Guaranteed to Make the Right's Wing-Nuts' Heads Explode
President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.Anyone want to get in on a poll as to how many right-wing blogs will quip: "Well, sure, we've always said he's in a class with Arafat."?
In a stunning surprise, the Nobel Committee announced in Oslo that it has awarded the annual prize to the president “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” The award cited in particular Mr. Obama’s effort to reduce the world’s nuclear arsenal.
“He has created a new international climate,” the committee said.The announcement, coming extraordinarily early in Mr. Obama’s presidency — less than nine months after he took office as the first African American president — shocked people from Norway to Washington.
The truth of the matter is, Obama has achieved something else in a remarkably short period of time. Something that I had considered perhaps lost for my lifetime. From yahoo news:
The United States is the most admired country globally thanks largely to the star power of President Barack Obama and his administration, according to a new poll.Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not signing onto to the "Obama walks on water" bandwagon.... As Andrew Sullivan has called it, his "urgency of whenever" on certain issues is far too political to be let off the hook.
It climbed from seventh place last year, ahead of France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Japan which completed the top five nations in the Nation Brand Index (NBI).
"What's really remarkable is that in all my years studying national reputation, I have never seen any country experience such a dramatic change in its standing as we see for the United States for 2009," said Simon Anholt, the founder of NBI, which measured the global image of 50 countries each year.
He believes that during the previous administration of George W. Bush the United States suffered in the world ranking with its unpopular foreign policies but since Obama was elected, and despite the recent economic turmoil, the country's status has risen globally.
"There is no other explanation," Anholt said in an interview, referring to the impact of Obama.
Still, if the President of the United States is the symbol of who we are and what we stand for to the rest of the world, and we all grow up and realize that how the rest of the world views us is indeed tied to our collective fortunes and that we, as a super power, have responsibilities to the rest of the world, it's nothing short of miraculous that one person has so turned the tide in perceptions.
Congratulations Mr. President. Just don't let it go to your head and make sure you do something good with the platform it gives you.