Obama: How not to make friends, but influence people nonetheless
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Will Obama Snub the King?
The question they should be asking is not will he, but how; according to the article, Obama
- Declined an invitation to lunch with King Harald V
- Will not attend the Peace Center exhibit in his honor, even when Prize winners traditionally open the exhibitions about their work that accompany the Nobel festivities.
- won’t attend concert in his honor in Oslo on Friday
That’s right, Obama’s not showing up to lunch with the king, to inaugurate an exhibit, a concert, all events about himself. Must be modesty that prevents him?
That may have something to do with Obama’s uncharacteristic shunning of the press. Whereas other prize winners have viewed the standard Nobel Peace Prize CNN interview as an opportunity to address the world for a full hour, Obama seems unwilling to answer any questions at all. There will be no press conference, just a statement from the president.
It’s high time Barack Obama learnt some manners, says Con Coughlin.