Saturday, 10 October 2009

NEWS BRIEF: President Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

HISTORY MAKER: US President Barack Obama

The accolades and praise keep rolling in for history-making US President Barack Obama. Earlier this week, a five-member Norwegian committee named Obama as the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. Obama was selected from a field of some 205 nominees.

In making the announcement, the Nobel Committee expressed admiration for the Us President’s efforts at inspiring change in the international community, citing that, among other things, they found his “promise of disarmament admirable.”

Upon hearing the news, President Obama said he was pleasantly surprised at the honour. “Let me be clear. I do not view it as a recogbition of my own accomplishments, but rather an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of corporations held by people in all nations,” he said.

The Nobel ceremony is set for early December in Oslo, Norway. Past winners of the Nobel Peace Prize include Desmond Tutu of South Africa, former US President Jimmy Carter, the Dalai Lama and the United Nations.

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