Saturday, October 10, 2009

Barack Obama and the igNobel Peace Prize

The President said he was humbled and undeserving.

Cranmer agrees.

Yet he was no more undeserving than Yasser Arafat.

It was a curious decision to bestow this prestigious award upon someone who has not yet contributed anything to world peace. He has made a few fine speeches of hope and change, but nothing has been achieved, no promises fulfilled. Yet the Nobel committee said it chose President Obama ‘for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples’ and for creating ‘a new international climate’.

They said: "Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population."

Such is the Obama cult. He has not brought peace to Afghanistan, he has not got the Israelis and Palestinians talking, he has not halted Iran's nuclear programme. But his presence has ‘captured the world’s attention’.

That’s nice.

Cranmer hopes to win the award next year. He may not yet have captured the world’s attention, but he intends to write a few articles of how he hopes to do so.


Blogger Gnostic said...

The Nobels have become a joke. The likes of Arafat, Gore and now Obama are dismal punchlines.

10 October 2009 at 10:08  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

It's the right time of the year. We need a good laugh.

Le prix nobel est arrive

His Grace will have to wait for his award. There's a few in the queue ahead of him.

2010 Kim il sung
2011 Mr Dinnerjacket
2012 Robert Mugabe
2013 Tony Blair...

10 October 2009 at 10:28  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

Sorry - Kim il Sung is dead. If that's a problem, it had better be Kim Jong Il

10 October 2009 at 10:30  
Anonymous A pair of twisted frames said...

We have become pathetic.

10 October 2009 at 10:38  
Blogger McKenzie said...

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10 October 2009 at 10:52  
Anonymous Adrian said...

A good article from His Grace. This is one of the biggest jokes of the year.

10 October 2009 at 10:53  
Anonymous sydneysider said...

His Grace should win the Nobel prize for being the most erudite conservative clergyman blogger in the world.If a category doesn't exist already,there should be one.I have never understood why you weren't chosen as Archbishop of Canterbury.Some very rude communicants occasionally accuse you of being dead.I think it might a case of confusion between you
Rowan Williams.

10 October 2009 at 11:01  
Blogger Demetrius said...

I would like to win the Nobel Peace Prize, but just who do I start a war against?

10 October 2009 at 11:03  
Anonymous Ultimate positive discrimination said...

I don't want to be this colour anymore, it sucks.

10 October 2009 at 11:15  
Blogger Bryan said...

Therein lies the seed of defeat for your igNobel Prize campaign.

You stated that you would detail "how", and that is exactly the opposite of Mr. Obama's brilliant political rise.

He only offers "Change", such that "you can believe in". So, you are open to pour your hopes and dreams into following him, and he never says a word contrary to them.

It has been said the man who stands for nothing, falls for anything; however in this case it has become the man who stands for nothing has everyone falling for him.

Everyone, that is, except those who are actually looking for substance, and not just style.

10 October 2009 at 11:57  
Anonymous jeremy hyatt said...

'Yet he was no more undeserving than Yasser Arafat'

Or the war criminal and ethnic cleanser Begin who Arafat won the prize jointly with?

Funny you don't mention him.

10 October 2009 at 12:35  
Blogger Miss Snuffleupagus said...

You have made me laugh Your Grace! You are so funny. And for me to laugh at a time when I am so tired... You have made my day. Thank you x

10 October 2009 at 12:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

George W. Bush freed Iraq from the horrors of Saddam. Millions of Iraqis were liberated.
Bush overthrew the evil Taliban.
Afghan women were set free.
Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and the Pope overthrew the Evil Empire and liberated Eastern Europe.
What Peace Prize did they ever get?

Don't get me wrong - Norwegians are decent people and we did well to shed our blood to set them free from tyranny. But one Quisling was enough.

10 October 2009 at 12:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is obviously a funny side to this but it is on the other side of the genetic exclusion zone.

10 October 2009 at 12:56  
Blogger The Lakelander said...

What Peace?

10 October 2009 at 13:11  
Anonymous Stuart said...

I've had an enjoyable and productive day, gathering together all of the articles and blog posts on the net that are as sickened as I am over this.

The selection of President Barack Obama as this year’s recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize is a most peculiar choice, given how briefly he has been president and how little he has done in concrete terms to advance the cause of peace since assuming office.

This is the link and it made me feel better to do this, I think it may have been theraputic....

10 October 2009 at 13:46  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

When he visited Cairo, Obama said that he considered it part of his presidential responsibilities to fight negative stereotypes of Islam. With Norway just as keen as any country to promote the Religion of Peace™, Obama is being rewarded for being one of Islam’s useful idiots.

10 October 2009 at 14:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chinese Human Rights Activist Hu Jia – imprisoned for campaigning for human rights in the PRC, not as worthy as Barack Hussein Obama.

Wei Jingsheng, who spent 17 years in Chinese prisons for urging reforms of China’s communist system. — not as worthy as Barack Hussein Obama. (Not to mention the symbolic value of awarding a Chinese dissident on the 20th Anniversary of the Tianenmen Square Massacre.)

Greg Mortenson, founder of the Central Asia Institute has built nearly 80 schools, especially for girls, in remote areas of northern Pakistan and Afghanistan over the past 15 years – not as worthy as Barack Hussein Obama.

Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad, a philosophy professor in Jordan who risks his life by advocating interfaith dialogue between Jews and Muslims, also not as worthy as Barack Hussein Obama.

Afghan human rights activist Sima Samar. She currently leads the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and serves as the U.N. special envoy to Darfur and is apparently also not as worthy as Barack Hussein Obama.

10 October 2009 at 14:03  
Anonymous the recusant said...

How to Win the Nobel Peace Prize in 12 Days

January 20: Sworn in as president. Went to a parade. Partied.

January 21: Asked bureaucrats to re-write guidelines for information requests. Held an “open house” party at the White House.

January 22: Signed Executive Orders: Executive Branch workers to take ethics pledge; re-affirmed Army Field Manual techniques for interrogations; expressed desire to close Gitmo (how’s that working out?)

January 23: Ordered the release of federal funding to pay for abortions in foreign countries. Lunch with Joe Biden; met with Tim Geithner.

January 24: Budget meeting with economic team.

January 25: Skipped church.

January 26: Gave speech about jobs and energy. Met with Hillary Clinton. Attended Geithner's swearing in ceremony.

January 27: Met with Republicans. Spoke at a clock tower in Ohio.

January 28: Economic meetings in the morning, met with Defense secretary in the afternoon.

January 29: Signed Ledbetter Bill overturning Supreme Court decision on lawsuits over wages. Party in the State Room. Met with Biden.

January 30: Met economic advisers. Gave speech on Middle Class Working Families Task Force. Met with senior enlisted military officials.

January 31: Took the day off.

February 1: Skipped church. Threw a Super Bowl party. Nominated for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

10 October 2009 at 14:44  
Anonymous Knighthawk said...

His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population.

Even if one can find enough shared attitudes and values they are invariably skewed by politics, religion, and culture. Appeal on the basis of what apparently unites us sounds like a wonderful ideal which is why so many have fallen for it, but the sober reality is that there are deep divisions and disunity between nations and even within nations. Obama's strategy is illusory, the stuff of dreams and nothing but a forlorn hope.

10 October 2009 at 14:54  
Blogger Owl said...

It's funny but I can't help feeling that Bilderbergers have awarded themselves the Nobel peace prize. They just nominated Obama to pick it up for them, he's such a good boy and does what he's told.

10 October 2009 at 14:59  
Blogger dmk said...

A peace prize that passes all understanding.

10 October 2009 at 15:11  
Anonymous RobertTheDevil said...


2011. Mr Dinnerjacket.

Priceless, best bit in this whole thread

10 October 2009 at 16:49  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

you've got to laugh - otherwise you would lose the will to live.

10 October 2009 at 19:33  
Anonymous Stuart said...

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10 October 2009 at 20:08  
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10 October 2009 at 20:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace's points are good, however they also do not include President Obama's efforts to undermine democracy in Honduras, the withdrawl of financial support for the Iranian human rights movement(this week), and the appeasement of the Chinese Communist government by not meeting with the Dalai Lama.

These and other actions by Obama have made this world increasingly unsafe and decreases the prospects of peace.

10 October 2009 at 20:27  
Anonymous Anguished Soul said...

It's the eighth day, when we're supposed to be celebrating in the prescribed manner.


Hava Nagila, Hava Nagila...

10 October 2009 at 22:17  
Anonymous Hank Petram said...

They picked Obama because they heard him described as a peace artist.

10 October 2009 at 23:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi grow up . This price comes for a reason.this is not funny..Obama deservd it . But he new people like you would say what you say . You are patetic .

11 October 2009 at 01:13  
Anonymous sydneysider said...

Yes,grow up.Youse are all patetic!

Hava Naranina ,Hava Naranina...

11 October 2009 at 04:31  
Anonymous non mouse said...

Even without peripetaia, I know I'll never have to pay the price of a Nobel!!!

I'd also argue that we're not exactly pedestrian, on this site. Though perhaps we'd respond to the teaching of peri-patetics like Aristotle, if we had the chance?

11 October 2009 at 05:39  
Anonymous non mouse said...


11 October 2009 at 05:51  
Anonymous Adrian P said...

His Poll ratings were nosediving, the bilderbergers were desperate, I doubt it will achieve what they wanted or expected but at least we know the Noble Academy is as controlled as the Oscars now.

11 October 2009 at 06:02  
Blogger McKenzie said...

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11 October 2009 at 11:00  
Anonymous sydneysider said...

Methinks non mouse thinks in Greek
too much and missed the joke in English!!

11 October 2009 at 11:06  
Anonymous sydneysider said...

Incidentally Ms.Non Mouse ..what is the price of a nobel prize these days?

11 October 2009 at 11:57  
Blogger office said...

Congressman said:

11 October 2009 at 12:45  
Anonymous non mouse said...

Gosh Sydneysider - I didn't miss the joke, though I think you missed mine! No, I just wandered around with it a little - got peri-patetic.

And there I skirted all around the issue of 'walkabouts'; out of respect for you, too!

I'm not sure about the price - you might ask anon who preceded you. Whatever it is, it's clearly beyond me ~

11 October 2009 at 13:53  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Looking at the list of 5 Norwegians on the Committee the left bias is self-evident. Norway has long had a role in The Middle East and the reward is no doubt for Obama's Muslim heritage in MIddle East politics.

It is however a disaster for the man himself and, coming after the Cambridge Police debacle, reveals a weak President at the mercy of his Party in Congress and the Literary Left of European Politics - both anathema to American voters.

Obama has a train wreck economy and has simply continued the profligacy of the Bush Years - people forget Bush stimulated the economy throughout his term with war expenditures and now Obama is kow-towing to bankers and the UAW union lobby as he turns General Motors into British Leyland.

The Nobel Peace Prize after 11 days in office is the kiss of death

11 October 2009 at 14:02  
Anonymous sydneysider said...

I would never accuse you of being
peri-pathetic non mouse!Feel free to use stereotypical references like 'walkabouts'I just feel
uncomfortable with reference being made to my genitals.It's not something that I wish to become accustomed to but then again it's obvious you are in a different league to McKenzie!

11 October 2009 at 14:13  
Anonymous non mouse said...

Oh!! Well I might have missed something arcane about characteristics of gender - and if so I apologize, Sydneysider; it was absolutely unintentional. I still don't know what it was. (And no, please don't explain :)) )

The foulness of the new M disgusts me too ... I'm learning to scroll on by, as I did for Bartlett.

11 October 2009 at 21:59  
Anonymous elzar said...

There really are some sycophants on this blog!
First, how did the Nobel statement mislead in any way? It is perfectly clear about its premature conferral.
Inamongst the self-satisfied snark perhaps we should consider the facts that yes, Obama has been a force for hope across the entire world since becoming a primary candidate; second, his approach to nuclear defence in central/eastern Europe has shown a maturity and courage not exhibited in the past 8 years of US foreign policy; and third, his opposition to the war in Iraq (consistently since the invasion I might add) represents a massive concession to peace and diplomacy over might and unilateralism.

12 October 2009 at 02:05  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace,

You report that the President said he felt humbled and that he was undeserving.

Yes – truly – he must feel humiliated and undeserving.

And so must the Norwegians – who at a stroke have devalued the Nobel Prize for Peace.

Whilst at present it is normal for Left-liberalism to award prizes to all for merely taking part in any activity (which had previously merited a prize for the winner; for example, being the first to climb Everest) so as to prevent any participant’s feelings from being hurt.

This marks a new phase in the international development of Left-liberal philosophy: a prize is to be awarded before any peace (and prior to that justice) is secured.

12 October 2009 at 09:12  
Anonymous n Thorpe said...

The award is just another propaganda effort for the New World Order control freaks

12 October 2009 at 18:28  
Blogger Ellen K said...

What a wonderful blog. I truly appreciate your incisive view of the current events with which we are inflicted. As I see it the Nobel Peace Prize committee, being from a small and homogenous nation, saw this prize as a type of carrot and stick device to insure the further imposition of socialist ideals on the American people. The reasons for giving the award break down into the four following headings-
1. Obama is not Bush.
2. Obama is African American-something notable within the lily white population of the frozen north.
3. Obama is a socialist and they want to continue to push for socialism at all costs in America.
4. Soros bought it for him through a misguided attempt to make Obama appear to be all powerful as well as good.

If it leaves pundits at HuffPo shaking their heads in disbelief,then surely this adminstration and its minions have grossly underestimated the BS that Americans are willing to swallow.

12 October 2009 at 20:00  
Blogger ZZMike said...

Many of us on this side of the pond are mystified and sore amazed that this man was awarded (I'll not say "won") that Prize.

You do not give out such prizes for things a man might do (as the Committee said). Otherwise, we'd be giving out college diplomas to freshmen, and VCs before battles.

Keep in mind that the nominations were closed on Feb 1 - at which time Obama had been in office exactly (more or less) 11 days.

I think we can all agree that prior to being elevated to his rightful high rank, he'd done nothing in the cause of peace. Come to think of it, he'd done nothing much at all.

He further confirms his arrogance by being the first US President in 18 years not to meet with another Peace Prize winner (one who actually deserves it), the Dalai Lama.

Knighthawk quoted: "His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population."

That's nonsense on stilts. Our own Ben Franklin said that democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. (Then he added that liberty was a well-armed sheep ready to contest the outcome.)

It is entirely possible that the majority may be wrong. (They certainly were, over here.)

Anonymous 01:13: "But he new people like you would say what you say . You are patetic ."

Indeed, some of us are peripatetic.

elzar: You render me speechless. Almost. "second, his approach to nuclear defence in central/eastern Europe has shown a maturity and courage ..."

His approach is to do as much as possible to see that there is no defence.

Kudos to EllenK. You've hit the proverbial nail on the virtual head.

14 October 2009 at 00:05  

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