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Nobel Peace Prize should have gone to me

Post by Michael Allen on Oct. 11, 2009 at 10:04 am with 3 Comments »
October 12, 2009 8:54 am

Some cynics and naysayers have implied that President Barack Obama did not deserve to win the Nobel Peace Prize. I disagree. I congratulate our president on this historic honor, one he earned through his vast experience in the private and public sectors and his accomplishments (too numerous to mention) during his first nine months in office. Indeed, to quote the Nobel Committee, President Obama has made “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy.”

But I think I should have won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Here is why I should have been the 2009 Nobel Laureate. When I was in college, I attended a peace demonstration in opposition to the Vietnam War. I also still own a peace button, one of those really nice black enamel ones, with the white symbol. To this day, I flash the “peace symbol” when I see my friends on the street. My favorite Elvis Presley gospel song is “Peace in the Valley.” For nearly a decade I had a poster on my wall celebrating “Nuclear Free Missoula.” Indeed, when I attended the University of Montana in the 1970s, the student government (my student government) temporarily defunded the football program because of its inherent violence. For five weeks I was a strict vegetarian. And speaking of “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy,” during my lifetime I have visited Canada dozens of  times and on each and every visit I have gotten along famously with nearly all the Canadians I have met in bars. Several Canadians really like me.

I could go on and on (during the first Gulf War I wore a black armband) but you catch my drift.

I nevertheless heartily congratulate President Obama on this honor based on his extraordinary efforts and accomplishments.

I just think I should have won and, next time, I am pretty sure the Nobel Committee will pick me. If not, then maybe I will win the Pulitzer Peace Prize or, if there isn’t one of those, I could maybe win an Academy Award for Peace (for my YouTube video). Or an Emmy.


Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. 5 Laugh Stars

  2. Once again you have proven that you have nothing REAL to contribute to society except to ridicule and denigrate.
    What happened to you in your youth that made you hate people that try to give Hope to those less fortunate than you?
    I only hope that President Obama continues to perform in the respectful, peaceful manner that he has so far. With all the time he has left in office (7 years, 3 months), maybe he will be honored at least 6 more times by the Nobel committee. Maybe THEN you will find something positive to say about YOUR President.
    Until you DO find something positive to say about SOMETHING or SOMEBODY, I will just consider reading anything that you produce a massive waste of time. Hopefully, someday soon, the Trib staff will soon realize the same and end this senseless tripe.

  3. lilibettoo says:

    I enjoyed it very much, papasan, even as someone who doesn’t actively feel antagonistic towards Obama. It is a bit weird to a whole lot of us (who voted for him) that the man ended up with a Nobel after 11 days in office. Seriously, I try to give hope to people less fortunate than me, and I try to be kind, but in no way do I consider myself a candidate for a NPP. I thought it was a joke when I read the first headlines. Well, it is a joke, really.
    But I like humor, so I’m amused. You, apparently, do not. Therefore, yes, no need to either read this man’s columns or comment on not wanting to read them.

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