Saturday, October 10, 2009

the letter

following up on yesterday's post about the nobel peace prize thought I'd share this letter which I received from the prez late yesterday afternoon just in case you aren't among the millions on the obamas' email list. it is a wonderful letter, no surprise that the prez would like to share the prize with all of us!! we will live as one!

thanks president obama and may we all keep our eyes on the prize - peace, love and understanding!

5:31 PM

mary kim --

This morning, Michelle and I awoke to some surprising and humbling news. At 6 a.m., we received word that I'd been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009.

To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who've been honored by this prize -- men and women who've inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.

But I also know that throughout history the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it's also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes.

That is why I've said that I will accept this award as a call to action, a call for all nations and all peoples to confront the common challenges of the 21st century. These challenges won't all be met during my presidency, or even my lifetime. But I know these challenges can be met so long as it's recognized that they will not be met by one person or one nation alone.

This award -- and the call to action that comes with it -- does not belong simply to me or my administration; it belongs to all people around the world who have fought for justice and for peace. And most of all, it belongs to you, the men and women of America, who have dared to hope and have worked so hard to make our world a little better.

So today we humbly recommit to the important work that we've begun together. I'm grateful that you've stood with me thus far, and I'm honored to continue our vital work in the years to come.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

today's song the letter by the boxtops, rolling stone ranked it #363 on their list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.


lettuce said...

well, like a lot of people I think (including Obama fans) I have rather
mixed feelings about this award - but this is a really good message.
Any grist to the mill is a good thing I guess!

mum said...

That letter hits all the right notes. That's exactly what those kinds of prizes are meant to convey.

Does anyone remember Sadate and Begin getting the prize in 1978? Not exactly pacifists of long standing, either one of them. It's not a canonization exercise - it's a message saluting a certain trend or tendency.

The Boxtops look a bit... raffled? Great song, though.

cheers, Mary-Kim (if the President can call you that, so can I)

Tom said...

the prize seems to be a European show of confidence for our choice of president...i'm among the wait and see types...hope he can manage to pull off a few tricks in his arsenal...

that mailbox photo is so yesterday! nowadays mail is so utilitarian with those big ugly grey locked boxes.

rosedale's 4head said...

wow, kimy. i love everything about this post, including the photo - which looks a little like mail houses on our street.

i am certain president obama deserves the prize, and more...i'm still a Clinton warrior, but i am thrilled our president is the current representation for America - i don't feel the "terroristy" itch as much--you know, people like hugo chavez spitting out hate words, the like, the potential.
past presidents (except Clinton) were just way too "all the world will bow to us" - the sun belongs to all and so does earth!

my great uncle used to say if you keep throwing rocks in someone's backyard, you keep it up, and keep it up, pretty soon they'll throw back. my point: peace is best for humanity, not arrogance or greed!

rosedale's 4head said...

p.s. love you love your work here. thank you!!!

Baino said...

Wow that's as unusual as awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to someone who hasn't yet achieved it. He's a pretty impressive dude! Fast acting on this front at least. . . now let's see if he can get a wiggle on and implement the changes he campaigned upon.

tut-tut said...

I'm tired of reading about what he hasn't achieved. I say, full steam ahead. He's done so much to mend so many fences already. Well, enough said.

Merle Sneed said...

I suppose they should rename it the Nobel Prize for Possibilities.

Megan said...

Thanks for sharing this letter with us. I'm with Tut! It hasn't even been a year yet. Give the man some time, and I think he'll do just fine.

California Girl said...

Yes. I am irritated beyond belief at the reaction of most, right or left, to this award.

If you have time, visit

to read my two latest posts. One is an embedded piece from Rachel Maddow's Fri night show. Her take is fair.

The other one from this morning is my husband's reaction to it all. His remarks make the most sense of any I've heard or read.

tony said...

Good Message & bloody brilliant Video!