Ross Douthat writes the definitive respectable conservative Obama Nobel piece:
But by accepting the prize, he’s made failure, if and when it comes, that much more embarrassing and difficult to bear. What’s more, he’s etched in stone the phrase with which critics will dismiss his presidency.
Slick Willie. Tricky Dick. Jimmy “Malaise” Carter. Dubya the Incompetent.
And now Barack Obama, Nobel laureate.
All right, I understand that every member of the wingerati has to take a shot at this topic. But why did he leave out Ford and Reagan? And “Dubya the incompetent”? Has anyone ever said that? Not much besides this column shows up in the google searches.
Update. Steve M from NoMoreMisterNiceGuy sums up:
Drama Queen Obama just made a statement saying that he doesn’t think he’s earned it yet? That’s like saying you think you haven’t earned a flaming turd on your doorstep! It’s a ridiculous award! They gave it to Al Gore and Jimmy Carter, fer crissake! If it actually meant something, Ronald Reagan would have won it — eight years running!
Typical Obama — he gives the queen an iPod and now he has the bad taste and lack of manners to turn this into an international melodrama. Now the world will be focused on him next month when all these silly Scandinavians convene in Oslo and Diva Barack isn’t there!
It’s all about him — it’s always all about him.