It seems like there are as many Emmy categories as television programs — and at least one of them is big enough to include President Obama.
Obama’s appearance this year on Between Two Ferns — a Web-based parody talk show hosted by comedian Zach Galifianakis — was nominated for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program.
The president did the program in an effort to reach young people about signing up for health insurance.
Obama, Galifianakis, and Between Two Ferns are competing for an Emmy in an eclectic category that includes mini-episodes of the sitcom Parks and Rec as well as the Super Bowl halftime show.
I actually have never watched that episode of Between Two Ferns or any episode of it since a) I have no need to see Barack Obama flog his policies; b) I’m not a fan of Galifianakis. Maybe it’s the most brilliant thing ever; I can’t say. And it’s only an Emmy, an award that means less than Montpelier Dogcatcher of the Year.
But … come. On. What other undeserved awards need to be showered on this man? He’s already won a Nobel Peace Prize for … gracing with planet with his presence. And he won a Grammy Award for managing to read his book all the way through. Should he win a Hugo for the science fiction that is his NASA policy? A Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his 2015 budget proposal? An Academy Award for Best Actor for all the times he’s pretended he only found out about a scandal when it was “on the news”?
The hero worship of this man in some sectors is truly deranged.