President Obama spoke this morning about winning the Nobel Peace Prize:
OSLO, Norway – President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a stunning decision designed to encourage his initiatives to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world and stress diplomacy and cooperation rather than unilateralism.
“I am both surprised and deeply humbled,” Obama said from the White House Friday morning.
He said he does not “view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments,” but rather as a “call to action, a call for all nations to confront the challenges of the 21st century.”
“I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many transformative figures that have been honored by this prize,” he added.
Nobel observers were shocked by the unexpected choice so early in the Obama presidency, which began less than two weeks before the Feb. 1 nomination deadline.