Friday, October 9, 2009

Obama's Nobel Peace Prize Win

I don't really know what to say about all hoopla surrounding President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize win.

Well, besides congratulations to the president of course.

The part I don't understand is why people are taking such pleasure in siding with the Taliban. I agree that this award was a bit preemptive, but I don't see why it should be used as a means to piss all over our president.

And if you honestly think Obama has done nothing, then you're an idiot. There's just no other way to say it. (Obviously that doesn't mean I think all people who disagree with this decision are dumb. It's just that there is little doubt that Obama has changed the tide of our International relations. That in and of itself is pretty amazing.)
"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 wrote. "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." - Nobel Prize committee statement
Ultimately the Nobel committee gets to choose who gets the award. It's their award to give and they can do what they want with it. You liking their decision is of no importance. (There's been quite a few controversial winners in the past as well.)

Favorite comment on the situation so far:
In other words, the prize seems to be "thank God you're not trying to be a big swinging dick of a unilateral superpower" -Farai Chideya at Huffington Post
It's just a sad day when the international community is more supportive of our president then our own citizens are.

I just want to make clear that I'm not equating people who disagree with Obama's win as terrorists. That's just stupid. My annoyance is at people who are happy he won because it gives them an excuse to throw insults. I'm always for having a genuine dialog.

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