It was the first time since 1935 -- when the prize went to a winner imprisoned in one of Adolf Hitler's concentration camps -- that the Peace Prize winner or his representative did not appear personally to accept the award. Liu's absence was symbolized by an empty chair on stage.
So on this notable occasion, the White House released a statement from President Obama on the awarding of the prize to Liu in absentia. And this is how Obama's statement began:
"One year ago, I was humbled to receive the Nobel Peace Prize…
Dec 10, 2010
Report: Obama honors Nobel winner with statement about himself
The Nobel peace prize this year went to imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who was barred by the Chinese government from attending the ceremony.