Obama wins Heisman
Submitted By Todd on October 9th at 7:17am
US President Barack Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Committee said he was awarded it for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples". There were a record 205 nominations for this year's prize. The laureate - chosen by a five-member committee - wins a gold medal, a diploma and 10m Swedish kronor ($1.4m).The award was already devalued when it was given to Al Gore a couple of years ago, but even though Gore was pursuing a phony cause, he did actually do something in support of the cause. Interesting note: Peace prize nominations must be made by February 1, which means that Obama had changed the world after just 11 days in office.
• Myth: Candidates can be nominated until the last minute. The nomination deadline is eight months before the announcement, with a strictly enforced deadline of Feb. 1.Will winning an award he has done nothing to earn hinder Obama? Some say yes.
"Frankly it seems premature when he hasn't been in office even a year yet and has not yet actually achieved the goals he set out although he certainly has made some very noteworthy efforts," says Mark Fitzpatrick, Senior Fellow for Non-proliferation at the London-based International Institute of Strategic Studies. "I think he will be embarrassed by it and it will be unhelpful in the domestic milieu."What was the reaction around the office?
Fitzpatrick and his colleagues at the International Institute of Strategic Studies reacted in the same way: "Is this a joke? We all thought it was a joke."