Nine months after becoming the 44th President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, has been awarded the Nobel speech prize. Oops, make that the Nobel Peace Prize.
The announcement is so startling that his own countrymen, like the good folk at the Wall Street Journal, are asking, like, why?
“Traditionally it has been standard procedure that winners of the prize do their peacemaking first and are only given the prize after they have achieved something… a leader can now win the peace prize for saying that he hopes to bring about peace at some point in the future,” Iain Martin writes.
Reuters reports that Obama bagged the award for giving the world the “hope for a better future”. The Norwegian Nobel committee has spoken of Obama’s “extraordinary efforts” to strengthen international diplomacy and of capturing the world’s attention, attributes designed to impress the right wing loonies.
Simple question: Does Obama deserve The Prize? Has he done anything to warrant it? Does giving it to so young a man, in the infancy of his Presidency, devalue all those who worked long and hard to earn it? Or does it not matter at all, because the Nobel is such a political prize anway (as anybody who has read Irving Wallace‘s The Prize will know), given to Yasser Arafat and Menachem Begin?
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