I get a kick out of people who say President Obama shouldn’t be getting the Nobel Peace Prize, as if he should have skippped the ceremony and told the Nobel committee to give it to the runner-up. He wasn’t about to do that, of course. And his words at the ceremony today were remarkable. He linked the Afghanistan surge to peace, he was humble and honored, and I am proud to have a President who is thought of that highly in the international community.
You can debate whether he “deserved” the prize, or whether it came too prematurely. But, consider this – the United States has a much better reputation in the world than just a few years ago, and our foreign policy is now less about cowboys and indians, and more about diplomacy, talking, and yes, peace. The worth of transformation is evident now and will be, even more profoundly, years from now.