Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
Critics may scoff at the Democratic Convention speech of 2006, but even they have to recognize how much that speech subsequently changed the entire world.
I doubt that speech changed the entire world, Ron. I would go so far as to say much of the entire world didn't even know of it's existence.What it changed was the Democratic party, thirsting for a viable presidential candidate. On the basis of that speech, they decided to disregard all lack of experience and baggage associated with him and make him their candidate. THAT fact may come to change the entire world.
but Barack Obama has given a lot of people hope that maybe, just maybe, we can raise ourselves high enough to at least see what's on the other side.
True enough, Ron, but, after giving hope, one has to follow through with something to keep that hope alive. As I see it, Obama has not done that. His cry of "No more politics as usual" has resulted in nothing more than politics as usual. His call for and open government has been proven to be false. His "no more pork" resulted in more pork. His "time for a change" has resulted in people being afraid of what changes he is making. The percentages of people believing in his job performance have fallen dramatically. The hope he created in his campaign is dissipating because his subsequent actions have not kept it alive. The quadrupling of the national debt, the huge rise in unemployment (which he predicted would fall), the ineffectiveness of the stimulus plan he declared
was vital to American recovery....all of these these things, among others, have diluted that hope. Saying "trust me" only works so long. Something has to subsequently be done to earn that trust.
Be that as it may, I doubt that the internal relationship between Obama and Americans is the reason Obama received the peace prize. It is for what he has done on a global level. What HAS he done on a global level? Our situation with North Korea is the same, as is our situation with Iran. Iraq is the same and Afghanistan is worse. A recent poll in Israel showed that less than 4% ofthe population believe Obama is concerned in their interests and do not trust him.
Peace on Earth would, of course, be wonderful. But the honest hope that real peace is at least possible? That's worth something, too.
Yes, it is. So what has Obama done to give a strong possibility that real peace is at least possible? What has he done to instill that honest hope? Has any violence in the world abated because of his eloquent speeches? Are nations going to disarm because he wants them to? Is there anything factual he has done to instill honest hope, with the exception of smooth speeches like the ones he used to get elected? Are they somehow more important than the other candidates who have given years, decades, endured personal suffering, hardships and even incarceration in the quest of peace? I don't really think so....the people around the world who were shocked at his selection apparently don't, either.
In a strange way, one has to admire him. With no experience, no accomplishments and nothing more than the ability to give eloquent speeches and instill confidence in people like a tv evangelist or a "How to make a million in real estate" pitch man, he has managed to become president of the United States and win the Nobel Peace prize. That's quite a feat......