While many are surprised at Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace prize, much of the conservative right have made comments stereotypical of racist intolerance. One such comment:
“I did not realize the Nobel Peace Prize had an affirmative action quota,” wrote Erick Erickson, of the site RedState.com, “but that is the only thing I can think of for this news.”Source: www.huffingtonpost.com
These types of remarks have become common place in the Republican Party and are tearing the USA in two. Many argue that George Bush felt similar jabs while he was in office, but I find this comparison weak.
Some other comments made by the republican party:
“This fully exposes the illusion that is Barack Obama,” conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh told Politico via e-mail. “And with this ‘award’ the elites of the world are urging Obama, THE MAN OF PEACE, to not do the surge in Afghanistan, not take action against Iran and its nuclear program and to basically continue his intentions to emasculate the United States… They love a weakened, neutered U.S and this is their way of promoting that concept. I think God has a great sense of humor, too.”
“The prize seems not just premature but embarrassing,” wrote Mark Krikorian, also on The National Review, “this just reinforces the Saturday Night Live meme that Obama has done nothing. This really might be his Carter whacking-the-bunny-rabbit moment.”
Indeed, an online petition was started just hours after the announcement was made, objecting to the “absurd decision to award B. Obama Nobel Peace Prize.”
And so, in the immediate aftermath, the meme had already been established — seconded by the usual purveyors of conventional wisdom — that the Nobel Prize was more burden than benefit for the White House. The conclusion: the president needed to turn the prize down.
“I predict right now that he will find a way to basically turn it down,” Time Magazine‘s Mark Halperin told MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “I think he is going to say, I share this with the world or whatever. I don’t think he’ll embrace this. Because there is no upside.”
The Democratic party took these remarks very personally. Their official response was extremely blunt, extremely insulting and I feel well deserved.
“The Republican Party has thrown in its lot with the terrorists — the Taliban and Hamas this morning — in criticizing the President for receiving the Nobel Peace prize,” wrote DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse. “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 — an award he did not seek but that is nonetheless an honor in which every American can take great pride — unless of course you are the Republican Party. 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. It’s no wonder only 20 percent of Americans admit to being Republicans anymore – it’s an embarrassing label to claim.”