It is a breath of fresh air to have a politician exercise any monicum of humility in this era.
It is wonderful to see the spirit of JFK and MLK resusitated if only for a few moments. President Obama knew that he had not yet earned the Nobel Peace Prize and acknowledged it himself and then turned around and donated the cash award to a nonprofit organization. Critics can say what they like, but the MODEL that our President is setting is incredibly human. It’s sad that being organically human, is something that is to be awed-when all of us have the same ability.
That is why Obama’s acceptance of the award as a “call to action” was well judged. Let’s be honest — as he was: he hasn’t earned the Nobel Prize yet. If he does one day live up to the citation in the award, it will be because he was the opposite of humble: because he braved the enmity of some of his supporters by dedicating himself to peace between Israel and Palestine; because he backed his words against nuclear-weapons proliferation with action to stop it; because he reminded Americans, with John Donne, that no man is an island and that poverty, despair and hunger anywhere diminish and indeed threaten those who are not poor, not hopeless and not hungry. Humility is fine, in the quiet of Obama’s room, with his family, in private.