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Academy Launches College Oscar® Watch Party Contest on Campuses Nationwide

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the launch of its first College Oscar Watch Party Contest on campuses nationwide. Participation is open to undergraduates from any college or university in the United States that offers a B.A., B.S. or equivalent degree.

Individual party organizers or groups of up to four organizers who register with the Academy will be responsible for organizing their respective parties and submitting recap materials after the event. A registration form is available for download at www.oscars.org. The deadline for registration is Friday, February 19, 2010.

Entrants will post up to 10 photos of their Oscar watch party on http://www.flickr.com and up to five minutes of video footage on http://www.YouTube.com, and submit URLs and a description of no more than 500 words to marketing@oscars.org. The Academy will select the best Oscar watch party based on the following criteria: enthusiasm (i.e., number of attendees, how the event was publicized); creativity (i.e., themes, decorations, food); and guest involvement (i.e., games, activities). The deadline to submit post-event materials is Monday, March 15, 2010.

The organizers of the grand prize-winning party, to be revealed later in the month, will each receive two red carpet bleacher seats at the 83rd Academy Awards® in 2011. Photos and/or video of the winning party will be posted on the Academy’s Facebook page. Organizers of two runner-up parties will also receive acknowledgment on the site, as well as official Oscar prize packages.

For a complete list of rules and regulations for the College Oscar Watch Party Contest, please visit www.oscars.org/watchpartycontest.

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Interview with President Barack Obama

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith interview President Barack Obama after he receives the Nobel Peace Prize 2009 in Oslo, Norway.

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Tiger’s Validation Complex by Eugene Robinson

Op-Ed by Eugene Robinson

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, Eugene Robinson

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, Eugene Robinson

Washington Post/Eugene Robinson—Leave Tiger alone. Enough with the puns — we get that he’s really just a “cheetah” in disguise. Enough with the Barbie-of-the-Day revelations — we get that he’s attracted to a certain type. Enough with the whole thing — we have far more important things to worry about.

Yeah, right. Sit down with a friend over lunch and try to have a conversation about health care, climate change, financial regulation or Afghanistan without straying at least once onto the oh-so-unimportant subject of Tiger Woods’s philandering. I’ve given up trying to deny that the unfolding saga is compelling, even if paying attention leaves me feeling a bit disappointed in myself. Prurient interest is rarely something to be proud of.

I’m beginning to fear, actually, that the unfolding may never end. If you’re the richest, most famous athlete on the planet, and you have an eye for cocktail waitresses and nightclub hostesses, the opportunities to cheat are probably limited only by the number of hours in the day. It’s becoming clear why Woods’s initial mea culpa was worded vaguely to cover any and all “transgressions.” Wouldn’t want to leave anybody out.

I’m not going to pronounce judgment on Woods’s moral fiber, except to state that adultery is bad. I’m also not going to judge the women who have reportedly had affairs with him, except to point out how quick they’ve been, as soon as their names have surfaced, to retain high-priced legal counsel. I will suggest that Woods consider this possibility: Random women he meets in restaurants or bars may not be reduced to putty by his good looks or sparkling wit, but may in fact be aware of how wealthy he is.

I was going to critique Woods’s technique of adultery, or at least his apparent selection of playmates, as measured against a theory about philandering developed by my colleague Roxanne Roberts, who has spent years covering the capital’s libidinous social scene for The Post. Roberts postulates that famous, powerful men who stray would be smart to choose women who have just as much to lose if the liaison were exposed. Some ultra-rich tycoon’s young trophy wife, say, would fit that criterion. Cocktail waitresses and nightclub hostesses, not so much.

In fact, Woods seems to have hooked up with the kind of women who save old voice mails and text messages — giving their high-priced legal counsel something to work with.

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Auto-Tune The News‘ Takes on Health Care Debate, Rep. Alan Grayson, and Obama’s Nobel Prize

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AUTO-TUNE-THE-NEWS-largekeithoHuffington Post––Michael and Andrew Gregory are back with their NINTH installment of “Auto-Tune the News.” So far they’ve taken on Sean Hannity in a gorilla costume, spiced up climate change speeches by GOPers, and used Arianna Huffington’s serious words on the drug war to make light of their own reckless youths. Now they’ve moved on to the health care debate, Keith Olberman, Congressman Alan Grayson and President Obama’s Peace Prize.

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Meet Elinor Ostrom: The First Woman to Win the Nobel Prize in Economics

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It is an honor to be the first woman, but I won’t be the last~Elinor Ostrom

Elinor Ostrom, Nobel in Economic Science Laureate

Elinor Ostrom, Nobel in Economic Science Laureate

Elinor Ostrom, the Arthur F. Bentley professor of political science and professor of public and environmental affairs at Indiana University, will receive this year’s Nobel in Economic Science. The announcement was made Monday morning in Stockholm, Sweden. Ostrom is the first woman to win the prize in Economics since it was founded in 1968, and the fifth woman to win a Nobel award this year — a Nobel record.

She will share it with Oliver E. Williamson, who is at the Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. The two will share the prize for their separate work on economic governance, organization, cooperation, relationships and nonmarket institutions.

nobel_prize_1Ms. Ostrom’s work focuses on the commons, such as how pools of users manage natural resources as common property. The traditional view is that common ownership results in excessive exploitation of resources — the so-called tragedy of the commons that occurs when fishermen overfish a common pond, for example. The proposed solution is usually to make users bear the external costs of their utilization by privatizing the resource or imposing government regulations such as taxes or quotas.

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Women in Nobel Prize History

Two-Time Nobel Winner and Scientist Marie Curie

Two-Time Nobel Winner and Scientist Marie Curie

The Nobel Prize in various categories has been awarded to women 41 times between 1901 and 2009.

Marie Curie is the only woman to win two Nobel prizes; one in Physics, 1903 and one in Chemistry, 1911. Marie Curie is considered the most famous of all women scientists. In 1903, her discovery of radioactivity earned her the Nobel Prize in physics. In 1911, she won it for chemistry.

Irene Curie was the daughter of Marie Curie. She furthered her mother’s work in radioactivity and won the Nobel Prize in 1935 for discovering that radioactivity could be artificially produced.

A total of 40 women have been honored with a Nobel Prize since 1901, with the latest recipient, Elinor Ostrom, the only woman in the category of Economic Sciences.

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The Outrage Pandemic by Jeffrey Feldman

Op-ed by Jeffrey Feldman

Author Jeffrey Feldman

Author Jeffrey Feldman

HP/Jeffrey Feldman—Forget the Swine Flu. America is suffering from an outrage pandemic.

Like everybody else in America, I was surprised when the Nobel committee awarded the 2009 Peace Prize to Barack Obama. I was pleased, but surprised. Apparently, just about the only living creature not surprised was Bo the First Dog. But the outrage that flowed from every corner of the political conversation was far more depressing than learning about the award was surprising.

When did American optimism succumb to this constant outrage?

Less than a year ago, tens of millions of Americans descended on Washington, DC, just so they could say, “I was there,” on the day Barack Obama became President. Nine months later, a majority of Americans seem convinced that this same man–who once inspired them so deeply–has personally slighted them.

The right-wing is certainly responsible in part for the spread of the outrage pandemic.

The right has reached a level of outrage at Barack Obama that already exceeds what the left mustered after eight years of George W. Bush. The result is that right-wing politics in America now follows one general argument: If Obama wants it, then it is so bad it must be stopped or it will destroy America.

The insanity in this approach became clear in the health care reform debate where we have heard Republicans on Medicare say crazy things like, “I’d rather die than see this country adopt government-run health insurance” (e.g., I would rather die than have the kind of government health insurance that I currently have, which keeps me from dying).

When people shake their fists in protest at the very things they say they will die to defend, the result is far worse than a nation divided along political lines. It is a form of national schizophrenia.

While the outrage pandemic may have reached critical levels on the right, the left has done its part in the past nine months, too.

Try talking to anyone in the left-wing, nowadays, and it seems everyone has a bone to pick with Barack Obama. Whatever Barack Obama does, more and more people on the left are outraged by him. First it was the bank bailout program, then the auto-industry rescue, then the health care bill. Then it was not moving fast enough on closing Gitmo, then the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, then withdrawal from Iraq. Now the left is outraged at Obama’s Afghan policy and his view on cap and trade and home mortgage relief and marriage equality and the prosecution of past administration officials.

Is there anyone left on the left who is not outraged at Barack Obama for something? If they’re out there, I never come across them.

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The Peace Prize‘ an Editorial by the New York Times

NYTimesbuildingfrontNew York Times—President Obama responded to the news of his Nobel Peace Prize the right way. He said he was humbled, acknowledged that the efforts for which he was honored are only beginning and pledged to see them through, not on his own but in concert with other nations.

There cannot have been unbridled joy in the White House early Friday. Mr. Obama’s aides had to expect a barrage of churlish reaction, and they got it. The left denounced the Nobel committee for giving the prize to a wartime president. The right proclaimed that Mr. Obama sold out the United States by engaging in diplomacy. Members of the dwindling band of George W. Bush loyalists also sneered — with absolutely no recognition of their own culpability — that Mr. Obama has not yet ended the wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq.

Certainly, the prize is a (barely) implicit condemnation of Mr. Bush’s presidency. But countering the ill will Mr. Bush created around the world is one of Mr. Obama’s great achievements in less than nine months in office. Mr. Obama’s willingness to respect and work with other nations is another.

Mr. Obama has bolstered this country’s global standing by renouncing torture, this time with credibility; by pledging to close the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba; by rejoining the effort to combat climate change and to rid the world of nuclear weapons; by recommitting himself to ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; and by offering to engage Iran while also insisting that it abandon its nuclear ambitions.

Mr. Obama did not seek the prize. It is a reminder of the extraordinarily high expectations for any American president — and does bring into sharp focus all that he has left to do to make the world, and this country, safer.

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu — Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 1984

archbishopDesmond tutu 200What wonderful recognition of someone who has already made such an impact on our planet with regards to the Muslim world, nuclear disarmament, climate change and, to some extent, the Middle East. He has reached out to the Arab world, including Iran, and North Korea.

In a way, it’s an award — coming near the beginning of the first term of office of a relatively young President — that anticipates an even greater contribution towards making our world a safer place for all. It is an award that speaks to the promise of President Obama’s message of hope.”~~Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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How They Pick Nobel Laureates

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Chairman of Norwegian Nobel Committee, Thorbjoern Jagland

Chairman of Norwegian Nobel Committee, Thorbjoern Jagland

TPM/Rachel Slajda—Much has been made today of the fact that the nomination deadline for the Nobel Peace Prize is Feb. 1 — just 12 days after President Obama took office.

But the winner isn’t selected until much later, usually around mid-September. The Norwegian Nobel Committee, made up of five members appointed by the Norwegian Parliament, makes the decision. Here’s the process, according to the committee’s web site:

Nominators — including members of governments, university professors, past Nobel laureates and members of the International Court of Justice — must make their picks to the committee by Feb. 1. The committee usually receives between 150 and 200 nominations for the Peace Prize, but this year they received a record 205 nominations.

noble_medalsThe committee then holds its first meeting,when members can add their own nominees to the list. They then narrow the list down to between five and 20 candidates.

Those candidates are then reviewed by the Nobel Institute’s director, research director and a team of advisers, usually university professors. Those advisers draw up reports on each candidate, a process that takes a few months, and present those reports to the committee.

And then the committee “embarks on a thorough-going discussion of the most likely candidates.” They sometimes request more information, especially when, like Obama, candidates are involved in current affairs. The committee usually makes its decision by mid-September, but has been known to take until the final meeting in early October.

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Nobel Peace Prize Statistics

Geographical distribution of Peace Prize laureates 1901-2000

Geographical distribution of Peace Prize laureates 1901-2000

nobelchart2During the first century of the Nobel Peace Prize, there were 107 laureates from different parts of the world. Alfred Nobel’s intention was to create an international prize, a wish that was upheld by the Norwegian Nobel Committee. However, it took the committee a long time before it started to look beyond the western world for suitable candidates. Globalisation of the prize was a very slow process. From 1901 to 1975 only four laureates did not come from Western Europe or North America.

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President Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

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“for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”


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Nobel Committee Chairman Explains Obama Choice


“OSLO — President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a stunning decision designed to encourage his initiatives to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world and stress diplomacy and cooperation rather than unilateralism.
Nobel observers were shocked by the unexpected choice so early in the Obama presidency, which began less than two weeks before the Feb. 1 nomination deadline.”

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“There are few leaders who have managed to change the atmosphere in the world in such a short time,” (Shimon Peres former Nobel Peace prize winner)


Israeli President Shimon Peres — who shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995 — escorts then-Sen. Barack Obama during the presidential candidate’s visit to Jerusalem on July 23, 2008.

geot GeoT: **my opinion**

Yes its an honor and yes, putting diplomacy back in FRONT of U.S. foreign policy is vitally important… but, seriously, a misguided, or rather a mistimed awarding of the prize, in my opinion. This President has the bulk of the work he needs to do ahead of him… the accolades can wait. This will be fodder for further sniping from the wing-nuts and a distraction from the vital issues on the table.

That’s my take… my fellow bloggers here at 44 Diaries will be giving their perspectives as the morning unfolds


ogenicOgenec has weighed in:

GeoT, I disagree. You have to ask yourself this question: why did they award the Nobel? A variety of reasons to be sure, but in particular they cited his commitment to reducing the nuclear arsenal.

When you think about it, it makes complete sense. Alfred Nobel created dynamite. He later grew to resent the fact that he owed his wealth to weapons used for the mass destruction of human life. Well, nuclear devices are the ultimate form of mass destruction. The Committee must have looked at this and said, this is EXACTLY what Alfred Nobel would be fighting for if he were still alive.

Obama’s nuclear reduction efforts have enormous implications for world peace, and are consistent with the animating principles of the Nobel prizes. It’s quite fitting that he got the award. Now other leaders should step up and assist Obama in pulling the world back from the nuclear precipice.
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ag2 audiegrl’s take:

This whole uproar reminds me of the reports when Martin Luther King Jr. got awarded the prize or even Jimmy Carter or Al Gore. Many folks in this country ridiculed and scorned them for winning. As if him winning was an insult to them and their party.

The way I see this, its a simple fact of how differently the world views Barack Obama, versus the way people in our own country view him. In parts of the country and in the Republican party he is viewed with suspicion, disdain and anger, so even when he does or accomplishes something good, his motives are questioned. Even last week, when global polling showed that due to Obama the US had moved up from number seven to the number one spot of countries that the world admired, this jump according to the pollster was unprecedented in one year, and could only be attributed to the election of Obama. Did this make the right wing naysayers happy? No, they just accused him of traveling around the world apologizing for American.

The reaction from the right wing today is no less shameful than when they gleefully cheered when we lost the 2016 Olympic bid last week. Just ask yourself this. If today President McCain, after only being in office 9 months, had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, what would the right-wing be doing? You got it, popping the champagne cork right about now…

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Buellboy:

“Excellence is not a destination; it is a continuous journey that never ends.” –Brian Tracy
Congratulations Mr. President.

from Libbyshaw:
As an American I am proud that President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. From the day he started his campaign for the Presidency, nearly three years ago, Barack Obama set a new and bold tone in politics. He refused to play the old political games and he never stooped to personal attacks, though he was assailed by them very frequently from Reverend Wright to Bill Ayers. Obama handled the vitriol with grace and poise. Barack Obama said we are not comprised of red states and blue states but the United States of America. He wanted to unite, not divide. The same tone underlies the President’s foreign diplomacy. The world, including our allies who had been intimidated by eight years of bullying cowboy diplomacy, are relieved to see the U.S. now has a President who will listen to others. One who will use peaceful conflict resolution to build bridges between countries and connections between different people.

Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama is the world’s way of thanking the United States for getting rid of the lying, murderous, warmongering neocons who ran this country and the rest of the globe, for eight long, dark and dangerous years.


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Right-Wing Media and Polititians Roots Against America: Nobel Prize Edition

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The reaction from the right wing today is no less shameful than when they gleefully cheered when we lost the 2016 Olympic bid last week. Just ask yourself this. If today President McCain, after only being in office 9 months, had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, what would the right-wing be doing? You got it, popping the champagne corks right about now…

Here’s a little video by Media Matters giving us a telling compilation of the conservative outrage…

Glenn Beck

glenn-beck-220x300Of all things, the Nobel Peace Prize should be turned down by Barack Obama and given — you ready for this, oh this one’s going to make headlines — should be give to the Tea Party goers and the 9-12 Project. … Because of the arrogance of the progressives that thought no one would stand in their way. That he would be able to accomplish everything. Two weeks into his presidency, they nominated him for it and said, “oh this is going to be a slam dunk.” Because of the Tea Party goers and the 9-12 Project people that stood in his way and stopped him from accomplishing the things that he thought, “please, I’m the Messiah, I’ll be able to accomplish that.”–Glenn Beck

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Rush Limbaugh

rushlimbaugh“The Nobel gang just suicide-bombed themselves. Gore, Carter, Obama, soon Bill Clinton. See a pattern here? They are all leftist sell-outs. George Bush liberates 50 million Muslims in Iraq, Reagan liberates hundreds of millions of Europeans and saves parts of Latin America. Any awards?” Limbaugh says “Obama gives speeches trashing his own country and for that gets a prize, which is now worth as much as whatever prizes they are putting in Cracker Jacks these days.”

We all agree with the Taliban and Iran” that Obama does not deserve Nobel…I think that everybody is laughing. Our president is a worldwide joke. Folks, do you realize something has happened here that we all agree with the Taliban and Iran about and that is he doesn’t deserve the award. Now that’s hilarious, that I’m on the same side of something with the Taliban, and that we all are on the same side as the Taliban.“–Rush Limbaugh

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Michelle Malkin

michelle-malkinWorld apology tour” has “paid huge dividends,” “ultimate act of global affirmative action

On her website: Isn’t it so fitting? From community organizer to Illinois state senator (present!) to U.S. Senator for 143 days before moving into the White House…and now, the recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize — not for anything he’s actually done, but for the symbolism of what he might possibly accomplish sometime way off in the future—Michelle Malkin

She also took the opportunity to post this graphic from another right wing blog.

Nobelol

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Chip Reid

chip_reid_x200CBS’ Chip Reid asks Gibbs whether Obama “consider[ed] turning” Nobel Prize “down,” suggests award is “a partisan thing” and Nobel Committee “supports liberal causes“.

In a follow-up question, Reid said: “I think the point a lot of your favorite people, pundits, have been making is that the response to this has been like this — I mean, most Democrats have praised it and most Republicans have said, you have got to be kidding me. Ronald Reagan didn’t get one, but Barack Obama, nominated 12 days after he was sworn in, gets a Nobel Peace Prize. And the fear among some, even some Democrats, is that this is going to widen the partisan divide and make things even more difficult to accomplish on every front.

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Matt Drudge

mattdrudge220Today, Matt Drudge linked to an Associated Press analysis headlined, “He won, but for what?” with the Drudge headline: “‘For What’? Will He Turn It Down?

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Mark Halperin

mark_halperin_x200I predict right now that he will find a way to basically turn it down. … Because there is no upside.” On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Time’s Mark Halperin said, “I predict right now that he will find a way to basically turn it down. I share this with the world or whatever. I don’t think he’ll embrace this. Because there is no upside for him.

John Bolton

John Bolton220In an October 9 post on National Review Online’s blog, The Corner, Robert Costa quoted former United Nations ambassador John Bolton as saying, “He should decline it and then ask to be considered again in three or four years when he has a record.

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Mary Katharine Ham

marykatherineham220 Weekly Standard blogger Mary Katharine Ham wrote of Kaus’ “great suggestion“: “I think I would heartily approve of Obama’s doing it, and I’m a rather tough audience for him. Could his ego allow it?

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RNC Chairman Michael Steele

michael steele.jpg-thumb-280x392-33229“The real question Americans are asking is, “What has President Obama actually accomplished?” It is unfortunate that the president’s star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights. One thing is certain — President Obama won’t be receiving any awards from Americans for job creation, fiscal responsibility, or backing up rhetoric with concrete action.”

To be fair, a couple of statements from the grownups (this time) in the Republican Party

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John McCain

john_mccain_official_portrait_20091220I think all of us were surprised at the decision,” he said. But I think Americans are always pleased when their president is recognized by something on this order.”

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Tim Pawlenty

tim-pawlenty220During the WCCO radio show, “Lou from St. Paul” called in to say: “I haven’t heard you congratulate the president on receiving the Nobel Prize….What is it you’re waiting for?

Pawlenty responded: “I would say regardless of the circumstances, congratulations to President Obama for winning the Nobel Prize. I know there will be some people who are saying “Was it based on good intentions and thoughts or is it going to be based on good results?” But I think the appropriate response is when anybody wins a Nobel Prize that is a very noteworthy development and designation and I think the appropriate response is to say “Congratulations.”

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

20090816_mms_a07_459.jpgMaria and I applaud President Obama for winning the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. The President has consistently shown that he is committed to reaching out to other nations and positioning America to once again be the global leader for peace and prosperity. This is a great honor for our country and reminds us all of the promise our nation holds. I look forward to working with him to address future challenges facing our nation. On behalf of all Californians, I congratulate President Obama for winning this inspiring award.

Bob McDonnell (Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee)

bob-mcdonnell-stock-cropped-proto-custom_6McDonnell said he’d been on the road and had not extensively read the committee’s reasoning for the award, other than that it had to do with Obama’s diplomatic efforts. But he said he was pleased with anything that “brings accolades to the United States.” And then he repeated, “I’m delighted to see him win the award.

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