President wins Nobel Peace Prize

    President Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009, an unexpected and humbling honor.







    President Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009, an unexpected and humbling honor.
    Even though Obama is only about nine months into his presidency, the Nobel Committee bestowed the rare accolade on him for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
    “Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics,” the committee said in a press release. “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.”
    As justification for their decision, The Nobel Committee noted that the president had chosen to resolve even the tensest of new international conflicts by talking things out in negotiations. And that’s just one of the main reasons that they felt he deserves the prize.
    “I am both surprised and deeply humbled by the decision of the Nobel Committee,” said President Obama. “Let me be clear:  I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations.”
    Speaking of American leadership, The Nobel Committee also commended Obama’s initiative on getting the U.S. to play “a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting.”
    Back at the White House this morning. The first congrats didn’t come from First Lady Michelle or his chief of staff. It came from his daughters who decided to do a rundown of all the days biggest news.
    “Malia walked in and said, ‘Daddy, you won the Nobel Peace Prize, and it is Bo’s birthday!’ And then Sasha added, ‘Plus, we have a three-day weekend coming up,’” the president recalled to reporters at The White House. “So it’s good to have kids to keep things in perspective.”
    We at Sister 2 Sister would like to offer our congratulations to the president. And if you weren’t able to catch his acceptance speech this morning, you can watch it below.




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