From Sunlen Miller:
OSLO, NORWAY – Less than a year into his presidency, President Obama on Thursday will accept the prestigious Nobel Peace prize in Oslo, Norway The President and the First Lady will participate in a whole day of festivities centered on celebrating the president’s win.
After flying overnight the First Couple will head straight to the Norwegian Nobel Institute where they will participate in a signing ceremony. Mr. Obama will sign a book which previous winners of the peace prize have also signed.
The president will meet with the Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg at his office. The two leaders will make a joint statement to press after their one-on-one meeting.
Afterward the First couple will meet with the King and Queen – King Harald V and Queen Sonja at the Royal Palace in Oslo.
Then it’s onto the main event – a ceremony steeped in tradition, the formal awarding and acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize at the Oslo City Hall. Within his speech, Mr. Obama is expected to discuss the “elephant in the room,” reports ABC’s Jake Tapper – his decision to deploy 30,000 more US troops to Afghanistan when he accepts the peace prize.
In the evening, as is tradition, the President and First Lady will attend the Nobel Banquet at the Grand Hotel. Mr. and Mrs. Obama will spend the night in Oslo and are anticipated to return to Washington, D.C. on Friday.