OSLO, Norway (AP) -- President Barack Obama, in Norway to pick up his Nobel Peace Prize, says he doesn't doubt there are others who may be more deserving of the honor.
Addressing criticism that the award was premature, the president said Thursday that he wants to continue working on issues that are important for America and for building lasting peace and security in the world, such as halting the spread of nuclear weapons, addressing climate change and stabilizing Afghanistan.
Obama said his goal is not to win a popularity contest or get an award, even one as esteemed as the Nobel Peace Prize.
The president said his goal is to advance America's interests.
If he's successful, he added, then some of the criticism may subside.