In honor of President Barack Obama’s acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize, I think we should declare today Happy National Post-Achievement Day.
What award or honor don’t you deserve? Claim it.
What unearned prize for unmet aspirations would you like to give yourself? Declare it.
Obama’s full speech is here. All you need to know:
I receive this honor with deep gratitude and great humility. It is an award that speaks to our highest aspirations – that for all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter, and can bend history in the direction of justice.
And yet I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the considerable controversy that your generous decision has generated. In part, this is because I am at the beginning, and not the end, of my labors on the world stage. Compared to some of the giants of history who have received this prize – Schweitzer and King; Marshall and Mandela – my accomplishments are slight.
The theme song for the day from the brilliant Steven Crowder, who deserves a Nobel Prize for Literature, a Grammy, and an MTV music video award: