Barack Obama Accepts Nobel Prize for PeaceOctober 9, 2009 at 10:33 am | Posted in American politics | 1 Comment
Not that they had much of an opportunity to really think this through, but it seems Obama and his advisers felt declining this award was not a good idea. I noted in my previous post that I thought Obama should have declined the offer, and that would have been the advice I would have given him in the meeting they most likely had this morning to strategize how to go forward with this new development. They have apparently chosen to go with accepting this award as a “call to action.” It makes sense. The Nobel Prize is valued much greater in other countries than it is in the United States. We’ve had too much pounding from certain circles on these “European elitists” as if there is anything wrong with being an elitist who happens to live in Europe. But in many parts of the world, the Nobel Prize is valued greatly, and the individual honored with that prize has greater influence. I hope it works well to getting more peace in the world.
On the Israeli/Palestinian front, both sides should remember that Arafat and Rabin were given the prize for their efforts at peace. One was later assassinated for his talk of peace.
As a side note, the Republican response is stupid, but plays to the base:
“The real question Americans are asking is, ‘What has President Obama actually accomplished?’ It is unfortunate that the president’s star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights. One thing is certain – President Obama won’t be receiving any awards from Americans for job creation, fiscal responsibility, or backing up rhetoric with concrete action.”
I guess the Republicans will also not be rewarded by the Americans, seeing they are currently the Party of No. But hypocrisy is now a characteristic trait of the Republican brand. One wonders when they will step out of their self-inflicted caste.