Obama’s prize

Many people are taken aback. Justifiably or not is a matter of dispute. He’s only been in office for nine months for goodness’ sake! Granted, however, how many of his predecessors has taken the issues of nuclear disarmament and climate change seriously? Let alone act upon them? As the head of the most powerful country on Earth? I’m no political analyst, but even I know that substantial measures have been taken by President Obama in order to further the above issues. This award makes George W. Bush look even more like a donkey.

On the other side of the coin, the president himself is obviously not happy about the decoration. It is apparent when you take a look at his press conference. Just look at his facial expression. It is a huge and unexpected burden. As he articulated it in his speech, the award is not intended to honour his past achievements, but more of an incentive for future actions to be performed. I think it is an extremely clever decision on the part of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. This award will be hovering over his head like a halo every time he makes a decision regarding Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, or North Korea. I guess we shall see how he lives up to the expectations by the end of his term. I certainly wouldn’t want to walk in Barack Obama’s shoes.

I may be in the minority with my opinion, yet I do believe the appropriate stance is a supportive one.

(On a side note: Is anybody remotely familiar with Herta Müller’s body of work?)


1 Comment

  1. sam said,

    May 6, 2010 at 16:23

    sir, i admire your blog here, it is indeed a lovely read. But I must say, sadly, that it appears that you too, allegedly the most open-minded anything-is-possible type of person (scientists?), you have fallen into the ultra-conservative close-minded trap that is modern science. I am no conservative, but I know we are absolutely being lied to. You think it’s a coincidence that We had a monstrosity of a president, then a ‘messiah?” ( note, sir, that all of his cabinets are wall-street crooks). Now, as far as political matters go, i actually don’t believe the president pulls any weight. none. i suppose perhaps it sounds a little crazy to you, but take the time to listen. write me back if you like. the truth is sir you’ve been lied to. a lot.

    by the way, i am finishing degrees in anthropology and psycholinguistics at SUNY buffalo, and am not just a crazy fool.

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