Editor’s Note: Read NewsReal’s previous coverage of President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize win:
- Ben Johnson had the opening post on the subject here, shortly after the news broke.
- Mark J. Koenig had a witty 2 sentence summary here.
- David Horowitz weighed in here in a post appropriately titled Nobel Puzzle.
- John Perazzo had a two part series in which he demonstrated how the Peace Prize has become the Leftist Prize.
- Joseph Klein surveyed what foreign policy “accomplishments” might have merited Obama’s victory.
- David Swindle listed the nominees who lost to Obama here.
On the 9th of this month, The Huffington Post made a desperate attempt to gain control of public opinion regarding Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize. Tagged with every possible permutation of “Nobel Peace Prize,” “Obama,” and “reactions,” the Post compiled a slideshow of (mostly) positive and negative statements by “world leaders, journalists, American politicians et. al.” to show the Huffington world that the Prize was a “good thing.”
According to the Huffington reaction meter, the top five statements that Huffington Post readers favored were:
#5: Syrian PM Muhammad Habash, director of the Islamic Studies Center in Damascus:
“I believe Obama is working hard for peace … We in Syria believe that Obama’s initiative[s] have been suitable.”
Of course every right-thinking HuffPostian knows that the enemy is always the place to go for advice on how to run your country. After all, who knows our strengths better than those who seek to destroy us?
#4: Malia Obama, 11-year-old political pundit and commentator for Huffington Post:
“Daddy, you won the Nobel Peace Prize, and it is Bo’s birthday.”
The always proper Huffington folk also know that No One is a better judge of politics than your daughter. From my perspective, when Obama’s award was announced I watched a group of 14- and 15-year-olds listen, look blank, and then ask “What for?” The Nobel as “the Emperor’s New Clothes”?
#3: The Mighty One Himself couldn’t figure out why he deserved it, but he took it anyway:
“..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 that have been honored by this prize.”
Affirmation, expectation, or a leash that can be used anytime to jerk the U.S. into line?
#2: Brad Woodhouse, DNC communications director and aspiring used car salesman:
“The Republican Party has thrown in its lot with the terrorists — the Taliban and Hamas this morning — in criticizing the president for receiving the Nobel Peace prize … an award he did not seek but that is nonetheless an honor in which every American can take great pride — unless of course you are the Republican Party.”
This harks back to my earlier post regarding Americans who are proud to see Obama win a prize they also think he doesn’t deserve. Is there anything Mr. Woodhouse would not stoop to in order to demonize his opposition?
NOW! The NUMBER ONE BEST statement about Obama’s Nobel Prize, according to the readers of the Huffington Post:
#1: Jimmy Carter, the former President who never met a terrorist he would not hug, called Obama’s award a
“bold statement of international support for his vision and commitment.”
Well, there you have it. The five statements, pro or con, regarding Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. To be fair, it must be said that the other “pro” quotes provided no more substance or argument than the top five.
What about the “anti” statements? The good folks at Huffington made sure their followers knew who the good guys were. After all, who wants to listen to guys that look like this:
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