Keeping in the spirit of the Nobel Committee’s drift toward Time magazine-like award selections
, Hub Blog thinks they should have given the Peace Prize to YOU! That’s right YOU! That’s YOU, the American people.
YOU, who elected Obama. YOU, who democratically accepted Obama whether you voted for him or not. YOU, who abided by your democratic constitution for centuries. YOU, who argued amongst yourselves, nearly tearing your country apart at times during the post-war years, as you democratically tried to decide what your role is in this world, usually trying to do the right thing, even when you didn’t do the right thing, showing an amazing ability to democratically correct course when necessary. YOU, who had to put up with the world’s strange mix of contempt, anger, appreciation, awe, superiority, inferiority and everything else in between as YOU grappled with both domestic and foreign-policy responsibilities that other nations simply don’t confront and deep-down don’t want to confront. Yes, YOU, the American people.
I’ll be curious to see if Obama, as sitting president of a democratic nation of the people, by the people and for the people, accepts the award on his own behalf – or on behalf of all of YOU, the American people, who ultimately brought us to this moment in history. If the latter, I'm sure a nice kick at anti-Americanism during Obama’s acceptance speech would be warmly appreciated by YOU.