Barack Obama’s 47% approval rating is the lowest of any president this early in their presidency. Compare that poll to George W. Bush’s rating of 86% and you can see why the Nobel Prize Obama acceptance speech sounded more like George W. Bush than it did the anti-war president:
“A nonviolent movement could not have halted Hitler’s armies. Negotiations cannot convince al-Qaida’s leaders to lay down their arms. To say that force is sometimes necessary is not a call to cynicism, it is a recognition of history”
Most rational people already knew that, but coming from Obama that is quite a turnaround. It may be the wisest thing he has ever said.
“No matter how justified, war promises human tragedy.”
For some reason that truth did not apply to George W. Bush. By the way, despite being the victim of the biggest media aided smear campaign of all time, 44% now prefer Mr. Bush to Barack Obama. Ouch!
“The belief that peace is desirable is rarely enough to achieve it.”
That is a blow to the anti-war radical activists who claim all you have to do is be nice to the enemies of America and then you can lay down your arms.
“Compared to some of the giants of history who have received this prize – my accomplishments are slight.”
An understatement, but so true. It was only about 8 months into Obama’s presidency when it was announced he had won this. He had only been president for about 2 weeks when he was nominated. You might wonder why? I’ll address that in another blog post. In the meantime, welcome to reality Mr. Obama. Even if it was only a political reality.