Apparently, "striving for nuclear disarmament" by rattling sabres at Iran and North Korea, "supporting international bodies" like the WTO, the World Bank, and other corporate bulwarks, and "rekindling hope" by Not Being George Dubya Bush qualifies a man for the Nobel Prize, despite what Your Obedient Serpent perceives as a continuation of all of Bush's most rephrehensible policies, at home and abroad.
Okay, not all of Bush's policies. President Obama isn't actively rude to other countries.
But, ten thousand thunders! how is it that I find myself inclined to agree with Neocon Republicans and Taliban members about this?
If Reagan was Teflon, Obama is Kevlar. His opponents are so reprehensible that I wind up aligning myself with him simply to distance myself from them. It's like he generates a Godwin Deflector Field: I'm gonna stand over here, with Barry, so none of The Stupid gets on me.
Seriously, I know there are non-North Americans reading this. What's your perspective on the President and the Peace Prize?
Update: rodant_kapoor has his own take on what this represents, and it does make sense, from a certain point of view.
Update: circuit_four has another good take.
Good stuff is popping up in the comments here, as well; thanks, gang!
Update: rikoshi makes some good points On Obama.
And that guy in the Oval Office had was as astonished as anyone else, it seems.
Update: Meanwhile, The Washington Post puts it all in perspective by pointing out that the Peace Prize has also, historically, been awarded for "aspirations". (Of course, those who have a medical background know that if you aspirate something, you may choke on it.)
Most of these updates are for my own future reference, but also for interested readers.