I hate to be a downer on such a cool news headline this morning, but one of the first things that came to mind in this "surprise" decision less than a year into his first term as president is why give a man the Nobel Peace Prize when he's about to announce a troop surge in Afghanistan?  And what's that now?  It's because of his POTENTIAL to have an effect on the reduction in nuclear arms and his desire for diplomacy? Seriously?

If this is the Nobel Prize for Hope, then have at it, but it's the Nobel PEACE Prize - let's give him a chance to demonstrate some of his plans rather than give it to him to make sure he stays on the right path.  I'm absolutely not saying that anything will change in Obama's plans, but this just seems a bit premature.

I'd love to have the attention from receiving this go towards actually achieving his goals.  That maybe the Nobel committee had something going for it when it decided that giving Obama the award now would help boost his peace-loving profile to get the plans moving forward that much faster.  Would absolutely love it.

Congratulations President Obama on winning the Nobel Peace Prize - if you thought you had pressure on you before to achieve your goals, it just got doubled.

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