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You know things are a little crazy when I agree with The Kristof [emphasis mine]:
"I think he has the right instincts on these issues and expect him to get engaged, but shouldn’t the Nobel Peace Prize have a higher bar than high expectations? Especially when there are so many people who have worked for years and years on the front lines, often in dangerous situations, to make a difference to the most voiceless people of the world? I think of Dr. Denis Mukwege at the Panzi Hospital in eastern Congo, or Jo and Lyn Lusi at the Heal Africa Hospital also in eastern Congo, or Greg Mortenson traipsing all over Pakistan and Afghanistan to build schools, or Dr. Catherine Hamlin working for half a century to fight obstetric fistula and maternal mortality in Ethiopia, or so many others. In the light of that competition, it seems to me that it might have made sense to wait and give Obama the Nobel Peace Prize in his eighth year in office, after he has actually made peace somewhere."He had me up until he referred to poor people as "voiceless."
I think we will probably see that President Obama is baffled by the committee's decision as well. Obama is smart enough to recognize that the simple fact of not being George W. Bush does not a global peace maker create. It's yet another distraction at a very important time in domestic politics and will give the people who oppose Obama for the sake of opposing Obama even more ammunition in their pointless war of words.
Oh, but what I would've given to have seen Hillary Clinton's face when she heard about this.