So President Obama has been awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Undeserved? Who knows? He hasn’t done anything yet.
What is really absurd is that Obama was nominated for this award less than two weeks after becoming President of the U.S.
Giving the President the Peace Prize denigrates the entire award which has often been controversial. From past experience many of the recipients of this prize appear to be undeserving and have later proved themselves to be so, but even Obama is embarrassed by this accolade.
If I were the President I would thank Norway but decline the honour because it was premature. Otherwise, it gives the impression that it’s a reward for having run a successful election campaign. I am not usually a fan of the term “whatever” but in this case it seems most apt.