Friday, October 09, 2009

Limbaugh's Comment Emphatically Repudiated

The people of the world hate this country more than they like him, and they don't like him all that much. And he's going around the world and saying, you know what? Our country sucked. Until nine months ago, and I ask you to look at all the positive things we've done in my administration. So he goes over there, and the world rejects Obama, the world rejects Chicago, and they obviously enjoyed doing it.

It's a good thing I didn't comment about this portion of Rush Limbaugh's rant of October 2, 2009 about the failure of President Obama with his trip to Copenhagen to have effected delivery to the U.S.A. of the 2016 summer Olympics. I think (or, rather, thought) that there was something to Limbaugh's suggestion that there is greater antipathy in the world toward the United States than love for Barack Obama- or at least the hostility is more significant, more likely to have an impact in international relations.

Well, an announcement early this morning was instructive: if you (or I) have an impulse to agree with Rush, ignore it. Let it pass. Reject it, even. Everyone has heard:

President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, a stunning decision that comes just eight months into his presidency.

Less than nine months into his presidency, Barack Obama has been awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee said it honored Obama for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

The decision appeared to catch most observers by surprise.


Yes, me too. By the time anyone reads this post, Limbaugh's radio program will already have begun on Friday. Obviously, he will roundly condemn this decision and President Obama's foreign policy. But.... Rush's very effort to suggest that Obama's selection was unworthy demonstrates the fallacy of his statement The people of the world hate this country more than they like him, and they don't like him all that much. If President Obama's achievements thus far are limited, the choice of the American president for the Peace Prize drives home more definitively the reality that the "world" likes him very, very much.

1 comment:

Dan said...

This about sums it up:

http://gregmankiw.blogspot.com/2009/10/first-year-grad-student-wins-nobel.html

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