I really do not like to speak about this kind of stuff on my blog. But, I feel strongly about this so I am going to make an exception. So please bear with me while I get this off my chest.
I will start by saying that I have nothing against President Obama, well actually, no, never mind this post is not about that. This is about Obama being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
How is it possible that Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize? It makes no sense. I mean think about it.
The President took office on January 20, 2009. The Nobel nominations closed on February 1, 2009.
What did the President do in 10 days of office to warrant him being awarded the Nobel?
Per the Nobel website Obama was awarded the prize "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples"
Really? In 10 days? Was there no one else available for that category?
I am not saying that the President does not want to strengthen international diplomacy or is not striving for it. But to give him an award for something that has just been promised in speeches is ridiculous.
When Alfred Nobel left in his will, his wish to honor men and women of the world for their efforts and contributions towards peace. I am sure he did not mean for the award to go to those that just talk about it in their speeches with hopes in becoming President.
It is possible that Obama will eventually deserve this recognition but it is too soon. The man has been in office for less then 9 months.
But I digress. The Nobel Foundation long ago lost my respect. When over the years they have passed awards to people like Henry Kissinger, Yasser Arafat, and they omit to award people like Dorothy Day and Gandhi who in my humble opinion deserve that recognition a lot more then the 44th President of the United States.
I would love to know, what are your thoughts?
~ Dissolved Girl