You could say it's a surprise. The news is just now burning through the Net: President Barack Obama has been awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for Peace "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples..." As surprising as this recognition is, you need only scroll down a little on this blog to discern some of the evidence: the international attention and approval , his strong efforts towards a world without nuclear weapons begun at the UN , his leadership to rally the world to address the Climate Crisis and global economic problems at the G20 in Pittsburgh, and earlier efforts in respecting the Muslim world.
Congratulations, Mr. President. You make us proud. You give us hope.
Update: link to text and video of President Obama's statement on receiving the Nobel Prize.