(Muslim Press) - The former secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee said awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama in 2009 failed to achieve what the committee hoped it would.Geir Lundestad said the committee hoped to strengthen Barrack Obama, but the decision faced criticism in the US. “Many people said he had not had any impact worthy of the award. Even many of Mr. Obama’s supporters thought it was a mistake, ” ex - secretary of the Nobel committee writes in a book released on Thursday.Recommended:Zarif, Kerry named candidates for Nobel Peace Prize "No Nobel Peace Prize ever drew more attention than the 2009 prize to U.S. President Barack Obama," Mr Lundestad writes in his memoir. Lundestad, who was director of the secretive Norwegian Nobel Institute from 1990-2015, said he had strong doubts before the prize was awarded to Obama.