Friday, October 9, 2009

Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize, apparently for expression or publication of an intellectual "concept"

President Obama spoke briefly this morning from the Rose Garden after learning that he had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. His remarks are posted in his own blog (posting title "Building a World that "Gives Life to the Promise of Our Founding Documents") entry here.

Russia Today has a video on the award. There were 204 names on the committee’s shortlist. The award does not have the intrigue of the Irving Wallace novel or movie of “The Prize”. Most observers see the award as prospective, based on a concept that the president has laid out in his speeches and writings (generally following the steps of Jimmy Carter), not on positive accomplishments (resume-style) in the first nine months in office.

President Obama will address the Human Right Campaign national dinner in Washington on Saturday October 120.

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