Washington: Three months after receiving
the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, US President Barack
Obama is yet to receive the USD 1.4 million cash award, the
White House said today.
"Not that I am aware of, no," White House Press
Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters at his daily press
briefing when asked if Obama has received the check of USD 1.4
million from the Norwegian Nobel Committee; which awarded him
the coveted peace prize on December 10 last year.
Gibbs told curious reporters that Obama has not
asked for the money yet.
"I assume it (money) is with the committee," he said.
Soon after receiving the award, the White House had
said that Obama intends to donate this money to charities.
"That`s what we`re working on. That`s quite
perceptive," he said.
"There will be a process to evaluate that, from his
perspective. I assume it will be many different charities. But
he has not told me or anybody else here the specifics of what
those might be," Gibbs had told reporters on October 13.
On October 9, the Nobel Prize Committee had announced
that Obama has won the Peace Prize for the year 2009 "his
extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy
and cooperation between peoples."
Humbled by the prize, Obama said in a statement which
he read from the Rose Garden of the White House that he will
accept this award as a call to action, a call for all nations
to confront the common challenges of the 21st century.