As the Obama administration prepares to hand over the reins to Donald Trump, it has been keen to talk up its perceived successes over the last eight years. Some of these claims are being questioned, however. With a closer look, here is Gayane Chichakyan.
On Oct 9,2009 Barack Hussein Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize after just eight and a half months at the White House. Did the Nobel Prize committee award the prize more out of awe for the enormous promise that Obama beholds rather than recognition of concrete achievement?
Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama in 2009 failed to achieve what the committee hoped it would, its ex-secretary has said. Geir Lundestad told the AP news agency that the committee hoped the award would strengthen Mr Obama.
“No Nobel Peace Prize ever elicited more attention than the 2009 prize to Barack Obama,” Mr Lundestad writes. “Even many of Obama’s supporters believed that the prize was a mistake,” he says. “In that sense the committee didn’t achieve what it had hoped for”.