President Obama woke this morning to the news that he had been awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. I heard it on the radio on my way to work, and honestly my first reaction was, “Huh?” It seems a bit early to give him the award, although I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he earned it ten or twenty years down the road.
It’s difficult to see this as anything other than a finger to the eye (excuse the non-peaceful imagery) of the Bush administration and its “my way or the highway” approach to diplomacy. The rest of the world, or at least the Nobel Committee, is hopeful that we’re on a new and more productive path, and I’m right there with them. Here’s a good spot to express my ongoing love and admiration for our Secretary of State. She is an amazing woman!
Anyway, anything that irks both the Taliban and our own homegrown wingnuts* can’t be all bad. Congratulations, President Obama! Here’s to a better and more peaceful future for all of us.
*I’m not going to link to Free Republic, but the term “turd” was used early in the game. I quit reading at that point.