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10 best reactions to Barack Obama and his Nobel Peace Prize

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Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. Only three other presidents have ever done so: Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Jimmy Carter. (More on past winners.)

Here’s the full text:

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.

Obama 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. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama’s initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.

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. 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.

For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world’s leading spokesman. The Committee endorses Obama’s appeal that “Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges.”

Some coverage from around the web:

1. Taliban thinks it should be “Nobel violence prize.” Not sure why they can think this if they’ve watched this.

2. What happens when you win a Nobel Prize.

3. Why this could be the last thing he needs.

4. Perhaps he should give it back.

5. Here’s what Al Jazeera had to say.

6. Of course, Twitter went nuts. There’s no lack of outrageous attacks. Still waiting for Sarah Palin to ask, “Where’s Norway?”

7. However, I think the most insightful analysis ties this prize to beer.

8. As you can imagine, the Republicans are going nuts since their guy didn’t win.

9. They’re loving it in Kenya.

10. The Dalai Lama sent his congrats.

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  • Anonymous

    <html><body style="word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; -webkit-line-break: after-white-space; ">Fist of I’d stop the patrician lies your pushing. I’d admit to myself that the Bush problems were created by a Democratic Congress that just as this one has more power to keep us at war than the president does, he can only start it, Congress has to keep it going as the democratic Congress did. I’d admit that the democrats forced the housing crisis by forcing banks to make loans to unqualified borrowers and tearing down the rules that ensured only qualified applicants could get loans but since Congress saw the potential of all those voters and the greed and lust for power they seemed to forget why they were in office.<div><br></div><div>I’d admit that this president uses the word I and me more than any other president. I would have no problem with him earning this award after the test of time. Like all the other Nobel prizes that often wait decades to prove out the value of the recipients over time. This award is no honor, it’s a political award from a like minded group, awarded for being like minded.</div><div><br></div><div>Many people are fully capable to run the presidency, his lack of experience is a perfect example of how little it takes and under values the contribution of the 1000s of people who actual do the work the figure head gets to take credit or take fire for.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>Real leadership has not sat in that office for many terms the best won’t run and the few that do often loose because we are more interesting in electing people based on looks and speaking ability rather than real ideas and real leadership. What did Mt Obama get elected for? Hope and change? That’s a slogan not content. he has demonstrated a great ability to read from teleprompters and yet has done little else than non stop campaigning and self aggrandizing.</div><div><br></div><div>I’m still waiting for real leadership, Bush was not and Obama is not either.</div><div><br></div><div><br><div><div></div></div></div></body></html>

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