The news that President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize today has generated a variety of reactions, with great surprise being perhaps the most common. Reasonable people can disagree about who should have received the award, and TFN takes no position on that question. But we think most Americans — except perhaps those at the extremes, like certain members of our State Board of Education — might take some pride in seeing the leader of our nation recognized by the Nobel Committee.
So an e-mail sent out late this afternoon by the campaign of Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst disappointed us:
This morning, after just eight months in office, President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. The President now joins a list of distinguished winners including Mother Teresa, Elie Wiesel, Nelson Mandela, and the Dalai Lama.
But did the President deserve this honor that was not even bestowed upon President Ronald Reagan, a President who ended the Cold War and whose efforts led to the fall of the Berlin Wall?
Please take a minute to let me know your opinion.
Thanks for your patriotism,
“Thanks for your patriotism?” With all due restpect, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, a “p” word did occur to us when we read your e-mail. But “patriotism” wasn’t the one.