Obama on Winning Nobel: 'I Will Accept This Award as a Call to Action'

Nobel

Said Obama to reporters this morning: 

"I am both surprised and deeply humbled by the decision of the Nobel Committee. Let me be clear: I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations. To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who've been honored by this prize -- men and women who've inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace. But I also know that this prize reflects the kind of world that those men and women, and all Americans, want to build -- a world that gives life to the promise of our founding documents. And I know that throughout history, the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it's also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes. And that is why I will accept this award as a call to action -- a call for all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st century."

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 Limbaugh, Beck lash out: The right wing hates America.

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  1. I bet there are a lot of surprised people. Especially since the deadline for nominations was February 1st and Obama became President January 20th. WTF?

    Was there no one more deserving?

    Posted by: NYSmike | Oct 9, 2009 2:10:14 PM


  2. Can't we feel good about this? Maybe the Nobel voters were happy to see that the American people rejected 4 more years of Republican war-mongering and appreciated Obama's efforts to close Guantanamo and reach out to the Muslim world, significant departures from the past 8 years of America flipping its finger at the rest of the world.

    Posted by: Brian from Tucson | Oct 9, 2009 2:23:19 PM


  3. Brian: Hopefully this will serve as a wake-up call for some people-- including Obama-- that Obama's early steps are on the right track and need to be taken much further.

    In particular you mention Guantanamo, hopefully Congress will realize they need to stop standing in the way of closing it...

    Posted by: mcc | Oct 9, 2009 2:32:13 PM


  4. Electing a President who is NOT Dubya hardly justifies a Nobel Prize.

    Posted by: DR | Oct 9, 2009 2:32:45 PM


  5. Tool......

    Posted by: Ted B. | Oct 9, 2009 2:35:22 PM


  6. He struck the perfect tone with his acceptance. Its been fun watching the right wing heads explode today.

    Posted by: Wes | Oct 9, 2009 2:52:26 PM


  7. He should have kindly and respectfully declined the award.

    While I'm a complete bleeding heart liberal democrat, I don't really think it's such a great thing for him to get this award right now....and especially for the reasons he was given it. He is doing what any president of the USA should be doing. Though I understand he inherited a big burden, he still hasn't achieved anything yet. He has great promise, but the last thing his presidency needs is for him to be seen as having another fluffed up accomplishment. He came into office without a lot of experience, but elected on faith of change, which I still believe in, but he needs real accomplishments now, not honorary awards based on his hopes, which should be a given right now.

    Posted by: Patrick | Oct 9, 2009 3:08:34 PM


  8. He's handled this as best as possible I think. This way he can accept the award but scoop out the meaning.

    It would have been considered a HUGE insult to turn the award down. Considering he was literally in Europe last year to curry international favor, it just doesn't seem in our best interest to punch Europe in the face for what was clearly an unusual gesture.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Oct 9, 2009 3:20:36 PM


  9. If gay activists of all political stripes need any more proof that the collective lunacy surrounding the Obama is reaching near pathological proportions, the Nobel Prize award should be the final proof. It seems as if the entire world has taken leave of its senses over the con-artist-in-chief, a man so hypocritical, unimaginative, unaccomplished, lazy and superficial that it almost strains the imagination.

    In one fell swoop, the Nobel Peace Committee has pissed away most of it's credibility. And when you consider that the nomination process was frozen Feb. 1st, a mere 10 days after Obama's nomination, the award makes even less sense. Madonna and Bono did more for world peace 10 years ago than O'Fraudma has done.

    I thought that only Reagan and Bush II could make me sick, but now Obama has joined the charmed circle. The mere sight of this man now makes me physically ill.

    This weekend, gay activists have a chance to show the world that they are grounded, focused, determined and most importantly, absolutely determined to untether their rights and political expectations from the pathological circus taking place in the West Wing.

    For god's sake, march.

    Posted by: indypol | Oct 9, 2009 3:46:49 PM


  10. I find the right wing hates American comment funny. If your party is in power you accuse the party not in power of hating America. Gotta love it.

    Posted by: Kyle | Oct 9, 2009 3:50:17 PM


  11. What happens when Israel attacks Iran or vice versa? Do they ask for the award back?

    Posted by: anon | Oct 9, 2009 4:09:52 PM


  12. I don't think that President Obama was the best choice for this award, but as previous comments have mentioned he couldn't turn it down.

    I think he handled the announcement well.

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 9, 2009 4:11:30 PM


  13. Agreed, you just can't turn this down, that would be unseemly. His speech struck exactly the right tone, and had the virtue of being accurate: this was not an award for Obama so much as for a particular agenda -- which is not a bad thing, in my view.

    Posted by: Glenn | Oct 9, 2009 4:15:33 PM


  14. As much as I love Obama, and believe that he fully deserved the Nobel Prize, I gotta agree with Kyle's last post...

    No one "hates America". Whether you are anti-war, anti-abortion, anti-Obama, anti-Bush or anything else, the vast majority of the country loves America. There are a couple Tim McVeigh nuts out there, but those are the rare exceptions.

    We disagree so vehemently and passionately about what America should look like and how it should act, because we all love this country so deeply. That's what we all share. A belief that America is the greatest and freest (if that's a word) place on the planet.

    Posted by: Aaron Rowland | Oct 9, 2009 4:17:02 PM


  15. I'm so overcome with love for this country... that I think I need to sing one of my favorite songs... won't you join me ?

    America...
    America...
    America, FUCK YEAH!
    Coming again, to save the mother fucking day yeah,
    America, FUCK YEAH!
    Freedom is the only way yeah,
    Terrorist your game is through cause now you have to answer too,
    America, FUCK YEAH!
    So lick my butt, and suck on my balls,
    America, FUCK YEAH!
    What you going to do when we come for you now,
    it�s the dream that we all share; it�s the hope for tomorrow

    FUCK YEAH!

    McDonalds, FUCK YEAH!
    Wal-Mart, FUCK YEAH!
    The Gap, FUCK YEAH!
    Baseball, FUCK YEAH!
    NFL, FUCK, YEAH!
    Rock and roll, FUCK YEAH!
    The Internet, FUCK YEAH!
    Slavery, FUCK YEAH!

    FUCK YEAH!

    Starbucks, FUCK YEAH!
    Disney world, FUCK YEAH!
    Porno, FUCK YEAH!
    Valium, FUCK YEAH!
    Reeboks, FUCK YEAH!
    Fake Tits, FUCK YEAH!
    Sushi, FUCK YEAH!
    Taco Bell, FUCK YEAH!
    Rodeos, FUCK YEAH!
    Bed bath and beyond (Fuck yeah, Fuck yeah)

    Liberty, FUCK YEAH!
    White Slips, FUCK YEAH!
    The Alamo, FUCK YEAH!
    Band-aids, FUCK YEAH!
    Las Vegas, FUCK YEAH!
    Christmas, FUCK YEAH!
    Immigrants, FUCK YEAH!
    Columbine, FUCK YEAH!
    Demarcates, FUCK YEAH!
    Republicans (republicans)
    (fuck yeah, fuck yeah)
    Sportsmanship
    Books

    Posted by: Ryan | Oct 9, 2009 4:51:30 PM


  16. And he deserves this honor because...?!

    Posted by: jaragon | Oct 9, 2009 5:40:58 PM


  17. Because Jaragon he'll make sure your ass doesn't get rights okay that's why he deserves this honor just to spite your ass...

    Now please continue to vote republican...TROLL

    Posted by: Mr Chris | Oct 9, 2009 5:52:25 PM


  18. Cue the bitter commentary below the fold.

    Posted by: mike | Oct 9, 2009 6:21:00 PM


  19. Uh... what on earth has he done? He's only been in office nine months...

    Posted by: Yuki | Oct 9, 2009 6:37:23 PM


  20. First off I am extremely proud of our President. He has shown outstanding leadership and sense of priority since he has be in office. I stand behind him 100% as a gay man and am extremely happy to call him my president.

    Now, shame on you bitter queens. What’s the deal? Do you keep up with the news other than this site? Do you filter your opinions of this incredible president with your unreasonable, jaded DOMA and DADT glasses? This is why I hate for people to associate me with your tunnel vision of only caring about gay issues, which is the real lunacy! You talk about the march and actually think we are going to gain respect. The march will be a circus parade, with drag queens, guys in their leather drag, BDSM clubs, Bear clubs and everything else imaginable. I cannot think of any straight mainstream event that encompasses such spectacles. I don't understand why such an event can be carried out in a way like the civil rights march. Leave the drag and leather at home. As gay, lesbian, bi, transgender and others need at this important time, to put our best foot forward. To gain the respect of others we need to show how we are the same as they are in many ways. We have families, professional jobs, own businesses and so on. We respect theirs lives just as we hope they will respect ours. Making this march look like the NYC gay pride parade, which I like, makes this a public relations disaster. The general public does not want our agenda shoved down their throat any more than we do the ring wing nut’s. I know I will not march because of the embarrassment of being associated with that circus. I don’t know of any other march that will be so blatantly sexual to the point it will not be appropriate for children to attend and/or march with their gay parents. Some members of the march will let it all hang out not thinking of no one else except himself, herself or itself. It is not we against them. Well all belong to the same national community and need to show respect to receive respect. The people on this blog who expect Obama to snap his fingers and do away with DOMA and DADT are not in touch with reality. It takes time to make changes of that nature. It takes acts of congress as well as politically savvy supporters

    If these things have not been changed by Obama 6th year, then I will be concerned. I think this incredible award shows that Obama has been busy trying to restore the United States rightful place. The events of failure from the past eight years are as or more important than DADT and DOMA. Some of you think that is a horrible stance and I say get over yourself and your sense of entitlement.

    @indypol, your fantasy for the march as "grounded, focused, determined and most importantly, absolutely determined to un-tether their rights" is a fairy tale in more ways than one. You must be delusional. The goal this weekend is to add validity to the belief that gays, et all are freaks of nature and don't deserve any consideration for equal treatment. I am so tired of straight people thinking because I am gay I want to wear a dress. This event propagates that belief. Obama is smart to not show up at the circus but will at the respectable Human Rights Campaign event.

    I will keep saying it, you bitter queens are spoiled bitches. Just because your precious repealing of DADT and DOMA has not happened. I agree that DADT is morally wrong but I think most people in the military now came in after that was enacted. The gay troops need to follow through with their agreement to serve under this unfair situation. It will be repealed. DOMA will be repealed.
    You ignorant, uneducated, socially inept spoiled queens are playing right into the extreme to the moderate Republicans hands. Because of you not being able to see the larger picture you will waste many opportunities of helping those who do not understand us. You seem not able to set your purse down until your precious agendas are met.

    Posted by: JF | Oct 9, 2009 6:53:09 PM


  21. JF is clearly a closeted lisping Log Cabin Republican...

    Posted by: Badly Drawn Boston Boy | Oct 9, 2009 7:55:05 PM


  22. Go Obama!

    Posted by: Leonard | Oct 9, 2009 8:40:03 PM


  23. let's here some action tomorrow night

    Posted by: rick | Oct 9, 2009 9:35:34 PM


  24. So let's see some action Bama!!!

    Posted by: Antny | Oct 9, 2009 10:32:43 PM


  25. As filmmaker Michael Moore said: "Congratulations! Now earn it!"

    It's all very strange. At first I thought it was a Swedish conspiracy to hold Obama to his promise for greater cooperation and multilateralism. Give him an award of such gravity that it would actually steer his decisions. But then I realized, No, the world is really that desperate for some kind of hero, especially an American one.

    Posted by: Yogchick | Oct 9, 2009 11:42:39 PM


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