Barack Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize
It seems awfully early to me, though I think he has tried to change the international political climate. I'm sure a lot of his detractors are going to stress that they could care less about the United Nations or what people outside the U.S. think of it.
Obama wins 2009 Nobel Peace Prize
|In a stunning surprise, the Nobel Committee announced Friday that it had awarded its annual peace prize to President Obama â€œfor his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoplesâ€ less than nine months after he took office. ...Thorbjorn Jagland, the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee and a former prime minister of Norway, told reporters that Mr. Obama had already contributed enough to world diplomacy and understanding to deserve the prize.
Asked whether the prize was given too early in Mr. Obamaâ€™s presidency, he said: â€œWe are not awarding the prize for what may happen in the future but for what he has done in the previous year. We would hope this will enhance what he is trying to do.â€
|â€œObama has as president 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,â€ the committee said.|