October 10, 2009

But that was not Obama's fault

“Let’s face it: this prize is premature to the point of ridiculousness” (Joe Klein, Time Magazine). Well, perhaps there would be little or nothing to add to this synthetic definition of the Nobel Committee’s decision to award President Obama the Nobel Peace Prize. Yet, I feel like saying more, and this for the simple reason that it seems to me that it would be unfair to be too negative towards Obama. After all, paraphrasing the subtitle of today’s Washington Post editorial, if he won the prize, that was not his fault.. Which is (obviously) not the case of the Committee itself—and to think that I didn’t suspect there could be, in all of the Western countries, anything stranger and/or more tedious than Italian politics: now, thanks to our Norwegian committeemen, I see that there’s no limit to what we can achieve. May God help us.


  1. If the extra weight that the Nobel represents, will contribute in keeping the already considerably deflated balloon from trying to aspire to noble heights, then fine. As long as it won't restrict Obama in any way from making the right international decision at the right time.

  2. Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama now was truly absurd. He hasn't done anything to deserve it. But, you're right that it isn't his fault. This was another transparent political action by the Nobel committee, and in the end it may hurt Obama more than help him.

    I'd also point out that he knows he hasn't done anything to deserve it and said as much. More credit to him.