“I am both surprised and deeply humbled by the decision of the Nobel Committee. Let me be clear: I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations.
To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who’ve been honored by this prize — men and women who’ve inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.
But I also know that this prize reflects the kind of world that those men and women, and all Americans, want to build — a world that gives life to the promise of our founding documents. And I know that throughout history, the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it’s also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes. And that is why I will accept this award as a call to action — a call for all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st century.” – President Barack Obama
Does he deserve the award?
Well, here is what Obama has done for me:
- Made me believe that any person from any walk of life can accomplish something if they are willing to work hard enough for it.
- Reminded me that giving back to the community and the country is what I (and really, everyone) need to be doing.
- Given me hope when I had none left.
- Hope that someday I’ll be able to have health insurance
- Hope that with cooler heads in charge we’ll soon be out of this ridiculous, made-up war.
- Hope that peace will finally govern instead of greed.
- Hope that I’ll finally be able to find a job and make a life for myself.
You can say he hasn’t really done anything concrete, but in giving me and millions of other American’s hope, I say he has done something. He’s made people feel like they matter. That it’s the people’s government and they can bring about change. That we’re being heard. That what we want matters.
He took a country that was sick and depressed and gave us hope. And he’s lifting us out of our depression and giving us structure for our future. He’s made a difference. He’s changed the entire climate of this country from helpless and hopeless to growing and hopeful. We can see a direction now. We have a purpose we can support now. And we know we’re going to make it.
So is that nothing? Is inspiring a nation to greatness not worth lauding? I think it’s something. And I think he deserves the Noble Peace Prize. He’s an amazing person and I am proud he is my President.
I’m not saying that the other people didn’t deserve the award. Maybe they even deserved it more. But the committee chose Obama. And I’m proud of him.