Checking in from the Construction Site on the Nobel Prize
The ideas being expressed about Obama’s Nobel Prize win around Marc’s office water cooler are also finding voice around my construction site — where the crew had an affiliative reason to tune into NPR for the morning news, today. The consensus (which, admittedly, I had no small role in developing) is that the Nobel Peace Prize is little more deserving of honor than the cover of a magazine. All previous winners should feel slighted.
If there was any doubt that the Nobel Peace Prize is nothing more than an opportunity for European elites to make a political statement, then Barack Obama’s surprise win is the clincher. Being the world’s foremost figure for “peace” is now nakedly an achievement of political rhetoric.