President Barack Obama is accepting the world's best-known peace award as a wartime president, an incongruity that he will directly speak to when he receives the Nobel Peace Prize on Thursday, White House officials say.
The president departed Wednesday to Oslo in an overnight flight, in time to be there for the award ceremony and banquet, and not much more. His minimalist approach reflects a White House that sees little value in touting an honor for peace just nine days after Obama announced he was sending 30,000 more troops to the war in Afghanistan.
The contrast has been stark for weeks. Obama won the award in early October, just as his review of a revamped war plan was intensifying. He and two speechwriters pivoted attention to the Nobel address the very day after Obama announced he was escalating the U.S. forces in Afghanistan to their highest levels.
So Obama, honored for strengthening international diplomacy, will use his speech to discuss what goes into the decision to expand a war.
Asked if Obama was excited about the award, national security aide and speechwriter Ben Rhodes responded: "I think he feels as if it places a responsibility upon him."
"Responsibility"?!? More like guilt for having to accept an award Barry knows full damn well he doesn't deserve one iota. Heck, guilt is the real reason Barry wants no part of the 3-day Nobel prize ceremonies. Forget the fact that Barry only won the award for not being George W. Bush, even a louse like Barry has a conscious. A conscious that must make it hard sleep knowing that you're gonna accept some lame, leftwing peace prize a week after you just sent 30,000 troops overseas to war. In respect to the troops the better option would've been to run the award down and not to go to Norway at all, but Barry's narcissism wouldn't let him do such a noble thing like that.