Nominations for the Nobel Prize were due February 1, 2009, which means Obama was president about two weeks when nominations closed!
He was nominated for what he "might" do! While other past winners worked for years to bring some hope of peace, he's put in 7 months in a new job. He couldn't persuase the IOC to give Chicago the Olympics, and this week he is being heralded by the Nobel committee as someone who has supposedly added to the cause of peace.
It's more hopey-changey stuph:
"Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future."