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.Read the whole thing.
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.