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  • Of Honors and Honor

    12/03/2013 10:33:39 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    Foreign honors and imitations thereof don't seem to thrive on this side of the Atlantic, prestigious as they may be back in Europe. Consider the annual presentation of Presidential Medals of Freedom, our version of Britain's honors list, which by now must include the names of thousands of honorees. Who can remember them all? Or any of them. Maybe the Medal of Freedom is supposed to be our equivalent of the Legion of Honor in France, which dates back to Napoleonic times. Its design has had to be changed over the years and regimes, as the empire gave way to...
  • The Presidential Degradation of the Medal of Freedom

    11/24/2013 12:44:14 PM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 24, 2013 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    At the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony held in the East Room of the White House, 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama chose to honor more than just a few 'winners.' The colorful collection was a cacophony of politically correct Democrat darlings, with a journalist, a RINO, two deceased homosexuals, a few Latinos, and an occasional black sports figure thrown in for good measure. In addition to the eclectic array of 13 relatively benign forgers of freedom, three controversial awards also went to a race-baiting billionaire, a misogynist former president, and an abortion-supporting, man-hating women's rights activist. It...
  • OBAMA HONORS GLORIA STEINEM, MARGARET SANGER, AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD

    11/22/2013 9:18:46 AM PST · by Dqban22 · 26 replies
    RED STATE ^ | February 16, 2012 | WILLIAM SULLIVAN
    OBAMA AWARDED THE 2013 MEDAL OF FREEDOM TO ABORTION CHAMPION, GLORIA STEINEM, AND SHE DEDICATED THE HONOR TO MARGARET SANGER, THE FOUNDER OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD. SANGER, THE KU KLUX KLAN, AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD By: William Sullivan | February 16th, 2012 “I accepted an invitation to talk to the women’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan…I saw through the door dim figures parading with banners and illuminated crosses…In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered.” (Sanger 366) The above quote is taken from the autobiography of...
  • Hillary Clinton kicking off tour to restore trust in government

    08/13/2013 9:15:55 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 72 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 8-13-13 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday that she will soon tour the nation and deliver a series of speeches to promote more trust in government. She made her remarks at an annual American Bar Association meeting in San Francisco. More specifically, Mrs. Clinton said she was launching a series of speeches on foreign policy. And as part of those addresses, she planned to speak about the need to restore faith in government, Breitbart reported. She also bashed voter identification laws, telling 1,000 members of the ABA that these laws were frequently approved “under the cover of addressing the...
  • How Best to Desecrate the Presidential Medal of Freedom

    08/13/2013 7:47:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/13/2013 | Allan J. Favish
    President Barack Obama will give the Presidential Medal of Freedom ("PMF") to former President Bill Clinton, a man who was found by a federal judge to have lied to her face while under oath, at the same time his job description required him to take care that the laws be faithfully executed. The judge found Clinton in contempt of court. Obama now has the same job as Clinton did, so Obama must know something about the importance of national security. Yet Obama is giving the PMF to a man who endangered national security for his personal gain. During the investigation...
  • Winfrey, Bradlee, Clinton to Receive Medal of Freedom

    08/08/2013 3:20:24 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 84 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 8, 2013 | Jared A. Favole
    The White House announced that President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, to 16 recipients including television star and businesswoman Oprah Winfrey, legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and former President Bill Clinton. “The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours,” Mr. Obama said in a statement released by the White House. “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.” Mr. Obama will award the medals...
  • Obama to honor Bill Clinton, Oprah with Presidential Medal of Freedom

    08/08/2013 1:07:12 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies
    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...
  • Friday Afternoon Roundup - The Dead Baby Media

    06/02/2012 4:50:11 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 4 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Friday, June 01, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    THE DEAD BABY MEDIA If the text on that one is too small for you, it's a CNN piece headlined, "Why the Syrian regime is killing babies." There's not much to add to that. The Syrian regime may be killing babies, but CNN killed journalism. With some help from the New York Times, the Washington Post and the BBC. Anyone who has spent time in the Middle East knows quite well that parading around dead bodies is part of the Muslim ceremony of rallying for the next attack. These aren't funerals, these are corpse parades and the corpses are often...
  • Obama On Listening To Bob Dylan In College: My World Opened Up

    05/29/2012 10:38:23 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 25 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 29, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    Obama On Listening To Bob Dylan In College: My World Opened Up MAY 29, 2012 • BY DANIEL HALPER President Barack Obama awarded Presidential Medals of Freedom today at the White House to Bob Dylan John Glenn, John Paul Stevens, Madeleine Albright, Shimon Peres, Jan Karski, John Doar, William Foege, Dolores Huerta, Juliette Gordon Low, Pat Summitt, and Gordon Hirabayashi. The award is the highest honor a president can give to a civilian. When delivering his brief remarks about each honoree, President Obama thanked musician Bob Dylan for opening up his "world." "I remember in college listening to Bob Dylan...
  • President Obama Causes Outrage with Reference to ‘Polish Death Camp’(Gov't Rips Obama 'Incompetence'

    05/29/2012 5:53:29 PM PDT · by kristinn · 73 replies
    ABC News ^ | Tuesday, May 29, 2012 | Jake Tapper
    Poles and Polish-Americans expressed outraged Tuesday at President Obama’s reference earlier that day to “a Polish death camp” — as opposed to a Nazi death camp in German-occupied Poland. “The White House will apologize for this outrageous error,” Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski tweeted. Sikorski said that Polish Prime Minister Donald “Tusk will make a statement in the morning. It’s a pity that this important ceremony was upstaged by ignorance and incompetence.” The president had been trying to honor a famous Pole, awarding a Presidential Medal of Freedom to Jan Karski, a resistance fighter who sneaked behind enemy lines to bear...
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom winners to include Albright, Dylan and Glenn

    04/26/2012 3:16:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 26, 2012 | Susan Crabtree
    Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, musician Bob Dylan and astronaut John Glenn were among a select group of 13 Americans named by President Obama Thursday as the latest recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. The medals, which the president will present to recipients at a White House ceremony, recognize individuals who have made "especially meritorious contributions" to the security or national interests of the Unites States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant endeavors, according to the White House's Thursday announcement. "These extraordinary honorees come from different backgrounds and different walks...
  • Caption: Obama awards the Medal of Freedom to recipient Warren Buffett (and some other pics)

    02/16/2011 9:35:31 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    Yahoo Photos ^ | 2/15/11 | Reuters
    President Obama awards the Medal of Freedom to recipient Warren Buffett during a ceremony to present the awards at the White House in Washington February 15, 2011. REUTERS/Larry Downing
  • Obama Handing Out Top Civilian Honors Tuesday

    02/15/2011 9:23:06 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 12 replies
    witn.com ^ | 15 Feb 2011 | AP story
    President Barack Obama is honoring one of his predecessors today with the Medal of Freedom. Former President George H.W. Bush is not only being honored for his one term in office but what he's done since. That includes raising cash for Asian tsunami and hurricane Katrina victims. The Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, has often been a non-partisan one. Bush is among six former presidents and four former first ladies to receive it.
  • Obama to Give Highest Civilian Award to Union Boss (Namely, Card-carrying Socialist J. Sweeney)

    11/19/2010 9:25:30 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 17 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | Nov 19, 2010
    President Obama today named AFL-CIO President Emeritus John Sweeney as a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. The award is presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
  • Obama to award Warren Buffet Medal of Freedom

    11/17/2010 11:41:33 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/17/10 | Alister Bull
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will name Warren Buffet as one of fifteen winners of the 2010 Medal of Freedom, a White House official said on Wednesday. Buffet, one of the world's most successful investors who has donated a vast chunk of his multibillion dollar fortune to charity, will receive the medal at a White House ceremony early next year. .. Buffet is one of Obama's closest defenders in the business community..
  • Medal of Honor for a terrorist

    07/26/2003 10:25:38 PM PDT · by Jean S · 11 replies · 164+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Sunday, July 27, 2003 | Dateline D.C.
    <p>Many of us believe that President George W. Bush is not only a courageous leader, but also a man who works hard at his job. Most who toil in Washington know that working in the White House requires almost superhuman skills to avoid unnecessarily offending one or more voting groups.</p>
  • The UN Plan For Human Settlements (Obama Plan)

    05/15/2010 7:56:54 PM PDT · by bronxville · 71 replies · 1,030+ views
    Berit Kjos ^ | ,June 1996 | Berit Kjos
    Bicycles instead of cars? Dense apartment clusters instead of single homes? Community rituals instead of churches? "Human rights" instead of religious freedom? The UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) which met June 3-14 [1996]in Istanbul, painted an alarming picture of the 21st century community. The American ways-free speech, individualism, travel, and Christianity-are out. A new set of economic, environmental, and social guidelines are in. Citizenship, democracy, and education have been redefined. Handpicked civil leaders will implement UN "laws", bypassing state and national representatives to work directly with the UN. And politically correct "tolerance"-meaning "the rejection of dogmatism and absolutism"...
  • Support Fox News and Glenn Beck

    08/29/2009 5:50:31 PM PDT · by Sammy67 · 30 replies · 3,826+ views
    CFP ^ | 8/28/09 | Jim O'Neill
    “Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable—a most sacred right—a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.” —Abraham Lincoln The battle lines continue to be drawn, and in this article I will discuss one that you can, and should, draw now. Glenn Beck ought to get the Medal of Freedom, and Fox News deserves America’s heart-felt gratitude. Without Fox News, and Beck in particular, we would largely be...
  • Ted Kennedy's Life, Background and Record Shows that he DOES NOT deserve the Medal of Freedom

    08/16/2009 10:23:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies · 2,238+ views
    8/15/2009
    As soon as his cancer was detected, I noticed the immediate attempt at the "canonization" of old Teddy Kennedy by the mainstream media. They are saying what a "great American" he is. I say, let's get a couple things clear & not twist the facts to change the real history. In other words, let us not let our sympathy for his illness get in the way of truth. 1. He was caught cheating at Harvard when he attended it. He was expelled twice, once for cheating on a test, and once for paying a classmate to cheat for him. 2....
  • HONORING AN AMERICA-HATER (Why on earth did they give Mary Robinson the Medal of Freedom)?

    08/13/2009 5:41:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies · 4,445+ views
    New York Post ^ | 8/12/2009 | GIL TROY & TEVI TROY
    THE Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor. Past recipients include John Wayne, Norman Rockwell and Vaclav Havel. This year, one of the 16 recipients President Obama selected (along with such worthies as Sen. Edward Kennedy and the late Jack Kemp) is former Irish President and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson. Bad choice. Robinson's views are well out of the American foreign-policy mainstream. Rep. Peter King (R-LI) says, "She is definitely from the school of moral equivalency which somehow invariably comes down on the side against vibrant democracies such as Israel and the United States."...
  • Mr. President Why Did You Give a Medal to TWO DIFFERENT JEW HATERS Today ?

    08/12/2009 3:09:59 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 16 replies · 526+ views
    The Lid ^ | 8/12/09 | The Lid
    Today the President handed out the Presidential Medal of Freedom to not one, but two Antisemites. There was has been a lot of written about one of of the recipients, former Irish President Mary Robinson, who was responsible for the 1991 UN Conference on Racism, which turned out to be a conference for every type of Antisemitism in the world. But the former UN hate monger wasn't the only Antisemite receiving a Presidential award today, the other one honored by the President was Bishop Desmond Tutu For example Tutu has made some very disturbing statements about the Holocaust. He has...
  • A presidential medal based on a sex life

    08/12/2009 10:59:11 AM PDT · by WKTimpco · 30 replies · 1,730+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 8/12/2009 | Peter Sprigg
    When President Obama today awards a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom to Harvey Milk, it may mark the first time in history that the nation's highest civilian award has been granted primarily on the basis of someone's sex life. As the White House announcement explained, "Harvey Milk became the first openly gay elected official from a major city in the United States when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977." Yet Milk served in that office for less than a year, so that hardly qualifies him for the Medal of Freedom. Milk was also assassinated...
  • Ted Kennedy to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom in Absentia

    08/12/2009 5:26:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies · 1,817+ views
    ABC News ^ | 8/12/2009 | Kristina Wong
    This afternoon, President Obama awards Senator Edward Kennedy a Presidential Medal of Freedom – the nation's highest civilian honor. According to a spokesman, Kennedy will not attend the ceremony -- his oldest child, Kara Kennedy will accept the award for him. Also present will be his other children, Ted, Jr. and his wife Kiki, Patrick, Caroline Raclin and Curran Raclin. Kennedy will remain at home in Mass., where he is fighting brain cancer. He was diagnosed last year in May. Kennedy is among 16 recipients this year, who have made an "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national...
  • President Obama Announces Selection of 2009 Medal of Freedom Recipients

    07/30/2009 1:08:24 PM PDT · by lbryce · 28 replies · 898+ views
    Thw White House ^ | July 30, 2009 | Katherine Brandon
    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...
  • Sen. Kennedy among Medal of Freedom recipients (BARF alert!)

    07/30/2009 11:30:39 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 37 replies · 1,324+ views
    The Hill ^ | 30 July 09 | Walter Alarkon
    President Obama will award Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) next month with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor. In announcing the award for Kennedy, a nine-term senator who is fighting brain cancer, the White House called him "one of the greatest lawmakers — and leaders — of our time." The award comes as Democrats in Congress and Obama are pushing for healthcare reform legislation, which has long been Kennedy's top issue, the White House noted in its release. "He has called health care reform the 'cause of his life,' and has championed nearly every health care bill...
  • President Bush Honors Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients

    01/15/2009 6:55:32 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 2 replies · 402+ views
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | 01-13-09 | WhiteHouse.gov
  • Rush Attends Medal of Freedom Ceremony at the White House

    01/14/2009 6:14:11 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 45 replies · 2,873+ views
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | January 13, 2009
    Rush attends a Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House. During the ceremony President George W. Bush presented the Medal of Freedom to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.
  • An honorable recipient (C-SPAN's Brian Lamb gets Presidential Medal of Freedom)

    11/18/2007 10:39:48 AM PST · by EveningStar · 11 replies · 197+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 17, 2007 | Editorial Staff
    With the exception of the collective body of men and women who wear or have worn America's military uniforms, we are hard-pressed to identify a single organization that has contributed more than C-SPAN during the past quarter century to the appreciation, understanding, enhancement and defense of the fundamental governing institutions that form the foundation of the American republic. So, we weren't surprised when President Bush selected C-SPAN's founding chairman and CEO, Brian Lamb, to be a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the highest civilian award for distinguished Americans...
  • Oscar Elias Biscet: A hero to all

    11/05/2007 1:45:56 PM PST · by Canticle_of_Deborah · 6 replies · 108+ views
    RedState.com ^ | November 5, 2007 | Gov. Mitt Romney
    “Dr. Biscet, you are an inspiration to the world. You are not alone in your struggle. The prayers of the freedom-loving world are with you.”Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet is a truly worthy recipient of the 2007 Presidential Medal of Freedom. President Bush should be commended for honoring this gentleman with our nation's highest civilian award and for their unwavering commitment to the Cuban people. For over two decades, Dr. Biscet has sacrificed his life in the pursuit of dignity and freedom for his fellow Cubans. Sadly, Dr. Biscet will not be present to receive his award at the White House...
  • Henry Hyde to Get Presidential Medal of Freedom for Opposing Abortion

    10/30/2007 4:15:01 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 20 replies · 214+ views
    Life News ^ | 10/30/07 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Former member of Congress Henry Hyde will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom next Monday for his work opposing abortion. For decades, after his landmark Hyde Amendment stopped federal funding of virtually all abortions, Hyde became the pro-life movement's elder statesman on Capitol Hill. Hyde was first elected to the House in 1974 and served as chairman of the House International Relations Committee and the House Judiciary Committee from 1995 to 2001. In those positions, Hyde advanced pro-life legislation and worked to stop using taxpayer dollars to subsidize abortions in other countries. Hyde's lasting legacy will...
  • Bush Gives Mineta Medal Of Freedom

    12/15/2006 7:40:53 AM PST · by jamese777 · 33 replies · 845+ views
    The San Jose Mercury-News ^ | 12/13/06 | Sandra Gonzales
    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...
  • Bush picks 10 to get Medal of Freedom

    12/08/2006 4:36:45 AM PST · by Mo1 · 13 replies · 833+ views
    chicagotribune.com ^ | December 8, 2006 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Thursday announced the recipients of this year's Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award. Those to be honored at a White House ceremony on Dec. 15 are:
  • American Thinker Eric Hoffer

    03/03/2006 1:54:45 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 15 replies · 925+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 3 March 2006 | Staff
    As the scent of burning electrical wire and the pulverized dust settled over Manhattan in the wake of the 2001 World Trade Center attack, a certain book disappeared from New York City bookstore shelves. Within a week, that book rocketed from No. 8,000 to No. 125 on Amazon.com rankings. It described the nature of fanatics, offering a powerful window of understanding into the people capable of blowing up those two towers. "The True Believer" was published in 1951. Its author, Eric Hoffer, was a self-educated longshoreman born in New York City to a German cabinetmaker and his wife. His keen...
  • Defining Medals Down (The Presidential Medal of Freedom ain't what it used to be)

    11/16/2005 1:40:15 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 7 replies · 819+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | November 21, 2005 | Philip Terzian
    THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM, "the nation's highest civilian award," was established by Harry Truman in 1945 to recognize notable service in World War II. Eighteen years later, John F. Kennedy, prompted by White House aide Daniel Patrick Moynihan, decided to revive the moribund honor by awarding it to people of distinction--and not just U.S. citizens--who might otherwise remain unrecognized by the American government.The first class of recipients was supposed to get its medals on the Fourth of July, 1963, but for one reason or another, the White House ceremony was repeatedly postponed. By the time it was finally...
  • Variety of celebrities get presidential medal

    11/10/2005 9:05:38 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 16 replies · 722+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | November 10, 2005 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON -- Aretha Franklin couldn't hold back the tears. Carol Burnett pranced coquettishly for the cameras. Muhammad Ali, though unable to walk unassisted, mimed boxing jabs with President Bush. Having the president fasten the Medal of Freedom around your neck while an announcer booms your life's greatest accomplishments apparently does something even to those most accustomed to fame and fortune. Last year, Bush chose three architects of his Iraq agenda as the sole award winners -- and drew fire for it. This year's 14 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the government's highest civilian honor, were divided about equally...
  • Ali does the "Rope-A-Dope" on Bush

    Ali does the "Rope-a-Dope" on Bush. This draft dodger, Cassius Clay, changed his name to Muhammad Ali and became a Muslim in order to avoid serving his country during the Vietnam war. For some reason (does anyone know?) everyone now loves to kiss his ass. What did he ever do for his country to deserve this honor? As a further insult, they do it right before Veterans Day.
  • Muhammad Ali appearance dispels fears over health

    11/09/2005 1:43:43 PM PST · by george76 · 84 replies · 2,246+ views
    breitbart ^ | Nov 09
    Ailing boxing legend Muhammad Ali swapped wisecracks with President George W. Bush in his first public appearance in five months which dispelled recent fears over his health. Ali, 63, went to the White House to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor, from Bush. He appeared weak from his longstanding battle against Parkinson's Disease but attentive throughout the ceremony in the East Room of the White House, applauding each recipient. Ali's first public appearance in five months
  • White House Names Presidential Medal of Freedom Award Winners

    11/03/2005 4:49:32 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 54 replies · 1,498+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Nov 3, 2005 | Anon
    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....
  • President decides who to honor: Bush has nothing to apologize for.

    12/21/2004 1:14:59 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 416+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, December 21, 2004 | Tod Lindberg
    When George W. Bush presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom earlier this month to three former officials intimately involved in his Iraq policy, the news was greeted by his political opponents with all the suave grace characteristic of Howard Dean and MoveOn.org. One could almost be forgiven for thinking the awards had been bestowed upon the three as part of a clever Karl Rove plot to keep the administration's opponents in a permanent state of self-discrediting hyperventilation. On the other hand, Mr. Bush would probably provoke the same state of excitation merely by reading the first three names in the...
  • Bush Honors Tenet, Franks, Bremer

    12/14/2004 2:14:58 PM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies · 634+ views
    CBS News ^ | December 14, 2004
    (AP) President Bush awarded the nation's highest civilian honor Tuesday to three men central to his Iraq policy, saying they had played "pivotal roles in great events." Mr. Bush presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to retid Gen. Tommy Franks, who oversaw combat in Afghanistan and the initial invasion of Iraq, former CIA Director George Tenet and former Iraq administrator L. Paul Bremer. Franks is a retired four-star Army general who commanded U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. He didn't decide until last summer to endorse Mr. Bush's re-election, but then spoke on the president's behalf at the Republican National...
  • Wrong Choice For Freedom Medal

    12/15/2004 6:57:38 AM PST · by scrossman · 4 replies · 317+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 15 December 2004
    Rocky Mountain News The wrong choice for freedom medal President misfires in honoring former CIA director December 15, 2004 George Tenet is a dedicated and brave public servant who once threatened to resign if President Clinton pardoned a convicted spy whose case was under review. But Tenet does not deserve the Presidential Medal of Freedom that George W. Bush bestowed upon him Tuesday, and the award has been devalued as a result. Tenet was one of three men who received the Medal of Freedom in this latest ceremony, and all three played major roles in America's war on terrorism and...
  • NYT: War Figures Honored With Medal of Freedom (taste the bitterness at the Times)

    12/15/2004 5:44:55 AM PST · by OESY · 8 replies · 764+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 15, 2004 | DAVID E. SANGER
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 - President Bush on Tuesday bestowed the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, on three of the central architects and executors of the war in Iraq, one of the president's strongest efforts yet at putting a formal stamp of success on a war whose outcome is still a question. The recipients were Gen. Tommy R. Franks, the overall commander of the invasion of Iraq; L. Paul Bremer III, the chief civilian administrator of the American occupation of the country; and George J. Tenet, the longtime director of central intelligence who built the case for...
  • A day in the life of President Bush (photos) 12/14/04

    12/14/2004 4:12:09 PM PST · by Wolfstar · 323 replies · 4,690+ views
    TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT: GWB awarded the nation's highest civilian honor -- the Presidential Medal of Freedom -- Ambassador L. Paul "Jerry" Bremer, former CIA Director George Tenet, and retired U.S. Army General Tommy Franks. QUOTE OF THE DAY: General Tommy Franks was raised in Midland, Texas -- nothing wrong with that. (Laughter.) I didn't know him then, but Laura and he went to the same high school. In those days, some people in Midland wondered about Tommy's future. It sounds familiar. (Laughter.) At a recent high school reunion, Tommy's old principal told the General, "You weren't the brightest bulb in the...
  • Doris Day, Estee Lauder, Arnold Palmer Among Medal of Freedom

    06/18/2004 7:41:43 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 19 replies · 490+ views
    AP ^ | June 18, 2004
    Doris Day, Estee Lauder, Arnold Palmer Among Medal of Freedom Honorees Elizabeth Wolfe/Associated Press Jun 18, 2004 WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush has selected a dozen people, including an actress, a golf champion and a former senator, to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House announced Friday. Two of the recipients will be honored posthumously, while the others are invited to receive the nation's highest civilian honor at a White House ceremony with Bush next Wednesday. The Medal of Freedom, established by President Truman in 1945 to recognize civilians for their World War II service, was reinstated by...
  • Bush to Give Pope Presidential Medal of Freedom

    06/03/2004 3:36:29 PM PDT · by tvn · 3 replies · 151+ views
    deepikaglobal.com ^ | June 3, 2004 | Reuters Staff
    President Bush will award Pope John Paul the Presidential Medal of Freedom Friday, the highest U.S. civilian award, a U.S. official said Thursday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the pontiff was being honored for "years of fighting for freedom and for his important moral voice." Bush is to meet the Polish pope at the Vatican Friday. The pope strongly opposed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and last week publicly condemned torture as an affront to human dignity, seen as a veiled reference to American abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. In November the U.S....
  • Bush to Give Pope Presidential Medal of Freedom

    06/03/2004 11:25:25 AM PDT · by Notwithstanding · 180 replies · 385+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 3, 2004 | Rome Staff
    President Bush will award Pope John Paul the Presidential Medal of Freedom Friday, the highest U.S. civilian award, a U.S. official said Thursday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the pontiff was being honored for "years of fighting for freedom and for his important moral voice."
  • Robertson Awarded America's Highest Honour

    11/12/2003 1:16:42 PM PST · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 117+ views
    News Scotsman ^ | November 12 2003
    President George Bush awarded America’s highest civilian honour today to retiring NATO secretary-general Lord Robertson, a man he called a “patient” and “determined” statesman. Lord Robertson, who has overseen the alliance through its largest expansion in history, grinned as he held the Presidential Medal of Freedom that Bush gave him during a ceremony in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. “Lord Robertson is a patient leader, a determined leader, and over the past four years, his skills and talents have made many achievements possible,” Bush said. He said Robertson had helped open a new chapter in NATO’s relationship with...
  • Charlton Heston to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

    07/19/2003 8:54:02 PM PDT · by Mike Haas · 23 replies · 429+ views
    The White House ^ | July 18, 2003 | Press Secretary
    NRA Members' Councils of California Please Distribute Widely To All Gun Owners/Groups ----------------------------------- NRA MEMBERS' COUNCILS OF CALIFORNIA07/15/2003 ----------------------------------- At a ceremony to be held at the White House on July 23, 2003, President Bush will award the Nation's highest civil honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom to NRA former President Charlton Heston (and 10 other individuals). http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/07/20030718-2.html * Charlton Heston is an Academy Award winning actor and an eloquent, early voice on behalf of civil rights in the United States and democracy around the world. His films include The Greatest Show on Earth, El Cid, The Greatest Story...
  • 12 to Be Awarded Medal of Freedom

    06/20/2002 10:59:00 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 5 replies · 94+ views
    New York Times ^ | Friday, June 21, 2002
    June 21, 2002 12 to Be Awarded Medal of FreedomBy THE NEW YORK TIMES ASHINGTON, 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...
  • President Bush Announces the Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

    06/20/2002 11:07:58 PM PDT · by Sandy · 5 replies · 144+ views
    White House ^ | 6/20/02
    President George W. Bush today announced the recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation's highest civilian honor. It was established by President Truman in 1945 to recognize civilians for their service during World War II, and it was reinstated by President Kennedy in 1963 to honor distinguished service. President Bush will award the Medals of Freedom to the recipients at a ceremony in July. Hank Aaron is one of the most accomplished players in the history of baseball. Aaron holds the career records for home runs, 755 in his 23-year career, runs-batted-in...