I wake up this morning and on the front page is the news that President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. My first thought after "wow, that's terrific" (I'm an unabashed supporter) is wondering how the Republicans will spin it as a bad thing.
And of course they are. First among unequals is Michael Steele, head of the RNC. He's not a bright bulb, nor is he possessed of wit and thougthfulness, so not surprisingly his response was dull. Something about insulting to all those who work tirelessly for human rights blah blah, as if he actually knew anyone like that. His gang these days - the Republicans of today as opposed to those who believe in small government and fiscal conservatism - is about war and nastiness and insults and anything that makes them sound like spoiled children and bad sports. Human rights can mean anything and being considerate of others is a great place to start.
A few with a tad more class chose to say they're always honored when an American wins the award. Okay, it's a start. Those who denounce the committee, well let's just say they probably have no clue what the award is or what country bestows it or why. These people choose to think what the loudest talk show hosts tell them.
Anyone or anything that promotes peace is a good thing. War is not a good thing. It may be necessary sometimes but far less often than many seem to think. Even if the award is premature for a man who's been on the national stage for only a few years, his star power really does go a long way toward being listened to. It propels him above those who actually do work tirelessly because he can accomplish more. Just as Angelna Jolie can accomplish more in one photo op than can a selfless on the ground worker. It's not fair but it just is. President Obama can bring people to the table. And that's a start. What he will ultimately accomplish is still a work in progress. He has a while to do it. I think he will. And I think that's the problem.
Too many people liked the status quo. They liked an inbred president who spent more time on his ranch than in the Whtie House, delegated important thoughts to neocons without listening to them, seemed to lose interest in the job almost as soon as he got it and had father issues few can comprehend. The thing about the rich white male is generally he got there on the backs of others leaving his conscience parked at the curb. As a child I heard a lot of "that's just the way it is" or "that's the way it's always been." It's hard to let go. It's especailly hard to give up the perks of being the powers that be.
Losing the White House to an educated, witty, brilliant and gorgeous black man that's fawned over by the world has to hurt. But had the eight years of the previous Administration not gone so horribly badly on every front, it would not have happened. Definitely I get the irony that we get angriest when we caused our own disruption. The Republicans have no one but themselves to blame and boy, that seems to hurt, big time.
Seriously, it's tough every day not to gloat. Of course they're doing they best to bring him down and frankly, that's the way it should be. He's the leader of the free world. If he can't handle our home grown shoutouts he can't handle the world. And opposition is vital to democracy. I'd prefer some intelligence attached to it but you can't have everything.