Proving there’s some special significance to an American who can make 100,000 Germans cheer the United States, President Obama became this morning only the third sitting U.S. President to win the Nobel Peace Prize, for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
The greatest thing about this award is that its prestige inures to all American citizens, as proof that the world is willing to listen to our leadership, unassumedly given, again.
Admittedly, there’s some truth to the argument that Obama’s achievements are largely inchoate. And surely the other nominees were deserving too. But a man who dreams big, and takes real steps to realizing those dreams, deserves recognition. Ideas matter. It’s now incumbent upon Obama to deliver on his promise, but in that task, he’ll have some help.