By KARL RITTER and MATT MOORE, Associated Press Writers Karl Ritter And Matt Moore, Associated Press Writers – 5 mins ago
"OSLO – President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a stunning decision designed to encourage his initiatives to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world and stress diplomacy and cooperation rather than unilateralism.
Nobel observers were shocked by the unexpected choice so early in the Obama presidency, which began less than two weeks before the Feb. 1 nomination deadline.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama woke up to the news a little before 6 a.m. EDT. The White House had no immediate comment on the announcement, which took the administration by surprise.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee lauded the change in global mood wrought by Obama's calls for peace and cooperation but recognized initiatives that have yet to bear fruit: reducing the world stock of nuclear arms, easing American conflicts with Muslim nations and strengthening the U.S. role in combating climate change.
"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," said Thorbjoern Jagland, chairman of the Nobel Committee."
World Leader views
Now My Thoughts:
1. I agree with his opening talks back up with the muslim world. This is a wonderful thing. There is no way on this Earth will the 'Christian World' ever defeat tyranny by use of violence, sanctions, and hypocrisy. Long gone are the days if -- IF YOU ARE NOT WITH US, THEN WE WILL BOMB YOU.
2. I do agree with his stance of AMERICA has helped you (other countries) but, you must help yourself as well.
3. I disagree with his not getting the American military out of Iraq, Afganistan, Gitmo and dismantling America's own nuclear arsenal. However, he has to deal with the 9 years of build up by our past administrations. (A FREAKING LOGISTICAL nightmare of evironmental cleanup and restoration. Just look how long it takes to return a u.s. military base back over to it's city leaders. )