President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in October of 2009, about nine months after taking office. The prize was oddly premature since he had not actually accomplished anything tangible. Why was it given?
I believe it was a way for the western world outside the US to offer support and affirmation for a man of great promise who had aroused substantial hope in America and around the world.
Has he lived up to that promise and hope? No, I do not believe so.
One of our two major political parties announced its central goal for the next several years: to make sure the President failed. The Republicans did not come close to preventing Obama’s re-election but they certainly have succeeded in making sure neither the president nor the nation accomplished little or nothing.
So, no, President Obama has not lived up to his promise and has not fulfilled the hope placed in him by our friends in Europe. By far the greatest part of the blame for that lies not with the President but with the Republican Party. They have been less pro-American than the Europeans.
And now we see the fruit of their irrational obstinence. Donald Trump is not going to be awarded any peace prize. The real question is whether any European nation will even want him to enter the country. Far from being a man of promise inspiring hope, he is a man of deep negation who inspires hate. He embodies all the worst in Republican politics, which means they are getting what they deserve. America, however, does not deserve the shame Trump is already bringing to our people.
One of the very many specific reasons Trump is gaining no respect overseas is that he seems totally unaware that fear and respect are not the same thing. Because he thinks like a schoolyard bully, he assumes that if he succeeds in bullying people, they must respect him. That shows a truly stunning ignorance. His claims to being a smart man are disproved every time he opens his mouth.
America was given great respect around the globe when he was elected. Trump is losing respect for America even before becoming the Republican nominee.