Some cynics and naysayers have implied that President Barack Obama did not deserve to win the Nobel Peace Prize. I disagree. I congratulate our president on this historic honor, one he earned through his vast experience in the private and public sectors and his accomplishments (too numerous to mention) during his first nine months in office. Indeed, to quote the Nobel Committee, President Obama has made “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy.”
But I think I should have won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Here is why I should have been the 2009 Nobel Laureate. When I was in college, I attended a peace demonstration in opposition to the Vietnam War. I also still own a peace button, one of those really nice black enamel ones, with the white symbol. To this day, I flash the “peace symbol” when I see my friends on the street. My favorite Elvis Presley gospel song is “Peace in the Valley.” For nearly a decade I had a poster on my wall celebrating “Nuclear Free Missoula.” Indeed, when I attended the University of Montana in the 1970s, the student government (my student government) temporarily defunded the football program because of its inherent violence. For five weeks I was a strict vegetarian. And speaking of “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy,” during my lifetime I have visited Canada dozens of times and on each and every visit I have gotten along famously with nearly all the Canadians I have met in bars. Several Canadians really like me.
I could go on and on (during the first Gulf War I wore a black armband) but you catch my drift.
I nevertheless heartily congratulate President Obama on this honor based on his extraordinary efforts and accomplishments.
I just think I should have won and, next time, I am pretty sure the Nobel Committee will pick me. If not, then maybe I will win the Pulitzer Peace Prize or, if there isn’t one of those, I could maybe win an Academy Award for Peace (for my YouTube video). Or an Emmy.