Remember when Obama was going to restore our relations with the rest of the world? Well, his Nobel Prize continues to do him and the United States a world of good. Consider this from the Guardian:
Barack Obama's trip to Oslo to pick up his Nobel peace award is in danger of being overshadowed by a row over the cancellation of a series of events normally attended by the prizewinner.
Norwegians are incensed over what they view as his shabby response to the prize by cutting short his visit.
The White House has cancelled many of the events peace prize laureates traditionally submit to, including a dinner with the Norwegian Nobel committee, a press conference, a television interview, appearances at a children's event promoting peace and a music concert, as well as a visit to an exhibition in his honour at the Nobel peace centre.
He has also turned down a lunch invitation from the King of Norway.
Can you imagine what the New York Times would be saying if this were Bush? Of course the Times isn't mentioning it. Neither is the WaPo or any other paper I have noticed. In fact, the only other mention of it I have found is in the Huffington Post.
I still think the President was wrong to accept the prize. But having accepted it and accepting the invitation to go to Oslo to pick it up, surely he could find time to have lunch with the His Majesty or whatever the Norwegians call their monarch. The President is going to make his great speech and run. Of course, Norway is a long time ally of the United States. Perhaps this is what they should expect.