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Obama and his Nobel Peace Prize

I am very glad he won it but do agree that there is much work to do yet. What I see it as is not Obama himself winning it but us as a country! We pulled together in such a way that it rivals the civil war but without bloodshed but through democracy and diplomacy. What we should believe is just what he has said from the beginning: that it is not his power to bring about change but ours!

He has been amazing though not perfect, but then he is a man not a supreme being so what else so we expect?! I am very glad he won it and hope it spurs him on to even greater diplomatic and peace efforts and I hope that as a country we continue to pull together to bring about true and lasting changes.

I hope it fans the flames of renewal and change that helped turn the tide in this country and keeps the momentum going.

Congratulations to him for winning it and now I hope he works ever harder to continue the process started.

Maria

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Khushbu's picture

My Opinion

Hi Maria

Thank you so much for starting this discussion.

We have been talking about Obama getting the Nobel Peace Prize. Not that our opinion is going to matter anyway, I really dont think it was the best decision of the committee to present him with the award. The award was given at the time when i was just done with reading the book Renegade, which records the entire election process. I was awed, to say the least, over Obama's charisma, his ability to leave people open-jawed. But, i really dont think that it as the right time to give him the award. How long has be held the office? 9 months? It was not the judgmental time. The committee says that the award will strengthen his quest towards peace process, but since when is the peace prize given to "inspire" somebody?

I understand the sentiments of the People of the United States of America, and all the Obama fans (including me), but i seriously think that the people who actually deserved it "at the moment" have not been served well.

But hopefully, Obama will live upto what he has achieved, and he will prove my thesis wrong.

Peace!

Khushbu

Khushbu Agrawal

Sunny_sunshine_cloudy_Mina's picture

That's wonderful!

I love looking at your posts, even if I am your daughter, I like reading them because they are easy to understand. You bring up great points. I am glad the U.S. of A is getting better!

"Fight fire with fire, you'll end up with ashes."
"A charming lady does not follow the crowd, she is herself."

Maria Cuellar's picture

Exciting

Maria,

Yes, thanks for starting this discussion. I also don't think he deserved it as much as others have in the past, but I am excited to see what comes out of it.

I think it's great that Obama himself said that he didn't think he deserved the award. He said he was "surprised and deeply humbled" and that "I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many transformative figures that have been honored by this prize," but he accepts the honor as "a call to action to confront the common challenges of the 21st century."

So, he understands that he hadn't completed any actions as worthy as other peace-prize winners, but that he will accept only because now he really has to make it worthy. This hopefully will inspire peace changes in the world.

It's important to remember that Obama has changed the way dialogues between countries work, and that in the Bush administration countries outside the US hated him and the US so much that it was impossible for countries to agree on anything peaceful. Now at least there is room for debate. That is a worthy change.

I'd like to see what everyone else thinks about it!
Maria

olutosin's picture

My wish!

Sweet Maria,
Hmmmnnnnn My friends how I wish the president of Nigeria can be nominated for an Award. ah ah ah, we will get there.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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