Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Obama's Peace Prize: It's More About Europe Than America

Joel Kotkin is a well-respected and perceptive observer of American socio-political matters. In New Geography today, he suggests that "Barack Obama's seemingly inexplicable winning of the Nobel Peace Prize says less about him than about the current mentality of Europe's leadership class. " Kotkin's opening comments:
Lacking any strong, compelling voices of their own, the Europeans are now trying to hijack our president as their spokesman.

There's a catch, of course. In their mind, Obama deserves the award because he seems to think, and sound, like a European. In everything from global warming to anti-suburbanism to pacifism, Obama reflects the basic agenda of the continent's leading citizens--in sharp contrast to former President George W. Bush.

Indeed it's likely that if Obama wanted to run for presidency of the E.U., he could mail it in. Unfortunately for him, he presides over a country that faces a very different future from that of Europe.

Read the whole thing.


Blogger Hamster said...

Of course, if a country in Europe wants to award the American President with an award for peace, they are totally within their rights to do so.
Like many people around the world the Nobel committee credits Obama for improving America's standing in the world by reversing the previous administrations policy of refusing to talk to your enemies and of reserving the right to launch pre emptive strikes against anyone it doesn't like.

Of course, I wouldn't have awarded the prize to Obama. There's probably lots of more deserving people around the world.

But hey, it's their prize and if they want to pay America a compliment and give us 1.5 million dollars that will go to cash strapped charities....

...Congratulations, Obama.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 11:56:00 PM  
Anonymous limo said...

Well, president Obama has been awarded from Noble Peace prize .... good luck for Americans .

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 9:47:00 PM  
Anonymous chris brown said...

they should really leave Obama alone I mean really.

Thursday, October 15, 2009 1:06:00 PM  

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