The Live Fix: Obama and the Nobel, Wii vs Xbox, and Bob Schneider
We spent the last hour chatting live with Fixistas -- fielding questions on topics ranging from President Barack Obama's surprise win of a Nobel Peace Prize to whether the Wii or the Xbox is the preferred video game console.
Our two favorite questions and answers are below but you can check out the full transcript here. Don't forget: the Live Fix chat happens EVERY Friday at 11 a.m. Spread the word.
Long Island, NY: Chris
Hopefully you're fully caffeinated for today's discussion.
What's the chatter in regards to the Nobel news this morning?
As the old saying goes a week is a long time in politics.
7 days ago the right was spinning the IOC's award to Rio as a repudiation of Obama, now he's a Nobel winner in the eyes of the int'l community.
Both the IOC Board and the Nobel Board are relatively small bodies (97 people voted in the 1st round of IOC bidding with their own agendas, 5 Norwegians vote for the Peace Prize) so I'm somewhat amused with the hyperventilating on both sides on the "message" of the two events.
Both the right and left will spin these events to match their own agendas (e.g. the National Review newsroom cheering the elimination of Chicago's defeat last week).
Chris Cillizza: Long Island, I think you summarize things nicely.
My guess is that both sides will try to use the surprising award for their own partisan purposes -- Democrats will tout it as tangible evidence that Obama has changed how the U.S. is viewed in the world, Republicans will argue this is yet another victory of style over substance for Obama -- and the people in the vast ideological middle will probably see the prize as nice (if a bit premature) and go on with their day.
I do think winning the Nobel will help bolster Obama's credibility within his own party on Afghanistan, which is a potentially sticky wicket given the concerns many Democrats have about repeating the mistakes the Bush Administration made in Iraq.
But, if the initial reaction from Republicans is any indication, Obama winning the Nobel is not a political game-changer in any real way. Rather than congratulating him, Republicans have been very aggressive in questioning how a president who had been in office for two weeks when the nomination period ended could have possibly won.
Ashburn, Va.: Why do his accomplishments while in office have to be the only consideration?
Chris Cillizza: They don't. And, clearly, they weren't.
Remember that Obama made a much-ballyhooed (and much criticized by Republicans) trip to Europe last summer when he was still a candidate for president.
The message of that trip -- and of Obama's campaign more broadly -- was that he represented a sharp contrast with the Bush Administration's approach to America's place in the world.
My guess is that messaging -- and the excitement it generated in Europe -- had as much if not more to do with Obama winning the award than what he has done since coming into office.
October 9, 2009; 12:23 PM ET
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