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Obama's Nobel Farce - The Daily Beast.

The right-wing blogosphere is understandably angry about the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama. Surely that prize, its credibility already much stained, can now never be taken seriously again? How could he possibly have earned it, given that he was nominated when he had only been President for two weeks?

I have linked to the Daily Beast's article on the subject because it is written by a supporter. It cannot reasonably be dismissed as right wing foaming at the mouth. Frankly, I think this paragraph says it all;

I like Barack Obama as much as the next liberal, but this is a farce. He’s done nothing to deserve the prize. Sure, he’s given some lovely speeches and launched some initiatives—on Iran, Israeli-Palestinian peace, climate change and nuclear disarmament—that might, if he’s really lucky and really good, make the world a more safe, more just, more peaceful world. But there’s absolutely no way to know if he’ll succeed, and by giving him the Nobel Prize as a kind of “atta boy,” the Nobel Committee is actually just highlighting the gap that conservatives have long highlighted: between Obamamania as global hype and Obama’s actual accomplishments.

Much though I hate the word "racist" (and all those who regularly use it to debate-dampening effect) I can't help but observe that it applies here. President Obama has, in effect, won the Nobel Peace Prize for "being elected while black." There is no other explanation. 1964's laureate - who famously dreamed of men being judged by the content of their character not the colour of their skin - must be spinning in his grave. He wanted to eliminate discrimination, not reverse it.

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