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President Obama Wins 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

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Oh my goodness! Surprise pick.  This is the best kept secret / announcement since Sarah Palin’s nomination as McCain’s VP choice.  Or something.  There were 205 nominations this year, a record.  Those most commonly cited as 2009 Peace Prize favorites include Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangrai, a Columbian Senator, Chinese dissident Hu Jia, and an Afghan woman’s rights activist.  But it was Barack Obama who captivated Norway’s Nobel Committee for the win.

The full citation read: “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.”

This makes Barack Obama the third fourth U.S. President to win the award.  President Theodore Roosevelt won in 1906 and President Woodrow Wilson won in 1919.  President Jimmy Carter won in 2002 though he had been out of office for nearly two decades (thanks Jenna).

News links: NYTimes, NPRWall Street JournalFinancial Times, BBC News, Telegraph

Other interesting Nobel Prize facts: Hitler was nominated for the award in 1939 (yikes); the “Ig Nobel Prizes are a parody of the Nobel Prizes and are given each year in early October for ten achievements that ‘first make people laugh, and then make them think.’ The first Ig Nobels were awarded in 1991, at that time for discoveries ‘that cannot, or should not, be reproduced.’ Examples range from the discovery that the presence of humans tends to sexually arouse ostriches, to the statement that black holes fulfill all the technical requirements to be the location of Hell, to research on the ‘five-second rule,’ a tongue-in-cheek belief that food dropped on the floor won’t become contaminated if it is picked up within five seconds.”


Written by doorr

October 9, 2009 at 7:53 am

Posted in Awards, Mr. President

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  1. Hello:

    What an amazing story. I fully and completely believe that he should have won this Nobel Peace Prize. He is making a great change. He most definitely deserved this honor now, and not later.
    Thank you for posting this.


    Rosette Rome

    October 9, 2009 at 1:30 pm

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