The conservative lament over Barack Obama being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize is quickly becoming a sight to behold. On his radio show just now, Rush Limbaugh went so far as to trumpet the fact that he is basically in agreement with the Taliban and Iran in thinking that the president was a "worldwide" joke.
"I think that everybody is laughing," Limbaugh said, in a segment picked up by Media Matters. "Our president is a worldwide joke. Folks, do you realize something has happened here that we all agree with the Taliban and Iran about and that is he doesn't deserve the award. Now that's hilarious, that I'm on the same side of something that the Taliban, and that we all are on the same side as the Taliban."
The remark is almost comical in how deeply cynical and partisan it is. And it reflects the extent to which mockery and hatred of the president has come to dominate much of conservative media.
To express hilarity that you find yourself in agreement with the Taliban and Iran in lamenting your own president is the type of rhetorical dervish that usually damages careers -- though, in this case, Limbaugh's job seems safe.
There are legitimate debates about whether the president should have been given the Nobel Peace Prize. He himself acknowledged feeling undeserving of the award. But, in the end, Obama never asked for the honor and accepted it only behalf of the notion of American greatness. Limbaugh either missed these facts or is just willfully ignoring them.
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