Friday, October 9, 2009

What someone who actually earned it thinks

Warsaw - Polish Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lech Walesa expressed some surprise Friday at the awarding of this year's prize to US President Barack Obama, suggesting the Nobel committee did so to encourage the White House leader in his actions.

'What? So quickly?' Walesa, who won the prize in 1983, asked.

'He (Obama) is proposing, he's started, but he still must act,' said Walesa, who led the Solidarity movement which ultimately helped to topple communism.

'We'll see if he does what he proposes,' Walesa said. 'Sometimes the Nobel committee (awards the prize) as a way of encouragement into action.'

Meanwhile Jaroslaw Kaczynski, head of Poland's conservative Law and Justice party, said about the 2009 prize: 'It's an award for hope.'

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