Last year, when then-candidate Obama visited Europe and drew hundreds of thousands to his speech, I wrote, "The world wants to love America again." Here's our proof:
Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts.
It's a sign of how low we had sunk and how far we have come so fast. Put together with Al Gore's award it's a sign of how hated our previous president was across the globe: you can get a Nobel Peace Prize simply for not being George Bush.
This award, without a major concrete peace accomplishment to back it (why aren't the troops on the way home yet?) is for America rejoining the world community.
This award is for all of us. This award is for the ideals that America represents, that we too often have turned our back on in the last three decades, and which a noisy minority of Americans would like to reject again.
Congratulations Mr. President. This strengthens your hand at home and overseas. Now use that.