I won’t fault Obama for accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, though I think even he probably agrees he doesn’t deserve it. But the silliness here clearly falls on the Nobel committee.
But it would be menschy and admirable if he politely declined. I mean, imagine if the guy had the humility to say something like…
“While this is a great honor, and I appreciate the hope and faith you’ve put in my leadership, with all due respect, I don’t feel I deserve this award simply out of faith in what I may yet accomplish, or by virtue of the office I hold. I have much yet to do, and hope that by the end of my presidency I’ll have established a record that merits consideration for the Peace Prize. In the meantime, I’d encourage the committee to choose one of the dozens of others who are more deserving.”
It wouldn’t just be admirable, I’d imagine it would be hugely poitically popular, too. And it would take the wind out of the sales of the righty pundits dogging him this morning for a decision he had no part in making.