Fnord! President Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Man, the Norwegians must be really, really happy Bush is gone. Wojciech Moskwa and Matt Spetalnick report for Reuters:

U.S. President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for offering the world hope and striving for nuclear disarmament in a surprise award that drew both warm praise and sharp criticism.

The bestowal of one of the world’s top accolades on a president less than nine months in office, who has yet to score a major foreign policy success, was greeted with gasps of astonishment from journalists at the announcement in Oslo.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised Obama for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”

Critics — some in parts of the Arab and Muslim world — called the committee decision premature.

Obama’s press secretary woke him with the news before dawn and the president felt “humbled” by the award, a senior administration official said.

When told in an email from Reuters that many people around the world were stunned by the announcement, Obama’s senior adviser, David Axelrod, responded: “As are we.”

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  • Borgar

    Awarding the Nobel Peace Price to an american president who has done nothing except continuing and escalating the illegal wars, torture, surveillance and economic disaster his asshole-predecessor started. This is so fucked up, almost beyond bizarre. I'm ashamed of being a norwegian.

  • polymorpheous

    i suppose when the media ignores the killing, you are not really killing! look at kissenger!

  • http://twitter.com/Dumbsaint Dumbsaint

    Gotta say my vote was for Putin for all his hard peace-keeping in Georgia but congratulations nonetheless Obama. Nevermind closing down Gitmo or stopping your butcherous wars in other people's oil fields now the world rewards you as a man of peace.

  • Xtra large

    Yeah right, Obama wins the peace prize. And I'm the King of Siam… Oh wait, really?

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