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In a Surprise, Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

By Karl Ritter and Matt Moore, Associated Press Writers
OSLO -- President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples," the Norwegian Nobel Committee said, citing his outreach to the Muslim world and attempts to curb nuclear proliferation.

The stunning choice made Obama the third sitting U.S. president to win the Nobel Peace Prize and shocked Nobel observers because Obama took office less than two weeks before the Feb. 1 nomination deadline. Obama's name had been mentioned in speculation before the award but many Nobel watchers believed it was too early to award the president.

Read excerpts from the peace prize citation here»

"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 committee said. "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."

See a list of Nobel Peace Prize winners since 1980 here»

The committee said it 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," the committee said.

Theodore Roosevelt won the award in 1906 and Woodrow Wilson won in 1919. Former President Jimmy Carter won the award in 2002, while former Vice President Al Gore shared the 2007 prize with the U.N. panel on climate change.

The Nobel committee received a record 205 nominations for this year's prize.

In his 1895 will, Alfred Nobel stipulated that the peace prize should go "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace congresses."

Unlike the other Nobel Prizes, which are awarded by Swedish institutions, he said the peace prize should be given out by a five-member committee elected by the Norwegian Parliament. Sweden and Norway were united under the same crown at the time of Nobel's death.

The committee has taken a wide interpretation of Nobel's guidelines, expanding the prize beyond peace mediation to include efforts to combat poverty, disease and climate change.

Posted at 5:44 AM ET on Oct 9, 2009  | Category:  Obama Abroad
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my opinion is thank God the Nobel Peace Prize is based on world opinion and not someones narrow political views. of whom I won't mention here No! no! no! who ever says that all of the time since this president was elected!

Posted by: 60ssurvivor | October 13, 2009 1:55 PM

Those who don't believe Obama deserves the Nobel underestimate the impact of conservative scorched earth hate politics on the US and the world.

Posted by: tryreason | October 10, 2009 10:21 AM

Hey... winning the Nobel Peace Prize isn't rocket science!

Speaking of which, at least it deflected attention from THIS:


UPDATE, Friday morning, Oct. 9, 9:45 a.m. -- The Moon bombing apparently came off with a fizzle, not a bang. As network anchors watched and waited breathlessly, the grainy images from NASA -- live video taken from the orbiting module and an infrared camera image -- showed absolutely nothing. No six-mile debris plume spewing from the Moon's surface. No infrared signs of a steamy impact. Nothing. Nada.

NASA cameras quickly switched to a control room scene, with mission commanders and minions doing the requisite hand shakes and back-slapping. The space agency declared the mission a success -- and there was no more talk by the TV anchors of the fly-by telemetry that was supposed to reveal whether the probe actually resulted in the release of ice crystals. Attention quickly turned to the surprise announcement that President Obama had won the Nobel peace prize.

So what happened up there on the Moon this morning? Does a major government agency advertise as its coming attraction a six-mile-high debris plume and then get away with saying, "Never mind?" Or, is it possible that a weapons testing phase of the mission was shut down over belated concerns that the debris raised by an intense impact could create rings around the moon, a debris field that would endanger future missions?

Did the mission fail, resulting in no major impact at all? Or is "success" being redefined as something less than promised?

At this point, it apparently depends on who and what you choose to believe; we await the release by NASA of scientific data that confirms the mission's success or failure.

Remember, the American public was lied to and never told by NASA about that '60s-era manned spy lab, a military mission disguised as a civilian space shot. So the possibility that this Moon bombing was an aborted weapons test cannot be ruled out. As they say, you can't prove a negative, especially if a civilian space agency is used as cover to pursue the national security goal of the weaponization of space.



• Electromagnetic assaults, vigilante warrantless GPS "community stalking" violate human and civil rights of thousands of unjustly targeted Americans nationwide... American "slow-kill" genocide hiding in plain sight, a "multi-agency coordinated action program" under the apparent direction of a secretive Homeland Security agency.


Posted by: scrivener50 | October 9, 2009 10:12 AM

This award does not make any sense to me.

What has he accomplished besides giving a great speach?

Maybe once he accomplishes something but not now!

Posted by: mwhoke | October 9, 2009 9:41 AM

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