Thursday, December 10, 2009

Obama's "He's Not Bush" Prize

Nominations for potential winners of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize ended on February 1. The US president took office 12 days earlier on January 20.

The Nobel prize committee said he deserved the prize because of his, "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples."

In twelve days?

Barack Obama said as he collected his prize, "Compared to some of the giants of history who have received this prize... my accomplishments are slight."


The committee also said, "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."

Which is not the same as actually achieving something.
Thinking like the Nobel committee, I'm off to the Perne Road shops to buy a lottery ticket. I will spend at least ten pounds on buying things because although the lottery draw has not taken place, at least I have the audacity of hope that I will win at least a tenner.


  1. I'm not in favour of Obama's goals, but it's instructive to count how many of them have fallen by the waysinde in the one year since he was elected. Perhaps not unconnected to the hubris of his electioneering rhetoric...?

  2. I checked my ticket from 5th December, it was sitting in a suit pocket, and it's worth £10...