We people of the world are getting smarter. The Nobel Prize Committee just pulled “an Obama”: our President has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace, in recognition of his efforts for world reconciliation. This is really big. Our man for the ages is now even more obligated to follow through with his ideas of hope and change for the greater good.
Astonishing. How in the world can President Obama accept this award and in the same breath, substantially increase our presence in Afghanistan? Hah! The people of the world are uniting for peace, opting for cooperation instead of proliferation. For the Uighars in China, for the Green Party in Iran, for all of the uninsured Americans, I say “Hallelelujah!”.
The first step in the attainment of any goal is visualizing that goal. Barack Obama certainly has that quality. And now, that contagion is spreading to you and me. True, the Nobel is a political prize but in this case, it is an important item in President Obama’s resume. He has spoken, the Nobel Committee has answered, and it will be difficult now to stop the peace train. When good ideas present themselves, the length of one’s tenure in office does not have much bearing. Some critics may say that this award is too premature. Not true: this prize if offered as a reward for President Obama’s audacity of hope and represents a stepping stone to actualization of that hope. This honor will make Barack stand and deliver. That is not premature kudos. Rather, it is reinforcing the ideals so that they have a better chance of succeeding. Much more work is needed, but we are on the right track. This my friends, is truly “going rogue”. Imagine: words rather than wars.
That is the beauty in the Nobel Committee’s recognition of Barack Obama: this particular award is much more aimed at potential, rather than actual accomplishments. It is as if the Committee is challenging President Obama, is daring him, to turn the peace momentum into reality. That is a hard road from which to turn back. The Nobel Peaceniks have decidedly “Obamaed” Mr. Obama!
More later. I have to take this all in. More than any other day, today I proudly sign this entry, YO MAMA FOR OBAMA.
Congratulations, Mr. President. And congratulations to America and each and every one of us who continue the quest:
Sully Obama Peace Prize Reax by Andrew Sullivan
Sorry, I was up till 2 finishing my column.
If any person has done more to advance some measure of calm, reason and peace in this troubled word lately, it’s president Obama. I think the Cairo speech and the Wright speech alone merited this both bridging ancient rifts even while they remain, of course, deep and intractable. He has already done more to heal the open wound between the West and Islam than anyone else on the planet.
I’d just add one caveat: the American people who elected him deserve part of the credit too. Now he needs partners to help him.
What an incredible time to be alive and bear witness to hope.