No, really, he did. But not for what he's done as President:
The Peace Prize Committee, made up of Norwegians, appeared to have anticipated criticism of its choice. (The other Nobel prizes are awarded by a Swedish committee.) Committee Chairman Thorbjorn Jagland said the prize often has been used to encourage laureates rather than reward them for their achievements.Good thing, too, because as we all know, he was sworn in on January 20 -- but the deadline for nominations for the Nobel was February 1. (See a timeline here.) And we're pretty sure it wasn't for reducing violence in Chicago schools. We'd file this under 'mysteries of the Norwegian mind,' but:
Even in Norway, where Mr. Obama enjoys huge popularity, the decision raised eyebrows among some. "It is just too soon," said Siv Jensen, leader of Norway's main opposition party, the Progress Party. "It is wrong to give him the peace prize for his ambition. You should receive it for results."What a party-pooper, eh?
By the way, don't miss Iowahawk's take on this one.