Date: Sat, 10 Oct 2009 14:08:04 -0400
Mary Lynn & Mickel —
We woke up yesterday to tremendous news: The Nobel Committee has awarded this year’s Peace Prize to President Barack Obama.
The President made a conscious decision from the beginning of his presidency to promote American ideals through re-invigorated diplomacy, talking to rivals as well as allies, and inspiring us all to put what binds us together ahead of what pushes us apart. Yesterday’s news is a clear sign that the United States has returned to its long-standing role as a world leader.
It’s also a reminder of why we all worked so hard to elect Barack Obama as president of the United States. Hearing the President announce that he will accept the award as a “call to action,” I was inspired once again:
“…I know that throughout history, the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it’s also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes. And that is why I will accept this award as a call to action — a call for all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st century.”
The news has left me deeply proud to be an American. So I want to congratulate President Obama, and give every American the opportunity to join me in saying “Congratulations, Mr. President.”
President Obama’s efforts to bring world leaders together are helping the people of the world face monumental challenges like nuclear arms proliferation, conflict resolution and climate change. His deep commitment to constructive solution and building alliances is bringing about a safer America and a more peaceful world.
It’s exactly the change we fought so hard for.
The prize reflects a world that all Americans want to build. For our nation, it brings a sense of enormous pride. But it also brings a sense of deep humility about the work that remains if we are to resolve the global problems facing humanity.
As President Obama continues to work for a world in which conflicts are resolved peacefully and prosperity is widely shared, we will stand with him. And today, we’re taking a moment to simply say, “Congratulations”:
Governor Tim Kaine