The Corner

Should He Turn It Down?

Ambinder writes:

Another objection — one that I’m hearing from smart folks from all ideological corners –  is less about politics and more about the prize: there are hundreds of human rights activists — thousands — who are more deserving the prize. It isn’t just the prize of Arafat and Carter. Its the prize of Sakharov and Walesa, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ang San Suu Kyi and Shirin Ebadi — people who risked their very lives for the sake of human dignity.

He adds:

A third objection — mostly from some liberals — is that Obama, on executive power, on transparency, on state secrets, is just like President Bush, and so an award that rewards him, or the country, for sin expiation is premature, at best, and moronic, at worst.

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