Obama Nobel Prize Illegal, Unconstitutional
Article I, Section 9, of the Constitution, the emolument clause, clearly stipulates: "And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign State."
This article that is from the
constitution of the United
States is very clear. The Nobel
orize is a present from a foreign
nation and it is not legal for the
president to accept
People can, and undoubtedly will, argue for some time about whether President Obama deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. Meanwhile, though, there's a simpler and more immediate question: Does the Constitution allow him to accept the award?
here is another problem
with this award. President
Obama has said he will give
the money to charity. Yet a
federal law says that any gift to
a president becomes the property
of the United States, so he cannot
just give it away.
An opinion of the U.S. attorney general advised, in 1902, that "a simple remembrance," even "if merely a photograph, falls under the inclusion of 'any present of any kind whatever.' "
It would appear that
there are few exceptions.
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