Peace out

In a decision that surprised many (including Obama himself), the President received this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.  The Nobel committee noted that their decision to award the prize to a President just 10 months into office was based on his efforts to boost diplomacy and co-operation.

Said the Norwegian committee, “Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future.  His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.”

Obama, for his part, seemed humbled by the award and expressed that this prize is a call-to-action, saying “I know that throughout history the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievements.  It’s also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes. And that is why I will accept this award as a call to action, a call for all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st Century.”

Of course, the decision is not without its critics.  The Taliban, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Republic National Committee Chairman Michael Steele have all made statements criticizing the committee’s decision.  Other world leaders (and John McCain, departing from other GOP members) were more supportive of the decision.

The merchandise being designed thus far is more celebratory than derogatory, which isn’t a surprise; Obama was from the beginning a candidate that inspired a lot of peace-themed T-shirts.

And so we congratulate the President today on bringing American leadership to recognition on the world stage, and award him a Fantasy T-Wearer Award with the Obama Peace Sign T-shirt, seen above at right.

  1. Nice move there lumping the RNC in with a bunch of terrorist groups. I think they teach that in Propaganda 101. You might want to stick to selling t-shirts, buzzy, instead of alienating half of your customer base.

  2. Hey ZombieLiberal –

    Actually, I was simply trying to represent both sides of the issue (as represented by the designs we have), and as I read the various articles about reaction I literally wrote down a list of pro/con.

    The people mentioned are, indeed, the list of those primarily mentioned as making public statements opposing this award. But if you have other world leaders to add to the list that you feel are of import, do feel free to share and I’ll add them.



  3. I wouldn’t expect anything but standard diplomatic praise from world leaders no matter how they really felt.

    I also wouldn’t characterize Taliban, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad as “world leaders”.

    I also noticed, of the shirt designs that actually referenced the Nobel Prize as opposed to just old designs about peace, there were more con designs than pro. My count was 7 con and 5 pro. I’m just saying.

    Of those who have nothing to lose by speaking their mind, I’ve found these references with a quick check of the web:

    Hisham Qasim, Egyptian democracy and human rights activist, said he was “shocked” Obama won.

    Gideon Rachman, a foreign affairs columnist for The Financial Times, wrote an online blog under the headline “What did Obama do to win the Nobel Peace Prize?”

    Former Polish President Lech Walesa, a 1983 Nobel Peace laureate, questioned whether Mr. Obama deserved it now.

  4. Yah Zombie… chill… I have often made lists that in hind sight seemed awkward… like those who supported Obama’s election… Hamas, Castro, Ahmadinejad and Jimmy Carter all were big time supporters of Candidate Obama… that right thee is one of those awkward lists… throw in Jane Fonda and you got Commie Central… so it works both ways!

  5. I had posted one of the very first designs opposing the award of the Peace Prize to President Obama (in a humerous way) but never got listed at all. I think the ‘celebratory than derogatory’ statement is skewed. He won – get over it. Now let us have some fun and maybe sell a few of your shirts.

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