Wow. There I was grinding away on the elliptical trainer this am. And CNN flashes: Breaking News. I thought that Jon and Kate were getting back together.
But nah. A yawner of a story by comparison. Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
Dare I say it? Woot.
OK. I know this is a godsend for the TV talking heads, bloggers and other miscreant pundits. It will keep the tongues and fingers wagging throughout the weekend — and most likely beyond.
Did the Prez merit the award? Is the Nobel Peace Prize now politicized like everything else? Is the award now being presented based on future expectations — not current or past performance? And on and on.
How any of us answer those questions depends mostly on how we view Obama — and his presidency. I voted for Obama. I want him to succeed for the good of the nation (well, short of the health-care death panels). Yet his resume is pretty thin when it comes to world peace — the two U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq somewhat of an issue here.
So just two points.
Somewhat ironic that this time last week we were fretting that O couldn’t bring home the Olympic Gold from Denmark. And that somehow that debacle diminished his presidency.
And now the pundits will be opining that the Prez got this peace award only because of his personal popularity — and his promise of hope — among people in other countries around the world.
Oh well. Win some, lose some.
Yet those who voted to give Obama the Nobel Peace Prize may have done all of us a big favor.
Seems like it would be disingenuous of the Prez to accept the Nobel Peace Prize one day — and then send more troops to fight in the lost cause that is Afghanistan the next.