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Bush Gives Mineta Medal Of Freedom
The San Jose Mercury-News ^ | 12/13/06 | Sandra Gonzales

Posted on 12/15/2006 7:40:53 AM PST by jamese777

Former transportation secretary and San Jose mayor Norm Mineta joins the likes of Ronald Reagan, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other well-known leaders Friday when President Bush bestows on him the nation's highest civilian award.

At a White House ceremony, Mineta and nine other luminaries will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom -- an award to honor those who have made an ``especially meritorious contribution'' to the security or national interest of the United States, to world peace or to other significant cultural endeavors.

According to a news release issued by the White House, Mineta ``worked to improve the security of our transportation system and restore our confidence'' in air travel after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

``There is no question that I'm very elated to be receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom,'' Mineta said in a telephone interview Wednesday night. ``I'm really overwhelmed by the generosity of the president, especially when I look at that list of honorees and all of the accomplishments that all of the folks have. I'm really humbled to be on that list.''

(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: medaloffreedom; mineta; wot

1 posted on 12/15/2006 7:40:55 AM PST by jamese777
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To: jamese777

This is a joke, right?


2 posted on 12/15/2006 7:44:08 AM PST by GnL
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To: jamese777

This is just not right.


3 posted on 12/15/2006 7:44:46 AM PST by outofstyle
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To: jamese777
"...when I look at that list of honorees and all of the accomplishments that all of the folks have. I'm really humbled to be on that list.''

Humbled or ashamed?

4 posted on 12/15/2006 7:45:23 AM PST by randog (What the...?!)
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To: jamese777

But still no MOF for Rick Rescorla - the man who saved 3,000 on 9-11... Bush discredits himself everytime he overlooks Rescorla


5 posted on 12/15/2006 7:45:33 AM PST by Lexington Green (Medical Marijuana - - When ''Compassionate Conservative'' is an oxymoron.)
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To: jamese777

Shake down old ladies at airports and get the nations highest award. Wow, so simple and yet so brilliant!


6 posted on 12/15/2006 7:47:33 AM PST by outofstyle
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To: jamese777

If this guy tried his "no profiling" crap during WWII he'd probably gotten charged for treason. Today he gets a medal of freedom.

Unbelievable.


7 posted on 12/15/2006 7:48:26 AM PST by Todd_Gray
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To: jamese777

A gold watch and a kick out the door....


8 posted on 12/15/2006 7:48:28 AM PST by alloysteel (A battle cry of the Crusaders: "Denique caelum!" (Latin, "Heaven at last!))
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To: alloysteel

The President truly has lost his mind!


9 posted on 12/15/2006 7:49:39 AM PST by acapesket (never had a vote count in all my years here)
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To: jamese777

Norman Mineta? This loser should have been on the street September 12, 2001, and I have never understood the President's loyalty to him!


10 posted on 12/15/2006 7:58:01 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: Give therapeutic violence a chance!)
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To: jamese777

I think I am going to throw up. Pass me some dramamine, please. This guy thinks political correctness is more important than security on airplanes. He did every thing he could to retain the pre-9/11 status quo. It is his fault American grannies and little kids are pratically strip searched at airports, while obvious towel-heads with nefarious plans slide onto planes unimpeded.


11 posted on 12/15/2006 7:59:34 AM PST by 3AngelaD (ic.)
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To: jamese777

Has Bush started drinking again ???


13 posted on 12/15/2006 8:14:46 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: jamese777
According to a news release issued by the White House, Mineta "worked to improve the security of our transportation system and restore our confidence" in air travel after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

Very much the opposite.

14 posted on 12/15/2006 8:24:16 AM PST by Christopher Lincoln
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To: jamese777

This award is a BIG mistake...Mineta catered to the butt-pirates and the rainbow folks,etc.


15 posted on 12/15/2006 8:25:02 AM PST by texson66 ("Tyranny is yielding to the lust of the governing." - Lord Moulton)
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To: jamese777

Looking for the Onion reference......

Scrappleface?

No?


16 posted on 12/15/2006 8:28:44 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Heads up, people! The Nazis are back. They're more numerous and gearing up with atomic weapons.)
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"Mineta and nine other luminaries"

GAG..... calling a dim bulb like Mineta a "luminary" is an obvious abuse of language and reason.
17 posted on 12/15/2006 8:31:23 AM PST by Enchante (America-haters and Terrorists Around the World Embrace Chamberlain Democrats)
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To: jamese777

Dec 12, 2006 9:38 am US/Pacific

Bush To Award Former SJ Mayor Medal Of Freedom

(BCN) SAN JOSE Norman Mineta, who began his career as a San Jose city councilman and later served as mayor, congressman and U.S. Secretarys of Commerce and Transportation, will receive the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, this week.

Mineta served as mayor of San Jose from 1970-74 before being elected to Congress representing San Jose and western Santa Clara County.

He remained in Congress until 1995.

He worked in the private sector in Washington D.C. until 2000 when President Bill Clinton appointed him Secretary of Commerce.

Mineta became the only Democrat in President George W. Bush’s cabinet when Bush appointed him Secretary of Transportation in 2001.

Mineta played a crucial role in the federal government’s response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 when he ordered the Federal Aviation Administration to ground all civilian aircraft that morning following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

“We’re lucky to be sharing a moment in time with a person who will have a whole chapter in history,” Mineta Transportation Institute Executive Director Rod Diridon said.

The Mineta Transportation Institute was created by Congress in 1991 and is affiliated with San Jose State University.
During his years in Congress, Mineta had a profound impact on public transportation in the South Bay, according to Diridon.

“We would not have our airport. We would not have a significant portion of our transit programs without him,” Diridon said.

In November 2001, the San Jose City Council voted to rename the city’s airport the Mineta San Jose International Airport in Mineta’s honor.

Bush will present Mineta, and nine others including blues legend B.B. King, with the Medal of Freedom on Friday at a White House ceremony.


http://cbs5.com/topstories/local_story_346124018.html


18 posted on 12/15/2006 8:34:48 AM PST by La Enchiladita (People get ready . . .)
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To: jamese777

Thus diminishing further the award.


19 posted on 12/15/2006 8:44:21 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Prayers for our patriot brother, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub. Brian, we're all pulling for you!)
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To: jamese777
They should rename the Medal of Freedom the "Medal of Pander".

Underperformin' Norman should have gotten the boot, not a medal. So, what else is new?

20 posted on 12/15/2006 8:45:49 AM PST by Gritty (Politics is the second oldest profession. It bears a striking resemblance to the first-Ronald Reagan)
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To: La Enchiladita

This must be an elaborate hoax. Ever traveled into San Jose MINETA International Airport? Security is comprised of a few dozen fifty-year-old Filipina women waiting for their pensions.


21 posted on 12/15/2006 8:45:53 AM PST by wacko rightwinger
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To: GnL

He should have been kicked out of the door sooner; at 30,000'.


22 posted on 12/15/2006 8:45:53 AM PST by Yehuda ("Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!" (Choke on it, pinkos!))
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To: La Enchiladita
Mineta became the only Democrat in President George W. Bush’s cabinet when Bush appointed him Secretary of Transportation in 2001.

Well that explains a lot.

23 posted on 12/15/2006 8:46:07 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Prayers for our patriot brother, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub. Brian, we're all pulling for you!)
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To: jamese777

Medal of Freedom for forcing cavity searches on 90-year old women after 9/11? Mineta was a digrace.


24 posted on 12/15/2006 8:53:29 AM PST by montag813
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To: NonValueAdded

No, it doesn't. It just adds one level of "why"

Maybe he knows where some bodies are buried?


25 posted on 12/15/2006 8:54:43 AM PST by From many - one.
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To: jamese777
Anyone care to defend this action as sane?

Cmon...someone? Anyone? Its Friday and I need a good laugh.

26 posted on 12/15/2006 8:59:11 AM PST by BureaucratusMaximus (Our national sovereignty and cohesion as a country is not for sale at any price.)
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To: BureaucratusMaximus
Anyone care to defend this action as sane? Cmon...someone? Anyone?

Ping the Iraq Study Group. Perhaps they can meet this challenge.

27 posted on 12/15/2006 9:05:40 AM PST by outofstyle
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To: jamese777
Bush can be sooo stupid at times. A man who did nothing but stay on the taxpayer dole and waste money on Amtrack and was no friend of Bush or of Pilots being armed. A real piece of you know what.
28 posted on 12/15/2006 9:06:43 AM PST by therut
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To: jamese777

People like Rumsfeld are shown the door; people like Mineta and Tenet are given medals.

What am I missing?


29 posted on 12/15/2006 9:40:28 AM PST by oldbill
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To: jamese777

About as deserved as Kerry's third Purple Heart.


30 posted on 12/15/2006 10:27:08 AM PST by agooga (Let the Wookie win!!!)
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To: oldbill
People like Rumsfeld are shown the door; people like Mineta and Tenet are given medals. What am I missing?

Your vote and 100 million others outside of this corrupt "Two-Party Cartel". GW has fallen to where I can't see him as popular as Nixon was at his lowest.

31 posted on 12/15/2006 10:37:00 AM PST by Digger (If RINO is your selection, then failure is your election)
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To: BureaucratusMaximus
Anyone care to defend this action as sane?

No takers I see.

My very first thought when I saw the headline was "WTF!?!"

The political class takes care of its own. We don't have to understand it. We just have to pay for it.

32 posted on 12/15/2006 10:47:49 AM PST by zeugma (If the world didn't suck, we'd all fall off.)
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To: zeugma

"Anyone care to defend this action as sane?
No takers I see.

My very first thought when I saw the headline was "WTF!?!"

The political class takes care of its own. We don't have to understand it. We just have to pay for it."

How about letting George Walker Bush defend giving our nation's highest civilian honor to Norman Mineta? Here's what he said at the ceremony today:

Norman Mineta exemplifies the high ideals of service, integrity, and courage. Despite the injustice of living in an internment camp when he was a child, he later served his country in the U.S. Army and went on to become a mayor, Congressman, and Cabinet Secretary under two Presidents. The longest-serving Secretary of Transportation, he worked to improve the security of our transportation system and restore our confidence in air travel after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The United States honors Norman Y. Mineta for a life of selfless and distinguished service to our Nation.


33 posted on 12/15/2006 11:37:52 AM PST by jamese777
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To: jamese777
Norman Mineta exemplifies the high ideals of service, integrity, and courage. Despite the injustice of living in an internment camp when he was a child, he later served his country in the U.S. Army and went on to become a mayor, Congressman, and Cabinet Secretary under two Presidents. The longest-serving Secretary of Transportation, he worked to improve the security of our transportation system and restore our confidence in air travel after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The United States honors Norman Y. Mineta for a life of selfless and distinguished service to our Nation.

Too funny all around.

The one thing that could have been done post 9/11 to make airlines safer would have been to arm the flight crews. Mineta has consistantly thrown up roadblocks to even just arming pilots despite the clear intent of the congress. They are more than happy to give full body cavity searches to 80 year old ladies though.

34 posted on 12/15/2006 12:05:48 PM PST by zeugma (If the world didn't suck, we'd all fall off.)
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