Cheering crowds greeted U.S. President Barack Obama in Norway as he received one of the world’s great honors but at least one person was there to ensure that the pomp and circumstance of winning the Nobel Peace Prize did not go to his head.
When her husband, who is not only president but a best-selling author, wrote seven lines of text in the guest book at the Nobel Institute on Thursday, first lady Michelle Obama asked if he were writing a book, and then commented as she prepared to write her entry: “Mine won’t be as long.”
Obama joshed gently back: ”She will resist writing something sarcastic since this will be recorded for the future.”
When asked what he wrote in the guest book, Obama said he had congratulated the Nobel Committee for work done not just for peace “but to give voice to the voiceless and oppressed around the world.”
By tradition, the Nobel Peace Prize recipient visits the institute to sign the guest book and meet the selection committee.