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President Barack Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

President Barack Obama has been awarded the 2009 Nobel (noh-BEL) Peace Prize. The Nobel Peace Prize Committee announced the news from Oslo, Norway, on Friday.

Since 1901, the Nobel Peace Prize has honored people who have done outstanding work for peace in the world.

Surprising News

The news took many people, including the President, by surprise. One reason for the surprise is that Obama has been President for only a short time.

"I am both surprised and deeply humbled by the decision of the Nobel Committee," Obama told reporters.

The Peace Prize Committee said it chose Obama because he is working for a world without nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons are weapons that can cause terrible harm to people and the Earth. They also mentioned Obama's belief in negotiation, or discussion, as a tool for solving problems between countries.

A Special Day at the White House

The President was asleep when the Nobel news was announced at 5 a.m. Eastern Time. He said that after he woke up, his daughters came in. They were excited about the great news. But they also let him know he would be sharing his big day with the furry member of the family.

"Daddy, you won the Nobel Peace Prize," Malia said. Then she added,  "And it is Bo's birthday!"

Alfred Nobel's Prize

The Nobel Prize is named for Alfred Nobel. Nobel was a Swedish scientist and businessman. He invented dynamite.

Nobel Prize winners receive a medal as well as an award of money. President Obama says he will donate the money to charity.

On December 10, President Obama will travel to Oslo. He will receive the award in a ceremony there.

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