The Norwegian tabloid Verdens Gang (VG) reported that it “has spoken to a number of sources who confirmed the impression that a majority of the Nobel committee, at first, had not decided to give the peace prize to Barack Obama.”
Inger-Marie Ytterhorn, who represented the right-wing populist Progress Party on the committee, led the way in objecting to the choice of Obama because she questioned his ability to keep his promises. The representative of the Conservative Party, Kaci Kullmann Five, and Aagot Valle, the representative of the Socialist Left, also had objections.
The choice for Obama was however strongly supported by committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland and Sissel Roenbeck, both representatives of the left-wing Labour Party.
In the end, Ytterhorn and Five buckled under and supported the committee’s final decision.