Barack Obama and the Flying Circus
By Ivan Simic
Barack Obama and the Flying Circus is a perfect term to describe current President of the United States and his prominent Cabinet.
For the past year and a half every single day was and still is about Barack Obama and his extravaganza. Day just does not go by without Obama: What did Obama say? What did Obama do? What will Obama say? What will Obama do? In addition, we have witnessed media madness for Obama’s dog, Obama’s family, Obama’s citizenship, Obama’s religion, Obama’s cabinet, Obama’s associates, among others.
There is no way to avoid Obama and his flying circus, no matter where we live, they are everywhere not just in the US, they are in Europe, Asia, Pacific, Africa, Middle East and even the North Pole. They are filling front pages of the world newspapers and making breaking news around the world, and that entire not ones a day, but several times a day. It appears there is just no room for other country leaders, Presidents, novelists, scientist, and artist. It is like they do not exist, like Obama is the only important one in this contemporary world. It looks like the world will stop spinning if Obama is not there to spin it up.
However, this ongoing entertainment and late night shows by Obama and his sidekick’s are not fascinating anymore, they became more like harassment. No matter if we read the news papers, watch TV, listen to the radio or go online, Obama and his circus-men are there 24/7 to remind us that they exist, in case we forgot.
And, in addition to all “amusement” by Obama and his extravaganza, on October 9, 2009, for his extraordinary global entertainment, Barack Obama got a present from his circus-men: his first Nobel Peace Prize.
Yet, what Obama’s circus-man did not know is that for the extraordinary entertainment one does not receive Nobel Peace Prize, one receives Academy Award-the Oscar or the Emmy, among other movie awards. It appears circus-men were late for the Oscar, as the Oscar was played on February 22, 2009; therefore they went to present him with the Nobel Prize instead.
The award came as a surprise even to the President Obama himself, he said: "To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many transformative figures".
Maybe President Obama was thinking about these transformative figures: Martti Ahtisaari (got the prize as a reward for his contribution in illegal 2008 Kosovo independence. No need to talk too much about Mr. Ahtisaari because his picture tells a thousand words), Al Gore (got the prize as a compensation for all of his failures in the US politics), Muhammad Yunus (got the prize as a gift, thanks to a good friend of his Ted Turner (CNN), and the members of the board of directors of the UN Foundation. They couldn't give him the prize in Economics because the idea for Grameen Bank was first introduced by Pakistani Akhter Khan), Mohamed Mostafa ElBaradei (got the prize as a gift for his support of USA-Afghanistan war and USA-Iraqi war), Kofi Annan (UN and Annan got the prize in 2001; for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world. On October 7, 2001 the US attacked Afghanistan, they got the peace prize same year), among others. So much of the world peace!
The question that probably intrigues many is: Why is this first Peace Prize for Obama?
Obama is scheduled to receive three Nobel Prizes, two for Peace and one for Economics. His second prize will be in Economics, while third in Peace. After receiving his prizes, Obama will be the only man in human history to receive three unshared Nobel Prizes.
Linus Pauling was the only person to win two unshared prizes, one in Chemistry and one in Peace. When Michele Obama, wife of the President Obama, receives her unshared Nobel Prize, the Obama family will be the only multi laureate family to receive four unshared prizes, beating Curie family which holds the Nobel Prize family record.
It is not so important that Barack Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize, since Nobel Prize lost its original meaning long time ago. But, the most freighting thing is that people who support this prize and talk about peace forgot the meaning of the word “Peace”.
Man who sends soldiers to the battlefield and threatens other sovereign countries cannot be man of peace, no matter how many prizes you award him with. Do these decision making people have any sense or reality, and what is right or wrong?
Peace is not some mainstream phrase. Without doubt, Obama is very popular at the moment thanks to the media, but that does not mean that Obama is a man of peace. What about war in Iraq and Afghanistan and threats to North Korea and Iran? Are these peace objectives?
Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Benito Mussolini were very popular at the time, but they were not presented with the Nobel Prize. Yet, they were nominated for same.
If we look down the history from 1900 to 2009, we will find only one person who was extremely popular and talked about like President Obama. That person is Adolf Hitler, leader of the Nazi Party and chancellor of Germany.
Despite both men’s popularity; there are more scary similarities between these two leaders:
Both Obama and Hitler share similar ancestries: Obama German, Hitler Austrian.
Both leaders hadbeen surrounded by many controversies concerning birth certificate, citizenship and religion.