It was announced today that the current President of the United States has won the honorable Nobel Peace prize. President Obama’s victory came as a surprise to many, as the nomination deadline came less than two weeks into his presidency. The prize was reportedly awarded for Obama’s focus on improving relations with the Muslim world and his initiatives to reduce nuclear arms; the ‘change in global mood’ that succeeded his presidential victory was also a key factor in the decision.
Following the announcement, the Nobel Committee chairman stated, “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.” The committee also praised the President for a saparking a “new climate in international politics.”
In a statement from the Whitehouse, President Obama explaining that he “will accept this award as a call to action,” acknowledging that the initiatives still remain largely unfulfilled at this point. He also mentioned that he felt he did not actually deserve the prize, due to this fact.
Regardless of whether or not you feel Obama deserved to win this prestigeous award, it must be said that in recent times no other world leader has succeeded in bringing unity to the Western world and few have even attempted to ease tensions with the Muslim world. This moment marks a significant change in not only international politics but also signals a step in the right direction for the global community. Hopefully he will do as promised and take this prize as fuel for some real change that we can also see, not just believe in.