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This morning, the massive decision came down from up on high: Barack Obama is the 2009 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. This is no action figure in a cereal box, people: people like former President Jimmy Carter, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, & Mother Theresa are all previous recipients.

The full citation is here:

“The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons. 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. 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. For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world’s leading spokesman. The Committee endorses Obama’s appeal that “Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges.” Oslo, October 9, 2009

While the debate about whether this is preemptive or not rages on, here are the top 5 reasons it makes perfect sense that our President Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize:

5. Awarding him the Nobel Peace Prize shows the United States is moving towards the betterment of the world

4. Barack Obama has spent his life in the promotion of individual responsibility

3. Through his speeches and ability to unite a nation to elect the first Black president, he has proven to the international community that his larger agenda is one of peace

2. The Nobel Prize committee recognizes that this is a prize awarded to someone with POTENTIAL; it does not necessarily mean that the person must have accomplished and solved the crises for which he fights: this is a private prize awarded to someone who a small committee deems as deserving. Based on Barack Obama’s international appeal and goodwill, his agenda towards foreign policy and peaceful international diplomacy, he is the next harbinger of international peace.

1. He is cleaning up Bush’s mess. After 8 years of the Bush Doctrine, Obama represents the antithesis of those ideals and, therefore, has become a symbol for hope and change the world over.

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