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Obama's Ignoble Prize

By Michael Freund
10/9/2009, 12:00 AM


Obama has done what? Given a couple of flowery speeches?
In a surprise announcement, the Noble Prize Committee declared today that it was awarding US President Barack Obama the 2009 Noble Peace Prize, despite his having been in office for a mere 8 months.

Needless to say, the announcement was met with a lot of head-scratching. After all, just what exactly has Obama accomplished to warrant such an award?

Consider the following: only two previous sitting US presidents have won a similar accolade. In 1906, Theodore Roosevelt won the Noble Peace Prize for helping to broker an end to the bloody war between Russia and Japan, while in 1919, Woodrow Wilson got it for his famous 14 Points Peace Plan and for helping to establish the League of Nations.

By contrast, Obama has done what? Given a couple of flowery speeches?

The Noble Committee has once again undermined its own reputation, as well as the cause of international peace, by giving a highly undeserving Obama this most prestigious of awards.

Whatever one thinks of Obama and his politics, there is little doubt that his first year in office has been marked by sharp disappointment and a stellar lack of achievement, as his steadily faltering poll numbers clearly attest.

If anything, the Committee should have awarded the Peace Prize to none other than George W. Bush, whose war on terror and courage in confronting militant Islamic jihadism, made him a far more worthy candidate.