Peace President

October 9, 2009 at 2:51 pm | Posted in Historical, International Affairs, Obama! | Leave a comment
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President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia read an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence at the Jefferson Memorial, Sept. 27, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia read an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence at the Jefferson Memorial, Sept. 27, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

Congratulations to President Barack Obama, and the citizens of the United States, on the auspicious occasion of his being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Being awarded the prize and earning it are two different things. President Obama is going to have to do more than engender hope in order to have it be said that he did indeed earn it. That being said, I do indeed hope that he does.

(Reuters) The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised Obama for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” citing his fledgling push for nuclear disarmament and his outreach to the Muslim world.

Obama has been widely credited with improving America’s global image after the eight-year presidency of George W. Bush, who alienated both friends and foes with go-it-alone policies like the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

The Nobel Foundation keeps secret the names of nominees for 50 years. Visit the Nobel Prize website to read about past award winners and nominees in all categories.

Steve Benen has links to relevant commentary.

Glenn Greenwald says what a lot of people are thinking on the subject.

It’s as if instead of a nice present, we open the box to find a dead parakeet.

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