International Bon Vivant and Raconteur (nick_kaufmann) wrote,
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur

More On Obama's Nobel

"I am both surprised and deeply humbled by the decision of the Nobel Committee. Let me be clear, I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations. To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who've been honored by this prize, men and women who've inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace...I know that throughout history the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it's also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes. And that is why I will accept this award as a call to action, a call for all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st century. Now, these challenges can't be met by any one leader or any one nation. And that's why my administration's worked to establish a new era of engagement in which all nations must take responsibility for the world we seek."

You know what? Cool. That was exactly the right speech to give in these rather strange circumstances. Though I do not take back my assertion that the Nobel Peace Prize is premature, I applaud you, sir. I also applaud the fact that you're donating the roughly $1.4 million award money to charity. That's not something you usually see politicians do unless they're caught up in some kind of fundraising scandal. You've handled what could have been a potential minefield of arrogance and faux pas pretty well, President Obama.

You know who else is handling it well, and whom I also applaud? John McCain. The Arizona senator and one-time rival of Obama's for the presidency said: "As Americans, we're proud when our president receives an award of that prestigious category....I think Americans are always pleased when their president is recognized by something on this order."

And a tip of the hat to Mike Huckabee too, for telling his fellow Republicans to quit it with the "right-wing whining" over Obama's award.

It's nice to see some civility and humility in American politics, even if I know it's only temporary. But I'm going to pretend this is the way it always is for now--at least until the crazy sound bites from Beck, Hannity, Malkin and Limbaugh get played back repeatedly on the news and serve to remind me otherwise.
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