I was off the grid in remote rural India when Obama won the Nobel. Didn't hear about it for a few days. When I did, my Indian hosts were scratching their heads wondering what this likeable man had done to deserve it.
But imagine for a moment that Obama really did attend Copenhagen and brought all his theoretical mediator skills to bear on the proceedings.
Rather than using a Nobel he doesn't yet deserve to set US environmental goals, Obama could actually set those environmental goals in the midst of the most monumental environmental meeting ever held (read Bill McKibben on this in the latest MoJo).
It might actually change the world. And that would justify his Nobel.
Can't you try, Barack Obama?