Nobel Panel Says Giving Obama Peace Prize Was A Mistake

The former director of the Nobel Institute regrets giving President Obama the Nobel Peace award in 2009, according to the Washington Times.

US President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Barack Obama, right recieves his medal and diploma from the the Chairman of the Nobel committee Thorbjorn Jagland, left at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at City Hall in Oslo, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009. (AP Photo Bjorn Sigurdson/ Scanpix Norway, Pool)

Geil Lundestad had been the director of the Nobel Institute for 25 years.  He recently published his memoirs, in which he states the reason they unanimously voted to Obama the peace prize was to help him in his quest for nuclear disarmament. 

Instead of awarding the peace prize for a person’s actions and accomplishments, they awarded the prize in hopes of what he might accomplish.  After watching Obama’s presidency play out, Lundestad feels that giving Obama the prize was a mistake.

“We thought it would strengthen Obama and it didn’t have this effect,” Lundestad said. 

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