President Obama attended a college football game and was awarded the Heisman Trophy.
President Obama gave an inspiring speech and was given an Oscar.
President Obama read a magazine and was given the Grand Prize in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. (And you can now read Redbook in the Lincoln Bedroom.)
President Obama's receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize last Friday was a shock to many. Perhaps one day he will earn it. But that is the problem, the other prize winners were recognized for what they accomplished, not for what they might accomplish. When you look at the faces of the winners of the less sexy categories - like economics - you see folks at the end of their careers who were obviously shocked to be recognized for achievements started 35 years ago that amassed enough data to be regarded as validated. Others won for inventing the infrared "eye" that auto focuses the camera. How long has that been around? Obviously giving this award to Obama for what he might do has diminished to value of the award.
Saturday Night Live parodied the award by giving the Heisman trophy to a young boy who might one day be great. Hilarious indeed. But I feel sorry for Obama because he now has to live up to the standard of this great award. What if he is merely average?
Perhaps we should all go into our bosses offices and demand a raise based on who we are going to be in 8 years. It is absurd to even think of it. But that is exactly what happened here when the Noble Academy decided to politicize their award and offer it to Obama like a carrot on a stick. I cannot help but think Alfred is spinning in his grave.
By the way, I nominated my infant son for the Nobel Peace Prize because I think he is going to do wonderful things in the future. Surely this must be true, because he was born in spite of my wife's 6 year old tubal ligation (tubes tied for you laymen). So we figure he is destined for great deeds. Well, we hope so anyway.