him? Didn't Jimmy Carter get the prize?

Good for you, Mr. Cohen.

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

It amazes me the money that the WaPo is paying people and how little work they have to do. I really really want a job as a WaPo columnist.

Posted by: rlj1 | October 9, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Boy the righties are in full meltdown today. Nothing like a big finger in their eyes to bring out the best in them.

All Americans should be proud - the sitting President won the Nobel Peace Prize and earlier in the week we learned that in the Transatlantic Trends report, the United States rose from the 7th position to number 1 - as the most admired country. These are both a source of pride for this country. It's a shame too many are too cynical and shallow to see it. Let them wallow in their misery - I am proud of my President and my country.

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

Did Obama win the Heisman yet?

Posted by: Cornell1984 | October 9, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Myth: The prize is awarded to recognize efforts for peace, human rights and democracy only after they have proven successful.

More often, the prize is awarded to encourage those who receive it to see the effort through, sometimes at critical moments."


Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/09/obama-wins-nobel-peace-pr_n_314907.html

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

Funny op-ed.

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

This is gonna be a tough weekend for Republicans. Many sleepness nights, they are gonna have over this.

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

Wow Cohen, hate much?

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

This may be the first ever Richard Cohen column that did not once use the words "me" or "I." Worth reading for that alone, not just for the well-deserved mockery of the Peace Prize committee.

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

It must be tough for you. I know you were following the race closely and had your preferred candidate that didn't win. I'm sorry.

Posted by: wwc4g | October 9, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

"The Nobel prize committee has its seat in Sweden, not Norway, Mr. Cohen. Or was this also part of your attempt at irony?"

Oh...you must have mistaken Richard Cohen with a journalist...easy mistake since the Washington Post still employs him...

So much jealousy...so little time..

Posted by: justmy2 | October 9, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Cohen, I commend you for realizing the outrage that the Nobel Peace prize has become. However, can you somehow find it in yourself to not personally attack Sarah Palin in the process? By doing so, your political commentary carries the same credibility as Keith Olbermann, validated by your inclusion of Ms. Palin in this piece. In fact, it violated the Washington Post's requirements to Post a Comment (the personal attacks part), the same standards for Comments perhaps should be applied to editorials!

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

I don't often agree with Richard Cohen....

But in this occassion I have to say that he's got a point as far as this downright ridiculous latest Nobel Peace Prize is concerned.

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

@toolazytoo: You are just plain wrong. the Peace Prize is awarded by a committee of 5 people elected from the Norwegian Parliament.

Posted by: andyfm1 | October 9, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

In sports news, Major League Baseball is rumored to be considering President Barack Obama for both the National and American League Cy Young awards based on his awesome pitch at the All Star game and the N.F.L announced that the 2010 Super Bowl would be awarded at half-time. Meanwhile, in Iran today, President Ahmadinejad announced ...

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

Sleepless nights over the Nobel Peace Prize winner? Hardly. That award lost any vestige of credibility long ago. But I am suffering serious insomnia as I worry about what the Peace Prize winner and his buddies on the hill are intending to do to the U.S., particularly to the budget. I fear for my children and my children's children.

Posted by: twinkletoes1 | October 9, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

When are people going to realize? People like President Obama!

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


What happened to the REAL Richard Cohen?

Did someone abduct him and stealthily submit this drivel from Cohen's own laptop?

Or has Cohen been brainwashed by the folks who want to save Grandma and give the vote to the unborn?

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

It shows how few peacemakers there are in the world today, and how relieved Europeans are by the new tone from the White House. It will be awkward, though, if Obama sends more troops to Afghanistan in a few days.

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

It is strange that you used Obama's award as an opportunity to slam Palin! I don't understand the connection.

Posted by: tina5
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I agree...sort of. I thought it was strange Cohen took Obama's award as an opportunity to get Palin's name in the public eye...again.

Let sleeping dogs lie, I say.

Posted by: arancia12 | October 9, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Seriously, living in a mansion is sooo much harder than being held as a political prisoner in Myranmar.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | October 9, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

My first question was "what war did Obama end"?

But then I realized this was the Nobel folks flipping the bird to Bush and his pals, Republican Neo-Cons.

Ha ha ha. I love it.

Stew in your juices, losers!

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

Palin joke is because you can't poke fun at Obama without also ridiculing her to ease the pain and suffering caused to Democrats.
And the guy who doesn't know that Palin.s book is number one on Amazon because of sales, not whether it's been read.

Posted by: denroy3 | October 9, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Plain mean.

Posted by: kabindra1 | October 9, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Has Cohen gone off his meds? Stop listening to the blabbering voices in your head, Richard, because this is another juvenile pants-pissing article not worthy of a major publication. Grow up.

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

"And the guy who doesn't know that Palin.s book is number one on Amazon because of sales, not whether it's been read."

Yes, I know that, idiot. The joke, which is obviously above your pay grade, is that she wins the Nobel Prize for Literature for a book no one has read yet.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 9, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

tony in Durham thinks this is a slap at Bush and that it's funny. But the jokes on you. Everyone knows this is ridiculous and makes the "Prize" a joke. And it highlights the absurdity of the Obama mystique. I laughed when I heard it, unlike you, who struggled to recall why he won it.

Posted by: denroy3 | October 9, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations, Mr. President. May your intentions be rewarded with reality. This award shows that many people want you to succeed.

Posted by: pv2bdrco | October 9, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Actually, Obama received the "Ignoble Appeasement Prize."

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

If Obama had a humble bone in his body, he would refuse the prize, as it is so very obviously undeserved. We'll see if he does...

Posted by: yourstruly1991 | October 9, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Keep hating...I'll have health insurance before long.

Posted by: Smiley2 | October 9, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

"Palin, Vaughn, Rabinowitz Win Awards"

But Dicky boy didn't win a prize.

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

Here's a thought for those of you who think President Obama didn't deserve the Nobel Peach Prize.

Start your own prize and award it to whomever you want.

The Nobel Peace prize has no requirement to DO anything. It can be awarded for principles and values. Gosh, what a concept.

Posted by: arancia12 | October 9, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Dick Cohen you are an ( ! ).

Posted by: whocares666 | October 9, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

twinkletoes1:

Where was your concern for our children and our childrens's children while the Bush administration was running up billions of dollars of debt daily pursuing two wars that do not benefit this country at all. The current efforts, which will undoubtedly result in new debt if implemented (health care reform, etc.) will actually inure to the benefit of U.S. citizens. (Unless you see the death of thousands of our best and brightest youth in worthless wars a "benefit".)

Posted by: Slinger61 | October 9, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Everybody wants to be a smarmy, kitschy columnist these days... Cohen you need to stick to your stiff upper-lipped white man persona -- it's more honestly 'you'.

Aside from that (Great Swimming Jeebus Cohen, what have you been drinking?), I must quote NotFooledTX here, who basically said it all for most of us...

Posted by: NotFooledTX:

"All Americans should be proud - the sitting President won the Nobel Peace Prize and earlier in the week we learned that in the Transatlantic Trends report, the United States rose from the 7th position to number 1 - as the most admired country.

These are both a source of pride for this country. It's a shame too many are too cynical and shallow to see it. Let them wallow in their misery - I am proud of my President and my country."

.

Posted by: Frank57 | October 9, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse


AH!! WHAT A GREAT ARTICLE ABOUT INSANITY!!

I can see the Obama dilemma now! next week he will be calling for more troops in Afghanistan??? Or will he now have to just quit and bring em all home???

The Nobel committee put a straight jacket on the poor boy! A big win for European Marxists!!

Obama has to go along!!

Posted by: jjcrocket2 | October 9, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I always enjoy watching those who accomplished nothing complain about those recognized for accomplishing something. Its a sad world for our children.

Posted by: mfile2000 | October 9, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Obama did not nominate himself. As an American I am proud that our President won.

Posted by: samney | October 9, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse


Given the snarkey little zionistJew's constant
barking at the Presiden't heels,

this limp and childish little try attack is
no surprise.

But the neocons must be licking their Israel first wounds today. The prize is all about
Obama tackling the nastiest problems of the world.

And Irael is number one. According to everyone everywhere except Israel and the zionists of America.

Posted by: whistling | October 9, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Cohen you are filled with the bad will of the sneering cynic and it appears your sole intent is to tear down Obama. There is no constructive thought or high minded objective in your views.

President Obama has changed the climate of international politics. That is a great achievement considering how Pres. Bush damaged it and destroyed the good will we had with other nations. Now, the good will is back and we can collectively act with other nations to help prevent nuclear proliferation. With Obama there is hope - and hope was the only treasure of humanity that did not escape from Pandora's box.

Posted by: maddymappo | October 9, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

That's pretty funny. He should write for The Onion.

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

This award is a nod to the American people for overcomng their 8 years of jingoism and resuming their place as the world leader in freedom and justice.

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

The sarcasm is AWESOME. Right on Mr. Cohen!

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

And Richard Cohen has been granted Wanker of the Day for April 12, 2010 because of his stated intention to be a wanker every day for the rest of his life.

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


Posted by: whistling
The prize is all about
Obama tackling the nastiest problems of the world.
------------------------------------------

EVERYONE with two neurons to rub together is all about tackling the nastiest problems in the world.

I think every bad thing that is happening should stop....

There I've said it in public, just like Obama. I've got just as much education as Obama. Where's my prize?

NOT A THING HAS CHANGED except that as an American who is ageing, I have never felt more insecure about the future in my life.

But what the heck, I stated my feel good intentions like the man, where's my prize?

Geez Louise, what a joke.

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

Cohen, instead of barking at Palin maybe you should advise Barack to stop writing books and read one or two. Maybe then he would not have made an ass of himself with Austrian language, Muslim invented compass, Arabic translators for Afghanistan..too long to list all idiocies of this buffoon. And this intellectual pygmy is the icon of Lefty Academia and Media. Tells you a lot about the quality of our "intellectual elites"

Posted by: pihto999 | October 9, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

One other cynic wrote an article in WP identifying Obama with Palin and Rabinowitz.

Posted by: nersessa1 | October 9, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I was pleasantly surprised by Obama's award. Obama haters (like yourself) will just have to eat your hearts out. Jealosy is rearing it's ugly head!

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | October 9, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

The Nobel Peace Prize, unlike the other Nobel Prizes, has nothing do do with accomplishments, only aspirations. It's a pathetically feeble attempt to influence world leaders into peaceful behavior.

The meaning of Mr Obama receiving it?

Absolutely no meaning what-so-ever.

Welcome to the empty set.

Posted by: mhoust | October 9, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Typical lefty tool. "Even the mildest criticism of a Dem must be preceded by a gratuitous cheap shot at a Republican who has absolutely no connection to the subject at hand." Cohen, you truly have no class.

Posted by: UniqueID | October 9, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

ANYTHING that makes you knuckle-dragging mouthbreathers react like this is a WONDERFUL thing.
Stew in your own bile. I LOVE IT!
HA HA HA HA HA HA.

Posted by: Tomcat3 | October 9, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

TwinkleToes wrote: "Sleepless nights over the Nobel Peace Prize winner? Hardly. That award lost any vestige of credibility long ago. But I am suffering serious insomnia as I worry about what the Peace Prize winner and his buddies on the hill are intending to do to the U.S., particularly to the budget. I fear for my children and my children's children."

Maybe you were on vacation since 2000, but we had a surplus, that was turned into the largest deficit ever during 2000-2008. That is the time period you should have been fearful for your children; Not now, when we have a rational thinking, intelligent leader in the white house. As opposed to someone who thought god actually spoke to him. Ugh.

Posted by: Michael_A1 | October 9, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

The only thing Palin does with books is burn them

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

I expect to see something in this column that is a departure from the kind of negative, snide, sniping, scarcasm I could find at any conservative website. It is a response that could have been written by any Press Secretary from the Bush Administration. It must have seem funnier when it was being written.

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

Palin Derangement Syndrome much, Richard?

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

Mr. Cohen --- I read your column often and find you to be insightful and, at times funny. This column was mean and vengeful. Mr. Obama is our president. Can't you be proud to be an American for one minute and then go back to your cynicism? Deal with it, the world likes our president. Now go back to that dark corner of your office where you can entangle yourself in spider webs.

Posted by: sammyp1047 | October 9, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely deserved. Puts him right into the league of Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, Arafat, Kofi Anan. LOL

Posted by: pihto999 | October 9, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

I am sure that Bill Clinton is just beside himself that he didn't win a Nobel Prize yet. After all, he had high hopes for peace in the Middle East and since 2000, he's done this Global Initiatives thing that spreads good will etc throughout the world.

Life is just so unfair.

Posted by: bandmom22 | October 9, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

What an obnoxious column. Your hatred is blinding you to the truth. It's no wonder the number of people who identify themselves as Republicans has dwindled to 20%. You don't get it.

Maybe you'll listen to Obama's statement today and find out what this actually means to him. And you'll find out that he views it as a call to action for the country. I hope you're embarrassed when you hear it. The only people who viewed this as you have are Republicans and idiots.

Posted by: bjalexa | October 9, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Reference has been made in these 'comments' to the large number of sales on Amazon.com of Sara Palin's new book
"Going Rogue: An American Life"

The truth is this book will not be released until November...so no one has read it yet.

While "Going Rouge" had been ranked as high as 1st at Amazon's that of course is for pre-orders only. Currently it is ranked 3rd and the pre-sale price has already been discounted about 25-30%.

If one is really interested in the popularity of Ms. Palin's earlier books, thousands are currently available as used books on Amazon.com Borders and elsewhere. Prices range from about $1.00 to as little as one cent ($0.01).

It is quite clear who the readers are and what they really think of the book.

Apparently, few end up in personal libraries. The fact that Ms. Palin actually never wrote any of these books probably has something to do with it's lack of acceptance.

Posted by: hfaulk01 | October 9, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Obama also wins the Wall Street Forty Percent Gain in Six Months Award, even though not a single indicator of economic recovery has yet surfaced.

Posted by: sthomas1957 | October 9, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations to our U.S. president, who seems to inspire many around the world to work for positive change and peace.

Posted by: MIndfulPerson | October 9, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Cohen has hit a homer. All the lib/labs are furious. They can attend the forthcoming crucifixion of the Messiah. I don't think it has been scheduled yet. Ask Robert Gibbs.

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

"I don't envy the people trying to explain this to Bush this morning."

I can't imagine Bush giving a rat's patoot.

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

Mr.Cohen; SHAME ON YOU .

sherif zaki, NY

Posted by: szw0 | October 9, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

What would really be refreshing would be for Obama to graciously refuse the award. It would show the world (and perhaps Obama himself for the first time) just how humble he can actually be.

I wonder if the thought even crossed his mind as to who his pick would have been. Ummm...that would be my first question to him at some future press conference.

Oh, I guess I'm asking too much.

Simply put, this choice borders on embarrassing.

Posted by: indypol | October 9, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Cohen's pro-Israel bias is really showing today.

Posted by: FedUp1 | October 9, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

People seem to miss the point here, which doesnt surprise me. Does it really matter why or how Obama was given this award? This is an incredible honor - not just for the sitting President - but for this country. Do you not realize how beneficial it will be to have our President considered - by Nobel standards - an agent of Peace? The perception of the United States is changing even further as this news spreads, and all we want to do is continue this partisan bickering over whether he deserves it. Absurd.

Posted by: rob10873 | October 9, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

One of the postings stateed that Palin's book was one on Amazon.com. Amazon is for selling STUFF...it has nothing to do with awards, intellect, morals, etc. What's your point? Didn't get it....

Congrats, Mr. President !!!!

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

Hey, you dopes, here's the bottom line:

After George W., anyone that isn't a Bush looks so good they are a shoo-in.

Works for me.

By the way, those two unnecessary wars the "Great Decider" started by somehow couldn't finish, how are they going?.

Posted by: jrw1 | October 9, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

In reference to the Nobel Peace Award...the global world gets it.This country appears to be falling behind in many areas. The ignorance in this country, and the Media;
including the Post along with other media is no longer reporting objectively. Actually no one is...

The WORLD is looking at us. Boy do we look BAD. (small, ignorant, uneducated,greedy and not fair..)

Posted by: lindarc | October 9, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I was wondering how conservatives would handle this. They can't even say anything good about Obama when he wins the Nobel Peace Prize. They don't recognize this as not only an honor for Obama, but an honor for the US. Conservatives are now showing their true colors.

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

One of the postings stated that Palin's book was one on Amazon.com. Amazon is for selling STUFF...it has nothing to do with awards, intellect, morals, etc. What's your point? Didn't get it....

Congrats, Mr. President !!!!

(Apologize, corrected errors)

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

His point is simple: Because he's a white racist he's attempting to illigitemize the Nobel prize award.
He was overcome with joy, as was Limbaugh, when America did not get the 2016 Olympics because "OBAMA HAD LOST ONE"!
Cohen is a hatefull bigot

Posted by: mudbone | October 9, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

What's wrong with you people? Any Nobel Price is a award for the whole country and you are complaining because the president got it??

Posted by: cordobes17 | October 9, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Good one, Cohen! Expecially the takeaway line about Dancing with the Stars. We've finally hit the "Peopleization Magazine" of everything.

You forgot to mention your own Nobel Prize for Literature for the novel you've been thinking about penning.

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

So maybe if Richard one day intends to not be a hack writer, he'll win a Pulitzer...

Naaaah!!!!!


We need to get all these kinky neo-cons out of the WaPo.

Posted by: howie14 | October 9, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope we don't lose the freedom to say what we are thinking, even on this site. The spin in Washington is stronger than it ever has been.
And I'm a Democrat. Who voted third party.
Thanks, Mr. Cohen.

Posted by: formerWashingtonian1 | October 9, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

in the end obama will be worse than bush...
more Americans will die under obama than under all the prior Presidents put togeather...

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

Alas, no need to read both Cohen AND Craphammer anymore.

Posted by: mmax | October 9, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Fascinating -- how several of the comments have used this as an opportunity to make anti-Israel comments, when the article did not even mention the word Israel. Demonstrates the anti-Israel obsession in certain quarters. Nevertheless, there is some relevance to Israel: the Israeli Defense Forces should have been the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, for having fought wars against both Hamas and Hezbollah in the most humanitarian manner of any armed force in world history. Evidence? The evidence is the fact that in three WEEKS of fighting in Gaza (2009) and Lebanon (2006), the number of people killed was not even one-fourth the nmber killed in only three DAYS of fighting in Fallujuah by the Coalition forces in Iraq. Instead of being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, as it should have been, "Israel" (i.e., the whole country) is branded as a war criminal. Surreal.

Posted by: amc1 | October 9, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

phito999: so name calling is the best you can come up with?
I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed man

Posted by: katem1 | October 9, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I could be wrong, but maybe Obama is onto something that many Repubs and Dems alike can not yet fathom. Is it possible to actually get along? Is this the dawn of the Age of Civility?

As a catalyst for peace, discussion and open dialogue, one man endeavors to make the world a better place. A place where despite our differences, we can all live together. Being elected against history and odds, is a triumph in itself.

Imagine if we were all working toward that same direction - and at the very least - not working against the very idea! Thankfully, a few people near the top do grasp the concept. Congratulations President Obama.

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

…….the outward appearance of peace, deceptive rhetoric, and convoluted thinking can obviously fool some people.

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

Cohen is a liberal as most Dems but because he is a Jews, you Jew haters on this site love to call him a neocon. Really, you make his point for him, and that point is that even the left wing of the political spectrum is frquently full of sh_t. On the Nobel, awarding it to Obama says as much about the 5 voters from Norway (not Sweden) as it does about Obama. They love to vote for anyone that hates Jews e.g. Arafat, Carter, Bishop Tutu. I'm not sure that Obama hates Jews but he is certainly willing to let 5 million Jews be killed by Iran. You decide what that means.

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

Mr Cohen forgot to mention the
one truly outstanding decision that highlights President Obamas commitment to non-violent (peaceful)solutions to conflicts; the refusal to meet with that warmonger ,the Dalai Lama.

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

mr. cohen: you have been slipping badly over the last few months. today's piece seems to be the nadir.

you compare obama to palin, vaughn, etc.

you cannot be serious. how can it be a bad thing for the president to get the nobel prize?

snap out of it, mr. cohen.

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

Oh how very very clever. But so linear, and parochial. The Nobel Prize signifies not only that America's relations have taken a turn toward diplomacy and away from illegal war-making and constant sabre rattling, but that the rest of the world honors Obama's vision for peace. That is worth rewarding. The Post again gets the Over-The-Hill-Columnist Prize.

Posted by: johnnytea | October 9, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Cohen

Please grow up.

Posted by: eddie111 | October 9, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Are you stupid or what, Cohen? The Nobel committee was expressing the world's gratitude and sense of hope that Barack Obama has brought the US back from a role of mindless bullying, mendacity, and illegality that the Bush-Cheney group imposed on it. The world wants to look up to us again like it used to. Obama has made it possible for them--and us--to hope. And that is a real achievement, one that bodes well for the future. What about that don't you understand?

Posted by: orray | October 9, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

A little AIPAC jealosy, Cohen. Perhaps you would prefer Obama to nuke Iran. Would you be happy then?

Posted by: coloradodog | October 9, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Let's be realistic, if Obama came up with a cure for cancer and delivered world peace, the GOP would fly into a rage claiming the healthcare and defense industries would lose billions in profits and America would lose "millions" of jobs.

Posted by: DEFJAX | October 9, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I love it...congratulations Mr. President!!

Posted by: Smiley2 | October 9, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Think of this way, Cohen. Had Bush been in office, he with your support would have gone into Iran as he did Iraq. And as in Iraq we would have by now found no nukes in Iran. For that insight only the president deserves the award.

Posted by: aattallah | October 9, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, living in a mansion is sooo much harder than being held as a political prisoner in Myranmar.

Posted by: Cornell1984

How many times do you want her to win the award?

Posted by: steveboyington | October 9, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

in the end obama will be worse than bush...
more Americans will die under obama than under all the prior Presidents put togeather...

Posted by: DwightCollins


Do you think Dwight prays for this every night? Then he could say A-HA!!!! Sorry about the impossibility of that prediction. My guess is Dwight is one of the folks that will believe anything that backs up his beliefs. Remember the breathless recitation that the murder rate in Washington DC was worse than in Baghdad?

Posted by: steveboyington | October 9, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by the Norwegians, not the Swedes. Alfred Nobel was a Sweded and all of the prizes EXCEPT peace are awarded in Sweden. For some reason the Norwegians were given responsiblity for the peace award. And what a bunch of clowns they are. I actually feel sorry for Obama now--I guess he got his "participation" trophy just like we used to give to five year olds on the Soccer team. Norway is the laughing stock of the world.

Posted by: dcmowbray1 | October 9, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Get a grip. This is a very good thing and your analogies are spectacularly inept today.

Posted by: csaether | October 9, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

The Nobel prize committee has its seat in Sweden, not Norway, Mr. Cohen. Or was this also part of your attempt at irony?

Posted by: toolazytoo | October 9, 2009 9:06 AM | Rep
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The Nobel committees for the science awards are in Sweden. However, the Peace Prize committee is in Norway.


Posted by: jack71 | October 9, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

What's most interesting about the static the award has generated is that the implication and, in some cases, the direct accusation,that this is part of President Obama's "pattern of fraud." In other words, that he's somehow responsible for the Nobel committee choosing him other than their use of their own selection criteria.

You can quibble with the choice, but going beyond to critique the laureate betrays a deeper, darker set of intentions on the part of such commentators.

Posted by: rogied25 | October 9, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Fresh ammunition for the Obama haters! Oh, how they will squeal and gnash their teeth!

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

Maybe you should take the time, as I did, to read the Citation from The Nobel Committe, “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,” the committee said in its citation. “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.”
This is in real-time not the future, your comments are wide of the mark.

Posted by: BAWESQ | October 9, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

It must be awful to be a bitter old man like Cohen whose ideology is proved a failure time and again.

Posted by: 8-man | October 9, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Dear Dick,

Leave humor to The Onion. You're no good at it.

Real Cal Gal

Posted by: RealCalGal | October 9, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

The comments thus far show that a measurable portion of the Washington Post's readership has an infantile grasp of literature. This was a wonderful write up by Mr. Cohen -- an excellent example of SATIRE (look it up in the dictionary, for those of you ignorant of the word). Like Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal", this column makes its point with clever use of straight-faced absurdity. It's a shame that most of the commenters are too slack-jawed to recognize it.

Posted by: carpiodiem | October 9, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Does Lazarus40 really think this event will do anything for Mr. Bush other than amuse him? Didn't Jimmy Carter get the prize?

Good for you, Mr. Cohen.

Posted by: Roytex | October 9, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse
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Yes, Jimmy Carter got the prize. He got it for helping negotiate peace between Egypt and Israel. Despite the fact that both leaders involved in that negotiation have died, that peace still holds.

I have to say that as an Obama supporter, I cringed when I heard on the radio that he'd won the Nobel Peace Prize. Though I believe some day it will be "deserved," I agree that it's not at this point in his presidency. By awarding it apparently on the basis that he got himself elected, the Nobel Committee opened the way for ridicule of the U.S. (did the Committee think America *so* racist that inspiring votes is, in and of itself, a victory for world peace?) and of Obama (as evidenced by all the drivel being spewed by the likes of Cohen today).

That Obama appears humbled by the news is absolutely appropriate (he couldn't very well disrespect the committee by not accepting the award). Since he never campaigned for this award, it's unfair to act as if he did. Let's be gracious and move on.

Posted by: multiplepov | October 9, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

When will white Americans wake up and smell the coffee? Times have chaned. Most of America is changing. Only those white Americans who hate to see Black Americans progress are hell bent on keeping things the same. Well guess what: "It ain't gonna happen." You have an African American American running the country now, which has opened the door for many more African Americans to succeed. And another there were many young and older white supporters who worked very, very hard to get Mr. Obama elected. Not only with their time, but also with their kindness, their concern for the country and their families and, and also their donations. President Obama more than deserved the Nobel peace Prize. He is a wonderful and caring family man. How many of you critical white Americans are worthy of the Prize for trying to bring peace amongst all people around the world? Change is here to stay. Accept it. Grow up. If you want violence, go fight the war that Bush needlessly started. I hear that they can use a few bad as___ like you all.

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

Cohen is just jealous that he has yet to win a Pulitzer for the good column that he is going to write some day.

Ha!

Posted by: j2hess | October 9, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

"living in a mansion is sooo much harder than being held as a political prisoner in Myranmar."

She may be a political prisoner but SHE's living in a mansion, too.

What's your point?

Posted by: RealCalGal | October 9, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

But you forgot to mention Al Gore’s Nobel Prize for asking everyone else to compromise their modest lifestyles because he INTENDS to save the planet from a theoretical crisis

The Nobel committee is a comedy act.

Posted by: dcn1 | October 9, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Richard Cohen is a bitter old man, who is never going to win any meaningful awards for his work. Not even a Peabody like Bill O'Reilly. Oh that's right, O'Reilly didn't really win a Peabody, he lied about that. Cohen will be in good company.

Posted by: HughBriss | October 9, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

What a trivial, mean-spirited, uninteresting column.

Posted by: dicka1 | October 9, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

It's not a slam at Ms. Palin; it's satire.

The question is, with so little under his belt, other than significantly interesting potential and ambition, what has the President done to deserve the award, whether it's for his personal contributions/potential, or that of America. And if it was for America's change of direction or goals, then the prize should have been awarded to "the government of the United States".

However, what you need to ask is who were the 200 other nominees so that you can appraise and compare their qualifications/contributions. And, is the current criteria for choosing the "winner" based on accomplishments over a lifetime? Over the past year? Or is it based on perception of possible accomplishements in the future?

dungarees@gmail.com

Posted by: Dungarees | October 9, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

DwightCollins wrote:
I just heard that obama is going to donate the prize money...
that is not his money...
that money belongs to the United States of America...
why don't the morons at the whitehouse read the constitution...
10/9/2009 2:03:42 PM

Posted by: DwightCollins | October 9, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Richard:

In the very early weeks of the previous administration, the U.S. withdrew from the Kyoto treaty/accord, withdrew from multilateral or even bilateral nuclear disarmament discussions, abruptly cancelled Secretary of State Powell's planned attendance at the UN Conference on Racism in Darfur and, of course, continued to refuse to pay UN dues, which were already in arrears. These things, among other pronouncements and acts of indifference and belligerence, might reasonably have caused global concern, and did cause it. These were menacing steps, and all were taken BEFORE 9/11. What happened after 9/11 did not draw the world community closer to us, suffice it to say, though the opportunity was clearly there in the immediate aftermath. But, again, it was reasonable for the world community to fear the U.S. that projected itself in the wake of 9/11. We can feel whatever justification(s) we want, and we can cynically write whatever we want for whatever purposes and audiences and the like, but I hope we can at least rationally posit that many, many people around the world have been very concerned about America's psyche, mood and intentions. We can't just call everyone a jerk for that, can we? So if we accept the possibility, at least in theory, that the world community -- people and leaders alike -- has been holding its breath throughout America's reactive phase and all that has entailed -- we shouldn't be shocked at the collective sigh of relief expressed, however prematurely in the estimation of some, in the awarding of the Nobel prize. I won't impugn your motives in writing such low brow satire on this occasion. You have your reasons, I am sure, and they may rest within you. But even we agree that not every recipient is worthy of Prize (see, e.g., Kissinger), we ought to be able to agree that the occasional mis-grant does not mean that EVERY award of the Nobel is cause for satirical disparagement (I'm not aware that satire is ever to be viewed as positive or complimentary verbal expression). And, if we can agree that much, then we probably can afford to manage at least a tiny "hip hip, hooray" that only the third OF FORTY-FOUR sitting U.S. Presidents actually was so honored. You can do it, Richard, it won't hurt at all.

Posted by: tcmarcus | October 9, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

bjalexa:
As one who is not a Republican nor an idiot; as one who is a liberal Democrat, I seriously question the logic of the selection. I understand what the President said following his selection, but that doesn't mean that I understand the logic of the selection. Yes; he views the selection as a call to action; but was the selection made by the committee as a call to action, a call to the President or to the American government and people? I thought that the recognition was for contributions made; not for good intent.

I'm offended that any questioning might align me and others with Republicans or idiots.

dungarees@gmail.com

Posted by: Dungarees | October 9, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

The possibilities for satire are nearly limitless with this situation. So why does the never-funny Richard Cohen get to be the one to try it out?

Posted by: Gutavo | October 9, 2009 2:50 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 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Cohen is funny like a funeral. I look forward to the day when he upgrades his qull pen to a typewriter.

Posted by: patrickschabe | October 9, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Every pundit out there should be thankful for President Obama. Otherwise, they'd have nothing else to talk about, and probably no job. This has to be a record year for comments. Every single article on Obama generates some 400 comments at least. Why are people so obsessed? Why do you care? I'm sorry McCain didn't win, but get over it people, you have no power.

Posted by: KBGilmore | October 9, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Sleepless nights over the Nobel Peace Prize winner? Hardly. That award lost any vestige of credibility long ago. But I am suffering serious insomnia as I worry about what the Peace Prize winner and his buddies on the hill are intending to do to the U.S., particularly to the budget. I fear for my children and my children's children.

Posted by: twinkletoes1 _________________________

Funny - Spend every night awake wondering HOW I WILL AFFORD TAKING MY CHILD TO THE DOCTOR WHEN SHE GETS SICK. Because the REPUBLICAN"Ts don't think my child or family worthy of affordable healthcare - My child has a terminal illness - THE REPUBLICAN"T say I make TOO MUCH MONEY (working two jobs trying to make ends meet) to pay for the treatments....

It is true the Republican't want you to die quickly in AMERICAN.

Posted by: kare1 | October 9, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Cohen is funny like a funeral. I look forward to the day when he upgrades his quill pen to a typewriter.

Posted by: patrickschabe | October 9, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Cohen ought to grow up.

Posted by: esch | October 9, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

You are a small and petty man, Mr Cohen.

Posted by: ArtPepper | October 9, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Even if one questions the "logic" of the Nobel prize committee why question it in public? Why diminish an honor to our president and country. Is this for the sake of the prize? Who cares? Is is for the sake of some abstract notion of "logic" which does not even apply here?

The committee has explained in full its rationale and to question it in public not only makes the questioner appear to be unpatriotic, but also small minded, captious and unimaginative.

There are no hard and fast "rules" in this matter and the committe can award the prize as it sees fit.

Mr. Cohen, once more, prooves himself to be the stupidest member of the Washington post op-ed collective.

Posted by: wrjacobs1 | October 9, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Come on now Cohen, nobody likes a petulant joo.

Posted by: TRACIETHEDOLPHIN | October 9, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

congratulations to the president and this country.
to the men and women of the house and senate, please pass health care reform for all the people who elected you.
cohen, your jealousy and hatefulness is quite evident, newsflash this is your president and this honor should be experienced by all true americans who love their country.

Posted by: ninnafaye | October 9, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Predictably all of the Obama haters at the Washington Post are up in arms because he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Is it just a coincidence that most of them are also jewish? One would think people like Cohen, Krauthammer and Gerson would think twice before proclaiming to the world what craven little men they are. Envy is one of the seven deadly sins.

Posted by: dsrobins | October 9, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

This article was "F-ing Awesome" but I was floored that Mr. Cohen wrote it, musta gotten help.

Posted by: madstamina | October 9, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Tomcat whatever: "ANYTHING that makes you knuckle-dragging mouthbreathers react like this is a WONDERFUL thing.
Stew in your own bile. I LOVE IT!
HA HA HA HA HA HA."

What a nuanced argument. I'm surprised you were able to step away from the Obama alter long enough to type out this drool. The Left are such a boorish loathsome bunch these days. 2010 and the mid-terms are coming Obama-tons. To borrow from my new friend HAHAHA!

Oh - we on the Right snicker at the Peace Prize ever since Yassir Arafat won it. It's utterly meaningless. We just fear that it'll propel the Zero from making the right decisions in FAVOR of America's security. Remember the day he re-approved the use of his middle name, January 20th of this year, he swore to uphold OUR Constitution, not the UN Charter.

Posted by: beekay65 | October 9, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

TwinkleToes wrote: "..I am suffering serious insomnia as I worry about what the Peace Prize winner and his buddies on the hill are intending to do to the U.S., particularly to the budget. I fear for my children and my children's children."

Here's some reality to inject into your little head TwinkleToes:

Bush annihilated a budget surplus and left behind a trillion dollar debt. His policies have contributed ~33% of our current debt.

Obama's policies? About 7%. This includes the TARP and stimulus, some which will be paidy back by the banks.

Even Obama's supposedly "debt busting" budget, which includes efforts to extend healthcare and cap & trade legislation, only totals about 3% of total debt.

So where were you for the 8 years that Junior was destroying this country?

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

Another thought.. perhaps the committee is just trying to influence Obama's long delayed decision regarding troop deployment. After all, how could this Nobel laureate possibly accept the PEACE prize and then send more troops to fight a WAR.

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

Both Republicants and the Taliban have blasted the Nobel Committee for Obama's selection. I knew one hated America. Who knew about the other?

Posted by: COLEBRACKETT | October 9, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

It's clear to me that a lot of the derision aimed at the Nobel Committee and its target is animated by raaaa-cism. I'm waiting for the first reference to white hoods and the Klan.

Posted by: Banjo1 | October 9, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Cohen - that was the least funny use of irony I have ever read.

Posted by: pgr88 | October 9, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Cohen,

Some progress (Obama)is better than none (Palin). You forgot to mention that unlike Governor Sarah Palin--does she get to keep the title even though she resigned to go rogue--Obama ran & won the presidency. But using Shawn, or was it truly Ian Ferguson-Rabinowitz (you know the joke) is beneath either of us.

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

You mean someone actually PAYS Cohen for this drivel?

Posted by: wfnaegele | October 9, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

This article is funny poking fun at irony. Noticed how it gotten the Conservative's panties in a knot. Although it took me by surprise, I knew that Rush and his ilks would be out frothing about it after gloating that Obama lost the Olympic site award. It is way predictable.

Posted by: beeker25 | October 9, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

And this years "Darwin Award" goes to Richard Cohen for writing the most senseless, a$$inine opinion columns for this year.

But hold on folks! There's still three more months left for Mr. Cohen to outdo himself.


Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | October 9, 2009 4:39 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 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Not funny, Mr. Cohen. Can't we raise half a cheer for the President getting an award like that? So much for patriotism being the exclusive property of the right wing.

Posted by: rbmurals | October 9, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I understand Cohen's point but characterizing political opponents, even when they are no opponents anymore, as stupid is the equivalent of middle-chool name-calling.

If the President can win an award for doing nothing (thx SNL) but reading incoherent speeches that mean nothing, then why not Cohen or me?

It's not like Obama deposed a genocidal mass-murdering dictator or killed terrorist type intent on killing innocent civilians/infidels.

Posted by: rom12921 | October 9, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Hot Air -- DNC: If you laugh at Obama’s Nobel, you side with terrorists
http://hotair.com/archives/2009/10/09/dnc-if-you-laugh-at-obamas-nobel-you-side-with-terrorists/

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

Both Republicants and the Taliban have blasted the Nobel Committee for Obama's selection. I knew one hated America. Who knew about the other?

Posted by: COLEBRACKETT | October 9, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse
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Wait, The Taliban hates America?!

Posted by: walkdwalk | October 9, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

A great deal of Republican whining going on here. That is worth the price of admission all by itself. I bet old airhead Bush is wondering why he didn't win it because he is such a noble guy. Of course peace prizes are not generally awarded to people who use false pretexts to start wars.

Posted by: chopin224 | October 9, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I find it ironic that America's Republicans are whining that Obama has made no contributions to world peace.

Don't you people get it? Obama's major contribution to world peace is that he took power away from you dangerous Republican lunatics before you could start WW3.

People around the world can sleep safer at night, knowing there are no Republicans in the White House plotting fabricated wars and invasions. It's a huge relief and we have Obama to thank for it.

Posted by: bourassa1 | October 9, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

JEALOUS MUCH??? you bitter, bitter, man

Posted by: carolerae48 | October 9, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse


LOL!


Posted by: DagnyT | October 9, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Lame.

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

"The Nobel prize committee has its seat in Sweden, not Norway, Mr. Cohen. Or was this also part of your attempt at irony?"

Posted by: toolazytoo | October 9, 2009 9:06 AM

Hey, toolazytoo I believe your id is appropriate. The Nobel Peace Prize while awarded by a committee in Sweden and the prize money comes from the central bank of Sweden the peace prize itself is awarded in Norway.

With the exception of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economics are presented in Stockholm, Sweden, at the annual Prize Award Ceremony on the 10th of December, the anniversary of Nobel's death. The recipients' lectures are presented in the days prior to the award ceremony.[2] The Nobel Peace Prize and its recipients' lectures are presented at the annual Prize Award Ceremony in Oslo, Norway, also on the 10th of December. The reason Norway distributes a part of the prize is that at the time of Alfred Nobel's death, Norway and Sweden were joined together in a personal union known as the Swedish-Norwegian Union.

Posted by: King2641 | October 9, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I simply am amazed that a truly wonderful award for our President is given these columnists such a thrill in denigratng the award of the Nobel Prize! Their insulting remarks show their mentality and their patriotism. How sad for our country!

Posted by: mkgardner | October 9, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Nice going, bourassa1. You absolutely nailed it! The Republicans are dangerous, lying warmongers and have been since at least Ronald Reagan. It's worth a Nobel to get rid of them. And notice what a thin veneer their much-vaunted "patriotism" is. They don't love their country, just power and cruelty.

Posted by: rbmurals | October 9, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

America's Concern Troll really needs to stick to his day job (wringing his hands in faux-concern over the latest outrage committed by dirty f***** hippies that shock his delicate Village sensibilities) because even though he is awful at that, he is far, far worse at comedy.

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

Richard, Richard, Richard...you keep roiling your base with comments such as these, and you'll get dropped from the WP.

How dare you look at this objectively.

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

You must have had a really tall mother. When she dropped you on your head you obviously fell a good distance before coming to a stop.

Let's try this one: Oslo announces an award for Cohen for the year 2875. In doing so they assumed even he might mistakenly write something worth reading.

I not a big fan of yours, but this one sunk below the level of children on a playground.

Posted by: boblund1 | October 9, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

It is absolutely hilarious to read comments by people who think Cohen is a conservative Republican. The guy is a liberal. Everyone is mocking the awarding of the Nobel to a guy who had done nothing. Man I can't wait to see what the late night talk shows do with this one.

Posted by: Bob65 | October 9, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Obama chased the neocons out of the White House. That is the biggest single contribution any man could make to world peace.

Posted by: bourassa1 | October 9, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Great shot at Palin. Bush did'ent read books
either. And guess what, The Nobel Peace Prize
went to a COMUNITY ORGANIZER.

Posted by: rm5431 | October 9, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Although I'm not a "journalist" for the NY Times, I am a big fan of plagerism..This one is worth stealing..
"The Chicago Machine ain't what it used to be. They were supposed to bribe the Olympic Committee."
Full disclosure. Guess I'm not cut out to work for the Times. I have to credit the author..I stole this one from a fellow named Ramirez on another site.

Posted by: hughglass | October 9, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

UNITED WE STAND...divided we fall.

President Obama is our democratically elected leader...

That's how it works in America. How about using some of that energy to support our president instead of wishing for him to fail. We are better that that!

Posted by: donovan_davis | October 9, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

I understand some want to slam Bush for his complete incompetance as POTUS. But to give Obama this award before he has done ANYTHING.... it cheapens the award.

Posted by: dwdave67 | October 9, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

UNITED WE STAND...divided we fall.

President Obama is our democratically elected leader...

That's how it works in America. How about using some of that energy to support our president instead of wishing for him to fail. I sure hope we're better than that!

Posted by: donovan_davis | October 9, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

I intend to run for the President of the United States of America.

When I become the President, i intend to end the world hunger, and break out the peace everywhere.

Can I have my Nobel Peace prize now? I do intend to honor my aspirations!

Posted by: vatodio | October 9, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

“Guys Weekend to Burp,”

Sophomoric.

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

You're not the least bit funny, Mr. Cohen.

Just another hack trying to carve out some originality but lacking the fundamental intellectual skill to do it.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 9, 2009 9:37 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 9:39 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 9:55 PM | Report abuse

the piece makes a fine, humorous point about giving awards before they are earned, but why the ridiculous slap at palin for allegedly not being able to READ ?? it may be 'hip' to mock her but, whether or not you like her, the woman is certainly not stupid. to be consistent, the joke should have been her winning the national book award before the release of her book.

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

Will Obama's overworked teleprompters receive Nobels too?

Posted by: judithod | October 9, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

This is pathetic writing and, as Orwell would say, poor writing is preceded by poor thinking.
No wonder print journalism is in trouble. Post subscribers are overpaying a dumb guy with a sense of entitlement still dining out on thirty year old columns.

The Peace Prize hasn't meant much to me since Henry Kissinger won it. But if Cohen hates this maybe I should re think my position.

Posted by: walshgen48 | October 9, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Cohen

Why do you hate the United States? Last week you cheered an American loss when Chicago lost their Olympics bid. This week you have been whining and whimpering while beg for failure in American policy. Then to top it off today you are complaining about an American win. The Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to our President and they complain. Why do you hate the United States?

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

BUBA, WAKE UP ! WAKE UP BUBA … YOU BEEN SLEEPING FOR 9 MONTHS. WHATZ UP MA ? WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING, THEM U R PEE INGS DONE GIVE YOU “THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE” !!! WHATZ THAT MA ? IT;S AN AWARD, BUBA. FOR ALL THE GOOD WORK YOU HAVE DONE IN YOUR LIFETIME TO PROMOTE PEACE IN THE WORLD.
I DON'T WORK MA. JIMMY CARTER DON'T WORK EITHER BUBA, AND HE GOT THE AWARD. BUT MA, OLE JIMMY JUST GOES EVERYWHERE TELLING PEOPLE HOW AMERICA IS NO GOOD, AND HANGS OUT WITH TERRORISTS. WELL BUBA, THEM NOBEL PEOPLE SEEM TO LIKE TERRORISTS. THEY GAVE ONE TO ARAFAT BUT MA, HE'S A REAL TERRORIST, KILLED THOUSANDS. I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING LIKE THAT MA.
JUST KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT., BUBA. THERE'S $ 1.5 MILLION COMES WITH THE AWARD. MA, I DON'T THINK I WANT IT. MARY LOU WILL CALL ME A TERRORIST AND SAY I SOLD MY SOUL FOR MONEY. WELL BUBA, ANOTHER ONE THAT GOT THE AWARD DID JUST THAT. REMEMBER, ICE AGE AL'S USED CARS. YEAH MA. WELL, HE WAS THE GUY ALWAYS RUNNING AROUND SCREAMING GLOBAL COOLING, WHILE SCREWING EVERYONE ON USED CARS. SEEMS THAT HIS COUSIN AL GORE HAS HIT IT BIG. AS V.P. ALL HE EVER DID WAS COVER UP WHAT WAS REALLY GOING ON IN THE ORAL, I MEAN OVAL OFFICE, FOR THAT BUDDY OF HIS. SPENT MOST OF HIS TIME SUPERVISING THE CLEANUP WHEN MONICA WAS DONE. THEY SAY HE DID REAL GOOD AT IT. LATELY, HE IS MAKING A KILLING WITH THAT CRAP AND TRADE. BUT MA, HE'S A LIAR AND A THIEF. SEEMS THAT THEM NOBEL PEOPLE LIKE THEM KIND OF PEOPLE.

Posted by: COMMENTMAN | October 10, 2009 12:19 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 are shocked and offended by this award? You people, to use a phrase many of you embraced, are objectively anti-American.

Posted by: Dollared | October 10, 2009 2:19 AM | Report abuse

The best thing about this is that it has shown the Nobel committee to be the babbling idiots that they truly are. The real sad thing is that people who were actually deserving of this award and the money that goes with it got short shrift. These were men and women who risked their lives for peace and freedom and actually accomplished something. It is the epitome of an affirmative action award and the damage that it does to both the award itself and the recipient who is shown to be wanting.

Posted by: LadyChurchillUSA | October 10, 2009 3:04 AM | Report abuse

Do not use Sarah and obama in the same stroke.

Posted by: ziploc | October 10, 2009 5:55 AM | Report abuse

Obama just received the National Geographic Man of the Year Award for discovering 7 new states.

Posted by: dencal26 | October 10, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

The sad truth of the matter is that Sarah Palin and Obama both have careers in elected office that span over 10 years and HER RECORD TOWERS over his.

Posted by: dencal26 | October 10, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Gee, "Dick," you missed an award.

The 2010 Mark Twain Award for Humor goes to you, "Dick" Cohen. Because you might be funny next year.

Posted by: ajackson141 | October 10, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

You forgot the Nobel for Literature, Richard Cohen!!!

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

I seldom agree with WAPO's commentary, but this article was enjoyable to read. From now on I intend to read all of Cohen's articles. Do I get an award?

Posted by: CelticEmpiricist | October 10, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Cohen, are you mad that there isn't a Nobel prize for bad facial hair that makes you look like a pedobear???

Posted by: unrest | October 10, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Good article, Obama deserves the prize, NOT. However, I doubt if Sara would read a Cliff Notes Summary!

Posted by: billybobak | October 10, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Cohen, when I was a liberal (for most of my life), I had the illusion that liberalism meant being a good person, not like those evil (kill me if I become one) Republicans. Now I see you and your ilk for what you are: petty, elitists who slander others for no other reason than the fact that they can. Good job sir; what an achievement. Obama should make you the Pettiness Czar, since you obviously are such an expert. Heck, maybe you too will get a Pulitzer for Trashy Commnetary.

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

Over-reliance on sarcasm signals a weak mind, which is why Mr. Cohen is the pot calling the kettle black when he impugns Gov. Palin's intelligence. In truth, I'd rather be governed by her and the first 100 names chosen from the San Diego phone book than by faux intellectual elitists such as Mr. Cohen.

Posted by: Lavaux | October 11, 2009 3:59 AM | Report abuse

Palin any day over mental and moral midgets like Richard Cohen. Who is your mother, Cohen?

Posted by: aloysius1 | October 11, 2009 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Obama should also get the award for being the most intellegent president in the history of the United States of Ameica.

Go Obama. Be yourself and take the responsibility for restoring some small bit of decency to the presidency!

God bless Obama!

Posted by: vicbennettnet | October 11, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

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