According to Alexander Downer, former Foreign Minister of Australia, ''Electing President Barack Obama for the Peace Prize was a political decision of Stupidly!
One rarely wins a Nobel Prize of any sort without having actively lobbied on one's own behalf. Which is why it always strikes me as mildly hilarious when the winners feign shock and surprise at having won. They may as well have an out and out application process, because that is what, in reality, it amounts to (and don't let anyone tell you otherwise).
Everything Obama has done was contrived to show him as a "man of peace": the apology tours, the reaching out to the Muslim world, dithering on sending more troops to Afghanistan, the studied silence or non-action on Iran's election and the people protesting, silence on Honduras standing up for its Constitution, and, best of all, the beer summit. To Obama these non-actions and apologies contrast him, in his mind, to GWB who would never apologize to or reach out to so obsequiously. Well, I have news for him - Ronald Reagan was a man of peace because he stood strong against tyrants, thugs, and dictators.