Monday, November 23, 2009

The Obama Award Tally, So Far...

By now, most people know that Barack Hussein Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace prize for what can best be described as...uh...how you say...doing nothing? But did you know he has a Grammy award? That's right, and while he may not have written his own autobiography (seriously, who would write their own autobiography, anyway?), he did apparently read it out loud, and for that he was given an award. No wait, he's written two books, so obviously he would need an award for each book (and yes, he really does have two Grammies). But here's the one that amuses me the most. He was awarded a Black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Obama's counterpart in South Korea, Lee Myung-bak, who practices Tae Kwon Do, gave him an outfit. And a Black belt. It makes you wonder why the South Korean President wouldn't have given him a novice-level belt, but maybe Obama's reputation for getting things without earning them has made it to the Far East. Or maybe it's his well-known ultrasensitivity to perceived slights. You would think that earning a Black belt would require years of study and that it would be inappropriate to avail a discipline with cultural symbolism to diplomatic photo-ops and glad-handing. Nope. So to recap, Obama has a Nobel prize, two Grammies, a Black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and...let's see, what was that other thing? That other thing that he won that he clearly wasn't qualified for...

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