President has received pair of Grammys
I am wondering about the name of the album referred to in the Sunday, Nov. 10, crossword puzzle, No. 1 across, "Winner of the 2005 and 2007 Grammys for Best Word Spoken," who turned out to be Obama.
Your history of conquering all questions proposed is infallible, ergo, I bow to your expertise and assistance.
— Curious Cathie, via email
Was "Obama" the answer to No. 1 across? Hmmm, maybe that explains the difficulty we were having — it fits much better than our answer of "a lama" (the space is silent).
We checked the official Grammy Awards site, and sure enough, President Obama does have 2005 and 2007 Grammys to his name.
The 2005 Grammy was awarded to then-Sen. Obama for his audio book reading of his memoir "Dreams from My Father." The 2007 Grammy was for his audio book reading of his book "The Audacity of Hope."
Just in case our boss or anyone else checks our research, the Grammys were awarded at 2006 and 2008 ceremonies that celebrated recordings released the year prior.
While researching your query, the Internet seemed to be abuzz that The New York Times crossword was off a year and made a mistake, but we all know newspapers don't make mistakes — at least not this time.
We're not sure why this was the first we'd heard of our president's accolades in the recording industry.
We suppose after two terms as president and a Nobel Peace Prize, listing Grammy awards on a resume is akin to adding high school activities to a resume right before retiring.
It wasn't stated in your question, Cathie, but if you're curious, Mr. Obama isn't the only president to earn a Grammy, although he is the only two-time presidential winner. Bill Clinton earned one in 2004 for the recording of his memoir "My Life," and Jimmy Carter won in 2006 for his reading of "Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis."
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