Obama humbled by winning Nobel Peace Prize
October 9, 2009
President Barack Obama winning the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize – only less than nine months into his presidency – is news that shocked much of the nation, including the White House.
Thorbjorn Jagland, chairman of the Nobel committee, said Obama won “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”
“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.
Jagland said the decision was “unanimous” and came with ease.
“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,” Jagland said.
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson said of Obama’s award: “The international standing of the United States has suffered in recent years, and the international response to the election of President Obama was deeply heartening to me. Already, I sense a change in how the rest of the world sees our great nation. We face grave challenges in the United States, as do people around the world.
“I believe our president will use his leadership and diplomatic skills to not only inspire us, but to do the hard work necessary to build a better future.”
Obama becomes the third sitting President to win the coveted award, behind Theodore Roosevelt (1906) and Woodrow Wilson (1919) and the fourth president overall behind Jimmy Carter (2002).
Congratulations to our President!!!