Okay, first let me say that I generally like Obama, though there are plenty of points where he and I disagree on things. Still, I did vote for the man, and I think he is lightyears better than the asshole who was squatting in the White House until January 20th of this year.
Nevertheless, I had one of those “spray coffee all over the computer monitor” moments a couple minutes ago when I saw the headline that Obama had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
I seriously had to double check my facebook feed to see if it was a headline from the Onion. Then I had to visit three other news sites, because I was afraid I had gone to sleep in October and woken up on April Fools’ Day.
Okay, I get that the man is popular. And yeah, he’s a damn sight better than the Shrub was.
But seriously, the man has been in office for ten months. Actually, eleven days shy of that. He hasn’t even managed to close Gitmo yet, and they’re awarding him the Peace Prize? Is the Nobel Committee smoking something illegal? And if so, where can I get some, because it must be some seriously good shit to make them completely take leave of their senses like this.
I can come up with only one theory that makes any sense at all, and it is this: the Nobel Committee is not so much rewarding Obama’s efforts as collectively mooning George W. Bush.
And while Bush no doubt deserves a good collective mooning, preferably with him viewing it from a jail cell where he will spend the rest of his life for his crimes against our nation, the Constitution, and humanity, I’m not convinced that it warrants giving what is to my mind the most prestigious award in the world to his successor after a mere ten months in office.
Because seriously, what are they going to do for an encore if and when the man truly accomplishes something deserving of such recognition?
Winning the Nobel Peace Prize deserves recognition, whatever the circumstances, however, and so I will say this:
Congratulations, President Obama. I just hope you eventually accomplish enough to be worthy of it.
Follow up: I wanted to say that I very much liked President Obama’s remarks on the subject of the Nobel Peace Prize earlier today. From the Huffington Post:
Obama told reporters in the White House Rose Garden that he wasn’t sure he had done enough to earn the award, or deserved to be in the company of the “transformative figures” who had won it before him.
But, he said, “I will accept this award as a call to action, a call for all nations to confront the challenges of the 21st century.”
“I am both surprised and deeply humbled by the decision of the Nobel Committee,” Obama said.
“Let me be clear, I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations.”
I like his perspective on this. And it’s less cynical than my characterization of the award as a “collective mooning” of the Shrub.
I do think it’s really a “Welcome back, America, we’ve missed you” message from the rest of the world.
But then again, is that such a bad thing?