In a major surprise, President Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize this morning. The Nobel Committee cited his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” including his push for nonproliferation and for better relations with the Muslim world, according to The Associated Press.
This makes him just the third sitting U.S. president to win the award, after Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.
*Update: *Some early reactions:
Robert Gibbs: “Wow.”
David Axelrod: “It’s an honor, certainly nothing that anyone expected, certainly not the president himself.”
Obama’s step-brother in Kenya, Said Obama: “It is an honour to the family… we are very happy that one of us has been honoured. We congratulate Barack.”
Taliban spokesman [Zabihullah Mujahid](Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told AFP.): “We have seen no change in his strategy for peace. He has done nothing for peace in Afghanistan.”
Obama himself said he was humbled.
The Washington Post has compiled a long and diverse list of reactions here.
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