Warning: This is NOT a belated April Fools joke, as my wife thought when she woke up and heard this.
And she’s a liberal. Even the newsreaders on local stations were somewhat incredulous, with the very liberal Carrie Lockey at WOAI Tadio saying, “We’ll have to see on this one.”
Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari told CNN: “We do not yet have a peace in the Middle East . . . this time it was very clear that they wanted to encourage Obama to move on these issues . . .
“This is a clear encouragement to do something on this issue, I wish him good luck.”
Obama won the prize despite taking office less than a year ago.
The jury hailed his “extraordinary” diplomatic efforts on the international stage.
Obama was honoured “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation 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.”
Last month the Middle East diplomatic Quartet hailed as an “important step” Obama’s three-way talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas.
The Obama administration has demanded a complete freeze to Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem, land the Palestinians want to turn into a future state. But Israel has so far baulked.
The U.S. leader has told the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to stop stalling and open talks on a comprehensive deal to end an “endless cycle” of conflict and suffering.
So, sell out the Jews and talk tough on the world stage without actually doing anything; apparently that’s the only requirements to win the Nobel Prize. That certainly explains Al Gore and Jimmy Carter. However, in a move designed to humiliate and embarrass former President Carter, Obama become the the third sitting President to win the Prize, after Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.
Ouch. That’s GOTTA hurt, eh Jimmy?
And in the piece of news that’s guaranteed to blow your mind, nominations are accepted the October in the year before the award. That shows how President Obama was nominated LAST YEAR, before he was even elected!
Aspirin. Do we have any aspirin? I need to lie down now . . . And suddenly I have the overwhelming urge to tattoo “666” on my forehead.