The Nobel Price
This was not good news for Barack Obama.
Regardless of the emotions generated by Friday’s announcement, Obama deserves no criticism. He did not earn the Prize, but he did not ask for the Prize. He did not compete; he did not enter the race. But he will pay a price.
The Nobel Prize should be an honor, an accolade, an achievement. For Obama it is none of these. Perhaps nominally so. Perhaps in time. But not now. Now it is a nuisance, a bother, a PR problem–not a domestic one, an international one.
It is possible that this is simply the work of a committee of Norwegians still drunk on Change and high on Hope, only wanting to adorn their idol. Or, they expect something. Or, this is a payday loan.
A payday loan, a cash advance of sorts: a Prize now, a price later. They reward him today for what they want him to be in 2010, 2011, 2012. After all, can Obama accept the Peace Prize with one hand, while sending thousands more troops to war in Afghanistan with the other?
But more than that, he has nowhere to go but down in the eyes of the European leftist elite. Crowned Arbiter of Peace, how high can he rise? Assuredly, not nearly as far as he can fall.
The motive of the selection is important; it is intriguing. But the effect is the concern. International perception has been quantified, qualified, and redefined. And perception is reality.
And the new reality? The Winner now has everything to lose.