Sunday, October 11, 2009

More on Obama and the Nobel Peace Prize

Much has happened since my early Friday morning reflection on President Obama being awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. Over the week-end, everybody and his brother has been talking and blogging about it and everybody has a definite opinion, from the Fox News crowd to the crunchy granola set. Mostly they are complaining either that it's too soon or that the prize is about politics not peace or that Obama flat-out doesn't deserve it. Sounds like pure sour grapes to me.

I was tired of reading about it till I came across this excellent, down to earth, opinion which I just love because it is 100% in line with what I think. ( could there be a better reason?:-)

So on a quiet Sunday afternoon I offer a link I hope you'll click on, to a post I think is just great, that will explain why Obama got the Nobel Prize in simple, easy to understand terms. To Wit:

"How Can They Do That?"; A Progressive Responds Regarding Nobel Peace Prize Committee's Choice


sarah jones said...

Great minds think alike, if I do say so myself:-)

I'm so glad to see this getting some reads, to debunk the craziness!

Your blog is great:-)


pinkpackrat said...

There's too much craziness around these days. Thanks for a level-headed approach:-) and thanks for the kudo too--much appreciated!

Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

While there are some people in its history who have received the Nobel Peace Prize that deserved it a hell-of-a-lot less than Barack Obama (Henry Kissinger and Yassar Arafat come instantly to mind), I don't think the good folks in Olslo did the president any favors by presenting the Nobel to him so early in his presidency.

Woodrow Wilson received his in 1919 only after his work for the League of Nations (at considerable cost to his own physical health).

Theodore Roosevelt obtained his prize in 1906 after negotiating an end to the war between Japan and Russia.

Jimmy Carter got his (post-presidency)after bringing Egypt and Israel together - no small feat!

All due respect to the president - after all, he never solicited this award and it was as much of a surprise to him as it was to everybody else - but what the hell has HE done for peace lately?

Am I missing something?

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY