The Dubya Award
Submitted By Todd on October 9th at 4:45pm
The Nobel committee said the award was for Obama's efforts to bring "a new climate in international politics," for which the American leader is "the world's leading spokesman."The general consensus worldwide is that Obama was given the award because he talks about peace. It is a celebration of intent rather than accomplishment... so much so that even the internationalist crowd was a little put-off.
"I couldn't believe it," says a Scandinavian diplomat whose wife called him Friday with the news. "I actually felt a little embarrassed for Obama, and for the Nobel committee. He [Obama] is going to have to accept this with the acknowledgement that he has still to earn it."It is the European Socialist crowd giving a high five to a President who sees the world more through their prism rather than the perspective of an American.
That sentiment was echoed in Britain, where the US president still enjoys high levels of approval. "He is a great, eloquent speaker and people admire that, but Tony Blair was also very eloquent, and many Britons are now cynical about what [Blair] ultimately achieved," says Dominic Dyer, executive director of the American European Institute in London.The award represents potential trouble for Obama, as it highlights the perception of his presidency that he would most like to discourage amongst voters - that his view of the world is derived by sitting outside of the United States.
Mairead Corrigan, a Belfast-born peace campaigner who was a joint winner of the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for her work in Northern Ireland, said she was "very sad" to hear the news. "President Obama has yet to prove that he will move seriously on the Middle East, that he will end the war in Afghanistan and many other issues," she told the BBC.As he's attempting to socialize health care, does Barack want the country reminded that he is loved by the European Socialists? As he prepares to push Cap & Trade, and immigration reform, does it help him to have voters reminded of his core values?
Former Bush administration official Philip Zelikow, at an American Academy talk in Berlin Thursday evening before the prize was announced, argued that while Obama has made significant moves internationally, "It is still all speeches…. We won't know until next year whether they [the speeches] mean anything."Ironically, being Barack Obama, as perceived by the internationalists, is remarkably easy. All he had to do was get elected, talk the talk they want to hear, et, voila! He is transformative.
And RT’s political commentator Peter Lavelle calls the decision very aspirational and not realistic. “If they think they are going to change American foreign policy by giving this award, I think they are going to regret it down the line,” Lavelle said.It's got to be embarrassing for the White House.