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Report: Majority of Nobel Jury 'Objected to Obama Prize'

The controversy over President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize award continues -- and the AFP reports that the Nobel committee members' thinking remains a hot topic in Oslo:

OSLO -- 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.

Posted at 10:41 AM ET on Oct 15, 2009  | Category:  Obama Abroad
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Greg Mortenson, a nominee for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, lived out of his car in order to keep a promise to build a school in Korphe, Pakistan. He kept that promise made in 1993, and, to date, with the help of thousands of children and adults contributing to Pennies for Peace and learning of his story through the book Three Cups of Tea, more than 100 more schools have been built. I have no doubt who should have been awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

Posted by: michelepfrogner | October 17, 2009 8:49 PM

This is about the stupidest kerfluffle yet. I mean the whole nobel prize thing. It is absolutely nobodies business, except the actual committee that does the selecting, who receives this award. Obama had nothing to do with it. We should be proud that an American President received it. And for the idiot up there commenting on BO being nominated in February, so what. Theny just recently made the decision. Hell, Rush Limbaugh was nominated one year. In fact, his jealousness probably explains a lot of this bs. This is an honor for the US, not a slur on Obama. Give me a effin break!

Posted by: RonCantrell | October 16, 2009 6:08 PM

this information was hotly discussed down here in curernavaca,mexico. some were(and it almost made me gag) sure that he had done something to deserve it. for me, i offered the thought that perhaps he got it because he was still alive.....please forgive me. i would NEVER offer the idea that he should be harmed in any way. just that i was totally and completely phlumox as to not only how but why?????????????

Posted by: dhousand1 | October 16, 2009 4:25 PM

Obama is delaying on making a decision on Afghanistan. Maybe the real reason is that he wants a run off election in Afghanistan. He is working toward having a government that somewhat represents the people. That is a step toward peace. Every day Obama will demonstrate why he is deserving of the award even if he is not uniformly seen as having acquired the credentials at the time the judgement was made.

It is not Obama's fault that the Nobel Committee is more perceptive than the Republicans. You loose your ability to perceive reality when you watch Fox News.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 16, 2009 4:11 PM

this is great obama get's the nobel for doing absoulutly. I guess that means we all win the next lottery for not buying tickets. in his world were all winners he will just take it from the rich and spread it around.heck ther is no need to get educated work hard to make a better life uncle barack will take care of us. you see folks this is the liberal party you elected all you have to do is not contribute to the wealth of your country. the country will take it from you if you make it. so all of you liberals who make the stupid comments about conservatives way of life we will have the last laugh

Posted by: tswank1 | October 16, 2009 3:35 PM

Well hey there is some sign of rational sanity among a few. The question of his ability to keep promises is a real concern as his leftist/ marxist feathers are revealed both in his decisions and his staff make-up.

Posted by: NeoConVeteran | October 16, 2009 3:19 PM

The sorry ass republicans just don't want to face the fact that they are out and the democrats are in. Poor old Bob Livingston can't stand the fact that Obama is a winner and no doubt will continue to accomplish things that Bush never dreamed of. LOL

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | October 16, 2009 2:59 PM

I agree with the comments of clifray and ponkey, below... this is a non-story about normal committee activity... wherein the members various initial views are modified during discussion, and a consensus emerges.

Reino's post is very amusing:

"The fact that 3 of 5 objected, but he won unanimously has to be proof positive that he is the Prince of Darkness. The end is near. We may soon be forced to live like Europeans paying less than half of our national budget for defense and giving everyone healthcare. That's crazy and it probably explains why they are still living in mud huts and fashioning tools from stone."

Posted by: Iconoblaster | October 16, 2009 12:45 PM

Our next most recent Potus
Was a certified linguistics whiz
And received a Show Biz award for "Best Actor",
In his starring role as the "Wizard of 'Is'"

Not far behind for such recognition
Is our Potus, Barack H. Obama,
Who has already received a Nobel award
For playing himself in reality drama.

Posted by: Gonzage1 | October 16, 2009 11:42 AM

A Norwegian tabloid says it "confirmed the impression" that a majority of the committee did not support the Obama award. And the Washington Post reports this as new?!

Posted by: BarryG1 | October 16, 2009 11:27 AM

The fact that 3 of 5 objected, but he won unanimously has to be proof positive that he is the Prince of Darkness. The end is near. We may soon be forced to live like Europeans paying less than half of our national budget for defense and giving everyone healthcare. That's crazy and it probably explains why they are still living in mud huts and fashioning tools from stone.

Posted by: reino | October 16, 2009 10:06 AM

To billyvw: The issue of ANY of the European far leftist awards EVER being given to a conservative/capitalist/free market proponent will NEVER arise. Capitalism has supported/fed/protected etc. 90% of the rest of the world for a century. Instead of appreciated, it has been resented - no one wants to be a worthless dependent. Thanks to BH O'Carter, we are no longer in a position to continue this largess. NOW we will be resented for that. Sad.

Posted by: IQ168 | October 16, 2009 9:47 AM

No surprise here.
Nominating Obama in February shows the real thought that went into this award.

Posted by: njtou | October 16, 2009 9:34 AM

"Hope" is not a plan - "Change" is not a strategy. As a Scandinavian - American, I apologize for this decision.

Posted by: Thenviron | October 16, 2009 9:20 AM

An example of journalism going sensational with a misleading article. What really happened was that 3 committee members did not agree in the beginning, but after resolving doubts, awarded the Noble.
Normal activity with committees, but slanted by using a meaningless headline. Boo WP.

Posted by: clifray | October 16, 2009 9:11 AM

Although, initially, it may have come as a surprise to many when the Committee announced President Obama as the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, one needs to understand what Obama symbolizes more than what he has achieved in nine months, to appreciate his achievement. Obama has given HOPE to people, not only Americans but to people across the Globe, hope that peace can be achieved and the US will be fair to all, that race/colour/religion/nationality will not be the criteria on which US policies will be based and for a change, he is reaching out to people across the world on the basic premise of the existence of the human being as the supreme subject, human rights being fundamental rights of all people and that peace is also a fundamental right of the global citizen.

Posted by: SupratimSen | October 16, 2009 8:58 AM

Indeed, over the past decade or so, the luster and importance of the "Nobel Peace Prize", has been severely tarnished. Not by the recepients, but the "Prize Cmtte. itself. Unfathomable how supposed people of higher than average intelligence can be so obviously out of touch with the World events and those who actually have exerted great efforts to World Peace at great peril to their personal well being. As for Mr. Obama, it is true he did not seek said "prize", but by accepting it under a cloud of over whelming distaste from most people. it only adds more disdain for Mr. Obama and his policies.

Posted by: FreedomisnotFree | October 16, 2009 8:56 AM

So, you mean they talked about it and came to a consensus instead of simply agreeing from the outset? Isn't that pretty .... normal?

I kind of appreciate that some objections were raised, since it suggests that they weren't just all starry-eyed over Obama after all.

Posted by: ponkey | October 16, 2009 12:25 AM

I had no idea that Norway was cursed with the party of NO syndrome...yawn...

Posted by: ruraledcomm | October 15, 2009 10:11 PM

All this chatter from Nobel Jury is so inappropriate. They have no class. After all, Obama did not ask or pressure anyone to honor him with a Nobel Prize.
Therefore, after its given they ought to be gracious and keep quiet. What is their goal to embarrass the president?

This is so out of sorts-- never heard deciders at that level, behave like this. Absolutely awful!

Posted by: Victoria5 | October 15, 2009 3:43 PM

Must be the fault of Fjox News.

Posted by: tigerjag3330 | October 15, 2009 3:19 PM

Amazing how frothed up you on the right are getting about a prize of little signifigance or stature.

I guess it will be terribly significant again if a republican ever wins the prize. For a party that says they look down on Europe all the time, you sure do appear to care what they think.

Posted by: billyvw | October 15, 2009 12:36 PM

The Nobel has lost most of its stature and significance. May the day soon come where no one even notices when they are announced.

Posted by: bpai_99 | October 15, 2009 12:16 PM

Interesting ...

Posted by: JakeD | October 15, 2009 11:20 AM

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