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President Obama said he's "surprised and humbled" and he doesn't deserve to be in the company of some of the others who've won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Though, Pres. Obama said he viewed the decision as a "call of action."
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The news shocked many people. There was a gasp from reporters gathered to hear the name of the winner in Oslo, Norway.
While, at the White House, the president's top advisers said they were caught off guard. The White House press secretary woke up Pres. Obama shortly before the 6am ET announcement to give him the news.
The Nobel Committee said it awarded Pres. Obama the Peace Prize for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."
"He created a new international climate, the committee said.
Pres. Obama's critics said he does not deserve the award, considering he's only been in office eight months.
The chairman of the Republican National Congress, Michael Steele, asked: "What has President Obama actually accomplished?"
We'll be digging deeper on the Nobel committee's decision.
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