Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize is looking less and less like a shiny trophy for his mantel and more like a political lead anchor.
Far from fading from public discussion, Obama’s surprise Nobel win just keeps generating comment, derision, and gratuitous advice about what he can do with it. At the very least, it’s become a grinding distraction at a time when he’s trying to fix things like healthcare and Afghanistan.
And now it’s being reported that the five Norwegians who gave him the award argued among themselves over the Obama pick.
True, there are those who laud Obama’s award.
At Truthdig, Joe Conason writes: “He kicked out the neoconservative faction, led by former Vice President Dick Cheney, that prefers armed confrontation to diplomacy -- and the world applauded in relief, along with the majority of Americans.”