Folks didn't think he had a chance so soon after becoming president. But you know what the campaign slogan was, don't you?
The Norwegian Nobel Committee, which is in charge of the peace prize, cited Obama for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." I am not entirely sure, but I think this means he won for being the "anti-Bush."
FROM AN EARLY dispatch by The Associated Press:
The stunning choice made Obama the third sitting U.S. president to win the Nobel Peace Prize and shocked Nobel observers because Obama took office less than two weeks before the Feb. 1 nomination deadline. Obama's name had been mentioned in speculation before the award but many Nobel watchers believed it was too early to award the president.GOOD ON our president. It would be nice if we could all take satisfaction in such an honor bestowed upon an American head of state and leave it at that.
"Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future," the committee said. "His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population."
The committee said it attached special importance to Obama's vision of, and work for, a world without nuclear weapons.
"Obama has as president created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play," the committee said.
Of course, you know that's not going to happen, right?
No, instead expect lots of wild-eyed conservative paranoids to start speculating about Scandinavian socialist plots. Cringe as nutty-ass Christian-radio ranters begin speculating about whether this means Obama is the Antichrist . . . not merely the anti-Bush. It will happen because that horse named Meme already has busted out of its stall.
AND WITH the country in the state it's in -- meaning it's in a "state" -- the president ought to grab all the early plaudits he can and revel in them. They may turn out to be of some consolation during what's sure to be a rocky, rocky ride the next few years.