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13 October 2009

I’m all for slamming Obama’s prize but . . .

. . . isn't the Bin Laden comparison a bit much?

By Mehdi Hasan

Stephen Pollard’s take on Obama’s surprise Nobel Prize win, on his Jewish Chronicle blog, is as distasteful and offensive as it is unfunny:

It’s been pointed out to me that there was a typo on the Nobel press release. They put a b where an s was intended.

The peace prize was meant for Osama.

Who “pointed” it out to you, Stephen? Rush Limbaugh? Glenn Beck? I mean, didn’t the Osama/Obama comparisons, and the terrorist connections, die out with the Republican defeat last November? What next? Is Pollard going to out himself as a “birther”?

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