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.
The 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.
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.
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