Barack Obama on Winning the Nobel Prize...and how YOU can help
This morning, Michelle and I awoke to some surprising and humbling news. At 6 a.m., we received word that I'd been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009.
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 honored by this prize -- men and women who've inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.
But I also know that throughout history the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it's also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes.
That is why I've said that I will accept this award as a call to action, a call for all nations and all peoples to confront the common challenges of the 21st century. These challenges won't all be met during my presidency, or even my lifetime. But I know these challenges can be met so long as it's recognized that they will not be met by one person or one nation alone.
This award -- and the call to action that comes with it -- does not belong simply to me or my administration; it belongs to all people around the world who have fought for justice and for peace. And most of all, it belongs to you, the men and women of America, who have dared to hope and have worked so hard to make our world a little better.
So today we humbly recommit to the important work that we've begun together. I'm grateful that you've stood with me thus far, and I'm honored to continue our vital work in the years to come.
President Barack Obama
For those of you who feel, like me, that America as a whole has to prove we deserve this honor, I urge you to join me in doing one of the following actions to support human rights, world peace and world stability:
1. Make a loan through Kiva.org. This could be one of the most important things you embark on. A relationship with Kiva means a series of loans that change people's lives aroud the world, including America. Keep in mind that you ultimately can get this money back when your loans are done. I keep re-lending, but it is nice to know the money is still mine if I need it.
2. Global Fund for Women. Throughout the world, progress depends on creating opportunities for women and helping create gender equality.
3. Live Climate: fight both global warming AND poverty at the same time. This is a wonderful, new effort for carbon offsets that also helps local communities.