(CNN) -- President Barack Obama said Friday that he was humbled by the decision of the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award him the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.
"I am both surprised and deeply humbled," Obama said at the White House.
"I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments. But rather as an affirmation of American leadership. ... I will accept this award as a call to action."
Obama said he did not feel he deserves "to be in the company" of past winners, but would continue to push a broad range of international objectives, including nuclear non-proliferation, a reversal of the global economic downturn, and a resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
He acknowledged the ongoing U.S. conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, noting that he is the "commander in chief of a country that is responsible for ending" one war and confronting a dangerous adversary in another.
"This award is not simply about my administration," he said. It "must be shared" with everyone who strives for "justice and dignity."
Also, while searching online for this photo of "cool Obama," I stumbled on the below claim by some English guy who is a "marketing communications professional." Who am I to argue? It sounds plausible enough to me:
Each year ushers in a bevy of new words you might hear and may even want to use (though you may choose to do so sparingly). 2009 ushers in a vocabulary inspired by pop culture and technology, and here are a few of the favorites heard from the streets, our bloggers, and Gen Ys who know…
My top vote?
adj. London street reporters proclaim that our new President has become synonymous with “cool” as in “Yeah, that is so Obama!”
P.S. Oh, reading my own post more closely, I realize that this marketing guy got his information from some website called "Trend Central." The whole list is funny and worth reading: http://www.trendcentral.com/WebApps/App/SnapShots/Article.aspx?ArticleId=7528 (or just use the hyperlink above).