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Obama Peace Prize — “We’ll…, he has won Iowa”

FLASHBACK January 2008:  With all Democratic precincts reporting, Obama had the support of 38 percent of voters, compared to 30 percent for John Edwards and 29 percent for Hillary Clinton. “The numbers tell us this was a debate between change and experience, and change won,” said CNN political analyst Bill Schneider.


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So, the possibility of change won again. And, at this point, I suppose, Cindy Sheehan would have rather had Hillary Clinton…

After the official announcement that President Barack Obama had won yet another “popularity prize” a reporter asked what Americans already know, 

“President Obama, despite all the good things he’s trying to do, with nuclear disarmament and the Middle East peace process, he has achieved nothing, nothing concrete as yet. What is the reason for giving him the prize, and is your committee risking the accusation of being a little political by giving this precious award to a U.S. President?”

The reporter had it right.  As did Saturday Night Live:

This weekend “Saturday Night Live” opened with Fred Armisen as President Obama, delivering an address from the Oval Office. Noting up front that he’d failed to secure the 2016 Olympic Games for Chicago, Armisen’s Obama said it was just further proof that his detractors’ fears are unfounded: How could he transform the country into something resembling the former Soviet Union or Nazi Germany when he’s failed to accomplish anything at all? “When you look at my record,” he said, “it’s very clear what I’ve done so far, and that is nothing.”

Two “Wingnut” conspiracy questions:

1. Who will be the first prominent American in either politics or the media to ask—“Was Afghanistan put on hold until after announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize?

Oh, don’t be too quick to call me mean and cynical! Notice who nominates:

Nominators include former laureates; current and former members of the committee and their staff; members of national governments and legislatures; university professors of law, theology, social sciences, history and philosophy; leaders of peace research and foreign affairs institutes; and members of international courts of law.

Which, leads me to my second wingnut question–

2. Did a certain Catholic university president, from an once prestigious Catholic University in the upper Midwest, (who honored the president with an honorary law degree this year), have any prior knowledge about the nomination of President Barack Obama for the Nobel Peace Prize?

Just asking.