America Wins the Nobel Peace Prize – Thanks Obama

Today president Barack Obama was announced this year’s Nobel Peace prize recipient, a big surprise even to our commander in chief. It’s not unheard of for a U.S. president to receive the honor – both Franklin Roosevelt and Woodrow were Nobel Peace prize winners – however, Roosevelt and Woodrow were seasoned leaders at the time and president Obama in just breaking the 9 month mark in office.

Despite his short stint on the global stage, I feel Obama was an excellent choice for the Nobel Peace prize this year. In fact, it’s one of the reasons I feel he deserves it.

Obama’s Nobel Win is a Win for America

Obama’s Nobel Peace prize is further evidence that the U.S. has turned a page in its history that was badly needing to be turned. Throughout the last 2-3 decades our country’s experienced eroding social awareness, declining global support, corporate misdeeds that shame capitalism and government policies that weren’t focused on the majority of the American people’s well being.

We could have kept going along that same path, but in stepped a young, idealistic and driven man named Barack Obama. An underdog in even his own party up against Hilary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primaries, Obama was able to win over many of those that doubted his slim track record. It was his call for bringing America back to what it once was, back to a country that’s the world leader for diplomacy and democracy in the world.

His Nobel Peace prize is a win for all Americans. It signifies that we are still dedicated to the ideals that this country built its foundation upon – liberty, peace and justice for all.

Obama has Proven Himself to be a Peaceful Uniter in Mere Months

As mentioned above the shock of the selection of Obama stems from the fact that he hasn’t been the president very long. Despite that, he has already changed the dialog at home and around the world in a decidedly positive way.

Changing the U.S. Focus

Here at home, even though major policy changes early on – especially the always controversial topic of health care – could harm his political standing, he dove right in. He did so because it was the right thing to do for the American people, even if it ended up being his “Waterloo”.

He’s proven himself to be a man of action set to right the wrongs that have been building up in the U.S., even steadily trying to reach out to an opposition that seems hell bent on breaking him. I would have told Republicans that after nearly a decade of bad, bad decisions their input really wasn’t needed in regards to policy making like health care reform, but hey Obama has more character than I do.

He kept his cool during the heated health care debates in August. When the country was splitting into political divides fueled by misinformation, uncertainty and for some real life or death concerns, Obama gave a speech to Congress and the public that ultimately calmed the rough waters enough to keep the cause afloat. We’re now closer to health care reform than ever before, closer to making good health care not a privilege for those that can afford it but a basic right for every American.

The Message Obama Sends to the World

Obama is also focused on bridging divides the world over. He’s begun the process of closing Guantanamo prison, is working towards nuclear proliferation, and repairing our ties with the Muslim world among many other things. His global impact has been nothing short of a phenomenon.

He’s lived up to the hype of being the first African American U.S. president – one his first, and most definitive steps towards making America a place that truly is an example of equality for all people.

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