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October 21st, 2009

Thoughts On Obama’s Nobel Win

Barack Obama, Dalai Lama, Ron Paul

There’s been a ton of coverage about Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

From CNN:
Obama: Nobel Peace Prize is ‘call to action’
“President Obama said Friday that he was “surprised and deeply humbled” by the decision of the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award him the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

The committee said it honored Obama for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”

Obama said he viewed the decision less as a recognition of his own accomplishments and more as “a call to action.”

The decision appeared to catch most observers by surprise. Nominations for the prize had to be postmarked by February 1, only 12 days after Obama took office. The committee sent out its solicitation for nominations last September, two months before Obama was elected president.

I want to highlight a few points.

First off, I’m all for rewarding people worthy of recognition. But what could any president possibly due in twelve days worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize nomination? Maybe if he had ended the Afghanistan or Iraq war but those wars are, sadly, still ongoing.

Next up, Obama delayed his meeting with the Dalai Lama, Nobel prize winner himself, to placate China.

From the Washington Post:
Obama’s Meeting With the Dalai Lama Is Delayed
“In an attempt to gain favor with China, the United States pressured Tibetan representatives to postpone a meeting between the Dalai Lama and President Obama until after Obama’s summit with his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, scheduled for next month, according to diplomats, government officials and other sources familiar with the talks.

For the first time since 1991, the Tibetan spiritual leader will visit Washington this week and not meet with the president. Since 1991, he has been here 10 times. Most times the meetings have been “drop-in” visits at the White House. The last time he was here, in 2007, however, George W. Bush became the first sitting president to meet with him publicly, at a ceremony at the Capitol in which he awarded the Dalai Lama the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress’s highest civilian award.”

This is particularly noteworthy because even Bush met with the Dalai Lama.

Lastly, I want to highlight Ron Paul’s thoughts on the situation. He makes excellent point after point in this Campaign for Liberty YouTube video:

Posted by Vixen in News

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2 Responses to “Thoughts On Obama’s Nobel Win”

  1. Sage says:

    Until the people who voted for him hold him and the media accountable he will continue to do the things he has done so far which of course will continue the downward spiral we have been on. The NPP of course was not something he did but it simply shows that those in power will do most anything to make him seem like an great leader, which of course most everyone knows he has been anything except a great leader, and most people can now clearly see he doesn’t have the intelligence or the capacity to be a great leader. Good post.

  2. Vixen says:

    Sage-I think he has the intelligence to be a great leader. But I think his corporate overlords have him as controlled as they had Bush.

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