President Barack Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

President Barack Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO, Norway. - The committee that awards the Nobel Peace Prize says it decided to give that prize to President Barack Obama to "promote what he stands for" and for the "positive processes" that he's started.

The prize was created partly to encourage ongoing peace efforts, but Obama's work is at a far earlier stage than with past winners of the prize.

Obama's name had been mentioned as a possible recipient, but many Nobel watchers believed it was too soon into his presidency.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee saw it differently, saying "Obama is now the world's leading spokesman" for the kind of international diplomacy it has sought to stimulate.

It cited Obama's initiatives to rid the world of nuclear weapons, ease tensions with the Muslim world and stress diplomacy and cooperation over unilateralism. It also praised the "more constructive role" the U.S. is playing on climate change under Obama's leadership.

GOP chairman scoffs at Obama winning Peace Prize

The chairman of the Republican Party is contending that President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize as result of his "star power" rather than meaningful accomplishments.

Michael Steele issued a statement Friday saying, "The real question Americans are asking is, What has President Obama actually accomplished?"

Steele, who took over the reins of the party earlier this year, said he thought it was "unfortunate that the president's star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights." He said he doesn't think Obama will be "receiving any awards from Americans for job creation, fiscal responsibility, or backing up rhetoric with concrete action."

Process of Nomination and Selection

(nobleprize.org)

September - Invitation letters are sent out. The Nobel Committee sends out invitation letters to individuals qualified to nominate.

February - Deadline for submission. The Committee bases its assessment on nominations that must be postmarked no later than 1 February each year.

February-March - Short list. The Committee assesses the candidates' work and prepares a short list.

March-August - Adviser review. The short list is reviewed by permanent advisers and advisers specially recruited for their knowledge of specific candidates.

October - Nobel Laureates are chosen. At the beginning of October, the Nobel Committee chooses the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates through a majority vote.

December - Nobel Laureates receive their prize. The Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony takes place on 10 December in Oslo, Norway, where the Nobel Laureates receive their Nobel Prize, which consists of a Nobel Medal and Diploma, and a document confirming the prize amount.

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