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Nobel Panel: Obama Peace Prize as ‘Mistake’

They thought it would strengthen Obama. It didn’t.

 writes: The former director of Norway’s Nobel Institute revealed this week that he regrets the committee’s decision to give the 2009 Nobel Peace award to President Obama.
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Geil Lundestad, director at the institute for 25 years, said in his just-published memoir that he and the committee had unanimously decided to grant the award to Mr. Obama just after his election in 2009 more in hopes of aiding the American president to achieve his goals on nuclear disarmament, rather than in recognition of what Mr. Obama had already accomplished.

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“Even many of Obama’s supporters thought that the prize was a mistake.”

Normally the Nobel committee’s decision regarding recipients remains private, and Mr. Lundestad’s frank and revealing remarks regarding internal decisions have caused a stir in Norway, detailing the politicking and compromises that have gone into determining the annual laureate.

“[We] thought it would strengthen Obama and it didn’t have this effect,” he told the Associated Press in an interview.

The award so early in his term appeared to take the Obama White House by surprise…(read more)

Source: Washington Times

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2 Comments on “Nobel Panel: Obama Peace Prize as ‘Mistake’”

  1. G. Seder says:

    They past over Gandhi x5 times and would not even give it to him posthumously and they think they made a mistake with hussein obama? They need to rescind obama’s and finally award it to Gandhi !!!!!

    • The Butcher says:

      I believe that Obama could have neutralized his critics and gained universal public good will if he’d surprised the committee by declining the award.

      Imagine how much more powerful that would have been, than accepting it.

      Winning an award is cool, sure, but it was tainted, because it was premature, politically motivated, improper, and misdirected. If he had the restraint, humility, and foresight to decline this unearned award, it would have inspired his admirers, impressed (and won over some of) his harshest critics, and given his new presidency an unexpected measure of grace, and stature.

      A missed opportunity.


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