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Tucking the babe in… 9 October 2009

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

caressing his fat baby cheeks… wiping his chin.  Oh let’s be blunt, what do the Norwegians want.  Or the Nobel Comm. – and those who influence them… I do clearly see that it is a way to hand him 1.4 million, something to consider.

And why have they inflicted yet another speech on us.  Another bad fashion walk by from the Missus..  And so on.

OSLO (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for giving the world “hope for a better future” with his work for peace and calls to reduce the global stockpile of nuclear weapons.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised Obama for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”

The first African-American to hold his country’s highest office, Obama has called for disarmament and worked to restart the stalled Middle East peace process since taking office in January.

“Very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future,” the committee said in a citation.

It awarded the prize to Obama less than nine months into his presidency. Despite setting out an ambitious international agenda, he has yet to score any breakthrough on the Middle East or Iran‘s nuclear program, and faces difficult choices on the conduct of the war in Afghanistan.

Last month Obama chaired a historic meeting of the United Nations Security Council, which unanimously approved a U.S.-drafted resolution calling on nuclear weapons states to scrap their arsenals.

Obama is the third senior U.S. Democrat to win the prize this decade after former Vice President Al Gore won in 2007 along with the U.N. climate panel and Jimmy Carter in 2002.

The prize worth 10 million Swedish crowns ($1.4 million) will be handed over in Oslo on December 10.

The years will be long.  Are long already.



1. marisacat - 9 October 2009


For speech making and a pulse. Pretty much….

Asked whether the prize was given too early in Mr. Obama’s presidency, he said: “We are not awarding the prize for what may happen in the future but for what he has done in the previous year. We would hope this will enhance what he is trying to do.”


BTW, IF the Nobel Committe followed routine, nomination period ended Feb 1… 😆 he had been in office less than two weeks. NPR is saying it was awarded for the Berlin speech. As I said, speeches and pulse.

Gotta luv it.

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 October 2009

Give me a fucking break … they were talking about it on Morning Joe and I thought at first they were joking.

marisacat - 9 October 2009

I think some media outlets did think it was a well constructed joke… and held off for some time.

It will have to fall to the righties to play the actual announcement to the hall, I hear there were gasps.

2. NYCO - 9 October 2009

This all isn’t going to end well…

But awards become very very important in a closed system that basically has nothing to work with. My alma mater has joined forces with a major investment bank to open up a “center” where students and faculty can learn to be investment bankers and do work for the investment bank. The next day, the president turned around and bestowed the university’s highest honor onto one of the bank execs. All of this done with great pomp and circumstance. These people are not like you and me. They really need this ridiculous shit to survive. Awards, back-pats, no matter how meaningless, are an integral part of the legitimization process.

And Obama is in desperate need of legitimization right now I guess. Not just Obama, but the whole “America as leader of the free world” thing. The dollar is going into the toilet. I’ll bet this decision was made within the last few weeks.

marisacat - 9 October 2009


and it funnels cash money to him…which I would bet cash money (a few pennies!) they DO NOT give to charity. LOL.

In other news, John Lewis is defending Rangel in USA Today. And not well… as what can one say. He floats the “innocent” game.

Bad day to pick, John. Go lie down.

3. marisacat - 9 October 2009

Apparently today is the day we bombed the moon.

I admit I had only been half listening and thought all the reporting was on a future mission.

So……….. Nobel Peace Prize for Bombing the Moon

Makes as much sense as anything else… 🙄

NYCO - 9 October 2009

Yeah I’d like to say “Only in America…” but since the Swedes are now involved, we have to say “Only on Earth…”

Anyone catch the official Israeli response? In full slobber mode. “Obama has given us license to dream…”

catnip - 9 October 2009

“Obama has given us license to dream…”

To dream about how they can keep getting away with hiding their nukes from the rest of the world while Obamalama gets a prize for it?

4. marisacat - 9 October 2009

London Times thinks it is pretty nutty… and the thread is deadly.

catnip - 9 October 2009


Through no fault of his own, Obama presides over a massive war-making state that spends on its military close to what the rest of the world spends combined. The U.S. accounts for almost 70% of worldwide arms sales. We’re currently occupying and waging wars in two separate Muslim countries and making clear we reserve the “right” to attack a third. Someone who made meaningful changes to those realities would truly be a man of peace. It’s unreasonable to expect that Obama would magically transform all of this in nine months, and he certainly hasn’t. Instead, he presides over it and is continuing much of it. One can reasonably debate how much blame he merits for all of that, but there are simply no meaningful “peace” accomplishment in his record — at least not yet — and there’s plenty of the opposite. That’s what makes this Prize so painfully and self-evidently ludicrous.

(Through no fault of his own? C’mon, Glenn.)

I think I need a few more cups of tea before I write about this stunning news.

5. catnip - 9 October 2009

Today has been dubbed WTF?? Day.

6. AlanSmithee - 9 October 2009

Impossible! I’ll believe God-Emperor Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize the day Code Pink supports the occupation in Afghanistan.

Wait, whut?

7. CSTAR - 9 October 2009

This is very weird. had to do a triple take on the date. It wasn’t April 1st nor December 28.

8. catnip - 9 October 2009

Reading the comments over at dkos – a number of kossacks admitted they thought the news was snark or a joke. One person rightly noted that that fact showed what a farce this decision is.

The then-expected conversions went something like this:

I thought this was snark! But then when I thought about it, I realized what a fantabulous choice this really was. Of course they’d choose Obamalama! Why wouldn’t they? I love him. I want to have his baby. Pacify me, Barry!


9. catnip - 9 October 2009

My obligatory WTF post.

10. marisacat - 9 October 2009

Meet the Press: Sens. Levin, Graham, Gens. McCaffrey, Myers. Roundtable with Ron Brownstein, Paul Gigot, Katty Kay, Bob Woodward.

This Week: Sens. Feinstein, Chambliss, Rep. McGovern, Gen. Keane. Roundtable with Arianna Huffington, Nicolle Wallace, Donna Brazile, George Will.

Face the Nation Sens. McConnell, Reed.

Fox News Sunday: Govs. Granholm, Daniels, NTSB chair Hersman. Roundtable with Bill Kristol, Nina Easton, Liz Cheney and Juan Williams.

State of the Union: Sens. McCain, Stabenow, Casey, WH spokeswoman Anita Dunn.

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 October 2009

when I think of an enlightening and instructive Sunday morning, Saxby Chambliss is one name that comes immediately to mind!


11. marisacat - 9 October 2009

Good luck Obama. I see Ruth Marcus calls it ridiculous and embarrassing. Tomasky says he should not have accepted. And that is the Democratic side of the rotten bed. all linked FP of RCP

Krauthammer is deep into “young Hamlet’s agony”.


I would have given anything for a self effacing pretzel. Instead we get tire tracks all over us from he and the wif.

12. marisacat - 9 October 2009

UGh… went by Amy’s.. she has Tariq Ali and Naomi Klein commenting on La Nobel.

here is part of what Naomi said, I alsmot did not bother as I am so sick of the Sovietischer need to declare love for Obama then do some kitten scratch critique. She has toughened up a bit…

[B]ut what I’m working on right now is a piece for Rolling Stone about the climate negotiations leading up to Copenhagen. And one of the things that the Obama administration is being rewarded for with this prize or what Barack Obama is personally being rewarded for in this prize is his supposed breakthroughs on international relations.

What we’re actually seeing, as we speak, in Bangkok—this is the final day of two weeks of climate negotiations—has been extraordinarily destructive behavior on the part of the United States government, on the part of the Obama administration, absolutely derailing the climate negotiations in the lead-up to Copenhagen. Developing countries are absolutely shocked by what US climate negotiators have done.

They have gone into these talks saying, you know, “We’re back. We want to reengage with the world.” What they’ve actually done is made a series of demands that would destroy the Kyoto Protocol and the binding emission architecture that was set up under Kyoto. So, to reward the Nobel Prize in the context of destroying the climate, where the US is destroying the climate negotiations, or threatening to, to me, is just shocking. . . . . .

Amy also has segments on Diego Garcia residents still battling to get reparations and their island, forcibly taken for military… AND Guamians… trying to fight an enormous 15 billion dollar mil build up there.

Under no circumstances should it, that shredded “peace” prize, have gone to ANY American leader.

13. catnip - 9 October 2009

Unleash the Democratic assholes!

DNC official: GOP siding with terrorists

A top Democratic National Committee official reacted furiously to a statement from Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele mocking — and describing as “unfortunate” — President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize.

“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,” DNC communications director Brad Woodhouse told POLITICO. “Republicans cheered when America failed to land the Olympics and now they are criticizing the President of the United States 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.

“The 2009 version of the Republican Party has no boundaries, has no shame and has proved that they will put politics above patriotism at every turn. It’s no wonder only 20 percent of Americans admit to being Republicans anymore – it’s an embarrassing label to claim,” Woodhouse said.

Jed Lewison of dkos ran with the same talking point on the FP of dkos – of course.

Whatever happened to country first?

Yeah. I’ll bet you were asking that when people criticized Bush too, right?

14. marisacat - 9 October 2009

This made me laugh. i can guess the conversation in the private quarters, as clearly the decision was not a “Go” on the launch pad at 10:30 am ET

…. 😆 … 🙄 ….

Pool was notified shorty before 2 pm that POTUS has decided to give the approximately $1.4 million prize accompanying his Nobel Peace prize to charity. No decision yet on which charity or charities that will be.

15. marisacat - 9 October 2009

Jesus. GOOD LUCK. A former Dem speechwriter for health care issues moves from DC where as a self employed consultant she had an HMO … moves to MASS and cannot afford the local Universal Health Care. Play ‘what is wrong with this picture’ with her.

[S]ince I care more about my country than my personal pride, here’s how I lost my insurance: I moved. That’s right, I moved from Washington, D.C., back to Massachusetts, a state with universal health care.

In D.C., I had a policy with a national company, an HMO, and surprisingly I was very happy with it. I had a fantastic primary care doctor at Georgetown University Hospital. As a self-employed writer, my premium was $225 a month, plus $10 for a dental discount.

In Massachusetts, the cost for a similar plan is around $550, give or take a few dollars. My risk factors haven’t changed. I didn’t stop writing and become a stunt double. I don’t smoke. I drink a little and every once in a while a little more than I should. I have a Newfoundland dog. I am only 41. There has been no change in the way I live my life except my zip code — to a state with universal health care. . . . . .

How could all of these weeks and months go by and no one is examining and talking about what has worked and what hasn’t worked in Massachusetts?

Oh honeee… think for a few minutes… that would be TOO FUCKING EASY. And revealing.

marisacat - 9 October 2009

hahahahah… she is till in “what is wrong with this picture”… Poor lass.

What makes this a double blow is that my experience contradicts so much of what I wrote for political leaders over the last decade. That’s a terrible feeling, too. I typed line after line that said everything Massachusetts did would make health insurance more affordable. If I had a dollar for every time I typed, “universal coverage will lower premiums,” I could pay for my own health care at Massachusetts’s rates.

marisacat - 9 October 2009

the article tacks this on. Maybe she wakes up and realises she worked for a sackful of shysters.

Wendy Button has written for John Edwards, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Barack Obama, and Mayor Tom Menino of Boston as well as other national and international leaders, and is working on a book.

catnip - 9 October 2009

Let’s hope somebody fact checks that book.

marisacat - 9 October 2009


Madman in the Marketplace - 9 October 2009

that’s just being willfully stupid.

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marisacat - 9 October 2009

hahahah.. why would he bother.. he never promised anything but frescoes of a rose garden… NOT a real rose garden.

He would “reach out” … change [cough] “the dialogue”… and so on.

No wonder he got the drippiest response from Shimon Perez, that old hump.

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