Ok, yesterday I thought I had seen it all.
This morning I wake to find the Barack Hussein Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.
Was the prize for his 2009 apology tour? Did they feel sorry for him that he lost the Olympics?
The odd thing that I find amazing is not that in less than nine months into his presidency he wins the prize, but the fact that two weeks after his presidency begun the nominee selection deadline was officially closed.
From the story:
The announcement Friday in Oslo, Norway, came as a surprise -- Obama had not been mentioned among front-runners -- and the roomful of reporters gasped when Thorbjorn Jagland, chairman of the Nobel committee, announced Obama's name.
Jagland said the decision was unanimous and came with ease.
He rejected the notion that Obama had been recognized prematurely for his efforts and said the committee wanted to promote the president just it had Mikhail Gorbachev in 1990 in his efforts to open up the Soviet Union.
Jagland said he hoped the prize would help Obama resolve the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
So the prize was awarded based on some future event that may or may not happen??
Story goes on to say:
Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, last year's laureate, said it was clear the Nobel committee wanted to encourage Obama on the issues he has been discussing on the world stage.
"I see this as an important encouragement," Ahtisaari said.
The committee wanted to be "far more daring" than in recent times and make an impact on global politics, said Kristian Berg Harpviken, director of the International Peace Research Institute.
The committee has given out a prize based on encouraging a president to do something about peace rather than just talking about peace.
Sort of a carrot and stick deal...except they gave him the carrot first.
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