This is a remarkable day for Chicago, a great day for America and, indeed, an historic day for the world.

My hope and prayer is that this President will step into the shadow of the steps of wisdom and peace that this award represents and continue to wisely and safely ascend those stairs, on behalf of the U.S. and the world community, by helping to make the world a safer, more peaceful and prosperous place than the one he inherited on January 20th.