And The Winner Is…

Jimmy Carter wins this year’s Hokum Award:

The Academy of World Political Humor Arts and Letters (AWPHAL) today awarded comedian Jimmy (James Earl) Carter the 2006 Hokum as the year’s finest political comedian. Carter’s record shattering fifth Hokum came against stiff competition from a highly regarded group of nominees.

In a statement accompanying the announcement of the award, Edith Steingehirn, President of the Academy, said, “what Jimmy Carter has accomplished with his book Palestine, Peace not Apartheid, was both comically brilliant and extraordinarily difficult. It has been an axiom of the Academy that present-day Islamic-Jihadist culture is quite beyond parody. After all, a society that teaches its children to kill with explosives strapped to their little bodies, which executes women because they have been raped and which promises young men a brothel in heaven if they commit suicide in a certain way has gone far past the most sublime exaggeration. Attempting to caricature such a culture has generally been thought to be both pointless and impossible.”

…Steingehirn continued: “Carter’s particular comic insight in Palestine, Peace not Apartheid, was to deliberately reverse the moral standing of the characters. Israel, the only functioning, free democracy in the region becomes, in Carter’s hilarious upside-down worldview, the pariah state. The societies that practice genuine sexual, religious and ethnic apartheid – not to mention corruption and terrorism on an unimaginable scale – are characterized by Carter as victims! This is comic genius of a very high order.”

Carter’s comic career is a story of almost continuous success since he burst on the political scene in the mid-1970s playing a clownish U.S. President while actually holding the office. These sustained performances earned him four consecutive Hokum awards. This unprecedented record has stood the test of time. No other individual comic has been awarded more than two Hokums during an entire career (though an organization, the United Nations, through its various committees and “peacekeeping” efforts has won seventeen Hokums). The only two-time individual winners include Richard Nixon, Herbert Hoover, Joe McCarthy, Neville Chamberlain, Bill Clinton, Kofi Annan and Jacques Chirac.

More recently, Carter has enjoyed success in his long-running, one-man variety show “Jimmy Carter, a Farce to be Reckoned With,” in which he plays a completely flummoxed, self-aggrandizing, tyrant-supporting busy-body whose foundation takes money from – and acts as a shill for – a bevy of Middle Eastern and Latin American dictators.

Thanks to Allan Caplan.

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