Oslo is a long way from the White House cabinet room, but the lack of compehension on the part of these five Norwegians is appalling. Did they really think they were doing something nice for President Obama? As someone has said, this was an early Christmas present for the Republicans. Many Europeans never seem to understand that a lot of Americans do not think of themselves as naive provincials who should accept guidance from across the Atlantic. Actually, the patronising tone that accompanies actions of this kind engenders a hostile reaction on both the left and right here.
The president does not deserve this reward for any action he has taken. He knows that. He may some day deserve the award, but he does not deserve it now.
The Norwegian Nobel Commitee thinks that America should be rewarded for electing a Black man president? Listen, Norwegians! We elected him, not you, not the Germans, and certainly not the British. When Irish jokes stop being popular in England, that will be a pleasant development. Let us see you Europeans (any of you) elect a Black person to be head of government and then you can begin to think of patronising us in this way!
The Norwegian Nobel Committee thinks that America should be rewarded for a return to international multi-lateralism? Well, what they have done is help in enabling those here who want the exact opposite of that. They should have heard Liz Cheney say on Fox News Sunday today that their action was a reward for Obama for his supposed abandonment of the notions of American exceptionalism and "dominance."
Do you Norwegians hate Obama? pl