Less than a year into his first term as President of the United States, Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Citing his work to bring peace to the Middle East, put an end to nuclear armament, and promote religious harmony around the world, the Nobel committee chose Obama for this year’s prize out of a pool of many distinguished nominees. Obama spoke in the Rose Garden this morning and said he was “both surprised and deeply humbled by the decision of the Nobel Committee.” Saying he felt undeserved of the award, he agreed to accept it as a “a call to action, a call for all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st century.”
To read more about the award and to listen to President Obama’s speech, check out this story in the New York Times. You can also watch the speech below.
To listen to past World Affairs Council programs featuring Nobel Peace Prize laureates, including Wangari Maathai (2004) and Shirin Ebadi (2003), visit our audio archive and search for “Nobel.”Vodpod videos no longer available.