Nobel Peace Prize to Obama? Part II
There seems to be a rare left-right-center convergence going on over the prize. David
I agree with GGW in the comments: Obama should decline the prize. He just hasn't done anything yet that is Nobel Peace Prize-worthy. As a result, the Nobel Committee looks like it's making a naked political play, rather than rewarding real accomplishments toward international peace. And Obama looks like he's winning perhaps the world's most prestigious award for making nice speeches, and for not being George W. Bush. That shouldn't be enough.
One quibble: He should decline the prize if he can't accept it on behalf of all the American people. The Nobel committee will gag at that idea -- all the more reason to do it. ... The Nobel committee has really blown it. They've managed the near impossible in the process -- uniting Americans on a key point. Maybe they should award themselves a prize for that.Update
have similar incredulous reactions.Update II
: 'Oh No! Here comes another speech!'Update III
-- 'Breaking News
: Barack Obama Wins AL and NL MVP, Other Awards'