Terwijl in Oslo bekend wordt gemaakt dat Barack Obama (48) de Nobelprijs voor de Vrede (1,4 miljoen dollar) heeft gewonnen, is het in Amerika nog nacht. Maar allengs komen de eerste reacties uit alle hoeken van de wereld.
Witte Huis-woordvoerder Robert Gibbs: "Wow."
Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas: "Obama has a long way to go still and lots of work to do before he can deserve a reward." En: "We condemn the institute's awarding him the peace prize. We condemn this year's peace prize as unjust."
Stafmedewerker Obama (anoniem): "It's not April 1, is it?"
EU-voorzitter Jose Barroso: "A tribute to President Obama's commitment to the values of peace and progress of humanity."
Lech Walesa: “Who? What? So Fast?” "Well, there’s hasn’t been any contribution to peace yet. He’s proposing things, he’s initiating things, but he is yet to deliver.”
Said Obama, de presidentm vanuit Kenia: "It is humbling for us as a family and we share in Barack's honor... we congratulate him."
Commentator The Times: "Rarely has an award had such an obvious political and partisan intent. It was clearly seen by the Norwegian Nobel committee as a way of expressing European gratitude for an end to the Bush Administration."
Hamid Karzai, president Afghanistan: "We congratulate Obama for winning the Nobel."
Zabihullah Mujahid,woordvoerder Taliban: "We have seen no change in his strategy for peace. He has done nothing for peace in Afghanistan. He has not taken a single step for peace in Afghanistan or to make this country stable."Bron(nen): The Washington Post