I was a bit surprised that this award was given and, even though I am an Obama supporter, not sure it was deserved. Yes, he has made some strong speeches in regard to resolving tensions in the MIddle East and, yes, it is also true that he has pushed the issue of reducing carbon emissions and controlling greenhouse gases more than any other President. However, he has not gotten any significant results yet, although early indications are promising. I would have rather seen him receive the award when the results are tangible. And yes, I realize this is as much a symbolic award as anything, a direct rebuke to the former administration.
However, I wonder if that could backfire. There is a strong thread of xenophobia within the Republican party, and actions such as this only serve as fuek to the hate filled rhethoric of the Becks and Limbaughs of the world.
I do question whether the Nobel Prize committe may hav made a serious error
Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward aristrocratic forms. No gov't in history has been known to evade this pattern. And as the aristocracy develops, gov't tends more and mroe to act exclusively in the interests of the ruling class