Various people, including civil libertarians, have criticized the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama given his expansion on Bush policies and his opposition to war crimes investigations. Others have criticized the fact that he was nominated after less than two weeks in office and selected after less than a year in office. Now, it appears that the majority of the Nobel committee had the same objections and had rejected him for the award.
While the committee said that the decision was “unanimous,” three of the five members reportedly objected to the award. However, two members — Committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland and Sissel Roenbeck — were strongly in favor of the award. However, it appears that they prevailed in securing the votes needed.
I remain mystified how a person earned a Nobel nomination after 12 days in office. For one of the people who failed to get the prize, click here.
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