Yes, Obama's speech today was a "pleasant surprise" as the guys at Powerlineblog observe:
"President Obama's Nobel Prize acceptance speech was, I thought, a mostly pleasant surprise. It's a long oration, too long, and there is much legitimately to pick at. But fundamentally I think Obama delivered a mostly thoughtful discussion (as these things go) of how to reconcile our lofty ideals with the existence of evil, and how to reconcile the occasional need to go to war (including at times for humanitarian reasons) with the tragic nature of any actual war.
In doing so, Obama nodded towards Gandi and Martin Luther King, but seemed to make most use of President Kennedy. He could certainly have done worse.
Most importantly, Obama seems to have learned how to speak to an international audience without apologizing for, or otherwise disrespecting, his country."
It was certainly pretty Bush-like in tone. I guess the Bush-Obama doctrine is securely in place. Well done (for the most part), Mr. President.
UPDATE: Michael Ledeen says that, on balance, the speech contained many ideas that were "downright neoconnish":
"So maybe Obama's getting to the point where he understands that the evil regime in Tehran can't be talked out of its war against its own people, and against us. We shall see; words aren't nearly enough. But they are essential."
Finally, Max Boot calls the speech "boffo" and "a masterpiece that deserves inclusion in compendia of the finest presidential speeches." Wow, I guess he liked it.