Obama Criticized for Accepting Nobel Prize

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President Barack Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize Thursday, just days after he announced the deployment of 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan.

Critics said it is yet another reason why the president does not deserve the honor.

The wartime president addressed the irony not long after his arrival in Oslo to accept the world's most prestigious award for peace.

"The goal is not to win a popularity contest or to get an award, even one as esteemed as the Nobel Peace Prize," Obama said. "The goal has been to advance America's interest, to strengthen our economy at home and to make ourselves a force for good in the world."

Click play to watch the report by CBN News' John Waage followed by reaction to President Obama's acceptance with Regent University School of Government dean Charles Dunn. 

The president and First Lady Michelle Obama attended a ceremony Thursday morning in which he signed the Institute's guest book, adding his name to a select list, which includes Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Theresa, and former President Ronald Reagan.

However, a new poll shows only 26 percent of Americans believe he deserves the award.

"His task here in Oslo is to explain to the American public that he understands that, he recognizes that criticism, but he makes it more about what can be achieved," said Republican strategist Kevin Madden.

The president will also have to make the case to people of Oslo, who also do not believe he deserves the honor. They said they want to see more action now, and less talk of hope.

In addition to a medallion, the president will return to the U.S. with $1.4 million in prize money. The White House said he will donate the funds to charity.

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