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12 to Be Awarded Medal of Freedom
New York Times ^ | Friday, June 21, 2002

Posted on 06/20/2002 10:59:00 PM PDT by JohnHuang2

June 21, 2002

12 to Be Awarded Medal of Freedom

By THE NEW YORK TIMES

WASHINGTON, June 20 — President Bush announced today that he would award the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, to a dozen prominent people, including Nelson R. Mandela and Nancy Reagan.

The medal is also going to A. M. Rosenthal, retired executive editor and columnist for The New York Times, who now writes a column for The Daily News in New York.

Reached at his home in Manhattan this afternoon, Mr. Rosenthal said: "I've been surprised many times in my life, but never so much as this. I'm sure one of these days they will tell me why they're giving it to me. I'm thrilled to be in such illustrious company."

The other recipients are: Hank Aaron, baseball's career home run leader; Bill Cosby, the comedian and actor; Plácido Domingo, the tenor; Peter Drucker, the management theorist; Katharine Graham, the late chairwoman of The Washington Post Company; Dr. D. A. Henderson, who led the worldwide effort to eradicate smallpox; Irving Kristol, the author and editor; Gordon Moore, co-founder of the Intel Corporation; and Fred Rogers, the children's television host.

The awards will be presented at a White House ceremony next month.

President Harry S. Truman established the medal in 1945 to recognize civilians for distinguished work during World War II. It was renewed by President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and has been awarded by every president since then.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: medaloffreedom
Friday, June 21, 2002

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1 posted on 06/20/2002 10:59:00 PM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
Interesting choice of Irving Kristol by GW-as he is the father of Bill Kristol, who rarely has a kind word to spare for the President.
2 posted on 06/20/2002 11:05:28 PM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: JohnHuang2
Nancy Reagan........three cheers!
3 posted on 06/20/2002 11:07:38 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: Wild Irish Rogue
Kudos to President Bush for the choices of Kristol and Nancy Reagan. The other choices are okay as far as I know, save for Mandela, Cosby, Graham, and Rosenthal, which have big question marks next to them, in my opinion. This smells of liberal appeasement possibly...
4 posted on 06/20/2002 11:10:11 PM PDT by Pyro7480
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To: Pyro7480
My memory of A.M. Rosenthal is that he could be a fairly objective writer and even conservative, on some issues.Which is probably why he is no longer with the New York Times.
5 posted on 06/20/2002 11:20:37 PM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: Wild Irish Rogue
Ahhh ok. Thanks for responding with that analysis. I guess when I saw the New York Times part of his bio, he became suspect. He's probably okay then.
6 posted on 06/20/2002 11:24:31 PM PDT by Pyro7480
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