Two other U.S. presidents won the prize while in office–Woodrow Wilson in 1919 and Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. And former President Jimmy Carter won after leaving office.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee said in its statement:
Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics.
Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis
on the role that the United Nations and other international
institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as
instruments for resolving even the most difficult international
conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully
stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama’s
initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting
the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and
human rights are to be strengthened.
But since Obama has been in office for less than a year and had been in office for only 12 days before the nomination deadline earlier this year, reactions to the Nobel Committee’s selection of Obama are mixed.
What do you think? Is Obama deserving of the prize?