No, seriously, he did; for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
Not to say he doesn’t deserve it, but it feels like he won not for anything he did in particular, but because he isn’t George W. Bush. And yet, if this honor drives the President to work harder on behalf of US citizens and the world at large, you know, so that he feels like he’s earned it than this will have been worth it.
“To be honest,” the president told the New York Times, “I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who have been honored by this prize, men and women who’ve inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.”
I tend to think of the Nobel Peace Prize as an award given to someone with their sleeves rolled up and their knees deep in the shit. Rigoberta Menchu comes to mind, as does Ghandi and Nelson Mandela. In his defense, however, Obama does give good speech.