Obama Got Peace Prize 'For What He Has Done,' Nobel Committee Chairman Says : The Two-Way Chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize committee and other members defend giving it to President Barack Obama, saying he has accomplished enough to merit the honor.

Obama Got Peace Prize 'For What He Has Done,' Nobel Committee Chairman Says

Anyone who says President Barack Obama hasn't accomplished enough to deserve his Nobel Peace Prize is wrong, says the chairman of the committee that awarded him the honor on Friday.

"We simply disagree that he has done nothing," Nobel committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland told the Associated Press today. "He got the prize for what he has done."

According to AP, it spoke with four of the committee's five members and they strongly defended their choice "against a storm of criticism that the award was premature and a potential liability for the U.S. president." Three of the members "rejected the notion that Obama hadn't accomplished anything to deserve the award, while the fourth declined to answer that question," AP adds.

Jagland, according to the wire service, pointed to Obama's efforts to heal the divide between
the West and the Muslim world and scale down a Bush-era proposal for an anti-missile shield in Europe. "All these things have contributed to -- I wouldn't say a safer world -- but a world with less tension," said Jagland, secretary-general of the Council of Europe.

Aagot Valle, a left-wing Norwegian politician who joined the Nobel panel this year, said that comments about the president being undeserving "patronize Obama."

It's worth noting that Obama himself said on Friday that:

To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who've been honored by this prize -- men and women who've inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.

But I also know that this prize reflects the kind of world that those men and women, and all Americans, want to build -- a world that gives life to the promise of our founding documents. And I know that throughout history, the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it's also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes. And that is why I will accept this award as a call to action -- a call for all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st century.

We started this poll on Friday. As of 11:45 a.m. ET today, 3,008 people had voted and the result was almost a 50-50 split: 52% saying the president did not deserve the award; and 48% saying he did. You can still vote: