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Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize. Announcement text


WASHINGTON--In a surprise move, the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to President 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."

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama was "humbled" by the news. Obama will comment on the prize at 10:30 a.m. eastern time.

Text of announcement from the Nobel Committee:


The Norwegian Nobel Committee

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2009

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.

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. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama's initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.

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. 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.

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."

Oslo, October 9, 2009


Congratulations to the dignified, strong and clear-thinking President Obama! This is a boon, not only for the President and our country, but also for the millions of stalwart supporters of President Obama who are deluged daily with the most misanthropic, misguided, ignorant and obtuse bunch of hate-mongers the world has ever seen. While these hysterics are propelled by a few men and women who control many media outlets ($$$) and drive low-information prejudice and satanic barbarity, many people in this country and the world are aware of Mr. Obama's many achievements thus far, such as paying U.N. dues, presenting as alternative to jihad street, reaching out to the Arab world, and his new initiatives on climate and nuclear, as well as Iran, to name but a few.
Our only hope now is that he use this Nobel Peace Prize as a reminder that an escalation of our occupation in Afghanistan will only result in more war, more death and for nothing: we can achieve more without more War Machine. Thank you to the Nobel Prize Committee.
Connie Allenbury

This may sound "weird" to those whose wisdom were dumbfounded by ignorance, and misguidance but the nobel prize being awarded to this president is the most outstanding because it relates to world peace in relation to his work gearing to an ideal direction. What most likely is the best way to inform the world about his world peace plan is through online text messaging: as what he did during his campaign period.

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