Barack Obama has brought International prestige and acclaim to the United States with the winning of the Nobel Peace prize. While the prize was shocking to many, if the citizens of United States would close their eyes and remember why they voted for him they would realize that he deserves and earned the Nobel Peace Prize. I can not say that I necessarily agree or even know clearly the rationale of the Nobel committee for awarding the Nobel Peace prize to Barack Obama but I can articulate why I think he deserves the prize.
Barack and Michelle Obama deserve the Nobel Peace Prize for first of all being able to transcend themselves. In a world that frequently says you can’t and in a country that had never had a President of color The Obama’s said “Yes We Can”. They said Yes We can and Did. Barack Obama did not come from a two parent home with Daddy throwing him up to the sky every night, Barack Obama even mentions that he comes from a home where people may have told him they were scared of black men because he was raised by his caucasian grandmother. President OBama’s history and his subsequent accomplishments are a beacon of light to every child around the world who experiences controversies and problems in their lives. The ability of Barack Obama to overcome himself and his environment is a world class accomplishment, Nobel Prize worthy because one of the hardest things for people to do is to overcome themselves. Many great thinkers have written about this Napoleon Hill, recitations of the words of Jesus and others.
Barack Obama deserves the Nobel Prize by helping to prove to the world that the United States is not full of racists who hate black people and that the notion that an American Dream is possible for all is a reality not a notion for whites only. In a sociology class I learned about the third generational theory that all European racial groups who come to the United States can meld into the fabric of the United States and eventually become white or plain American, whereas people of color Asians, Blacks, Latinos, were subsequently out of luck and could never really melt because of their race into an American characteristic. Barack Obama and the United State shattered this myth by voting for him as President by actually implementing the words of Martin Luther King “not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character”. The various races of the United States gave Barack Obama a mandate. Barack Obama was not a president installed by force, given to the United States by some International Super Power he was democratically elected by the American people who said that we don’t care about race anymore just someone willing to work for our interests.
As for the significance of Barack Obama post election we the American People seriously hope that he will use the slogan YES WE CAN to solve our problems as well as take the attitude of YES WE CAN to the world and help solve their problems. As for what has gone wrong with the Presidency up to know, by and large Obama and the Democrats refuse to ignore the voices that did not elect them. The only way Obama can keep his promises is to ignore the voices of dissension and keep a straight path and fulfill his promise.