Ibrahim Assem, a man-on-the-street in Cairo interviewed by the New York Times, says:
"They are handing him the Nobel Peace Prize because he isn’t George Bush."That's from the New York Times' roundup of reactions from around the world. See if you can tell which of those reactions are honest.
UPDATE: Mickey Kaus says Obama should turn down the prize. Kaus has the right idea, and so do people writing for The New Republic and the Telegraph and Gawker and Metafilter and DailyKos -- and plenty of other bloggers.
UPDATE: Obama reacts: he's "surprised and deeply humbled." "To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformational figures who have been honored by this prize." "I will accept this award as a call to action." Though he stopped short of turning it down, the subtext -- that he hasn't yet accomplished enough to deserve this -- was clear. President Obama, you handled this awkward moment well.