Well, I did. Will the Nobel be Obama’s “Commander Codpiece” moment?
Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize furnishes yet more proof of the enduring fatuity of our times. Most Americans–and many Europeans, apparently–who really should know better make political decisions based entirely on their feelings, not on objective reality. Just as many Americans voted for George W. Bush in 2004 because they “felt” he would make them “safer,” so the Nobel for Obama has also been awarded not for concrete achievement but on the basis of the emotions he stirs in some: “Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future.” (Emphasis mine.) Good Lord.
Can we eat Hope? Will Hope cover your hospital bills? Will Hope shut down Guantanamo Bay and end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Will some magical Hopey goodness halt the melting of the polar ice caps? Huh? How’s that working out for us so far?