American State Department spokesman, P.J. Crowley says the Nobel Peace Prize garnered by President Obama is a clear improvement over having shoes tossed at his head, as happened to President Bush:
“From our standpoint, you know, we think that this gives us a sense of momentum … when the United States has accolades tossed its way, rather than shoes,” State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters on Friday.
Crowley was referring to a 2008 incident in which an Iraqi reporter hurled his shoe at Bush during a news conference in Baghdad. The act of protest struck a chord with millions in the Arab and Muslim worlds who had been captivated and angered by daily images of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
And there you have the difference between Bush and his successor: Bush acted and was willing to take the consequences. Obama speaks but he doesn’t do anything. Ask General McChrystal, who has been stiff-armed by the President of late.
What Crowley doesn’t acknowledge about Obama’s award is that it is a blatant attempt at manipulation of American foreign policy. The Nobel Committee has now passed out its third NOT-Bush Peace Prize to an American:
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In 2002, Jimmah from the Ummah got his medal for being a wuss. In the words of the Committee:
“for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”
This is the fearless leader who claimed, during his tenure, that we’d be out of petrol by the turn of the century, the same one who claimed America lacked confidence while he permitted Iran to keep hostage the Americans it took – in violation of international laws – from the embassy in Tehran.
Worst of all is Carter’s easy virtue when it comes to taking money from the Saudis in exchange for vilifying Israel. This man should be given the Lifetime Brass Hypocrisy Award. Just ask the former members of his Center who resigned in disgust because of his Israel-bashing.
Ah, yes. The man of peaceful resolutions who has made the situation between the Israelis and Palestinians materially worse, and has been bribed to do so.
Then there was the consolation prize to Al Gore. Since he’d had the presidency stolen from him by the belligerent Bush, certainly he deserved a boost from Norway, right? Until the advent of Obama, Gore was the ultimate NOT-Bush, so he got a medal, too, in 2007, along with the IPCC:
“for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.”
Hmmm…the IPCC has been caught fudging its data. But think of it as lying for a good cause. Their partner in
crime the award ain’t no saint either. In fact, maybe Gore and Carter ought to duke it out for the Brass Hypocrisy Award.
During the 2000 elections, Gore was so disliked in Tennessee, his home state, that Bush carried the vote. Maybe it’s because they know how he lives. Hint: there are environmental laws for us, and there are special dispensations for al-Gore because…well, because he’s special. After all, Al’s got that Nobel Prize for “laying the foundations” for measures that are needed to counteract our wanton use of energy. You have to give it to Al, though; he’s made a killing off the environment.
And what’s George W. Bush been up to since leaving office? Not much, and liking it. He calls his post-presidential life “liberating”. I think he most enjoys not talking to the press. Unlike Carter, Clinton, and Obama, Bush refrains from criticizing – even as Obama uses him as a handy foil for all his mistakes. Poor Nixon, who never could accept the press-bashings he endured, famously sniffed on losing an election,
You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore, because gentlemen, this is my last press conference.
That was in 1962. He would later be elected by a landslide. But the media was the same then as now. So they tarred, feathered, and ran him out of town on a rail. They followed him back home and continued the bullying. Unfortunately for Nixon, he was too thin-skinned; the media’s blathering made him reactive.
The rout of Nixon from office was the beginning of a ratcheting up of the MSM power base and its conversion into an echo chamber for the Left. They loved Clinton and ignored his perjury, preferring to see his problematic relation to the truth as a Republican fustiness about Clinton’s sex life. They pumped for Gore, for Kerry, and they turned their impotent fury on Bush.
Unlike Nixon, Bush wouldn’t react, which further drove their fury.
Obama does react, and that may be his eventual downfall. Right now he’s basking in the heady glory of his Nobel Prize. The whining about the press’ treatment of him has abated, but the Nobel Committee has just increased Obama’s narcissistic quotient immeasurably. Now he can say “I won” with even more dismissive emphasis.
For Obama, winning means never having to negotiate with your peers. And he has definitely proved in his time in office that he’s clueless about bi-partisan negotiations with the Republicans. The irony is his reputation as being a leader who negotiates. In reality, he capitulates and calls it dialogue. The Russians are still gloating over that one.
This man does not play well with others. Receiving this prize may lead him into further delusions about his messianic rôle. There will be even more blaming of Bush for the crushing deficits that Obama & Co. have created all by themselves in their push to invade every aspect of American life.
Norway didn’t do Obama any favors, but they sure will get what they’ve paid for: a United Nations-loving internationalist who does not see his own country as worth saving.
In a few months, let’s see what the press has to say about the Golden Boy…it will take at least that long for reality to set in.