Like, you know, whatever.
"Parks and Recreation, now in its sixth season, is a vigorous defense of the work government does that isn’t simply about crime and transgression. Leslie Knope does a lot of things that Congressional Republicans might think that are none of the government’s business: she provides programming at zoos, designs parks, builds playgrounds, runs a harvest festival, fills time capsules, memorializes tiny horses, directs scout troops, tries to save local businesses, teaches sex education classes, puts on children’s concerts, cleans up rivers, and even tries to rid the sidewalk of slugs. But the show over and over again makes the case that if Leslie doesn’t do the work, no one else would do it, and that Pawneeans, for all they complain about things like Leslie’s attempts to regulate, appreciate her efforts. Without Leslie’s work, Pawnee Commons would be a PaunchBurger, bored kids wouldn’t have a Freddie Spaghetti concert, and the city wouldn’t have had an emotional outlet for its feelings about Little Sebastian."
Dear Award Committee Members,
Where I live there are a lot of apathetic people — people who don’t care at all about what they do or how they do it. They let the world wash over them and barely even notice that anyone else is there. Leslie Knope is not one of these people. She cares about everything and everyone in our town. I don’t know how she does it. People come to her with the pettiest, stupidest problems and she cares — like really, actually cares what happens to them. And, if you’re lucky enough to be her friend, your life gets better every day. She spend every waking moment thinking of new ways to make her friends happy. There is something wonderful about seeing someone who has found her true purpose on earth. For some people, I guess that’s being an astronaut or a hot dog eating champion. For Leslie, her true purpose on earth, her true meaning, is making peoples’ lives better. That’s what I love about her and that’s why she deserves this award.