Obama’s Nobel Acceptance Speech

If you still refuse to believe that Barack Obama has become a truly centrist President, read his Nobel Prize acceptance speech.

I face the world as it is, and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people. For make no mistake: evil does exist in the world. A non-violent movement could not have halted Hitler’s armies. Negotiations cannot convince Al Qaeda’s leaders to lay down their arms. To say that force is sometimes necessary is not a call to cynicism – it is a recognition of history; the imperfections of man and the limits of reason.

I raise this point because in many countries there is a deep ambivalence about military action today, no matter the cause. At times, this is joined by a reflexive suspicion of America, the world’s sole military superpower.

Yet the world must remember that it was not simply international institutions – not just treaties and declarations – that brought stability to a post-World War II world. Whatever mistakes we have made, the plain fact is this: the United States of America has helped underwrite global security for more than six decades with the blood of our citizens and the strength of our arms.

Yes, that’s right — he acknowledged that there is true evil in the world, and made a strong case for the United States as a defender of freedom. Not exactly the words of an America-hating commie traitor, are they?

And as for the criticism that Obama doesn’t deserve the Nobel Peace Prize — well, he agrees:

I receive this honor with deep gratitude and great humility. It is an award that speaks to our highest aspirations – that for all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter, and can bend history in the direction of justice.

And yet I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the considerable controversy that your generous decision has generated. In part, this is because I am at the beginning, and not the end, of my labors on the world stage. Compared to some of the giants of history who have received this prize – Schweitzer and King; Marshall and Mandela – my accomplishments are slight.

And then there are the men and women around the world who have been jailed and beaten in the pursuit of justice; those who toil in humanitarian organizations to relieve suffering; the unrecognized millions whose quiet acts of courage and compassion inspire even the most hardened of cynics. I cannot argue with those who find these men and women – some known, some obscure to all but those they help – to be far more deserving of this honor than I.

This is a very good speech, and shows the great distance that Obama has put between himself and the radical anti-war left.

But sadly, one of the 7 comments at the LA Times page where the text of Obama’s speech is posted demonstrates again the deranged, ugly racism that lies behind so much of the right wing’s hatred of Obama:

“I…I…I…me…me…me.

Citizens of the world I have arrived.”

Please tell me when the planet starts to heal and the oceans recede as promised.

This incompetent unaccomplished bafoon is a joke and disgrace.

Posted by: Michelle Wookiebama | December 10, 2009 at 08:46 AM

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