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Noble Prize to Obama; Democrats hail, republicans criticise

The Noble Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama has brought to the fore sharp differences between the ruling Democrats and the opposition Republicans, who reacted with skepticism over the announcement calling it "unfortunate".

world Updated: Oct 10, 2009 14:28 IST

The Noble Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama has brought to the fore sharp differences between the ruling Democrats and the opposition Republicans, who reacted with skepticism over the announcement calling it "unfortunate".

While Democrat lawmakers were quick to describe it as the reemergence of the US as the world leader, the Republican party was very critical of the award as in the United States the Noble Prize to Obama has been interpreted as rebuke of George W Bush.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard L Berman of California said the announcement "validates the president's approach to tough trans-national challenges such as global warming and the spread of nuclear arms."

However, the Republican Party was very critical of the award. "The real question Americans are asking is, 'What has President Obama actually accomplished?' It is unfortunate that the president's star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights," said Republican National Committee Chairman Michele Stelle.

"One thing is certain – President Obama won't be receiving any awards from Americans for job creation, fiscal responsibility, or backing up rhetoric with concrete action," Stelle said.