In a shocking development, President Barack Hussein Obama has decided to return his 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, following follow the lead of New Orleans Saints’ and former USC running back Reggie Bush, who surrendered his 2005 Heisman Trophy earlier this week.
Obama reached the decision after contacting his spiritual adviser via his Blackberry, discussing it with Reverend Jeremiah Wright and political adviser David Axelrod.
The White House issued the following statement:
"One of the greatest honors of my life was winning the Nobel Peace in 2009. For me, it was a dream come true.
But I know that the Nobel is not mine alone. Far from it. Let me be clear. I know that my victory was made possible by the discipline and hard work of my college professors, the steady guidance of Bill Ayers, the inspiration of Saul Alinsky, and the unconditional love of my family and friends. And I know that any man fortunate enough to win the Nobel Peace Prize enters into a family of sorts. Each individual carries the legacy of the award and each one is entrusted with its good name.
It is for these reasons that I have made the difficult decision to forfeit my 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. The persistent media speculation regarding allegations dating back to my years at a Muslim school in Indonesia has been both painful and distracting. In no way should the storm around these allegations reflect in any way on the dignity of this award, nor on any other institutions or individuals. Nor should it distract from outstanding performances and hard-earned achievements either in the past, present or future.
For the rest of my days, I will continue to strive to demonstrate through my Muslim faith the true meaning of the words that someone else wrote for me in my two bestselling books. I would like to begin in this effort by turning a negative situation into a positive one by working with the Committee to establish an educational program which will assist prospective radical anti-colonialists and their families avoid some of the mistakes that I made. I am determined to view this event as an opportunity to help others and to advance the values and mission of the Muslim Brotherhood.
I will forever appreciate the honor bestowed upon me as a winner of the Nobel Prize. While this decision is heart-breaking, I find solace in knowing that the award was made possible by the support, love and leg-tingling enabling of so many of my friends at MSNBC, CNN, The New York Times and the Washington Post. Their adulation is a gift that can never be taken away."