October 10, 2009

THE WIFE TOO ARGUED THAT HE CAN'T PASS UP THE NEXT LINE ON HIS RESUME, BUT...:

The hope diamond (David Warren, 10/10/09, Ottawa Citizen)

There is broad speculation, among the sort of people I hang out with, that it was offered to Obama on the understanding that he would "do a Le Duc Tho," and decline it, thus showing the world his immense strength of character. (But how can such a narcissist pass up the opportunity to give a Nobel Prize speech?)

Instead, I think the intention of the prize, for which nominations closed on Feb. 1 -- less than a fortnight after Obama took office -- is in fact designed as an essay in pre-emption. The left-wing, pacifist committee wanted to saddle the new U.S. president with their little "hope diamond," in case he got any ideas about killing more jihadis in Afghanistan. Or hesitated to do to Israel what Neville Chamberlain did to Czechoslovakia.


...maybe they'd let him defer it, kind of like a college admission?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 10, 2009 7:55 PM
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