Was I sleeping the last nine months when President Obama brought peace to the Middle East or finally got us out of Iraq and Afghanistan? Or was it the democratic revolution in North Korea? According to Nobel Peace Prize Committee Chairman Thorbjoern Jagland, Obama qualifies for this most prestigious award for accomplishments in the field of peace and justice by making us all feel good. Speaking at a news conference (during which time the Committee also proposed renaming the Nobel Peace Prize, the Grand Exalted Medal for Wishful Thinking, Great Aspirations and Undelivered Promises), Jagland 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.
Well, hope is a good thing considering the last 8 years of criminal incompetence we’ve been through. But awarding a Nobel Prize for perceptions and good feelings? This fact wasn’t lost on Polish activist Lech Walesa, who didn’t just inspire a hope of changing the Communist system of 1980’s Poland, but actually did it in the streets and factories of Gdansk. Mr. Walesa said in his straight-talking style
So soon? Too early. He has no contribution so far. He is still at an early stage. He is only beginning to act.
Well, at least President Obama now has something to shoot for. If I were given a big fancy medal for contributions I’d not yet made, wouldn’t you think I’d kick it into high gear? No pressure Mr. President. You’re just in the unenviable position of being the young, untested race horse who’s name’s been engraved on the winner’s cup before the starting gun has even gone off.