I woke up this morning to the news that Obama had won the Nobel Peace prize.
The overwhelming response among my Twitterverse is a deafening "huh?" The snark has already begun. One tweet says, "In other news, Obama wins the Cy Young Award."
Obama has only been in office for nine months and doesn't have enough accomplishments yet to earn this prize. The only things on his plus column are that his methods are promising and that he isn't Bush.
Nicholas Kristof is puzzled. Annoyance, even among his strongest supporters, is running high.
What's Obama going to do? If he takes it, he's going to piss off a whole lot of journalists who never won a Pulitzer and academics who haven't gotten that position at Harvard. Accepting the Nobel Peace prize will cheapen the achievements of past winners who genuinely deserved it. If he turns it down, he'll dis our European allies.
Marc Ambinder debates whether or not he should turn down the award. More commentary on why Obama should turn this award. Snark from Drezner. Discussion at Crooked Timber and Russell Arben Fox tells Obama to turn it down gracefully.