He certainly deserves the prize “for his extraordinary efforts to
strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”.
Still, this must be the quickest Peace Prize win on record since it’s not yet
nine months since he was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009.
Former Peace Prize winners like Mother Teresa had to work for years and years to receive the accolade.
This is a prize for not just a politician or a statesman but an eloquent idol who has enthralled the world with his words, his charisma and his extraordinary personal history.
Now that he has won hearts and minds, may he also have the strength and wisdom of Franklin Roosevelt to keep America great.
None of my favourite American former presidents — Clinton, Kennedy
and Franklin Roosevelt — won the Nobel. Nor did the other president I
Jimmy Carter was the last American president to win the prize in 2002.
A good man but not the greatest president.
Before Carter, Woodrow Wilson won the prize in 1919 and Theodore Roosevelt in 1906.
Franklin Roosevelt couldn’t have won the Nobel since he died before the end of the Second World War.
And Kennedy was killed only two years after he became president.
Clinton ruled himself out with the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
But the Nobel Peace Committee tries to honour Americans when it can.
Obama wins the Peace Prize only two years after former US vice-president Al Gore, the 2007 joint winner with the Intergovernmental Committee On Climate Change.
It’s a big surprise, says the New York Times. A wonderful surprise.