Obama: Others 'more deserving'

2009-12-10 13:58

Oslo - A humble US President Barack Obama said on Thursday that others may be "more deserving" of the surprise Nobel Peace Prize he was due to formally accept later in the day.

"I have no doubt there are others who may be more deserving," Obama said at a joint press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, adding that he had been surprised to be named as the prize winner in October.

He however pledged to work to enact his pro-engagement foreign policy, including working for lasting peace and security in the world, stabilising Afghanistan, addressing climate change and cutting nuclear weapons.

"The goal is not to win a popularity contest or to get an award, even one as prestigious as the Nobel peace prize. The goal has been to advance America's interests.

"If I am successful in those tasks, then hopefully some of the criticism will subside, but that is not really my concern.

"If I am not successful, then all the praise and the awards in the world won't disguise that fact."

  • Bob - 2009-12-10 14:43

    Just shows what a useless awared it is...Obama hasn't done anything for peace...clearly the Norwegien's are sucking weak!!

  • Koochie - 2009-12-10 14:58

    Eh... if others were more deserving, why not give it to them, you are allowed to you know.

  • Just wondering - 2009-12-10 15:15

    Why did Obama get the nobel peace prize? He has done nothing yet to deserve it. He has not negotiated peace deals, rid the world of peverty or fed the hungry, poor masses of Africa. He only kind of, to the detrement of the American taxpayers, bailed out big American companies. He is sending more troops to Afghanistan and Iraq. How is that peaceful?

  • JOHAN-K - 2009-12-10 16:12

    There are others more deserving than you,what have you done,nada,but still you accept.If you had any integrity you should have declined.

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