I'm an Obama supporter - I voted for him and would consider voting for him again. While I'm not on board with 100% of his policies, I agree with the majority of them. I also find his level of engagement with the people to be refreshing. He came into the office at a very hard time and has tons of work ahead, but I think he is making progress. With that said, given today's news that he is now a Nobel Laureate, I have to ask, WHY???
What exactly did he do in the first month of office that made him worthy of the nomination for this honor? Was it the masterful use of Twitter and other web technologies that won him this prize? Perhaps all the plans and ideas he pontificated upon during his campaign run were SO GOOD that they alone were deserving?
- 1997 - International Campaign to Ban Landmines & Jody Williams "for their work for the banning and clearing of anti-personnel mines"
- 1993 - Nelson Mandela & Frederik Willem de Klerk "for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa"
- 1964 - Martin Luther King, Jr. "Leader of "Southern Christian Leadership Conference""
- 1962 - Linus Carl Pauling "for his campaign against nuclear weapons testing"
- 2009 - Barack Obama "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." [via Twitter]
I think perhaps we are lowering our standards - or maybe the Nobel Committee just needed a couple extra followers on Twitter?
I'd like to point out that GANDHI didn't get a peace prize. Gandhi did express some displeasure this morning via a hasty tweet reading "This is totally bogus man http://bit.ly/8UFk6". He of course quickly took it down.
Anything remotely resembling a fact in the post was taken from wikipedia. If you don't like wikipedia - leave