Lene Johansen on How Obama's Peace Prize Still Haunts the Nobel Committee


Utenrisk Departementet Norway

In 2009 then White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel laid into the Norwegian ambassador to the United States, Wegger Christian Strømmen, after it was announced that President Obama was awarded that year's Nobel Peace Prize. Strømmen's colleague and then Norwegian ambassador to the United Nations, Morten Wetland, says that the White House complained the award forced Obama into a role he did not seek and set the president's agenda for him. Obama's prize, writes Lene Johansen, has now taken center stage in the debate about re-appointments to the Norwegian Nobel Committee.