The Nobel Peace Prize committee recognized that President Obama is changing America from world hegemonist to world citizen.

JIM STATTMILLER, MINNEAPOLIS

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President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize after being in office for such a very short time. What's next? Getting six or seven holes-in-one during a single golf outing?

TERRY LOVAAS, BROOKLYN PARK

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The two most prominent groups objecting to President Obama's having received the Nobel Prize are the GOP and the Taliban. Sometimes it's good to look around and see who you're in bed with.

DAVID CARPENTER, MINNEAPOLIS

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President Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize after nine months in office and no visible accomplishments. It appears that not being George W. Bush, and not digging our hole any deeper, is sufficient. Talk about diminished expectations.

DAVE PORTER, MINNEAPOLIS

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President Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize, and critics are already complaining. They fail to see that the principles he embodies are the very principles that bring about peace. Instead they argue that the award is premature -- that Obama hasn't been in office long enough to do anything to promote world peace. If the Nobel committee gave the Peace Prize to those who do nothing to promote world peace, then President Bush should have certainly won it by now.

JOHN MEDEIROS, MINNEAPOLIS

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The one thing that most fail to understand is that the nominations for the Peace Prize were closed in February. What had Obama done in February? As best as I can recall, he had done nothing but take an oath and promise to close Gitmo. Maybe the Nobel committee was hoping that Obama's hope would become reality, and the world would finally have some hope. So far, Gitmo remains open. One unkept promise, and he wins the Nobel Peace Prize. My hope is that Obama's hope doesn't become a reality.

JAY HUYCK, MAPLE GROVE