Carter: Obama’s Nobel ‘bold statement’ of support

Former President Jimmy Carter says the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to President Barack Obama is a “bold statement of international support for his vision and commitment.”

Carter won the peace prize himself in 2002, two decades after leaving office. In a statement, he described the Nobel committee’s decision Friday as support for Obama’s work toward peace and harmony in international relations.

Carter says the award shows the Obama administration represents hope not only for Americans, but for people around the world.

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