President Obama Wins Nobel Peace PrizeOctober 10th, 2009 by Lee Eldridge
And the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize is?
(Rip rip rip.)
President Barack Obama!
Well it’s about time President Obama got the international recognition he so justly deserves. After all, he’s ended wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, bringing peace and democracy to these countries. Has brought home tens of thousands of our country’s finest troops. Has closed Guantanamo Bay. Has disarmed Iran and brought them back into the international community. Has brought peace to Israel and the Middle East. Has helped bridge the gap between Muslims and the West worldwide. And to top it off, his eloquent speech to the Olympic committee has brought the Olympics to Chicago.
Wait. What did you say? He hasn’t accomplished any of these things yet?
Hhmmm. So why did he win the Nobel Peace Prize?
Just a little tongue-in-cheek humor. Don’t take offense. And certainly don’t blame President Obama for winning this award. He has accepted it with grace and humility. And will be donating the $1.4 million to charity. (I’m assuming it won’t be ACORN.)
Reactions from the left and the right have been entertaining. Most clear-headed people from both sides understand that President Obama did not win this award for his accomplishments. Many are upset. Don’t be.
What has been clear for a number of years has been that the Nobel Peace Prize has a political component to it that, in my opinion, is quite unfortunate. It certainly undermines their credibility, and the stature of the award itself. The panel’s distaste for President Bush is quite public. And they have rewarded President Obama for being the anti-Bush. Not exactly how I would like to win a Nobel Peace Prize. But hey, if nothing else, it’s $1.4 million to charity. (And I’m still assuming it won’t be ACORN.)