In a move SURE to fire up those on the far right, such as Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly, the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize went to President Barack Obama. Surprising, not the least of which, since the deadline for nominations was two weeks after he took office.
I understand why they gave it to him, although I think it may have been a bit premature. I don't think he did enough so far to warrant such an award. However, whenever a Liberal wins the award, the Conservatives jump in with "oh anyone can get this award, it's not that important."
And trust me, all day tomorrow and over the weekend and into next week you're going to hear that exact comment from the Becks and the Hannitys and the Limbaughs and the O'Reillys.
Ever since Al Gore won the award, the Conservatives have pretty much vomited at the very mention of the Nobel Peace Prize. Although if President Bush had gotten one, you can be assured that it would be considered a high water mark on his resume, and would be a shining moment in history.
via The Raw Story:
President Barack Obama sensationally won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, less than a year after taking office, with the jury hailing his "extraordinary" diplomatic efforts on the international stage. Obama was honored "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples," the head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Thorbjoern Jagland said. The committee attached "special importance to Obama's vision and work for a world without nuclear weapons" and said he had created "a new climate in international politics." However, as he is overseeing the ongoing military occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, President Obama was not considered by many Nobel-watchers to be a leading candidate.
As I said, the entire Right Wing will be gnashing their teeth and tearing their cloth over the next few days over this, and you're going to see and hear a lot of negative stuff coming out of the Right Wing's press secretary, Fox News.
And anyone who doesn't denounce him will be called a "blind follower" and a "Sheep".
My problem with that has always been the same. I'm not a blind follower. I absolutely hate some of the stuff that Obama has done/hasn't done. But I'm not going to rake him over the coals after being in office for 8 months. Let's see how his first term goes, and then judge him based on what he's gotten accomplished in the first four years. We didn't elect him to 8 months. We elected him to 4 years.
Give the man his four years, and after that four if he hasn't done shit, if he's backed off of all the stuff he said he'd do, then vote the dude out. But people need to stop acting like assholes, just because their guy lost.