Monday, October 12, 2009

Obama's Is Actually the Fourth Anti-Bush Nobel Peace Prize


"...that Obama won the Noble prize because of me. I shoulda gotten it, because of me."

The Nobel Peace Prize was a nice consolation for President Obama not getting the Olympics for his adopted hometown, but that doesn't explain the decision by the Norwegian inscrutables – they apparently voted before the I.O.C. chose Rio over Chicago for the 2016 Olympic Games.

One plausible motivation is that the Europeans really, really wanted to vote for Obama in the 2008 election, but, well, they can't vote in U.S.
elections. But they could certainly vote against George W. Bush.

So the Nobel committee was telling us how they felt about our guy, as if we didn't know already. Or, perhaps it was a preemptive strike: If they give it to Obama, they don't have to give it to Bill Clinton, who has been openly coveting the peace prize for the better part of two decades.

The real reason, of course, was no mystery:

European liberals just can't tell us enough times how dumb they think we were for sending Bush to the White House. (Twice!) Nor is this the first anti-Bush, anti-Republican Party Nobel.

By my count, it's the fourth.

The first was Jimmy Carter.

They gave it to Carter, by their own admission, because of his consistently churlish, partisan and un-presidential sniping at Bush over the looming U.S. invasion of Iraq.

In 2007, Al Gore shared a peace prize for his work on global warming.

Here was yet another area in which the elites in the "world community" found Bush wanting. After all, wasn't Gore the guy Bush stole the election from?

A year later, Paul Krugman won a Nobel Prize in economics.

Krugman's real claim to fame was the relentlessly anti-Bush invective he dispensed weekly during the Bush era in his New York Times column.

The statement issued by the Norwegian Nobel Committee on Friday consisted of four little paragraphs of code words that continue to kick Bush in the leg.

One parlor game was whimsically naming various other Bush antagonists – Arianna Huffington, the Dixie Chicks, the Iraqi television journalist who threw his shoes at Obama – as possible future Nobel laureates.


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