Nobel Blunder: Obama Peace Prize Awarded By Mistake

Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama in 2009 failed to achieve what the committee hoped it would, its ex-secretary said. (BBC News photo)

The Political Insider – Ex-Nobel secretary Geir Lundestad admits that awarding the committee’s esteemed Peace Prize to Barack Obama in 2009 was a mistake.

A press release at the time announced Obama earned the award based on “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” He had only been in the White House mere weeks when he was nominated.

The committee awarded the prize to Obama based entirely on his media popularity, not on anything he actually did. Lundestad revealed the reason behind it wasn’t exactly in keeping with the credibility of the panel or the award, once a symbol of excellence.

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