Obama Awarded 2009 Nobel Peace Prize The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the prize to U.S. President Barack Obama for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." The choice shocked Nobel observers because Obama took office less than two weeks before the Feb. 1 nomination deadline.
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Obama Awarded 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Committee awarded Obama the prize for his efforts to strengthen international diplomacy.

The Nobel Committee recognized President Obama for his efforts to change the tenor abroad. Here, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, U.S. President Barack Obama, UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon, Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi and the extended members of the G8 world leaders pose for a "family photo" on the third day of the G8 summit on July 10, 2009. Oli Scarff/Getty Images hide caption

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Obama Accepts Nobel As Momentum, 'Call To Action'

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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, US President Barack Obama, UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon and Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi pose for a photo on the third day of the G8 summit July 10 in L'Aquila, Italy. Oli Scarff/Getty Images hide caption

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Obama's Fellow Laureate Wiesel: 'I Confess Surprise'

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Presidential Historian: Nobel Boosts Obama's Status

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Around The World, Obama's Nobel Win Surprises

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