Rush Limbaugh doesn’t think the Nobel committee members were trying to honor President Obama—he thinks they’re trying to “emasculate" the United States. “With this ‘award’ the elites of the world are urging Obama, THE MAN OF PEACE, to not do the surge in Afghanistan,” he wrote in an e-mail to Politico. “They love a weakened, neutered US.” He added that he thought the award was a “greater embarrassment” than losing the 2016 Olympics.
Other conservatives sounded the same theme. “Utterly ridiculous,” said one GOP strategist. “The credibility of the Nobel Peace Prize has … hit rock bottom.” Mike Huckabee, with his eye on Obama's job, struck a slightly less inflammatory note: "The better response is simply to allow those on the left to explain what he did in his first two weeks as president that merited such recognition."