You may have heard about this on the radio on the way into work, like I did. The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to President Obama this morning.
We’ll be discussing this at today’s editorial board meeting, I’m sure. My initial reaction was: “Wha?”
A little premature, isn’t it, guys? Obama’s got noble goals and aspirations, to be sure, but give him a little time to put them into action and show some results before you actually give him the Nobel. Giving it to Obama so early in his administration only reinforces critics who see the prize committee as poilitically tainted. It devalues the prize, and does Obama no favors either.
That’s my very initial reaction, anyway.
Update: We are writing an editorial for Monday in which we will call this award ridiculous. (editorial board)