On December 10, 2009, President Barack Hussein Obama II., was presented the Nobel Peace Prize.
Albeit he's only been in office for little less than a year, it's no doubt that Obama has indeed affected positive change in our world.
When the announcement was made earlier this year, in October, The Norwegian Nobel Committee stood firmly by its decision to honor Obama. In a press release the committee stated that "the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons."
The committee further added, "Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future."
A fitting honor for a man whose political rise to fame started from humble beginnings. His father was from Kenya and his mother was from Kansas, both of different ethnic backgrounds but both of the same human race, and that's one of the reasons why people have fallen in love with his story.
Gone are the days when a man was solely measured by the size of his pistol and how far he could shoot it, nowadays, instead, people want to see real results and be able to relate to their leaders on more levels than one, and Obama has been able to encompass that; all of which has helped to make him the fourth U.S. President to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel committee stated that Jimmy Carter (as ex-president), won the prize in 2002 for "his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts...," Woodrow Wilson won in 1919 for his Fourteen Points peace program, and Theodore Roosevelt won in 1906 for ending the war between Japan and Russia, resulting in the Treaty of Portsmouth.
He may still be a bit green to the White House experience, but Obama's future looks very golden.
Ba-rock on sir, Ba-rock on!!!
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