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White House Names Presidential Medal of Freedom Award Winners
The Associated Press ^ | Nov 3, 2005 | Anon

Posted on 11/03/2005 4:49:32 PM PST by Pharmboy

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush on Thursday announced the recipients of this year's Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civil award.

Those to be honored at a White House ceremony this coming Wednesday are:

-Muhammad Ali. The three-time heavyweight boxing champion successfully defended the title 19 times and was a gold medalist at the 1960 Olympic Games.

-Carol Burnett. The actress and comedian debuted on Broadway in 1959 and starred for more than a decade on "The Carol Burnett Show."

-Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn. They designed the software code used to transmit data over the Internet.

-Robert Conquest. The historian is known for his work on Soviet history, politics, and foreign policy. More than 35 years after its publication, his book, "The Great Terror: Stalin's Purge of the Thirties," remains one of the most influential studies of Soviet history.

-Aretha Franklin. The singer has nearly two dozen No. 1 singles and has won numerous awards. Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame.

-Alan Greenspan. He has been chairman of the Federal Reserve for the past 18 years.

-Andy Griffith. The actor first achieved national acclaim in the 1950s for his standup comedy routines. He went on to star in television shows such as "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Matlock" and numerous Broadway productions and films.

-Paul Harvey. The radio personality's broadcasts started airing nationally in 1951.

-Sonny Montgomery. A veterans' supporter during his 30 years as a member of the House of Representatives. The Montgomery GI Bill helped make education affordable for millions of veterans.

-Gen. Richard Myers. He recently retired as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

-Jack Nicklaus. The golfer won 18 major tournament as professional as well as won more than 70 PGA Tour events.

-Frank Robinson. The current manager of the Washington Nationals, Robinson won most valuable player awards in both the American and National leagues. He broke the color barrier for managers, becoming the first black manager in Major League Baseball in 1975.

-Paul Rusesabagina. The hotelier's life was the subject of the movie "Hotel Rwanda," which depicted his courage and compassion in sheltering people at the hotel he managed during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

The Medal of Freedom, established by President Truman in 1945 to recognize civilians for their efforts during World War II. The award was reinstated by President Kennedy in 1963 to honor distinguished service.


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1 posted on 11/03/2005 4:49:33 PM PST by Pharmboy
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To: Pharmboy

Where's Linda Tripp?


2 posted on 11/03/2005 4:50:32 PM PST by Checkers (I broke the dam.)
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To: Pharmboy

What about Michael New?


3 posted on 11/03/2005 4:50:55 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Harmful or Fatal if Swallowed)
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To: Pharmboy

Wow, talk about diluting something


4 posted on 11/03/2005 4:50:59 PM PST by Crazieman (6-23-2005, Establishment of the United Socialist States of America)
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To: Pharmboy

And what do most of them have to do with "Freedom"?


5 posted on 11/03/2005 4:51:25 PM PST by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: Pharmboy

I'm really surprised Ali and Robinson hadn't won it before.


6 posted on 11/03/2005 4:52:53 PM PST by AmishDude (Amishdude, the one and only.)
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To: clee1

Other than the Internet guys, ya got me...


7 posted on 11/03/2005 4:53:00 PM PST by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: Pharmboy
Cassius Clay???? Why should a filthy,cowardly punk like him get it? Who's responsible for his name being on the list? Joe Wilson????
8 posted on 11/03/2005 4:53:18 PM PST by Gay State Conservative
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To: clee1

Interesting that its supposed to be for contributions to our "national security" and at the head of the list is one Muhammad Ali, who refused induction into the armed services of this country, even to provide exhibition boxing matches.


9 posted on 11/03/2005 4:53:19 PM PST by laconic
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
-Muhammad Ali

I wonder, how many posts before someone blasts this recipient?

10 posted on 11/03/2005 4:54:21 PM PST by Michael.SF. ('That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together,' Cindy Sheehan")
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To: laconic

That's my point.

The PMoF has become a feel-good award; it really means nothing.


11 posted on 11/03/2005 4:54:36 PM PST by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: Pharmboy

Wow, all you have to do to get this honor is be a trash-talking, draft-dodging racist like Cassius Clay. Whouda thunk it? When does Hanoi Jane get hers?


12 posted on 11/03/2005 4:55:02 PM PST by ExpatGator (Progressivism: A polyp on the colon politic.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

And no Hispanics...heads will roll.


13 posted on 11/03/2005 4:55:24 PM PST by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

I see I was too slow.


14 posted on 11/03/2005 4:55:59 PM PST by Michael.SF. ('That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together,' Cindy Sheehan")
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To: Pharmboy

Alot of Democrats there...but at least they're being recognized for something. Clinton's picks were best known for filling a quota of some type or for donations to the Dimwit Party. No-talent @ss clowns who write bad poetry about gay cowboys eating pudding under trees in Kyoto, etc.


15 posted on 11/03/2005 4:56:13 PM PST by peyton randolph (Warning! It is illegal to fatwah a camel in all 50 states)
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To: ExpatGator

And the list was approved by that noted "conservative", George W. Bush. Just like his father giving his own personal "service to America" medal to Teddy Kennedy last year while the guy was trashing his son on a daily basis.


16 posted on 11/03/2005 4:56:48 PM PST by laconic
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To: peyton randolph

LOL! How in the h*ll did the gay cowboys get to Kyoto?? Sounds like an HBO Special...


17 posted on 11/03/2005 4:57:42 PM PST by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: Michael.SF.

You guessed right, it didn't take long.


18 posted on 11/03/2005 4:59:49 PM PST by YaYa123 (@Thursday Break From The Real World.com)
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To: Pharmboy

http://www.medaloffreedom.com/


19 posted on 11/03/2005 5:02:18 PM PST by YaYa123 (@Thursday Break From The Real World.com)
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To: Pharmboy

Meanwhile, Rick Rescorla , who saved more than 2,700 lives on 9-11, continues to be ignored by this White House.


20 posted on 11/03/2005 5:02:46 PM PST by Lexington Green (''America has the watches. We have the time.'' -- Al-Zawahiri)
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To: YaYa123
Thanks, yaya123:

The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, recognizes exceptional meritorious service. The medal was established by President Truman in 1945 to recognize notable service in the war. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy reintroduced it as an honor for distinguished civilian service in peacetime.

Looking for "meritorious service."

21 posted on 11/03/2005 5:07:03 PM PST by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: clee1

Sort of a Presidential "People's Choice" award.


22 posted on 11/03/2005 5:07:33 PM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Your FRiendly FReeper Patent Attorney)
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To: Checkers

Or Buckhead?


23 posted on 11/03/2005 5:22:52 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Pharmboy

Paul Rusesabagina genuinely deserves credit. Hotel Rwanda, the story of his heroism, was one of the best films I've seen in recent years. Here is part of his story:

http://www.immortalchaplains.org/Prize/Ceremony2000/Rusesabagina/rusesabagina.htm


24 posted on 11/03/2005 5:26:20 PM PST by Albion Wilde (America will not run, and we will not forget our responsibilities. George W. Bush)
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To: Albion Wilde

Yes...I agree. This guy showed amazing courage.


25 posted on 11/03/2005 5:30:57 PM PST by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: Pharmboy
Robert Conquest and Paul Rusesabagina: Good picks which will generate discussion.

Conquest is a poke in the eye with a sharp stick to those who wax nostalgic about the good old days when Communists ruled Russia with an iron fist.

And if you haven't seen Hotel Rwanda, it's an excellent, althought disturbing, film.

Don Cheadle's performance is outstanding.

26 posted on 11/03/2005 5:31:30 PM PST by George Smiley (This tagline deliberately targeted journalists.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Cassius Clay did endorse Reagan. He also TOOK HIS PUNISHMENT LIKE A MAN and went to prison when he refused the draft. Did he flee to Canada, NO!

Sorry folks, but forcing someone to join a government agency is wrong. Nevertheless, the law is the law, and Muhammed did his time.

27 posted on 11/03/2005 5:34:14 PM PST by Clemenza (In League with the Freemasons, The Bilderbergers, and the Learned Elders of Zion)
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To: Pharmboy
Paul Harvey. The radio personality's broadcasts started airing nationally in 1951.

And thats...the REST of the story!

28 posted on 11/03/2005 5:35:30 PM PST by Clemenza (In League with the Freemasons, The Bilderbergers, and the Learned Elders of Zion)
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To: Clemenza

I don't recall Cassius Clay going to prison. What was the name of the establishment where he supposedly entered the Big House?


29 posted on 11/03/2005 5:36:33 PM PST by laconic
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To: laconic
1. He was stripped of his title.

2. Ali was sentenced to five years in prison, but it was reversed three years later on appeal.

30 posted on 11/03/2005 5:39:05 PM PST by Clemenza (In League with the Freemasons, The Bilderbergers, and the Learned Elders of Zion)
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To: Pharmboy

Hands down, no questions asked, ABSOLUTELY deserved this honor:

-Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn. They designed the software code used to transmit data over the Internet.

-Robert Conquest. The historian is known for his work on Soviet history, politics, and foreign policy. More than 35 years after its publication, his book, "The Great Terror: Stalin's Purge of the Thirties," remains one of the most influential studies of Soviet history.

-Sonny Montgomery. A veterans' supporter during his 30 years as a member of the House of Representatives. The Montgomery GI Bill helped make education affordable for millions of veterans.

-Gen. Richard Myers. He recently retired as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

-Frank Robinson. The current manager of the Washington Nationals, Robinson won most valuable player awards in both the American and National leagues. He broke the color barrier for managers, becoming the first black manager in Major League Baseball in 1975.

-Paul Rusesabagina. The hotelier's life was the subject of the movie "Hotel Rwanda," which depicted his courage and compassion in sheltering people at the hotel he managed during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.


31 posted on 11/03/2005 5:41:56 PM PST by Killborn (Pres. Bush isn't Pres. Reagan. Then again, Pres. Regan isn't Pres. Washington. God bless them all.)
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To: clee1

I'd rather have it than the Noballs Appeasement prize. Especially with this POTUS.


32 posted on 11/03/2005 5:43:11 PM PST by Killborn (Pres. Bush isn't Pres. Reagan. Then again, Pres. Regan isn't Pres. Washington. God bless them all.)
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To: Michael.SF.
I wonder, how many posts before someone blasts this recipient?

It didn't take long, did it?

Muhammed Ali is a wonderful person. He also has a wicked sense of humor. Don't understand why some people don't like him.

33 posted on 11/03/2005 5:43:29 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Harmful or Fatal if Swallowed)
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To: Pharmboy

Where's Congressman Weldon???


34 posted on 11/03/2005 5:44:10 PM PST by Randy Larsen (I BELIEVE CONGRESSMAN WELDON!!!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Don't understand why some people don't like him.

Oh, I think I fully understand it. It goes back to when he gave up his crown to avoid military service based on his principles. But I think you knew that.

It is amazing that at the prime of his career, even when offered, basically a 'Joe Louis' style enlistment, he turned it down. The ban from boxing literally cost him millions.

People also forget that it was Muhammad Ali that almost single handedly saved Howard Cosell after the "Look at that little monkey run." comment.

35 posted on 11/03/2005 5:50:22 PM PST by Michael.SF. ('That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together,' Cindy Sheehan")
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To: Pharmboy
A nice little list. I won't complain about anyone on it. And I'll leave "omissions" to other people.

but this guy . . .
-Paul Harvey. The radio personality's broadcasts started airing nationally in 1951.

I'd like to have him present when everything about Wilson and Plame comes out so he can stand in the well of the Senate floor and state: "And now you know . . .
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the REST of the story.

36 posted on 11/03/2005 5:57:03 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (By defiintion, we cannot have Consensus until you agree with me.)
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To: Michael.SF.

And you cast aspersions at Cindy Sheehan, whose son fought and died for this country while Cassius Clay praised the Viet Cong. Even if you disagree with Cindy Sheehan, she has the guts to speak in public against a war that makes no sense.


37 posted on 11/03/2005 6:01:12 PM PST by laconic
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To: Clemenza
He also TOOK HIS PUNISHMENT LIKE A MAN and went to prison when he refused the draft.

From my recollection,and a little research I just did, Clay didn't serve a single day in jail.The SC overturned his conviction.He didn't have to go to Canada.He,like The Most Ethical President In History,managed to scam the system and,thus,dodged the draft.

Joan Baez's husband did prison time for refusing to serve and I assume others did as well.For those guys,I have at least some respect.For the ones who went to Canada and for the likes of Clinton and Clay,I have NONE!

38 posted on 11/03/2005 6:05:23 PM PST by Gay State Conservative
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To: Pharmboy
Here's an outstanding choice from this list:

"-Robert Conquest. The historian is known for his work on Soviet history, politics, and foreign policy. More than 35 years after its publication, his book, "The Great Terror: Stalin's Purge of the Thirties," remains one of the most influential studies of Soviet history."

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0195071328/104-4758005-4563911?v=glance&n=283155&s=books&v=glance

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0393320863/104-4758005-4563911?v=glance&n=283155&s=books&v=glance
39 posted on 11/03/2005 6:11:37 PM PST by Enchante (Joe Wilson: "I don't know anything about uranium, but I did stay in a Holiday Inn last night!")
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To: Michael.SF.
The ban from boxing literally cost him millions.

There were plenty of guys who would gladly have given up large sums of money rather than pay the price they *did* pay.

Those of us who lived through these times and who served (in SE Asia or elsewhere) even though we didn't want to (and were afraid) have nothing but contempt for him and his ilk.

40 posted on 11/03/2005 6:12:28 PM PST by Gay State Conservative
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To: Pharmboy

Wow...you're right..something for everybody. I love Andy Griffith. I studied theater because of him. The first play I say was Pirandello's SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR. It was on PBS, I don't even know how old I was. He was the star, believe it or not.


41 posted on 11/03/2005 6:15:29 PM PST by Hildy
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To: laconic
And you cast aspersions at Cindy Sheehan, whose son fought and died for this country while Cassius Clay praised the Viet Cong. Even if you disagree with Cindy Sheehan, she has the guts to speak in public against a war that makes no sense.

Wow. That is a lot of ammunition you just unloaded.

Where shall we start?

Why you admire Cindy Sheehan more then Muhammed Ali?

Or why you are wrong regarding the war in Iraq?

Maybe we could start with somthing simple:

Show me a quote or reference where Muhammed Ali "praised the Viet Cong."

"The Viet Cong Never called me no Nigger" does not count, that is damning others, not praising them.

42 posted on 11/03/2005 6:17:44 PM PST by Michael.SF. ('That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together,' Cindy Sheehan")
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To: Pharmboy

My aol dictionary defines "meritorious" as "deserving honor or esteem'.

Everyone one of these people deserve at least that for their accomplishments. They are the tops in their fields, and I think it's important the president can recognize and reward American excellence.

"Freedom" is the misnomer here.


43 posted on 11/03/2005 6:21:17 PM PST by YaYa123 (@Thursday Break From The Real World.com)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Those of us who lived through these times

I turned 18 in 1973. I got lucky with a high lottery number. Many of my friends did not. I recall these times and felt then as you do now regarding Ali.

I will tell you what changed my mind:

The Supreme Court over turned the case. Ali was targeted by bigots in Kentucky simply because they wanted to shut up the uppity and mouthy 'N'. They were wrong, the SC said so and agreed.

Muhammed Ali then returned to the ring and IMHO opinion stood the test of time and prooved that his reasons were valid.

Let me ask you this, in all seriousness: Do you feel the same way against all Conscientious objector's?

Do you also feel that people then have no right to be a true Conscientious Objector?

I will also add that anyone who hides falsely behind CO status, should go to jail. I do believe that Ali was a true CO and that this was within his rights.

44 posted on 11/03/2005 6:26:46 PM PST by Michael.SF. ('That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together,' Cindy Sheehan")
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To: Michael.SF.

I don't "admire" Cassisu Clay at all; he's lived the high life and paid very little for it while he spat on this country. I respect Cindy Sheehan both for: 1) raising a son who was willing to fight and lose his life for his country and, 2) for having the courage to speak out against a war (and NOT the soldiers fighting it) whose course has proven that we never should have been involved in it in the first place and whose outcome to date has primarily benefitted the neighboring lunatic asylum called Iran.


45 posted on 11/03/2005 6:44:10 PM PST by laconic
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To: Michael.SF.
Far too much here to comment on in less than 100,000 words. I was,and still am,highly suspicious of those who claimed CO status.I'm very strongly inclined to think that the large majority were phonies who,if their application was denied,would have fled to Canada.

To put it another way,I firmly believe that there were many Ho Chi Minh/Mao Tse tung sympathizers in the ranks of CO applicants.

46 posted on 11/03/2005 6:44:49 PM PST by Gay State Conservative
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To: Gay State Conservative
I agree with all of that.

But I came to the conclusion, years ago, that Ali was a real CO. He paid the price for it and was willing to go to prison for his beliefs.

I believe him, you don't. Other then that I think we are on the same page.

47 posted on 11/03/2005 7:48:44 PM PST by Michael.SF. ('That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together,' Cindy Sheehan")
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To: laconic
whose course has proven that we never should have been involved in it in the first place

I am reminded of a line from the movie, Slaughter House Five, I do not recall the characters name, but he was the American dressed in snazzy officer's uniform talking to the prisoner's, in an attempt to get them to fight against Russia. The line was:

"History will prove you an Ass"

It seems appropriate at this time.

48 posted on 11/03/2005 7:53:15 PM PST by Michael.SF. ('That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together,' Cindy Sheehan")
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To: Killborn
-Gen. Richard Myers. He recently retired as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

This is the only one I disagree with you on. And it's on a technicality. The military already have awards to recognize meritorious military service. He received all those he deserved. The PMoF is primarily for civilian service. Now if Myers did something after he left the military that was noteworthy, then he deserves it. Otherwise I'll have to say no if it just repeats what he got in the military, just as I did when one was given to Tommy Franks.

49 posted on 11/03/2005 8:15:59 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: FreedomCalls

Ok, that's a reasonable objection.


50 posted on 11/03/2005 8:17:55 PM PST by Killborn (Pres. Bush isn't Pres. Reagan. Then again, Pres. Regan isn't Pres. Washington. God bless them all.)
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