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May 20th 2009

Obama Was “Esteemed Harvard University Law Professor,” Says BET

Arizona State University says it will not bestow an honorary degree on President Barack Obama – the esteemed Harvard University Law professor, former U.S. Senator, best-selling author, Grammy Award-winner, and undeniable leader of the free world – saying it is not clear that his body of work justifies such an honor.

From those crack internet sleuths at BET.

He wasn’t. Interestingly, though, he has won two grammy awards. Both for the audio versions of his books, which he artfully read as if from teleprompters or large flatscreen televisions. The grammys weren’t a partisan event or anything (not like, say the nobel peace prize program). I mean, look at the nominees, who hold a wide range of political opinions: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Maya Angelou, Alan Alda

Feb 10, 2008

LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama on Sunday beat two former US presidents, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, when he picked up a Grammy Award in Los Angeles.

Obama, who is currently neck and neck with Hillary Clinton in the fierce battle for the Democratic party’s presidential nomination, won the music industry’s prize in the category for best spoken word album.

The freshman senator for Illinois was honored for his audio version of his book “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.”

It was Obama’s second Grammy, having won the same spoken word award in 2005 for his book “Dreams From My Father.”

Bill Clinton had been nominated for his “Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World,” his best-selling guide to how individuals can contribute to worthy causes, while Carter, the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize winner, was nominated for his “Sunday Mornings in Plains: Bringing Peace to a Changing World.”

Other nominees included Maya Angelou for “Celebrations” and actor Alan Alda for “Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself.”

The award came as Obama beat Hillary Clinton in three Democratic nominating contests Saturday, putting him more or less even with Clinton in the increasingly tight battle for the Democratic party nomination.

Obama beats Clinton, this time at Grammys

4 Responses to “Obama Was “Esteemed Harvard University Law Professor,” Says BET”

  1. Obama was a community organizer, whatever that means, then a state legislator and US Senator with no significant legislation, turned President who has accomplished little other than to pass incomprehensibly large spending bills while the economy shows little sign of significant recovery.

    Yeah, I’d say that the body of work is still ahead of the man.

    I read that the graduates at Notre Dame chanted “Yes We Can” when people heckled President Obama. I think those that chanted and much of the country is still under the delusion of his campaign rhetoric. They still view him as the savior of everything that ails society.

    When polls show his popularity, I’d love to see a correlating poll that asks the same groups of people about basic issues and current events. See if those that approve of the President actually know what is going on in the world compared to those that disapprove. Now that would be useful information.

  2. Mike

    While I agree that the president has a little way to go to establish a real resume, I’m still not sure why he hasn’t matched teh accomplishments of an ASU grad.

    Are ASU grads typically accomplished in the fields of legislation or executive accomplishments? Are ASU grads usually already graduates of Ivy League schools? Based on my experience at an undergrad institution slightly better than ASU (though not exactly Ivy League). the only requirements for getting an actual degreee are basic literacy and rudimentary math skills. I think Obama has those covered.

    What do people do with honorary degrees anyway? do they go on resumes? do they get hung on the wall? are they actually a physical degree that one can frame?

  3. It is a symbolic gesture of acclaim that a university bestows on a person because of their accomplishments/contributions. It has nothing to do with comparing actual graduates with an honorary degree recipient.

  4. doug

    Hahaha…

    “Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Maya Angelou, Alan Alda”