The award of this year’s Nobel peace prize to President Obama will be met with widespread incredulity, consternation in many capitals and probably deep embarrassment by the President himself.
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.
Obama hasn’t done anything to deserve it. He hasn’t had time, and the time he’s had hasn’t been very productive.
The only rational explanation for this is that someone has dispatched visitors to the committee with suitcases stuffed with 500 Euro notes. The 500 Euro note makes major cash transactions easier than the usual US$100 note, and the Euro has been on the rise against the US$ for some time.