When I heard the news that Barack Hussein Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize this morning, admittedly my first thought was “What the fuck?!”
I mean, seriously—the deadline for the nomination was February 1st. Obama had been in office less than two weeks. He hadn’t even done anything but read a few speeches off of a teleprompter. (And he still hasn’t as of this writing, but we’ll deal with that later.)
Only two other sitting US Presidents have ever been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Theodore Roosevelt got it for brokering an end to the Russo-Japanese War, and Woodrow Wilson got it for creating the League of Nations. But those were actual accomplishments of note. All Obama had managed to do in his first couple of weeks in the White House was get himself photographed trying to open a window that he’d mistaken for a door and smacking his head on the frame of Marine One—hardly impressive.
But then I remembered who was awarding these “prizes” and I just shrugged. Everyone knows by now that this prize had been turned into a blatant political tool to promote leftist agendas now. It’s not about “peace” or even doing something. If it was, Ronald Reagan would have got it for ending the Cold War and toppling the communist regime in Nicaragua. George W. Bush might have gotten it for bringing democracy to both Iraq and Afghanistan. But Obama? Hell—he won’t even meet with the Dalai Lama or condemn the human-rights practices of China because apparently in Obama-land, freedom from oppression takes a back seat to appeasing those who buy our debt. Perhaps that’s why even now, he’s conceding that the Taliban cannot be beaten in Afghanistan (and inviting them to become part of the new government) and cutting off funds to the group that documents human-rights violations by the government of Iran.
If there’s an award for the sort of “peace” that Obama is trying to create, it should be named “The Neville Chamberlain Prize” after its archetype.
But to be fair, we all know that the Nobel Prize committee has a radical leftist agenda and they have for years. That’s why they’ve “honored” the likes of Yasser Arafat and former US President Jimmy Carter along with environmental nutjobs like Al Gore. In fact these days, if you are a prominent leftist, you’ve probably got a Nobel prize for something in your future just for being you.
But let Obama preen and show off his shiny new trinket. The world knows what it really means: Bupkus.
It’s a joke and the rest of the world needs to stop dignifying it as anything else.
And in case you’re wondering, I meant the Nobel prize, not the Obama presidency, but that’s pretty much a joke too, only not a funny one.
EDIT: Fox News columnist Tommy De Seno has a great take on this travesty here:
How to win a Nobel Prize in 12 Days.