But Bob Schieffer, host of CBS' "Face the Nation," said in his brief editorial commentary Sunday that the committee (Nobel, ed) may have done Obama a disservice.
"I would guess no one at the White House was praying for the president to win the Nobel just yet, not because they're selfless humble souls whose only goal is to help humanity but because they are very good professional politicians who would know better than most of us that an undeserved accolade has a high probability of backfire," he said. "I generally agree with the president's approach on foreign policy, but the Nobel Committee did him no favors by giving him the award before he had anything to show for his efforts. ... What the Nobel Committee has managed to change -- and I am sorry to say it -- is the way we look on the prize."
So that is the question this week, is the Nobel a good thing or bad thing for Obama?
There are possible landmines here. Liberals could expect him to live up to it. Moderates could look at it as further canonization of the president and become more and more disillusioned of him. Conservatives, well, we know it was stupid.
Is there any possibility that the general public could come around to the likely conclusion that this is really nothing more than a slap in the face of America? Will Obama take a hit for that?
So, what do you think? Could this be a gift he should have returned?