I am voting Present.
A friend of mine observed:
The nomination period closed on February 1, for this year's award. Senator Obama became President Obama on January 20, 2009.Then, there is this from a woman working in DC with experience in the area of international affairs, commenting in an EMail just before 11:00 AM:
Just an observation.
Yes, indeed... After my initial bewilderment, I also came to the conclusion that it has to do with utilizing political influence.Regards — Cliff
But I don't see it as an attempt to constrain U.S. action. (Obama's emphasis on coalition building is not an innovation. It was after all under Bush that DOD began to emphasize building partnership capacity.)
Rather, I see it as an amazing endorsement of, even a plea for, U.S. leadership under Obama. If I were Obama, I'd cast my acceptance speech around the extraordinary challenge that this prize represents for him personally, for the United States, and for our allies and partners around the world.... I'll be interested in seeing what he says...