Posted by: miquelboix | 15 October, 2009

Not the first, but the last

On october 9th and with this title President Obama has sent his first impressions about his Nobel Peace Prize. Now I share it with you because I consider this document as a good example of how to communicate. See you tomorrow!

This morning, Michelle and I awoke to some surprising and humbling news. At 6 a.m., we received word that I’d been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009.

To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who’ve been honored by this prize — men and women who’ve inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.

But I also 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.

That is why I’ve said that I will accept this award as a call to action, a call for all nations and all peoples to confront the common challenges of the 21st century. These challenges won’t all be met during my presidency, or even my lifetime. But I know these challenges can be met so long as it’s recognized that they will not be met by one person or one nation alone.

This award — and the call to action that comes with it — does not belong simply to me or my administration; it belongs to all people around the world who have fought for justice and for peace. And most of all, it belongs to you, the men and women of America, who have dared to hope and have worked so hard to make our world a little better.

So today we humbly recommit to the important work that we’ve begun together. I’m grateful that you’ve stood with me thus far, and I’m honored to continue our vital work in the years to come.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama



  1. According to Nobel’s will, the Peace Prize should be awarded to the person who:

    “During the preceding year (…) shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”

    We all agree, Obama has return hope to EEUU and Europe. His policies pledge for disarmament and multilateral diplomacy. The new American president has tried to start a dialogue between EEUU and the Near East. With Obama, EEUU has given up the antimissile program in Eastern Europe and also he officially supported the fight against the global warming.

    I don’t doubt that Obama deserves the prize, although it may be early to give to someone who has only been in charge of the country for less than one year. Obama’s speeches are full of good intentions but we all know that a lot of his acts are determined by corporate America.

  2. Dolo I think I completely agree with you. It may well be a bit too early. On the other hand, it could also boost Obama’s career and make him stronger so that he can fulfill his proposals. Don’t you think?

  3. I believe that the prize has been granted him to give a vote of confidence and support for his good intentions to direct the USA towards a narrower collaboration with Europe and to give a mediator’s role, not of authoritarianism like before Obama’s government. Sure, it would had better candidates than Obama, but the repercussions it wouldn’t had been the same.

    It’s only a personal opinion.

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