Barack Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize
United States President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. Obama said he was surprised and deeply humbled by the honor, and planned to travel to Oslo to accept the award.
“I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments. But rather as an affirmation of American leadership. … I will accept this award as a call to action.” Obama said at the White House.
“I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many transformative figures that have been honored by this prize,” Obama added.
He acknowledged the ongoing U.S. conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, noting that he is the “commander in chief of a country that is responsible for ending” one war and confronting a dangerous adversary in another.
“This award is not simply about my administration,” he said. It “must be shared” with everyone who strives for “justice and dignity.”
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.