I have always been fascinated by this man.. He is for me a symbol of change.. And I don’t mean that because of his election campaign but because of the fact that he defied the odds against him and rose to be the Commander-of-Chief of the world’s biggest super power at a time when the situation in the USA was less that ideal. He took the oath at a time when due to such a less-than-ideal situation, any mistake of his would either be blamed on his lack of experience, or his race, or his color or his background.
Hearing the announcement yesterday of him winning the Nobel Peace Prize has certainly been a very happy moment for me, for here is a young president who is trying to bring a change into the world through dialogue, presenting a side of USA that we have rarely seen and trying to the clear up the mess that the last conservative administration left, not only in the White House but also in many parts of the world.
The announcement on the Nobel Peace Prize page says,
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples…. Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons….has as President created a new climate in international politics…. Multilateral diplomacy…..emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play…. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred….. for resolving… international conflicts…… stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations…… constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting….. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened…
Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.
For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world’s leading spokesman. The Committee endorses Obama’s appeal that “Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges.”
Oslo, October 9, 2009
The announcement automatically has followed criticism, which is no surprise .. i mean if his clothing can be an issue of such debate then this is a 100 time greater a news in magnitude…In the news published in Voice of America, this certain part was interesting..
At American College in Cairo, political scientist Saiid Sadek found Mr. Obama’s selection odd and undeserved. “There is no peace in Iraq, nor in Afghanistan. The Arab-Israeli conflict is still at a standstill. As usual, nothing happened. And Guantanamo Bay jail is still open. So what for is he getting that prize?,” he said.
Another publication, Reuters, quoted Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele as saying
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.
Several tweets on twitter were also full of criticism and skepticism, and groups and polls also propped up (not unlike the one that I am about to prop) on many social networking sites.
No matter what is said now.. one thing is for sure.. that the world, its leaders and followers both are looking towards him with hope and after this President Barack Obama would be more in the limelight of criticism than ever before.
This would ensure one thing more though.. all those comments that were flying around about how the President and the first lady “risked their political capital and the prestige of the presidency”. . would sure die down.. only to give rise to new comments.