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Tx4obama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 04:09 PM
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Obama presents 16 with Presidential Medal of Freedom
Source: CNN

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A pioneer, a preacher, an activist and an athlete were among 16 people who President Obama honored Wednesday with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/08/12/medal.of.freedom...



The President delivered welcoming remarks and then presented the medals to the following individuals:

* Nancy Goodman Brinker
* Pedro Jose Greer, Jr.
* Joanne Kemp, accepting award on behalf of her deceased husband, Jack Kemp
* Kara Kennedy, accepting award on behalf of her father, Senator Edward M. Kennedy
* Billie Jean King
* Reverend Joseph Lowery
* Joe Medicine Crow - High Bird
* Stuart Milk, accepting award on behalf of his deceased uncle, Harvey Milk
* Sandra Day OConnor
* Sidney Poitier
* Chita Rivera
* Mary Robinson
* Janet Davison Rowley
* Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
* Muhammad Yunus
* Stephen Hawking
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Iwillnevergiveup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 04:55 PM
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1. Excellent array of citizens - n/t
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Beer on a stick Donating Member (421 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 04:59 PM
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2. Are they all citizens of the US?
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Iwillnevergiveup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 05:04 PM
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3. No, but
they're still good citizens.
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Beer on a stick Donating Member (421 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 05:10 PM
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4. Yes, they are.
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Tx4obama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 05:17 PM
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5. Stephen Hawkings is British / Demond TuTu is South African n/t
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Tx4obama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 05:19 PM
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6. Mary Robinson was the first female, President of Ireland n/t
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 05:30 PM
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9. Yunus is from Bangladesh.
And if the world attains a just, sustainable economy in the future, Yunus will be one of its "patron saints."
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Tx4obama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 05:22 PM
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7. Here's a link with some background info regarding the recipients
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 05:28 PM
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8. Imagine that! Medals of Freedom for so many who actually deserve such an honor!
As opposed to scum who lied this nation into war.

They all deserved it; but I was especially happy to see Yunus and Milk honored.
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Tx4obama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 05:43 PM
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10. All deserved the medal ... but
Edited on Wed Aug-12-09 05:46 PM by Tx4obama
I teared up when Sidney Poitier got his medal.
His films really helped America come to age.

A Patch of Blue
A Raisin in the Sun
Guess who's coming to dinner
In the heat of the night
Lilies of the Field
The Blackboard Jungle

All had an effect on me growing up and I believe many others.

I just love him and I am so very happy that he was shown this honor by the President and America!


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BlancheSplanchnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 07:09 PM
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14. don't forget, To Sir, With Love
loved that film; always got me so teary eyed. :)
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a la izquierda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 05:50 PM
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11. It was a beautiful ceremony...
at least from the TV.
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Raster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 06:24 PM
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12. Ah, yes. Sandra Day O'Connor, first woman to sit on the Supreme Court AND

a member of the "felonious five" Supreme Court justices that illegally installed george w. bush* POTUS. :kick:Go fuck yourself, O'Connor!

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DissedByBush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 06:39 PM
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13. Uh-oh, Robinson.
Robinson has an excellent resume. But she worked as the UN Human Rights Commissioner, and that makes me uneasy. Anything in the UN with "human rights" in the name is usually a platform for virulent antisemitism.

Anybody have more information?
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Paladin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 07:24 PM
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15. Is She The One That John Bolton Has Been Trashing?

If so, consider the sort of company you might be keeping......
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DissedByBush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 07:45 PM
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17. Bolton?
He's still in politics? I thought he slithered away a while ago.

Still doesn't help answer the question.
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Politicub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 07:33 PM
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16. That's wonderful
I got tears in my eyes reading this list.

So fantastic that President Obama is at the helm. It's amazing that Stuart Milk accepted an award on behalf of his uncle.

:cry:
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