Friday, October 09, 2009

Obama's Peace Prize Deserved

On this day, I feel compelled to deviate from the hyperlocal format to voice support for the awarding of a Nobel Prize to President Barack Obama.

I was rather offended when major media outlets including public radio chose not to suspend regular broadcasting to feature President Obama's speech to the UN General Assembly in September. Listening to the speech on an alternate source, I was thrilled by Obama's message of peace.

For those who missed it, here is a link to the text as printed in The New York Times. Please take the time to read it and think about it.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that those who see the award as undeserved or even silly see the United States only from within, and can't see us as the rest of the world sees us, as a cultural, military and economic bully. I think the committee saw Obama's actions in the first year of his term as a signal that he has begun to lead the United States into a more "humbly dominant" role in world affairs, not out of realpolitik calculation for our sake, but out of a genuine respect for the 5 and a half billion non-American others.

10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:23 put it so well! If we are to make it through the 21st Century (as a planet!) we have to begin now.

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No disrespect to the man, I voted for him, but he has done nothing to deserve a Nobel Prize. Those are for actually acomplishing something worldly.

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your opinion.

Frankly I wonder where the "departure" is. Each of your pices are full o fyour opinion. You just disguise is better then Dan Damon.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Bernice said...

The departure was from hyperlocal news, meaning blog posts focusing on Plainfield. I normally do not attempt to write on national issues or events.

5:17 PM  

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