Therefore, instead of adding more to the cacophony of commentary, we compiled some of the most brilliant analysis we found on the topic of awarding a prize based on words, rather than deeds.
First, this video was just too funny to pass up (hat-tip to Left Coast Rebel):
Next, we surmise that Michael Jackson's fans must be in utter disbelief that their guy, after their intense campaign, failed to win. But despite the Oslo's public humiliation by passing over the late King of Pop, we thought the following quotes were as inspiring as the President's winning the prize itself:
- “The Nobel committee would have more credibility had they given the prize to Michael Jackson for his work with children” - 10.9.2009 Caller on national talk radio show
- “It’s an odd Nobel Peace Prize that almost makes you embarrassed for the honoree,” said the Washington Post.
- “It’s hard to escape the impression that Obama was honored because he isn’t George W. Bush.” opined the LA Times.
- "Though not being George W. Bush may cause impressionable Norwegians to flush with ardor, it is not an actual Nobel-worthy accomplishment," wrote the Dallas Morning News.
- "The Nobel Peace Prize is now something to be found in a Cracker Jack box," wrote John.
- "Upon realizing that it was not a joke, the next thing to come to mind was, where in the world did they get all those horse's heads to put in the beds of the Nobel Prize Committee members? Poor horses." observed Janice.
- And, from the one closest to The One and responsible for all those brilliant speeches (if not the prize itself), TOTUS (there is no POTUS without TOTUS):
"...there are some positive things coming out of this surprise award. Big Guy is actually thinking that now that he's won the Nobel, he might take a call from the Dalai Lama now that the Dalai is his almost his equal. I say "almost" because, the Lama won his for bringing world attention to the plight of the Tibetan people. That's not quite as great an effort as the one Big Guy exerted to draw world attention to himself."