By Christina Wilkie - 05/12/10 11:11 PM EDT
There’s a special award in the history of the American presidency that you’ve probably never heard of. It’s the Scowcroft award, and according to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, it honors the American official “who most ostentatiously [falls] asleep in a meeting with the president.”
The award was named for then-National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft, who would go on to chair President George W. Bush’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and, most recently, to advise the Obama transition team on national security issues.
Gates informed the crowd that “[Scowcroft] was, as you might suspect, the first awardee, and I might add that he won many oak leaf clusters.”