The big news of this day is that President Obama has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. Here is the announcement: (via the BBC)
I was shocked by this announcement. Now don't get me wrong, I am not anti-Obama, I am not some right wing nut that cheered when Chicago lost the Olympic bid. No that's not it at all. My beef is that I don't think Obama has been in office long enough, and I don't think his diplomatic track record is strong enough, to warrant such an award. Here is how Nobel Peace Prize committee head Thorbjoern Jagland defended the decision (via the BBC).
Basically President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Award because of a few token gestures made towards the peace process in the Middle East and the his desire to see an end to nuclear proliferation. Noble gestures, but Nobel gestures... I think not. The Nobel Prize Committee seems to be to be awarding the President not for deeds done, but for deeds they hope might be done. Kinda like giving an Oscar to a movie that is still in the screenplay stage. A stretch to say the least.
Congratulations Mr. Obama, now go out and earn the prize. Fix up the mess of the guy that was in the office before you. Pull out of Iraq, stabilize Afghanistan, close Gitmo, arrest torturers, find Bin Laden, right the American economic ship. There is a lot on your plate. I do not envy you. I wish you all the luck in the world. Achieve even a couple of these things and hell the Nobel Peace Award would be well deserved. Sit on your hands, achieve none of them, even if they are overwhelming or seem too daunting and I am sorry Mr. President, but the Prize seems more one of popularity and politics. Get to work Obama, you have won the prize, now go out and win the race.