Of course, President Barack Obama’s receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize has its critics. Whatever Obama designs to do, be it with regard to health care for all Americans or his call for a nuclear-free world, his detractors will continue to carp away relentlessly. The latter may be pie in the sky while the former shouldn’t be, but he’s doing his utmost to make his country and the world a healthier, safer place.

As the head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee pointed out, the prize recognizes accomplished deeds as well as those that may follow. The honor and respect that go with the august award may help Obama realize some of his initiatives.

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