In the News: Commander in ‘Peace’

source: http://www.starpulse.com/Notables/Obama,_Barack/gallery/2508517/

By Christopher A.L. Swails

President Obama has won yet again, this morning he awoke to find out that he had been awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. Only eight months into his presidency, Obama, the White House and many observers are “surprised” to say the least. According to CNN.com, thepresident had not been mentioned as one of the fore-runners for the prize. Furthermore, nominations for the prize had to be post-marked February 1, only two weeks after inauguration day. CNN.com reports, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said it honored Obama for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” Obama is the third president in history to win the prize while serving in office; Theodore Roosevelt (1906) and  Woodrow Wilson (1919) were before him.

The President delivered a speech from the White House at 11:30 AM ET, stating that he was surprised and humbled to hear the news. His daughters Malia and Sasha, entered his room this morning to say that he had won the prize, its their dog Bo’s birthday and lastly, they have a three-day weekend. Obama feel that he doesn’t deserve the award and to be in the company such figures as Martian Luther King Jr. and Roosevelt.

Obama went on the say, “let me be clear, I do not view this as recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations.” He said that he would accept this award as a ‘call to action’ for all nations to confront common issues of the 21st century.

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