last update 10 Oct 2009- 11:00
Peace prize favors trendy, literature prize favors less trendy.
Mr. Obama gets the Nobel peace prize. I have no problem with Mr. Obama but i feel like there must be more deeds before getting that prize…
by Adam Ostrow
My friend Ricki has the best one-sentence explanation: Europe wanted to say thank you for beating Bush.
Why did he win?
The question seems to be on many lips: why did President Obama win the Nobel Peace Prize just nine months into his presidency? “What achievement is this about?” some ask. The nominations closed only two weeks after he came to power. “What had he done by then?” people ask.
Barack Obama can now add another prestigious title to his already impressive resume: Nobel Laureate. Saying he was ?humbled? by the honour, which was bestowed upon him in part because of his role in meeting the challenges of global climate change, in part – in the words of the Nobel Committee – ?for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples?, Obama considers the award a ?call to action?. Still, the announcement has left some Caribbean bloggers asking questions?
A big thank for the Nobel Committee – they have just made our day today. Perhaps most of the people here are not sure why US President Barack Obama was honored, and they are pretty sure that he doesn’t deserve it. But they were all happy, because it gave them hope that everyone and anyone can win the prize. It wasn’t only the people here who were shocked that he won, but even the Associate Press has the same point of view:
U.S. President Barack Obama was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize just 12 days into office. FP took a quick look back at what Obama did to improve world peace — or, really, anything with foreign-policy relevance — in those two weeks. Here’s what we found:
Will he accept? Should he?
From the Committee:The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.
The president’s press secretary woke Mr Obama at six o’ clock in the morning eastern time to tell him that he had won the Nobel Peace Prize. I don’t yet know the president’s immediate reaction but the official one is that he is “humbled”. Apparently when a senior TV correspondent broke the news to a couple of very senior aides even earlier, they thought it was a wind-up.
Top story: In a stunning upset, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded U.S. President Barack Obama the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, only nine months into his presidency. The committee cited Obama’s efforts at nuclear nonproliferation, his outreach to the Muslim world, and emphasis on multilateralism saying, ?Obama has as president created a new climate in international politics.?
Friday, October 9, 2009
U.S. President Barack Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. The Norwegian Nobel Committee stated the award was “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples.”