From the LA Times:
"Excessive praise can be unwelcome and embarrassing. Just ask President Obama, who awoke Friday to discover that he had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize before he had completed even a year in office. Obama managed to be both abashed and appreciative in his response, but no amount of self-effacing spin can obscure the oddity of this award."
"It's hard to escape the impression that Obama was honored because he isn't George W. Bush."
To paraphrase the late, great Daniel Patrick Moynihan: This is akin to "Defining Deviancy Downward." (The actions of the Nobel Committee in the past few years have definitely been a bit deviant.)
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