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Posted on 08/08/2013 1:07:12 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
Obama to honor Bill Clinton, Oprah with Presidential Medal of Freedom By Emily Goodin - 08/08/13 03:39 PM ET
President Obama will present former President Clinton and talk show host Oprah Winfrey with the Presidential Medial Freedom the nation's highest civilian honor.
The award is given to those who made meritorious contributions to the United States.
Traditionally, former presidents are given the award for their service. Obama awarded the medal to former President George H.W. Bush in February 2011.
Winfrey, one of the nation's most famous talk show hosts, was an early supporter of Obama's candidacy for president.
The White House announced 16 recipients on Thursday, with the awards to be presented at the White House later this year.
Also receiving the award are former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who oversaw the paper's coverage of the Watergate scandal; the late Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii); former Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), who was one of Obama's closest friends in the Senate; country singer Loretta Lynn; the late astronaut Sally Ride, who was the first woman in space; and women's rights activist Gloria Steinem.
Inouye and Ride will be awarded the medals posthumously.
Additionally, former Chicago Cubs baseball player Ernie Banks, former Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman, environmental scientist Mario Molina, the late civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, musician Arturo Sandoval, former University of North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith, civil rights activist Cordy Tindell C.T. Vivian and Judge Patricia Wald will be honored.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the executive order signed by President Kennedy that established the award. Since that time, more than 500 medals have been presented.
"The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours. This year's honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world. It will be my honor to present them with a token of our nation's gratitude," Obama said in a statement.
Oprah will pin it on her Oscar
"..AHAAAAA...now we know why OAFFRA suddenly speaks up about Oduno's son"
or Presidential Medal of Freedom becomes a useless as a Nobel Peace Prize
Make Bill wear the stained blue dress.
What did Loretta Lynn, Ernie Banks or Coach Smith ever do to warrant their inclusion in THIS Rogues’ Gallery??
When will the Liberal wet dream end???
...just another Pony show for libtards, a chance for Odungo to prance
Medal of Freedom makes no sense for either of them.
She's done cr** and Bill...well, if doing any chick of choice equates to Freedom, I guess he does deserve it.
They should just take two NOASSATOL tablets and call me in the morning.
The Mutual Admiration Society is at it again, I see.........
Oprah would rather have a box of doughnuts and Bill would rather have a hooker.
Way to go, Hussein!
Loretta Lynn...not sure why but I do know she is a big supporter of Bush and is a close friend of the Bushes, also she just lost her daughter. I won’t be shocked if she turns it down. I recall during Bush the father was campaigning and some heckler shouted and Loretta gave that person a piece of her mind lol I loved it.
If you earn a medal in the 21st century, odds are you are on the wrong track.
To BJ Clinton for his service to women.
To Oprah for her contribution to racial tribalism.