Obama Wins the Nobel Peace Prize
I completely didn't see this coming. Barak Obama has just won the Nobel Peace Prize. From Salon.com:
President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples," the Norwegian Nobel Committee said, citing his outreach to the Muslim world and attempts to curb nuclear proliferation.
From BBC News:
Asked why the prize had been awarded to Mr Obama less than a year after he took office, Nobel Committee head Thorbjoern Jagland said: "It was because we would like to support what he is trying to achieve".
Another reactions, also from BBC News:
MIKHAIL GORBACHEV, FORMER SOVIET LEADER AND NOBEL PRIZE WINNERI should note that most of those STRONGLY objecting to this event are American right wing Republicans and jihadist/pro-Taliban Muslims. I kid you not. The wording from both ends is almost identical and once again shows that intolerance looks similar wherever it comes from.
However, there are some who look at this award to Obama skeptically, wondering if Obama has YET earned it, even though they are happy for the recognition. I hate to say this, but I have to join with those who feel it is too early for Obama to be honored in this way. I have little doubt that he will earn it in the long run and I think the right wing Republicans and fundamentalist Muslims are idiots in their criticisms of Obama. But I don't see that Obama's accomplishments to date warrant such a high honor. Considerable honor, yes. But not YET the Nobel prize. That said, it is an amazing turnaround in global opinion of America and our leadership. And again, I am sure that Obama will rise to the honor.
Other American Presidents who have won the Nobel Peace Prize were Theodore Roosevelt (for negotiating an end to the Russo-Japanese war), Woodrow Wilson (for his efforts to create the League of Nations) and Jimmy Carter (for many of his efforts during and after his Presidency). Al Gore, who was likely the real winner of the 2000 election, Supreme Court aside, won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to fight global warming.
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