Former Nobel secretary Geir Lundestad revealed in a new memoir that the decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to President Barack Obama in 2009 was one he regretted.
In the memoir "Secretary of Peace," Lundestad said he felt Obama’s failed to live up to the expectations that the prize held, BBC News reports. The selection committee initially felt as though it would be a boost for the president, Lundestad told the AP News Agency. The decision, however, was ultimately criticized by many in the U.S.
At the time, the argument against Obama being awarded the prize was that that he had yet to make an impact that was worthy enough. The president himself expressed surprise over the decision, Lundestad said in the book.
The Obama administration considered, according to Lundestad’s memoir, not traveling to Oslo, Norway, to receive the award — though they ultimately decided to make the trip.
Lundestad served as the committee’s secretary from 1990 until 2015. Though influential in the decision-making process, he did not have a vote.
2015’s Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on October 9.
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