President Obama awarded Nobel Peace PrizePublished by Pamela Gentry on Friday, October 9, 2009 at 8:08 am.
By Pamela Gentry, Senior Political Analyst
Oct. 9, 2009 – President Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize and joins the ranks of men he’s admired and spoken of since his early days in public service; one of the most memorable, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The committee honored the president for what they called “”his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
When the announcement made its way to the White House before dawn, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs called the president and woke him with the news.
The news Obama had won the prestigious honor was announced in Oslo at 5 a.m. EDT (0900 GMT). Reuter’s news service is reporting a White House official saying, “The president was humbled to be selected by the committee.”
Other famous Nobel Peace Prize winners include The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1964, Nelson Mandela, 1993 and in Kofi Annan in 2001.
Obama joins three other U.S. presidents: President Jimmy Carter who was awarded the prize in 2002 for his efforts to find a peaceful solution to international conflicts, Theodor Roosevelt who won in 1906 for negotiating a peace agreement that ended the Russo-Japanese war, and Woodrow Wilson in 1906.
The most recent elected official to win the honor is former Vice President Al Gore in 2007 for his efforts to raise awareness about climate changes and saving the environment.
Before the president can thank the committee for the honor, critics are questioning if he deserves the award just nine months into his presidency. The answer to that is simple; he won the honor – so yes, he’s deserves it.