Barack Obama stood in for the American electorate as the winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
The award goes to American voters for repudiating not just the war-mongering of the Bush adminstration, but politicians such as Hillary Clinton, who voted to wage war against Iraq because it was politically expedient.
Americans gave the world a chance for peace by electing someone as different as anyone could be from George Bush: articulate, intelligent, risen from single-parent poverty to the heights of achievement, a Harvard Law School graduate who rejected money for community organizing.
In 2008, Americans realized the opportunity Obama represented for growth and change. In 2009, the Nobel committee realized the same.
The prize is really for Americans, for making the opportunity a reality by electing Obama. For Obama, it's an encouragement- and a reminder, now, to walk the walk.
for Ithaca NY Blog