20 Oct Thoughts on Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize
It’s not generally a habit of mine to opine about political things. Don’t get me wrong. I believe Christians should be involved in political issues. And I do get involved in the process. I’m just not one to give a lot of opinion.
Anyway, the other day, I read something I found quite interesting about the choice of President Obama to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. I don’t necessarily agree with all of it, but I just found it interesting food for thought.
A friend then sent me the following, and I felt it brought a whole new perspective to the link I posted above. So, additional food for thought:
Paul, the Pastor’s reasoning would be plausible if we were unable to recount history…
September 2008 – Invitation letters are sent out; The Nobel Committee sends out invitation letters to individuals qualified to nominate.
November 4, 2008 – Mr. Barack Obama elected to the US Presidency.
January 20, 2009 – The Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama was held in Washington, DC.
February 2009 – Deadline for submissions; The Committee bases its assessment on nominations that must be postmarked no later than 1 February each year. Nominations postmarked and received after this date are included in the following year’s discussions.
March 2009 – Short list prepared; The Committee assesses the candidates’ work and prepares a short list.
March through August 2009 – Adviser review; The short list is reviewed by permanent advisers and advisers specially recruited for their knowledge of specific candidates.
July 2009 – The President, while in Moscow, indicates he was ordering a 60-day review of the new missile defense architecture in Europe that “will provide stronger, smarter, swifter defenses of American forces and America’s allies.”
September 17, 2009 – President Obama abandons the plan to build a missile defense system in Europe.
October 2009 – Nobel Laureates chosen; at the beginning of October, the Nobel Committee chooses the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates through a majority vote.
December 2009 – Award ceremony
Based on the Pastor’s thoughts, our President would have reached out to world leaders to convince them of his foreign policy and announced a plan to dismantle the existing missile defense plan AND have the Nobel Committee informed of his decisions and intentions in less than 11 days (January 20, 2009, to January 31, 2009). Possible? Yes. Likely? No.