When Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize less than a year into his presidency, many of us were left scratching our heads trying to figure out how exactly Obama had brought more peace to this world.
Those of us who complained that the Prize was simply given to Obama were onto something, as a new book published by former director of the Norweigen Nobel Institute Geir Lundestad tells us just that, stating “the committee expected the prize to be a boost to Mr. Obama.”
But that’s not all. The committee at least hoped Nobel Peace Prize laureate was a roll Obama would mold himself into.
To quote from the center-left Russia Today:
While it is quite rare for Nobel officials to openly discuss the nuts and bolts of their secretive committee, the former director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute has apparently owned up in his memoir ‘Secretary of Peace’, to be released on Thursday, that the panel had expected the award to somewhat challenge Obama, who received the Nobel Peace Prize during his first term.
The Norwegian historian told AP that the committee “thought it would strengthen Obama and it didn’t have this effect.” The five members of the Nobel Committee, often former politicians, are appointed by the Norwegian parliament. The coveted award was met with an avalanche of criticism instead. An army of opponents noted that Obama had made no foreign policy achievements worthy of the prize in less than nine months in office. On top of this, he received the award while the US was engaged in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Even many of Obama’s supporters believed that the prize was a mistake,” Lundestad wrote in excerpts of the book, read by AP.
“In that sense the committee didn’t achieve what it had hoped for,” Lundestad, who stepped down last year after 25 years as the non-voting secretary of the secretive committee, added.
Lundestad isn’t alone. A poll taken five years after Obama was awarded the Prize showed that only 26% of Americans believed that he deserved the prize.
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