- By Peter Feaver
Kudos to President Obama for his statement applauding Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo. His measured words of praise provide a stark contrast with the shrill and defensive reaction to the Nobel Ceremony from the Beijing regime, which seems to be going out of its way to prove why Liu was the right choice for winning this year’s prize. Obama’s rare self-deprecation — praising Liu as more worthy of the prize than he was — was especially gracious and welcome.
When Obama speaks out in defense of the values on which our country stands, he can be very compelling. Even a politically weakened president still commands a powerful bully pulpit. I hope and expect the president will make good use of it in the coming year. His response to the Nobel Ceremony is a good start.
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.| Passport |