Obama’s Nobel Prize

US President Barack Obama has been awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.

Throughout its history, the Nobel Peace Price has sparked lots of controversy. For example, in 1937  Hitler forbade German nationals from accepting any Nobel Prize in future after growing offended with the Nobel Foundation when the 1935 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Carl von Ossietzky, a German writer who publicly opposed Hitler and Nazism.  Surprisingly enough, Mahatma Gandhi never received the Nobel Peace Prize, though he was nominated for it five times  between 1937 and 1948. However, decades later, the Nobel Committee publicly declared its regret for the omission.

More recently, Yasser Arafat’s Peace Prize in 1994, received much criticism, as he was widely regarded a terrorist.  And, last but not least, Obama’s prize, which the American President himself was not too thrilled about, was for many people undeserved and premature: 

Click on the link below to read about the reactions of some of the most important world leaders:

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1929393,00.html?xid=feed-yahoo-full-nation-related

And here is a video of Obama’s reaction on first hearing the news:

And some more food for thought on why winning the Nobel Prize could hurt Obama:

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1929385,00.html?iid=sphere-inline-sidebar

 

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