Friday, October 09, 2009

Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Our man in the States woud Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize! Obama becomes only the 3rd sitting US president (and 2nd person of Kenyan ethnicity) to win the coveted prize. He also becomes the 2nd African-American, after Martin Luther King Jr., to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

According to the official Nobel Prize website, Obama was handed the award, "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised Obama for giving the world "hope for a better future" with his work for peace and calls to reduce the global stockpile of nuclear weapons.
Obama has called for disarmament and worked to restart the stalled Middle East peace process since taking office in January.

"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 in a citation.

It awarded the prize to Obama less than nine months into his presidency. Despite setting out an ambitious international agenda, he has yet to score any breakthrough on the Middle East or Iran's nuclear program, and faces difficult choices on the conduct of the war in Afghanistan.

Last month Obama chaired a historic meeting of the United Nations Security Council, which unanimously approved a U.S.-drafted resolution calling on nuclear weapons states to scrap their arsenals.

This award comes after a week that has seen Obama come under increased pressure from the Republican-backed media because of his failure to 'secure' the hosting rights for his home city Chicago for the 2016 Olympic games.

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