U.S. President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, October 9, for his " Extra Ordinary Effort to Strengthen International Diplomacy and Cooperation Between Peoples." Barack Obama outreach to the Muslim world and attempt to curb nuclear proliferation, as cited by Norwegian Nobel Committee. The Nobel Peace Prize award was announced by Thorjorn Jagland, Chairman of the Norwegian NobelCommittee.
Many people around the world stunned by the announcement. Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize in less than a year when he took office. "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," Thorbjoern Jagland, chairman of the Nobel Committee said. "In the past year Obama has been a key person for important initiatives in the U.N. for and to set a completely new agenda for the and East-West relations."