Jesse Jackson gave his view on why Barack Obama won the Nobel Prize in an interview yesterday with NPR’s Guy Raz:
RAZ: Jesse Jackson, this week, the president accepted the Nobel
Prize, only the third time a U.S. president or former president has
received that award. What did you make of that ceremony?
JACKSON: President Barack Obama has been the redemptive power of hope
in – and the hope that he embodies has removed barriers of cynicism and
fear and disbelief around the world.
In other words (as has been asserted in this space before), he won the prize for persuading Americans to elect a black man president. This was no mean feat–and, as Jackson indicated, one that has not been lost on the rest of the world.