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. Richard,Manchester,ma

    Oprah is hitting the road for you . Good for you and Oprah. You go go. Till we get there!

    December 6, 2007 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. Jeremy

    Obama does not have anything to substantive to add to the debate, so he responds to very issue in ad hominem fashion.

    December 6, 2007 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  3. La'Kitgum, NH

    Everything Obama promises has no past or present proof that he accomplished any. While Guliani and Romney have governed States/Super Cities, Obama's only project has been a neighborhood community in Chicago.

    Clinton is focssung on issues for America such as the mortgage crisis. Excellent. Thanks Hillary for talking issues that matter to America wearing your own skirt unlike Obama who is hiding under Oprah's skirt. Talking issues that matter is the reason Clinton will be elected. Hillary cares more about America than simply winning.

    Democrats will regret the next 4 years if they elect Obama to stand against Guliani or Romney. These 2 Republicans have resumes that only Clinton's and all other Democratic candidates except Obama's can withstand. Guiliani and Romney will will hit Obama with a type of experience that he will not resist.

    Some Democrats simply want to see Obama beat Clinton for the wrong reasons. But let them wait for an Obama slap by Guliani or Romney. Republican know they can get back the Whitehouse if any of the 2 candidates stood against Obama because Obama has nothing to show for experience which will be the cornerstone of Republican assault. Then Democrats will be biting their fingers having first thought the next Prez would be Democrat by hook or crook after the Bush debacles.

    December 6, 2007 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  4. S.K.M. MA

    WHY is no one talking about Michigan? Hillary Clinton has that primary in the bag because she said to Obama/Edwards/Richardson; you guys go first, I'll catch right up.

    What am I refering to? The Michigan State Democraic party shoving its primary forward and breaking party rules. Obama/Edwards/Richardson and I think Biden all had their names removed from the ballot, everyone else merely promised not to campaign there. Hillary Clinton was the front runner at the time, leading the pack, but she didn't dare lead the pack when it may not be in her own best interests.

    December 6, 2007 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  5. john williams san diego, ca.

    PLEASE give Jimmy Carter the Grammy. It will add to his throphy collection as the most famous America hater ever...

    December 6, 2007 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  6. Zack,boston,ma

    Obama offered hope to many people when this country desperately needed it and that is when G.w.Bush this country crazy. I want a country where I can go to work without the goverment being the central part of my life and things that don't matter!

    December 6, 2007 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  7. Brajesh, Weston, Florida

    Hillary and Obama battle it out right now, but who knows, one could end up being the other's boss. If you want to make a difference for Election 2008, why not share your opinions of the candidates at

    December 6, 2007 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |

    So, if you are a Politician, or someone with a bit of Celebrity, all you have to do is write a book (with a ghost writer), record it on tape, and BLAM! You get a Grammy!

    Of course, Grammy's are only important to people ACTUALLY in the BIZ. But hey, get what you can, maybe it can help gain some notoriety?

    I wonder how much Oprah's influence will help to secure this for her pet project?

    Now, where did I put those tapes of my radio show?

    December 6, 2007 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  9. Bob Baxter, Kingsport, TN

    I cannot believe that adult people would vote for someone just because a celebrity backs a particular candidate. A person should not be elected because Oprah is for him. Beleive it or not her agenda does not reflect most of yours. Do you think she is in your tax bracket...or shares the same desires as you and your families?? People you need to wake up encourage Oprah not to use her personal sucess to influence the American people as to who they choose for politics. Celebes should open up their lives just like the candidates, answering Q's about her personal life and explaining all exploits of her life!! Lastly Oprah you should see the problems with your actions!! Just because you like someone doesn't mean he is the best for all Americans. You should explain to people that just because you think someone is right for you doesn't mean he is right for them!

    December 6, 2007 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  10. Hannah,Iowa

    I am wondering how this is news. I am getting confused with CNN almost everyday with what they are giving us as news. I bet someone needs to get fired!

    December 6, 2007 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  11. jethro, hope, AK

    Looks like a couple of good old boys looking for an intern.

    December 6, 2007 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  12. Jonathan, Holiday, Florida

    It just goes to show that the democrats have really awesome candidates.

    I just can't wait to see how the cons are going to twist this one now.

    December 7, 2007 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  13. Bill , NJ

    What a joke! Liberals patting each other on the back.

    December 7, 2007 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  14. james,buda,tx

    What are the grammies dont they mean the mtv music awards?

    December 7, 2007 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  15. spinstopper

    The Grammy Awards are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States for outstanding achievements. They are often criticized for failing to adequately represent the popular sentiment of the public. The Recording Academy and record companies are responsible for entering the works that THEY deem most deserving. There is much debate about whether or not this sort of nominating process is the result of commercial, political or industry bias. Industry critics have argued that major award shows like the Grammy Awards are merely an attempt to congratulate their own while advertising their products and ideas through the use of selection bias in the nominating process. The winners, of course, naturally reflect "the social, political and artistic preferences of the nominating and voting members." Others openly question whether music award shows are relevant in today's digital society at all, especially now with such diluted categories such, "the spoken word" ,being represented as music.

    I won't buy a used car from either of them, even if they both had mantles full of Grammys..

    December 7, 2007 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  16. 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. I stopped after 20 pages.
    Haven't read Clinton's or Carter's.

    December 7, 2007 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  17. Anonymous

    I think Obama diserve more than Bill.

    December 7, 2007 10:02 am at 10:02 am |


    December 7, 2007 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  19. Case, Savannah GA

    Obama is the ONLY one that can change this country for the better, under W and other lousy policies we as a nation our lost. No more Clinton, no more Bush

    December 7, 2007 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. jfz, napa, CA

    The Grammys are the voice/song equivalent of the Nobels...they'll give one to anyone with a socialist or "peaceful" agenda.

    December 7, 2007 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  21. Carol, Pittsburgh, PA

    To you CNN: What a terrible teaser! For shame. Your headline did make me take a look-see, but this is "journalism" at its worst. You can do better, and usually do. This is not a tabloid, last time I looked!!

    December 7, 2007 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  22. Greg, NY, NY

    What a joke! Liberals patting each other on the back.

    Posted By Bill , NJ : December 7, 2007 8:53 am

    It's better than when the anti-gay ultra-conservatives pat each other in a region I can't mention here.

    December 7, 2007 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  23. Jonathan, Redondo Beach, CA

    How come all the award winning authors are democrats? Why can't a republican write an award winning book?

    December 7, 2007 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  24. Sabi Kanani, Dallas TX

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

    December 7, 2007 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  25. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    To Bill in NJ:

    A lot of back patting goes on in the White House, too!

    I'll take the liberal kind, because when they pat each other on the back, the American people don't feel it in the back!

    December 7, 2007 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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