Democrat Rep.: Obama 'Didn't Deserve' Nobel in '09, But 'Deserves' It Now for Iran Deal

By Craig Millward | August 31, 2015 | 11:52am EDT
President Barack Obama is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize during a ceremony in Oslo City Hall in Norway, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009. (AP File Photo)

( - Speaking to fellow supporters of the Iran nuclear deal outside his Long Beach, Calif. office last week, Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) said President Obama "didn't deserve" the Nobel Peace Prize when he was first elected, but he "deserves it" now for the Iran nuclear deal.

"This is a very complex world we live in. I'm just so grateful that we're moving towards diplomacy and peaceful resolution of conflict, and the ability to have the most effective non-proliferation nuclear treaty with inspections," Lowenthal told 200 activists on what they billed as a "No War With Iran Day of Action."

"On the other hand, nobody in any of these deals goes home feeling like you won everything. These are very complicated -- you have to give up things."

"And you know, while everyone would have liked to have had a deal that lasted for ever and ever and ever and ever, we knew two years ago that was not on the table. We knew that we would have to kind of figure out, how we can just be sure that they do not get a nuclear weapon.

"This is -- I mean, there is no other better way to do it. We've never had inspections like this in any non-proliferation treaty. We've never had the amount of at-bat sanctions -- we've never had any of that, never before and I just -- I really believe this, and I'll just kind of end it here: President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize when he was first elected, which he didn't deserve. Now he's not going to win it, but he deserves it for this."

President Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize at the very beginning of his presidency "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

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