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BAMMY IN OSLO – A QUICK ONE, TWO, THREE TRIP

Posted by Andrew Roman on December 10, 2009

So, let’s see if I’ve got this straight …

President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize this year based on hope, or change, or whatever. He did nothing to earn it, other than he was not George W. Bush. Embarrassing as it was to be selected – and believe me, it was a joke even to many liberals – he decided he would have to accept the thing in person. That would mean yet another trip out of Washington. (How many excursions does that make since January 20th? He is building up one hell of a carbon credit tab.)

However, the President has decided – much to the chagrin of many Norwegians – that accepting the prize is more than enough. Obama will not be participating in a slew of events normally attended by the Peace Prize winner. That means a ton of cancellations, including a snubbing of the King of Norway.

But is this all about humility? Doubtful.

Or maybe just utter embarrassment? Getting warmer.

A war president accepting the Nobel Peace Prize?

I have no problem with it – other than the prize itself being an enormous sham – but to leftists, this has to be like urinating on a crucifix would be to a Christian.

Gwladys Fouché and Ewen MacAskill of the UK Guardian write:

Norwegians are incensed over what they view as his shabby response to the prize by cutting short his visit.

The White House has cancelled many of the events peace prize laureates traditionally submit to, including a dinner with the Norwegian Nobel committee, a press conference, a television interview, appearances at a children’s event promoting peace and a music concert, as well as a visit to an exhibition in his honour at the Nobel peace centre.

He has also turned down a lunch invitation from the King of Norway.

According to a poll published by the daily tabloid VG, 44% of Norwegians believe it was rude of Obama to cancel his scheduled lunch with King Harald, with only 34% saying they believe it was acceptable.

“Of all the things he is canceling, I think the worst is canceling the lunch with the king,” said Siv Jensen, the leader of the largest party in opposition, the populist Progress party. “This is a central part of our government system. He should respect the monarchy,” she told VG.

It isn’t easy for Bammy to make friends, is it?

When Barack Obama sidesteps an opportunity to hold a press conference and be interviewed for television, it’s time to check and see if there are, in fact, icicles forming in hell.

The committee, however, is taking it all in stride. No biggie, they said.

The paradox of accepting the Nobel Peace Prize only days after committing an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan is, undoubtedly, at play in Obama’s mind. The fact that thousands of peaceniks are scheduled to demonstrate in Oslo during his visit there has to be gnawing at him. (Anti-war types staging a protest at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony doesn’t exactly make for a great White House photo op). After all, he’s the anti-war, anti-nuclear guy. He’s the one who will deliver the world from the clutches of war-mongering and capitalism.

Talk about conflicted.

Indeed, being protested at home by swastika-wielding racists and other conservatives is one thing, but in Europe?

That he will be discussing his decision to escalate America’s involvement in Afghanistan during his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize is, to say the least, an irony too delicious to ignore. Certainly, this isn’t the way he would have staged it.

Personally, I think he should accept the award on behalf of the United States military, as has been suggested by many pundits and wordsmiths over the course of the last several weeks. They are the real peace makers.

Of course, I’d like to win the lottery as well … and jam with Pete Townshend … and have non-moody teenage daughters.

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