October 9th, 2009
11:29 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama surprised, humbled by Nobel Peace Prize

President Obama surprised, humbled by Nobel Peace Prize.
President Obama surprised, humbled by Nobel Peace Prize.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Friday that he was humbled and honored by the decision of the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award him the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

"I am both surprised and deeply humbled," Obama said at the White House.

"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 he did not feel he deserves "to be in the company" of past winners.

The committee said it decided to honor Obama for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."


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soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. Angus McDugan

    I want one too. I am just as qualified if not more.

    October 9, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. sandy

    He has extended a peaceful hand to the world and should be commended for it. I don't see why there is a surprise by some. He reached out to the Muslim world which is a accomplishment in itself. The Republicans I am sure will jump all over this, but what else would you expect from these 9 year olds who call themselves politicians. Congratulations Mr. President

    October 9, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. Expat American

    President Obama is intelligent, humble and a statesman....everything that the fumbling, swaggering, and confrontational former President was not.

    Congratulations Mr. President.

    Sarah Palin should also be proud this morning; proud that she laughed while her supporters hung effigies of the President of the United States and Nobel Peace Prize recipient.

    October 9, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. Big John

    Well done President Obama, you deserve it !!!

    October 9, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. Farrell in Houston

    Michael Steele and Ed Rollins, eat your hearts out, you didn't think before aligning yourselves with the Taliban and Hammas, the damage is done. A thinking and smart person would have waited for our President to respond, as he has, but no your quick thoughtless response is and always be just like Bush who didn't think before he got us into these wars.

    October 9, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. John G

    Obama said he did not feel he deserves "to be in the company" of past winners.

    I never thought I would say this but I couldn't agree with the President more...

    The truth is that he has done NOTHING since getting elected to office to foster any kind of peace effort. We are still fighting two wars. He has effectively divided the country into the haves and have-nots with his healthcare and economic proposals.

    All he does is talk and talk ad nauseum and now he is getting a prestigious award for it?

    This has reached a new level of ridiculous and I'm afraid it will keep going....

    October 9, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Jenn, Philadelphia

    Why don't we just appoint him Emporer of the Universe for Life and get it over with?

    October 9, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. Fitz in Texas

    Hey, I just backed my car up and didn't back into the neighbor's vehicle. Wonder if I'll get The Nobel Peace Prize.

    October 9, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. Bill, MI

    Great, for doing nothing, LOSER

    October 9, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. Ogo

    Congratulations Mr. President. When God blesses someone, nobody can take it away. Congratulations my Brother.

    October 9, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Joe in NJ

    "Obama said he did not feel he deserves "to be in the company" of past winners. "

    Well, at least he got that right. Of course it's not Obama's fault that he won the award. I'm curious as to how he was actually nominated though.

    October 9, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. REF

    at least it is not in economics. what a joke peace thru appeasement.

    October 9, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. Bernice Martin

    To hear that our 44th president has won the Noble Prize send music to my ears. President Obama is humbled enough to win and all that is against the win need prayer and heavy prayer. What we all need is to join together and be proud as one nation, and show that not just President Obama is for peace,but we all as a Unted nation stand's for peace. We need to stop being so critcal of others

    October 9, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  14. juge

    What a coup and how smart our European colleagues are. They see a future for world peace and humanity through the leadership of our President Obama as opposed to designated axises of evil and ignorance that has been our countries mantra for the last 8 years under President Bush. You GO President Obama – right foot forward, onward to a peaceful and climate neutral world.

    October 9, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. Lynne

    Classy speech. I wonder how the republicans will answer this as they make fools of themselves by showing how small they really are.

    October 9, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. Eliza

    Our President may not feel he deserves the Nobel Peace Prize, but time will tell. Americans could be proud of this honor and recognize it for what it is: He's presented his world peace plan - and dares to speak to any who want to engage in a positive dialog, looking for good solutions, not getting stuck in past ways that did not work. He has a vision for domestic policies aimed at helping all Americans, and needs Congress' help ... since he can't do it alone, as he stated.
    His policies here and abroad, as he has presented, far outweigh any other world leaders, past or present.
    So, why not give him a break, and laud the Nobel Peace Prize for what it actually is: recognition of a visionary leader, and hopefully his vision will spur others to see the same light of reason.

    October 9, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. I Support President Obama!

    It is hilarious watching rethuglicans foaming at the mouth. What makes people hate so much? Here at work they are almost dying and good for them! Congratulations President Obama! You deserve a peace prize just putting up with the rethuglicans your first year in office!

    October 9, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    First Arafat, then Carter, then Gore, now Obama. Why don't they just rename this award what it REALLY IS–the "Disdain-of-America Prize?"
    Everyone knows that the people who hand this thing out are a bunch of bitter, America-hating elitist who look for candidates who best symbolize their disdain and contempt for the U.S. and it's principles and values.

    IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH PEACE!!! IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ACCOMPLISHMENT!! IT'S A JOKE!!!

    October 9, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. AZ Jake

    This award is an acknowledgment of all peace loving Americans. God bless America, and let us be good world citizens.

    This award is also a direct slap in the face to our warmongering Republican brethren. May they be like the rotten fruit they are, and putrefy into the ground!

    October 9, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. sheslovin

    Your missing the point of the award. It's for bringing peace to the world, not fixing America's financial problems. Obama's speeches have helped bring peace talks to the table. We should be proud this president is getting the Nobel Peace Prize and not getting shoes thrown at him.

    October 9, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. MatthewDetroit

    The man has absolutely NO Humility.
    If he was a man he would give it back.
    You dont deserve an award for what might happen or what you might accomplish.

    I love how the world just like our schools keeps lowering expectations.
    You dont have to get good grades little Barack, we give everyone a pass.
    You dont have to Win little Barack, we give you ribbons for participation.
    Dont worry little Barack, we will let you into school just because you are not white.
    I love how progressive we all are.
    No one EARNS anything anymore. It is all given to them.

    October 9, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    Normally, Nobel prizes are based on actual accomplishments.

    Prison camps still open.
    Torture redefined.
    Sending more trrops abroad.
    Continuing two major wars.

    How does that qualify?

    October 9, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  23. Post always rejected by CNN as well

    Congrats, Mr. 44!

    What a way to stick it to all those who depise him.

    October 9, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. LacrosseMom(stuck in moderation)

    CONGRATULATIONS PRESIDENT OBAMA!

    PLEASE, SIR, BRING OUR TROOPS HOME AND END THE WARS IN IRAQ AND...... AFGHANISTAN!

    " Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars..... HATE cannot drive our hate; ONLY LOVE can do that." - Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    October 9, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. Robert

    Obama – What a Great Man.

    He will go down in History 100 years from now as one of the Greatest Leaders on Earth.

    What a Great Man we have as our President. The World Honors Obama.

    Obama – America is Blessed to have you.

    God Bless Obama and God Bless America and God bring Peace to the World.

    October 9, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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