World-wide reactions to Obama's Nobel Peace Prize

"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."

Desmond Tutu, archbishop of South Africa and 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner

"Return of America into the hearts of the people of the world."

Nicolas Sarkozy, president of France

"In less than a year in office, he has transformed the way we look at ourselves and the world we live in and rekindled hope for a world at peace with itself...He has shown an unshakable commitment to diplomacy, mutual respect and dialogue as the best means of resolving conflicts."

Mohamed ElBaradei, former Nobel Peace Prize winner and director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna

"Bold statement of international support for his vision and commitment."

Jimmy Carter, former U.S. president

"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."

Michael Steele, Republican National Committee chairman

“Who, Obama? So fast? Too fast — he hasn’t had the time to do anything yet…For the time being Obama’s just making proposals. But sometimes the Nobel Committee awards the prize to encourage responsible action. Let’s give Obama a chance.”

Lech Walesa, 1983 Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Poland president

“Very few leaders if at all were able to change the mood of the entire world in such a short while with such a profound impact. You provided the entire humanity with fresh hope, with intellectual determination, and a feeling that there is a lord in heaven and believers on earth.”

Shimon Peres, president of Israel in a letter to President Obama

“It seems premature to me...I think the committee should be very careful with the integrity of the prize, and in this case I don’t think we are in a position to really evaluate the full impact of what this candidate has achieved. Sometimes of course the prize is awarded to people who are in the process of making history, so to speak, but in this case I think it is too early to know that.”

Nils Butenschon, director of the Norwegian Center for Human Rights at the University of Oslo

“If I were the decision-maker, I would have given the prize to a different person.”

Oleg Morozov, senior member of the Russian Parliament from the ruling party