The Buzz of the World is Deafening
Hello people, it is a near-perfect fall day, blue skies and black crows finding sunflower seeds against the first fallen, gold leaves. Picturesque! (And if you can't make it outside you can actually buy all of the above - at Michael's craft store. I was just there and a fake crow is only 7.99!)
As always, amidst the overtones of art and beauty and the music of the cosmos swirling around me, my mind picks up the Talk of the day, the statistics, the political villain of the hour,the cheap buzz words and news stories, the latest mockery. It is a non-stop pop culture cacophony in my
brain, and although soothed with regular sleep and a vegetarian diet, sometimes the incessant assault is exhausting.
However. Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. Ahh. Now that is worth lingering over. Although "opponents" (ie: Republicans and Snarky Dems) have already "dismissed" the award, I am stopping a moment with satisfaction. Yes. He deserves it! I never thought I'd see a figure in American politics that could resinstate my faith in the government and its foreign policy as has Barack Obama. He is an example to the world with his unflappable demeanor, his educated discussions and welcoming, inclusive attitude. If other leaders were to take a cue from Obama, not just world leaders but teachers, managers, parents... if they were to get off the defensive, listen to others and invite conversation they would make huge strides toward peace and prosperity. Obama represents to me a real rarity: a person in a position of ultimate authority that uses reason and kindness to find solutions. A man who resists the temptation to accuse, to fight, to blame, and accepts responsibility. And moves forward.
Congratulations Mr. President, I'm proud of you!
(Now let's kick some Republican Ass.)
This just in: an email from the President himself:
This morning, Michelle and I awoke to some surprising and humbling news. At 6 a.m., we received word that I'd been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009.
To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who've been honored by this prize -- men and women who've inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.
But I also know that throughout history the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it's also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes.
That is why I've said that I will accept this award as a call to action, a call for all nations and all peoples to confront the common challenges of the 21st century. These challenges won't all be met during my presidency, or even my lifetime. But I know these challenges can be met so long as it's recognized that they will not be met by one person or one nation alone.
This award -- and the call to action that comes with it -- does not belong simply to me or my administration; it belongs to all people around the world who have fought for justice and for peace. And most of all, it belongs to you, the men and women of America, who have dared to hope and have worked so hard to make our world a little better.
So today we humbly recommit to the important work that we've begun together. I'm grateful that you've stood with me thus far, and I'm honored to continue our vital work in the years to come.
President Barack Obama
Love ya', baby!