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HonestChieffan
12-10-2009, 08:45 AM
This should be no surprise. Norway is just a silly little country of lutherans with no voter bloc.


Nobel peace prize: Norwegians incensed over Barack Obama's snubs
Wednesday 9 December 2009 20.00 GMT


Barack Obama's trip to Oslo to pick up his Nobel peace award is in danger of being overshadowed by a row over the cancellation of a series of events normally attended by the prizewinner.

Norwegians are incensed over what they view as his shabby response to the prize by cutting short his visit.

The White House has cancelled many of the events peace prize laureates traditionally submit to, including a dinner with the Norwegian Nobel committee, a press conference, a television interview, appearances at a children's event promoting peace and a music concert, as well as a visit to an exhibition in his honour at the Nobel peace centre.

He has also turned down a lunch invitation from the King of Norway.

According to a poll published by the daily tabloid VG, 44% of Norwegians believe it was rude of Obama to cancel his scheduled lunch with King Harald, with only 34% saying they believe it was acceptable.

"Of all the things he is cancelling, I think the worst is cancelling the lunch with the king," said Siv Jensen, the leader of the largest party in opposition, the populist Progress party. "This is a central part of our government system. He should respect the monarchy," she told VG.

The Norwegian Nobel committee, which awards the peace prize, dismissed the criticism. "We always knew that there were too many events in the programme. Obama has to govern the US and we were told early on that he could not commit to all of them," said Geir Lundestad, secretary of the committee.

Although Obama will not lunch with King Harald, he will see him on a visit to the royal palace.

Peace activists opposed to the Afghanistan war are planning a 5,000-strong protest in Oslo.

The visit will test Obama's rhetorical skills as he seeks to reconcile acceptance of the Nobel peace prize with sending an extra 30,000 US troops to Afghanistan.

White House officials said that Obama, who was planning to work on the final draft of his speech on his flight from Washington to Oslo, would directly address the issue of the irony of being awarded the peace prize while escalating the war.

The Nobel peace committee has been criticised for awarding Obama the prize before he has any major accomplishments in international relations.

A White House official said that it was not necessarily an award that Obama would have given himself.

T-post Tom
12-10-2009, 08:58 AM
This:


The Norwegian Nobel committee, which awards the peace prize, dismissed the criticism. "We always knew that there were too many events in the programme. Obama has to govern the US and we were told early on that he could not commit to all of them," said Geir Lundestad, secretary of the committee.

Although Obama will not lunch with King Harald, he will see him on a visit to the royal palace.

fan4ever
12-10-2009, 09:17 AM
Maybe Obama's actually a little embarrassed over receiving something he wasn't even close to deserving.

Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.

blaise
12-10-2009, 09:19 AM
They just awarded him next year's prize based on his acceptance speech.

Mile High Mania
12-10-2009, 09:19 AM
Maybe Obama's actually a little embarrassed over receiving something he wasn't even close to deserving.

Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.

It would have been awesome for him to have said "Sorry, but I really can't accept this award... I've done nothing."

NewChief
12-10-2009, 09:31 AM
How about this:

But...but... I thought Obama always bowed to our European Overlords? You mean, he's willing to anger them?

Donger
12-10-2009, 09:35 AM
How about this:

But...but... I thought Obama always bowed to our European Overlords? You mean, he's willing to anger them?

He probably isn't aware that he's angered them. He's already shown that he and his administration are protocol-idiots.

mlyonsd
12-10-2009, 09:36 AM
I wonder if his handlers suggested cancelling lunch with the King because of the whole bowing problem.

vailpass
12-10-2009, 10:09 AM
Is there an award whose stature and significance has fallen farther than the Nobel Peace Prize?

fan4ever
12-10-2009, 04:11 PM
Not unless they bring back the "Fickled Finger of Fate" . . . man I'm dating myself with this post.

DEN 44 KC 13
12-10-2009, 04:15 PM
44-13ROFL

orange
12-10-2009, 04:49 PM
Not unless they bring back the "Fickled Finger of Fate" . . . man I'm dating myself with this post.

You bet your sweet bippy!

memyselfI
12-10-2009, 05:09 PM
He did say his achievements were slight compared to King and Mandela.

I'm pretty sure he meant Rodney. :D

Direckshun
12-11-2009, 02:17 AM
Link, genius. Link your stories.

KCWolfman
12-11-2009, 03:18 AM
He did say his achievements were slight compared to King and Mandela.

I'm pretty sure he meant Rodney. :D

OMGosh. I havent laughed so hard in a long time.

Nice, Denise