Rarely has an award had such an obvious political and partisan intent. It was clearly seen by the Norwegian Nobel committee as a way of expressing European gratitude for an end to the Bush Administration, approval for the election of America’s first black president and hope that Washington will honour its promise to re-engage with the world.
Instead, the prize risks looking preposterous in its claims, patronising in its intentions and demeaning in its attempt to build up a man who has barely begun his period in office, let alone achieved any tangible outcome for peace.Bloomberg agrees with the Times Online. They write:
While the Nobel committee has been faulted in the past for making political statements with its choice of laureates, the Obama award marked the first time it honored a head of state for laying out a vision rather than for practical accomplishments.
The honor is a “premature canonization,” said Fred Greenstein, a historian at Princeton University. “It seems to me that it is an embarrassment for the Nobel process.”Paul at Powerline says the award may prove a negative for Obama:
If it's any consolation to readers who have expressed distress, I think this award will prove to be an embarrassment to Obama, and possibly a negative for his presidency, here at home. The award is so absurd that even leftists have taken note...
I think this award will seal Obama's image as vastly overrated ...The Nobel Peace Prize is a leftist farce. I pegged it two years ago. The prize today is awarded on the basis of the recipient's ideology, not on the basis of any actual accomplishment. The name of the prize should be changed to the Nobel Prize for Leftwing Dogma, or maybe "the Moonbat Award."