Past winners have worked hard for their laureate. Henry Dunnant dedicated his entire life to setting up the Red Cross. Eventually he got 'half a Nobel peace prize.'
Woodrow Wilson founded the League of Nations. He spent years lecturing on the evils of war and was only reluctantly forced to make war after 4 American ships had been sunk. He got a Nobel Peace Prize for securing the adoption of the Covenant of the League of Nations.
Henry Kissinger had to share his Nobel peace prize with the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Quite right too, takes two to tango.
Mother Theresa spent a lifetime amongst the dregs of Calcutta society, enduring visiting celebrities and other horrors.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu once spent the night in a dire Merthyr Tydfil hotel - I know, the room still bears a plaque to that effect. Positioned directly over the pool table, with a bed that felt as though it was filled with pool balls, he probably didn't get any more sleep than I did.
Nelson Mandella and Frederik de Klerk got half a Nobel each for finally speaking to each other.
Worthy winners all.
Can anyone tell me what "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples" the still 'wet behind the ears' Obama has achieved in his eight months of Presidency?
Stopping the rest of the G20 from stuffing Gordon 'I saved the world' into a rubber boat and setting him loose on the high seas?
Edited to add: It gets worse - he was nominated after being in office for all of two weeks.