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Nobel Committee Had Second Thoughts on Obama Prize

2009 called and wants its Nobel Peace Prize back.

Jordan Candler · Sep. 17, 2015

Remember when Barack Obama “won” the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009? He hadn’t even broken in his Oval Office chair when the integrity-deficient Nobel Committee — tasked with awarding the prize based on the recipient’s accomplishments — decided to recognize him with one of humanity’s supposedly elite awards. Everyone knew it was politically motivated, and at least one former committee member now acknowledges this. The Washington Times writes, “Geir 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.” In the memoir Lundestad says, “Even many of Obama’s supporters believed that the prize was a mistake. In that sense the committee didn’t achieve what it had hoped for.” He further explained to the Associated Press, “[We] thought it would strengthen Obama and it didn’t have this effect.” Six years later, however, Obama’s cascading foreign policy failures surely have much to do with Mr. Lundestad’s regrets — even if he won’t admit it publicly. Yet just this week Obama claimed, “America is winning right now. America is great right now.” Ours is without a doubt still the greatest nation on earth. But when even the Nobel Institute questions its decision to award Obama, it’s hard to argue that we’re “winning.” As for the Nobel Committee, its only accomplishment was to demonstrate firsthand how worthless it really is. Dare we even mention the Pulitzer?

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