The blogosphere is alive with the sound of post-mortems on the Peace Prize.   Much can be said, and has.  However, I cannot help but observe that much of the media discourse fails to grasp an essential meaning of the choice.  The Nobel Committee on one level is merely representing sentiments that are widespread in global public opinion.  They remember the Bush years much more vividly than we do, apparently, and see a “mere” change in atmosphere in the White House as as noteworthy as the contributions of some of the luminaries who have received this award in the past.  Many media commentators seem not to be able to grasp the depth of this feeling.  Anyone who has traveled and conversed abroad during the Bush years should not be surprised, but our media seem to be.

Instead, they seem to have “turned the corner” from the Bush years a bit too quickly for their–and our–good.

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