Thursday, December 10, 2009

Prize Day at News Links

Reading his acceptance speech
Why did Obama accept the Nobel Peace Prize when he had already decided to take the war in Afghanistan to its ultimate consequences? Nobody forced him into an act of cynicism. Fidel Castro
David Seaton's News Links
Today the President of the United States received the Nobel Peace Prize. He read a stirring speech in which he used the Nobel Peace Prize to justify America's wars.

In my opinion this was one of the most interesting presidential statements since Bill Clinton speculated on the meaning of "is". In case you have forgotten that one, it went like this:
"It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is. If the--if he--if 'is' means is and never has been, that is not--that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement....Now, if someone had asked me on that day, are you having any kind of sexual relations with Ms. Lewinsky, that is, asked me a question in the present tense, I would have said no. And it would have been completely true." (footnote 1,128 in the Starr report)
In order to celebrate Obama endeavoring to reach Clinton's superb mastery of the fine American art of euphemism,  I have thought up a little contest to choose other unlikely prize winners. 

Here is my tentative list of possible awards, readers are encouraged to add to this selection by posting their own suggestions:
  • Nobel Prize for Literature: Dan Brown
  • Nobel Prize for Economics: Bernard Madoff
  • Nobel Prize for Physics: The Diet Coke + Mentos Development Team
  • Pulitzer Prize: Rush Limbaugh
  • Oscar of Hollywood for Lifetime Achievement: Sonny Tufts 
  • Something for poor Tiger Woods, but I haven't figured out just what yet
I am sure you can think up better stuff than this list and I am looking forward to reading them. DS


Stephanie said...

Tempting as it is to make fun of Obama’s prize, I can’t really do it. He didn’t campaign for the thing, it was dropped in his lap, and I imagine he wishes he had never received it. I also understand why he couldn’t turn it down.

His speech was also largely dictated by circumstances. I did think it was interesting that during the postgame analysis a number of liberals were applauding points made by Obama that could have come direct from a speech by Bush, which shows the state of lefty opposition these days.

Good old Sonny Tufts. Sometimes you can go reasonably far on no looks, no talent, and an unappetizing personality.

bailey said...

Nobel Prize for Medicine: Joe Lieberman

Nobel Prize for Journalism; Matt Drudge

RLaing said...

OK, so 'war is peace'.

It's really too bad there is no such thing as a Nobel prize for advancing Education. If there were, Obama could potentially win it, and during the acceptance speech, no doubt tell us that 'ignorance is strength'.

As it happens, there's an international museum to slavery in Liverpool. I have in mind an inspirational speech he could give there.

Bush got a trifecta; why not one for Obama?