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More Disgust at Obama’s Nobel–and from someone who ought to know

Good ole, Uncle Joe

Good 'ole, Uncle Joe

On one hand we have Stalin's disciple, Fidel Castro hailing Obama's Nobel:

"Many will say that Obama has not yet earned the right to receive such a distinction. We prefer to see the decision as not so much a prize for the president of the US, but as a criticism of the genocidal policies pursued by a few presidents of that country, who led the world to the crossroads it is at today."

On the other hand, a point-blank witness to genuinely "genocidal policies," former Soviet dissident Elena Bonner who lost most of her family to Stalinism has a different take. Today the 86 year old widow of Soviet dissident and Nobel prize winner himself, Andrei Sakharov, chimes in on the Obama prize:

"With this award, the Nobel committee has trashed it's own principles. More than against Obama my opinion is aimed against the Nobel Committe, for whom I have no respect. "

Mrs Bonner recalls that in 1978, her husband had nominated a group of Soviet Human Rights activists for the Nobel prize--but these were promptly rejected by the Nobel Committee , because they'd been nominated on Feb. 8th 1978, a week after the deadline.

Then she discloses a fascinating and unreported aspect of the prize:

"For consideration by the Nobel Committee, the nominees must be submitted by Feb. 1st of the year during which the prize is granted." She writes. "This means Obama was nominated ten days into his term--or perhaps, even while he was a candidate.!!!!!! (exclamations by crackpot poster)

"The stunning decision to honor Obama just nine months into his first term caught even the White House off guard." wrote the New York Times

Ah..no, Grey Lady. Much MORE stunning is that the nomination came while Michelle was still pondering color schemes for White House furniture--or perhaps before her husband was even President!!!

Absolutely Un-'Freakin-Real

1 comment to More Disgust at Obama’s Nobel–and from someone who ought to know

  • cubabuzz

    I'm afraid that I do not know much about Elena / Yelena Bonner except what I read this morning on the web ... but she seems like a decent person.

    However, her opinion is at odds with that of a large group of imprisoned Cuban dissidents who congratulated Obama and released a statement saying Obama "has become a global symbol, especially for us who, under difficult conditions, are defending Cubans’ right to democracy." See:

    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/international/americas/view.bg?articleid=1204150

    Very bizarre. 'Unreal' even. I mean, think about it, here you have Cuban dissidents basically taking the same side as Fidel on this issue!