The White House says President Barack Obama was woken up a little before 6 a.m. with the news that he had won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Press secretary Robert Gibbs learned from reporters that Obama had won the 2009 prize, and telephoned the White House early Friday to pass along the news to his boss.
The president plans to talk about his award at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Rose Garden.
The White House had no immediate comment on the announcement, which took the young administration by surprise. Obama’s presidency began less than two weeks before the Nobel nomination deadline.
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