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Barack Obama and the Nobel Peace Prize

Their Peace Prize committee's failure

(Written and first posted on Monday, October 12, 2009.)

TO:  The Nobel Peace Prize Committee
FM:  Bruce Camber, Executive Producer, Small Business School

RE:  You did not go far enough

On the 9th of October 2009, you all were quite creative and political, yet incomplete, in your announcement that Barack Obama was selected to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.  The committee missed the most important part of  Barack Obama and the power that was given to him by all of the American people and our democratic process.

The American people knew they were breaking an historic barrier  between people who have deep color and the people who are lighter-skinned.  Also, they went to vote for a man who was open to change, which he had explained in many ways throughout the election process and throughout his brief history.  He wants to engage all people no matter what their backgrounds, creeds or ideologies.  For some unknown reason, it seemed to the electorate that he had a corner on the way, the truth and the light.

So, you missed a chance to lift up an entire nation of people who struggle to do what is right and fair and just.  Of course, your decision is your decision.  You have an historic legacy and unique sovereignty to shake up the world and that is what you did. 

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