Is this Barack Obama?
The Nobel Foundation is established under the terms of the will of the engineer Dr. Alfred Bernhard Nobel, drawn up on November 27, 1895, which in its relevant parts states:”The whole of my remaining realizable estate shall be dealt with in the following way: the capital, invested in safe securities by my executors, shall constitute a fund, the interest on which shall be annually distributed in the form of prizes to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit to mankind. The said interest shall be divided into five equal parts, which shall be apportioned as follows: one part to the person who shall have made the most important discovery or invention within the field of physics; one part to the person who shall have made the most important chemical discovery or improvement; one part to the person who shall have made the most important discovery within the domain of physiology or medicine; one part to the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction; and one part to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses. The prize for physics and chemistry shall be awarded by the Swedish Academy of Sciences; that for physiological or medical works by Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm; that for literature by the Academy in Stockholm; and that for champions of peace by a committee of five persons to be elected by the Norwegian Storting. It is my express wish that in awarding the prizes no consideration whatever shall be given to the nationality of the candidates, but that the most worthy shall receive the prize, whether he be a Scandinavian or not.”
(The Nobel Foundation – Statutes – http://nobelprize.org/nobelfoundation/statutes.html – Items in bold are emphasized by me)
I really don’t how he qualified under those rules outlined. But nonetheless, congratulations to Mr. Obama on his win.
2 thoughts on “Is this Barack Obama?”
I don’t know if I would even go as far as offering congratulations. I wonder what charity he is going to give the money to.
Giving that $1.4 million to a charity could give him a deduction that would reduce his income taxes by $500,000.
Here is another potential problem: The Constitution, Article I, Section 9: “And no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince or foreign state.” The five-member Nobel commission is elected by the Storting, the parliament of Norway, a sovereign foreign state. It has been made pretty clear that the award was given and intended to influence President Obama’s future actions.
But I’m sure that stuff like that doesn’t bother President Obama.