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The Real Reason Obama Won the Peace Prize

Many commentators have wondered how President Obama could have won the Nobel Peace Prize less than a year into his first term. Has he made peace between anyone, anywhere in the world?

But anyone paying attention to the White House’s press release e-mail list a few days ago knows the real reason: Obama proclaimed Oct. 9th Leif Erikson Day, in honor of the Nordic explorer who landed in America a millennium ago, founding Vinland, a small settlement in what would later become Newfoundland. Can this mean anything but that Obama is in the tank for the Scandinavian lobby? And what malicious timing: a few days before Americans honor the explorer who really discovered the Americas. Now the Norwegian parliament has given Obama his ill-gotten reward.

Indeed, absent from his proclamation was any sense of outrage for the many abuses of the Norwegian government, such as allowing this to pass as the country’s national joke, irreparably marring the country’s hosting of the 1994 Olympic Games. Outrageous!

Is Obama the president of Norway? Sweden? FINLAND? John McCain warned us all during the campaign, with the following advertisement:

America owes McCain a big, fat, “Our bad, bro.”

By Stephen Stromberg  | October 9, 2009; 1:18 PM ET
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This country has become so insanely partisan that people cheer when the United States of America loses the Olympics, or go ballistic when an AMERICAN PRESIDENT wins the Nobel Peace Prize. You all really need a reality check.

Posted by: osullivanc1 | October 9, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

"And what malicious timing: a few days before Americans honor the explorer who really discovered the Americas."

You know who REALLY discovered the Americas? Native Americans, the REAL Americans, THOUSANDS of years before any of your precious Europeans. You ethnocentric bigot.

Posted by: patrickschabe | October 9, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Actually, human ancestors lived here long before the "native Americans." And, BTW, how do you explain "native" when they migrated across the Bering Strait, you species bigot. Your precious Asiatic "native Americans" are Johnny Come Latelies, pal.

Posted by: georgieporgie2 | October 9, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

i get so tired of hearing about the native americans

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

Yes. Paleoamericans, the ancestors of Native Americans, discovered the Americas when they crossed over around tens of thousands of years ago. Thanks for your support.

Posted by: patrickschabe | October 9, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

It is a bad joke that we still "celebrate" Columbus. He didn't "discover" anything. He was a bumbling and murderous tyrant.

Only in America - where half the population still believes the human species was molded out of clay rather than developed through very slow evolution, and where we are still using the primitive English system of measurements - would such ignorance be so defensively guarded for so long.

Posted by: B2O2 | October 9, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

This is another distraction. Right or wrong, it is done. I am already past it because it is not important right now. Please, Mr. President, attend to the many important issues at hand and get as much done as you can given the tone in Washington. I implore you to act and act swiftly on the plethora of problems America faces. Action is what is needed now and I will accept mistakes as long as we keep moving forward (just as I accepted the mistakes of all past administrations).

Posted by: mraymond10 | October 9, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Ahhhh Norwegian Death Metal! See other good things come out of this country besides the coveted prize!

No sarcasm intended.

Posted by: elesteban | October 9, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Stromberg,

How could you possibly know what the Nobel committee was thinking when they selected Our president to honor? Are you privy to their selection criteria? I think not. They're probably not gonna ask you your opinion either Skippy. America owes McCain nothing except honor & respect for the time he spent as a POW. You are an arrogant little GOP mouthpiece. Go ahead and seethe with anger, cry a little. Ha-Ha!

Posted by: realneil | October 9, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

So Stromberg, I respect your right to say whatever you'd like, just so long as you are okay with me being convinced you are an idiot. But hey, you got yourself another response posting out of it and added to your "status" and ad revenues....good going ace, way to underachieve!

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

Waitaminute ... Is patrickschabe saying we were invaded by the Russkies?

Posted by: TheProFromDover | October 9, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Stomberg ----

Stick it where the sun does not shine!

You are a disgrace

Posted by: Sirius2 | October 9, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I guess you'd rather have Sarah Palin running the country.

But after 8 years of the joke called "W," last November we got to hear the state of Florida and the Supreme Court also say to the Nov. 2000 Voters, "Our bad, Bro."

Posted by: tpwpny | October 9, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Giving the Nobel Peace prize to Obama at this stage of the game is like giving a highly touted rookie in NFL the MVP award before the first play of the season. Admittedly, being "highly touted" means he had accomplished something significant in the recent past which is a hell of a lot more than you can say for Obama.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | October 9, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I suppose this is an ATTEMPT at humor. Quite lame.

Posted by: wrjacobs1 | October 9, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

This moron has convinced himself that it was somehow Obama's fault that he won the Nobel Peace Prize. He is also another moron, that WaPo has retained to garner ad revenue. I guess you just have to be a moron to qualify to be part of this circle of morons.

Well, moron, what did John McCain said about the award?

Posted by: pattr1 | October 9, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Ridiculous. Obama got the Nobel prize because he honored Leif Erikson? You are showing your extreme right bias. President Obama is your President too, you should be honored that our country is no longer the international laughing-stock we were during the GW Bush years of cowboy capitalism and unilateral warmongering.

If we had elected McCain, the world would STILL be laughing at us today. AND the dollar would be dropping even more, AND our international clout would still be declining, which hurts us all financially.

If your article IS an attempt at humor, it has missed the mark.

Posted by: purrmonsta | October 9, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

What an idiotic post, Mr. Stromberg, demonstrating an exceptionally low level of intellect and rational thought. Why on earth would the NYT dignify it by publishing it. That something so shallow could get published is tragic and distressing.

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

I find it amazing that Obama won when his nomination went in on 1 Feb only 9 days after assuming office. I think the fix was in. If you doubt me go to the Nobelprice Peace webpage and look at the process. Even if they based it upon his actions someone had to nominate him based on expectations not actual performance, which is exactly what they got, all speak and no do. Sickening. Nobel is spinning in his grave.They should change the name to the Gore Award and start putting the process on reality television.

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

"This country has become so insanely partisan that people cheer when the United States of America loses the Olympics, or go ballistic when an AMERICAN PRESIDENT wins the Nobel Peace Prize. You all really need a reality check.

Posted by: osullivanc1
"

WELL SAID!

Posted by: Michael_A1 | October 9, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Who has promoted world peace more than Obama in the past year?

I've got nothing on that one.

Posted by: MHawke | October 9, 2009 3:52 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.

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

Quick check and see if any STIMULAS money is missing. Looks like an old Chicago PAY TO PLAY scheme to me. One thing this administration does know, is how to PLAY politics.

We have all heard " ACTIONS SPEAK,LOUDER THAN WORDS" The only thing that I can think of is the beer party with the STUPID COP and the POOR,POOR ME VICTIM.

No it could have been his STRONG response to the Iran protest victims. No it has to be NOT meeting with the Dali Lama. Now I got it, All the apologizing for AMERICA not freeing Norway from the Nazi's in WWII. Oh but that can't be it because I have been to LEFTIST Norway. They are FREE.

Posted by: 79USMC83 | October 9, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

What a pathetically weak comment. If this is your most astute and witty response, good luck with your next job.

Posted by: garylatt | October 9, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Way to ruin the weekend for the Republicans!!! Man, they are really MAD! CONGRATULATIONS PRESIDENT OBAMA; Today, I am really proud to call my self a citizen again.

Posted by: pcca | October 9, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what's funnier--this silly blog post, that was obviously tongue-in-cheek; or the rantings of the posters who think this is for real. You know, the same ones that apparently think it's a sign of great intelligence to use the metric system.

Posted by: tcfenstermaker | October 9, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Stephen Stromberg, clearly more than half your readers don't understand the concept of irony or satire. Better take it down a few notches and assume you're writing for people with third-grade reading comprehension skills.

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

The first part of healing is admitting you have a problem. Republicans have never admitted that they put an over-grown manchild in the Whitehouse and then re-elected him. If they had, they would realize why the rest of the world is so relieved to have a rational adult running the country with the world's most powerful military.

The whitehouse is no longer a nuance-free zone. The whole world just said, "Whew!" If you don't get it, you probably voted for George W. twice.

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

Give him credit, the Prez has buzz. What other leader could lose the Olympics and gain a Nobel in the same week?!

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

Stormberg really...I mean really....you think he got this award because he's a celebrity? What? Your analysis and the insertion of the McCain Campaign add strikes as way too simplistic for an educated man like yourself.(you get paid to do this after all)

The US was considered by others in World as belligerent for invading Iraq for no reason The Obama team and not just him...ok...his team is working hard to turn away from the horrible direction that this country, one so appreciated outside of the US, was taken into by the previous Administration.

Remember Afghanistan episode 1 (the right war), Iraq episode 2(the wrong war), Missile defense and the Russian incursion into Georgia!! Obama went to speak to the directly and frankly to the Muslim World soon after his inauguration...but I guess he has not accomplished anything as premature as the award was...I mean come on man you're better then that dude...

Don't Worry Be Happy let's ride bruh....

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

Well for once I am proud to say I'm an American again. As a retired Marine I pay no attention to the politics. That's not my job but as a true Patriot I would have been proud no matter which American won it. If I could change one thing it would be this partisan hating, so we can take our rightful place in this world. It seems that the kneejerk reaction of some people has proved to me that they no longer think for themselves and the good of our country.

Posted by: ease99 | October 9, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Stromberg, you racist bastard! Our bad, bro?

Next you will be telling me that Acorn paid off the prize selection committee. You don't deserve to have a column, you're not good enough, You're not smart enough, and doggone it, people don't like you. I hope that you still have your face in the gutter when the next storm comes.

Posted by: billodot | October 9, 2009 4:56 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 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps there is some confusion here. I thought the Nobel committee made the award. Their reasons, their cirteria, and their selections are their own.

Those who cannot say congratulations and have some pride that an American president is given such an award should say nothing. Nor will anyone with such negative attitudes of envy and disdain ever win such a prize.

Be happy, and hope "good" awards have good influence.

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

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

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

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

Posted by: ottoparts | October 9, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Stromberg, In your haste to write a fair and balanced comment you lost me. What does Norway have to do with McCain's fear of taxes? Are you expecting a Norway tax now?

Posted by: mus81 | October 9, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

um I think Stromberg's joking, guys. I mean, isn't he? No one honestly thinks the Nobel prize is given away because someone gave Leif Erickson a holiday. That would be stupid. Come on, lighten up, folks.

Posted by: jdweeks1 | October 9, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

A Nobel Peace Prize undeserved

As much as admire the man and what he appears to stand for, Obama is still the president of one of the most aggressive martial nation on the planet, which to date has refused to sign the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty, which aims to eradicate a scourge, which has maimed and killed millions of innocent children, a terror which is still ongoing every day. This treaty has been ratified by 133 countries, but the US has to date refused to do so.

The intention of closing down the most hideous and unlawful institution devised by a western nation since WWII, the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, is laudable, but has yet to be accomplished.

Obama’s fight for universal health care is merely aimed at elevating the protection of US citizens to a level, which has been achieved by almost all civilized nations half a century ago or earlier and cannot lay claim to innovative accomplishment.

The only positive act toward peace completed by Obama has so far been the cancellation of the Missile Defence Shield in Europe and even here critics might argue, that it was budget motivated, rather than intended to reduce tensions.

If you want to name heads of governments in the cause of peace, France’s Jacques Chirac, and Germany’s Schroeder would be more deserving, for not joining in the Iraq adventure, but most of all Canada’s Jean Chretien, who must have been under enormous pressure from a nation, which then counted for 87% of Canada’s foreign trade.

I truly believe, that there must have been more deserving individuals among the other 204 candidates for the price than any of the above. By selecting Obama the Nobel Committee has paid homage to power, rather than rewarded true accomplishment and with that diminished not only the dignity of its members, but also tarnished that hitherto highly respected award.

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

" "And what malicious timing: a few days before Americans honor the explorer who really discovered the Americas." You know who REALLY discovered the Americas? Native Americans, the REAL Americans, THOUSANDS of years before any of your precious Europeans. You ethnocentric bigot. Posted by: patrickschabe"

To "discover properly means to make known to. The Indians had no idea that anyone else existed to make themselves known to, and Erikson, and the French Fishermen who may have been exploiting the Grand banks and processing their catches on Islands off Newfoundland for centuries made sure to keep their treasures SECRET!!!

Columbus DISCOVERED the New World, in that he made it known to the Old World.

I was willing to think this was a bit of tongue in cheek irony, until the author made his animus clear with this bit of sour grapes; "America owes McCain a big, fat, “Our bad, bro.”"

But Republicans LAST Nobel Peace Laureate was Nixon, so what do they know?

Posted by: ceflynline | October 9, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Can you imagine Palin as president today? I say a prayer everday that McCain had the nonsensical idea to pick her for his running mate. It has driven the right absolultely mad because of the outcome.

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

The lunacy of the American right is the reason Barack won the prize. Just think, nine months of McCain! After eight years of Bush, the idea just does not bear thinking of; not this side of the pond, anyway.

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

Dear God, are there really this many people who can't recognize when someone is obviously joking? Though I suppose the bar for commentary is low enough these days that it's not that much more absurd than things columnists say in all seriousness.

Posted by: JulianSanchez | October 9, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Many thanks to Stephen Stromberg for pointing out some of the reasons that the Norwegian Nobel Committee used the Nobel Cracker Jack Prize as the quid pro quo to The Lord High ObaMessiah. Stephen – there is only one item that you missed. BHO also appointed “Eric the Red” as his Attorney General.

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

How are we going to get better as a country, help our children become better people, solve any of the problem we face today if you people continue to be so ugly? What is wrong with you people don't you have any pride about yourself. Is everything about hate.

Posted by: slovelace | October 9, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Dear Linda Slovelace - Yes it is all the fault of those, who agree with the Times of London, that this is a farce and a joke. I guess ACORN moved to Oslo.

I guess that you are suggesting that the votes are in. The variious message boards about the Nobel Joke for the ObaMessiah reveals for all to see. He has clearly brought everyone together in love and harmony. The various kumbayas are palpable. We have clearly jumped into the post-political, post-racial, post-partisan, post-military world of the most merciful Lord High Obama. You can just feel the love. Virtual group hugs to all. Mmmmm, Mmmm, Mmmm. Pass the kool-aid please. When does the boat to Jonestown leave?

Posted by: Americanus | October 9, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I can't tell if Stromberg is being serious or if this is meant to be satrical. What he says makes no sense at all. This has to be a very ill concieved and unfunny joke.

As someone else said, people cheer when the US loses the Olympics but go into a hysterical rage when an American wins the Nobel Peace Prize. "Conservative" opposition to Obama isn't making any sort of sense anymore. It's starting to more resemble the thrashings of a swimmer in the midst of drowning than anything else.

Hat's off to John McCain for being really classy in his response to Obama's award.

Posted by: ehperkins1971 | October 9, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

How does it feel to be a member of the "postpartisan" echo chamber?

Seriously, what is the point of this?

Posted by: rgking86 | October 9, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

That is the biggest crock of BS I have heard today!

Posted by: dhampton100 | October 9, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

People, I think he is joking.

Posted by: astroland | October 9, 2009 7:46 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 7:53 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 7:58 PM | Report abuse

What a curious attitude, Mr. Stromberg. Are you an American? If so, you should be proud - and if not, why not? Readers can only speculate...

Posted by: dangerosa | October 9, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a fraud and they bought the line.

Posted by: steveb777 | October 9, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Christ -- another pea-brained pundit parroting every other pea-brained pundit in the WaPo.

May you drown in your own, putrid, hate-filled vomit!

Congratulations President Obama!

Congratulations America!

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Posted by: Frank57 | October 9, 2009 9:09 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 9:15 PM | Report abuse

He really thik ole chris discovered America ...wow U R dumber than Sara !!!

Posted by: DANNYB007 | October 9, 2009 9:32 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

Perhaps now that our President has now been awarded a prize given to Dr. Martin Luther King, Ghandi and others who fought, were jailed and even died for peace...perhaps he will stop killing Afghanistans and Iraqis and send our troops home like he promised on the campaign trail?

I'm sorry but he hasn't done anything. I find comparing him with Dr. Martin Luther King in ANY WAY a travesty. Talk to me in 4-8 years and let's see what he ACTUALLY DOES...so far nothing but talk, not action.

This award is now a beauty contest or better yet, an NAACP Image award. Those that awarded this tarnished the honor by passing over nominees who have been imprisoned, fought and ACTUALLY DONE things to bring about peace. If it is being awarded for what he 'may' do...I know a lot of people who deserve the prize as much as he does.

Shameful!

Posted by: khughes4god | October 9, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Meet the people passed over in favor of President Obama:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by: khughes4god | October 9, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Announcement
The Norwegian Nobel Committee

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2009


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

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

Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population.

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

Oslo, October 9, 2009

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 9, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

THE REAL REASON WHY HE WON

Announcement
The Norwegian Nobel Committee

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2009


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

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

Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population.

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

Oslo, October 9, 2009

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 9, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Bottom line, Republicans hate President Obama a lot more than they love America!! The Party of No has gone off of the deep end......

An Independent

Posted by: aeaustin | October 9, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

The joke that is not funny. Signifyin' rules!

Posted by: elgropo1 | October 9, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Hey WaPo editors: Who is this stromberg fool? And why is he wasting space in my paper? This crap is not news, it is not reporting, it is not even an informed opinion. And it most certainly is NOT what I am paying you for. This column is the last straw - after months of ever-increasing garbage (and ever decreasing quality): I absolutely will cancel my subscription first thing Monday morning. Keep your partisan, anti-American wanna-be writers and see how many readers continue to subscribe.

Posted by: BlueLineRider | October 9, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Obama’s Nobel price for Peace 2009 :
Thinkers ( Communists in America ; intellectuals in France ) are so worried, desperate about peace issues, wars, unemployment, financial, social crisis, NATO, coalitions, and they are right.
This award is a strong invite to President Obama, to stay calm and serene in the tough times to come.
People are awarded for great things they do; some receive an award to crown their oustanding career.
With this Nobel price, we have got an award for things we are begged to do.
It's a preventive war, kind of, and this one is good for peace.
Saturday October 10th, 2009
mohammed suerte bennani
surgeon and author
casablanca
www.suertebennani.com

Posted by: suertebennani | October 10, 2009 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Why is it that almost every time I hear or see a hateful commentary about President Obama, in the electronic or print media, it is uttered or written, almost invariably, by a working Jewish reporter or private person? Why do Jews hate Obama? Is it because of his ethnicity, his skin color or his politics?

Now, I am reasonably sure as to why some blacks, like Michael Steel of the Republican party, and some whites, like Lou Dobbs of CNN, hate President Obama. But I just cannot figure exactly why Jews, like Campbell Brown of CNN and Rush Limbaugh of CNN's radio talk show, hate The President so.

If America could get to the bottom of some of this hate sitting like a boil with pus on America's soul as noticeable as a double hump on a camel's back, we could solve our economic, political and moral problems in a snap.

Otherwise, if we keep this fit up over the growing popularity of President Obama around the world, we're headed for a political, economic and moral collapse such as the world has never seen.

If it's the DNA generating so much hate, we cannot change that; if its anything else, President Obama and the rest of us, who love him like we claim we do, can handle that; he IS a man about change; that's for sure.

America needs to have integrity with her self and then with every body else. And when she does, civilization will move forward, positively, in record breaking speed.

Posted by: DoctorMaia | October 10, 2009 12:34 AM | Report abuse

ROFL, you got to love the format that the Norwegian leftists have given to their Prize. They select somebody that has done nothing in hopes that that person will do something to deserve it. That is, if it's a leftist thing that pleases them.
Leftists and liberals are just plane goofy and like nails on a chalkboard.

Posted by: ekim53 | October 10, 2009 1:00 AM | Report abuse

I DO NOT THINK OBAMA DESERVES THAT NOBLE PEACE PRIZE...HE HAS NOT DONE ANY THING EXCEPT PUT ALL OF US IN THE WORST SITUATION AMERICA HAS EVER BEEN..WE ARE ALL PRAYING IS WILL BE A ONE TERM PRESIDENT.THIS MAN IS CAN'T EVEN TALK WITHOUT HIS TELEPROMTER. HE GOT THAT BECAUSE "AWARD" FROM NORWAY ONLY BECAUSE HE'S BLACK! WHY IS THE REAL BIRTH CERTICATE?? WHY WOULD OBAMA NOT TAKE HIS KIDS TO SEE GRANDMA BEFORE DYING? MAYBE WENT ALONE TO HAWAII TO GET THE REAL BIRTH CERTICATE GRANDMA HAD BEFORE SHE DIED AND IT WOULD SURFACE...JUST A THOUGHT!! QUIET AS IT KEPT OBAMA KNOW'S THAT ONE ON COMPUTER IS A PHONY! ASK THE AUNT THAT LIVE HERE..AND ALL HIS 25 SIBLINGS IN KENYA..SORRY HE'S JOKE. AND SO IS HIS HUGE WIFE THEY ARE NOT PRESIDENTIAL AT ALL..SHE WALK OUT OF AIRFORCE WITH SHORTS???

Posted by: louiser | October 10, 2009 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Quote (from above)-This country has become so insanely partisan that people cheer when the United States of America loses the Olympics, or go ballistic when an AMERICAN PRESIDENT wins the Nobel Peace Prize. You all really need a reality check.-end quote

It’s true the country has become insanely partisan. However, you forgot to mention the other extreme. While some Americans will boo and go ballistic when our president wins the Nobel Prize (or just about anything else), there are others (like yourself) who widely cheer for and defend anything the man does (or does not do).

Only a few of us, are not talking parrots, who are willing to stand behind/defend anything and everything party leaders say and do. Some of us are capable of praising that which deserves praise, and criticizing that which deserves criticism.

And, the reality is: For Obama to win the Nobel Peace Prize (at this point in time is shameful)! It’s a clear indication that there is nothing Noble about the peace prize!

Posted by: laerley | October 10, 2009 5:20 AM | Report abuse

Obama, hasn't done a thing, especially shown his full birth certificate!

Should we trust Obama and his online short-form B/C when he has hidden all his other documentation and long-form B/C, and lied about everything else? Here's a few of his lies.

He said:

He was a moderate and would govern from the center.

No new taxes on anyone making less than $250K.

Cap-N-Trade would on cost the amount of a postage stamp per day.

No more Washington as usual.

No earmarks.

No lobbyists in Cabinet.

He would keep track of the bailout money.

No free health-care for illegals.

No government funding for abortion.

Health-care debate to be broadcast on C-Span.

No programs enacted without having the funding (Pay-Go).

All new bills to be available for public review.

Didn't want to run car company.

Doctors remove kids tonsils just to make more money.

Enact policies to make world safer.

He would not desert Israel.

He would get out of Iraq.

He would close Gitmo.

He would do whatever it took to win in Afghanistan.

He would get Bin Laden.

He said he barely knew William Ayers the domestic terrorist and pentagon bomber.

He said he wouldn’t prosecute the CIA agents re detainee treatment.

He would keep a balanced budget.

No deficit spending.

He would be bi-partisan.

Didn’t really know much about ACORN.

Wouldn't allow government funds to pay for abortions.

Would stop illegal immigration.

No government takeover of health-care.

He would represent ALL Americans.

He also said he was born in Hawaii. Hmmm

Thanks, but I think it’s time to see the LONG-FORM birth certificate, and other records!!!!

HOPE-for-CHANGE

Posted by: steveb777 | October 10, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Stromberg,

Genius! I laughed out loud - this is some of the most incisive humor I've seen on this subject. I also really appreciated the comments from the public trying to divine your political position and accusing you of all sorts of things. Jolly good.

Posted by: ivyleaguer | October 11, 2009 1:41 AM | Report abuse

How many times can the Leif Erikson joke be made?

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/11/us/politics/11proclaim.html?scp=1&sq=leif&st=cse

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/10/forget-the-nobel-peace-prize-its-leif-erikson-day-people.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2009/10/06/DI2009100601618.html

Posted by: key375 | October 11, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

what does lief erickson have to do with this........columbus has been found to be a baffoon and a murderer..........the 10,000 year old human remains found within shouting distance of my home didn't belong to the discoverer either.........and who did more lately, to bring the world together in hope, than barrack obama

Posted by: fishinfool | October 16, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

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