It seemed the Nobel Committee’s decision to award its Peace Prize to U.S. President Barack Obama has continued to draw some serious mixed reactions instead of the near-unanimous tribute that usually comes with the prize. The Nobel committee is said to have stunned the world when they bestowed the award on Obama, who is just nine months into his presidency and has his detractors point out, has yet to score a major foreign-policy success.
Several newspapers in the corporate U.S.A were deeply divided over the decision, including those that endorsed him during the 2008 presidential election campaign. Papers such as the New York Times called it a “mixed blessing” for Obama that highlighted “the gap between the ambitious promise of his words and his accomplishments.” The Wall Street Journal described the awarding of the prize as “odd,” that it was less recognition of Obama’s achievements than a denunciation of the controversial politics pursued by his predecessor, George W. Bush.
As if that was a bad thing.