Does anyone really doubt that what Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for is not being George W. Bush? The US hasn't made a huge amount of progress towards creating peace in the past 9 months, but at least we're no longer driving full speed in the wrong direction.
The interesting question is whether being chosen for the Nobel Peace Prize on a "aspirational" basis will actually make it easier or harder for Obama to accomplish his goals -- nuclear disarmament, effective policies on climate change, a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, a US exit from Iraq. I'm not at all sure -- what do you think?
I didn't think Obama's speech was great, but it hit the right general notes -- appreciation, recognition that this wasn't for anything he's done yet, a statement that the US can be a leader but the whole world has to be involved.