President Barack Obama and novelist Herta Müller will receive their Nobel prizes today in a ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall -- and let's not forget Baltimorean Carol Greider, who will share the prize in medicine.
The big awards often generate controversy, and Obama's peace prize is no exception. Many have already expressed surprise -- and outright anger -- that he won before his first year in office was complete; others will note that the prize comes as he increases troops in Afghanistan.
Muller, who won for works written when she lived under a repressive Romanian regime, is hardly a well-known author. Her selection added to suspicions that the Nobel jurors go out of their way to diss U.S. writers and fete Europeans. Toni Morrison was the last American winner, in 1993, and since then, all but two winners have been European citizens.
At least everyone can be happy with Greider of Johns Hopkins, can't they?