At about 5:15 AM this morning, I was still awake, paying my dues on all three of my blogs. Suddenly, the phone rang. It was my friend Cara Ellison, who knew I was up, phoning me so that she could alert me that Barack Obama had just won a Nobel Peace Prize.
It was puzzling news.
“He won a Nobel Peace Prize?” I asked Cara, “How? For what? What did he do?” She replied, “I don’t know.”
So immediately, I did a search and here’s the info from CNN,
President Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.
Less than nine months into his presidency, Barack Obama has been awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.
The first African-American to win the White House, Obama was praised by the Norweigan Nobel Committee for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
“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.”
The committee also said Obama has “created a new climate in international politics.”
Uh, what? After reading that, I’m still scratching my noggin trying to figure out what makes Barack Obama deserving of this honor. He won a Nobel Peace Prize for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples?” Is that what you call doing speeches across Europe talking about how wonderful you are while you put down your own country?
Even Jimmy Carter, who was a fairly pathetic recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, once played a big role in engineering a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. In Obama’s case, his efforts on the international stage have amounted to zilch. There are simply no accomplishments whatsoever to point at.
Of course, after terrorists like Yasser Arafat and frauds like Al Gore have won the award, we should be happy that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad isn’t being given a Nobel Peace Prize for Holocaust denial. Compared to that, even Barack Obama basically being given the award for existing isn’t so bad.