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Obama says "surprised and deeply humbled" by the Nobel Peace Prize

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WASHINGTON--President Obama said he was "surprised and deeply humbled" with his winning Friday of the Nobel Peace Prize.

"Well, this is not how I expected to wake up this morning," Obama said, commenting in the Rose Garden about being awarded a prize he did not seek. "After
I received the news, Malia walked in and said, "Daddy, you won the
Nobel Peace Prize, and it is Bo's birthday." And then Sasha added,
"Plus we have a three-day weekend coming up." So it's good to have
kids to keep things in perspective.

"I am both surprised and deeply humbled by the decision of the
Nobel committee. Let me be clear. I do not view it as a recognition
of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American
leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations."

"I will accept this award as a call to action," Obama said.

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Good Morning Mr. President Obama

Congratulation on getting the well deserved Nobel Peace Prize!

It is for sure a true testament to the respect America is regaining under your leadership around the world on the international stage. Having a competent Vice President and a trusting adequate Administration, I'm sure helps , so thanks to you all.

Aside, from this great news Mr. President another Congratulation is in-order,

HAPPY BELATED ANNIVERSARY TO YOU AND THE FIRST LADY!©

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Once again, the Nobel Peace Prize committee perpetrates another sham by awarding its prize to a President who has done exactly SQUAT to achieve World Peace. The award is meaningless and as yet unjustifiable. We are still at war in Afghanistan, not yet out of Iraq, unable to solve the Iran and North Korea issues, and show no signs of making progress in resolving the Israeli-Arab impasse. Yet, to simply send a message and perhaps influence Obama’s decision on sending more troops to Afghanistan, it cheapens the award into yet another political ploy. For example, President Reagan was the key transformational figure of the 20th Century (since FDR) who ended the Cold War, freeing upwards of 150 million people from Communist tyranny. His actions in Central America were a part of ending that tyranny – fighting Cuban and Soviet belligerents and freeing more people. Also, in ‘88, Reagan WAS nominated but it was given to Gorbachev instead because Oslo “did not want to influence the US presidential process” (election). Once again, yet another politically-motivated slap at a Conservative (and one of our greatest) President for not thinking like a European Liberal. What a Pathetic Politically-Motivated Sham.

On behalf of President Obama's great Honor in being awarded one of the most Prestigious Awards in the World -- The Nobel Peace Award -- for his efforts and courage on a world stage to engage with the enemy, to sit at the table and break bread, to engage in peaceful dialouge with respect, and to extend to our "alleged" enemies an Olive Branch and not a Stick, the GOP jealousy ask -- But, what has he done?

What he has done, in the face of much criticism, as stated above, is to extend an Olive Branch to our adversaries, because only peace can bring peace. He has fostered and ignited the will to good, which in turn, will increase goodwill around the world. In the face of ridicule, President Obama has set the tone and direction toward unity, cooperation and oneness, recognizing our interconnectedness with all nations around the world -- that we are all brothers/sisters and souls of the one Great Life from which we have all originated from. This is a very big deal Indeed because it is a Consciousness change which will change the actions of men on earth.

I sincerely hope that President Obama spends some of his time bringing peace to the streets of his home town of Chicago.

We have children murdering children on a daily basis here.

he don't remember chicago. he went stright from hawaii to harvard to the white house....don't you recall?

When I woke up this morning and heard President Obama had won the Nobel Peace Prize, I thought, that's great! President Obama has brought a significant change to our entire world. The fact that this man was elected president against all odds is itself a testimony to not being afraid to "Keep Hope Alive" in the wake of world turmoil and racism. I applaud the Nobel Peace Prize Committee for their selection. Congratulations Mr. President!

Kumbaya! Kumbaya! Naivete knows no bounds, nor does an emotion driven lack of knowledge and history. Exactly how many liberals are there that see the world and this country through the prism of Hollywood? Reality will show its ugly head again. You probably think that means Republicans will win again. Which they probably will once the Sophomore experiment is over in the White House. But, I am talking about the evil that comes from many of the foreign powers. While we sit here drinking the Kool-aid from our particular parties, and arguing in the most closed minded fashion, we continue to lose in the world community. Obama received a Peace prize because it is an Uber-Liberal prize from a Socialist committee. It has value to Democrats and very few others. He received it as a political statement by world socialism to futher divide us. Smoke and mirrors to awe or enrage Kool-aid drinkers.

Well, months after he has received the Nobel Peace Prize... was he really deserving? Let us be the judges. Anyway, that was indeed a sweet exchange of words early in the morning between the first family. Kind of heartwarming at that.

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