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Obama reacts to Nobel Peace Prize

Friday, October 9th, 2009

U.S. President Barack Obama, in office less than a year, says he is accepting the Nobel Peace Prize as a “call to action.”

The president told reporters at the early morning news conference Friday, he was suprised by the award.

The president said he does not “view it as a recognition” of his own accomplishments, but rather as a recognition of goals he has set for the United States and the world.

He said he does not feel that he deserves to be in the company of the many transformative figures who have been honored by this prize.

The comments came hours after the unexpected announcement in Oslo. Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland praised Mr. Obama for what the committee called “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”

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