He couldn’t sway the votes to bring the Olympics to Chicago but, he can win the Nobel Peace prize. Word has it that President Barack Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said. They cited his outreach to the Muslim world and attempts to curb nuclear proliferation.
It’s only been nine months as the the first African-American to win the White House and he is being hailed ;
“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. “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.”
The committee also said Obama has “created a new climate in international politics.”
In his short time in office, Obama has acted on a wide range of issues from the economy to terrorism and wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
This year’s peace prize nominees included 172 people and 33 organizations. The committee does not release the names of the nominees.