Obama is the third sitting U.S. president -- and the first in 90 years -- to win the coveted peace prize. His predecessors won during their second White House terms, however, and after significant diplomatic achievements. Woodrow Wilson was awarded the prize in 1919, after helping to found the League of Nations and shaping the Treaty of Versailles; and Theodore Roosevelt was the recipient in 1906 for his work to negotiate an end to the Russo-Japanese war.
In contrast, Obama is struggling with two wars -- weighing whether to increase the number of U.S. troops fighting in Afghanistan and overseeing the withdrawal of American combat troops from Iraq. He is mired in domestic struggles over health-care reform and economic recovery efforts, and searching for ways to build momentum to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and to assemble an international effort to stop Iran's nuclear program.
The WP then went on to slam Republicans.
The New York Times:
President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” a stunning honor that came less than nine months after he made United States history by becoming the country’s first African-American president.
The New York Times then proceeded to slam Republicans.
The awarding of the Nobel Peace Price to President Barack Obama landed with a shock on darkened, still-asleep Washington. He won! For what?
Giving President Obama the Nobel Peace Prize is a "premature canonization" and an "embarrassment" to the process of designating a laureate, a presidential historian says.
"The jury is still out as to what his presidency is going to add up to," Fred Greenstein, author and professor of politics emeritus at Princeton University, told FOXNews.com.
As much as people want to slam the Republicans for this... it is nearly impossible to do.
No Republican alive could have castrated this President as fast as the Nobel Prize has castrated him.
How is the President supposed to proceed forward with his Afghanistan agenda. The President is currently fighting two wars. His hands are tied. He will lose face somewhere in the world.
How is the President supposed to confront Iran now?
How is the President supposed to confront North Korea?
Yep- this is not the Republicans doing, but it definitely a political move.
Either the President loses face in Europe as a peacemaker or he loses face with the American people by not putting the safety of Americans first.
Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a stunning decision that honored the first-year U.S. president more for promise than achievement and drew both praise and skepticism around the world.
The sound you could hear this morning was of heads being scratched around the world.
Very quickly, the Nobel Committee found itself having not just to explain its choice of President Barack Obama for the Peace Prize, but to defend it.
There have been controversial selections before, but rarely one that caused this much puzzlement.
President Obama received congratulatory messages and some political barbs Friday after learning he'd won the Nobel Peace Prize. But many people said they were simply perplexed that a man who has been in office less than a year could have won one of the world's most prestigious prizes.
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