You’d have thought that experience would be the teacher for the man. But evidently not.
Obama learned little or nothing with his lick-and-a-promise visit to Copenhagen to boost Chicago for the Olympics. One short speech about ME and he was gone, much to the disgust of the Olympic Committee and the other contenders. As I said at the time, the hubris of his appearance did more harm than good to his cause.
Well, here we go again. Norway, silly boys, gave Obama a premature Peace Prize and now they’re miffed because he’s picking it up and leaving…more or less.
Barack Obama’s trip to Oslo to pick up his Nobel peace award is in danger of being overshadowed by a row over the cancellation of a series of events normally attended by the prizewinner.
Norwegians are incensed over what they view as his shabby response to the prize by cutting short his visit.
The White House has cancelled many of the events peace prize laureates traditionally submit to, including a dinner with the Norwegian Nobel committee, a press conference, a television interview, appearances at a children’s event promoting peace and a music concert, as well as a visit to an exhibition in his honour at the Nobel peace centre.
He has also turned down a lunch invitation from the King of Norway.
According to a poll published by the daily tabloid VG, 44% of Norwegians believe it was rude of Obama to cancel his scheduled lunch with King Harald, with only 34% saying they believe it was acceptable.
“Of all the things he is cancelling, I think the worst is cancelling the lunch with the king,” said Siv Jensen, the leader of the largest party in opposition, the populist Progress party. “This is a central part of our government system. He should respect the monarchy,” she told VG.
Shabby? It’s tacky, rude, insensitive, and boorish. It’s embarrassing for Americans. But unfortunately, the Norwegians brought this on themselves. In their unseemly haste to kick George Bush in the leg again, they picked a recipient who does this kind of thing on a regular basis. At least when he’s not being inappropriate in the other direction, bowing to emperors, etc.
Hours before Barack Obama is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, a new national poll indicates that fewer Americans than ever think the president deserves the award. But according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, a majority of the public believes the president will eventually accomplish enough to merit the honor.
Nineteen percent of people questioned in the poll released Wednesday afternoon say Obama currently deserves the prize, with another 35 percent saying that it’s likely he will eventually accomplish enough in office to deserve the award. Still, greater than four in 10 believe the president will never deserve the prize.
The 19 percent who believe Obama deserves the award is down 13 points from a CNN poll conducted in October, soon after the award was announced.
But although most people do not think the president currently deserves the peace prize, seven in 10 questioned – including a majority of Republicans – say he should go to Oslo, Norway Thursday to accept the award.
It’s not like Obama doesn’t have the time to do this trip and accept this honor correctly and with all due humility. He sure has had the time for basketball and golf. Why not give the Norwegians their due respect and stay a little longer than twenty-six hours?
What am I saying? This is the man who gave his general for Afghanistan a fifteen-minute interview on the tarmac in Copenhagen.
Hamlet definitely doesn’t have the timing right during this run, as is shown by the buyer’s remorse that seems to be driving the polls of late.
Ben Smith says:
Perhaps the greatest measure of Obama’s declining support is that just 50% of voters now say they prefer having him as President to George W. Bush, with 44% saying they’d rather have his predecessor. Given the horrendous approval ratings Bush showed during his final term that’s somewhat of a surprise and an indication that voters are increasingly placing the blame on Obama for the country’s difficulties instead of giving him space because of the tough situation he inherited. The closeness in the Obama/Bush numbers also has implications for the 2010 elections. Using the Bush card may not be particularly effective for Democrats anymore, which is good news generally for Republicans.
Somewhat of a surprise?? Obama has been in office less than a year and only 6% of Americans now prefer him to George “Hitler” Bush? Remember the blood-for-oil villain?
This “closeness” in the numbers has more than mere “implications” for the 2010 elections. It means that few, or none of his Democrat Congressional pack is going to want him around during the elections.
Maybe that would be the right time to mosey on back to Norway and beg a lunch off King Harald? He could bring a peace gift: say a few CDs of his better speeches.