What? It IS true? Hmmmmmmmmm......how does one respond to news like that............?
The times of London has a wrap-up. And commentary you won't hear from the mealy-mouthed liberal media here in America:
Comment: absurd decision on Obama makes a mockery of the Nobel peace prize
Rarely has an award had such an obvious political and partisan intent. It was clearly seen by the Norwegian Nobel committee as a way of expressing European gratitude for an end to the Bush Administration, approval for the election of America’s first black president and hope that Washington will honour its promise to re-engage with the world.
Instead, the prize risks looking preposterous in its claims, patronising in its intentions and demeaning in its attempt to build up a man who has barely begun his period in office, let alone achieved any tangible outcome for peace.
The pretext for the prize was Mr Obama’s decision to “strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples”. Many people will point out that, while the President has indeed promised to “reset” relations with Russia and offer a fresh start to relations with the Muslim world, there is little so far to show for his fine words.
Some comments from Times readers:
Diane Robinson wrote:
Obama becomes the third sitting US president to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Correct; let's recap the accomplishments of the first two: Theodore Roosevelt, Republican, for negotiating an end to the Russo-Japanese war; and Woodrow Wilson, Democrat, for forming the League of Nations (which the US declined to join). And Barack Obama, for -- what exactly? Reading a well-written speech off a teleprompter? So the affirmative action candidate gets an affirmative action prize. So lovely. So fitting.
Jim Gordon wrote:
Finally another group has proven itself to be as ignorant as the American electorate.