Ok, now I'm just confused. I thought it was just in America where people had gone insane and thought the President was the savior, but apparently it's extended to the Nobel Prize committee.
Look, first - congratulations to President Obama for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. It's a big honor to win something like that and, often, I'd say a major achievement. But, therein lies the problem - the award has ALWAYS been about achievement, not the promise of achievement and - to the best of my knowledge, the President hasn't exactly achieved anything yet. This is like giving the acadamy award for best actor to Brad Pitt because he says he's going to make a really good movie next year, has maybe even started production, and promises to bring an Oscar-worthy performance. Well, that's all well and good, but shouldn't we see the result first?
Here's what Obama has done...or not done...so far:
1) Promised to close Guantanamo Bay - but hasn't done it and is hinting that it will not be done by the timeline he set.
2) Extended indefinite detention for some terrorists.
3) Not made any massive withdrawal from Iraq as he swore he would.
4) Increased troop levels in Afghanistan and now is letting soldiers continue to die without proper support while he takes his time mulling over his General's request and devises a strategy - though that might have been something he wanted to think about for the last 9 months.
5) Divided his country over healthcare by allowing Congress to write the bill and not knowing what it contained, by endorsing a cap and trade bill that promises to increase energy costs to every family by $6700 a year according to the Congressional Budget Office - regardless of income, by passing massive spending packages that have not done anything, by allowing race-baiting and racist accusations to be accepted attacks on people with legitimate concerns excercising their constitutional rights, and so on.
6) Allowed Iran to run roughshod over us (and its own people) while threatening Israel - one of our most faithful allies. Alienating other allies while pandering to South American dictators. Allowed North Korea to make us look like fools on the national stage. Making former Soviet bloc countries feel abandoned by us.
7) But hey, he TALKED about nuclear disarmament (we won't go into here why this is such a HORRIBLE idea - I've covered it before - but the point is, he hasn't ACHIEVED nuclear disarmament, he's only talked about it).
So, again, where is the achievement? Does the fact that he appointed the first Latina to the US Supreme Court warrant a Nobel Peace Prize? Does the fact that he reads really well off a teleprompter deserve it? Is it his failed bid for the Olympics or maybe it's the beer he had with Officer Crowley and Professor Gates (to quell a national uproar HE caused by speaking admittedly without knowledge of the facts of the incident)?
And, while I'm sure I'll have my share of Liberals say to me - yeah, but this was Bush's fault, or look what Bush did here or there, the point is - they DIDN'T give Bush the award, so that covers all the things he did or didn't do.
So I ask, what the hell is going on?
Well, maybe I'll figure it out later. For now, I'm going to watch TV. Apparently, President Obama just won the NFL MVP, shattering Peyton Manning's hopes of a 3-peat.
J.E. Braun is the author of Paranoia, a 9/11 survivor's tale. Jim survived 9/11 but his life did not. Follow one man's journey through post-traumatic stress as he attempts to rediscover what once made life worth living. 10% of profits from sales of Paranoia will go to the Twin Towers Orphan Fund (www.ttof.org). For more information, visit www.jebraun.com