From The Australian, October 10, 2009:
US President Barack Obama sensationally won the Nobel Peace Prize last night ...It shocked Nobel observers because the 48-year-old president took office less than two weeks before the February 1 nomination deadline.
...Sydney Peace Foundation director Stuart Rees said Mr Obama had been given the prize prematurely. Professor Rees said Mr Obama's win came as a massive shock and he had much work to do if he was to live up to the award. .... "I think the guy is full of promise but I don't think the promise has been realised yet particularly in regards the Middle East."
...many Nobel watchers believed it was too early to honour the US President. Observers had also suggested there was no obvious candidate for the prize as no major conflicts had been resolved by peaceful means in the past year.
...The Nobel committee praised Mr Obama's creation of "a new climate in international politics" and said he had returned multilateral diplomacy and institutions such as the UN to the centre of the world stage.
..."The exciting and important thing about this prize is that it's given to someone ... who has the power to contribute to peace," Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said....