Friday, October 9, 2009

The Nobel Peace Prize and the Olympics

On his Atlantic blog, former Carter speechwriter James Fallows snarks,

Yes, that Olympic rejection really makes Obama look weak...

Talk about a contemptuous outside world.

Of course, the "outside world" didn't make the decisions in either case, but it's worth considering who did. The Olympic bid was awarded by a diverse group of 106 individuals hailing from many different countries. The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded by these five Norwegians.

In fairness to Fallows, he did write a more compelling post on the subject later, giving a former speech writer's analysis of the President's remarks this morning on hearing he had won the prize.

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