October 16, 2009

BEAUTIFUL:

An Unconstitutional Nobel (Ronald D. Rotunda and J. Peter Pham, October 16, 2009, Washington Post)

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?

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."

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 16, 2009 5:58 AM
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