Issam al-Khazraji, a day laborer in Baghdad, said: “He doesn’t deserve this prize. All these problems — Iraq, Afghanistan — have not been solved…The man of ‘change’ hasn’t changed anything yet.”
The prize seems to be more for Obama’s promise than for his performance. Work on the president’s ambitious agenda, both at home and abroad, is barely underway, much less finished. He has no standout moment of victory that would seem to warrant a verdict as sweeping as that issued by the Nobel committee.
In other news, I got a Nobel Peace Prize in my Cap’n Crunch this morning. Awesomeness!
Nominations had to be postmarked by February 1st, meaning that Obama was nominated not even a MONTH into office. He was chosen out of a record 205 nominations, one of which was Greg Mortensen who has worked tirelessly for children:
Mortenson, 51, founder of the Central Asia Institute and co-author of the bestselling book “Three Cups of Tea,” has built nearly 80 schools, especially for girls, in remote areas of northern Pakistan and Afghanistan over the past 15 years.
“Mr. Mortenson’s life work is remarkable,” Rep. Mary Bono, R-Calif., wrote in a nomination letter to the Nobel Committee in Norway. “He has overcome great adversity, escaping brutality and death, to continue his commitment to providing educational opportunities to children” and “continues to impress the global community with his unwavering dedication.”
Obama also beat an female Afghan human rights activist.