Ex-Nobel Secretary Admits Obama’s Prize Was A Mistake

Nobel_PrizePresident_Barack_ObamaLike many people, I was highly critical of the awarding of the Nobel Award to President Barack Obama in 2009 before he had done anything as president.  Now the ex-Secretary for the Nobel Prize Geir Lundestad has admitted that Obama did not deserve the prize but rather they thought the award would strengthen Obama.  It is a maddening admission that the committee bypassed a list of worthy candidates with proven contributions to humanity to give a boost to someone that the Committee simply liked. That would seem grossly unethical but Lundestad merely acknowledged that it did not seem to work.

 

As I discussed at the time, Obama beat out various more worthy candidates including Dr. Sima Samar who is an amazingly brave Afghan woman who has risked her life to fight for the rights of women and girls in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.  The chairwomen of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, Samar was the first Hazara woman to obtain a medical degree from Kabul University. She has had to repeatedly flee for her life but has insisted on returning time and time again to treat the poor and fight for women’s rights — in an area where feminists are routinely killed or sprayed with acid by extremists.

Samar also opposed the rise of Sharia law and religious radicals. Extremists forced her out as Deputy President and later Minister of Women’s Affairs.

For civil libertarians, the comparison of Samar and Obama could not be more striking. Where Obama has repeatedly refused to fight for principle and yielded to politics (in areas like torture, privacy, and detainee rights), Samar has refused to yield on principle — even at the risk of her own life. While Obama was in office less than two weeks before his nomination, Samar has spent a lifetime fighting for oppressed women in Afghanistan.

Obama was given an award after a short (and rather unremarkable stint) as a junior Senator and before doing anything as president — the same award given to the likes of Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Jane Addams, Elie Wiesel, Nelson Mandela, and Desmond Tutu.

Geir Lundestad and his colleagues rejected Samar and others because they wanted to boost Obama.  In his memoir entitled Secretary of Peace, Lundestad admits “No Nobel Peace Prize ever elicited more attention than the 2009 prize to Barack Obama . . . 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.”

That is Lundestad’s way of explaining a decision that openly ignored the premise of the prize, ignored humanitarians with inspiring records, and gave the leading humanitarian award to someone without single credible claim to that prize.

Lundestad’s book is lacking any evidence of an ethical commitment to the history of the Nobel or its underling principles.

 

150 thoughts on “Ex-Nobel Secretary Admits Obama’s Prize Was A Mistake

  1. […] In Jonathan Turley’s blog post yesterday he wrote, Like many people, I was highly critical of the awarding of the Nobel Award to President Barack Obama in 2009 before he had done anything as president.  Now the ex-Secretary for the Nobel Prize Geir Lundestad has admitted that Obama did not deserve the prize but rather they thought the award would strengthen Obama.  It is a maddening admission that the committee bypassed a list of worthy candidates with proven contributions to humanity to give a boost to someone that the Committee simply liked. That would seem grossly unethical but Lundestad merely acknowledged that it did not seem to work. […]

  2. […] In Jonathan Turley’s blog post yesterday he wrote, Like many people, I was highly critical of the awarding of the Nobel Award to President Barack Obama in 2009 before he had done anything as president.  Now the ex-Secretary for the Nobel Prize Geir Lundestad has admitted that Obama did not deserve the prize but rather they thought the award would strengthen Obama.  It is a maddening admission that the committee bypassed a list of worthy candidates with proven contributions to humanity to give a boost to someone that the Committee simply liked. That would seem grossly unethical but Lundestad merely acknowledged that it did not seem to work. […]

  3. […] In Jonathan Turley’s blog post yesterday he wrote, Like many people, I was highly critical of the awarding of the Nobel Award to President Barack Obama in 2009 before he had done anything as president.  Now the ex-Secretary for the Nobel Prize Geir Lundestad has admitted that Obama did not deserve the prize but rather they thought the award would strengthen Obama.  It is a maddening admission that the committee bypassed a list of worthy candidates with proven contributions to humanity to give a boost to someone that the Committee simply liked. That would seem grossly unethical but Lundestad merely acknowledged that it did not seem to work. […]

  4. […] In Jonathan Turley’s blog post yesterday he wrote, Like many people, I was highly critical of the awarding of the Nobel Award to President Barack Obama in 2009 before he had done anything as president.  Now the ex-Secretary for the Nobel Prize Geir Lundestad has admitted that Obama did not deserve the prize but rather they thought the award would strengthen Obama.  It is a maddening admission that the committee bypassed a list of worthy candidates with proven contributions to humanity to give a boost to someone that the Committee simply liked. That would seem grossly unethical but Lundestad merely acknowledged that it did not seem to work. […]

  5. […] In Jonathan Turley’s blog post yesterday he wrote, Like many people, I was highly critical of the awarding of the Nobel Award to President Barack Obama in 2009 before he had done anything as president.  Now the ex-Secretary for the Nobel Prize Geir Lundestad has admitted that Obama did not deserve the prize but rather they thought the award would strengthen Obama.  It is a maddening admission that the committee bypassed a list of worthy candidates with proven contributions to humanity to give a boost to someone that the Committee simply liked. That would seem grossly unethical but Lundestad merely acknowledged that it did not seem to work. […]

  6. […] In Jonathan Turley’s blog post yesterday he wrote, Like many people, I was highly critical of the awarding of the Nobel Award to President Barack Obama in 2009 before he had done anything as president.  Now the ex-Secretary for the Nobel Prize Geir Lundestad has admitted that Obama did not deserve the prize but rather they thought the award would strengthen Obama.  It is a maddening admission that the committee bypassed a list of worthy candidates with proven contributions to humanity to give a boost to someone that the Committee simply liked. That would seem grossly unethical but Lundestad merely acknowledged that it did not seem to work. […]

  7. My favorite was the local van which for years carried in 4-inch red stick-on letters,

    One Big A** Mistake America

    Or for those in Yorba Linda:

    One
    Big
    A**
    Mistake
    America

    An off-topic example:
    Strange how the naked emperor’s supporters can praise him on the one hand for taking Executive Order action with DACA to usurp Congressional plenary power over immigration law (after lecturing some years before about how that would NOT be allowed because of separation of powers), then on the other hand whine that Trump can’t reverse DACA and only Congress has the proper power to create immigration policy.

  8. However, that brief moment in time before his inner community organizer awoke from its Greek column dreams, was when #44 did the most he ever did in the cause of freedom since he was given a participation ribbon back in Indonesian kindergarten for joining the rest of his class in a fine dish of cat and dog meat stew proving that even our fine furry friends can be nudged into no longer fighting. Since I never received any prize for cat and dog dining participation, that makes him more qualified than I.

    • Um sorry, he never did anything to promote freedom. So please cross that out and replace with ‘peace’.

      Corrected reads: However, that brief moment in time before his inner community organizer awoke from its Greek column dreams, was when #44 did the most he ever did in the cause of peace since he was given a participation ribbon back in Indonesian kindergarten for joining the rest of his class in a fine dish of cat and dog meat stew proving that even our fine furry friends can be nudged into no longer fighting. Since I never received any prize for cat and dog dining participation, that makes him more qualified than I.

  9. Was very disappointed in 2009 when I had to admit to myself that the Nobel Prize was not for real.
    One by one over the next decade the phoniness of AWARDS came to light…HOLLYWOOD,SPORTS,ACADEMIA,POLITICAL.
    Brought back memories of growing up & learning of “Santa & the Easter Bunny” .
    When liberals force me to idolize their chosen…..l just walk away !!

    • Yet, some 18 rabid Republican idiots nominated Dotard Trump yesterday for a Noggin’ Hairpiece Prize!! LOL

      • John O’Keefe, are you related to James O’Keefe? He has just started a series of videos demonstrating how the teachers union is protecting teachers that abuse the students even when rape is involved. Congrats to your brother.

        Below is a Project Veritas communication

        Dear allan,

        This week, Project Veritas has released two undercover videos exposing corrupt NJEA union officials helping teachers at the expense of students.

        The first video showed Dr. David Perry, President of the Hamilton Township Education Association, stating he defends “even the worst people” and will “bend the truth” to help an undercover journalist who he thought was an abusive teacher.

        The NJEA responded, claiming “Project Veritas has a long history of releasing deceptively edited videos and did not think the video should be given any credibility.” They refused to comment on the actual statements made by Perry.

        Hamilton Mayor Kelly Yaede responded to the videos, stating “There is no place in our school system for this philosophy. I trust this matter will be dealt with by a very capable Superintendent and Board of Education.”

        Hamilton Superintendent Scott Rocco also commented, writing “The statements made on the video do not represent the actions of the professional faculty and staff in our district, nor do they represent the true beliefs and values of this school district or who we are as faculty, staff, administration, and community.”

        After the videos were released, Perry was suspended, according to a report by NJ.com.

        The second video revealed Union City Education Association President Kathleen Valencia, who admits the union helped protect a “teacher who had sex with… a teenage girl.” She also expresses a willingness to protect a teacher who physically abused a “scumbag” student.

        The NJEA released an official statement writing:

        “…we are commissioning an independent review of the practices of our local affiliates and staff. The purpose of that review is to ensure that every staff member and local affiliate leader understands and clearly communicates the responsibility of all school employees to report any suspected abuse of children.”

        The district also released a statement, writing:

        “The board finds the comments that were made deeply disturbing and inappropriate because they in no way reflect the views, and core beliefs and values, of our school district, or of the professionalism of our educators, and other employees.”

        The statement also says that Valencia, too, has been suspended, according to NJ.com.

        This is just the first of numerous states that Project Veritas plans to release video in. Stay tuned.

  10. The most delicious part is that pretty much everybody with more brains than a sea-slug has had definitive proof that the Nobel Peace Prize is a bad joke for a whole decade, now. Whoever pushed the most progressive feel-good buttons one year will get it the next.

  11. We knew it at the time. Nobel has gone the way of the Olympics. No more credibility. Can Nobel demand it back? Will CNN cover this?

  12. This turkey is not telling anyone with a working brain anything they didn’t know at the time the dummies did it. To me it was a none event that showed what the nobel circus has become.

    • I thought the whole Peace Prize Committee had been bought by George Soros. Still do. All this article tells me is that Geir Lunkhead’s check finally cleared.

  13. Unfortunately the vetting process used by the Nobel Committee has been forever tarnished and can no longer be considered trustworthy. They used the same vetting process as the ones used for refugees who were said to be under 18 but were actually full grown ISIS terrorist; the same process used to vett the illegal immigrant children allowed into the United States under DACA only to be discovered to be MS13 professional killers, murderers and assassins. The Nobel is dead, as is DACA as is immigration and refugee vetting throughout the world. We do not trust you all to run even a candy store.

  14. […] In Jonathan Turley’s blog post yesterday he wrote, Like many people, I was highly critical of the awarding of the Nobel Award to President Barack Obama in 2009 before he had done anything as president.  Now the ex-Secretary for the Nobel Prize Geir Lundestad has admitted that Obama did not deserve the prize but rather they thought the award would strengthen Obama.  It is a maddening admission that the committee bypassed a list of worthy candidates with proven contributions to humanity to give a boost to someone that the Committee simply liked. That would seem grossly unethical but Lundestad merely acknowledged that it did not seem to work. […]

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