By Brian Mooar
WASHINGTON, DC (NBC) - It was an announcement that seemed to come out of the blue:
President Barack Obama, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
The announcement shocked the world.
Perhaps no one was more surprised than the president himself.
"This is not how I expected to wake up this morning," he said after the announcement. "I am both surprised and deeply humbled."
The Nobel Committee cited President Obama's "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."
The Nobel Committee also noted the President's efforts to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world and focus on diplomacy rather than threats of force.
The nominating deadline was February 1st, when the president had been in office less than two weeks.
Even now he hasn't had a chance to accomplish much on the world stage.
He's fighting two wars, trying to push the Middle East closer to peace and push Iran further away from a nuclear weapon, all works that are still in progress.
Some believe this award is as much a slight to President Bush, a war-time president who often found himself at odds with other world leaders.