I happen to support Barack Obama.
However, he was nominated for the award on his 11th day in office and received it after 10 months in office. Which to me means the award is the "You're not Bush award."
Let's look at some of the other recipients -
Theodore Roosevelt - Treaty ending the Russian/Japanese war, 1906.
Woodrow Wilson - Treaty ending WW1, creating the League of Nations, extending suffrage to women, 1919.
Dr. Martin Luther King - The civil rights movement.
Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Thuo - Ending the Vietnam War.
Norman Borlaug - Research doubling the world food supply, saving 1,000,000 (billion) lives from starvation.
Meechem Begen and Anwar Sadat - Treaty guaranteeing peace between Egypt and Israel.
Mother Theresa - Fighting poverty in India
Mikhail Gorbachev - Ending pereistroika
Nelson Mandela and Frederik De Klerk - Ending apartheid
Jimmy Carter - Spending 30 years working towards peace in the Middle East.
Now, I like Barack Obama. But considering him to be up there with Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, and Mother Theresa? Come on now. Even in terms of the other presidents, considering him up there with Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson?
I hope that Barack Obama does eventually earn his award, but the fact of the matter is, he hasn't earned it yet and there's no real practical reason he should have it. (Consider that in this year, we have Hua Jia who led a anti-communist revolt in China, Neda who died in pro-democracy revolt in Iran and Morgan Tsvangirai who finally ended the dictatorship of Mugabe in Zimbabwei.)
He's got a lot further to go before I started lauding him as a hero.