[Ed. – As a footnote, the Nobel secretary recently expressed regret over having given Obama the peace prize.]
Perhaps the urge to offer substance-free hosannas to a departing president would be understandable coming from his ideological allies, but … it’s not a good look from mainstream media outlets. NBC News’ Politics reporter Adam Howard cites Obama’s “soaring oratory” as his calling card and selects fifteen of Obama’s soundbites that “best capture his legacy.” Curiously, however, almost none of them actually capture anything other than clichés and platitudes….
Number two on the list is one of the more amusing. When Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize — despite having done nothing at all by that point in pursuit of peace except be elected — Obama offered a defense of the military as an instrument of peace, and affirmed that “war promises human tragedy” … a statement that is as generic as it is obvious. Howard called this statement “almost a case study of the more nuanced approach his administration took to addressing national security and foreign policy.”
No it didn’t — nor do these actually reflect Obama’s legacy. They represent in some cases the spin Obama gave on his legacy, such as his declaration in March 2010 that “Health care reform is no longer an unmet promise. It is the law of the land.”