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The Nobel Peace Prize Committee Recognized Future Greatness

Originally published at The Minority Report

by Ima Tuele
New York Times News Service

One must give the Nobel pace Prize Committee kudos for prescience. Nominated for the prize mere days after his election in November, and voted days after his inauguration — long before he had achieved anything more significant than finding his way to the executive washroom in the White House — that committee recognized the greatness that President Obama would one day exhibit.

Long before the president provided his profile in courage — those Five Days In April, when the president faced down the Somali pirate scourge — the Nobel Peace Prize committee saw what Americans had yet to see.

In his own modest words, President Obama downplayed his own role in what will come, no doubt, to be the most notable accomplishment of his administration.

“I will not recount the full story of those five days in April. Much of it is already known. Some of it will never be known, and that’s how it should be. But here on this day at this institution, it must be said the extraordinary precision and professionalism displayed that day was made possible in no small measure by the training, the discipline, and the leadership skills that so many of those officers learned at the United States Naval Academy,” the president said.

Nor does braggadocio find its way into the president’s accounts of the now famous “Beer Summit.” At that monument to diplomacy, President Obama was able to bring together law enforcement with the criminal element — Sgt Crowley and Henry Louis Gates, Jr over a couple of brewskies. The level of diplomacy needed to bring together America’s finest and those less desirable elements of society [Harvard Academicians] into a new level of understanding as to the relative merits of domestic versus import alcoholic beverages will do him well in his efforts to bring about Nirvana and world peace.

World Peace, the goal of every Beauty Pageant contestant in history, can only be achieved by an iconic figure like this president. Unashamed to prostrate himself before foreign dignitaries, this president deserves the Nobel Peace Prize every bit as much as former Vice President Gore deserved his award, and as much as former President Carter deserved his own award. His achievements, while not as monumental as those other former winners, will one day surely surpass them both.

It took a remarkable Nobel Peace Prize committee to recognize that future greatness.