All the obvious has been said already. I agree with John Cole: it’s premature, but certainly not Obama’s fault. And I find myself agreeing with Andrew Sullivan, as well (mirabile dictu — TL has something nice to say about an Atlantic blogger): this prize bears witness to the enormous sense of relief that our friends and allies feel that the US is once again acting like a grown-up in its dealings with the rest of the world.
It is in fact a measure of the importance of the US in the world still that just nine months of sane leadership is enough to induce the kind of euphoria — and enough combined hope and hunger for the achievements really determined and smart governing could bring — to induce the Norwegians to deliver the prize.
My only complaint is the obvious one: if not being George Bush is enough to elicit major props from the international community, I just want to point out that at 51 years old, I’ve not been George Bush for longer than Obama hasn’t. How about a little Nobel love for that, boys?….;)