President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples" Friday, according to the New York Times.
The Nobel Committee also recognized his efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons.
The news came as a surprise to top advisors to Obama, who said they had no idea it was coming.
Many are perplexed as to how a man who has not been office for a year can win the same award that Jimmy Carter did in 2002, decades after he left office, according to USA Today.
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said, "The real question Americans are asking is "What has President Obama really accomplished?"
Still others, including Rep. Howard Berman D-Calif., are in support of Obama and believes the award validates his approach to tough transnational challenges.