Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s statement following the announcement of President Barack Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize:

“What wonderful recognition of someone who has already made such an impact on our planet with regards to the Muslim world, nuclear disarmament, climate change and, to some extent, the Middle East. He has reached out to the Arab world, including Iran, and North Korea.

“In a way, 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 towards making our world a safer place for all. It is an award that speaks to the promise of President Obama’s message of hope.

“The prize is a magnificent endorsement for the first African American President in history, who will become the first serving American President to receive the Nobel Peace Prize since Woodrow Wilson 90 years ago, for his role in founding the League of Nations.

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“Heartiest congratulations.”