Lundestad says he regrets the decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama in 2009, saying he failed to live up to expectations. The award was expected to boost the President but instead, the decision was met with criticism in the U.S.
No Nobel Peace Prize ever elicited more attention than the 2009 prize to Barack Obama…Even many of Obama’s supporters believed that the prize was a mistake. In that sense the committee didn’t achieve what it had hoped for
Lundestad says the President considered not going to pick up the award, and that his staff inquired whether other winners had skipped the ceremony. They found that this has happened only on rare occasions, such as when dissidents were held back by their governments. They therefore realized that they had no option but to travel and accept the award.