Everyone is nominated in the spring, which for Obama would either be before he took office or only shortly after. Was he nominated for his campaign slogans then? May as well give this man a lifetime achievement Oscar. True; he hasn't made a single movie yet... but he might in the future!
Here are some of the candidates Obama beat out for the Nobel Peace Prize:
Morgan Tsvangirai: was a trade union activist and leader and long-time Zimbabwean opposition leader to Mugabe dedicated to ending his "dictatorship". He has been sharing power with Mugabe since February as a result of vote-fixing by Mugabe. He has been arrested multiple times during his life and tortured and beaten by the police. He has previously received the prestigious Solidar Silver Rose Award from the European Parliament, which recognises those who demonstrate "the positive change that can be brought about by determined individuals".
Hu Jia: Chinese human rights activist of many causes (democracy, environmentalism, HIV awareness and advocacy, endangered species, and health education) who has been jailed for "inciting subversion of state power". He is currently serving a sentence of 3 years and 6 months in prison. His wife alleges that he is not being provided adequate food and medical attention in prison and that his health is rapidly deteriorating. He has previously received awards recognising his achievements, including the Sarkharov Prize for Freedom of Thought from the European Parliament - an important award that has also been given to Nelson Mandela and Reporters Without Borders. France made Jia and the Dalai Lama honorary citizens on the same day.
Sima Samar: a female Afghani doctor who was forced to flee in the 80s to Pakistan, where she set up a hospital to provide care to Afghani refugee women and to train and educate them. Branches of the hospital she started opened up across Afghanistan. When the Taliban was overthrown, she could finally return to Afghanistan and she served as Deputy President and Minister of Women's Affairs under Karzai's administration, until she was forced by death threats to resign. She received death threats for criticising Sharia, Islamic law, which the Taliban had previously enforced, and for speaking out against purdah and the burqa, which she noted are not only oppressive and discriminatory but lead to significant health problems for Afghani women. She has received multiple awards, including the Order of Canada (the highest order, awarded on behalf of the Queen), the Ramon Magsaysay Award (Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize), and the Perdita Huston Human Rights Award (given by a group affiliated with the UN).
Winner gets $1.42 million dollars, which can be used to get them a legal defense or to fund their humanitarian projects, etc.