I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for officially invalidating your most prestigious honor twice in the same decade! While I’m sure this is not the first letter of congratulations you have yet received, I should hope that it is the first to recognize your political pandering.
Listen: I was understanding when you handed Al Gore and the International Panel on Climate Change an award, theirs was at least a cause which merited serious attention and had yet to receive it. But really? Barack Obama? The man has been in office for less than seven months, hasn’t sat down with Israel and the Palestinian Authority, hasn’t made any tangible progress on North Korea, hasn’t actively spoken out against Chinese oppression in Tibet and Taiwan, hasn’t done anything (really) to merit anything more than, “Good Morning, Mr. President, would you like your eggs scrambled or poached today?”
So, in the lifetime of current college seniors, here’s a list of some notable causes/spokesmen who have won your little accolade: the current Dalai Llama, Mikhail Gorbachev (for finally agreeing to end the Cold War), Nelson Mandela, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, Jimmy Carter (call this a “lifetime achievement” award), the IAEA (that’s International Atomic Energy Commission, for non-proliferation efforts), and, of course, Al Gore and Manbearpig…err,…the International Panel on Climate Change.
Why the President then? Supposedly “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”, but I ask you: What conflict has ceased since BO took his constitutionally required Oath of Office? Go ahead, name one that he’s actually solved. Iraq? Nope, still battling Islamo-Fascists and Extremism there. Afghanistan? Nope, Taliban rebels are flooding in from Pakistan. India-Pakistan, maybe? They’ve been settled down for awhile but that could go at any minute. China-Anything? Nope, the PRC is still treating everyone in the region like their plaything/red-headed-step-child. Pirates, maybe, some guys in dinghy’s with Kalashnikov’s? Nope, they took over a French anti-piracy ship this past weekend.
It seems to me that the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded not because of anything BO has actually done, but for who he wasn’t: George Bush. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some bacon-egg-and-cheese-biscuit at McDonald’s on a hangover-belly, but not enough to give someone $1M and a prestigious award. (By the way, he has yet to announce where that money’s going…)
With the most sarcasm I can muster on a Friday,
Kyle C. Lincoln