I am a supporter of Barack Obama.
He is one of my heroes. I can say that he has single-handedly restored my faith in politics. Having been a political science major, I saw politics as just a phenomenon to observe and analyze. Living in the Philippines makes that position all the more convenient. But Obama has compelled me to take a more active part in it. His story has inspired me to write my own, believing that there is an arc to our lives that summons us to do greater things. After eight years of George W. Bush, America looks so great again.
But the Nobel Peace prize? This early?
Congratulations are in order, of course, but I am left scratching my head. I suppose this says more about how the institution of the Nobel Peace Prize has grown more irrelevant than how little Obama has accomplished in less than a year in office. I emphasize little because we have to put things in perspective here — this is just his first year and he kicked off his administration with a broad attack on all issues. All these initiatives need to be given time to bear fruit.
But right now, Afghanistan is still a mess. His commitment to improving America’s carbon footprint has yet to transcend his rhetoric. He has restored multilateralism in the world, but how far will that take him with Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela? Domestically, things are still shaky. His promise to reform the financial system threatens to be mere lip service again. And health care? Oh my.
It seems that the committee actually awarded Candidate Obama rather than President Obama. The power of his promise has indeed spurred a global consciousness shift of sorts — just look at how our own 2010 National Elections is already being framed — but is that all it takes to win the Nobel Peace Prize?
I recommend the following articles:
- And now, introducing the Nobel Hope Prize
- The decline of the prize
- What Was the Nobel Committee Thinking?
- An Award Often Tinged by Politics