Carter Likes Nobel Pick, Taliban Not So Much

Nicolas Sarkozy says something odd about the world's hearts
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2009 9:32 AM CDT

(Newser) – Not everybody thinks Barack Obama's Nobel prize is a weird choice. Jimmy Carter, who won it himself in 2002, calls it a "bold statement of international support for his vision and commitment." More reaction:

  • Taliban spokesman: "He has done nothing for peace in Afghanistan. We condemn this year's peace prize as unjust."
  • Hamid Karzai: "His hard work and his new vision on global relations .. make him the appropriate recipient."
  • Mark Halperin, on Morning Joe: "I don't think he'll embrace this. Because there is no upside."

  • Desmond Tutu: It's a "wonderful recognition" of Obama's effort to reach out to the Arab world after years of hostility.
  • Nicolas Sarkozy: "It recognizes... the return of America to the hearts of the peoples of the world."
  • GOP chairman Michael Steele: "What has President Obama actually accomplished?"
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