Friday, October 9, 2009

Eyes on the Prize: Obama receives Nobel honor

President Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, making him the fourth president to receive the prestigious honor for peace after Jimmy Carter, Woodrow Wilson, and Theodore Roosevelt.
In a speech at the White House rose garden this morning, Obama seemed sincerely shocked and honored to be chosen.

"I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership," Obama said in his words at the garden. He also made light of the moment by mentioning his daughters and their response. He spoke about the reality check he received when they were more concerned with their long weekend.

Critics and allies alike have questioned the committee's choice to award Obama for his efforts.
The Norwegian board behind the unanimous choice cited Obama's "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples".
"Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future,” the committee also said. “His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.”

Coming less than a year into his presidency, many feel as though Obama has been praised mostly for words and not actions. Ironically, the announcement came on the day that Obama is meeting to discuss strategies in the war in Afghanistan. Obama's presidency has been marked by questions thus far and massive pressures for him to live up to his hype. I am on the fence when it comes to whether or not he is deserving of the award. Most were not even aware that he was a front runner. He has only been around for a moment but that may be a testament to how much impact he actually has on the world's fight for peace. Within a few months he has helped to repair the world outlook on American politics and started the path back to America being a superpower by example rather than by force.

Many conservatives have expressed outrage over the choice. After all, Al Gore was also given the honor recently while many believe that Ronald Reagan was deserving years ago due to his efforts in ending the Cold War.
The last sitting president to be awarded the honor was Woodrow Wilson and it came at the end of his presidency when many of his goals had not come to fruition.
President Obama called the prize a "call to action" for all nations to help to better the world.
The road to peace is indeed a long one. It starts with the changing of attitudes and Obama has done more than his share to aid in that change.

[Read the CNN story HERE]

1 comment:

Andnowtiger said...

I'm happy for him. He has definitely helped to change the way America is viewed in the past few months. We do seem less violence oriented and more peaceful in a way. It may seem small, but it's a huge accomplishment.