Yes! Not terribly peaceful. The Nobel board says Obama “has created a new international climate,” which is basically a diplomatic way of saying congratulations on not electing another George W. Bush!!
The view from Twitter reveals a similar sense of surprise from media folk across the board. Also the growing sense that maybe Obama should consider turning the prize down. Give it a couple of more hours to sink in before the real backlash begins. Take a look.
“Should Pres. Obama accept the Nobel Prize? Should he suggest the award is premature and there might be others more deserving?”
Nick Kristof: My blog on Obama’s Nobel: it’s premature, esp when so many are risking lives doing fab work. http://tinyurl.com/ylbrkw
Howard Kurtz: Never thought I’d see Nobel Prize portrayed as a negative. But hard to fathom since O took office 2 wks before nomination deadline
Felix Salmon: RT @smalera: Does Nobel prize clerk requires photo ID and birth certificate when picking up? I smell a trap.
Marc Lamont Hill – Am I the only one who thinks that awarding Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize is ABSURD?!?!?!
Michael Scherer: RT @marcambinder: RT @blakehounshell: For those perplexed, Committee has been awarding”aspirational” prizes for years http://bit.ly/qRhqS
@pourmecoffee: Nobel committee picks Obama for its fantasy peace team.
Mike Madden: RT @tfish77: obama? what was it, his passionate defense of bush torture policies, or his passionate refusal to investigate bush war crimes?
Mark Knoller: Should Pres. Obama accept the Nobel Prize? Should he suggest the award is premature and there might be others more deserving?
Jake Tapper: apparently the standards are more exacting for an ASU honorary degree these days
Rachel Sklar: ironic Obama gets Nobel Peace Prize on day the U.S. declares pre-emptive, unprovoked war on the moon
Rachel Sklar: BONK BONK BONK BONK BONK (That’s the sound I imagine Hillary Clinton’s head made banging against the wall this morning.)
Steve Krakauer: RT @mediaite …Nobel Peace Prize Problem: http://bit.ly/3yDlLz Spin this: #Obama was 11 days into presidency when noms closed
“Nobel Peace Prize Problem. Spin this: #Obama was 11 days into presidency when noms closed”
Patrick Gavin: Also, Arafat // You know who also has a Nobel Peace Prize? Kissinger. (Not actually a joke.) (via @anamariecox)
Chris Lehmann: Harry Reid flummoxed that Obama won Peace Prize without Olympia Snowe’s backing.
40 minutes ago from TweetDeck
Ana Marie Cox: WE’RE EARTHLINGS! BLOW UP EARTH THINGS! http://bit.ly/18PomY #eatitmoon
Rachel Sklar: Obama is to the moon as Joe Wilson was to Obama
Ana Marie Cox: RT @lehmannchris: Biden now convinced he has a shot at the Chemistry prize. // Actually convinced he HAS the Chemistry prize.
Choire: I can’t believe Sweden is upstaging our moon-bombing. (Among other things I can’t believe! Thanks for making everything awkward!)
Mark Knoller: So — if Nobel cmte based its decision on speeches, Jon Favreau and Ben Rhodes won Obama his Nobel.
NYTimes: Also on our radar, literally: Moon bombing. Any minute now. http://bit.ly/2xCKGe
Glynnis MacNicol: Obama Nobel Prize translation: Congratulations America on not electing another GWB.
The Note (Rick Klein): RT @anamariecox Apparently Nobel prizes now being awarded to anyone who is not George Bush.
Marc Ambinder: RT @Goldberg3000: It might be smart for Obama to turn this prize down, at least until he achieves peace somewhere. Or trade for Olympics
ChuckT Political (Chuck Todd): Axelrod on MSNBC: nothing anyone expected. … Affirmation by the Nobel cmte “are important and significant.”
“It might be smart for Obama to turn this prize down, at least until he achieves peace somewhere. Or trade for Olympics”
Marc Ambinder: RT @KagroX: Obama just unlocked the Nobel Laureate badge in Foursquare!
about 1 hour ago from Echofon
Marc Ambinder: Reaction from everyone seems to be: Huh? RT @alansmurray: Can someone explain? I thought award was for accomplishments, not intentions.
Chris Lehmann: Couldn’t the Nobel Committee achieve the same effect by retroactively giving prize to GWB & then revoking it? #Nobelfollow-unfollow
Jonathan Glick: Obama should refuse the Nobel Prize, saying that it is premature. The best of a number of bad response options.
Muck Rack: Now trending on Muck Rack: Nobel Peace Prize http://bit.ly/G96du
Mark Knoller: Pres. Obama got the news of his Nobel Prize in a phone call from press secretary Robt Gibbs at about 6A – an hour after Prize was announced.
The Note (Rick Klein): wouldn’t you love to hear Bill Clinton’s reaction – his true reaction – to the Obama Nobel Peace Prize news?
Mark Knoller: Even WH trying to figure out how to spin the awarding of the Prize to Pres. Obama for the promise of his policies rather than achievements.
The Stalwart (Joe Weisenthal): I’m totally flabbergasted.
Mark Knoller: Do we now mark Norway as a “blue state” for awarding Nobel Prize to Pres. Obama?
ChuckT Political (Chuck Todd): Obama is third sitting prez to win the prize, joining Wilson and Teddy R. Carter won it in 2002
about 2 hours ago from Ping.fm
Mediaite: BARACK OBAMA WINS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE http://www.mediaite.com/xhcft This should be an interesting cable news cycle… RS
about 2 hours ago from web
“BONK BONK BONK BONK BONK (That’s the sound I imagine Hillary Clinton’s head made banging against the wall this morning.)”
Mark Knoller: The Nobel Committee risks being discredited for a political decision honoring aspirations for peace rather than a concrete accomplishment.
about 3 hours ago from web
The Note (Rick Klein): Nobel Peace prize goes to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations ….” shall have done
Mark Knoller: Initial White House reaction to Nobel Prize for Obama. Spokesman Robert Gibbs e-mails one word: “wow.”
Mark Knoller: The Nobel Committee based its decision on Obama speeches and policy statements, rather than any concrete accomplishments.
Mark Knoller: The prize is sure to be seen as a political statement by the Nobel Committee and an implied swipe at the eight years of George W. Bush.
The Note (Rick Klein): President Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize – sorry, but did anyone else see this coming? even a hint of a possibility?
about 3 hours ago from web
Mark Knoller: It’s an unprecedented honor for a new U.S. president less than 9 months in the job.
about 3 hours ago from web