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Niggling Norwegian Nobel Nincompoops

As a lover of irony, I absolutely love this one. Drudge has a link to this story about Obama’s acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize. It goes like this….

The Nobel committee awarded Obama the prize despite his not ever having done anything of substance – just give good speeches and accept the rewards (various election wins).

Now some in Norway are upset because he’s skipping all the things of substance that he was expected to do and will only – yep, you guessed it – give a good speech and accept the rewards (a medal and a check).

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.