Friday, October 9, 2009

Peace President

President Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize .... First of, congratulations Mr. President. It's inspiring that the leader of our nation is awarded such an honor.

Nonetheless, I wonder, if this is deserved just yet. My fellow ReGenerate, Pilar, says he is laying the crucial foundation necessary for future peace and prosperity in the US, and around the world. I agree. However, I wonder if the committee could have waited for his efforts to bear fruit before awarding such a high honor.


Sonya Behnke said...

Pilar is going to flatten me for saying this, but I think it's fairly outrageous that President Obama was awarded this. And that's coming from someone who loves Obama. While the spirit of the award is right on, let's be honest about the fact that the US is still mired in two wars with no legitimate exit strategy. You don't award the Nobel prize for promoting an aura of peace, you award it for bringing peace. I don't doubt that Obama will get us there, but we're not there yet.

And by the way, can someone (ehem, Obama) repeal DADT already?

Tamara said...

I'm torn on this one. Yes, I'm surprised. I can't put Obama in the same league as Mother Theresa and Nelson Mandela...yet. But I'm not going to hate on this decision either and cry about it being premature. In a short time, Obama has changed the tone of the conversation between America and the rest of the world. Even Obama said according to the WaPo, "To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who've been honored by this prize," But he said the peace prize has often been used "to give momentum to a set of causes."

In that spirit, I say, Congrats, Mr. President. (And repeal DADT)

Milyna said...

I weighed in on this topic on my own blog. It is a different perspective than Sonya and Tamara have to offer, but nonetheless interesting. Check it out at :