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MajMajority of ority of Nobel jury 'objected to Obama prize'

by EdHannigan / October 14, 2009 11:51 PM PDT

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.
I guess it depends on what the meaning of "unanimous " is.
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What's wrong here?
by Kees Bakker / October 15, 2009 12:00 AM PDT

At first, some members objected, we're being told.
After discussing the subject, they were anonymous. That's how it can work. Some people, you know, are willing to let themselves convinced by arguments and are open to a compromise.

I can't see anything out of the ordinary, having some discussion before an unanymous decision is taken.


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RE: they were anonymous.
by JP Bill / October 15, 2009 12:40 AM PDT
In reply to: What's wrong here?

Don't think this won't be brought up.


Perhaps they were both? Wink

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Sorry I guess it was already brought up
by JP Bill / October 15, 2009 12:45 AM PDT

Gonna' have to start reading all the posts.

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It's no big deal
by James Denison / October 15, 2009 1:02 AM PDT

It's a joke. I wouldn't be surprised if that's why they did it, sort of a tweak to the world. Since that's happened I've received notices of other prizes Obama's been awarded, like the Heisman Trophy for watching a football game. One of the better ones has pictures of him accepting a whole slew of different awards for the most mundane of associations. Relax, sit back and enjoy the humor of it all! No doubt there's more to come.

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RE: It's a joke
by JP Bill / October 15, 2009 1:21 AM PDT
In reply to: It's no big deal

Is the punch line a cheque for $1 million?

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