Conservatives on Obama’s Nobel Speech: Keep It Up

December 11, 2009 | Last updated: July 31, 2020

The conservative reaction to President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize address is not universally positive, but it’s close. Kathleen Parker, whose conservative but surprising nature is captured very well in this profile, writes that the speech closed the book on a tentative period of Obama’s leadership.

Though the Oslo speech follows others that have inspired even his critics, this was Obama’s most presidential. It marked the moment when Obama became a leader, defined as an individual who chooses the hard road because he believes it is the right one.

Bill Kristol, paying a high compliment, compares the speech to President George W. Bush’s 2002 State of the Union address — the post-9/11, post-invasion of Afghanistan apogee of his power and philosophy. Sarah Palin endorsed the speech in an amusingly self-serving way that Ben Smith noticed – amusing because a constant critique of Obama on the right is that he personalizes issues too much.

As a point of comparison, it’s not unusual for conservative radio show host Laura Ingraham to interrupt Obama clips on her radio show and sneer “me, me, me, me!”