What a surprise to wake up to: Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. For “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” the Nobel Committee said. Which in Norwegian translates as, “he is not George W. Bush.”
“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,” Thorbjoern Jagland, chairman of the Nobel Committee said. “In the past year Obama has been a key person for important initiatives in the U.N. for nuclear disarmament and to set a completely new agenda for the Muslim world and East-West relations.” (from Salon)
Nominated for the prize just two weeks after becoming president and well before war broke out in town halls across America, Obama joins only two other sitting US Presidents as a winner, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. Jimmy Carter won the award in 2002 after leaving office. Al Gore won the award in 20071.
The Olympic committee is said to be stunned. Likewise the Republican caucus. Fox News went silent for several seconds when the announcement was made. It is rumored that Hillary Clinton locked herself in a room and cursed privately.
1 Technically, he was not president based on the Supreme Court ruling.