A Small Peace

I. Don’t. Believe. It.

Barack Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize.

My initial reaction was stunned disbelief. What the hell has he done to deserve it?

I guess talk IS cheap. All the guy has done is talk.

He’s TALKED about reducing or eliminating nuclear weapons… mainly ours, of course. Iran’s, North Korea’s — they don’t really count. They’re willing to talk all they like, as long as we don’t expect them to keep any promises they make.

Oh, and he’s worked towards reconciling America with the world. Which translates into he’s gone on his grand “we’re sorry, world” speaking tour.

The Nobel Peace Prize is usually awarded for one of two things: either a singular achievement, or a lengthy record of accomplishments. Obama has been president for barely nine months, and his list of successes is thinner than a supermodel after a three-week coke binge.

Even more remarkably, the deadline for nominations was February 1. That means he was nominated less than two weeks after assuming office.

Anyway, that was my first thought. Then I gave it some more consideration, and I was forced to admit that Obama’s winning the Prize is actually a step up for them.

Obama, for all his non-accomplishments, actually raises the bar for Nobel Peace Prize laureates. Recent winners have included Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2007), Muhamad ElBaradei and the IAEA (2005), Jimmy Carter (2002), Kofi Annan and the United Nations (2001), Yassir Arafat (2004), Mikhail Gorbachev (1990), and the UN Peacekeeping Forces (1988) (for, presumably, outstanding achievements in the field of child rape, a special award presented by Roman Polanski). Compared to their accomplishments, Obama’s lack of actually doing things looks pretty damned good.

Essentially, Obama’s award is for the outstanding achievement of “not only not being George W. Bush, but joining the rest of the world in blaming him for everything.” And for the most part, I can live with that.

I do have two concerns, though. The Prize comes with close to a million and a half dollars in cash, and that raises some interesting questions. Can a sitting president accept that much money? Will he pay his taxes on it, or will he let Treasury Secretary Geithner counsel him on how to avoid them? And will he pocket it, or divvy it up among many and several liberal causes? (I find myself wondering if ACORN will get any…)

My other concern is that Obama is already pretty damned insufferable and smug. This can not help that situation in the least.

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