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Obama Wins The Nobel Prize Luckydip

So Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize for this year. Considering what he has replaced, he does look like a ray of hope, but it is all a little premature, isn’t it?

The poll on the Guardian Website thinks so, (as of writing this post). Click on the poll image to cast your own vote or see how the numbers change.

Obama NobelThe blogs and media are abuzz with commentary, both for and against, As for my thoughts, it feels like it should be embarrassing for the Oval Office, having people swooning over your policies before you’ve made any inroads. Still at war, still as many nukes out there, yet to redeem America fully from it’s position in the Middle East. His ideas are on the right track, but as many readers here know, there were not too many other options for a president who got voted in on a change platform, the world had changed radically in the previous couple of years and Obama was one of the leaders who “got it”.

The US president, Barack Obama, was today awarded the 2009 Nobel peace prize “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples” in a decision which stunned international affairs experts.

To gasps from those assembled, the Nobel committee chairman, Thorbjoern Jagland, said “only rarely has a person such as Obama captured the world’s attention and given his people hope for a better future”.

“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,” the citation said.

Source: Nobel peace prize awarded to Barack Obama | World news | guardian.co.uk

My limited faith in humanity has not been shaken by this, I think it represents a situation among the worlds leaders, as Sharon Astyk writes:

The only real explanation is this – the nobel prize nominees, made up of the world political elite, the most educated people in the world, and prior winners have no freaking idea what to do next. They are all hoping that a resolutely-middle-of-the-road guy who got to be president in the US has a plan, and some hope for the future. They hope if they give him a prize he hasn’t earned he’ll live up to it. Just as a lot of us hoped that if we started with big expectations, he’d live up to them.

Source: Casaubon’s Book » Blog Archive » Hope is Cheap

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4 thoughts on “Obama Wins The Nobel Prize Luckydip

  1. It’s along time since February when the nominations were made. Easy to forget how many people felt about the hope for change and the fact that a black man had just been elected US president. Powerful symbols – we tend to get carried away.

    But certainly others are more deserving.

  2. I watched his acceptance speech, and even he seemed really surprised, and to me, at least, a little uncomfortable if not embarrassed by it. But what is he going to do – say no thanks?

  3. The decision to award a Nobel Peace prize is made far, far way from North America in a fairly neutral place by extemely sage individuals; I’m sure is not a light hearted, nor should their decision be taken lightly. Remember, this choice was not made by Americans…the change that he has brought about in a short amount of time in this land is nothing short of staggering. He certainly is helping to foster a new order of communication and flexibilty. It’s a boost of morale for many Americans who, like myself, felt doomed by the Bush era.

    Looks like I may be moving to Canada though. French teachers are in high demand and short supply there and I am a French teacher.

  4. A Nobel prize award was truly prestigious. Not many men can achieved this award because it required or you have must proved first that your work has to do for a good of our mankind which applicable globally. For me I agree that its too early for President Obama to received this award because the conflicts was still on it and no one knows when it will be ended specially on Bush’s work on Iraq.

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