Posts Tagged ‘Presidential Medal of Freedom’

Yesterday, Hillary’s engagements began at 8:30 in the morning at Brookings, proceeded through Bill Clinton’s being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a trip to Arlington to pay tribute to John F. Kennedy and mingle with Kennedy family members, and an appearance at the Kennedy Center where she co-hosted the premiere of the new movie about Nelson Mandela.  It was a day resembling some of her heavy schedules as secretary of state, but the the film debut was not the end of it.  In the evening, she joined her date at the dinner for Medal of Freedom honorees at the Smithsonian.  She wore a flowered shawl and looked as fresh as the rose centerpieces.

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Hillary has some excellent informants.  She knew what the decor was going to be and dressed to blend in so beautifully.  It reminds me of how,  at the State Department,  she knew what venues she would be in and wore colors that picked up those in the environment.  Remember her “flag diplomacy?”  (No one called it that except me, but I have plenty of examples.)

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Hillary, Chelsea, and her husband Marc looked on proudly as President Obama bestowed the Presidential Medal of Honor upon former President Bill Clinton today.  Other honorees included the late Senator Daniel Inouye, whose widow accepted, former Senator Dick Lugar, Ben Bradlee, Sally Ride, whose life partner accepted for her, Ernie Banks, Loretta Lynn, Gloria Steinem, Oprah Winfrey, and Arturo Sandoval who escaped Cuba aided by Dizzy Gillespie.

Congratulations all around!

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Bill and Hillary Clinton will be in Washington DC on Wednesday,   he to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, she to co-host, with Colin Powell and John McCain,  the Kennedy Center screening of the film Mandela.  The couple will also accompany the Obamas to John F. Kennedy’s gravesite  for a wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery on that day.

Friday, November 22nd, will mark the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination.  As everyone who was conscious at the time will remember as if it were yesterday,  November 22, 1963 also fell on a Friday.

Obamas, Clintons to visit JFK gravesite Wednesday

The 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is Friday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Obama will visit John F. Kennedy’s gravesite and honor two of Kennedy’s lasting initiatives as the nation observes the 50th anniversary of his assassination in the coming week.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, will be accompanied by former president Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, at a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon. Also that day, Obama will be joined by scores of prominent Americans who have received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in paying tribute to Kennedy’s legacy.

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On Monday, Hillary will make appearances in Naples FL at the Global Financial Leadership Conference and in Orlando to keynote at 2013 Press Ganey National Client ConferenceTuesday she will be back in  New York to present the World Jewish Congress Theodore Herzl Award to Elie and Marion Wiesel.

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Tomorrow evening, Hillary will be honored by the National Defense University Foundation with the very prestigious and well-deserved American Patriot Award.

Congratulations, Mme. Secretary!  It is wonderful to see your hard work and selfless service so well recognized!

The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton


Past honorees include: Admiral William H. McRaven and the Men and Women of US Special Operations Command, Senators Joe Lieberman and John McCain, Dr. Robert M. Gates, General David Patraeus and the Men and Women of Central Command, The Honorable Henry Kissinger, The Honorables John Warner and Ike Skelton, The Honorable John H. Glenn, Daniel K. Inouye,  and The Honorable Ted Stevens, The Honorable Bob Dole, Paul D. Wolfowitz on behalf of military and civilian ‘fallen heros’, President George H.W. Bush, The Honorable Caspar Weinberger, and General Colin Powell.  


 Thursday, November 14, 2013

6:00 p.m.           Patrons Reception

6:30 p.m.                         Reception

7:30 p.m.         Dinner and Program

9:35 p.m.         Post-Gala Reception

10:30 p.m.                           Dancing


Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20004

The American Patriot Award recognizes men and women of extraordinary caliber whose leadership has strengthened our nation’s strategic interests and advanced global security.

The American Patriot Award Gala is attended by more than 500 guests to include: Administration officials, members of Congress, senior military leaders, wounded warriors, and corporate and community leaders from across the nation.  The evening includes a reception and dinner program with remarks by individuals who have been particularly touched by the life and career of our honorees.

 Support of the American Patriot Award Gala benefits the National Defense University (NDU).  NDU is America’s preeminent joint institution for military, civilian, and diplomatic national security education, research and outreach in national and international security.  The NDU Foundation serves as the conduit of private-public partnership, ensuring NDU remains the crown jewel of joint military, inter-agency, multi-national education and leader development for national security.

President Clinton will also be accorded a high honor next Wednesday when he receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  If you are in the vicinity of the Clinton Presidential Center, you can join the “Watch Party” being held there that morning.  Admission is free, but a reservation is required.  Go here for information >>>>.

Congratulations, Mr. President, to you, and to your lovely, accomplished spouse.  We are as appreciative and proud of both of you as you are of each other!


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Bill & Chelsea are back from a great BH&CCF trip to Africa, just in time for Bill’s big news from POTUS:

President Obama Names Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients

2013 Marks 50th Anniversary of President Kennedy’s Establishment of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama named sixteen 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 to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The awards will be presented at the White House later this year.

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Executive Order signed by President John F. Kennedy establishing the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as well as the first ceremony bestowing the honor on an inaugural class of 31 recipients.  Since that time, more than 500 exceptional individuals from all corners of society have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

President Obama said, “The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours. 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. It will be my honor to present them with a token of our nation’s gratitude.”

The following individuals will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom:

Ernie Banks

Known to many as “Mr. Cub,” Ernie Banks is one of the greatest baseball players of all time.  During his 19 seasons with the Chicago Cubs, he played in 11 All-Star Games, hit over 500 home runs, and became the first National League player to win Most Valuable Player honors in back-to-back years.  He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977, his first year of eligibility.

Ben Bradlee

Ben Bradlee is one of the most respected newsmen of his generation.  During his tenure as executive editor of The Washington Post, Mr. Bradlee oversaw coverage of the Watergate scandal, successfully challenged the Federal Government over the right to publish the Pentagon Papers, and guided the newspaper through some of its most challenging moments.  He also served in the Navy during World War II.

Bill Clinton

President Clinton was the 42nd President of the United States.  Before taking office, he served as Governor and Attorney General of the State of Arkansas.  Following his second term, President Clinton established the Clinton Foundation to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote health and wellness, and protect the environment.  He also formed the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund with President George W. Bush in 2010.

Daniel Inouye (posthumous)

Daniel Inouye was a lifelong public servant.  As a young man, he fought in World War II with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, for which he received the Medal of Honor.  He was later elected to the Hawaii Territorial House of Representatives, the United States House of Representatives, and the United States Senate.  Senator Inouye was the first Japanese American to serve in Congress, representing the people of Hawaii from the moment they joined the Union.

Daniel Kahneman

Daniel Kahneman is a pioneering scholar of psychology.  After escaping Nazi occupation in World War II, Dr. Kahneman immigrated to Israel, where he served in the Israel Defense Forces and trained as a psychologist.  Alongside Amos Tversky, he applied cognitive psychology to economic analysis, laying the foundation for a new field of research and earning the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2002. He is currently a professor at Princeton University.

Richard Lugar

Richard Lugar represented Indiana in the United States Senate for more than 30 years.  An internationally respected statesman, he is best known for his bipartisan leadership and decades-long commitment to reducing the threat of nuclear weapons.  Prior to serving in Congress, Senator Lugar was a Rhodes Scholar and Mayor of Indianapolis from 1968 to 1975.  He currently serves as President of the Lugar Center.

Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn is a country music legend. Raised in rural Kentucky, she emerged as one of the first successful female country music vocalists in the early 1960s, courageously breaking barriers in an industry long dominated by men.  Ms. Lynn’s numerous accolades include the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

Mario Molina

Mario Molina is a visionary chemist and environmental scientist.  Born in Mexico, Dr. Molina came to America to pursue his graduate degree.  He later earned the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering how chlorofluorocarbons deplete the ozone layer.  Dr. Molina is a professor at the University of California, San Diego; Director of the Mario Molina Center for Energy and Environment; and a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Sally Ride (posthumous)

Sally Ride was the first American female astronaut to travel to space.  As a role model to generations of young women, she advocated passionately for science education, stood up for racial and gender equality in the classroom, and taught students from every background that there are no limits to what they can accomplish.  Dr. Ride also served in several administrations as an advisor on space exploration.

Bayard Rustin (posthumous)

Bayard Rustin was an unyielding activist for civil rights, dignity, and equality for all.  An advisor to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he promoted nonviolent resistance, participated in one of the first Freedom Rides, organized the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and fought tirelessly for marginalized communities at home and abroad.  As an openly gay African American, Mr. Rustin stood at the intersection of several of the fights for equal rights.

Arturo Sandoval

Arturo Sandoval is a celebrated jazz trumpeter, pianist, and composer.  Born outside Havana, he became a protégé of jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie and gained international acclaim as a dynamic performer.  He defected to the United States in 1990 and later became an American citizen.  He has been awarded nine Grammy Awards and is widely considered one of the greatest living jazz artists.

Dean Smith

Dean Smith was head coach of the University of North Carolina basketball team from 1961 to 1997.  In those 36 years, he earned 2 national championships, was named National Coach of the Year multiple times, and retired as the winningest men’s college basketball coach in history.  Ninety-six percent of his players graduated from college.  Mr. Smith has also remained a dedicated civil rights advocate throughout his career.

Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem is a renowned writer and activist for women’s equality.  She was a leader in the women’s liberation movement, co-founded Ms. magazine, and helped launch a wide variety of groups and publications dedicated to advancing civil rights.  Ms. Steinem has received dozens of awards over the course of her career, and remains an active voice for women’s rights.

Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian

C.T. Vivian is a distinguished minister, author, and organizer.  A leader in the Civil Rights Movement and friend to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he participated in Freedom Rides and sit-ins across our country.  Dr. Vivian also helped found numerous civil rights organizations, including Vision, the National Anti-Klan Network, and the Center for Democratic Renewal.  In 2012, he returned to serve as interim President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Patricia Wald

Patricia Wald is one of the most respected appellate judges of her generation.  After graduating as 1 of only 11 women in her Yale University Law School class, she became the first woman appointed to the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and served as Chief Judge from 1986-1991.  She later served on the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague.  Ms. Wald currently serves on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is one of the world’s most successful broadcast journalists.  She is best known for creating The Oprah Winfrey Show, which became the highest rated talk show in America for 25 years. Ms. Winfrey has long been active in philanthropic causes and expanding opportunities for young women.  She has received numerous awards throughout her career, including the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award in 2002 and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2010.


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