December 10th, 2009
08:24 AM ET
10 months ago

Obama receives Nobel Peace Prize

Oslo, Norway (CNN) – President Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Norway on Thursday but acknowledged the questions surrounding the award.

Obama, along with first lady Michelle Obama, walked into Oslo City Hall at 1 p.m. to a trumpet fanfare and sustained applause.

"I receive this honor with deep gratitude and great humility," he said. "It is an award that speaks to our highest aspirations - that for all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter, and can bend history in the direction of justice.

"And yet I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the considerable controversy that your generous decision has generated. In part, this is because I am at the beginning, and not the end, of my labors on the world stage."

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  1. FM

    Mother Theresa received the Prize for fighting poverty and is still flourishing. It was a wise thing for the Norwegians to commit the President to do what they desire.

    December 10, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. m jeff

    He deserve the Nobel Peace Prize for trying to end all the wars and mistakes the last administration started.

    December 10, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. ken

    Our President had the audacity to say we are not prisoners of fate in acceptance of the Jokebell peace prize, i beg to differ i am a prisoner of fate. All you morons that voted him into office have made me a prisoner of fate ! Thank you very much , be careful what you ask for you just might get it! a true american!

    December 10, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. Oompa Loompa

    Nice speach.

    December 10, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. Shame on Oslo

    The prestige of the noble peace prize has been greatly diminished.

    December 10, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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