According to a report from the Agence France Press agency this week President Obama did not win the confidence of a majority of the five member panel before being awarded the Nobel Committee's Peace Prize late last week. Even though the committee's secretary told the press on Friday that the committee's decision had been unanimous, it appears that the members of the committee have a different recollection of how the decision unfolded.
The representatives of the Norwegian Conservative, Progress, and Socialist Left parties all objected to the Obama nomination. The two votes of support on the committee came from the nation's Labor Party.
The primary concerns of the objecting parties were Obama's lack of experience on issues related to the objectives of the prize, as well as his "inability to keep his promise."
As I noted in this editorial space only a few weeks ago, President Obama's inability to keep his promises will be one of the key reasons I believe his administration will implode this fall.
Presently the president faces opposition from the left for broken promises to the radical anti-war and homosexual activist communities. He faces opposition from the political right for his determination to break a "no tax increase" burdening families with health care reform, as well as cap-and-trade legislation, not to mention bailouts, stimulus, and budget concerns.
He's promised a public option for the uninsured, but then told politicians it would not be required for final passage.
He's promised to win the "right" war in Afghanistan but is wavering on his support for his own military adviser's request for resources.
He's promised to close Gitmo but it sits open today.
He's promised to create millions of jobs and not allow the unemployment rate to exceed 8%, but today it sits at higher than 15% in Detroit and is at nearly 10% nationally.
He's promised to be the most transparent president in history but is conducting the final rounds of talks in the push for health care reform entirely behind closed doors.
He's promised to put all legislation on the Internet for at least five days before he signs it into law but has not done this on any of the legislation he's signed in the first year of his administration.
I'm not sure why the majority of the Nobel Committee thought he wouldn't keep his promises, do you?
Which is just one more reason why we shouldn't be paying much if any attention to what five politicians from Norway have to say about the condition of world affairs anyway.
I promise you... it really is meaningless.