Written by Ann
In a decision that surprised many, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded President Barack Obama the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on October 9th. Obama was honored for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” Reuters described it as “a stunning decision that honored the first-year U.S. president more for promise than achievement.”
I have to agree. My reaction when I heard the announcement was, “For what?” Had I missed the accomplishment that earned the President this honor? Just over a year ago, many people were still not sure Barack Obama had enough experience to be President of the United States. He did not run on a long list of accomplishments. He ran on change. I have no doubt he is working hard, but he’s only been in office 9 months. I would not have expected him to have done much to earn a Nobel Peace Prize this soon, so I am surprised that the Nobel Committee would have awarded the honor to him. As an American, I am always proud when our President is honored. I really do wish I knew why he earned this award, though.
What are your thoughts?