When President Barack Obama was announced as this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner reports indicate that some people in attendance “gasped”. What a wonderful debate has now ensued about Obama’s Nobel-worthiness. Is it too much too soon?
“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,” states the Nobel press release. ” 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.”
Obama is currently the commander-in-chief of a nation involved in two wars. Yes, they are wars he has inherited so some context is in order, this is not exactly George Bush they are giving the award to. Also, he has indicated he intends to withdraw from Iraq but increase the American presence in Afghanistan.
“To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who’ve been honoured by this prize,” – Obama.
“Mr. Hope and Change” is a moniker which can be attached to Obama fittingly and the domestic wars on his character and administration have earned him a Purple Heart, some could argue.
His intentions and international dialogue, in reaching out to Muslims, addressing nuclear weapons proliferation and managing verbal and diplomatic dust ups with North Korea and Iran have proven to be impressive. Simply imagine Bush in those situations and the fear of disaster was ever so imminent, with Obama, not just a nation but a world appears to trust the man.
“To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who’ve been honoured by this prize,” Obama has said in published reports. “But I also know that this prize reflects the kind of world that those men and women and all Americans want to build, a world that gives life to the promise of our founding documents.”
“He has been a transformational figure already but peace and change in his own backyard is truly the record he will be judged by…”
Obama is now left having to wade through domestic backlash for winning. The expectations on him are incredibly high and at almost unrealistic levels.
He is measured harshly at home- health care reform, Guantanamo Bay, stimulus spending, unemployment…apparently in his first nine months he was supposed to solve all that and since he hasn’t, some judge him a failure. Those same cynical circles will now hold the Nobel against him.
He has been a transformational figure already but peace and change in his own backyard is truly the record he will be judged by and he must succeed so he can achieve much more beyond America’s borders.