Snap Fact #202
President Barack Hussein Obama Was Awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize!
Often, vision is clouded by being too close to the subject. The fact is that people outside of the United States who can see things more objectively than some of our citizens. This is not because they are smarter or better people, it’s simply because they are removed from the barrage of lies, myths, and totally made up stories that persistently assault the ears and minds of Americans.

Anyone who knows the propaganda for what it is can’t understand why so many Americans buy into the irrational, factually incorrect, and often ridiculous claims. It has been said that if you tell a lie often enough and loudly enough it will be regarded as the truth. Therefore it is understandable that those who are removed from this process are able to see more accurately. The President has topped popularity polls by large pluralities all through his term.

What do they see? They see a highly intelligent man who is making many more correct decisions than flubs. They see a man who is leading his country back from the edge of moral and financial devastation. They see a man of upright moral character and great integrity. They see a man who deeply loves his country and its people. Uncluttered by the persistent noise of the 24/7 propaganda machine, many citizens and world leaders see Barack Obama as a great man. 
Even early in his term many recognized his exceptional qualities. Because of his extraordinary achievements and great effort in cooperation with other nations, international peace, and diplomacy between people, President Obama was nominated and awarded the Noble Peace Prize in 2009. 

Reasonable opponents have a good point when they opine that the Prize was awarded more for potential than for results. This point is well taken if a literal interpretation of the Nobel criteria required measurable results. However, the reality of the Nobel Peace Prize is that many laureates are people whose prime accomplishment has been inspiring others to action. 

In presenting the award, the Nobel Committee said of Mr. Obama, "His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population.” 

Specifically, the President was recognized for his effort and success to end the war in Iraq as well as the support for the war in Afghanistan and Libya. The President humbly commented, “I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments but rather an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations.”

With the benefit of hindsight, this early assessment of the man has proven that the Committee made a wise choice in 2009.