Yes it’s true. Barack Obama has been president for not even a year, took credit for freeing one boat captain who was held hostage (Bill Clinton freed more people this year), went to Denmark to get the Olympics while Afghanistan fell into disarray, started handout programs that have caused near riots in Detroit, and yet ended up winning the Nobel Peace Prize.
“…for his outreach to the Muslim world”? Radical Islamists still plotting to kill us as much as ever, but what do I know. The Nobel committee is the the same bunch of people who thought Yasser Arafat deserved the Peace Prize, so I’ll leave whether or not Obama deserves it, and for what, for the reader to decide.
But when it comes to Obama being placed on the same shelf as Jimmy Carter and Al Gore — I just can’t disagree with their decision. Well done, Nobel Prize committee!
Back in March, I outlined the reasons Barack Obama deserved to win the Peace Prize. I’m glad the Nobel folks agreed.
Actually, Obama could win me over for a week if he’d insist on sharing the award with the people who have sacrificed the most for peace in the world — the military he commands. I’m not holding my breath though.
Update: Obama State Media, otherwise known as the Associated Press, has the laugh-line of the day:
Rather than recognizing concrete achievement, the 2009 prize appeared intended to support initiatives that have yet to bear fruit.
“Concrete achievement” is sooo 20th Century.
Update II: Commentators on Russian television (English channel) try to figure out exactly why the hell Obama won the Peace Prize. For me, as I outlined earlier, it isn’t hard to figure out given who some past winners are.