OT: Obama just won Nobel Peace Prize.

AlunFoto alunfoto at gmail.com
Fri Oct 9 16:31:04 EDT 2009

Personally I too am disappointed with their pick this year, I think
they had other strong candidates who'd deserve the acknowledgement
more than do mr. Obama. That's not a critique of his work, though. I
would have thought him a natural candidate in the years to come if he
continues as he's started out.


2009/10/9 Michael Gaudet <ok1000pentaxblog at gmail.com>:
> Yeah, this is slightly off-topic. But I'm not a fan of reading reports
> wrong. According to the NYTimes link that was referenced, the Nobel
> Committee based the decision on what Obama *has* accomplished in the
> last 9 months:
> "Thorbjorn Jagland, the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee and
> a former prime minister of Norway, said the president had already
> contributed enough to world diplomacy and international understanding
> to earn the award.
> “We are not awarding the prize for what may happen in the future, but
> for what he has done in the previous year,” Mr. Jagland said. “We
> would hope this will enhance what he is trying to do.”"
> Sure, people disagree. But saying "Apparently based not on what he's
> accomplished so far" is misleading.
> John Sessoms wrote:
>> I've been following the Photo.net thread there's a site I regularly
>> have problems accessing.  I bet "server not found" errors
>> intermittently. I just tried opening the site to see if I could
>> generate the error; get the exact wording for the error message.
>> Instead, the site opened and there's a headline Obama's been awarded
>> this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
>> Apparently based not on what he's accomplished so far, but as "an
>> early vote of confidence" for "Obama's calls for peace and
>> cooperation, and praised his pledges to reduce the world stock of
>> nuclear arms, ease American conflicts with Muslim nations".
>> http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/10/world/10nobel.html?hp
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