President Barack Obama
And the Nobel Peace Prize goes to…Barack Obama! The U.S. President won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for giving the world “hope for a better future”, for pleading for nuclear disarmament and for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”.
“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.
Less than nine months after he was chosen as the U.S. President, Barack not only won a important official prize, but he won the people’s hearts. And, once the financial crisis will be over, if he somehow manages to make it look like it was he who has escaped the world from a huge bankruptcy, then Barack will be crowned as King for life!
Anyway, the Nobel Peace Prize also provoked strong international criticism. And those eyes are surly pointing him while the President has to make hard decisions in the future concerning the war in Afghanistan and the Iran’s nuclear program, especially since Israel’s foreign minister said on Thursday there was no chance of a peace deal for many years.
The prize worth 10 million Swedish crowns ($1.4 million) and will be handed over in Oslo on December 10.
Political Reactions on Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize:
- The chief Palestinian peace negotiator, Saeb Erekat said he hopes “Obama will be able to achieve peace in the Middle East”.
- Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader and a Nobel Prize winner himself: “I am happy. What Obama did during his presidency is a big signal, he gave a hope. In these hard times people who are capable of taking responsibility, who have a vision, commitment and political will should be supported”.
- Islamic Jihad leader, Khaled Al-Batsh: “Obama’s winning the peace prize shows these prizes are political, not governed by the principles of credibility, values and morals. Why should Obama be given a peace prize while his country owns the largest nuclear arsenal on Earth and his soldiers continue to shed innocent blood in Iraq and Afghanistan?”