The first thing the reporters said was how this was a slap at Former Pres. George W. Bush. I beg to differ. President Obama has taken the world by storm. He has a Kennedy-esque magnetism. Once drawn in, he disarms with gracious diplomacy, respect and integrity. In speaking to people, he does not come across as condescending. He does not intentionally mangle names as an additional sign of disrespect. He is a king among kings and that has nothing to do with Dubya, except to serve as an example of what a President of The United States should be. The President understands diplomacy. He promised to present a different face of the United States to the world. There are many fenced to mend internationally, and this President, my President clearly has his steps ordered.
Regarding our former Pres. Bush, should he look at this as a slap in the face? No more so than the landslide with which Barack Obama won the election. If I were G.W. Bush, I would look upon Barack Obama and understand that a brighter day has dawned.
The Nobel Peace Prize for 2009
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.
Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama's initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.
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. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population.
For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world's leading spokesman. The Committee endorses Obama's appeal that "Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges."
Oslo, October 9, 2009