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Obama receives Nobel Peace Prize

By Adam Goldstein
Published: October 2009

President Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize on October 9, making him one of only three American presidents to receive the prize.

The award came as a shock to many, and countless politicians worldwide debated over whether or not Obama had accomplished enough to deserve it.

He was picked because of his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples, the Nobel Committee said.

Others were more dubious of Obama’s worthiness.

“The real question Americans are asking is, ‘ËœWhat has President Obama actually accomplished?’ chairman of the Republican National Committee Michael Steele said.

Senior and president of the Conservative Student Union Mika Braginsky had similar thoughts.

“When I first heard about it I thought it was a joke¦it showed the measure of adoration for Obama which isn’t born out of policy and important decisions, she said.

Despite obvious objections in the political world, the committee stands by their choice to award Obama the prize.

“Who had done more¦in the previous year to enhance peace¦than Barack Obama? the Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjorn Jagland said.

Athough initially surprised by the Nobel Committee’s choice, Obama believes that the prize represents a “call to action to work harder to spread peace, whether it be bringing home troops from Iraq and Afghanistan or working to resolve conflicts between other nations.

“I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations, Obama said.

The prize undoubtedly puts pressure on Obama to come through and truly create peace throughout the world and to live up to other such winners of the peace prize as Nelson Mandela and Yasser Arafat.

Obama has vowed to donate his winnings, $1.4 million, to a charity.

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