President Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo last night. He acknowledged that previous recipients had been “far more deserving of this honor than I,” defended Afghanistan as a “just war” and claimed “the instruments of war do have a role to play in preserving the peace.” He advocated for, as ways of sustaining peace, “alternatives to violence that are tough enough to change behavior,” finding it “incumbent upon all of us to insist that nations like Iran and North Korea do not game the system”; promotion of civil rights, aspiration to which he called “universal” and for which “America will always be a voice”; and “investments in development” to end world hunger.
He also said something about “satisfying purity of indignation,” which brings us to our rightblogger brethren.
Presumably having other things to do, Obama did not accept a lunch date with the King of Norway (though he will visit him), and skipped some other Nobel functions. Rightbloggers, who were greatly outraged that Obama won the Prize, and now further outraged that the man they recently attacked for bowing to royals did not observe the entire Nobel protocol.
“Now The One Snubs Norwegians with Canceled Nobel Peace Prize Appearances,” said Scared Monkeys. “Now Norway knows what it feels like to get some Barack Obama ‘Hope & Change.'” “Tacky, rude, insensitive, and boorish,” said Gates of Vienna. “It’s embarrassing for Americans.” “Sure, they give some meaningless peace prize to Barack Obama,” cried Jammie Wearing Fool. “Don’t they realize they don’t matter?… They’ve served their role as useful idiots, so just shut up and bow down to The Obama. Besides, he’s getting a bit self-conscious over bowing to royalty, in case you haven’t heard.”
Riehl World View suggested the President did not observe protocol because “Obama Doesn’t Like White People… If you’re a yellow, black, brown, red, or some other leader, or king, of color, Obama is more than happy to all but get down on his knees for you to show his respect.” Right Wing News, watching the ceremony, denounced the “monstrously smug look upon [Obama’s] face, reminding me more of one of the thug type football players just drafted with his chin up in the air. Football watchers know what I mean.” Well, the ones in the deep South, perhaps.
Not many of them seem to have read or heard the speech yet; we’ll update with their inevitable criticism.