Once upon a time, winning a Nobel Prize meant that the recipient had ACCOMPLISHED something. In a gross insult to Pres. Obama, the Nobel Committee apparently doubted Obama's ability to successfully do anything, so they dumbed down the requirements to merely "making an effort." For better or worse, none of us knows what Obama's term will bring but the Nobel committee doesn't appear inclined to give him the benefit the doubt.
It seems clear that he has been awarded this prize solely based on his race. It is an insult to the President and to everyone who believes in being recognized for their accomplishments rather than arbitrary attributes. President Obama should tell the Nobel committee to take their racist award and attitude and put them both where the sun don't shine.
The nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize closed on February 11th, three weeks in to the Obama presidency. This really is sounding more and more like a spoof. I am no fan of the President or his policies but he deserves better. Worse, among the 205 nominees for the award there are undoubtedly people who deserved and earned the honor but did not receive it because the committee wanted to make some kind of lame statement. This is an embarrassment for everyone concerned.
Donald Douglas has a great roundup of the reaction to Obama's dubious "award" at American Power. I said in the comments at American Power that I believe that this is an example of the "soft bigotry of low expectations" and an insault. Unfortunately, after watching the President's reaction on the news, I retract my statement that the President "deserves better." He apparently has no problem excepting award based on the 'bar being lowered.' Too bad. I would have expected him to set a better example.
In addition to the links listed at American Power, check out:
Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize… Plus Congressional Medal Of Honor, Heisman Trophy And Miss Universe Pageant! The Daley Gator
Memo to Oslo The Other McCain
It’s Not Funny Any More Track-A-'Crat
It's Yewnanimous Paco
Obama Wins Masters, Too Doug Ross
Nobel Committee feeds Obama ego with Peace Prize Pundit and Pundette
And Now We've Entered an Alternate Universe And So it Goes in Shreveport
'Insha'Allah': Obama Nobel Emboldens Islamist/Socialist Enemy Alliance! American Power (different post from the link above and an excellent read)
I pray that in light of this Obama does not decide against giving our troops the backing that they deserve. I can't think of anything more devastating than our brave troops dying because their Commander and Chief fails to act on their behalf because of a trumped up award.