• Norwegians Saddle Barack Obama With Their Nobel "Peace Prize"

    Uhh, okay: Barack Obama just won the Nobel Peace Prize, because apparently commanding two wars is not a disqualifier for that these days. Also, as you may have noticed, Barack Obama has been president for nine (9) months. What is going on?

    Thorbjorn Jagland, the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee and a former prime minister of Norway, told reporters that Mr. Obama had already contributed enough to world diplomacy and understanding to deserve the prize.

    Asked whether the prize was given too early in Mr. Obama’s presidency, he said: "We are not awarding the prize for what may happen in the future but for what he has done in the previous year. We would hope this will enhance what he is trying to do."

    Oh, Thorbjorn. I hate to break it to you, but this is America, not Norway. We don't eat fermented trout; we eat high fructose corn syrup. More importantly, your "peace prize" will have precisely the opposite effect in terms of "enhancing what Barack Obama is trying to do," because now instead of talking about health care or Afghanistan we will spend the forseeable future bickering about whether or not Barack Obama should have won your "peace prize," and on top of that we will have the Kanye West parodies. "Barack, I'm really happy for you, and I'ma let you finish, but Morgan Tsvangirai is one of the best Zimbabwean prime ministers of all time," gah, those jokes alone will drag into January.

    Anyway, thanks a bunch for the extra dollop of anger and conflict, Norway! Maybe one of you could come over here and resolve it for us? I hear there's a prize for that sort of thing.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Nobel Prize, Norway


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