Friday, October 09, 2009

Congratulations, but .....

I'm sure the blogosphere will have no lack of punditz - myself included - stepping forward to comment on the news that President Barack Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

What they have to say, what I have to say ... you can take it or you can leave it, as you see fit. BUT ... I am interested in comments from some real experts on the Nobel Peace Prize, and what today's announcement means ... not so much for what President Obama has done, but for what it is hoped he will do.

"So soon? Too early. He has no contribution so far. He is still at an early stage. He is only beginning to act," said former Polish President Lech Walesa, a 1983 Nobel Peace laureate. "This is probably an encouragement for him to act. Let's see if he perseveres. Let's give him time to act."

"It is an award that speaks to the promise of President Obama's message of hope," said Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, who won the prize in 1984.

The message of hope still resonates with some of us. It is why I congratulate the President on this award, and why I hope and pray that the encouragement, the promise is fulfilled.

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