A Peace Prize to a War President

ObamaNobelBEN FELLER writes on the Huffington Post:

OSLO — President Barack Obama entered the pantheon of Nobel Peace Prize winners Thursday with humble words, acknowledging his own few accomplishments while delivering a robust defense of war and promising to use the prestigious award to “reach for the world that ought to be.”

A wartime president honored for peace, Obama became the first sitting U.S. president in 90 years and the third ever to win the prize — some say prematurely. In this damp, chilly Nordic capital to pick it up, he and his wife, Michelle, whirled through a day filled with Nobel pomp and ceremony.

And yet Obama was staying here only about 24 hours, skipping a slew of Nobel activities. This miffed some in Norway but reflects a White House that sees little value in extra pictures of the president, his poll numbers dropping at home, taking an overseas victory lap while thousands of U.S. troops prepare to go off to war and millions of Americans remain jobless.

Just nine days after ordering 30,000 more U.S. troops into battle in Afghanistan, Obama delivered a Nobel acceptance speech that he saw as a treatise on the use and prevention of war. He crafted much of the address himself and the scholarly remarks — at about 4,000 words — were nearly twice as long as his inaugural address.

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2 Comments on "A Peace Prize to a War President"

  1. all presidents are war presidents,
    we have been in a perpetual state of war,
    the 2 party system is the scam that keeps it going,
    we have a regime change now and then to make ourselves feel like we have a say in our government but thae same policies happen and the same people run things behind the scenes

  2. It's certainly ironic, although when you consider Kissinger has one as well you might as well abandon any worth you had held for the formerly prestigious award.

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