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Presidential Medal of Freedom

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  1. PLC1

    PLC1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Obama awards Medal of Freedom to distinguished, diverse group


    President Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, considered the highest U.S. civilian honor, to 16 people on Wednesday including a celebrated scientist, the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court, a gay rights pioneer, and a top leader against apartheid in South Africa.

    For the most part, the recipients made up quite a distinguished group of people. Most of them could be sources of inspiration for anyone.

    There are some, however, who make me wonder just why.....

    What do you think?
     
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    Who did he pick that made you wonder why?

    I heard a list of about 5 or 6, none of them bothered me but none of them made me think, wow great pick either.

    It was just another obama story on the news to me.
     
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    Stephen Hawking heads the list of people who have overcome overwhelming odds to do great things for mankind. I hadn't heard of Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow, but his story was inspiring to say the least.

    I don't wonder why he chose Teddy Kennedy, but wonder just how deserving he may be, especially compared to those who have achieved greatness despite the odds against it.
     
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    Ahh, I see what you mean and I agree with you.
     
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    I agree...very questionable call on that one.
     
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    There were some strange picks in my opinion.

    Henry Milk, Chita Rivera, Billie Jean King, Sen. Edward Kennedy, Jack Kemp were
    all strange picks. I suspect most Americans don't even know some of the others picks.
     
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