President Obama won the award based on :
"for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples"
I went looking for an explanation from somewhere as where exactly President Obama has strengthened international diplomacy and cooperation.
I found this Bloomberg article:
“The Nobel Committee has in particular looked at Obama’s vision and work toward a world without atomic weapons,” Thorbjoern Jagland, chairman of the five-member Nobel committee said in an interview broadcast on Norway’s TV2 today. “Obama has as president created a new climate in international politics.”
Okay, do we have fewer nuclear weapons because of President Obama's work?
You liberals are going to have to help us out here. Why was President Obama awarded the Nobel Prize for peace after escalating the war in Afghanistan? Currently the President has not held any talks with any nation in an attempt to make this a more peaceful world.
So really, why was the President given a Nobel prize?
Updated: Even the lefties seem to be shocked by this one. In order to be nominated, someone sends you a letter in September of the previous year. Obama was nominated last September, he had not won the election yet. Final paperwork was sent in by Feb 1st...Obama had been President for 10 Days!
You thought President Obama and his team were full of themselves before? Just wait... With this latest award, imagine the heights this man's ego will travel.
Stole this photo from Jammie Wearing Fool.
Update II: The Web is going nuts on this. The international community seems to be as shocked at this award.
Ahlheid from Germany wrote: "Ridiculous! Barack Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize. I am wondering what for? Replacing Bush? So far he has accomplished virtually nothing!"
While Michael Lipkin in Tehran, Iran, wrote: "If Obama deserves the Noble Peace Prize then so does every Miss America contestant who babbles about world peace."
Boston-based Marcela_Elisa wrote: "Can someone explain? I thought award was for accomplishments, not intentions."
Others like Mohammed, from Johannesburg, South Africa, point to the irony of awarding the peace prize to someone who is presiding over two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He wrote: "So Barack Obama wins Nobel prize for literature for his books and not peace - cos last I heard Afghanistan is still a war zone."
While Poipoi91, from Paris, wondered if "they couldn't find anyone else for the title."
Some like markknoller from Washington DC, said the title is "worth nothing," because "Obama took office less than 10 days before the Feb. 1 deadline for Nobel Prize nominations."
Some users, such as nurdfighter joked that the prize is "a pathetic way of getting Obama to visit Norway."Meanwhile kzamri writing from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, said: "How can Obama get the Nobel Peace Prize hours before the U.S. is supposed to bomb the Moon?!" in reference to NASA's attempt to crash a probe into the lunar surface a few hours after Obama's win.
The bomb the moon comment was pretty funny.
Update III: As I said, the web is alive this morning.
The TimesOnline UK are not happy campers. They believe the Nobel prize is now a joke.
Some folks on the web think that they must be giving an award to everybody, like a kid's baseball game. This is the new symbol of the Nobel Prize Award:
I cannot remember where I read it, but rumor has it that Obama also won "Playmate of the Year" award also.
This is fun!