I honestly thought it was satire when I read first that President Obama won the Nobel Peace prize. How absurd! What has he done other than embolden violent enemies? A formerly important international prize has now reached the nadir of irrelevant tom-foolery by giving the current President an 'affirmative action' Nobel Peace Prize he did nothing to earn. It was just last week was satirized by SNL for lack of accomplishments.
Even the UK Times calls says: absurd decision on Obama makes a mockery of the Nobel peace prize, saying: "Sadly, it seems they have so bedazzled the Norwegians that they can no longer separate hopes from achievement. The achievements of all previous winners have been diminished." The mockery made more notable for the fact that "The deadline for nominations was February 1, meaning Obama was nominated after being in office for just 11 days." National Review notes:
Every year since 1901, the peace prize has been given by a committee of five Norwegians. They are appointed by the Norwegian parliament, the Storting. The Nobel Peace Prize always reflects the consensus of Norwegian politics. And that consensus is, in a word — a word the Norwegians might well choose — “progressive.” Others might call it left-wing.The Nobel peace prize has gone off the rails into the deep end of left-wing identity politics and absurd peace awards before (Arafat, Gore, Carter, the fraud Rigobeto Menchu, etc.) Yet now, they are no longer even tethered to the excuse of some accomplishment. All this is about is how un-Bush Obama is supposedly is, and how he makes the left feel. In short, the Nobel Peace Prize has become the "un-Bush Prize" for the public figure these 5 Norwegians think is least like George W Bush.
The committee has said, “Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future."
Really. Which hope? Is it the $13 trillion in deficits? The 4 million jobs lost since Obama was inaugurated? Or simply the hope of leftists that American supremacy is kaput and America is choosing to decline, and free market capitalism took a beating in the past year?
They said: "In the past year Obama has been a key person for important initiatives in the U.N. for nuclear disarmament and to set a completely new agenda for the Muslim world and East-West relations.”
Really. They say this just a week after a vicious attack by the Taliban in Afghanistan left 8 Americans killed. Two weeks after Iran announced more about their nuclear program (which we've known about since 2006).
The more things change the more things stay the same. Again this year - Five Norwegian Idiots Pick Another Leftist.
UPDATE: Perhaps I am wrong in the headlines. Perhaps it should be Five Norwegian Leftists Pick Another Idiot. Another thought: Bill Clinton surely is steamed right about now. Think about it. The logical name to pick, had Hillary won the past election, would have been Bill Clinton for the Nobel "un-Bush" prize as a celebration of her election.
UPDATE II: Someone who deserved it better - Irena Sendler.