To the Editor,
I'm writing in response to a "Sound Off" comment that President Barack Obama received "the Nobel Peace Prize just for getting elected."
According to the official website of the Nobel Peace Prize, the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to President Barack Obama "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."
The committee has attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons. Thanks to Obama's initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting.
Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened. Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future.
His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population.
For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world's leading spokesman.
The committee endorses Obama's appeal that "Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges." (Oslo, Oct. 9, 2009)
CJ Truesdale, Wheaton