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Did Obama Really Win?

October 13, 2009

I realize that there has been a lot of talk about President Obama’s receiving the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this week. While I feel the the vast majority of the world is in agreement that this was a strange and perhaps unworthy selection, I also think that the action has been taken and there’s nothing we can do about it. That said, this may be the perfect time to think about what this may mean for Obama.

The fact that he accepted the award means that he agrees that he has accomplished something in the name of world peace in the two weeks he was President that had elapsed when nominations for the award closed. He could have declined the award and been the darling of the international community – someone so humble that he won’t recognize his many, many, many contributions to peace as ones more meritorious than those for whom an effort towards peace meant making tough decisions, potential imprisonment, and even death. This now begs the questions, what did he do?

Fox News outlines Obama’s first 12 days in office here.

The timing of the world could not have been an worse for the President. On October 3, a few days before the announcing of the award, Saturday Night Live aired a skit emphasizing Obama’s “many” accomplishments while in office.  The producers of SNL were met with a lot of angry democrats believing this to be an unfair depiction of the President. The Nobel Peace Prize to be awarded later that week would be much more accurate. However, what the award has done is expose Obama much more effectively than any SNL skit ever could – it makes a strong claim that the 44th President of the United States has accomplished something of great global significance, something that the vast majority of Americans, Obama’s very constituents, readily question.

The President is vulnerable now, as is his record. This is an opportunity for the American people to examine that record and come to their own conclusions surrounding the accomplishments of our President. Is that trophy case well deserved? Would the American people bestow such a prize to their President at the present time? I think not.

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