Friday, October 9, 2009

Nobel Peace Prize

Wow! That's all I can say. Barack Obama has been announced as the winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. For what exactly? Not being George Bush? Not starting random wars around the place? I guess being a shining light of hope and not being an ass is good enough for the Nobel committee these days.

But who else might have been in the running? Here are a few names I can think of or have seen bandied about
  • Mohandas Gandhi - probably the most famous person to still not have won the prize but the rules pretty much ban this
  • Morgan Tsvangirai - Zimbabwe's only hope against Mugabe's corrupt and evil regime
  • Ingrid Betancourt - the French reporter who spent about 5 years in captivity in Colombia
  • Médecins Sans Frontières - the group who have spent almost 40 years treating the sick and injured in war and famine ravaged parts of the world
The biggest joke about this whole announcement is that apparently nominations for the award had to be submitted by 1st February. This means Obama was 10 days in office when he was nominated. Now remind me again of where peace broke out and harmony flourished in late January.

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