I, as a liberal am extremely surprised as well. I support Obama for the most part, he doesn't have much of a record so far. I also believe the Nobel Peace Prize in itself has become less and less meaningful, but whether that is a representation of the judges or a representation of the humankind, I don't know. I believe Obama was given this prize for his efforts towards international communication. In a way I'm glad he has done close to nothing in his first year, 1. it makes all the people claim he's horrible and a dictator seem even crazier and irrational -you are really making it hard for me to respect mankind. 2. If he messes up.... the consequences are painful even to imagine. The damage it would do for another black presidential hopeful, the damage for a female presidential hopeful, and the damage to American morale- if a Republican screwed us over and then a Democrat screwed us over, what will we do as a people? I ask this both sincerely and sardonically, we should be united, all this party nonsense is just ruining what little we have. Maybe we disagree with the meaning of the second amendment, but I think we can all agree America is beautiful and so are the people in it if we can only get past our own world views. You are not helping anyone by not supporting our president, I learned that with George Bush, just pray that WE do alright and despite Obama's party allegiance he does what's best for US.