It might seem strange that a man who voted present in the Illinois Senate, spent most of his US Senate time campaigning to be President, and has been in office a scant nine months to win the Peace Prize. It is stranger still that someone who had been in office 11 DAYS would be nominated. In case you are unfamiliar with the process, let me help you out.
The Deadline for nominations is 1 February of each year. This is from the official web site of the committee:
February – Deadline for submission. The Committee bases its assessment on nominations that must be postmarked no later than 1 February each year. Nominations postmarked and received after this date are included in the following year's discussions. In recent years, the Committee has received close to 200 different nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize. The number of nominating letters is much higher, as many are for the same candidates.
You will recall that US Presidents are inaugurated on 20 Jan of each year.
Am I in the Twilight Zone? Are we in the first movie of the Left Behind series? Are we all being punked?