There have been mixed reactions to Obama receiving the award due his length of time in office — just over 9 months.
"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," said the Norwegian Nobel Committee in addition to commending "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."
While Nelson Mandela and Mikhail Gorbachev are on board with the decision, others believe it was a premature choice, especially those in the Middle East.
A conservative religious party leader in Pakistan referred to the award an embarrassing "joke" while an Hamas official in Palestine said, "Obama has a long way to go still and lots of work to do before he can deserve a reward. Obama only made promises and did not contribute any substance to world peace."
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