George Stephanopoulos: Obama’s Nobel ‘Fruitcake From a Wealthy Aunt’

By Gorman Gorman

Oct 9, 2009 2:19pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: President Obama's stunning selection as the 2009 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize makes for a complex political calculus for a White House that's now deep in deliberating the best course for the war in Afghanistan.

On ABCNews.com's "Top Line" today, George Stephanopoulos offered this analogy:

"The president has essentially gotten the world's biggest, most elaborate fruitcake from a wealthy aunt he can't afford to offend. You can't return it, you can't re-gift it. You just gotta make the best of it, and I think he did this morning," Stephanopoulos told us.

With Rush Limbaugh leading conservative criticism of Obama's award, the president's critics have to be careful not to push too far, he said: "Will this be a moment where the conservative critiques, you know, fire the imagination of the country, or will they go too far? I don't know the answer to that yet,"

We also touched on the president's looming decision on Afghanistan, and the latest in the health care debate. You can watch the full discussion HERE.

George will have much more on those topics and more on "This Week" Sunday, with two high-profile roundtables: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass., and retired Gen. Jack Keane; and Arianna Huffington, Nicolle Wallace, Donna Brazile, and George Will.

Also on today's "Top Line," we interviewed former Bush speechwriter Matt Latimer about his controversial memoir: "Speech-less: Tales of a White House Survivor." Watch that discussion HERE.

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