Why Obama deserves every bit of his Nobel Peace Prize

October 9, 2009 at 8:52 pm (politics)

If you think he doesn’t deserve it, it’s probably because you don’t watch the news, or because you watch only Fox News. Or you’re American. Or you’re an idiot.

Let’s proceed, shall we?

  1. 3/18/08 – Obama caught world-wide attention for his moving speech on race relations.
  2. 7/24/08 – Obama lays the foundation for a new era of international relations and began inspiring renewed hope in American leadership during his campaign speech in Berlin. http://www.orato.com/world-affairs/o…-speech-berlin
  3. 11/6/08 – Obama’s victory was hailed as a promise of hope for the world.
  4. 12/1/08 – Obama began plans to restore U.N. ambassador to cabinet rank. http://www.theodoresworld.net/archiv…mbassador.html
  5. 1/22/09 – Appointed a Special Envoy for Middle East peace. http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2009a/01/115297.htm
  6. 1/22/09 – Ordered the closing of Guantanamo Bay. http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/…der/index.html
  7. 1/22/09 – Ordered comprehensive review of detention policies. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_…olicy_Options/
  8. 1/22/09 – Prohibited use of torture. http://tpmlivewire.talkingpointsmemo…l-assembly.php
  9. 1/22/09 – Signed an executive order to close CIA secret prisons. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/23/us…3GITMOCND.html
  10. 1/23/09 – Lifted “Global Gag Rule” on international health groups. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009…n-abortion-aid
  11. 1/26/09 – Began to address climate change by increasing fuel standards for automobiles. http://news.mongabay.com/2009/0518-fuel_economy.html
  12. 1/26/09 – Appointed Special Envoy for Climate Change. http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2009a/01/115409.htm
  13. 1/27/09 – Signs Lily Ledbetter “Fair Pay” Act. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilly_L…ay_Act_of_2009
  14. 2/1/09 – Expanded health care for children by signing SCHIP. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_C…eauthorization
  15. 2/5/09 – Again addressed energy conservation by increasing standards for appliances.
  16. 2/24/09 – Directed almost $1 billion for prevention and wellness to improve America’s health. http://www.medindia.net/health-press…ss-43153-1.htm
  17. 2/25/09 – Initiated international efforts to reduce mercury emissions worldwide. http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/ene…d_environment/
  18. 2/27/09 – Committed to responsibly ending the war in Iraq.
  19. 4/1/09 – Agreed to negotiation of a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/START_I…on_and_renewal
  20. 4/1/09 – Enhanced U.S. – China relations. http://www.america.gov/st/peacesec-e…15896e-02.html
  21. 4/2/09 – Led global response to the economic crisis through the G20, obtaining commitments of $1.1 trillion to safeguard the world’s most vulnerable economies. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30004815/
  22. 4/4/09 – Renewed dialog with NATO and other key allies. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_…mit-4-04-2009/
  23. 4/5/09 – Announced new strategy to responsibly address international nuclear proliferation.
  24. 4/13/09 – Began easing tension with Cuba through new policy stance.
  25. 4/17/9 – Secured $5 billion in aid commitments “to bolster [Pakistan’s] economy and help it fight terror and Islamic radicalism”
  26. 4/22/09 – Developed the renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents.
  27. 5/8/09 – Proposed International Affairs budget that included funds to create a civilian response corps — teams of civilian experts in rule of law, policing, transitional governance, economics, engineering, and other areas critical to helping rebuild war-torn societies; Provide $40 million for a “stabilization bridge fund,” which would provide rapid response funds for the State Department to help with an international crisis situation.
  28. 6/4/09 – Gave historic address to the Muslim World in Cairo – “American is not at war with Islam” Foreign affairs experts insist that Obama’s engagement with the Muslim world has been remarkable. “He has been able to dramatically change America’s image in that region”
  29. 8/4/09 – Used diplomacy to free 2 American journalists from a North Korea prison
  30. 9/18/09 – De-escalation of nuclear tension through repurposing of missile defense prompting Russia to withdraw its missile plan.
  31. Signed a memorandum expanding federal benefits for the same-sex partners of Foreign Service and executive branch government employees.
  32. Oversaw the U.S. closing 100 bases, reducing contractors by 34,000 since Jan. ’09, pulled 4,000 more troops out of Iraq.
  33. IS donating the $1.4 million prize money to charity.

I put some links on the first few. On the rest, don’t be afraid to Google for them.

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