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Latinos Surprised by Obama's Nobel Prize

El Diario/La Prensa, La Opinin, Posted: Oct 10, 2009

NEW YORK -- The news that President Obama had won the Nobel Peace Prize came as a surprise to many Latinos, whose vote was decisive in electing the president, and who continue to have hope in his immigration and health care reform plans, reports El Diario/La Prensa. But above the incomprehension and even indifference of some Latinos, many more applauded the news. The League of United Latin American Citizens released a statement congratulating the president. But for Lisenia Espinel, an Ecuadorian who was among the hundreds of people who stood outside the White House yesterday in hopes of seeing the president, the decision was "a little hasty." She told Spanish news service EFE that she hoped Obama would open up a dialogue with Latin America, especially countries like Ecuador, Venezuela and Bolivia, that "remain somewhat hostile to the government of Washington."

LOS ANGELES -- An editorial in La Opinin called the naming of President Obama as winner of the Nobel Peace Prize "premature," considering the concrete achievements during his short tenure as president. "It is ironic that this honor comes at a time when the White House is considering sending more troops to Afghanistan, a war whose outlook is increasingly complex," editors write. "We are pleased by the recognition and hope the Nobel Committees optimistic vision is realized, because the challenges facing President Obama are immense." The prize won't help Obama win debates on health care and other issues domestically, editors write. Now Obama has the challenge of living up to expectations that continue to rise, the editorial concludes.

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