Obama Beats Clinton at Grammys
Barack Obama won his second Grammy, beating out Bill Clinton and taking the lead over Hillary Clinton in the total lifetime Grammys without having a hit song category.
Fresh from their feud on the campaign trail, Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama beat Bill Clinton in a contest almost as closely watched as the primaries being waged across the United States — the music industry’s Grammy Awards.
Obama on Sunday won the spoken word Grammy for the audiobook version of his blockbuster tome “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.” It marked his second statuette, following a win in 2006 for “Dreams From My Father,” an audiobook for a memoir first published in 1995.
Bill Clinton was seeking his third Grammy with “Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World,” a call to public service. Another former Democratic president, Jimmy Carter, also was in the running, with “Sunday Morning in Plains: Bringing Peace to a Changing World,” a collection of Bible lessons. Carter won the award last year.
Not to be outdone by Obama, Hillary Clinton won the spoken word prize in 1997, while she was still first lady, for her book “It Takes a Village.”
No Republican politician has won the category since Everett Dirksen, an Illinois congressman and senator, in 1968.
Why on earth there’s a Grammy award for reading autobiographies into a tape recorder is unclear. Whether there’s a political agenda at work in the selection committee, however, is decidedly not.
Photo from 2006 Grammy Awards (Obama did not accept in person last night) by Molly Riley/Reuters via Townhall via Google.