US President Barack Obama has said he is “surprised and humbled” to have won the Nobel Peace Prize. In his first public reaction to the news that defied most observers’ predictions, he said he felt he alone did not merit the award.
“Let me be clear, I do not view it as recognition of my own accomplishments but rather as an affirmation of American leadership, on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations,” he said. He added: “To be honest I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who’ve been honoured by this prize; men and women who’ve inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace”. “I will accept this award as a call to action. I call for all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st century,” he said. The President has not yet made it clear what he will do with the almost one million euros in prize money.