Well, this is not how I expected to wake up this morning.
After I received the news, Malia walked in and said, “Daddy, you won the Nobel Peace Prize, and it is Bo’s birthday.”
And then Sasha added, “Plus, we have a three-day weekend coming up”.
“Building a World That Gives Life to the Promise of Our Founding Documents”
Some of the work confronting us will not be completed during my presidency. Some, like the elimination of nuclear weapons, may not be completed in 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 is not simply about the efforts of my administration; it’s about the courageous efforts of people around the world.
And that’s why this award must be shared with everyone who strives for justice and dignity; for the young woman who marches silently in the streets on behalf of her right to be heard, even in the face of beatings and bullets; for the leader imprisoned in her own home because she refuses to abandon her commitment to democracy; for the soldier who sacrificed through tour after tour of duty on behalf of someone half a world away; and for all those men and women across the world who sacrifice their safety and their freedom and sometime their lives for the cause of peace.
That has always been the cause of America. That’s why the world has always looked to America. And that’s why I believe America will continue to lead.
Thank you very much.
Let’s not rust this medal.
We know how eager we all are for true innovation and fair dealing. We accuse establishment leaders of stasis and new leaders of corruption, but it’s also very true that real change is a bitch.