Nobel Peace Prize, Really?

Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize was the first bit of news I woke up to this morning.

Don’t get me wrong, I like Obama (though I would have preferred Clinton- hello, “Bitch is the New Black”) but what was the selection committee thinking?

When did the Nobel Peace prize become about intentions rather than results?

I have been on a bit of hiatus from writing for personal reasons but I had to write about this- even though I will probably get some flack.

I had a conversation with a friend about this. We pretty much see eye-to-eye on Obama’s award. She was already labeled as being hypnotized by the right wing media- a great way to start a Friday before the long weekend.

I don’t think it is a question of right or left- how about common sense? I think Obama has it in him to do great things but he hasn’t even hit the one year mark in his first term as president- not that time alone marks accomplishment.

From what I have been hearing, part of the reasoning is to give Obama a greater platform in which to accomplish good things. Call me crazy but isn’t being the President of the United States, arguably one of the wealthiest and influential countries in the world, platform enough?

He is given a lot of credit as a powerful orator, the ability to galvanize and inspire but this will only take you so far. It is right to have high expectations for him but there is a difference between high expectations and thinking he can walk on water. Obama is human and he must work within the parameters of the U.S. political system.

His election made history but what he can achieve remains to be seen. He has a lot of potential to do good work and the forum in which to accomplish this but this is all still up in the air. The shine hasn’t even worn off the President and I can’t help but wonder if the committee was just dazzled. I don’t want to think that the reasoning behind this selection cheapens the award itself but I can’t help but be a little disappointed.

(Let the name calling begin.)

The easy part was getting elected. Governing is hard.

As deserving of praise as he may be, I just hope he lives up to the premature accolades.


~ by angryegg on October 9, 2009.

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