December 7th, 2007
10:08 AM ET
15 years ago

Obama battles (Bill) Clinton

Obama and Bill Clinton are competing for a Grammy.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - He's been battling Hillary Clinton for months, but now Barack Obama is set to face off with her famous husband.

Both the Illinois Democrat and former President Clinton were nominated for a Grammy Thursday in the spoken word album category.

Clinton's telling of "Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World" is up against Obama's "The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream."

Another famous politician is also in the race: former President Jimmy Carter got a nod for "Sunday Mornings in Plains: Bringing Peace to a Changing World."

All three have been successful in the same category before. Carter won last year for his book "America's Moral Crisis," while Obama won in 2006 for "Dreams from My Father." Clinton won in 2004 for his autobiography, "My Life."

Hillary Clinton has also won the award: she took home a Grammy in 1997 for her reading of her book "It Takes a Village."

Two non-politicians are also up for this year's award - poet Maya Angelou for "Celebrations," and actor Alan Alda for "Things I Overheard While Talking To Myself."

The awards are set to be handed out February 10, five days after Super Tuesday.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Corey, Bloomington IN

    Ah, it wouldn't be CNN without horribly misleading headlines...I thought Barack and Bill were gonna be in a cage match! Two men enter, one man leaves!

    December 7, 2007 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. Hank, Baltimore, MD

    Alan Alda's is far superior to these others. Just sayin.

    December 7, 2007 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. Ryan, New Jersey

    I actually though Obama's audio book was really well done. Listened to it on a cross country road trip. Got me through the back end of Colorado and the whole of Kansas.

    December 7, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    For those not in the know–most books today are also produced into audio books. Some can be quite theatrical. Thus–the Grammies. I wonder if either of them actually provided the voice? Could you imagine hours and hours of Bill or Obama droning in your ear? Yuck! It would be like chinese water torture.

    December 7, 2007 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. Max, Austin, TX

    What I want to know is: do people actually read these books? I mean, seriously...these guys are cranking out a book every 1.5 years. Along with their legislative duties, lecture circuits, etc., how can any of it be substantive? Could it be that everyone is just cashing in on liberals' thirst to regain the White House?

    And, a note to ALL politicians: nobody wants to read your memoir. In fact, releasing a memoir is the height of arrogance.

    Gotta go, now...working on my autobiography.

    December 7, 2007 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. Nelson Colorado Springs Co

    What a picture together President Barack Obama and Vice President Bill Clinton in the white house.

    December 7, 2007 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. S. Wright

    "That's the great thing about Liberals. They can actually read and write books. Kudos to both."

    Yeah. Fiction does have more of an audience nowadays.

    Here's an idea: why don't you go read some real liberals like Hamilton, Madison, Mills, and Jay. Then come back and tell me if these people you categorize as "liberals" really are.

    I know what they are, and it isn't liberalism at all.

    December 7, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. Oliva - San Antonio - Texas

    Megha, San Antonio, TX: "In an honest opinion, Obama's book is really really boring and confusing. He goes on and on and on without any conclusions or solid points.
    Oh so the book is just like his debates. Go figure? CLINTON 08

    December 7, 2007 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. PS, KC, MO

    I know several others have decried the misleading headline. Personally, I found the tongue-in-cheek rather amusing. I think some folks are just taking everything way too seriously. Lighten up!

    December 7, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. Carl, Dallas, TX

    Great post by S. Wright... heaven forbid they go back in History to learn about America's liberal founding fathers.

    December 7, 2007 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  11. Kate, San Francisco, CA

    Bill Clinton is old news, and therefore is no match for Obama..we need a BRAND new president that can change everything for the better! Not some old hag like Hillary who is only going to make things worse! Can anyone say corporate democrat?? Do we REALLY need someone like that in power?? For all of you Hillary supporters think about her 'universal health care' plan in the 90's! AS soon as she got that big paycheck from the insurance companies she shut up about it...imagine her as president!
    OBAMA/EDWARDS 08!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 7, 2007 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  12. SICK,LA.


    December 7, 2007 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  13. Joseph, New York, NY

    Just as Rudy runs on 9/11. The only concrete thing Obama can run on is his redundant "I opposed this war from the start." What you gonna do about the war now, oppose it some more?

    Obama is actually the candidate most like Bush in that he will not be ready to command this country's foreign relations. By necessity Obama will need his team of puppeteers more than the other candidates will. Furthermore, neither him nor Hillary will win in a general election, even against the scum -Republicans.

    There's only one viable Democrat and it's not Hillary, not Obama, not Edwards, not Mike Gravel, definitely not muddled-Richardson, not K . . . and sadly, Dodd probably could not win General Election either.

    December 8, 2007 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
  14. Bob Johnson /Peoria,IL

    I'm from Illinois and O is out he has did nothing for Il. Go get him MS. Clinton, and u can put a sign in my yard any time. BJ

    December 9, 2007 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
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