|A marvelous thing happened on Sunday’s "This Week": Donna Brazile said Barack Obama being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize was "well-deserved," and host George Stephanopoulos couldn’t restrain his laughter.
Such deliciously happened moments after George Will said, "[T]he Nobel Prize committee would with this decision have forfeited its reputation for seriousness if it had a reputation for seriousness."
Quite comically, Brazile was as serious as the Nobel committee (video embedded below the fold with partial transcript, video available here for Internet Explorer users):
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, HOST: Another Friday, another shocker. Everyone’s got an opinion. Let me bring the Round Table in on all this. I am joined as always by George Will, Nicole Wallace, former communications director in the Bush White House, Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post, and Donna Brazile. And George, I have to confess when I found out about this, I first wanted to know what the White House thought. The next thing I wanted to know what you thought given your history with the Nobel Prize committee.
GEORGE WILL: Well, the Nobel Prize committee would with this decision have forfeited its reputation for seriousness if it had a reputation for seriousness. The President has a problem in Afghanistan, he has a REAL problem in Scandinavia. First Copenhagen, then Oslo. The award set off a global cry of two words: "For what?" Well, the committee answered that. They said, after 263 days of his presidency, but really after eleven days, because it was February 1 that the nomination list closed, "He was honored for values and attitudes." Notice the word "attitudes." "Values and attitudes shared by a majority of the world’s population." This is an award for attitudinizing.
DONNA BRAZILE: It is well-deserved because after eleven days…
STEPHANOPOULOS: (Laughing) Well-deserved?
BRAZILE: C’mon, George. I am a forward-looking, optimistic person, and the President has, in my judgment, he is, it is not only well-deserved, but he must also earn it. George, in eleven days, President Obama overturned many of the policies that much of the world disliked. He ended, banned torture, he proposed closing out Gitmo Bay…
WILL: You’re mentioning Gitmo?
BRAZILE: Yes, yes, it’s a proposal, and he has to work with members of Congress and states to get it finally closed. He closed secret prisons, CIA prisons across the globe. And he reversed a global gag rule. So, yes, in eleven days he committed a great…
STEPHANOPOULOS: Donna went even farther than the President.
After that, the entire panel laughed.
Alas, I’d be laughing, too, if it wasn’t so frightening that anyone with the privilege of regularly offering opinions on national television could actually say something so clearly biased and agenda-driven AND STILL get invited back.
To paraphrase Will’s initial comment, liberal media members would with such behavior forfeit their reputation for seriousness if they had a reputation for seriousness.