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Partial Text of President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Speech:

And yet I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the considerable controversy that your generous decision has generated.  (Laughter.)  In part, this is because I am at the beginning, and not the end, of my labors on the world stage.  Compared to some of the giants of history who’ve received this prize — Schweitzer and King; Marshall and Mandela — my accomplishments are slight.  And then there are the men and women around the world who have been jailed and beaten in the pursuit of justice; those who toil in humanitarian organizations to relieve suffering; the unrecognized millions whose quiet acts of courage and compassion inspire even the most hardened cynics.  I cannot argue with those who find these men and women — some known, some obscure to all but those they help — to be far more deserving of this honor than I.

But perhaps the most profound issue surrounding my receipt of this prize is the fact that I am the Commander-in-Chief of the military of a nation in the midst of two wars.  One of these wars is winding down.  The other is a conflict that America did not seek; one in which we are joined by 42 other countries — including Norway — in an effort to defend ourselves and all nations from further attacks.

Still, we are at war, and I’m responsible for the deployment of thousands of young Americans to battle in a distant land.  Some will kill, and some will be killed.  And so I come here with an acute sense of the costs of armed conflict — filled with difficult questions about the relationship between war and peace, and our effort to replace one with the other.

Now these questions are not new.  War, in one form or another, appeared with the first man.  At the dawn of history, its morality was not questioned; it was simply a fact, like drought or disease — the manner in which tribes and then civilizations sought power and settled their differences. (full text)

By |2009-12-11T12:23:19-04:00December 11th, 2009|Obama administration, Party Politics|Comments Off on Obama's full Nobel speech

Obama and the Nobel

Obama discusses the power of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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I’m still looking for the complete speech. I looked yesterday and this morning and I can only find clips. 🙁 If you can find a complete video please e-mail me. Thanks!

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By |2009-12-11T07:37:33-04:00December 11th, 2009|Afghanistan, Civil Rights, Party Politics|Comments Off on Obama and the Nobel

JJP'er gets his funny on

Baratunde Thurston is one of the ones that founded Jack and Jill politics. He is a comedian by trade. Here he is performing a couple of nights ago at San Francisco’s Punch Line. He covers a lot of topics in a short period of time including growing up and going to public school and then going to private school, President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize and the media’s obsession with Sarah Palin. He also suggests a few titles for Sarah Palin’s new book. This is good. Enjoy.

By |2009-10-20T15:44:24-04:00October 20th, 2009|Fun, Party Politics|Comments Off on JJP'er gets his funny on
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