Obama did nothing to deserve Nobel Peace Prize? Hugo Chávez and Mike Huckabee agree!
The choice of President Obama for the Nobel Peace Prize is still being questioned around the world.
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Huckabee was equally critical of the Nobel choice. But instead of his trademark folksy charm or one of those quasi-emotional appeals to viewers, he reached deeper into his rhetorical closet and tried biting sarcasm.Skip to next paragraph
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"Talk about giving hope to all of us — no longer do we have to actually accomplish stuff, but simply convince others that we hope to accomplish stuff. I think we ought to universally celebrate the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize for potential deeds," he said on his show, "Huckabee." "Since I'm a musician, I'd like to go ahead and get my Grammy now — and I'm on TV, so I want an Emmy as well.
And he didn't miss a chance to plug his book as he continued the mockery.
"I've written several books, and have a brand-new Christmas book that hits the bookstores in November, so let me thank everyone in advance for the Pulitzer Prize that I've always wanted."
He goes on ... and on. But his criticism echoes what we've been hearing around the world since the award was announced on Thursday.
So what was the award really about?
The fact that Nobel committee's choice of Obama has been so roundly questioned – from Chávez to Huckabee, from the Taliban to Rush Limbaugh, and even by Obama himself – signifies that a) there's something funky in the water in Oslo, or b) "the purpose of this award isn't to recognize past success but to support someone's current efforts that the Nobel committee particularly likes," as a Monitor editorial puts it.
Obama won the award for "improving on the process of everyone getting along in the world," according to the editorial.
So, if it's the process that counts, then Obama has already changed many of the ways in which the world's sole superpower interacts with the international community. Whether that is good or bad is a matter of vigorous debate, and whether that approach yields the type of results one would hope to see in a Nobel Peace Prize winner will take years to come to light.
"If [Obama] can successfully turn around Afghanistan, deter Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, I will build a bookcase for him to put [the Nobel Peace Prize] in," quipped Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) of South Carolina yesterday on NBC's Meet the Press.