Tag Archives: Medal Of Freedom

Joe Biden Overcome With Emotion As Obama Surprises Him With Presidential Medal Of Freedom [VIDEO]

Oh yes, you will need tissues. Via Talking Points Memo: President Barack Obama surprised an emotional Joe Biden Thursday with a farewell tribute where he presented the vice president with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Obama gave the entire Biden clan a glowing tribute, including his children, grandchildren and wife, Jill Biden. He described Biden and Jill as “an all-American ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Obama Awards Presidential Medal Of Freedom To Ellen, Diana Ross, Tom Hanks, Others

NBC News reports: For the last time during his tenure in office, President Obama will bestow the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, on a distinguished array of American icons on Tuesday. The medal, which has existed in some form since the Truman administration, has been given at Obama’s discretion more than any other president, and according to ...

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2016 Presidential Medal Of Freedom Honorees: Ellen DeGeneres, Robert De Niro, Bruce Springsteen, Others

Note that two of this year’s honorees, De Niro and Springsteen, are among the loudest Trump critics. CBS News reports: The White House on Wednesday announced the recipients of the Presidential Medal Of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. The prestigious accolade is given to people “who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the ...

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“Verklempt” Obama Bestows Medal Of Freedom On Barbra Streisand & Stephen Sondheim [VIDEO]

Yesterday President Obama joked that he was “verklempt” as he bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Barbra Streisand. Other honorees included Stephen Sondheim, James Taylor, Steven Spielberg, Itzhak Perlman, Willie Mays, and Yogi Berra. Watch below.

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White House Names Stephen Sondheim & Barbra Streisand As Presidential Medal Of Freedom Honorees

The White House announced today that Stephen Sondheim and Barbra Streisand will be among those honored this year with the Presidential Medal Of Freedom. Via press release: Today, President Barack Obama named seventeen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions ...

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Alvin Ailey And Stephen Sondheim To Be Among 2014 Medal Of Freedom Honorees

Late dance legend Alvin Ailey and Broadway superstar Stephen Sondheim will be among this year’s Presidential Medal Of Freedom honorees. Among the honorees representing the arts world are Stevie Wonder, Stephen Sondheim, Meryl Streep, actress Marlo Thomas, Tom Brokaw, writer and activist Suzan Harjo, and author Isabel Allende. Streep and Sondheim are particularly timely honorees, considering the film adaptation of ...

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Tam O’Shaughnessy On Sally Ride

Yesterday Tam O’Shaughnessy accepted the Presidential Medal Of Freedom on behalf of her late partner, Sally Ride. This afternoon the White House posted the below clip to their official YouTube channel. As of this writing, there’s no clip from Walter Naegle, who accepted yesterday on behalf of his late partner, Bayard Rustin.

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UPDATED: Sally Ride & Bayard Rustin Get Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Accepting the medals on behalf of their late partners were Tam O’Shaughnessy (Sally Ride) and Walter Naegle (Bayard Rustin). Both presentations were preceded by the off-stage announcer recounting the contributions made by Ride and Rustin to the history of the LGBT movement. The live stream has now concluded.

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Civil Rights Pioneer Bayard Rustin And Astronaut Sally Ride To Be Posthumously Awarded Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Civil rights pioneer (and gay man) Bayard Rustin, who organized the 1963 March On Washington, and astronaut Sally Ride, who (at her request) was outed after her death of cancer last year, will be among the recipients of this year’s Presidential Medal Of Freedom awards, the highest honor given to any civilian. Via press release from the White House: This ...

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Late Lesbian Astronaut Sally Ride To Get Posthumous Medal Of Freedom

President Obama revealed yesterday that he will honor late astronaut Sally Ride with the Medal Of Freedom. Via White House press release: The Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, 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 ...

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Medal Of Freedom

Yesterday I was surprised by how much I enjoyed watching the Medal Of Freedom ceremony at the White House, where the honorees included Maya Angelou, Bill Russell, Yo-Yo Ma, Warren Buffet, Jasper Johns, and Bush 41, who appeared startlingly frail and had to be helped to his seat by a sturdy Marine.

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Bush 41 To Get Medal Of Freedom

Former President George H.W. Bush will be among 14 recipients of the Medal Of Freedom, the highest civilian honor granted by the United States. President Obama will present the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, to former president George H. W. Bush and 14 others with careers in politics, the arts, business and sports. In a statement, Mr. ...

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Dubya: No Medals For Witches

Think Progress reports that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was removed from consideration for receiving a Presidential Medal Of Freedom because Dubya administration officials believed her book “encouraged” the practice of witchcraft. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civil award, and is given to individuals who have contributed to: 1) the security or national interests of the ...

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Presidential Medals Of Freedom Awarded To Billie Jean King & Harvey Milk

Accepting Harvey Milk’s posthumous award was his nephew, Stuart Milk.

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Harvey Milk To Receive Presidential
Medal Of Freedom

The Victory Fund reports that Harvey Milk will be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal Of Freedom, the highest civilian honor of the United States. Stuart Milk, Harvey’s nephew, will accept the award at a White House ceremony to take place on August 12th. “We are thrilled President Obama is honoring Harvey Milk with the Medal of Freedom. He’s an American ...

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