Friday, October 9, 2009

What Does Mother Teresa and President Obama Have in Common?

President Obama has joined the prestigious list of individuals awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize, He is now among names like Mother Teresa, Desmond Tutu, Kofi Anan, and Martin Luther King Jr. According to Alfred Nobel's will, the Peace Prize should be awarded "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses." I guess 2 out of 3 was enough. I'm not an Obama Hater nor am I an Obama Fanatic. But this news didn't' surprise me, He's well known throughout the world, and has been generously received in foreign countries. Let's just say there were some Obama Fanatics on the Nobel Committee. Nor was I surprised by the mixed reaction here in the U.S. some say it was too soon and I agree. February 1st was the nomination deadline, which means Obama's Presidency was 2-weeks old at the time. Naturally there's some complaints, the nations unemployment rate is rising exponentially, families are losing their homes, and die hard capitalists are shaking in their boots. I must say though,President Obama played it well. He didn't gloat, and acknowledged that he didn't deserve it and that the the U.S. is engaged in two not one two wars currently. Talk about anti-peace. But what can you do, life is a popularity contest.


  1. When I first read that last line, "life is a popularity contest," I thought it sounded so depressing. And certainly it is usually meant in the cynical sense. I wonder if the authors believe there is a positive side, as well. That positive social pressures from the people can overcome the massive power of modern institutions.

  2. Protesting is a necessary function within our current society which is a very sad circumstance. We as humans have not yet evolved to where justice is enacted as situations & circumstance necessitates. I guess protesting is a form of communication from to the people to it's heads. However Iam saying it is not the most efficient form of communication. Why because leadership is only a necessary function for progress & maintainance, infering people should n't have to lye dying sick & hungry in order for action to be taken... But the reality we know is quiet different, so I guess the question becomes is the above argument even worth mentioning?