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Congratulations, Mr. President!

We all woke up this morning to the news that President Obama has been selected for the world’s most prestigious honor — he is the recipient of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Obama is only the 4th U.S. President to ever receive this recognition.

All Americans — I repeat — ALL AMERICANS should be proud this morning. We should be proud of our President. Proud to be Americans. The Nobel Prize is a big deal.

But try telling that to conservatives, who are already jumping all over Obama and his selection:

“The unexpected news that President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize has created a remarkable bit of fury among the president’s Republican opponents. One week after conservatives were exuberant with Obama’s failure to secure the Olympics for his hometown of Chicago, they were left bitter and bemused that he was bestowed the world’s most prestigious honor

“The real question Americans are asking is, ‘What has President Obama actually accomplished?'” reads a statement from the Republican National Committee. ” It is unfortunate that the president’s star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights. One thing is certain — President Obama won’t be receiving any awards from Americans for job creation, fiscal responsibility, or backing up rhetoric with concrete action.”

This is sad. You can question whether or not the award is premature and I welcome those posts here. But here we have the far right trying to tear down our President every chance they have. Unlike George W. Bush, this is not a policy debate. Barack Obama is this year’s recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and the only thing anyone sohuld be saying today is this:

CONGRATULATIONS, MR. PRESIDENT!

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