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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Triumph of Hope over Accomplishment 

The selection of President Barack Obama for this year's Nobel Peace Prize has astonished even many who are not opposed to the President or his policies. The Nobel prize is usually awarded after someone has accomplished specific works that have brought some peace or advanced human dignity somewhere in the world.

While we argue now over the likely outcome of President Obama's policies in five or ten years, at least he will have a record that can be assessed. That would have been a more appropriate time frame to consider anyone for a Nobel Prize.

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to noble leaders for human dignity including Martin Luther King and Mother Teresa, but in more recent years seems to have taken on more of a political agenda. I'm not really surprised at anything after the award of the prize a couple of years ago to Al Gore for making a bad science fiction movie.

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