John on October 10, 2009 at 7:22 pm
How’d he do it?
He looked at the artists invited to the ceremony:
“As soon as I saw the artists, a penny dropped,” Lindholm told the ResumÃ© newspaper.
The line up, which includes a slew of Obama favourites, and is set to be hosted by close ally Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, was all that Lindholm needed to write up an article for the paper predicting the US president to emerge as the winner.
The enterprising hack decided to back up his hunch with hard cash and wagered 1,000 kronor on the Nobel committee plumping for Obama, despite the fact that when nominations closed for the prestigious prize the former Illinois senator had only been in office for a number of weeks.
Barack Obama’s status as a rank outsider, with names such as Bill Clinton, Afghanistan’s Ghazi din Muhammad and Colombian freedom fighter Piedad CÃ³rdoba tipped for the prize, was reflected in the odds of 50-1 given to Lindholm.
So he placed a $150 bet and won $7K. Here’s the venue website:
Hosts: Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith. The Peace Prize winner is President Barack Obama…
Some of the confirmed artists:
Wyclef Jean, Toby Keith, Donna Summer, Amadou & Mariam, Luis Fonsi.
Looks like the Smiths hosting was announced Sep. 30th, about a week before they announced the winner.
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