IT WAS SO CROWDED, I HAD TO STEP OUTSIDE OSLO TO CHANGE MY MIND
Tom Brokaw, concern-trolling like crazy, takes to the pages of The Washington Post today to help out poor, suffering Nobel Prize winner Barack Obama. He knows the Nobel is a tremendous burden on Obama, and he has some advice on how to lift that burden:
...The president should invite a high-profile and wide-ranging delegation of interests to accompany him. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Michael Mullen, representing diplomacy and arms in pursuit of peace. Greg Mortenson, the author of "Three Cups of Tea," who has spent years working for education and literacy (especially for girls) in mountainous parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Field representatives from organizations such as Refugees International, the International Rescue Committee (where I am a volunteer overseer), CARE, Save the Children and other groups doing the hard work of caring for the victims of war. Bill and Melinda Gates should be in his delegation, as well as Republican Sam Brownback, the senator from Kansas, who's been a tireless advocate of greater U.S. involvement to stop the genocide in Sudan.
Obama might think of inviting former president George H.W. Bush and praising the work done during the Reagan-Bush years in managing the collapse of the Soviet Union and, for example, the reunification of Germany in such an impressive fashion. Former president Bill Clinton and Ambassador Richard Holbrooke deserve mention for the Dayton Peace Accords, which stopped the slaughter in Bosnia....
Wow -- and you thought there were a lot of people onstage when 30 Rock won the Emmy this year.
Well, it's probably somewhat better idea than wearing a KICK ME sign when they put the medal around his neck (although the effect is more or less the same) -- but hey, if Obama does this, why should he stop there? He should invite even more guests to Oslo!
* Purple Finger Lady!
* Afghan Girl from National Geographic!
* Laia, the dog rescued from Iraq!
* Hamid Karzai ... and Patrick Stewart! Together they can reenact the mirror scene from Duck Soup!
* Sting, to offer a stirring rendition of his Cold War-era classic "Russians"!
Hell, invite 'em all! Anything to minimize the horror that is Obama's Nobel win!