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you know I don't like to talk about politics, but...
Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Yet the choice was stunning given that the nomination deadline of Feb. 1, less than two weeks after the Obama presidency began.


So apparently this award doesn't actually mean anything. Whatever it did mean has been significantly diminished.

Ugh. Just... what has he done??? Seriously, somebody tell me, because I sure as hell don't know.

God, the worship is out of control.

Current Mood: nauseated nauseated

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cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: October 9th, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
The first thing I thought when I saw this 15 minutes ago was, "HUH??"

The second thing I thought was "Mellowcandle is not going to like this."

CNN and its links to TIME actually give a good presentation on the matter; the TIME editorials think the Prize will add pressure to Obama. On the plus side, it doesn't hurt efforts to get things done when the rest of the world likes your President. On the down side; it is premature, and I'm afraid this will make the rest of the world (and its leaders jealous of Obama's popularity) cynical, making it harder to get things done.

So chill out; in the end its just an award given out by 5 guys from the Swedish Parliament. It's just unfortunate for everyone they couldn't have waited until they had enough time to adequately evaluate him.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: October 9th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
it doesn't hurt efforts to get things done when the rest of the world likes your President

And yet it makes me very nervous. When people who aren't American and/or don't live here were weeping with joy at his election, I became very, very worried.

He was in office all of five minutes when nominated. That's the most disturbing part. He'd done NOTHING but get elected.
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: October 9th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's precisely because they're not American that they may be more enamored with him than the avg. American; Obama's domestic policies have no effect on them. When I was back in Taiwan, the most important thing to me in a president was foreign policy. Not that he's made huge accomplishments there yet, but to the rest of the world a president's image is equally--if not more important--than his policies.

What's to worry about anyways? I mean, aside from the possibility that he may be the antagonist in the Left Behind series.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: October 9th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's precisely because they're not American that they may be more enamored with him than the avg. American; Obama's domestic policies have no effect on them.

Well, that's exactly my point. They don't have to live here, so to hear about them weeping for joy and celebrating in the streets is so ridiculous to me.

I don't want Obama to fail if it means this country is the worse for it, but neither do I want him to succeed if this country is the worse for it. I didn't vote for him, I don't like him, but I'm stuck with him.

I still haven't heard a compelling reason why he deserves this, other than it's a meaningless liberal popularity contest.
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: October 9th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Re Peace Prize: Don't be so bothered by it; look at it this way. Obama didn't ask for the prize, he didn't nominate himself, it's not his fault some nutty Swedes put this in his lap. On the other hand, if I were in his shoes I'd probably have accepted as well, because I'm only human, and the Nobel Prize does have history and prestige. It's like when a Ref makes a bad call for your team; doesn't show you have poor sportsmanship, but you'd take it.

Re Obama: I know, someone dropped a link on my LJ post with all the promises Obama fulfilled. I didn't bother looking through them; some of his promises I didn't want. On the other hand, on some issues he's breaking/delaying his promises as reality sets in, which I find encouraging.

Re Rest of World: To be fair what the USA does does have tangible effect on many parts of the world, our military being a most obvious example. Bush kind of botched things up, so they're being elated with Obama--while unwarranted, due to a lack of record--is certainly understandable.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: October 9th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
To be fair what the USA does does have tangible effect on many parts of the world

Right, international policy is very important, I'm not saying it isn't. I'm just saying that as a citizen of this country he's supposed to be leading, I'd like it if he/Congress were doing things in MY best interest.
blushingsigh From: blushingsigh Date: October 9th, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
L-chan, baby, I think you and I have very different ideas regarding politics but the moment I saw the news, I fucking rushed to your blog because I HAD TO BITCH X_X.
Whatever it did mean has been significantly diminished.
Oh. Fucking. Yes.
Eggs on your face, Norwegian government. I say pooh to you with knobs on to the Nobel Prize giving community because you guys didn't recognize Rosalind Franklin for her contribution to science and you didn't recognize Gandhi (who I have a world of love for).
the worship is out of control
It makes me want to headdesk until my forehead bleeds. UGH.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: October 9th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love you so much.
blushingsigh From: blushingsigh Date: October 9th, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
:D
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