Friday, October 09, 2009

More from the Nobel Committee

The Nobel Peace Prize committee (which is Norwegian, not Swedish) has been asked a few questions today. Here's how the chairman summed up their decision:
“The question we have to ask,” Thorbjorn Jagland, the committee’s new chairman, said after the prize was announced on Friday, “is, ‘Who has done the most in the previous year to enhance peace in the world?’ And who has done more than Barack Obama?”
Based on past history, yep, they make the decision that way sometimes. At others, the award is obviously for a body of work, for example, the award to Jimmy Carter. Further down in the article, there's this, which doesn't change my mind about the award but is worth contemplating:
While some leaders and commentators around the world lauded the selection, others said Mr. Obama had not yet earned it. Should his presidency descend into a military quagmire, as Lyndon B. Johnson’s did during the Vietnam War, the 2009 award could prove an embarrassment.

Several prominent Nobel observers in Oslo said the Nobel committee had put the integrity of the award at stake. But Mr. Jagland seemed to savor the risk. He said no one could deny that “the international climate” had suddenly improved, and that Mr. Obama was the main reason.


John Marcher said...


I agree with your first post on this subject 100% and believe the committee is being disingenuous because the nomination must have come in very shortly after Obama was elected.

Suddenly indeed, too sudden to make a shift in "the international climate" of this proportion, whether or not one believes it's actually underway.

An interesting question will be who was behind the nomination and I hope Valerie Jarrett's fingerprints are nowhere to be found when this is revealed.

london said...

Honestly, i ma just shocked..

Lisa Hirsch said...

I know little about the nominating process, but I can't imagine Valerie Jarrett (or anyone close to Obama) had anything to do with this.