October 12th, 2009 :: Permalink
A State Department spokesperson, commenting on Obama's Nobel Peace prize:
"Certainly from our standpoint, this gives us a sense of momentum - when the United States has accolades tossed its way, rather than shoes."
Uncle Barack didn't begin his peace efforts in January 2009. I had never heard of Mr. Obama until the 2004 Democratic Convention. We aren't a collection of Red States and Blue States ... we are the United States, Barack told us. This brought tears to my eyes. I put his speech on a DVD and began giving it out to friends.
Thus began Uncle Barack's march toward a more peaceful, civil and united society. When running for president he spoke to Europeans and gave a moving talk in Germany. His march continued worldwide.
He continued his calls for national unification through the campaign. He refused to descend into the gutter when called a Nazi, socialist, terrorist-sympathizer ... all tragic and divisive politics of the past. He talked a new, higher road ... and walked this path as well.
During the campaign he promised to begin the process of getting the U.S. out of Iraq. Once in office he met with our top commanders, set guidelines, and furthered his promise. Yet peace is more than the absence of war. Uncle Barack and our commanders know full extraction is complex and difficult. Peace will require our full attention.
Uncle Barack told us during the campaign he would divert more resources to Afghanistan, as peace there requires more attention. We know and the world recognizes he is correct. John McCain and top generals want 40,000 more troops. This peace will require a great deal more effort and resources.
The fruits of these positive efforts are already visible. We made landmark progress with Iran recently. Uncle Barack has called for reductions in nuclear armaments and we believe this will lead to progress as well.
Republicans are scared. The public knows full well their "libertarian" and laissez faire policies led to the Great Recession of 2008. Their party is in shambles as they cannot offer any leadership with more letters than "NO".
Trapped in a losing past and bankrupt of ideas, all they can do throw "poo poo" on these seeds of hope. Fortunately, "poo poo" is also an excellent fertilizer and these seeds continue to sprout.
Change is coming to America and the world. The road is hard but America is dominated by an inextinguishable spirit of optimism and hope.
Yes, we are tired, many of us remain poor.
Our huddled Middle Class continues our yearn to breathe free,
We the wretched refuse of teeming shores.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
Uncle Barack will lift my lamp beside the golden door!