For OpEdNews: Rob Kall – Writer
I woke up to a text message from CNN that Obama had won the Nobel peace prize. First thought– “Why? What did he do to earn it? Extend he Afghan war? Send thousands of storm trooper police to Pittsburgh for G-20?
According the the Norwegian Nobel Committee, he’s won it for:
The Norwegian Nobel Committee
The Nobel Peace Prize for 2009
…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.
…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.”
A Little Soon for the Nobel Peace Prize?
By Stephen J. Dubner
Maybe it was because I saw the headline early this morning not on the N.Y. Times’s website or the Wall Street Journal’s, but rather on Google News. I instantly assumed that the Onion had successfully landed a story on the home page of that fine aggregator. “Barack Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize,” the headline said. I chuckled, silently congratulated the Onion on its clever idea, and clicked the link.
But it wasn’t the Onion at all. He actually won it.
It took Jimmy Carter more than 20 years after leaving the presidency to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Al Gore, who shared the Prize two years ago with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, had spent years banging the drum on global warming and other environmental dilemmas. True, there have been some — ahem — premature Prizes in the recent past, as when Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres, and Yitzhak Rabin shared the award in 1994 for bringing the Oslo Accords home to Israel. But Obama has been given the award after just a few months as president. Yes, he has loudly declared his intentions to tamp down any number of global standoffs and conflicts, but is a declaration of intentions sufficient to win such a prize?
President Barack Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize
OSLO – President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a stunning decision designed to build momentum behind his initiatives to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world and stress diplomacy and cooperation rather than unilateralism.
Obama said he was surprised and deeply humbled by the honor, and planned to travel to Oslo to accept the prize, which he said he does not see “as a recognition of my own accomplishments,” but rather as a recognition of goals he has set for the United States and the world.
“I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many transformative figures that have been honored by this prize,” Obama said.
Many observers were shocked by the unexpected choice so early in the Obama presidency, which began less than two weeks before the Feb. 1 nomination deadline and has yet to yield concrete achievements in peacemaking.