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.