Michael Steele: “Where’s Bush’s Nobel Prize?”

Cross posted at Daily Kos

In an hastily-arranged press conference which just ended at the National Press Club, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele condemned the Nobel Committee for awarding the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize to President Barack Obama of the United States.

Steele offered the following remarks

Hajo de Reijger, Politicalcartoons.com (The Netherlands)

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“The Nobel Committee has done a great injustice to all peace-loving people around the world by prematurely awarding this prestigious award to someone who is totally undeserving of it.  In fact, the person who is a deserving recipient was the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush.  Remember him?  His vision, governing philosophy, and far-reaching efforts to promote peace and cooperation amongst various nations should have resulted in him, and not Barack Obama, being selected for this international honor.”

More of Chairman Steele’s expanded remarks below the fold.

Steele was visibly angry and frustrated when he added the following

David Fitzsimmons, Arizona Star

R.J. Matson, New York Observer

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“Getting awards is not about personal charm or having a smart, well-educated spouse, or about using big words in speeches.  It is about resolute, steadfast behavior in the face of adversity.  Plain-spoken George W. Bush exemplified it and was a perfect example of good old-fashioned American global leadership.”

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Brian Duffy, Des Moines Register

Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune

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“Senator Hillary Clinton warned us during the 2008 Primaries that Barack Obama regularly used Vicks Nyquil to fall sleep every night and was totally incapable of handling emergency phone calls at 3:00am.  Who needs a leader like that?  George W. Bush, on the other hand, was well-known for working late into the night and getting up early each morning fully refreshed and ready to tackle daunting issues.  What courage he displayed when confronted with seemingly insurmountable odds!”

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Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com

RJ Matson, St. Louis Post Dispatch

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“Barack Obama arranges one beer summit and is rewarded with the Nobel Peace Prize?  This is the height of irresponsible behavior.  The Republican Party symbolizes cordial relations between the various races. I’ve had many a beer summit with my friends, most of whom are white.  I should mention, though, that no one knew beer like George W. Bush.  All kinds of beers were Bush’s best friends.  And, as a mark of enduring respect, they even erected statues in Iraq for Bush’s beer-loving days.”  

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Stephane Peray, The Nation (Bangkok, Thailand)

Bob Englehart, Hartford Courant

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“I mean Obama hasn’t even completed one year in office and he is chosen for this honor?  Who was his personal lobbyist?  We know Obama loves those atheist Europeans.  Hell, even his dog is Portugese.  A god-fearing and devoted Christian, Bush worked extremely hard for eight long years to unite all kinds of people in the Middle East.  Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Palestinians, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Afghanis, and Arabs all over are united in their opposition to the United States.  That takes some skill and doing.  We always knew he was a uniter, not a divider.”  

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Towards the end of this long, rambling press conference, Steele was asked if he had anything else to add.  He checked his BlackBerry and said the following

Jeff Danziger, New York Times Syndicate

Steve Benson, Arizona Republic

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“As I was expressing my gratitude to George W. Bush for his visionary leadership and eight long years of peace and prosperity, I received an email from the next President of the United States.  Governor Sarah Palin confirmed that she could see Oslo from her house.  And was willing and able to travel to Norway on December 10th to accept the award should the Nobel Committee change its mind.  I mean, other than Bush, I can’t think of a more deserving person for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.”  

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With that, Chairman Steele concluded his press conference — and at the request of his audience to promote the fast-growing, racially-diverse, and increasingly-tolerant political party he represented — did his best Puff Daddy impression

R.J. Matson, St. Louis Post Dispatch

The audience — consisting of the nation’s best journalists and other luminaries like Senator Mitch McConnell, Congressman John Boner, Congressman Eric Cantor, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, FOX television personality Glenn Beck, Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, and noted lawyer and dentist Orly Taitz — cheered wildly.

They had never seen such an impressive political performance.  

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  1. Oh.  The.  Humanity!

    Joel Pett, Lexington Herald-Leader

    • TMC on October 10, 2009 at 1:34 am

    but you spelled Cantor’s name wrong. It’s “Can’tor”

    • TMC on October 10, 2009 at 2:01 am

    I went over to Dk to read the comment and found this that had me chuckling


    Lemme see. Bush worked “late into the night”

    Right.  Laura admitted he went to bed a 9 p.m.  He was just a morning person, which is why he got up early–not out of any desire to work hard.  And he took more vacation days than any president in history.  Apparently Steele assumes everyone is like a conservative Rethug: semi-literate,t aking for granted that anything the RNC says is true, and unconcerned with FACTS.

    The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

    by irishwitch on Fri Oct 09, 2009 at 03:53:43 PM

     He spent so much time in the gym each day he has   the resting heart rate of a reptile.  Um maybe that wasn’t from working out come to think of it.

         “Bipartisan usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.” – George Carlin

         by duckhunter on Fri Oct 09, 2009 at 03:57:23 PM EDT

  2. So what is one more global insult.

  3. That lobotomized stooge for the far right is whining because the most dishonest, warmongering, destructive dictator of the 21st Century thus far wasn’t awarded a prize that even in an insanely fucked up world as this wouldn’t be handed to such filth in a million years.  Fuck him and fuck the shrub.  They are now both irrelevant inasmuch as they are not in prison where they and the rest of their gang of war criminals belong.

    What I want to know is why Obama, who has continued and – in some cases – exceeded the worst crimes of the Bush-Cheney regime , was awarded the Nobel peace Prize?  I mean, Obama has the U.S. still brutally occupying Iraq and Afghanistan and murdering and maiming their civilians, still bombing Pakistani civilians, and murdering and maiming them, still torturing people, still imprisoning them at Guantanamo Bay and other gulags, still spying on American civilians without any due process whatsoever, still presiding over the violent suppression of American protesters, and has presided over the biggest act of theft and fraud of the bottom 95% and handing the loot to the top 1%.  What exactly has that filthy animal done to deserve the Nobel fucking Peace Prize?!?  They should have given it to someone who’s actually earned it, like Rachel Corrie posthumously, or to some Scandinavian leader.  Warmongers get prizes for non-existent peacemaking, other warmongers get to whine about still other warmongers being glossed over for the prize, but true peacemakers are the ones well and truly ignored.  The Nobel Committee has made its top prize thoroughly hypocritical to the point of meaninglessness.

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