Much as been written about Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. Does he deserve the award? Is it a political liability? How should he go about accepting it?
What no one has mentioned yet, is the real precedent for this situation. No, I’m not talking about Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, or Henry Kissinger. I’m speaking, of course, about the Emmy Awards and the NBC sitcom Mad About You starring Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt.
You see, even though Paul Resier created Mad About You, he never once received an Emmy, while Helen Hunt won four times in a row for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Sure Helen Hunt was more dynamic than Paul Reiser, who relied mainly on his everyman quality, but she only shined because he worked selflessly for eight years to make her look great. Sadly, award ceremonies rarely appreciate the Paul Reisers of the world, but in all four of her acceptance speeches, Helen Hunt said he deserved half of her Emmy.
So Obama, when you go to Oslo to accept the Nobel Peace prize, be sure to thank the guy who worked really hard for eight years to make you look good. And maybe bring a hacksaw or something, so you can give him his fair share of the award.