Peace Prize Reax IV: The Readers

Oct 9 2009 @ 2:18pm

A reader writes:

I’m as much of an Obama supporter as anyone, but until he delivers on some of the things he has promised, he shouldn’t be winning Nobel Prizes.  There has been no follow-up to Cairo.  Guantanamo is still open.  Iran is still trying to get nukes, North Korea still has them.  Afghanistan is in limbo.  Obama is a great big step in the right direction, but lets wait until he delivers before we start to celebrate.

Another writes:

So, it’s a bad thing that the world is so optimistic about America’s role as a world leader with Obama as President that the Nobel Committee gave him the Peace Prize?  Really?  So bad he should turn down the honor?  Really? Have we gotten so cynical in our views that when a segment of the world shows optimism toward our country, we think the best reaction is to double down on our cynicism?

Another:

So now the far right is angry that Obama got the peace prize. No surprise, everything makes them angry, but this one is especially hysterical. How is it possible that American citizens can not take pride in the idea that an elected sitting President has received one of the world’s highest honors? So allow me to pose a question they have asked many times: Why do you hate America?

Another:

The liberal notion (much bemoaned by Brooks & Will) that we’re all just special on our own without actually doing anything is on full display. Obama deserved much praise for becoming who he is and overcoming obvious personal difficulties and trials.  But that’s about it.  He hasn’t actualized that much in the world other than being a symbol for a lot of (admittedly important) things. I, personally, would be embarrassed by this.  During the campaign Obama told us he was looking forward to the celebrity fluff part of the campaign being over so that people could see what he was really about and get down to business.  Clearly the Euros haven’t gotten the message yet. This is really awkward, and it is a healthy serving of red meat to those who discredit Europe (and more general the UN) with being completely out of touch with reality.

Another:

I’m humored by the commentators saying Obama doesn’t deserve the Peace prize because he hasn’t done anything. That’s precisely the point. And it’s speaks volumes about how much damage Cheney and Bush caused, and for so long, that the rest of the world is giving our leader a prize simply for cutting it out, and doing nothing.

Another:

They nominated him two weeks after he became President.  This award has been given to him on the basis of his campaign and inauguration address.  It is intended in the same spirit as Jimmy Carter’s award was, as a rebuke to George W. Bush.  It’s yet another case of conservatives being damned for their failings, and liberals being praised for their good intentions.

Another:

Remember how Obama should have stepped aside and let Hillary win the primaries? Remember how America wasn’t ready for a black President, of course, so why didn’t he just realize it and wait his turn? Remember last summer when the candidate went to Germany and gave speech before hundreds of thousands of adoring fans?  How arrogant.  Who does he think he is?  Only a president should do that.  He should have at least waited until he won. And then he did win.  And he took a world tour and gave a game changing speech in the Cairo.  Who did he think he was?  A rock star?  The arrogance and audacity–it’s breathtaking. If the man would just wait his turn, dammit.

Another:

I find it really amusing that commentators are proclaiming the Nobel committee’s decision to award Obama the Peace Prize “political.”  Of course it’s political, and it’s political on a global scale, and might arguably matter.  Unlike, for example, the ridiculous decision made by ASU to withhold an honorary degree from the first African-American president because he hadn’t accomplished anything yet.

Another:

You know, this Peace Prize has more potential than people give it credit. Think of it in the long term: it works to paint him into a course of action. Does he want to be the Nobel Peace Prize President who invaded a third country? Who continued two wars beyond all reasonable expectations? Who hides evidence of torture? By handing out this award, they have sent their own message to the President concerning future international relations: live up to the expectations of the Peace Prize.