Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize less than nine months after he was sworn in as President.
The statement issued by the organization clearly identified the award as based upon anticipated events, as opposed to historical ones. In other words, he received the prize for his words, not his actions.
A part of the statement:
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.
CNN published an editorial today, clearly showing how that has worked out, starting with this map that shows the countries that the President has been bombed: