October 9th, 2009

Barackisms: Nobel Peace Prize Media Round Up

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3904208831_799431596d“I will accept this award as a call to action, a call for all nations to confront the challenges of the 21st century.”

Obama, 48, is the third U.S. president to win the prize while in office, after Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. Former PresidentJimmy Carter won the prize in 2002, more than two decades after he left office.

In its surprise choice, the Norwegian Nobel Committee cited the president’s creation of a “new climate in international politics” and his work on nuclear disarmament, even though he is just nine months into his presidency.

“These challenges cannot be met by any one leader or any one nation,” the president said. “That’s why my administration wants to establish a new era of engagement in which all nations must take responsibility for the world we seek.”

Obama acknowledged that, while accepting an award for peace, he was commander in chief of a country engaged in wars in Iraq andAfghanistan.

“We have to confront the world as we know it,” he said.

text via photo by Dave Davidson

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GOP, even some liberals, dismiss Obama peace prize


WASHINGTON — Gee, you’d think a U.S. president who won the Nobel Peace Prize might get rave reviews from his party’s activists and polite congrats from top Republicans.

But news of Barack Obama’s award Friday drew a rebuke from the Republican Party chairman, ridicule from conservative bloggers, and even gripes from some liberals who think he hasn’t done enough to wind down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Top Democrats congratulated Obama, of course, but critics abounded.

“What has President Obama actually accomplished?” said Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee.

“It is unfortunate that the president’s star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights.”

ABC’s Sawyer Gushes: Obama Nobel Win Is ‘Olympic Gold of International Diplomacy’

By Scott Whitlock | October 9, 2009 –

Good Morning America co-host Diane Sawyer on Friday used an odd expression to fawn over Barack Obama’s Nobel Prize win. She cooed that the award is “the Olympic gold of international diplomacy.” (Was this Sawyer’s way of saying the prize makes up for the Chicago Olympic failure?)

In a follow-up segment, former top Democratic aide turned journalist George Stephanopoulos touted what an enormous impact the Nobel Prize would have: “But on a serious note, White House aides do believe this will strengthen the President’s hand, both at home and abroad.” He explained how these “White House aides” (Rahm Emanuel, perhaps?) told him that “this will really strengthen the President’s hand as they try to force inspectors in to the Iranian nuclear sites.”

ABC’s Charles Gibson: ‘Humble’ Obama Won Nobel Prize Because He ‘Inspires’

By Scott Whitlock | October 9, 2009

Anchoring live coverage on Friday of Barack Obama’s speech about receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, ABC’s Charles Gibson enthused that the President won the award because he inspires. The World News host extolled, “The Nobel Committee feeling that he has inspired a new sense in the world.

CNN’s Lothian: Nobel Prize an ‘A’ for Effort, Could Help Pres. With Health Care

By Matthew Balan | October 9, 2009

President Barack Obama; & Dan Lothian, CNN White House Correspondent | NewsBusters.orgCNN’s White House correspondent Dan Lothian saw nothing but pluses for President Obama’s reception of the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday’s American Morning. Lothian guessed that “the President obviously is getting an ‘A’ for effort here,” and even went so far to speculate about whether the reward could help the Democrat “push through on…health care as well…so this could help him.”

NBC’s Lauer: Not to Be Rude, But Obama Hasn’t Done Anything

By Rich Noyes | October 9, 2009

Even Barack Obama’s fan club on NBC’s Today were stunned at the President’s winning of the Nobel Peace Prize. Co-host Matt Lauer found it baffling: “We’re less than a year into the first term of this president and there are no — I’m not trying to be, you know, rude here — no major foreign policy achievements, to date.”

Meet the Press moderator David Gregory felt the need to point out the “left-leaning” impulse of the Europeans who christened Obama as the world’s leading peacemaker for 2009: “This is a lot more about tone than it is substantive accomplishment. In many ways, this is a European body who is more left-leaning, certainly, and opposed to the administration of George W. Bush.”

Lauer followed up: “So, what you’re saying in some ways and, again, not to be rude here or sarcastic, that in some ways he wins this award for not being George W. Bush?”

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Dave Davidson is the TIR artjournalism storyteller photographer and founder of (polite) presidential paparazzi with manners. He is the author of gobs of books including "Sarah Palin Inspires Me", "Huckisms" and "You May Be A TEApublican".

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