Friday, October 9, 2009

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You...You're Far Too Kind

President Barack Obama woke up this morning to a "humbling" phone call. He found out he had just won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. The award recognizes his initiatives to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world and stress diplomacy and cooperation rather than unilateralism.

There are of course the usual naysayers who are confused as to how a president whose term began less than two weeks before the Feb. 1 nomination deadline could win the award. There are also people mad that George 'Dubya Bush didn't win the Nobel Peace Prize for his unilateral military action in the wake of September 11. To them, me and the president say PEACE out!

President Obama is the third sitting U.S. president to win the award: President Theodore Roosevelt won in 1906 and President Woodrow Wilson was awarded the prize in 1919. Former President Jimmy Carter also won in 2002, during then President George Bush's first term.


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