I’m sure I’m going to catch some flak from some, but I almost felt ill this morning when I found out that President Obama had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. I just have to ask the question: Why? What has he done to deserve the Peace Prize? Are we really so enamored with the man that we have put him in the same group with people and groups like Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Theresa, and Doctors Without Borders?
Really, what has he done? Legitimately answering that question and giving valid reasons why he is deserving above all others would be worthy of a Nobel prize.
The Nobel Committee has proven with recent selections that the Nobel Peace Prize is nothing more than a political popularity contest. In my opinion, it has been consistently cheapened and degraded as the contest became more about unfulfilled promises, rhetoric, trends, and “feel good moments” (Can anyone say “global warming?”). What happened to actually accomplishing something, making a difference, having an impact?
No, the Nobel Peace Prize has lost whatever credibility it still had with this selection. And it’s nothing against President Obama… except that he hasn’t done anything worthy of this reward. If he were really wise, he’d turn it down. Maybe he’ll be deserving of it in a year or two when his resume is more than “got elected president,” but right now he’s nothing more than the Flavor of the Month leaving a bad taste in my mouth.