December 10, 2010
The Nobel Peace Prize this year honors Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who is imprisoned for seeking democratic reforms in his country. Lui was barred by the Chinese government from attending the ceremony but was represented in Oslo by an empty chair.
Last year’s recipient, Barack Obama, released a statement honoring Lui which began:
“One year ago, I was humbled to receive the Nobel Peace Prize — an award that speaks to our highest aspirations, and that has been claimed by giants of history and courageous advocates who have sacrificed for freedom and justice, like me.”
Ok. I added the words “like me” because you know that’s what he meant.