Amidst all the fighting with health care reform President Barack Obama still found time to praise the American public.
While many civilians are at town hall meetings fighting each other over health care reform, President Obama found a silver lining in his country, awarding 16 civilians with the Medal of Freedom yesterday.
President Harry S.Truman, who wanted to honor the civilians that offered their service during the war, created the Medal of Freedom after World War II. It is the nation’s highest civilian honor. President Obama presided over the ceremony
“There are many honors and privileges bestowed on the occupant of this house, but few mean as much to me as the chance to award America’s highest civilian medal to the recipients that are here today,” Obama said. “This is a chance for me — and for the United States of America — to say thank you to some of the finest citizens of this country, and of all countries.”
Obama went on to say that the people being awarded that day did not necessarily set out to become recipients. He added that the congratulated weren’t chasing the glory and fame “Rather, they set out, guided by passion, committed to hard work, aided by persistence, often with few advantages but the gifts, grace, and good name God gave them.”
Among the recipients were Nancy Goodman Brinker, the founder of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization dedicated to breast cancer, Desmond Tutu, famed anti-apartheid activist and Sidney Poitier, the first African-American to win a Best Actor Academy Award.
Other recipients include Sen. Edward Kennedy, Sandra Day O’Connor, who was the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, and Harvey Milk, activist and first openly gay individual to hold office in a major U.S. city.
– Christina Coleman
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