We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.
John Kennedy, 1962
Today...I blew up the moon....and I won the Nobel Peace Prize....all before 8 am. What did you do today?
Barack Obama, 2009
Of course I jest...we didn't really land on the moon....
No i'm just kidding again....
We did land on the moon. And we really did bomb the moon....on the same day Obama really did win the Nobel Peace Prize....but he didn't really make that quote.
Forgive me if the combination of events has my head swirling.
I get why we landed on the moon. I kind of get why we bombed it. I'm not sure if I get why Obama won the Nobel.
The word on the wire is that this is in anticipation of his future decisions and leadership. Essentially, they gave him an award for something they expect him to do.
I suppose the fact that we bombed a defenseless satellite on the same day our president receives a prize for peaceful conflict resolution is pure coincidence....the irony is thick....yet admittedly I'm not smart enough to formulate the joke.
Temporally, I'm not opposed to Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize.
For that matter, I'm not necessarily opposed to blowing up the moon...
...its just one of those things I never really prioritized.
Unless the moon is really made of cheese and this bomb will somehow blow massive chunks back into our atmosphere and we can mine it....cause I really do love cheese....and we have a lot of hungry people on the planet, ya know. That would explain everything.
In all fairness to Barack, the plan to bomb the moon was set in place during the Bush administration. I just can't resist the absurd synchronicity of today's events.
So moving forward...and apparently the Nobel committee is way ahead of us....I would offer Obama a very clear path to the honor he just received....
Revoke "don't ask, dont' tell." Just tell the world its OK to be gay. That single act alone would justify the recognition he received today. Create a common acceptance under our common law...and watch the Constitution become reality.
Will he do it? I'm not holding my breath. But if he does...I would say it's just as important to this country as Kennedy's moon shot, if not more.