This morning, with news that our president won the Nobel Peace Prize, after being nominated ten days into his presidency, I’m sure there are a lot of folks who aren’t fans of Obama reacting with disbelief and cynical, snarky remarks.
But let me be clear: This is a moment to give President Obama his due.
There are no longer any U.S. forces in Iraq; the war there is over.
Afghanistan is finally stabilized, with the populace reassured and President Karzai’s public trust reinvigorated by free and fair elections.
Israelis and Palestinians are finally working together to build a lasting peace.
Through our forthright and clear denunciation of brutality, the Iranian protesters have had their fraudulent election canceled, and true democracy is celebrated by every young man and young woman in the streets of Tehran.
The Guantanamo Bay prison is closed.
Through our diplomatic nudging, China has made great strides in its treatment of dissent, and the Dalai Lama is recognized by every world leader as a great man of wisdom.
Eastern Europeans in places like Poland and the Czech Republic sleep easily, no longer worried about the nefarious ambitions of the Russian bear.
A crisis in Honduras has been averted through the measured, deliberate effort of the administration.
No one in Asia worries about North Korean missiles any longer.
Pakistan is stabilized, and its citizens are reaching out to India in places like Mumbai.
In Egypt, after Obama’s speech, the government has never spent more time paying attention to dissenters like the Muslim Brotherhood.
Finally, the potential chaos from a global recession has been averted, as the U.S. economy has come roaring back to lead the world to new prosperity.
Come on, folks. With a record like that, Obama was a shoo-in.