Friday, April 3, 2015


In the year 2009, the Nobel Peace Prize committee awarded President Barack Obama the prize for his strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people and “his attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.” At the time, there was considerable doubt about the wisdom of awarding a prize for what he might do. Even the President himself had some doubt. The events of the last few days have vindicated the committee’s action.

People, in general, seem to have an inner sense about people they meet. It has to do with a perceived positive feeling, sensation, or awareness of leadership potential. This is not common. I can think of only three times in my life that that happened. Perhaps it only happens a few times in a lifetime. My wife and I were sitting at a table by ourselves at a rather poorly attended Democratic caucus meeting sometime between 1960 and 1964 when a good-looking young man introduced himself as Walter Mondale, Attorney General of the State of Minnesota. Neither of us had ever heard of him nor had seen his picture. He sat down and slipped into a smooth flowing conversation. After chatting for a while, he got up and left as suddenly as he arrived. My wife and I looked at each other and said in unison, “This guy is going to be President someday”. The point is that when we meet certain people we sometimes sense their real worth. I recall Michelle Obama when she was talking about when she met Barrack. She said to herself that she thought he was destined for greatness.

Although my only exposure to him was via the media, when I heard him speak at the DNC 2004 National convention in Boston, I had the same feeling about the then unknown Illinois Senator Candidate Obama. I had the same feeling when I saw and heard Elizabeth Warren during her Massachusetts Senate campaign. Media headlined the same sense or awareness for these three people; my point is that it is not personal between just two people, but it is a characteristic of that person. Apparently, the members of the Nobel Peace Prize committee had the same feeling; the difference was that they collectively acted on their feeling.

In my mind, this "peace deal” with Iran is a product of the Obama’s leadership. He is quick to give credit to all the negotiators representing the P5+one, and especially to Secretary of State Kerry. If congress destroys the “deal”, at the behest of Netanyahu and the radical Zionists and a few radical and rogue Congressional representatives in the United States are successful in their efforts would be disgraceful. Destruction of the deal would be devastating but what is important is that it will not distract from what the entire world knows; Obama did it and won the Nobel Prize for his efforts.  

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