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Obama wins 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

Posted by dorian on October 9, 2009

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The Nobel committee said they wanted to support Mr Obama's approach


US President Barack Obama has been awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

The Nobel Committee said he won it for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples”.

The committee highlighted Mr Obama’s efforts to support international bodies and promote nuclear disarmament. Mr Obama – woken up with the news early on Friday – said in an address at the White House that he was “surprised and deeply humbled” by the award.

He said he did not feel he deserved to be in the company of some of the “transformative figures” who had previously received the award.

Speaking outside the White House, he said he would accept the prize as a “call to action”.

There were a record 205 nominations for this year’s peace prize. Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Chinese dissident Hu Jia had been among the favourites.

Instead the committee chose Mr Obama, who was inaugurated less than two weeks before the 1 February nomination deadline.

There was widespread surprise at the committee’s decision. While world leaders were largely supportive of the award, thousands of people have contacted the BBC with more sceptical views.

An estimated 75% of comment sent to the BBC expressed surprise at the award. Some said awarding the prize to Mr Obama was plain wrong, others that the decision had come too soon, before he had made any concrete foreign policy achievement.

The Nobel laureate – chosen by a five-member committee – wins a gold medal, a diploma and 10m Swedish kronor ($1.4m).

“Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future,” the Norwegian committee said in a statement.

“His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.”

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”.

“It is a clear signal that we want to advocate the same as he has done,” he said.

He specifically mentioned Mr Obama’s work to strengthen international institutions and work towards a world free of nuclear arms.

‘New climate’

Reaction to the committee’s decision from around the world was swift and varied.

Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, said he could not think of anyone more deserving of the award.

“In less than a year in office, he has transformed the way we look at ourselves and the world we live in and rekindled hope for a world at peace with itself,” Mr ElBaradei said.

At the other end of the spectrum, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told the Reuters news agency the award was ridiculous.

“The Nobel prize for peace? Obama should have won the ‘Nobel Prize for escalating violence and killing civilians’,” he said.

Since taking office in January, President Obama has pursued an ambitious international agenda including a push for peace in the Middle East and negotiations over Iran’s nuclear programme.

But critics say he has failed to make breakthroughs. Domestically, Mr Obama has been working to tackle an economic crisis and win support for healthcare reform.

Some said they saw the prize as a way of encouraging the US leader early in his presidency.

“It is an award that speaks to the promise of President Obama’s message of hope,” said Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, a former winner.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said the award confirmed “America’s return to the hearts of the people of the world”.

The statement from the Nobel Committee said Mr Obama had “created a new climate in international politics”.

“Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play,” it said.

The committee added that the US was now playing a more constructive role in meeting “the great climatic challenges” facing the world, and that democracy and human rights would be strengthened.

Mr Obama is the first US president to win the prize since former US President Jimmy Carter in 2002. Former vice-president Al Gore shared the prize in 2007.

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Among earlier US leaders, Theodore Roosevelt won the prize in 1906 and Woodrow Wilson won it in 1919.

The Nobel prize was invented by the Swedish industrialist and inventor of dynamite Alfred Nobel, and was first awarded in 1901.

He designated the parliament in Norway, which at the time was united with Sweden, to elect the peace prize committee. Swedish academies are responsible for other prizes.

The prize-giving ceremony for the peace award is due to take place on 10 December in the Norwegian capital, Oslo.

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19 Responses to “Obama wins 2009 Nobel Peace Prize”

  1. dorian said

    imo the award is largely symbolic. obama represents hope to the world and the committee wants to encourage and support this vision of cooperation and peace among nations. maybe they see all the adversity that obama is getting because he brings this message. the nobel peace prize committee recognizes humanitarian efforts. it’s a big honor for obama. now he should donate the prize money to those who need it the most.

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  2. obama the antichrist said

    if only efforts were good enough…i see no peace happening…sending more troops to afghanistan is totally peaceful! obamas humbleness is completely true he does NOT belong with the others he hasnt done anything major to bring peace or anything like it.and havent obamas approval rating…thats not hope committe thats skepticism.

    another note why get rid of the nuke? a country will ALWAYS keep them some countries are smart enough to hide them. if the major protectors of the world take down their nukes and you have north korea still launching them what are we going to do then? they will have enough incentive to destroy us. obama does not deserve this prize. if he actually earned it by doing something amazing like finding an invention to end world hunger then yes i would be in the front row clapping for Obama as he is handed his award but he has done nothing peaceful.

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  3. dorian said

    OTA – i believe the award is support for what obama symbolizes. it’s like he’s the figurehead for world peace. i think others earned the award more too but it’s sweden’s way of encouraging the peace efforts. just maybe.

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  4. obama the antichrist said

    i like actions not theories…i want to see something happen not just think its going to happen

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  5. dorian said

    patience, patience. it’s gonna happen soon .

    go to

    https://tothewire.wordpress.com/2009/10/09/michael-jacksons-ghost/

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  6. obama the antichrist said

    dorian i posted that silly ahhahahahah

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  7. dorian said

    good one!!

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  8. obama the antichrist said

    isnt that creepy tho!? i have no idea if that is his real ghost or not!

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  9. dorian said

    it could be. residual MJ energy. don’t you see it’s moon walking? hehe. ghost hunters should do an investigation in neverland.

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  10. Princessxxx said

    NUKE THE PEACEFUL GHOSTS!

    i want to know how isreal gets away with undocumented nuclear weapons. everyone knows they have them, but for some reason, they are exempt from disclosing how many?

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  11. dorian said

    i can imagine all those people trying to contact mj.. the ouija boards are probably getting a lot of action.

    the u.s is pro-israel and feels that they’re vulnerable, being smack in the middle of muslim territory. so they’re exempt. that’s my speculation for the day.

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  12. I am shocked that Obama got this award. So far as I know, he hasn’t really accomplished much to earn it, but he has been trying, and maybe that’s what they want to acknowledge. Jesus said somewhere that it is what is in your heart that counts, and what is in your heart should show by what you try to do, even if unsuccessful.

    I voted for Obama as the only sane choice after eight years of George W’s religious lunacy and his borderline retarded idiocy. Obama has been reaching out and trying to work with others instead of unilaterally forcing his opinion on the world. That is a BIG change from the Bush years, and considering that change, I think yes, he DOES deserve this award!

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  13. Princessxxx said

    fat druggie queer rush limbaugh says he is responsible for Obama getting the nobel peace prize

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  14. Princessxxx said

    fox news says obama wins for “not being george bush”

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  15. dorian said

    honestly i don’t even play the rush limbaugh vids. vitriol and hostility like that is just bad for your system. releases acid. i can’t stand listening to malkin or coulter either. all angry people making money out of spewing their hate and resentment.
    even if you turn off the sound on them, you can feel the hate vibes coming out of their faces. i say these people need to be exorcised. there’s some negative entities possessing these people. call 1-800-vat-ican

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  16. Princessxxx said

    right, don’t watch the limbaugh one, in it he says he is in agreement with the taliban and iran that obama doesn’t deserve it. and i think he goes on to say that most americans are in agreement with the taliban. it is creepy.
    but he is just a fat drug fueled queer, what do you expect.

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  17. Anonymous said

    Let us all look at Ghandi, a man who tried his darn hardest to bring peace. He was offered the award multiple times but denied it. Obama has only spoke of it never acted peace. Obama is no Ghandi and Obama is not in the same planet of peace as Ghandi was.

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  18. obama the antichrist said

    whoops not logged in #17 is my comment

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  19. princessxxx said

    OUR NEGRO PRESIDENT

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