Credit where credit is due
Today's somewhat shocking news that the President has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize brought another Obama statement that I found reassuring. "I am both surprised and deeply humbled by the decision of the Nobel Committee. To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of many of the transformative leaders who have received this prize." Classy. A President being honored with such an award should be a proud moment for America, and I think it still is...but I also think that any honest observer can recognize that there isn't much basis for the award. Perhaps the President will make great strides towards world peace..but not yet. Turning down the award would be incredibly poor form, and I think that the President's self-deference in his public statements are perfectly appropriate.
Overall I think today's award says much more about the Nobel committee that it does about our President. If I were a past recipient or a current contender, I would consider todays decision a bit offensive. But I don't think President Obama could have handled it better.