Tim Rutten at times manages to take the most extraordinarily dunderheaded positions. Today is no exception, as he defies his own editorial board and the entire rightwing and leftwing blogosphere to argue that, yeah, Obama really does deserve the Nobel Peace Prize. One of Rutten’s central points is the seriousness of the politicians who bestowed the award:
Within hours of Friday’s announcement that President Obama had won the Nobel Peace Prize, commentators and politicians all over the map were denouncing the award as “absurd.”
At first blush, that seems the only reasonable response, because the president has yet to bring peace anywhere, and given the Nobel committee’s deadlines, his nomination for the prize must have occurred within 11 days of his inauguration. On the other hand, under the terms of Alfred Nobel’s will, the peace prize is awarded by five lawmakers selected from the Norwegian Storting, or parliament. The committee’s current president is Norway’s former prime minister, Thorbjorn Jagland, now president of the Storting.
In other words, the prize was conferred by experienced politicians who seem to know exactly what they were doing.
Enjoy this picture of experienced politician Thorbjørn Jagland:
Above: according to Tim Rutten, experienced politician Thorbjørn Jagland knows exactly what he’s doing.
He’s the guy on the left.
P.S. I say Rutten wrote the piece — but, given the non-ironic use of phrases like “hope and change” and “post-racial society,” are we sure it wasn’t ghostwritten by David Axelrod?
Obama remains a powerful voice of hope and change for many Europeans, not only because of his eloquence and his reassertion of America’s role as a leader of international diplomacy, but also because he physically embodies change as progress. In this country, most people have taken their cue from a president determined to govern as chief executive of a post-racial society.
Yeah, we’re real post-racial. Evidence, you say? Let’s start with the open wounds of the Henry Louis Gates incident, into which Obama himself poured a heaping cup of acid, by taking Gates’s side before the evidence was in. From there, let’s move on to the peanut farmer’s comment that “an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man.” Are you feeling the post-racial glow?