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Along with the head scratching regarding President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize came quite a few humorous quips. Including from the President himself:
After I received the news, Malia walked in and said, “Daddy, you won the Nobel Peace Prize, and it is Bo’s birthday!” And then Sasha added, “Plus, we have a three-day weekend coming up.” So it’s good to have kids to keep things in perspective.
The President reflected the general feeling that the Nobel Peace Prize award was, at best, premature. He chose to turn the attention to the country itself, and the hopes and dreams of all people. Good on you, Mr. President.
But look closely at the text of the speech. The President recognizes another fact, that the Nobel Committee awarded this prize on the eve of the decision to expand the war in Afghanistan:
And even as we strive to seek a world in which conflicts are resolved peacefully and prosperity is widely shared, we have to confront the world as we know it today. I am the commander in chief of a country that’s responsible for ending a war and working in another theater to confront a ruthless adversary that directly threatens the American people and our allies.
Ego is one of the core character traits of any world leader, and some have noted that our President is in possession of one himself, to put it mildly.
His frustration with a single media outlet that does not genuflect at the altar of his personality, Fox News Network, leads to a public spat, crossing a line not even the ego-mania of President Nixon would breach: shooting downhill. Fox News can only benefit from the attention, and gain even more viewers as they realize only one media outlet is catching the attention of the administration.
His speeches are peppered with self references, and his “World Apology Tour” found him apologizing on our behalf. Yet, I don’t recall that he ever apologized for saying the Cambridge Police Department “acted stupidly”, even though his subsequent actions showed he knew he blew it. Ego gets in the way of many things with our leaders. And the Nobel Committee knows that.
Can a man who accepts the Nobel Peace Prize live with the diminished reputation as the only winner to immediately escalate a war, sending tens of thousands of troops into harm’s way?
The Nobel Committee sent the Peace Prize in a box large enough to house our President. Mr. Obama’s immediate response indicates that perhaps he won’t climb into the box. Let’s hope not.
Cross posted to FrankHagan.com