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The Live Fix: Obama and the Nobel, Wii vs Xbox, and Bob Schneider

We spent the last hour chatting live with Fixistas -- fielding questions on topics ranging from President Barack Obama's surprise win of a Nobel Peace Prize to whether the Wii or the Xbox is the preferred video game console.

Our two favorite questions and answers are below but you can check out the full transcript here. Don't forget: the Live Fix chat happens EVERY Friday at 11 a.m. Spread the word.

Long Island, NY: Chris

Hopefully you're fully caffeinated for today's discussion.

What's the chatter in regards to the Nobel news this morning?

As the old saying goes a week is a long time in politics.

7 days ago the right was spinning the IOC's award to Rio as a repudiation of Obama, now he's a Nobel winner in the eyes of the int'l community.

Both the IOC Board and the Nobel Board are relatively small bodies (97 people voted in the 1st round of IOC bidding with their own agendas, 5 Norwegians vote for the Peace Prize) so I'm somewhat amused with the hyperventilating on both sides on the "message" of the two events.

Both the right and left will spin these events to match their own agendas (e.g. the National Review newsroom cheering the elimination of Chicago's defeat last week).

Chris Cillizza: Long Island, I think you summarize things nicely.

My guess is that both sides will try to use the surprising award for their own partisan purposes -- Democrats will tout it as tangible evidence that Obama has changed how the U.S. is viewed in the world, Republicans will argue this is yet another victory of style over substance for Obama -- and the people in the vast ideological middle will probably see the prize as nice (if a bit premature) and go on with their day.

I do think winning the Nobel will help bolster Obama's credibility within his own party on Afghanistan, which is a potentially sticky wicket given the concerns many Democrats have about repeating the mistakes the Bush Administration made in Iraq.

But, if the initial reaction from Republicans is any indication, Obama winning the Nobel is not a political game-changer in any real way. Rather than congratulating him, Republicans have been very aggressive in questioning how a president who had been in office for two weeks when the nomination period ended could have possibly won.

Ashburn, Va.: Why do his accomplishments while in office have to be the only consideration?

Chris Cillizza: They don't. And, clearly, they weren't.

Remember that Obama made a much-ballyhooed (and much criticized by Republicans) trip to Europe last summer when he was still a candidate for president.

The message of that trip -- and of Obama's campaign more broadly -- was that he represented a sharp contrast with the Bush Administration's approach to America's place in the world.

My guess is that messaging -- and the excitement it generated in Europe -- had as much if not more to do with Obama winning the award than what he has done since coming into office.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 9, 2009; 12:23 PM ET
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Comments

I'm with JEP07. Why is the media so grumpy? Who turns down a Nobel Prize? It's a big honor. Would the Fix say no to a Pulitzer because someone he felt was unworthy once won one? Would any of the journalists and pundits turn down a prize half as esteemed?

This is serious sour grapes on the part ot the media, the pundits, and the GOP. The prize was a surprise, and Obama says he's humbled. Clearly, the Noble committee likes the path Obama has committed himself to and they hope for his great success. Shouldn't we all be hoping that his greater efforts towards diplomacy and negotiation bring us peace and world stability? I know I hope for it.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | October 10, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

"use the surprising award for their own partisan purposes -- Democrats will tout it as tangible evidence that Obama has changed how the U.S. is viewed in the world,"

Even the suggestion that improving the world's opinion of the U.S. is a partisan act of the Democrats is shameful, Chris, it is as if you have no moral compass, and seeking world peace is just a political ploy to you..

Gaining and maintaining global respect, shouldn't that be the JOB of every President, and the duty of every political party, especially in a global economy?

Sometimes your angles seems dangerously amoral, there are times when the only way to be a good journalist is to do "good."

Posted by: JEP07 | October 10, 2009 1:04 AM | Report abuse

I'm intrigued that Chris still gets the occasional "tell us when you get your lips off of (pick the party you hate)'s posterior" question. Making ad hominem arguments seems to be the province of comments section.

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It's ribaldly offensive that you imply there is any symmetry or balance in the substance of those accusations, seeing that we don't get "Democrat Rising" columns, not ever.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 9, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm intrigued that Chris still gets the occasional "tell us when you get your lips off of (pick the party you hate)'s posterior" question. Making ad hominem arguments seems to be the province of comments section.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | October 9, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Why should anyone want to discuss anything with an immature liar?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 9, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Hearing no objection, this thread is hereby adjourned for the weekend.

[GAVEL BANGING]

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

Please see my reaction to the announcement from Oslo today on the prior thread. If anyone else wants to discuss Obamacare, let me know.

Posted by: JakeD | October 9, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

President Obama, his team and supporters courting the World
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlfKdbWwruY

Courting all Independent and Obamacans and potential Obamacans for Health Care Reform and the 2010 elections.

JK Wedding Entrance Dance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-94JhLEiN0

Democrats have a life! Join us!

Posted by: cooday | October 9, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Said it before, will say it again, if you are annoyed or angry that the President of the United States of America has received recognition for working towards global peace, then there is something seriously wrong with you..irrespective of party lines, it is a proud day for Americans..if you don't feel proud, then take a good long look in the mirror, you will find that you will not proud of what you see there..

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Not long ago we were joking that the GOP and its religious bigots were akin to the Taliban, the same vehement intolerance toward women, toward gays, toward people of other faiths or of no faith.

Now it's not really a joke anymore, is it. The Taliban, Al Qaida, and the GOP seem to not only embrace similar bigotry but they say the exact same things about our President.

GOP: traitors in all but name.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 9, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Said it before, will say it again, if you are annoyed or angry that the President of the United States of America has received recognition for working towards global peace, then there is something seriously wrong with you..irrespective of party lines, it is a proud day for Americans..if you don't feel proud, then take a good long look in the mirror, you will find that you will not proud of what you see there..

Posted by: ruraledcomm | October 9, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

It's strange. I've played the guitar for like ten years now and I'm pretty decent at it. However, I just suck at Guitar Hero. Albeit, I've only played it for about five minutes at a Best Buy demo a few years back. But I personally find it's much more fun to play the real thing.

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I can play "Mood for a Day," I can transcribe classical piano pieces for six strings, last night I was playing both left and right hand ARP Odyssey parts from "Won't Get Fooled Again," I can do polyphony .. and I gave up on GH after about ten seconds.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 9, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

"DDAWD @ 2:06 p.m.:

Am I the only one who understands your cryptic "Guitar Hero" message? Does that make you a cyber-stalker?"

hahahaha.

It's strange. I've played the guitar for like ten years now and I'm pretty decent at it. However, I just suck at Guitar Hero. Albeit, I've only played it for about five minutes at a Best Buy demo a few years back. But I personally find it's much more fun to play the real thing.

And a real guitar is easy to learn. In terms of time required, a real guitar probably has the same learning curve as GH.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 9, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD @ 2:06 p.m.:

Am I the only one who understands your cryptic "Guitar Hero" message? Does that make you a cyber-stalker?

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NASA'S MOON BOMBING: MORE FIZZLE THAN SIZZLE?

• A Particle Beam "Directed Energy Weapon" Test Aborted?

• Fear of "Moon Rings"?

• Did Team Obama See a Violation of International Space Treaties?

http://nowpublic.com/world/nasas-moon-bombing-more-fizzle-sizzle

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 9, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Learn how to play a real guitar. Harrumph!

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


NOBEL PANEL TO 'SEVEN DAYS IN MAY' GENERALS AND AGENCY DIRECTORS:

WE ARE ONTO YOU AND THE WORLD IS WATCHING.

Could that be what Obama's winning the Nobel peace prize is REALLY all about?

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA" (see "stories" list)

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 9, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

The "newsroom" in question wasn't that of National Review but the Weekly Standard.

Perhaps BHO got the prize for keeping the border open: http://24ahead.com/

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | October 9, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

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