I’m sure Bill Clinton will be out celebrating with his family.
“Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play.”
It’s all about placing the US’s best interest second, isn’t it?
If you don’t think that’s cause to worry, go read Richard Fernandez.
Update Mickey Kaus wants Obama to turn down his prize. Fat chance of that.
Dan Riehl‘s going live on the BBC at 11:30AM today.
Rick Moran noticed that
According to their own website, the deadline for the submission of names to be considered for the prize is February 1.
Obama was not nominated based on what he had accomplished as president because he had been in office for about 11 days.
I would add a simple, declarative WTF and leave it at that.
Over in the UK,
Benedict Brogan also wants Obama to turn down the prize.
James Delingpole has a question.
Obama has just won the Heisman!
The Nobel Committee chose him wisely because he does, in fact, represent the organization’s highest ideals.
He is an American president queasy about the projection of American power. He is an American president who rejects the notion of American exceptionalism. He is an American president eagerly in pursuit of legitimacy to be granted him not by those who voted for him but by those who do not cast a vote and who chafe at American leadership. It is his devout wish that America become one of many nations, influencing the world indirectly or not influencing it at all, rather than “the indispensable nation,” as Madeleine Albright characterized it. He is the encapsulation, the representative, the wish fulfillment, the very embodiment, of the multilateralist impulse. He is, almost literally, a dream come true for the sorts of people who treasure and value the Nobel Peace Prize.