President Obama was the surprise winner today of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. He was praised by the Norweigan Nobel Committee for, "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." The Committee added that Obama had, "created a new climate in international politics."
Those efforts must have been perceived to be truly extraordinary, since he has been in office for only 9 months. While unstated in the announcement, this award seems clearly inspired by a venomous distaste for the Bush-Cheney administration. And I suppose that it took only moments for Dorothy's house to land on the Wicked Witch of the East at the start of "The Wizard of Oz."
Can you hear the Committee singing? It's in Norweigan, but the music is clear. I'll translate: "Ding Dong! Bush is dead. Which old Bush? The wicked Bush! Ding Dong! The wicked Bush is dead."