Barack Obama was awarded today with the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, for 'extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.'
I find the award somewhat surprising, though I think it will be well-deserved, if the atmosphere he has generated is any indication. He has shown, particularly in his Cairo speech in June 2009, an emphasis upon peace and unity, particularly in areas that, through the Bush administration, became alienated (such as the Muslim community). That an international committee has honored our President in this way is inspiring. It's no secret that America's reputation has been somewhat slighted by unfortunate comments and actions under the previous Presidential terms. Hopefully this marks a new trust of America that will lead to a level of world peace.