I admit openly to you that I am a Democrat. I was a strong supporter of Hilary Clinton, but when she pulled out of the race for the presidency, Barack Obama won me over. I think that President Obama represents a step forward for our nation, but I have not seen any solid proof that he has done anything that he promised he would do.
The Nobel Peace Prize is meant to be an award that honors a member of society who has done something to promote peace or justice in the world. What has Barack Obama done? Sure, he has spoken about promoting peace in the Middle East, but words do not mean action. And so far, we have seen little change in the Middle East.
Perhaps most distressing about this year's selection process is that the standard which is usually upheld in selecting the winner has dropped. No longer is the emphasis on action. No longer does a person get honor after they do something of merit-- intention, apparently, is enough.
Consider the people who were looked over, people such as Greg Mortenson, a humanitarian who has dedicated a significant portion of his life (he started his initiative in 1993) to building schools for the under-priviledged children in rural villages around the Middle East. Unlike President Obama, Greg Mortenson has done.
Although nothing will be done to change the outcome of this year's selection process, one can only hope that things will be different next year. But for now, I sincerely hope that President Obama, fulfills his promises to the world.
This article is in response to the Nobel Peace Prize selection of 2009. For more information, check out: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/10/world/10nobel.html?_r=1&hp. To learn more about Greg Mortenson, visit his website at:http://www.gregmortenson.com/
*Quote from The New York Times