On MSNBC's Morning Joe Christopher Hitchens panned the decision to award to President Obama the Nobel Peace Prize, calling it the first virtual award: "It would be like giving someone an Oscar in the hope that it would encourage them to make a decent motion picture."
Obama should have declined to accept the award, according to Hitchens, while acknowledging that it is indeed an honor. Instead, Obama looked "all moist and bambi-like and to say well, this is terrific, it'll make me try harder, is sort of insipid to a terrible degree."
Co-host Mika Brzezinski countered that she found Obama to be "quite humble" in his acceptance. Hitchens said he meant bambi-ness as "bashfulness and humility, but perhaps I should have been a little less frivolous." However, "the real humble thing to do would be to say I don't deserve it and I'm not going to accept it. I want to be re-considered when I've done something to earn the prize."
Hitchens also called the Nobel peace Prize "terrifically overrated," and let on that he does not harbor high hopes for Obama's Nobel speech in Stockholm, saying most are unmemorable and citing Mother Teresa's acceptance speech as a particularly egregious example.