Friday, October 09, 2009

Even the Left Is Bewildered

Even liberal sites are seeing this as ridiculous. From TalkLeft:

For reasons that are unfathomable, President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize:

President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. [. . .] [T]he Nobel Committee announced in Oslo that it has awarded the annual prize to the president “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” The award cited in particular Mr. Obama’s effort to reduce the world’s nuclear arsenal.
Just because the Nobel Committee wants to make fools of themselves, Obama should not have to play along. He should turn it down.

Speaking for me only

Here are some tweets from LIBERALS:

RT @ezraklein Obama also awarded Nobel prize in chemistry. "He's just got great chemistry," says Nobel Committee.

RT @harrislacewell Because he cut a deal. "Ok guys give the Olympics to Rio, but I want the Nobel." #ReasonsBHOwonNPP

RT @harrislacewell @AdamSerwer I think my Pres is great but we r still in 2 wars & just bombed the freaking moon! Desmond Tutu he aint.

RT @dmataconis: Aung San Suu Kyi is under house arrest today for the actions that won her the Nobel Peace Prize. Obama is having waffles

RT @AdamSerwer RT @baratunde: "Nobel Peace Prize Winner Barack Obama Approved More Civilian-Killing Drones In Afghanistan Today"

RT @marclamonthill Ok, now I HAVE to to start my "overrated Black people" list. A NOBEL PRIZE? REALLY?

RT @marclamonthill Am I the only one who thinks that awarding Obama the Nobel Peace Prize is ABSURD?!?!?!

Here I thought I would spend a depressing morning reading Obama gushing love and even the liberals think it's absurd. The tweets have been hilarious from both sides!

Update: Not to be a Debbie Downer here, but meet the people passed over for 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."