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Obama's Nobel Peace Prize

Obama's Nobel Peace Prize

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TRUMP: "You know, Obama came into office, they gave him the Nobel Prize, like almost immediately, right? In fact, he didn't even know why he got it. He didn't even know. He had no idea why he got it and he was right about that because nobody else does either. They still don't know." — rally in Minden, Nevada, Sept. 12.

TRUMP: "But it's true, Obama got it for no reason whatsoever." — rally in Henderson, Nevada, Sept. 13.

Neither of Trump's oft-stated assertions about Obama and his Nobel Peace Prize is true. The Nobel committee announced Obama as recipient of the prize on Oct. 9, 2009, nearly nine months after his inauguration — that's not "almost immediately."

As far as the reason for awarding the prize to Obama, the committee was quite clear in its 258-word statement issued 11 years ago, which focused on "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples" and noted in particular "Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons."

"Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future," the committee said in its statement.

To be sure, the prize reflected aspirations more than accomplishments. When Obama was asked later why he got the prize, he did say: "To be honest, I don't know." He said they give those prizes "to just about anybody these days." He was making self-deprecating jokes, which Trump turned against him at his rally.

But agree or disagree with the committee's decision, it gave its reasons for honoring Obama.

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