Even a majority of the Nobel Committee didn't want to give the prize to Obama

Rick Moran
The report out of Norway comes from a "tabloid" news source so perhaps we should take it with a grain of salt. But as I mentioned in my post reporting on Obama's peace prize, these guys are not stupid. They were fully aware when they gave the prize to Obama it would cause controversy and not be taken seriously by many.

So despite the source, this story rings true: (via Politico's Playbook )

'Three of the five members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee had objections to the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to US President Barack Obama, the Norwegian tabloid Verdens Gang (VG) reported Thursday. 'VG has spoken to a number of sources who confirmed the impression that a majority of the Nobel committee, at first, had not decided to give the peace prize to Barack Obama,' the newspaper said. ... The choice for Obama was however strongly supported by committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland and Sissel Roenbeck, both representatives of the Labour Party.'

Was there a little strong arming involved here? Seems so. If that's the case, the award would be tainted even more.

A reluctant choice that is ridiculed and rejected by many. It looks like the Nobel Committee not only played politics with the choice but made itself appear partisan and foolish in the process.

Hat Tip: Ed Lasky




The report out of Norway comes from a "tabloid" news source so perhaps we should take it with a grain of salt. But as I mentioned in my post reporting on Obama's peace prize, these guys are not stupid. They were fully aware when they gave the prize to Obama it would cause controversy and not be taken seriously by many.

So despite the source, this story rings true: (via Politico's Playbook )

'Three of the five members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee had objections to the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to US President Barack Obama, the Norwegian tabloid Verdens Gang (VG) reported Thursday. 'VG has spoken to a number of sources who confirmed the impression that a majority of the Nobel committee, at first, had not decided to give the peace prize to Barack Obama,' the newspaper said. ... The choice for Obama was however strongly supported by committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland and Sissel Roenbeck, both representatives of the Labour Party.'

Was there a little strong arming involved here? Seems so. If that's the case, the award would be tainted even more.

A reluctant choice that is ridiculed and rejected by many. It looks like the Nobel Committee not only played politics with the choice but made itself appear partisan and foolish in the process.

Hat Tip: Ed Lasky