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President Obama wins the Peace Prize…

Associated Press Photo of Obama speaking at the UN (The Spokesman-Review)
Associated Press Photo of Obama speaking at the UN (The Spokesman-Review)

Good morning, Netizens...

AP news wire [Oslo, Norway]

In this AP photograph, President Barack Obama addresses the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Are you sitting down? It might be a good thing if you are because President Barack Obama has won the Nobel Prize for Peace.

According to the Associated Press, President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples," the Norwegian Nobel Committee said, citing his outreach to the Muslim world and attempts to curb nuclear proliferation.

President Theodore Roosevelt won the award in 1906 and President Woodrow Wilson won in 1919, thus making President Obama the third sitting President in history to win this prestigious prize.

In his 1895 will, Alfred Nobel stipulated that the peace prize should go "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace congresses."

Has Obama complied with the wishes of Alfred Nobel? That's a good topic to discuss this morning.


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