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Obama a good choice for peace prize?

I cannot think of anyone today more deserving of this honor. In less than a year in office, he has transformed the way we look at ourselves and the world we live in and rekindled hope for a world at peace with itself.— Mohamed Elbaradei, the director-general of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency and 2005 Nobel Peace Prize winner

So fast? Too fast — he hasn't had the time to do anything yet. For the time being, Obama's just making proposals. But sometimes the Nobel Committee awards the prize to encourage responsible action. Let's give Obama a chance.— Lech Walesa, former president of Poland and 1983 peace prize winner

Very few leaders, if at all, were able to change the mood of the entire world in such a short while with such a profound impact.— President Shimon Peres of Israel, 1994 winner

It seems premature to me. I think the committee should be very careful with the integrity of the prize, and in this case I don't think we are in a position to really evaluate the full impact of what this candidate has achieved.— Nils Butenschon, director of the Norwegian Center for Human Rights

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 toward making our world a safer place for all. It is an award that speaks to the promise of President Obama's message of hope.— Desmond Tutu, retired Anglican archbishop from South Africa and 1984 winner

It is unfortunate that the president's star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working toward 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.— Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele

Obama's achievements are in the "good intentions" category, but that doesn't mean they are insignificant. America was too unpopular under Bush. The Nobel committee is expressing a collective sigh of relief that America has rejoined the global consensus. They're right. It's a good thing. It's just a little weird that they gave him a prize for it. —David Ignatius, Washington Post

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