"I wish they would only take me as I am" - Vincent Van Gogh               "How Can I believe in God when just last week I got my tounge caught in the roller of an electric typewriter?" - Woody Allen              "Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake" - Henry David Thoreau              "I took a speed reading course and read 'War and Peace' in twenty minutes. It involves Russia" - Woody Allen            "When promulgating esoteric cogitations, eschew platitudinous ponderosities" - Mark Rowan, my father            "Up, sluggard, and waste not life, for in the grave there will be sleep enough" - Benjamin Franklin             "What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the world." - Albert Einstein            "Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence" - Ronald Reagan            "It's odd that you can get so anesthetized by your own pain or your own problem that you don't quite fully share the hell of someone close to you." - Lady Bird Johnson              "I still want to be the candidate for guys with confederate flags in their pickup truck" - Howard Dean

Friday, October 09, 2009

Credit where credit is due

A few weeks ago President Obama had a little media dust-up by calling Kanye West 'a Jackass'. Never had I agreed with the President more. However, this is clearly not a statement that a president should be making about a private citizen (no matter how big of a douche-bag that private citizen may be). President Obama made this statement off-the-record, however--it was publicized inappropriately.

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.