A few Norwegians on the Nobel Prize for Peace committee decided to give President Obama an award, the nominations for which concluded when he had spent just 12 days in office. Since he hadn’t accomplished anything in that time (or since), presumably he received the prize wholly for not being Bush. Okay, not being Bush is good, but I thought the award was about something more substantial, you know, like actually doing something. Even then those wise and good Norwegians were wide of the mark; if the award was for a president who was not Bush, it should have been given to the American people who elected that president.
It’s clear that Obama should have declined the honor. Whether the American people deserve the prize remains to be seen. We may live to remember the old adage, “Be careful what you ask for.”