Shock: Certainly this has to be some kind of a joke. Perhaps it was a slow news day and Drudge picked up a story from the Onion. Unfortunately it is not a joke or a hoax or even a very bad dream. The Nobel Committee has given this somtimes esteemed award to a man simply because he has hope and vision.
Dismay: This should not be surprising I suppose, the award has gone to other visionaries such as Al Gore and Yasser Arafat. At least they were purported to have made some concrete accomplishments in changing the world. If you call making a very bad movie or terrorizing a nation as major strides towards world peace that is. From Rueters;
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.Disgust: That's it? He made a speech about arms control and he wins the Nobel? He has spent the last two years making speeches, some I admit are awe inspiring, and by golly he ran a great campaign but I submit, never in the history of history has one man received so much from so many for accomplishing so damn little!
The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations...
Update uno: Shock, Dismay, and Disgust is beginning to roll in from unexpected places-
From Hotair: Even mainstream media stunned, skeptical over Nobel Peace prize:
Update dos: We might be disgusted and dismayed but we shouldn't be shocked. The Committee just rewarded a fellow traveler.
From John Podhoretz: The Michael Moore of Oslo
He is an American president queasy about the projection of American power. He is an American president who rejects the notion of American exceptionalism. He is an American president eagerly in pursuit of legitimacy to be granted him not by those who voted for him but by those who do not cast a vote and who chafe at American leadership.
It is his devout wish that America become one of many nations, influencing the world indirectly or not influencing it at all, rather than “the indispensable nation,” as Madeleine Albright characterized it. He is the encapsulation, the representative, the wish fulfillment, the very embodiment, of the multilateralist impulse. He is, almost literally, a dream come true for the sorts of people who treasure and value the Nobel Peace Prize.
It’s the most obvious choice, once you think about it, since Michael Moore won an Oscar for Bowling for Columbine.
Update tres: From the desk of the DNC
...DNC communications director Brad Woodhouse told POLITICO. "Republicans cheered when America failed to land the Olympics and now they are criticizing the President of the United States for receiving the Nobel Peace prize...Was it unpatriotic for the little boy to point out that the Emperor was bare ass naked?
"The 2009 version of the Republican Party has no boundaries, has no shame and has proved that they will put politics above patriotism at every turn...