As we all remember, Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 and since he was still working on unpacking from the move into the White House, it was pretty much just a thank you for getting the war hawks out of power. Obama's opening remarks in his acceptance speech
I receive this honor with deep gratitude and great humility. It is an award that speaks to our highest aspirations -- that for all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter, and can bend history in the direction of justice.
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.
It has been six years. Has Obama lived up to the expectations of those who gave him that award? We can talk about Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Cuba, Iran, Egypt, Libya, Ukraine, etc. What do you think?
(As an aside, we should fully expect Kerry to be a lock for next year's award.)