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."
what a joke..... this award has been cheapened to the n-th degree...
I thought he was commanding a war right now?
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.
Congratulations, Mr. President.
Please, Obama can't be humbled.
At least he's honest enough to say he didn't deserve it, unlike his followers.
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.
It is most certainly deserved. The world is more accepting of a leader who walks with a purposeful stride than a faux swagger.
Has anyone ever seen a pic of this guy which makes him appear remotely humble?
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).
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!!!
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.
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 :)
Congrats President Obama, you deserve it.
I'm sure Michael Steele is green with envy, just about now.
Whooooooooooooooohoooooooooooooooo! Oh what a beautiful morning.
I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments.
ok, name one!
he is in good company-carter!
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
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.
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.
enough already, lets get back to work
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" !)
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.
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!!!
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.
I think the Nobel Prize Committee was bought off probably by George Sorros, and that left group move on .org
President Obama, congratulations!