By Wyatt Earp | October 9, 2009
Eh, what? The voting ended on February 1st. Obama was inaugurated on January 20th, and the only thing he did as a senator was campaign for president!!! My only question – and it is a serious one – is this: What did he do to deserve this??
So the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded Obama the Peace Prize for 2009. Their reasoning according to the Washington Times is;
…for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee 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,” the committee said. “His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.”
In other words,”Obama is not George Bush”. He hasn’t actually accomplished anything, but he campaigns well. So much for any bit of credibility the prize might have had after awarding it to Yassir Arafat or Al Gore. I guess this is the committee weighing in on troops increases in Afghanistan.
What could make this even more stupid? Nominations for the prize closed in February. Theodore Roosevelt was awarded the prize because he brokered peace between Russia and Japan. Woodrow Wilson was awarded the prize because he established the League of Nations. Barack Obama wins because he had an Inauguration. (H/T – This Ain’t Hell)
This disgusts me because Obama now shares an honor with one of the greatest presidents in American history: Theodore Roosevelt. Of course TR actually earned it, and besides sharing the Nobel Peace Prize, Barack Obama has nothing in common with that great, principled man.
So, again I ask: What has President Obama done to deserve this honor?