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."Jagland said the committee attached special importance to his "vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons."
The announcement was greeted with gasps of surprise from the audience.The decision has been well-received by many Nobel laureates and world leaders. But others have said Mr. Obama has yet to make significant contributions to the international stage.