LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - ... Obama on Sunday (Fed 10, 2008) 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.I had no idea that Obama had won two Grammy awards. Frankly, I'm amazed that he won this, given the fierce competition of other liberals who simultaneously released completely unmemorable, clearance-table-in-a-month books: Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter (his second year in a row), Alan Alda, and Maya Angelou.
But it would be supremely ironic if it turns out he did just as much to earn his Grammys as he did to get the Peace prize.
* This is neither sour grapes nor a gratuitous insult. I learned in politics long ago that giving awards to one another is one way liberals make themselves and each other appear more credible - an upstart liberal politician can milk a single Outstanding Young Lawyer award for an entire career. Obama will be remembered as a Nobel laureate long after we've all forgotten everything else he didn't really do.