"Take this, Nobel Peace Prize Committee!"
The Nobel Peace Prize awarded to U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday was greeted with astonishment as much as any other emotion, even among many of his admirers.
Our own reaction is bemusement at the Norwegian decision to offer what amounts to the world’s first futures prize in diplomacy, with the Nobel Committee anticipating the heroic concessions that it believes Obama will make to secure treaties that will produce a new era of global serenity.
Maybe he really is The One.
George W. Bush may have retired from public life, but the Europeans want the Yanks to know that they never want to see his likes again.
Counting Jimmy Carter in 2002 and Al Gore in 2007, this is the third Nobel Non-Bush Peace Prize.