He has faced all kinds of challenges in his first ten months in office, and this morning (October 9) President Barack Obama was announced as the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
The annual award’s committee bestowed the honor on Obama “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
In a statement, the Nobel committee explained, “He has created a new international climate. We are awarding Obama for what he has done. Many other people and leaders and nations have to respond in a positive way."
Chairman Thorbjorn Jagland added, "We are not awarding the prize for what may happen in the future but for what he has done in the previous year. We would hope this will enhance what he is trying to do."