Mr. Obama won a Nobel Peace Prize, for which among many other things, he'll earn $1,400,000-all of which he's donating to charity. Poor cuss. That's a catch 22 if there ever was one. Not just that he can't keep the money cause he'd look bad, but also because he's getting nay-sayed in earnest over receiving the award.
Naysayers say he really hasn't hooked anyone up in good shape in the short amount of time he's been president, and therefore doesn't deserve the award. He might deserve it down the road they say, just not yet.
I say naysayers, so what, call it a, Pre-prize? But is Obama himself a naysayer? "To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who have been honored by this prize," is how he spoke the morning he was awarded. (If I was an advisor to the president, not to imply he's not honest, but because it's a pet peeve of mine, I'd suggest he not use the phrase: "To be honest" but who am I?)
Maybe Mr. Obama is feeling like Roger Federer would if the U.S. Open officials met him at the front gate and awarded him the winner's prize before he even won a point?
I wish Mr. Obama had declined the prize.
I think he's a good guy and smart and very well capable of deserving the prize in the future, but I think he feels he doesn't deserve it, and I think the award puts more pressure on him, something he needs about a much as he needs the H1N1. I also wish he declined because I read he's flying to Stockholm to except it, and do you know what is costs we citizens to send his flying circus on a trip like that? I'd guess about half Vermont's present deficit. Skip the award ceremony Mr. President, and send the travel savings to good ole Vermont. Yeah Vermont. You hook us up Prez, and we'll send you off some syrup, and a Vermont Teddy Bear and stuff.