A Prize for What?
Early in the presidency of Barack Obama, he was given attention that some see as being premature. The Norwegian Nobel Committee saw it fit to reward Obama with the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. At this point, not much had changed in America during Obama’s time as president. Many people saw the award as a strict political act by the Committee. Others simply see the award as something that Obama has not done anything to deserve. The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama is considered to be a political act that was not deserved.
Shortly after the award was presented, cartoons and articles dominated the news about Obama. Most of them saw him as being unworthy of the award at this point in his presidency. A cartoon created by the credible cartoonist Tom Toles of the Washington Post appeared in 2009 shortly after the award ceremony. Toles depicts President Obama as a runner just about to start his race. However, a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee is blocking him with a medal in his hands. Without earning the medal, Obama is given the award. It is considered to be a heavy medal that may slow the president down in the long run. The medal makes Americans feel proud of their president, but they also feel like nothing has occurred just yet. He is still at the start, just like the country itself.
On the other hand, political writers also saw the award as a clear way for the Norwegian Nobel Committee to make political strides in the world. By giving an award to the first black president in America’s history, they hope the American government will “re-engage with the world.” America at the time had not been open to the world under the Bush administration, due to the September 11th attacks. By awarding the successor of Bush, the foreign nation hopes to spring Washington into action with the world. However, the Committee failed to see the true meaning of the award. It is an award for “peace.” Obama, planning to send 40,000 soldiers...
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