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. Joe, Chicago IL

    Norway felt bad about obama making a trip for Chicago 2016 and losing the bid. Must be the prize for best of show or something.

    October 9, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. Joe

    Brilliant. Don't worry Mr. President. The majority of real Americans are
    behind you.

    October 9, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. J in NJ

    This award just lost all meaning.

    October 9, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. Obama worst president EVER

    Obama should be surprised....then again, he's been working non-stop for Norwegian and European approval since Jan. 20.

    October 9, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. T'SAH from Virginia

    PRESIDENT OBAMA QUOTES: "I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments. But rather as an affirmation of American leadership."

    This says it all – So the REPUBLI-CAN'Ts Better be CAREFUL!!!! They are already HATING and don't even realize that President Obama's SUCCESS is a reflection of EVERYONE'S SUCCESS – No matter what PARTY you belong to!!!!

    October 9, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. Centrist

    Obama is a respectfully humble person with his heart in the right place. God bless you, Mr. President, and congratulations again for this great honor in our country.

    October 9, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. cubictruth

    No surprise here, the President has earned this awesome recognition for a job well done. But wait, .......... he has not done anything yet. No problem, he will. Just as Mr. McCain points out.
    Jeez, what a circus. If the messiah is humbled and surprised by anything it is the complete delusion he has managed to pull off on the world stage. Obama is right in that he does not deserve to be in the company of past winners.
    Oh well, just another step in Obama's march to become World President.
    Fasten your seatbelts.....................

    October 9, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. Bob in Pa

    Now he is officially on the same level as JC (Jimmy Carter).

    October 9, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. RCasson

    I love you!!!!

    October 9, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. Mercedes

    I am so proud of you President Obama!!!!!!!

    October 9, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. Preco

    "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

    In six months Mr President you have demonstrated exemplary will to make the world and this planet a better place than you met it.. keep up the good work.. God will continue to increase you in the knowledge of him and his wisdom

    The wisdom of Solomon will be yours ...and more in the years ahead, God will continueto guide you in making this dangerous world a better place. Amen

    Congratulations!

    October 9, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. Kevin St Pete FL

    Good men never seek out greatness, President Obama. It is thrusted upon them, and the Nobel Peace Prize is a testament to that fact. It is one that is not given out lightly, rather, acting on the fierce urgency of now, and you have been given the hellish task of righting this country that we love, cherish, support and defend, by changing our preceptions here and abroad, and I thank you for that.

    Just like that victorious night on November 4th, 2008, I advise you not to let this momentous award get to your head, but rather to put it to use for the good of the nation by fulfilling your campaign promises, but most importantly, GET HCR PASSED WITH THE PUBLIC OPTION.

    October 9, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. Terry in Iowa

    Congratulations Mr. President. I’m so proud that I helped elect you. You have and are representing us extremely well. I won’t always agree with you, but I know you have all American’s well being and best interest at heart.

    October 9, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. awaitingmoderationby CNN

    He should be humbled, I guess the Nobel Committee must have some sort of an affirmative action committee that makes sure those who don't deserve awards (Arafat, Carter, Gore and now Hussein Obama) received them, while failing to recognize people who set the doomsday clock back (Reagan) or those who freed millions of people from tyranny (Bush). They have shown themselves to be as big of liars and frauds as Carter, Arafat, Gore and now that lying Obama, the product of ACORN/SEIU (maybe that is how he won, ACORN handled the voting).

    October 9, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It is no small feat to have brought this country together enough, despite our strife filled history, to become the first Balck President of the USA. It is a show of international support for Obama to help him accomplish his ideals. The world is giving Barack the support that he should be getting from inside of his own country, but isn't. It is embarrassing that our pettiness, and indefensibly demeaning behaviour towards a man who has harmed no one is being commented on world-wide. And that even in light of this terrific, and unsolicited honor we cannot unite in congratulating him for bringing this prestige home to the US.

    October 9, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. yougottobekidding

    Way to go Mr. President! The world loves you! The GOP haters and local terrorists can eat their words. Last week they were celebrating the Olympic loss – A loss for America! They failed to realize that this is also a win for America!

    October 9, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. Emma

    Who was more deserving? Bush, Cheney, Middle East leaders? Those who say Obama has not accomplished anything are ignoring his efforts to promote peace without military force. He cannot control what other countries do but has taken positions that make sense to promote peace
    and articulated them to other nations.

    October 9, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Make sure the party of No reads this....You can not spin what Mr.
    Obama said.He is a great man and I wish him the best .......

    October 9, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  19. Frances

    President Obama should be proud that he won this most distinguished award. Why would he need to explain his winning it when he didn't even seek to win it. All those who are criticizing need to remember THERE IS A NOBEL PRIZE COMMITTEE responsible for picking the winner of this award and NOT everybody else. I'm sure their criteria for picking the winner was met when they picked Obama and I'm also sure that the criteria DOES NOT INCLUDE OPINIONS from the general public. Congrats Obama, keep up the good work!!!!!

    October 9, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. MD

    Excellent way to acknowledge the Nobel Peace Prize Mr. President.

    October 9, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. kaleto

    And if he accomplishes nothing, does he have to give the prize back?

    October 9, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. Lynda

    I am very Proud of you President Obama.........keep your head up and forge on, you are doing a Great Job......

    October 9, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  23. Lisa P

    I think this award is an expression of faith in President Obama's abilities and intentions. It will add some weight to his rhetorical and diplomatic arsenal at international meetings and negotiations. If it leads to greater success in building more sane and equitable international relations then more power to the Nobel Committee! Seems to me that it would be worth the risk - the Peace Prize doesn't always work out as intended (see: ongoing (and ongoing and ongoing...) Arab-Israeli conflict)

    October 9, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  24. Patriot from ATL GA

    We are SO proud of our President! What an honor to get this unsolicited, prestigeous recognition.

    October 9, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. YVETTE

    Congratulation President Obama MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU SAFE.

    October 9, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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