In an unexpected move, the Nobel Committee have awarded President Obama the Peace Prize for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples”.
The Five member committee highlighted Mr Obama’s efforts to strengthen international bodies and promote nuclear disarmament.
“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.”
This year there were a record 205 nominations for this year’s prize (Zimbabwe’s prime minister and a Chinese dissident had been among the favourites) but apart from a gold medal, a diploma and 10m Swedish kronor, this kind of international recognition is a useful reminder
After all the smears, tears and madness of the last few months, let’s not forget that, while a symbol of everything some people hate (and others love) Obama has already started implementing policy, and making a difference.
But you may have a different point of view. To quote the tweet of a British friend of mine:
Obama wins nobel peace prize. That’s torn it. The American right are never going to talk to Europe ever again.