U.S. President Barack Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” His selection has generated broad reaction around the world, much of it — but not all — positive.
In the Middle East, Israel’s President Shimon Peres said he was encouraged. But in Gaza, the prime minister of the militant group Hamas said the United States needs to do more.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa said the award “speaks to the promise of President Obama’s message of hope.”
Should the Nobel Peace Prize have been awarded to President Obama?
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