Obama is acknowledged by many to be a very charismatic leader.
With Obama's acceptance speech of the Nobel Peace Prize, many question why he received it, what he's done to receive it, and most importantly, why did he accept it when he should have politely refused it.
But should he really have denied it? No. It is an honor, regardless of what your accomplishments are, and not accepting could be seen as a slight to the international committee that nominated him. It lends him more credence in international diplomacy as well. Regardless of what peoples opinions are of him and his accomplishments, accepting was the right move, and Obama even had the class to donate the award money to American charities. That is an outstanding President, and human being. George Bush would have invested that in his ranch, back home in Texas, John McCain might have bought another few houses, or exotic import cars.
The Father of Dynamite, and the Peace Prize, Alfred Nobel.
Progress, it doesn't happen overnight.
So what is the Peace Prize, and where did it come from? Alfred Nobel, pictured right, created two very destructive objects. Ballestite, and dynamite. Only the former was used in a war during his lifetime, but scholars state that he realized the destructive capabilities of dynamite would be too much for governments and their peoples to resist, and would soon see it's application in warfare. In his will, he left behind a specific instruction to create the Peace Prize with the stipulation that the person who receive it 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." So the only question that remains, is does Obama meet these standards? What has he really done? After George Bush just about anybody could be seen as to fulfill these values, other than Sarah Palin.
Let's take a look at Obama's progress. First, Bush made the mistake of declaring war on a religion. He generalized an entire belief system and characterized them by their radical proponents. Obama has made painstaking efforts to let the Muslim world know that we are not at war with them. Why would this be important? It's promoting peace, and creating fraternity between nations. Islam is a religion with nearly two billion believers, nearly as big as Christianity. He has greatly improved the United States' approval rating in Middle Eastern countries that are primarily Islamic. He also secured aid to Pakistan to help that nation, which is our biggest ally in the region.
He prohibited torture. He did not allow 'waterlogging' as Dick Cheney and George Bush did. This is something that many other countries around the world found heinous and barbaric, creating the image of America the Big Bully.
He has ordered Guantanamo Bay closed, another thorn in the side of many countries around the world, where we create the image of America the Hypocrite, by holding prisoners, with or without cause, and denying them the basic liberties that they should be allowed, such as a phone call, or access to an attorney.
Most importantly, he did something that George Bush purposely neglected. He reaffirmed America's commitment to uphold the Geneva Convention. He has done so much in less than a year to rebuild America's image to the rest of the world, and to replace the title of Tyrant with that of Peacemaker. He is an excellent diplomat, keeps his cool, and definitely knows how to talk to foreign leaders. So did he deserve the Nobel Peace Prize? Yes. Should he have accepted it? Absolutely.