Nobel honour stuns Obama – and the world

| 11/10/2009

(The Independent): A slightly sheepish President Barack Obama accepted the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize as a "call to action" to the whole world to confront the global challenges before it, ranging from climate change to the threat of nuclear proliferation. But he made no attempt to conceal his astonishment at being selected. Mr Obama used a Rose Garden appearance yesterday partly to deflect the attention from himself with humour and humility. "This is not how I expected to wake up this morning," he said, noting that his daughters were as quick to inform him it was also Bo the dog’s birthday. Children, he said, "keep things in perspective".

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  1. Joe Average says:

    This was a brilliant, yet subtle move by the prize committee. 

    The leader of a country known for pre-emptive war.

    Has been given a pre-emptive prize.

    It was a challenge and I congratulate Mr. Obama on accepting it so gracefully.