It has been widely reported that the nominations for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize closed just 12 days into Barack Obama's presidency which prompted us to wonder what amazing things Obama accomplished, what Nobel worthy things did he do in those first 12 days?
The following is an excerpt from an Op/Ed in today's The Cypress Times detailing Obama's Nobel worthy first 12 days in office:
Following a big fat poke in the eye by the International Olympic Committee Barack, Michelle and Oprah tucked tail and headed home for the U.S. to lick their wounds, run for cover from such a world-wide shunning, and await better days. Better days came along when President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this week.
Many people around the world, including Obama and his staff, were shocked by this announcement given the fact that the president has only been in office a mere nine months. The initial shock grew to outlandish dismay as it was learned that the nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize Obama won closed just 12 days into his presidency.
Obama is the third sitting U.S. President to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Woodrow Wilson received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1919. Theodore Roosevelt, the first U.S. President to receive the award, took it in 1906. How do Barack Obama’s 12 full days of accomplishments compare to the accomplishments of Wilson and Roosevelt?
The Nobel people say Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize (and its million dollar bounty) for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." “EXTRAORDINARY.”
Let’s dig deeper into Obama’s “extraordinary” efforts in his first 12 days in office since this was the time-frame for which he was nominated.
Time Magazine has put together a nifty interactive guide to Obama’s First 100 Days in Office. Examining Obama’s Nobel worthy work was not the original purpose of this interactive guide, but it certainly should serve to give us a picture into the president’s amazing, some might say “extraordinary,” efforts during those first 12 days…the Nobel days…if you prefer. So, we scoured the first 12 days to find that vaunted accomplishment, or who knows...set of accomplishments, worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize.
Day 1: Obama takes office. Makes speech. Millions swoon. Prez parties the night away. Michelle wears cool gowns.
Day 2: Down to business. It’s Nobel time. Obama’s appointees are grilled in the Senate for not paying their taxes. Obama holds orchestrated event to proclaim, “Transparency and rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency." – Obama. Note the “will be”. A promise made, not an actual accomplishment just yet.
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