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Obama Wins 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

October 16, 2009

This is our first “Good News” item, and Tops the List!

U.S. President Barack Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama

The world at large didn’t much question the choice. The world at large is enthusiastically aware of how much Barack Obama accomplished in the last year to advance peace. Most notably, by his night-to-day change of tone on public and global relations to emphasize cooperation and dialogue, and by his aggressive movement to begin eliminating nuclear weapons.

In the United States, however, controversy reigned. In part due to extreme political polarization of the electorate. But also because even folks who like the President are used to Nobel Prizes being awarded for actual accomplishments. Accomplishment is always obvious in other categories such as Physics, Medicine and Physiology, and even Literature.

But individuals who are not world travelers or have not been abroad in the last year have been unable to see and feel the hopeful, joyful impact globally of this U.S. President. For folks who are more or less insulated inside the U.S., it’s easily possible not to “get it.” They don’t feel that he has accomplished much yet….only that his administration holds promise.

For the rest of the world, though, no single person in the last year has done as much to forward the cause of peace. As one of the Nobel committee members pointed out, that’s exactly what Alfred Nobel intended the prize to reward: the person that in each category who has “within the last year accomplished the greatest benefit for humanity.”

Obama richly deserves the Prize, and for those of us wanting to abolish war, the hope his administration offers is very good news.

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