What a way to wake up!
This morning President Barack Obama was awakened with wonderful news. He’s been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The committee explained the decision thusly:
“The first African-American to hold his country’s highest office, Obama has called for disarmament and worked to restart the stalled Middle East peace process since taking office in January.
“‘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.’
It’s so early in his term, but I wholeheartedly applaud the decision. This was awarded on the basis of the hope Obama has been able to inspire, and in that regard, it’s completely deserved. Obama is doing his best to change the world’s image of America, to restore international diplomacy to what it used to be, and to ignite hope and ambition in Americans again.
But of course, there are those who are speaking out, and are angry about this decision. Which is only to be expected — just about everything the President does ignites a polarized response from the right. The response thus far today brings a certain Jill Scott song to my mind.
I agree that this award has been given at an early stage in our President’s career, but it speaks volumes of the world’s estimation of him. Of the expectations that have been placed on his shoulders. Now that Obama has been awarded such a prestigious prize, his every move forward in the two wars this country is involved in will be weighted with hope that he will live up to this honor. Obama’s prize proves that even the members of the Nobel committee in Norway have that audacity of hope. And it proves that the world is watching, and hoping, and needing him to fulfill the promises he’s made so far.
This is a tremendous honor for President Obama, and by extension, for America. Congratulations are in order. But the celebration must also be tempered with awareness of the rocky road and the hard work that lies ahead.
I’ll be monitoring these comments closely for trolls, so if you come on here spewing hatred and profanity you will be deleted with uncommon speed. I want to hear intelligent, well stated views. What do you think about President Obama’s latest accomplishment?