Obama Goes to Oslo to Accept Nobel Prize
President Barack Obama visited Oslo, Norway to accept the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize that he won.
Upon arrival at the Scandinavian city, the president went to Nobel Institute where he signed the guest book and reflected on former winners of the coveted prize.
When he came up to the portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr. he said, “When Dr. King won his prize, it had a galvanizing effect.”
Meanwhile, some Norwegians are not happy with Obama skipping some of the important activities that come along with accepting the award. Among them 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.
He has also turned down a lunch with King Harald V, which some Norwegians took as an insult.
The Nobel committee however downplayed the criticisms stating that they understood that the president has a very tight schedule governing the United States and that they were told beforehand that he might not be able to go to all the activities.