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For the President of the United States to be honored by the Nobel Committee is an extreme honor, for the President and the Country.
This morning, to a room of gasps in Norway, it was announced that Barack Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Laureate. Where the prior recipients were honored for their accomplishments on the world arena for peace, the head of the Committee has said that Obama is being honored for his initiative toward multinational relations. Because his award is based on expectations, it raises the bar for his efforts on the global stage. It was also pointed out that Barack Obama was one of approximately 200 nominees, and he was nominated just 2 weeks after his inauguration. Time will tell if that diminishes the stature of the prize in the long run.
The fact that Obama is being honored pre-accomplishment was not lost on even the Obama fawning media. CNN has highlighted the fact that the Peace Prize has been awarded to our recent recipients on apartisan basis (Carter, Gore). To the opposite, Ronald Reagan, who ended the Cold War and brought about the falling of the Berlin Wall, has not received the same honor.
For the Obama team, the bar has been raised, the expectations so much higher, and as the last 9 months have indicated, speeches will not bring about the “Hope and Change” he promised.