Oops! Nobel Committee insider admits Obama’s Peace Prize was a dumb move

Oops! Nobel Committee insider admits Obama’s Peace Prize was a dumb move

The former long-time director of the Nobel Institute admits in his memoir released Thursday something conservative critics have known for years:

That it was a mistake to have awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to President Barack Obama in 2009.

Geir Lundestad, who’d directed the institute for a quarter-century and was the secretary to the Nobel Committee, admitted that the committee’s unanimous decision to award the prize wasn’t based on anything the president had done, but rather as a means to help him achieve peaceful goals.

“[We] thought it would strengthen Obama and it didn’t have this effect,” he told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday.

Lundestad’s statement itself represents a break with Nobel committee tradition of secrecy.

He wrote that instead of the prize offering a boost to the president, it was met with widespread criticism, especially in the United States.

“Even many of Obama’s supporters believed that the prize was a mistake,” Lundestad wrote in excerpts of the book reported by The Associated Press. “In that sense, the committee didn’t achieve what it had hoped for.”

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