He went on to indicate that his situation in that role mandated what he had done, escalating the war in Afghanistan, a war already having gone on longer than WW I and WW II put together.
He then rationalized his war escalating mentality with the abstract "because there are just wars" obfuscation, the context arguing that his Afghanistan war escalation was just.
He mentioned those who had won the peace prize before him, like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi, then indicated he could not be a head of state and be one of the likes of them at the same time.
Thus, he projected a false choice wrapped in an illusion all at the same time.
James Madison is called the "Father of the Constitution", was a Cabinet Member, was a Congressman, and was the 4th Commander in Chief, the 4th President of the United States.
President and Commander in Chief James Madison said:
"Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other [enemy of public liberty]. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied : and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals, engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. Those truths are well established."(Toxins of Power, emphasis added). Clearly by his own words President Obama is no James Madison nor Martin Luther King, Jr.
By his own choice to escalate that war President Obama chose to kowtow to the military oil complex he says he commands.
By his own choice to escalate that war President Obama chose to reject the will of his people, who he says command him.