What an amazing feat Barack Obama pulled in winning a Nobel Peace Prize a mere nine months into his presidency, “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” What are some examples of those efforts? Not being George W. Bush — and that’s about the extent of it.
There was widespread consensus the prize was politically motivated, and even Obama said he was shocked by it and didn’t consider himself worthy of the reward (but accepted it anyway). Since then, Obama’s set the record as the only Nobel Peace Prize laureate to have bombed another, when U.S./NATO planes bombed a hospital operated by Doctors Without Borders in October of last year.
Needless to say, after actually having a record by which to judge Obama, many in the Nobel committee are regretting awarding him the prize. As The Blaze reported: Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to President Barack Obama in 2009 was an experiment to encourage the newly elected Democrat to follow through on his lofty promises, according to at least one former member of the Nobel committee. But apparently, that was a failed experiment.
A regretful Geir Lundestad, onetime secretary of the Nobel committee, told the Associated Press that he hoped the award would strengthen Obama. But it didn’t, according to the group, despite the White House’s belief that the president “lived up to the standard that he has set for himself” regarding the prize.
Instead of being an encouraging sign, the award was met with palpable indignation, particularly among conservatives who believed Obama should have done something rather than spoken something to receive the lofty prize.
“No Nobel Peace Prize ever elicited more attention than the 2009 prize to Barack Obama,” Lundestad, who is working on his memoir, reportedly wrote in the forthcoming book. “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.”
Ouch. The truth hurts.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]