NY Times guest columnist Bono, singer for rock group U2, chimed in over the weekend on Obama winning the Nobel. He tries desperately to make the case that Obama was somehow a legitimate nobel laureate (sorry for the oxymoron) because of these 36 words uttered by The Obama during his UN speech last month:
OBAMA: “We will support the Millennium Development Goals, and approach next year’s summit with a global plan to make them a reality. And we will set our sights on the eradication of extreme poverty in our time.”
Now if we could put that quote to some tasty guitar licks from The Edge, I might start tapping my foot.
When I read that quote from Obama, I get all goey and teary-eyed like an Irish folksinger idealist. I can hardly wait for the 2010 MDG summit! Will it be chaired by Obama, Khadafy and Ahkmadeenadude in matching Libyan wrdrobes?
This is just what the impoverished third-world needs! Obama has already demonstrated his ability to end poverty as we know it in this country, right? All that's left is for Obama to cede what remains of our sovereignty to the UN, and the billion or so folks earning less than $1 per day will start making a fair wage of $2 per day! (of course with the rapidly plummeting dollar, the future value of $2 American is about 5 pesos next year, but it is the thought that counts). .
Bono: The Nobel Peace Prize is the rest of the world saying, “Don’t blow it.”
But that’s not just directed at Mr. Obama. It’s directed at all of us. What the president promised was a “global plan,” not an American plan.
Me: Yikes! Me smells another "stimulus".
Bono: In the same week that Mr. Obama won the Nobel, the United States was ranked as the most admired country in the world, leapfrogging from seventh to the top of the Nation Brands Index survey — the biggest jump any country has ever made... Americans are like singers — we just a little bit, kind of like to be loved.
Then stick to singing, Mr. Bono. No offense sir, but I wouldn't want Obama taking advice on economic and foreign policy from Spicolo either. It's freedom and capitalism that has fueled our economic engine and led to so much wealth and humanitarian aid the world over, not Obama's brand of socialist confiscation and redistribution.
In the wise words of an unknown J Geils concert goer heard screaming at Ooover Groover during a lull in "Musta Got Lost", just "SING MAN! SING MAN! SING MAN! SING!"
Then again, his words are so inspiring (right dr hirkimer?:)...