On the anniversary of our blog, it seems only fitting to have Wretchard’s take on this turn of events. After all, it was he who was responsible for our breaking off from the Comment Section there and striking out on our own five years ago.
Look at it this way: if the Nobel Peace Prize award doesn’t put the President’s policies beyond reproach of mere mortals then what will? What can they give him for an encore? One of the indicators of the decline of a political class is the use of grandiose titles to dignify the merely ordinary. When pageantry, expensive exhibitions, sonorous awards and extravagant titles are all that are left to overawe the masses it is a sign of a way of life that is already passing. I can’t but recall Barbara Tuchman’s famous opening paragraphs of the Guns of August describing the last great gathering of royalty on the occasion of Edward VII’s funeral.
So gorgeous was the spectacle on the May morning of 1910 when nine kings rode in the funeral of Edward VII of England that the crowd, waiting in hushed and black clad-awe could not keep back gasps of admiration. In scarlet and blue and green and purple, three by three the sovereigns rode through the palace gates, with plumed helmets, gold braid, crimson sashes, and jeweled orders flashing in the sun. After them came five heirs, forty more imperial or royal highnesses, seven queens — four dowager and three regnant …
The muffled tongue of Big Ben tolled nine by the clock as the cortege left the palace, but on history’s clock it was sunset, and the sun of the old world was setting in a dying blaze of splendor never to be seen again…
Amid all this magnificence were three civilian-coated gentlemen, M. Gaston-Carlin of Switzerland, M. Pichon, Foreign Minister of France and former President Theodore Roosevelt, special envoy of the United States.
It was Roosvelt who represented the future. What does Obama betoken? I think historians may look back on this day and see as the day when the “civilian-coated gentlemen”, once happy to represent The People hastened, with unseemly alarcrity to rejoin the cavalcade of the modern aristocracy. I wonder whether history’s clock, as it was was at Edward’s funeral, is also nearing sunset.
Barcepundit (who asks if anyone checked with the Afghans before the award):
I’m wondering: if in a few months yet a third secret nuclear plant is discovered and we need to attack, will he give the Nobel back? I mean, they could have at least waited until the end of his presidency, just in case…
Ah, Barcepundit, this guy is a first class fly-killer, but they could find ten more secret nuclear plants and he won’t do anything. In fact, one could built in the Capitol basement, where they used to hold mock Bush impeachmenta, and it still wouldn’t change things.
Barack Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize? For what?
I get it: they’re making up for his loss of face in Copenhagen.
Oh, wait. I forgot. Jimmy from the Ummah won it, too. And so did “Biggest Damn Carbon Footprint You Ever Saw”, Al Gore. And let’s not forget that piece o’ peaceful endeavor, Yasser Arafat, or ol’ Kofi “Corrupt is my middle name” Annan.
How did they miss Idi Amin?
The Nobel Committee said he was awarded it for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples”.
Oh, sure. Extraoridnary, all right. That hope ‘n’ change jive is working so well that the Russians are rolling on the floor laughing. Obama is busy disarming and disavowing our commitments to countries they plan on pulling back into their dark sphere.
The committee highlighted Mr Obama’s efforts to strengthen international bodies and promote nuclear disarmament.
Highlight away, dudes. He gets a prize for “effort” but not for actually producing anything. Amazing. That’s the same way he won the US Presidency: Obama is nothing if not effortful.
“Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future,” the Norwegian committee said as the prize was announced.
“His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.”
Right: a prize awarded for sharing “values and attitudes”…with “the majority of the world’s population” – which just happens to be Muslim.
And all this time I thought they attempted to base their awards on actual accomplishment. Turns out all you have to accomplish is the mouthing of platitudes and the ability to use two teleprompters.
A question: is an award by the Nobel Committee to a sitting president an attempt to manipulate the American electorate?
Hat tip: Dan Riehl