This has been a bad ten days for President Obama. First, he flew to Copenhagen to give a pitch that would reward Chicago with the Olympics only to receive a humiliating no response. Then, out of the blue, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for doing something that impressed by Nobel committee but has yet to be understood by anyone else. “To be honest,” said the president, “I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who have been honored by the prize.” I suspect, those words will gain approval of even his worse critics.
Obama inherited a mess, and he has been working hard, but, due to horrible communication problems and lack of concern for those who have lost jobs, he remains a figure who intrigues more than he impresses. Yes, he is trying in the Middle East to get a peace agreement. No, it has yet to succeed. Unfortunately, the Nobel Peace Prize was not conceived as being awarded to those who try, but do not succeed.