It was supposed to have a "desired effect"? What possible "desired effect" could the Nobel committee have possibly wanted their Peace Prize to produce? To inflate O's head to the point of losing molecular cohesion? He was born that way. To make him spontaneously orgasm? Mom jeans, remember? I always thought that they pissed away the credibility of their Peace Prize as an act of idolatrous worship. Now one Nobel poo-bah breaks the fourth wall and reveals that the Peace Prize was supposed to produce a particular purpose in President Precious?
Oh, I can't wait, and I - to quote The One's crazy old uncle - am literally all ears:
Geir Lundestad writes in a book to be released on Thursday that the committee had expected the prize to deliver a boost to Obama. Instead the award was met with fierce criticism in the U.S., where many argued Obama had not been president long enough to have an impact worthy of the Nobel.
"Even many of Obama's supporters believed that the prize was a mistake," Lundestad wrote in excerpts of the book read by the Associated Press. "In that sense the committee didn't achieve what it had hoped for."...
Speaking to AP on Wednesday, Lundestad said he didn't disagree with the decision to award the president but the committee "thought it would strengthen Obama and it didn't have this effect." [emphases added]
In the spring of 2009, Barack Obama couldn't have been any stronger short of a regimen of gamma ray treatments. He was POTUS; his party held the biggest congressional majorities it had grasped since Watergate; his approval numbers were through the roof; he had the entire world bowing down to him, chanting his name, and proclaiming him God - including the Nobel committee. What "strengthening" could he have possibly needed, and what "boost" could they have possibly provided?
The reason that farce was met with "fierce criticism in the U.S." is because high awards are supposed to be bestowed AFTER you've accomplished something globally noteworthy, not in toadying, fellating anticipation of it. If they hadn't thrown The One their Peace Prize like a shrieking groupie throwing her panties on a rock band's stage then, I'm sure they'd be prepping it for him now for the Iran nuclear "deal" that's going to get millions of Israelis, Europeans, and Americans incinerated. In fact, I'd wager they are anyway, given that Mr. Lundestad still agrees with that decision six years later.
They gave him the award because of all the "messianic" things they thought Red Barry was going to do. Instead, he's plunged the world into war and chaos and removed the only global bulwark against planetary Armageddon: the United States of America as the world's lone superpower. Which pretty much makes "lasting peace" impossible.
That would have happened with or without the shrieking panties-throwing of the Nobel Committee. That they wasted their Peace Prize on O "boosts" irony that literally burns.