Obama’s Popularity Improves After Nobel Win

Gallup crunched the numbers and found that President Obama’s historic Nobel Peace Prize win has, unsurprisingly, improved his standing among the American people:

Barack Obama appears to have gotten a slight bounce in support after he was announced as the Nobel Peace Prize winner on Friday. His 56% job approval rating for the last two Gallup Daily tracking updates is up from a term-low 50% as recently as last week, and 53% in the three days before the Nobel winner was announced.

The positive momentum in Obama’s approval rating is a departure from recent months, as his support has generally declined or been stagnant during this time.

So much for that backlash conservatives warned us about, huh?

Honestly, I couldn’t believe how the right reacted to the Nobel Prize announcement. It is undeniably good news that the sitting President of the United States will be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, especially when you consider that he is only the third sitting President in history–and the first in 90 years–to win one.

And yet, conservatives reacted to this momentous news with their characteristic disdain. The leader of the free world is to be awarded one of the most prestigious honors in existence, yet all conservatives could do was complain.

And for what? Obama’s Nobel win is neither illogical nor unprecedented. Here’s the criteria Alfred Nobel outlined for who should be awarded the Peace Prize:

[T]he  person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.

And here is the Nobel Committee’s explanation of why they awarded the prize to President Obama:

Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama’s initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.

Makes sense, right?

And it’s not unprecedented that the Nobel Committee would give an award to not only reward past accomplishments, but to promote future good works. I mean, that is why Nobel prizes come with substantial prize money–to help winners continue making positive contributions to the world.

For example, Desmond Tutu won his Nobel Peace Prize 10 years before apartheid ended, yet I don’t think anyone would argue that he didn’t deserve it at the time or that it was somehow premature.

It was crazy for conservatives to react the way they did to the Nobel Prize announcement. This is a huge honor that all Americans of all political stripes should celebrate, and yet–instead of having a modicum of class and simply congratulating the President on his accomplishment–the right tried to turn this into a political bludgeon to smack the President around with.

Then again, I guess none of this should be surprising considering how the right reacted to America’s loss of the 2016 Olympics.  All I can conclude is that, for some on the right, patriotism is out and America-bashing is in.

[All emphasis mine]

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