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President Obama Announces Selection of 2009 Medal of Freedom Recipients
Thw White House ^ | July 30, 2009 | Katherine Brandon

Posted on 07/30/2009 1:08:24 PM PDT by lbryce

The President announced today the 16 recipients of the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilan honor. The President praised the recipients for breaking down barriers and lifting up their fellow citizens: "These outstanding men and women represent an incredible diversity of backgrounds. Their tremendous accomplishments span fields from science to sports, from fine arts to foreign affairs. Yet they share one overarching trait: Each has been an agent of change. Each saw an imperfect world and set about improving it, often overcoming great obstacles along the way."

The awards will be presented on August 12. Here is a little bit about this year’s recipients: Nancy Goodman Brinker is the founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s leading breast cancer grassroots organization.

Pedro José Greer, Jr. is the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Florida International University School of Medicine. Stephen Hawking is an internationally-recognized theoretical physicist, and is the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University.

Jack Kemp was a U.S. Congressman, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and Republican Nominee for Vice President in 1996. He died in May, 2009

Sen. Edward Kennedy is one of the longest-serving and greatest Senators of all time. He has worked tirelessly for health care reform over the last five decades.

Billie Jean Kingis known for winning the famous "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match, and championing gender equality issues not only in sports, but in all aspects of life.

Harvey Milk was the first openly gay elected official from a major city in the United States. He was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, and encouraged LGBT citizens to live their lives openly.

(Excerpt) Read more at whitehouse.gov ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: bho44; liberalagenda; medaloffreedom; mof; presidentobama
True to his left-wing liberal agenda,the President gets big gay rights points with his thoughtful symmetry in choosing both homosexual hero Harvey Milk, tennis pro lesbian icon Billie Jen King and Senator Edward Kennedy, that's a given.

But a few of the recipients were inspired choices such as the physicist Steven Hawking,Jack Kemp was a U.S. Congressman, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and Republican Nominee for Vice President in 1996. He died in May, 2009

1 posted on 07/30/2009 1:08:25 PM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce

“Billie Jean Kingis known for winning the famous ‘Battle of the Sexes’ tennis match, and championing gender equality issues not only in sports, but in all aspects of life.”

Yawn. She would have been crushed by McEnroe, Sampras, or Federer. And everyone knows it.

The Williams sisters could probably beat a lot of guys. That’s mostly because they’re extremely manly.


2 posted on 07/30/2009 1:11:27 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: lbryce

Sen. Edward Kennedy?

Yeah, one of the last people on the planet that deserves a medal for anything.

Gosh that last name is magic isn’t it???


3 posted on 07/30/2009 1:12:20 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares
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To: lbryce
The rest:
Here is a little bit about this year’s recipients:

4 posted on 07/30/2009 1:13:38 PM PDT by upchuck (Psalm 109:8 ~ Let his days be few; and let another take his office.)
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To: lbryce

Blood pressure rising, blood shooting from eyes, head exploding...............


5 posted on 07/30/2009 1:13:42 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: lbryce
The President praised the recipients for ... lifting up their fellow citizens

Unfortunately Teddy had a problem with lifting up a fellow citizen named Mary Jo.

6 posted on 07/30/2009 1:14:00 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: lbryce
I would include George W. Bush. He made many unpopular decisions needed to protect this country and asked for no recognition in return. Has showed more class as President than Obama ever will.
7 posted on 07/30/2009 1:17:47 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: upchuck

He gave a medal to Sidney Porter?


8 posted on 07/30/2009 1:19:03 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Huskrrrr

“I would include George W. Bush. He made many unpopular decisions needed to protect this country and asked for no recognition in return. Has showed more class as President than Obama ever will”

Please! It is bad enough that Jack Kemp is included in that bunch.


9 posted on 07/30/2009 1:22:36 PM PDT by billhilly
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To: lbryce

Too bad GWB didn’t have the gullions to award Rush Limbaugh with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It really would have frosted the left.


10 posted on 07/30/2009 1:22:52 PM PDT by kenmcg (THE)
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To: Tublecane

If that’s an example, it’s a very bad one. Riggs had been retired from professional tennis for 20-odd years and getting near his 60s, while King was in her prime at 30. A later one with Connors vs. Navratilova, both in their primes, resulted in a Connors win despite Navratilova having a larger court and Connors getting only one serve per point.

It’s a shallow victory when the circumstances are loaded in your favor.

And I’d like to see how King would handle an Ivan Lendl serve. Ouch!


11 posted on 07/30/2009 1:25:37 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: lbryce

      You're next my friend...

12 posted on 07/30/2009 1:26:26 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: billhilly

I see your point. We need to wait until a President who actually “gets it” is in office.


13 posted on 07/30/2009 1:26:49 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: lbryce

Surprised he included Jack Kemp - now safely dead; the remainder listed are “noteworthy.”

The awards will be presented on August 12. Here is a little bit about this year’s recipients:

* Nancy Goodman Brinker is the founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s leading breast cancer grassroots organization.

* Pedro José Greer, Jr. is the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Florida International University School of Medicine. He is also the founder of Camillus Health Concern, an agency that provides medical care to over 10,000 homeless and low-income patients each year in Miami.

* Stephen Hawking is an internationally-recognized theoretical physicist, and is the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University.

* Jack Kemp was a U.S. Congressman, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and Republican Nominee for Vice President in 1996. He died in May, 2009

* Sen. Edward Kennedy is one of the longest-serving and greatest Senators of all time. He has worked tirelessly for health care reform over the last five decades.

* Billie Jean King is known for winning the famous “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match, and championing gender equality issues not only in sports, but in all aspects of life.

* Rev. Joseph Lowery has been a leader of the civil rights movement since the 1950s, and co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Dr. Martin Luther King.

* Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow is the last living Plains Indian war chief, and author of works on Native American history and culture who has served as an inspiration to young Native Americans across the country.

* Harvey Milk was the first openly gay elected official from a major city in the United States. He was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, and encouraged LGBT citizens to live their lives openly.

* Sandra Day O’Connor was a Supreme Court Justice from 1981 until her retirement in 2006. She was the first woman ever to sit on the Supreme Court, and has received numerous awards for her outstanding achievements.

* Sidney Poitier is an actor known for breaking racial barriers. He is the first African American to be nominated and win a Best Actor Academy Award.

* Chita Rivera is an actress, singer and dancer, who has broken barriers and inspired a generation of women. In 2002, she was the first Hispanic to receive the Kennedy Center Honor.

* Mary Robinson was the first female President of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Since 2002, she has been the President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative.

* Janet Davison Rowley, M.D., is the Blum Riese Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology and Human Genetics at the University of Chicago. She discovered the first consistent chromosome translocation in a human cancer.

* Desmond Tutu is widely regarded as “South Africa’s moral conscience,” and was a leading anti-apartheid activist in South Africa.

* Muhammad Yunus is a global leader in anti-poverty efforts, and pioneered the use of “micro-loans” to provide credit to poor individuals.


Hmmn.

So foreigners are receiving the American Freedom recognition now?

OK. There is one old white guy. The rest? Minorities, homosexuals, women, and international NGO “others” who are the Obama’s administration real constituents.

I think the only real criteria for most of these is to be the “first” - hyphened-something-somewhere to “do” something. I wouldn’t really even add Kemp to the mix.


14 posted on 07/30/2009 1:27:07 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Huskrrrr

Absolutely, but this dog and pony show is really all about the President, his political agenda, the message he wants to convey, less to do, about the actual recipients of what is nothing but a left-wing agenda booby prize, especially when they find out all the pawn shop is going to fork over for it is $3.59.


15 posted on 07/30/2009 1:28:25 PM PDT by lbryce (Obama Notwithstanding, America's Best Days Are Yet To Be .)
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To: All

I see he gave one to Dr Stephen Hawking, the British astro-physicist who is the new Einstein and holds the Isaac Newton chair of science in UK. I wondered the other day if Hawking would rate medical care under Obama’s plan or is he one of those Justice Ginzberg would consider someone we don’t want too many of. (He suffers from a severe debilitating medical codition that allows him to only more his eye lids and maybe one finger).


16 posted on 07/30/2009 1:29:12 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: lbryce
Castro.
Kim Jong il.
Hugo Chavez.
Manuel Zelaya.
Keith Obermann.
King Abdulah.
Al Franken.
Louis Farakahn.
Che Guvera.
Hu Jinato.
Husan al-Bashir.
Bashir al-Assad.
Mahmoud Achmadinijad.
Desmond Tutu.
Than Shwe.
Bill Ayers.
17 posted on 07/30/2009 1:32:16 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra; All

Sidney Portier’s cool. Better than Harry Belefonte. In the Heat of the Night (”They call me Mr Tibbs!”), A Raisin in the Sun, Blackboard Jungle, Porgy and Bess, To Sir With Love, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. The guy is 82 and is deserving of recognition.


18 posted on 07/30/2009 1:37:55 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: lbryce

I guess the Gays have officially been thrown a bone. How long before they start barking again?


19 posted on 07/30/2009 1:37:57 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: shalom aleichem
I was just resurrecting an old story. Who was it that he got so mad at for calling him “Porter?”
20 posted on 07/30/2009 1:42:36 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: lbryce

Wow, this isn’t a joke.


21 posted on 07/30/2009 1:45:28 PM PDT by Woebama (Never, never, never quit)
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To: All

This is really going to embolden the gay folk whereby they will demand of the President to appoint both a homosexual AND a lesbian CZAR if he expects their support.


22 posted on 07/30/2009 1:55:19 PM PDT by lbryce (Obama Notwithstanding, America's Best Days Are Yet To Be .)
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To: shalom aleichem

“The guy is 82 and is deserving of recognition.”

In his own field, yes. But come on, he’s just an actor. I can understand politicians recognizing other politicians. Their achievements are trivial as well, but like I said, it’s politicians handing out the awards. Likewise, let Hollywood honor Poitier. There’s no reason Washington has to.


23 posted on 07/30/2009 1:58:25 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Names Ash Housewares

Deserves to tried for murder.


24 posted on 07/30/2009 1:59:38 PM PDT by Always Independent
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To: lbryce

Author of Durban I Gets Medal of Freedom
Posted By Jennifer Rubin On July 30, 2009 @ 1:49 PM In Contentions | Comments Disabled

Mary Robinson, U.N. Commissioner and former president of Ireland, is being awarded the Medal of Freedom by Obama. Well, isn’t that just dandy. Who is Mary Robinson? You may remember her role in presiding over the infamous Durban I Conference. At the time she joined Rashid Khalidi at Columbia University (no, you can’t make this up), [1] this report summarized the objections to her hiring, given her record in overseeing the infamous Israel-bashing event:
Columbia has “become a hotbed of anti-Israel haters,” said the president of the Zionist Organization of America, Morton Klein. “It’s especially astonishing that a school with such a large Jewish population would insult Jewish people by hiring these haters of the Jewish state of Israel.”
The groups also blame Ms. Robinson for allowing the Durban conference to become a global platform for anti-Israel venting. Ms. Robinson, as the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, rejected many American demands to remove anti-Israel language from final conference documents.
“Under Mary Robinson’s leadership the Human Rights Commission was one-sided and extremist. In her tenure at the HRC, she lacked fairness in her approach to the Israeli/Palestinian issue,” said the chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, James Tisch. “I am hopeful — for the sake of her students and the reputation of Columbia — that as she enters the world of academia she will demonstrate more balance in her views.”
Recently deceased congressman and human-rights champion Tom Lantos had this to say:
Mary Robinson’s lack of leadership was a major contributing factor to the debacle in Durban. Her yearning to have a “dialogue among civilizations” blinded her to the reality that the noble goals of her conference had been usurped by some of the world’s least tolerant and most repressive states, wielding human rights claims as a weapon in a political dispute.
But Durban was not the only blot on her record. As [2] Michael Rubin pointed out in [3] this 2002 column, in her capacity as president of Ireland, she also happily provided millions of dollars of support to the PLO, which were used in terror attacks:
During the last four years of Robinson’s tenure, the European Union donated large sums of money to the Palestinian Authority. Ireland even held the presidency of the European Union for the second half of 1996. During this time, Arafat siphoned large amounts of European aid money away to pay for terror. Robinson can plead ignorance, but documents seized during the recent Israeli incursion into the West Bank revealed that the Palestinian Authority spent approximately $9 million of European Union aid money each month on the salaries of those organizing terror attacks against civilians. While European officials like Robinson looked the other way, the Palestinian Authority regularly converted millions of dollars of aid money into shekels at rates about 20 percent below normal, allowing the Palestinian chairman to divert millions of dollars worth of aid into his personal slush fund.
And then in her post-Durban career, she proceeded on the same Israel-bashing course that has made her infamous among supporters of Israel:
Robinson’s post-Durban record is little better. On April 15, Robinson’s commission voted on a decision that condoned suicide bombings as a legitimate means to establish Palestinian statehood (six European Union members voted in favor including, not surprisingly, France and Belgium). The vote came after Robinson initiated a drive to become a fact finder to investigate the now-famous massacre in Jenin (also known as “the massacre that never happened”).
There are no words to describe how atrocious a selection this is. But it does speak volumes about the president’s sympathies. And now, will the same voices that condemned her appointment to Columbia step forward? We hope. Somewhere, Tom Lantos is weeping.

From http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/rubin/74851


25 posted on 07/30/2009 2:00:00 PM PDT by Piranha (it must be comfortable over there on the wrong side of history since Obama has settled in so easily.)
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To: lbryce

Jack Kemp seems to be the token conservative. All the rest are losers. Some are gigantic losers. Harvey Milk? Teddy Kennedy? Good grief.

How about a posthumous reward to Josef Stalin? He was well recommended by the New York Times.


26 posted on 07/30/2009 2:29:39 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: lbryce

Billie Jean Kingis known for winning>>>

Ahhh I see the typos continue in the White House Press Office...

Who is running this joint?!?!?!


27 posted on 07/30/2009 2:38:28 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (An oath to a liar is no oath at all)
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To: upchuck

“Sen. Edward Kennedy is one of the longest-serving and greatest Senators of all time. He has worked tirelessly for health care reform over the last five decades.”

He couldn’t bring back Mary Jo, nor did he try to save the bridge. (the bridge was torn down, Mary Jo is still dead)

Oh, so is Oldsmobile.


28 posted on 07/30/2009 5:52:41 PM PDT by This_far
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To: Tublecane; shalom aleichem
“The guy is 82 and is deserving of recognition.”

May I add the following to the list (since age was brought up). No offense, just making a jab at the wonderful press which enlightens us.

Following is a brief, there is a bit more at the link which may be of interest (a quick load even for dial up).

A 95-year-old Crow Indian who went into battle wearing war paint beneath his World War II uniform and later emerged as an acclaimed Native American historian will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom next month.

http://www.mtstandard.com/articles/2009/07/30/ap-state-mt/us_crow_chief_medal.txt

29 posted on 07/30/2009 6:10:06 PM PDT by This_far
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