Obama has set the world record for the shortest time between becoming a world leader and receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. From the day of his inauguration to the deadline for Nobel nomination was less than two weeks, leading people to question why, when he hasn't done anything, does he get the peace prize? Until moments ago, I was one of the people who thought Obama should decline the award, postponing renomination for a later date when he's accomplished something, but then I read this: More often, the prize is awarded to encourage those who receive it to see the effort through, sometimes at critical moments. — which also puts into perspective Arafat's Peace Prize. The goal of this year's award isn't to reward past positive acts, but to point out to Obama that he's in the position to make a positive course correction away from the US' last eight years'(or sixteen, or thirty, depending on who you ask) path towards…whatever we were trying to do.
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