At this stage in his presidency, this prize is more of a burden than an honor. It does the President no good and potentially some harm. I think the tone of Obama’s
acceptance acknowledgement speech was pretty much on target,
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.
Ed Branton got this one about right,
Awarding Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize at this point is absurd. He’s done nothing to deserve it. Could he at some point deserve it? Absolutely. But he certainly doesn’t deserve it yet. At best, this is the triumph of hope over substance.
Ed does point out one “transformative figure” who was less deserving than Obama.
The NASA PR people must be as upset about this as are Republican National Committee, the Taliban, Iran and Hamas. (I know that’s a cheap shoot but I don’t care all that much.) I’m sure the NASA people thought that shooting the moon would be the big headline. It should have been.