CNN interviewed Nobel Committee Chairman Thorbjorn Jagland about the 2009 decision to award the cherished Peace Prize to President Obama then barely three months in the office. Asked if Obama has lived up to his Laureate expectations Thorbjorn said, "I’m as convinced as I was when he got it that he deserved it." He goes on to cite the "many reasons" for the Committee's decision, but manages to mention only two: renewing talks with the Russians over nuclear disarmament, and "building bridges" to the Muslim world so early in his presidency.
"We couldn’t avoid giving the prize to President Obama given the will of Alfred Nobel," said Thorbjorn. CNN will publish the full interview on the web. Read the full article.