By Nick Coluzzi
It was the shot heard ’round the world.
After eight months in the White House and no major accomplishments to show for, President Barack Obama received one of the most respected and coveted awards in the world–the Nobel Peace Prize.
The biggest question among citizens and politicians is: Why?
President Obama has made some big promises on what he will do, reduce the production of nuclear weapons, find peace in the Middle East and pull out of Afghanistan, to name a few, but he hasn’t done any of those things; at least not yet. As strange as it may seem, the phrase “not yet” is why Obama won the prestigious award. It was given to him for what he will do and what he aims to accomplish while in office.
After the announcement was made, people were confused and outraged with many stating the President should not receive the award. Perhaps foreseeing the reactions of the public, President Obama acknowledged that he is not accepting this award for his past accomplishments, but rather as “a call to action.” This award is meant to “push” the President to achieve what he has sought to do and to create “momentum” towards peace. However, his detractors are none too pleased with that explanation. They feel the award should be earned for what has been done, not what will be done.
This award is significant, and not just for Obama. What this award does for America and the World is give hope that peace can be achieved and wars can be avoided with help from the President of the most powerful country in the world. Whatever your opinion, Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize is good for America and it is hard to argue it isn’t.