Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Obama disses Norway

The (UK) Guardian reports that Norwegians are "incensed" over Pres. Obama's decision to skip events normally associated with receiving a Nobel prize:
Barack Obama's trip to Oslo to pick up his Nobel peace award is in danger of being overshadowed by a row over the cancellation of a series of events normally attended by the prizewinner.

Norwegians are incensed over what they view as his shabby response to the prize by cutting short his visit.

The White House has cancelled many of the events peace prize laureates traditionally submit to, including 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, as well as a visit to an exhibition in his honour at the Nobel peace centre.

He has also turned down a lunch invitation from the King of Norway.
The Guardian also reports that there will be protests against Obama's decision to wait 18 months before he surrenders Afghanistan to Al Qaeda and the Taliban :
Peace activists opposed to the Afghanistan war are planning a 5,000-strong protest in Oslo.
You can't please everyone.

PREVIOUSLY, on the general subject of Obama's foreign policy:
"Obama, Obama, you are either with us or with them,"
Iran accepts Obama's surrender
Obama angers Iran
Obama gets an education
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Obama's go-it-alone foreign policy: Russian edition
Obama alienates Germany
Obama's charm offensive not working
Obama snubs Brazil
Obama insults Britain
On Iran's nuclear program, Obama abandons cooperation with Europe
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