Revealed: Why Obama Got the Nobel Peace Prize
It was one of the silliest stories of the year. In 2009, after holding the presidency for only ten months, Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The U.S. media at that point was still infatuated with the messiah, but even reliably left-wing outlets scratched their heads at the decision. For their part, the Nobel committee assured skeptics that the award was legit.
Panel member Thorbjorn Jagland said at the time, “We have not given the prize for what may happen in the future. We are awarding Obama for what he has done in the past year.”
The American public, seeing a president who was – as he admitted himself in an acceptance speech that he clearly didn’t want to give – commander-in-chief of a military involved in two major wars, wasn’t buying it. In a USA Today/Gallup poll taken a week after the prize was announced, 61% of American adults said Obama did not deserve the award.
And now, all these terrible years later, one of the panel members is finally admitting what the rest of the world knew at the time. The prize was a sham, a joke, a political statement, and a black mark on the Nobel name. In his new book, Geir Lundestad says that the committee had hoped the prize would galvanize the young president to follow through on his campaign promises. “We thought it would strengthen Obama and it didn’t have this effect,” he told the AP this week.
In the book, Lundestad writes: “Even many of Obama’s supporters believed that the prize was a mistake. In that sense, the committee didn’t achieve what it had hoped for.”
Obama’s Peace Prize became a punchline for the next year, though it was quickly overshadowed by the damnable policies that spewed from his White House like so much liberal sludge.
Still, one might have hoped that Obama’s unmerited award would have had the intended effect. While it’s true that he managed to bring the Iraq War to a close, his mangled withdrawal left the door wide open for a far worse threat to take root. The war in Afghanistan rages still today, virtually forgotten by both the American people and the press. He has become the drone strike president, assassinating terrorists and killing untold numbers of civilians in the process. His nuclear deal with Iran threatens not just Israel but the entire world, and he seems utterly incapable of dealing with the genocidal ISIS. There is no rational take on Obama’s presidency that gives him credit for making the world a more peaceful place.
And yet, is there any doubt that his legacy will be shone as such? Few liberals will say that he’s as good as they hoped, but he still has a great many champions dying to sing his praises. And once he’s out of office for a year or two, these idiots will begin re-painting his presidency to look a little more like they’d dreamed it would be. A man of peace. A man of progress. A man of strength. There’s no conceivable future where historians allow the truth of the nation’s first black president to overshadow the legend. And that might be fine except for the fact that generations will grow up learning about this great man and his great policies, making it that much harder for them to see liberalism as the poison that it is.
Ah well, at least for today, we know the truth. You have to take your joys as they come.