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December 10th, 2009
08:30 AM ET

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." Read more

Transcript of Obama's speech | Award is about 'highest aspirations' Video


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  1. jay m

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 13, 2009 at 6:33 am |
  2. Mitchell

    Why not make him this years HEISMAN TROPHY winner also. He is just as qualified and deserving to receive it as he is the nOBEL pEACE pRIZE.

    December 10, 2009 at 11:32 am |