Nobel Speech Bedevils Wartime President
Obama faces minefield in Oslo tomorrow
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2009 5:51 AM CST
A woman stands next to a poster of Nobel Peace laureate Barack Obama outside the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009. Obama will receive the Nobel Peace Prize on Thursday.   (AP Photo/Odd Andersen)
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(Newser) – What to say when you're a Nobel Peace Prize winner who's just ordered 30,000 more troops to war? Barack Obama's acceptance speech in Oslo tomorrow presents a rhetorical minefield, testing the president's ability to articulate a moral vision for his foreign policy in the face of an escalating war and international criticism of his handling of human rights in China, Darfur, and Iran.

The speech raises two potentially damaging questions, Bush speechwriter David Frum tells the Wall Street Journal: "Do you care more about international public opinion than you do about American public opinion? And second, are you more eloquent when you talk about global peace than you are when you are calling young Americans into battle?" Obama is writing the speech himself and plans to address the irony of receiving a peace prize just after escalating the war in Afghanistan.