President Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize was quite a surprise. At first I was taken aback, and the thought crossed my mind that while he has certainly made strides toward world peace, his road ahead is much longer.
Then I took a look at the criteria for the award. As described in Nobel's will, the award was to be dedicated to the person who has best worked "for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses." In my mind, his efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation have been fantastic.
I am dismayed by my countrymen who chose not to be proud of the selection, but rather degrade and dismiss the honor. It is magnificent to see that President Obama has already dedicated the cash award of 100,000 Swedish crowns ($1.4 million) to charities. I'm once again proud to be an American.