Friday, October 9, 2009


The president we voted for just won the Nobel Peace Prize, I'm sure you've heard, amidst widespread dis-/a-pproval. I thought I'd add my ambivalence to the general ambivalence.

The NYTimes blog "The Lede" quoted skeptics and celebrants alike. Go figure that the skeptics they quoted (all but one) were Russians and Ahmadinejad's close adviser, Ali Akbar Javanfekr, and the celebrants were happy Muslims. Far be it for the Nobel Prize Committee to sway over politics.

Sure, so he hasn't ended violent conflict in the Middle East or stopped North Korea from their adolescent baiting, but I admire the fact that he's offered a reversal in the tone of U.S. and international politics. His administration allows room for a future whereas the Bush administration seemed to wallow defensively in the past. However, the prize is hardly just if it's awarding a positive change in the presidency. "The Lede" quoted Ibrahim Assem as saying, “They are handing him the Nobel Peace Prize because he isn’t George Bush.” And I must admit, if my stoner American government teacher were elected, he would've made a positive change, too.

As far as I know, though, the committee has yet to rescind a prize (although Sartre and some other dude declined theirs), so skepticism over the decision is moot. What's left to see is if the prize motivates Obama to continue his crusade for peace or takes the $1.4 million to the Vegas Strip.


  1. "What's left to see is if the prize motivates Obama... or takes the $1.4 million to the Vegas Strip."

    I think you meant, "What's left to see is if the prize motivates Obama to continue his crusade for peace or TAKE the $1.4 million..."

    Yeah I'm pretty ambivalent about the whole thing as well (surprised?). I mean, cool, whatever, but really, nominated after 12 days in office?? What's really being rewarded here, his actions for peace or this particular brand of Obama-flavored idealism? He does have star power...

  2. Thank you, summer jas. I reposted this particular piece about seven times and still didn't catch that final and most crucial grammatical error. But I trust you got the meaning anyway. I think his star power is worthy of commendation. Obama began a trend of hopefulness in politics. And perhaps I was wrong to criticize his distinction from Bush. That distinction is powerful and important, especially when I consider the fact that McCain wouldn't have brought that distinction. The world is sick of the secrets, suppression, and moral brow-beating of the previous administration. I feel we were right swinging the other way. "Swinging the other way" is always justified, in my opinion.

  3. The "stoner American government teacher"...was that a reference to Mr. Stringer?