ABC News’ Yunji de Nies Reports:
What a wake-up call. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called the president just before 6 a.m. this morning, waking him up to tell him that he had won the Nobel Peace Prize. The White House says the president was “humbled” at the news. No one at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was expecting the award to go to the president and so aides had no statement or reaction ready to go. ABC News called one White House aide at 5:45 a.m., the sleepy aide said, “This better be good.” When told of the news, the aide replied, “Oh, that is good.”
The award is particularly stunning, given that the nomination deadline came just 11 days into Mr. Obama’s presidency. The nomination process is kept secret for 50 years, so it will be a long time before the nominator is known. Along with the honor comes a cash prize of $1.4 million. Aides say they expect the president to travel to Oslo to personally accept the award on December 10th.
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