Obama and the Nobel — embarrassment or source of pride?

Posted Oct. 12, 2009, at 2:53 p.m.

President Barack Obama’s winning the Nobel Peace Prize had even his supporters scratching their heads, wondering what to make of it, given his short tenure in office. Was the award a way for European powers to poke a stick in the eye of the Bush administration and American conservatives in general? Was it a considered judgment to reward the president’s overtures toward diplomacy over pre-emptive war? Is the prize a

political liability? Or should Americans be proud that their president has been endorsed in this way?