The Other I

October 9, 2009

Not displeased but baffled

Filed under: Political thoughts,Uncategorized — theotheri @ 8:51 pm

I guess like most of the world, I was exceedingly surprised to hear when I turned on the news this morning that President Obama had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.  Even Obama himself seems to have been surprised.

I can’t say I’m displeased so much as baffled by the award.

Much as I still admire – and have hopes for – what Obama is trying to accomplish, I can’t help but think that getting the prize in another year or two would have been more helpful to him in pushing forward his agenda.

Whatever else, it does remind me to remember how very much I hope he can accomplish.  It was never going to be easy, but I didn’t expect it to be this hard.

I have to remember not to get discouraged to the point of giving up.


  1. I guess I just looked at it as how much he has helped to heal the wounds the previous administration had inflicted on us. I really think he has made tremendous strides on how other countries view us. He really has reached out to Countries around the world that there is another way to come together and respect our diversity.
    I look back to that night in November when even though miles apart how we finally found some hope and where able to toast our future. We didn’t feel that kind of inspiration that anything was possible for a long time. But that night we did. So I guess I’m thrilled that he received the Nobel Peace Prize, because he made a lot of us feel we had a chance to do something. And al ot of us are more inspired today to at least try.


    Comment by djc1 — October 10, 2009 @ 1:00 am | Reply

    • Yes, it’s good to be reminded about how excited we felt – and still do – about what this man is trying to accomplish. And as one member of the Nobel Peace Committee said today “Today might seem too early. But three years from now may be too late.” He went on to say that the award was support for the future as well as recognition of the radical change in tone among nations that he has led – a move toward compromise and cooperation, toward listening and respect. Not the thuggish “If you aren’t for us, you’re against us” of Bush. (The latter are my words, not the Peace Committee.)


      Comment by theotheri — October 10, 2009 @ 3:34 pm | Reply

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