This So-Called Post-Post-Racial Life

October 9, 2009

A Call to Action (and Happy Birthday, Bo)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — pprscribe @ 1:33 pm

Good morning.  Well, this is not how I expected to wake up this morning.  After I received the news, Malia walked in and said, “Daddy, you won the Nobel Peace Prize, and it is Bo’s birthday*!”  And then Sasha added, “Plus, we have a three-day weekend coming up.”  So it’s good to have kids to keep things in perspective.

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 H. Obama, on winning the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

*And it is PPR_Scribe’s wedding anniversary!



  1. I will only point out that the President agrees with me that he did not deserve this award because of any accomplishment.

    Comment by Aaron — October 9, 2009 @ 2:27 pm

  2. Aaron, nothing I have read from the award committee has *said* that this is about accomplishment, though. They were very clear about what they were rewarding. We can take issue with that—that this is not in keeping with what the award should be reserved for, for example. But if we are going to accept their word for the *why* then any critique should be based on their own criteria, IMO (e.g., he really is not or will not be an inspiration, he has not/will not engender hope for peace).

    In the end, the fact remains that this is a private foundation and they could choose to award the prize to whomever they choose….

    Comment by pprscribe — October 9, 2009 @ 4:19 pm

  3. I can’t hate on the prez. He didn’t lobby for this award. It was the award committees decision to award the prize. IF people want to be mad at someone. Be mad at the folks in Norway.

    Comment by citizen ojo — October 9, 2009 @ 10:43 pm

  4. Citizen Ojo, I firmly believe that Obama was doomed in many eyes no matter what he did in response to this announcement. As such, I think the statement he made about it was quite masterful and classy.

    I am looking forward to his acceptance speech in Oslo when he goes to pick up his bigole medal and check. LOL

    BTW, I will be posting MLK’s acceptance speech soon. I would be willing to bet that the President had this speech in front of him when he (and his speechwriters) crafted his own remarks….

    Comment by pprscribe — October 15, 2009 @ 10:11 am

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