When I heard that President Obama had been bestowed the Nobel Peace Prize this morning the first thing I asked myself, "Is this a consolation prize for losing the Olympics?"
It also came to mind that it was just a few days ago that President Obama refused to meet with the Dalai Lama, a fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner, to get in the good graces of China.
And how must Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter feel?
Bill Clinton, after all, got Yasser Arafat to shake hands with Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres on the White House lawn. Yet no Nobel.
Sure Jimmy Carter got his Nobel. But it was 25 years after he got Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat to shake hands on the White House lawn.
Remember Gunnar Berge? He was the Norwegian Labour politician who headed the Nobel Prize committee who said, "With the position Carter has taken...(the award) can and must also be seen as criticism of the line the current U.S. administration has taken on Iraq."
A reporter then asked Berge if awarding Carter the Nobel was a "kick in the leg" at Washington, Berge said, "Yes, the answer is an unconditional 'yes."'
What has President Obama done to bring about world peace other than give a few speeches where he threw America under the bus? He's chaired a UN Security Council meeting in which he spared the feelings of Iran and North Korea and barely has the time to meet with General McChrystal about the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan.
It's probably just as well that Obama wins the Nobel. If not Obama, they would have instead given it to some Chinese dissident rotting away in some prison in Liaoning Province. The Nobel Committee can ease their consciences with the knowledge that nameless dissident will die behind bars thus rendering him ineligible for consideration.
So now Obama can look forward to having a dinner held in his honor in Oslo before Christmas. Perhaps he can invite that kindergarten class from New Jersey to sing in praise of him. It would be a fitting tribute given that his policies are geared to the mentality of a five-year old.