My husband just made a very good point after listening to Rachel Maddow's defense of President Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize.
"The Nobel Peace Prize is an expectation and that is being acknowledged. Above and beyond that, the President is in a unique position because of these things:
1. His express desire to achieve world peace.
2. He occupies the most powerful office in the world.
3. He is a man of color which is relatable to the majority of the rest of the world
These facts put him in the unique position of getting closer to achieving world peace than anyone else in the world. On a relay team, the strongest runner always takes the anchor position even tho' he hasn't yet won the race. Giving Obama the Nobel Peace Prize acknowledges he is in the "anchor" position to achieve world peace."
No apology necessary.