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Old 10-09-2009, 07:24 PM
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Wow, even the more liberally biased news organizations think this is a load of crap:

http://www.time.com/time/politics/ar...llnation-yahoo

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Obama's Nobel: The Last Thing He Needs

The last thing Barack Obama needed at this moment in his presidency and our politics is a prize for a promise.

Inspirational words have brought him a long way including to the night in Grant Park less than a year ago when he asked that we "join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it's been done in America for two-hundred and twenty-one years block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand."

By now there are surely more callouses on his lips than his hands. He, like every new president, has reckoned with both the power and the danger of words, dangers that are especially great for one who wields them as skillfully as he. A promise beautifully made raises hopes especially high: we will revive the economy while we rein in our spending; we will make health care simpler, safer, cheaper, fairer. We will rid the earth of its most lethal weapons. We will turn green and clean. We will all just get along.

So when reality bites, it chomps down hard. The Nobel committee cited "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." His critics fault some of those efforts: those who favor a missile shield for Poland or a troop surge in Afghanistan or a harder line on Iran. But even his fans know that none of the dreams have yet come true, and a prize for even dreaming them can feed the illusion that they have.

Maybe the prize will give him more power, new muscles to haul unruly nations in line. But peacemaking is more about ingenuity than inspiration, about reading other nations' selfish interests and cynically, strategically exploiting them for the common good. Will it help if fewer countries come to the table hating us? To a point. But it's a starting point, not an end in itself.

At this moment many Americans are longing for a president who is more bully, less pulpit. The president who leased his immense inaugural good will to the hungry appropriators writing the stimulus bill, who has not stopped negotiating health care reform except to say what is non-negotiable, whose solicitude for the wheelers and dealers who drove the financial system into a ditch leaves the rest of us wondering who has our back, has always shown great promise, said the right things, affirmed every time he opens his mouth that he understands the fears we face and the hopes we hold. But he presides over a capital whose day-to-day functioning has become part-travesty, part-tragedy, wasteful, blind, vain, petty, where even the best intentioned reformers measure their progress with teaspoons. There comes a time when a President needs to take a real risk and putting his prestige on the line to win the Olympics for his home town does not remotely count.

Compare this to Greg Mortenson, nominated for the prize by some members of Congress, who the bookies gave 20-to-1 odds of winning. Son of a missionary, a former army Medic and mountaineer, he has made it his mission to build schools for girls in places where opium dealers and tribal warlords kill people for trying. His Central Asia Institute has built more than 130 schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan a mission which has, along the way, inspired millions of people to view the protection and education of girls as a key to peace and prosperity and progress.

Sometimes the words come first. Sometimes, it's better to let actions speak for themselves.
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Old 10-09-2009, 07:44 PM
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Perhaps someone who voted for Obama could tell us what exactly he has done to merit this prize.
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[SARCASM]Congratulations my American friends. It must be so amazing knowing that you have such a great man like Barack Obama leading your nation. He is not only a great leader for your country but for our entire world. Too bad you only have about 7.5 more years of this. Maybe they will change the laws and have the presidency changed to unlimited terms. I guess that is wishful thinking for you and the rest of the world.[/SARCASM]
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Old 10-09-2009, 07:57 PM
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No .... I really do consider you guys my American friends.
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Old 10-09-2009, 07:59 PM
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No .... I really do consider you guys my American friends.
Okay, then how about this?

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[SARCASM]Congratulations[/SARCASM] my American friends. [SARCASM]It must be so amazing knowing that you have such a great man like Barack Obama leading your nation. He is not only a great leader for your country but for our entire world. Too bad you only have about 7.5 more years of this. Maybe they will change the laws and have the presidency changed to unlimited terms. I guess that is wishful thinking for you and the rest of the world.[/SARCASM]
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Old 10-09-2009, 08:01 PM
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Okay, then how about this?



that's a print ....
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Old 10-09-2009, 08:02 PM
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Wow, even the more liberally biased news organizations think this is a load of crap:

http://www.time.com/time/politics/ar...llnation-yahoo
Nate that was an excellent read thank you for posting it.
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Old 10-10-2009, 12:29 AM
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yea that's pretty stupid
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Old 10-10-2009, 12:37 AM
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http://www.snopes.com/politics/war/sendler.asp
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Hey if humility is a criteria then my vote goes to ChrisF!
Thank you my fellow humanitarians I humbly and most graciously accept this allustrious honor. You love me you really love me.
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