DC’s sole member of Congress, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, issued a press release today remarking on the President’s surprise Nobel Peace Prize award this morning, saying “Obama Redeems Diplomatic Leadership and Re-Establishes America on World Stage” as a result of the award.
The world is abuzz right now over this award and whether it was appropriate and/or deserved and many mocking the award have commented that Obama received it merely for not being named George W. Bush. Rep. Norton makes her case for this being appropriate by pointing out how Obama’s views and approach differ from the previous administration – which is almost the same thing as saying “he’s not Bush”, albeit in a more diplomatic fashion.
(Full press release after the jump)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) issued the following statement on the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama:
“Opponents may scoff at the early award of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama until, perhaps, they look more closely at its title ‘Peace Prize.’ The use of the most powerful armed forces in the world to invade another country unnerved virtually every country in the world. The insistence of the world’s leading power that climate change was not real made the world more vulnerable than the wars of the past. For more than a generation, no president has made nuclear disarmament a signature issue. Unilateral actions and attacks had made the ‘Ugly American’ not only ugly, but feared, given our enormous military power.
“Re-establishing diplomacy as the premier way for a great power to use its great power has caused the world to breathe a sigh of relief and has led to the award of the Nobel Peace Prize. This prize re-establishes a country weakened by economic crisis that was laid at our door step and could re-establish confidence in the leadership that the U.S. enjoyed after World War II.”