Barack Hussein Obama is “humbled” for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
I know, I know. It’s because he may be America’s first internationally born president. Nope. That just hasn’t been proven yet.
I know, I know. It’s because he was educated abroad. No, no, other people have done that.
I know, I know. It’s because he was a community organizer in Chicago. Uh, uh. That could really only get him to the American Presidency.
I know, I know. It’s because he served 143 days of 4 years in the US Senate. Can’t be, many more people have done that and much more. Besides, he spent a lot those four years campaigning for US President.
I know, I know. It’s because he has utilized environmental and labor standards in trade agreements. Not yet.
I know, I know. It’s because he created a protective international tax haven watch list. Nada.
I know, I know. It’s because he has created a way to allow imported prescription drugs in the US. Hadn’t happened.
I know, I know. It’s because he worked to provide $50 billion by 2013 for the global fight against HIV/AIDS. Hasn’t done anything on this yet.
I know, I know. It’s because he has recognized the Armenian Genocide. Nothing on this yet.
I know, I know. It’s because he has closed the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center. Couldn’t get this done yet.
I know, I know. It’s because he doubled the size of the Peace Corps. Not so far.
I know, I know. It’s because he invested in foreign language training for the military and other human intelligence personnel. Nyet.
I know, I know. It’s because he has worked with Russia to move nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert. Nope. In fact, more countries are getting closer to being ON a hair-trigger stance.
I know, I know. It’s because he has worked to end NATO restrictions on forces in Afghanistan. Nothing done on this yet. He hasn’t even ended restrictions on US forces… Even though his top general in the area needs more troops.
I know, I know. It’s because he repelled invasion forces into US allies. Not THIS president.
I know, I know. It’s because he will get the rest of the world too follow US standards on “green” living. Ain’t gonna happen.
I know, I know. It’s because he has overthrown a military dictator and promoted liberty in that newly free nation. Not this president.
I know, I know. It’s because he brought the Olympics to the US. Not this time.
I know, I know. And I think this may actually be it. It has to be that greatly successful ‘Beer Summit,” at the White House.
Even though Barack Hussein Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples," I can’t find a solidly good reason what he has done to be awarded the prize.
So I decided to look up the qualifications.
“The candidates eligible for the Nobel Peace Prize are those nominated by qualified individuals. See Qualified Nominators. No one can nominate him- or herself.” Okay, since Obama isn’t a “Qualified Nominator,” he couldn’t nominate himself. Good.
It starts in September when Invitation letters are sent out by The Nobel Committee to individuals qualified to nominate. At this point, Obama is a member of the US Senate and a candidate for the US Presidency.
In February is the deadline for submission. The Committee bases its assessment on nominations that must be postmarked no later than February 1st. A two-week presidency at this point.
Next in February-March the Committee assesses the candidates' work and prepares a short list.
From March through August the short list is reviewed by permanent advisers and advisers specially recruited for their knowledge of specific candidates.
At the beginning of October, the Nobel Committee chooses the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates through a majority vote. The decision is final and without appeal. The names of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates are then announced.
On December 10th, Nobel Laureates receive their prize at The Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony in Oslo, Norway, where the Nobel Laureates receive their Nobel Prize, which consists of a Nobel Medal and Diploma, and a document confirming the prize amount.
But these really aren’t qualifications. So, let’s look at the people who do the nominating – the so-called “Qualified Nominators.”
According to the official website:
The right to submit proposals for the Nobel Peace Prize shall, by statute, be enjoyed by:
1. Members of national assemblies and governments of states;
2. Members of international courts;
3. University rectors; professors of social sciences, history, philosophy, law and theology; directors of peace research institutes and foreign policy institutes;
4. Persons who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize;
5. Board members of organizations who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize;
6. Active and former members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee
7. Former advisers appointed by the Norwegian Nobel Institute.
My responses to each:
1. The majority of these being, at the very least, quasi-socialistic.
2. Where Sharia Law has penetrated.
3. Like the “Marxist Professors” he sought out in college and those international organizations funded by George Soros.
4. Hmm… Jimmy Carter and Al Gore.
5-7. Okay, I really don’t know anything about these folks, other than their association with those listed in 1-4.
But WHAT are the qualifications?
These days, it doesn’t matter. Barack Hussein Obama wasn’t awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for anything he has done. In the most shiny-happy, feel-good liberalistic fashion, Obama was awarded what used to be considered one of the most prestigious international awards for what he has YET TO DO!
Doesn’t this mean that we are all eligible for the Nobel Peace Prize?
No thanks, at my age, I’d rather have a talking frog!