Obama Awards Oprah, Bill Clinton With Nation’s Highest Civilian Honor

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The group of 16 people chosen by the Administration of Barack Obama to receive the Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s most prestigious civilian honor, includes television personality Oprah Winfrey and former President Bill Clinton.

“The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours,” Obama said in a statement released by the White House. “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.”

Even though Obama’s “conscience of Congress,” Congressman John Lewis, recently joined thousands of American citizens in heralding National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden as a hero of the American public, he evidently didn’t make the cut. Of course, how could revealing vast government abuses of power be any better than what Oprah is up to on a daily basis.

Here’s a full list of award recipients as released by the White House:

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)

Ms. Ride monitored control panels from the pilot’s chair on the shuttle Columbia’s flight deck in June 1983. 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.

The 16 recipients will receive medals from the President in a ceremony later this year.

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  • bee

    I AM SURPRISED OBAMA DIDN”T GIVE HIS SON THE LITTLE THUG TRAYVON MARTIN AN AWARD.

    • Kaiser

      Good point.

    • hippybiker

      Yeah. That would be..Saint Trayvon. Sarcasm off. Another worthless thug who got what was coming to his worthless A$$!

    • Hey You!

      Are you aware that there is really a “Trayvon Martin Foundation” in Florida?

    • CockleCove

      This comment reflects poorly on your grasp of basic facts.. President Obama does not have a son.

  • Kaiser

    Bill Clinton, Oprah, Gloria and about half of them shouldn’t get this award. Clinton was impeached for lying in federal court. What did Oprah do? She’s a talk show host. Good business women but not worthy of this award. Lugar, a professional politician? No!

    • colonel marstellar

      Good grief pass the rolaids . Just shows how disgusting the man is.. hes gona destroy and elevate as many evil people he can before his job is done in 2016.. if 2016 ever comes??

      • Hey You!

        2016 will come. But it’s doubtful that the USA will be a “united” states.

    • xingqin

      What Oprah did was to donate a lot of money to support the illegal president and then she showed how ignorant she really is by comparing the death of a young black boy in Mississippi who was killed by whites and with the boy doing nothing to deserve the beatings and punishment he received. A true case of racism. Trayvon Martin died because he attacked Zimmerman who was on neighborhood watch and chose to follow Trayvon a person unfamiliar to the neighborhood. Zimmerman was the one who was beaten and finally to defend himself he shot Trayvon to stop the beating. It was not a case about racism and no comparison to the young man in Mississippi that was tortured. Oprah, Obama, and several others have done all they can to promote racism. Obama is doing it for political reasons but Oprah whom I once thought was a decent human being just slid into the mud and lowered many people’s opinion of her.

  • JanelleHumbert

    Hmm, where are Drs. Sowell and Williams or Dr. Ben Carson?

    • jack galvin

      Say no to homophobes

      • JanelleHumbert

        Pretty ambiguous, Jack. Are you referring to me or the gentlemen I mentioned?

  • squeeze127

    Now these awards are on par with the cheapened Nobel Peace Prize. The man can get no lower.

  • vietnamvet1971

    He makes me GAG, Puke, throw up.

    • jack galvin

      Good – He makes me rich – Look at the market go higher every day.

      • Hey You!

        Yes, if measured in a falling dollar, everything is going up.

      • vietnamvet1971

        some people will sell their Soul to the Devil too.

      • Ron

        a phony, manipulated market, to fool fools like you..when the market crashes, and it will again, how will you cash in all your riches??

  • Marine68

    That Medal has been made worthless and meaningless considering the Human trash that it has been awarded to by this tyrannical usurper. He has cheapened the efforts of all that truly have earned the Honor.

  • alboy5

    Oprah crowned Obama to begin with. Mr. Bill got O and O the second term. Dont be surprised when Obama gives only half a trillion thats half the foreign aid he gives to Kenya, so he can give half a trillion to Oprah and Mr. Bill. Yes I’m talking about tax money. Well maybe Obama will keep a half billion for future vacations.

    • jack galvin

      How many drinks have you had tonight?

  • alboy5

    Tray is Obama’s role model. Obama is mugging the American taxpayer and seniors of medicare and social security. Obama protrayed Republicans of throwing grandma off a cliff, Obama has become what he portrayed.

    • independent thinker

      Obama did not become what he portrayed…………………………………………………………………………………………………….He always was that.

  • JimH

    Ernie Banks was a good player and he did it without performance enhancing drugs. Did he enrich our lives though? The Cubs choked in 69, it wasn’t that the amazing Mets, were so amazing.
    Oprah and Billary, no.
    That medal is diminished, just like Obama made the Nobel prize a joke.

  • Monika McGall

    what about Christopher Stevens and the other 5 people he murdered?

  • xingqin

    Obama giving awards to Clinton or to Oprah is like one tramp slapping another on the back and saying, “well done” I suppose the award to Clinton is for all the professional advise he gave. The award to Oprah would have to be for her acts of stupidity in continuing to rattle the sabers of racism.

    • jack galvin

      You probably live in a trailer and wish you had 1/10,000 of Oprah’s wealth

      • xingqin

        Sorry Jack, no trailer! Oprah has multi millions and she has done some good things with her money but that does not give her the right to compare the death of the black boy from Mississippi, who was killed in a racial issue and did nothing to cause the cruel punishment inflected upon him and pothead Trayvon who was the aggressor, inflected damage to Zimmerman and deserved to die.

  • denise0513

    Obama giving “Freedom” award to Oprah and Clinton is his way of telling the American people that these are the ones that will have FREEDOM when he is done trashing the rest of the Constitution.

  • Motov

    Something other than another scandal to focus on, Obozo is now kissing butt to attempt to take the attention away from his failed political life. It’s funny who he chose. mainly people who helped him to gain the WH seat. Kinda makes this the latest “Booby prize”, like the No-Bell prize he “won” for whatever he did.

  • Dajeno

    You missed Al Capone.

  • Het You!

    As is said, if the Nobel prise committee was composed of “hog callers”, there would be many more “hog callers” receiving Nobel prises.

  • Al Chemist

    Obama did not deserve the Nobel Peace Prize, and most of these people don’t deserve the Medal of Freedom. I guess it’s all in the eye of the beholder. Where most of us behold ‘bull plop,’ Obama and people like him behold diamonds.

  • RubyBlu

    Now our Medal of Freedom Award has been reduced to the same catagory as the Nobel Peace Prize..worthless. obama awarded these two as paybacks for his personal and obvious abuses. He really could have just given them a lollipop.

  • Eagle525

    Obama does it again … the Award goes to two people helped him gain office.
    One a sexual deviant who was impeached, the other a racist hate monger.
    Obama has reduced the office of the president to the level of a farce.

  • Michael Shreve

    Bill Clinton is disbarred lawyer and rapist, Gloria Steinem is a man hater, Oprah Winfrey is a racist, indeed ONLY Daniel Inouye is even REMOTELY deserving of the EQUIVALENT of the Medal of Honor.

  • jaybird

    Does anyone remember the Clinton years of “Whitewater scandal” where banking fraud was committed? While in office they illegally obtained and misused more than 900 FBI files to smear and destroy perceived adversaries. Instigated IRS audit of perceived adversaries to destroy them. Took bribes from communist Chinese and gave away high-tech classified information concerning missile accuracy and satellites, and others to fill their campaign coffers and pay for Clinton library in Little Rock, Ark. Smeared, threatened and attempted to destroy several women who had affairs with Bill because they were willing to talk to media. Shook down donors for the ability to stay in the Lincoln Bedroom for $100.000. Attempted to steal WH furniture when their term ended. This is just a few items that we have forgotten about that would fill a notebook. More that 80 people, many who were material witnesses, “mysteriously” died during the Clinton administration. A list of the dead was left on office chairs of some “whistleblowers and employees. Also, a lot of abuse went on while he was governor of ARK. We need to research the Clinton’s and this needs to come out again if Hillary runs for Pres.

    • IsThisAmerica

      Don’t forget he didn’t do a thing when the USS COLE got attacked and those sailors died. I guess they (politicians) think we do forget. Guess again.

  • mattzweck

    Oprah should have been spanked. not giving a medal.

  • ibn insha

    What we would have done with our time had not we had the entertainment provided to us by Clinton and Oprah?

  • lme

    Some of these people deserve being honored in someway- but the MEDAL OF FREEDOM???????? How about our Troops who risk their life daily to ensure that we have actual Freedom- we need them home to protect us from this Administration!

  • usaok59

    Let’s just be thankful he didn’t give it to Al Sharpton. It’s just a worthless award that O participates in to make himself feel important. Other than that, what has he done for the country?

  • villageidiot

    Let’s see now. His priorities are golf, expensive holidays, dissing everyone who disagrees with him, dishing out awards, spying, killing civilians, bragging and generally irritating every thinking person on the planet, so how on earth does he get away with it? As someone said, he thinks we are stupid – correction, he knows we are! He does not like Putin, because he knows Putin is NOT stupid and won’t put up with his crap!

  • Chris

    Clinton? Strenghthen economies? With WHAT? NAFTA?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  • IsThisAmerica

    Hillary for President 2016? Not only no hell no. She needs her butt sitting in prison for Benghazi. Also for covering up Obamas ineligibility to be President. These people need to pay for their crimes. High crime and treason to start.