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. John

    what a joke..... this award has been cheapened to the n-th degree...

    I thought he was commanding a war right now?

    October 9, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Candice, MI

    This man, President Obama, is a class act. His critics will go down in history as being the biggest whiners and sore losers on the planet. Since when is getting a Nobel Peace Prize a bad thing? Fools, all of them.

    Kudos to President Obama for his world recognition. He not only one the prize, but as far as world acclaim goes, the Big Kahuna.

    Bravo!

    October 9, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Melissa

    Congratulations, Mr. President.

    October 9, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Paul from Phoenix

    Please, Obama can't be humbled.

    October 9, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. Carlos

    At least he's honest enough to say he didn't deserve it, unlike his followers.

    October 9, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. usualone

    Having visited Europe 2.5 years ago, I spoke with Europeans who were hoping America would get back to the positive, inclusive ways we used to operate. President Obama brings back that hope. That is one reason he most likely gained this honor. Those who criticize this honor don't really get it that we have to work with the world to achieve peace. We cannot do it alone any more and we certainly shouldn't be isolationists.

    October 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. Anne E.

    It is most certainly deserved. The world is more accepting of a leader who walks with a purposeful stride than a faux swagger.

    October 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. New Yorker

    Has anyone ever seen a pic of this guy which makes him appear remotely humble?

    October 9, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Congratulations Mr. President.
    Congratulations America! We elected him, and our choice has given him the chance to carry out OUR agenda. This honor just tells us clearly that we made a good choice for International/human relations (among other things).

    October 9, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. Congrats Mr. President

    Thank you Mr. President for restoring the image of our great nation..USA......continue your great work...
    let the Republicans, Taliban and Al Quaeda talk their negative trash....they are cynical haters...bent on destruction.....

    PROUD to be American....Proud of Barack Obama!!!

    October 9, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Glenda, FL

    Congratulations President Obama on your Nobel Peace Prize. You are an outstanding president and I know you will accept the prize on behalf of the American people.

    I can't wait to vote for you again in 2012.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 9, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    its hard for some of us to not be humbled by such a high complement. on doing something for the world and mankind ..

    he was chosen and I agree that he is doing a great job ,he is a person that has risen and taken on a real big problem ,many problems . and we need to show how much he should be supported .

    what a great honor .. be proud of your accomplishments..

    FIRE IT UP READY TO GO

    CHANGE IS HERE :)

    October 9, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. Mrs. Mathews, ID

    Congrats President Obama, you deserve it.

    October 9, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. Chavis, IL

    I'm sure Michael Steele is green with envy, just about now.

    Whooooooooooooooohoooooooooooooooo! Oh what a beautiful morning.

    October 9, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. jrzshor

    I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments.

    ok, name one!

    he is in good company-carter!

    October 9, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. msfox2000

    on behalf of many, many hundreds of thousands of proud americans, i would like to say congratulations, mr president, and we accept this honor together as we work in unison for peace for all

    October 9, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. Shirley In California

    Congratulations President Obama. Regardless of why you won the award – you won. All the negative people out there can say whatever they want but the history books will show you won. There is a lot to be learned here but I'm sure many are too stupid to listen.

    October 9, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. Tom

    He deserves to be in the company of Gore and Carter two previous winners who didn't earn it.

    How do you earn the award after less than two weeks in office. The only thing he has ever done on the world stage was give a few speeches.

    October 9, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Dar

    enough already, lets get back to work

    October 9, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. Aviate

    Congratulations President Obama.

    No doubt George Will & rest of the right-wing noise machine will find a way to twist your humble, self-effacing remarks into further evidence your "narcissism." (But...he used the word "I" !)

    October 9, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  21. Luigi Pastrami

    First, Congratulations, Mr. President. I'm proud to be a supporter, and honored by reflection that you've been so honored. Second, it amazes me how much our President is undermined on a daily basis by those, both his political enemies, and those in the media, who don't want him to succeed, don't want his vision to have a chance to be realized, and don't want to accord him any dignity. To paraphrase a statement, you can be a saint anywhere, except in your own home town.
    Let's give the man his due. The world seems to be able to accept him, why can't we, the nation who elected him? This was not a fluke.

    October 9, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. Frank - Toronto

    American and President Obama should be proud and honoured to be selected. Obama has achieved some and will achieved most of his goals for world peace. He also is intellent and humble to understand that the Peace prize that he was given him is to advance his efforts towards his goals. Bravo!!!

    October 9, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. zap01

    I hear everyone claiming they pray for world peace; never see them do anything about it. Since no republican has ever won it, it's probably a socialist or marxist or communist achievement. I am sure they can explain how terrible this is.

    October 9, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    I think the Nobel Prize Committee was bought off probably by George Sorros, and that left group move on .org

    October 9, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. sandy

    President Obama, congratulations!

    October 9, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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