Nobel observers were shocked by the unexpected choice so early in the Obama presidency, which began less than two weeks before the Feb. 1 nomination deadline.He had been president for a mere 11 days when he got nominated. So clearly he was nominated for his political campaign. For his speeches. And these weren't speeches that risked anything like some of the past winners who stood up to tyranny. Instead he catered to adoring crowds.
Look at the list of others who were apparently in the running and lost out to The One.
Until seconds before the award, speculation had focused on a wide variety of candidates besides Obama: Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, a Colombian senator, a Chinese dissident and an Afghan woman's rights activist, among others.Ah, those would be people who actually risked something to fight for what they believed in. Clearly the Nobel committee is no longer interested in substance.
This correspondent to NRO has a good idea.
Any chance we can get Kanye West to attend the ceremony for the Nobel Peace Prize. Talk about a time for him to step up.Will Michelle find it a sacrifice to travel to Stockholm as she thought it was to go to Copenhagen?
UPDATE: A commenter gives us this link to Greg Mankiw's take on Obama's Nobel.
Pfuffnick's Nobel Economics Prize triumph hailed by manyThat's quite good. And apt.
LONDON — The surprise choice of first-year grad student Quintus Pfuffnick for the Nobel Prize in Economics drew praise from much of the world Friday even as many pointed out the youthful economist has not yet published anything in scholarly journals.
The new PhD candidate was hailed for his willingness to tackle difficult problems, his commitment to improving the economic system, and his goal of bringing efficiency and equality into harmony.
Professor Paul Krugman of Princeton, who won the prize in 2008, said Pfuffnick's award shows great things are expected from him in the coming years.
"In a way, it's an award coming near the beginning of the first year in grad school of a relatively young economist that anticipates an even greater contribution towards making our economy a better place for all," he said. "It is an award that speaks to the promise of Mr Pfuffnick's message of hope."
He said the prize is a "wonderful recognition of Pfuffnick's essay in his grad school application."
This will be a source of humor for a good long while to come. The Onion couldn't have designed a better satire. The only way to avoid that would have been for Obama to follow Mickey Kaus's excellent advice for Obama to respectfully decline in deference to all those who are truly sacrificing for peace. But it doesn't sound like he's going to make that graceful move. He's already making plans to travel to Oslo. An award for speeches will be the perfect opportunity for...another speech.
Even White House aides thought it was a joke at first.
Two key White House aides were both convinced they were being punked when they heard the news, reported ABC News' George Stephanopoulos.One group that doesn't see the humor is the DNC. A spokesman responded to Michael Steele's ridicule of the choice.
"It's not April 1, is it?" one said.
Upon being called by ABC News at 5:45 ET this morning, a White House aide said, "This better be good."
"The Republican Party has thrown in its lot with the terrorists - the Taliban and Hamas this morning - in criticizing the President for receiving the Nobel Peace prize," DNC communications director Brad Woodhouse told POLITICO. "Republicans cheered when America failed to land the Olympics and now they are criticizing the President of the United States for receiving the Nobel Peace prize - an award he did not seek but that is nonetheless an honor in which every American can take great pride - unless of course you are the Republican Party.Yup, ridiculing a guy getting the award for having given speeches to cheering crowds without having ever accomplished anything that truly advanced peace in the world is "throwing in" with the terrorists. Perspective, people, perspective.
UPDATE: Meanwhile, peruse this list put together by Mary Katharine Ham of people passed over so that The One could be rewarded for his rhetoric.