When President Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, I was lucky enough to be present a few feet away from him, which was interesting and obviously a historic moment.
The deadline for Peace Prize nominations was February 1 of this year. So President Obama had been in office 11 days before he was nominated. Obviously, the committee was thinking more about what the president might accomplish in the future than about what he already has done.
I too support President Obama and the change in direction he is trying to bring to America’s approach to the rest of the world. It’s just that, so far, it’s only an approach. We don’t know whether it will work.
The question is, has awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama improved the world’s chances for peace?
Remember: President Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize as A CALL TO ACTION. That call applies to every citizen of the United States. They must all take action for world peace.
Barack Obama knows that the Nobel Peace Prize is as often given as encouragement as it is for accomplishment. So he starts off humble, says he'll accept the award, and moves on to his international relations to-do list.
Obama feels he doesn't deserve to be in the company of the past winners of this amazing prize. Like: Historical war dude Teddy Roosevelt, the vile Woodrow Wilson and well…Kissinger!
But he understands that he got the prize because certain people hope he'll try diplomacy a little more often than his predecessor. And, though maybe this is giving them too much credit, they might hope the prize will discourage him from expanding the war in Afghanistan without a coherent plan for withdrawal.
Obama has bigger issues on his plate like the healthcare plan, climate change and war.
Obama may have improved his chances for passing global warming legislation in the Senate by forging an interim international agreement here that puts both rich and poor countries on a path to curtail greenhouse gas emissions. While much work still needs to be done before the interim Copenhagen Accord becomes a legally binding treaty, he seems to be ticking a few boxes as he moves through serious issues.
As the banner outside the Nobel Institute said: OBAMA YOU WON THE PRIZE, NOW EARN IT.