Well, well, well —I don’t know why I’m so surprised when the decption starts to unravel. Let the circus begin:
Three of the five members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee had objections to the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to US President Barack Obama, the Norwegian tabloid Verdens Gang (VG) reported Thursday.
“VG has spoken to a number of sources who confirmed the impression that a majority of the Nobel committee, at first, had not decided to give the peace prize to Barack Obama,” the newspaper said.
In a surprise move last Friday, the Nobel committee attributed the Nobel Peace Prize to Obama less than nine months after he had taken office. The committee, appointed by the Norwegian parliament, honoured Obama for “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
“The committee was unanimous,” its influential secretary Geir Lundestad told AFP on Friday.
But Inger-Marie Ytterhorn, who represented the right-wing populist Progress Party on the committee, led the way in objecting to the choice of Obama because she questioned his ability to keep his promises, the newspaper said.
It also said the representative of the Conservative Party, Kaci Kullmann Five, and Aagot Valle, the representative of the Socialist Left, had objections.
The choice for Obama was however strongly supported by committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland and Sissel Roenbeck, both representatives of the Labour Party.
“Each year, we start with many candidates and many different points of view and agree as the discussions move along. This year was no exception,” Lundestad commented Thursday.
The newspaper quotes Ytterhorn and Five as saying they both supported the committee’s final decision.
Okay, here’s the thing: From the Chairman’s statement, it was heavily implied that the selection and approval of Obama as the Peace Prize winner was “unanimous.” However, it’s readily apparent from these comments by the newspapers in norway that only two of the five members supported the decision in the beginning — but they lobbied, argued, and cajoled the other three members into agreeing.
Does this happen with every Nobel decision, or just President Narcissists? And how does one promote “strengthen . . . cooperation between peoples” by browbeating their own comittee into cooperation?
This just gets uglier and a greater farce the more you know about it. President Obama should decline the Nobel and stay away from the awards ceremony — although it’s highly unlikely he’ll be able to resist his ego and do so.
Send in the clowns . . .