I just turned on my computer, opened Twhirl (my twitter desktop client) and saw a tweet from Breaking News announcing Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009.
When he was elected into office I felt hopeful. He is such a marvellous orator. Someone who makes you stop and listen carefully to his words. It’s interesting discussing his influence with the students in my class. They too feel hopeful about world politics with Barack leading the United States. The Nobel committee said this about him;
“Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future”
“His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.”
When the committee was asked why they awarded the prize only 8 months after Barack had taken office, the reply of committee head Thorbjoern Jagland was;
“It was because we would like to support what he is trying to achieve. It is a clear signal that we want to advocate the same as he has done”
‘The values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population’. Yes, we are more similar than we are different. People everywhere love their families and friends and want the best for them. Here’s hoping this message sent by the Nobel committee will help diplomatic relations between countries and engender a new form of leadership.
Have a good weekend. Do something with friends and family.