It’s difficult to imagine any Republicans in the Untied States of America winning a Nobel Peace Prize since so many of them appear driven by hatred for their own president.
President Barack Obama was named winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize and, yes, far-right and even moderate-right Republicans now are beginning to come out in force to whine like spoiled children in a toy store not getting their way. But, think about it, should any of us be surprised some on the right now are mobilizing to go into full attack mode on the president because he won this award for working toward increasing the peace around the world?
No one should be the least bit surprised Republicans are throwing child-like temper tantrum mode as Barack Obama has become just the third sitting U.S. president to win the award.
From Think Progress:
Obama is the third sitting U.S. President to win the award. “Woodrow Wilson was awarded the prize in 1919, after helping to found the League of Nations and shaping the Treatise of Versailles; and Theodore Roosevelt was the recipient in 1906 for his work to negotiate an end to the Russo-Japanese war.” (Jimmy Carter won the award after leaving the presidency, and former Vice President Al Gore won in 2007 for his work on climate change.)
President Obama has worked at worldwide diplomacy to rebuild international bridges damaged and destroyed during seven-plus years of the administration of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. While Republicans have blasted the president for criticizing America, in reality he has been working toward peace to show people we are partners in the world and the U.S. is not the almighty dictator looking down on the rest of the world as if they are inferior.
So, while President Obama was “humbled” by this honor, it appears right wingers are outraged.
The hate, coming from Republicans, starts right at the top with the Republican National Committee which issued this hate-soaked statement:
The real question Americans are asking is, “What has President Obama actually accomplished?” It is unfortunate that the president’s star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights. One thing is certain — President Obama won’t be receiving any awards from Americans for job creation, fiscal responsibility, or backing up rhetoric with concrete action.
Typical hate coming from an RNC that was asleep at the wheel when the worldwide reputation of the United States of America was going on the toilet under President Bush and Vice President Cheney.
The statement shows that the Michael Steele National Committee, excuse me … RNC, is sticking to failed tactics from a failed presidential campaign (whining about Barack Obama’s so-called star power).
But, wait, it gets better when you check out this blog post from right-wing nut Erick Erickson, of the National Review, who subtly adds what some would consider a racial element to this mix:
I did not realize the Nobel Peace Prize had an affirmative action quota for, but that is the only thing I can think of for this news.
Translation: Here is another unqualified black person winning something that should have gone to a white person … it has to be affirmative action.
Erickson slips in the customary shots at President Jimmy Carter and President Bill Clinton, too.
President Obama is working to bring other nations to the table of diplomacy so many in the worldwide community feel invested in the destiny of the world and not at the mercy of the U.S.
From the New York Times:
Mr. Obama’s foreign policy has been criticized bitterly among neoconservatives like former Vice President Dick Cheney, who have suggested his rhetoric is naïve and his inclination to talk to America’s enemies will leave the United States vulnerable to another terrorist attack.
In its announcement of the prize, the Nobel Committee seemed to directly refute that line of thinking.
“Obama has as president created a new climate in international politics,” the committee wrote. “Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play.”
Congratulations President Obama, but there is a LOT of work ahead. This is no time to rest.