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Biden is giving the Medal of Freedom to a who's who of Democrats (and Katie Ledecky)

  

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Via:  hallux  •  3 weeks ago  •  10 comments

By:    Deepa Shivaram - NPR

Biden is giving the Medal of Freedom to a who's who of Democrats (and Katie Ledecky)
Jim Thorpe, the first Native American to win an Olympic gold medal and who was a star in several sports, will receive the award posthumously.

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President Biden on Friday will give the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation's highest   civilian honor   — to a group of 19 people that includes an unusually large contingent of high-profile Democrats.

There's Rep.   Jim Clyburn , D.-S.C., whose endorsement was key in helping Biden win the party's nomination in 2020, and former House Speaker   Nancy Pelosi .

There is a trio of Democrats who also made a run for the presidency:

  • former Vice President   Al Gore , who ran in 2000 and is known for his work on climate issues
  • former Secretary of State John Kerry, until recently Biden's   climate envoy , who ran in 2004, and
  • former New York City Mayor   Michael Bloomberg , a billionaire and philanthropist who backs many Democratic causes, and who ran against Biden in 2020.

    Biden will posthumously award the medal to Sen.   Frank Lautenberg , D-N.J.


    And in a nod to bipartisanship, Biden will also give the award to former Sen.   Elizabeth Dole , a cabinet secretary in the Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations. She also sought the Republican presidential nomination in 2000. Her late husband, Sen. Bob Dole, was a Republican presidential nominee in 1996.

    Civil rights leaders are also getting medals


    Presidents typically give the medal to people who reflect their priorities, as well as to allies. Former President Donald Trump presented the award to Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh.

    Biden — who was  given   the award himself by former President Barack Obama — last handed out medals in July 2022 to a group that featured civil rights and labor leaders.

    This year's list includes the late   Medgar Evers , a pioneer in the civil rights movement in Mississippi who was assassinated in 1963. Also included will be:

    • Clarence B. Jones , a civil rights activist and lawyer who helped draft Martin Luther King, Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech
    • Teresa Romero , president of the United Farm Workers and the first Latina to lead a national union
    • Judy Shepard , who has fought for LGBTQ rights after her son Matthew was killed in an anti-gay hate crime
    • Father   Greg Boyle , founder of the world's largest gang intervention program in Los Angeles, and
    • Opal Lee, considered the   grandmother of Juneteenth , who pushed to get June 19 recognized as a national holiday

      And there are other luminaries, too


      Biden is also taking the opportunity to award the medal to a few stars from other fields:

      • Phil Donahue, whose talk show ran for 26 years
      • Olympic swimmer   Katie Ledecky
      • Oscar-winning actress   Michelle Yeoh
      • Ellen Ochoa , the first Hispanic woman in space and the second female director of NASA's renowned Johnson Space Center, and
      • astronomer   Jane Rigby , the chief scientist of the James Webb Space   Telescope

      Jim Thorpe , the first Native American to win an Olympic gold medal and who was a star in several sports, will receive the award posthumously.


Red Box Rules

Do try to post something without the standard partisan vitriol ... I'm feeling mean today.


 

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Hallux
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1  seeder  Hallux    3 weeks ago

Not my bucket list but then I am, as far as I recall, president of nada. 

 
 
 
Nerm_L
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2  Nerm_L    3 weeks ago

Oh, look.  Biden is handing out participation awards at the end of the school year.  Liberals have made that a kindergarten tradition.

 
 
 
Hallux
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2.1  seeder  Hallux  replied to  Nerm_L @2    3 weeks ago

Sorta like Donald handing them out at his State of the Union drivel. Try rereading the Red Rule Box.

 
 
 
Nerm_L
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2.1.1  Nerm_L  replied to  Hallux @2.1    3 weeks ago
Sorta like Donald handing them out at his State of the Union drivel. Try rereading the Red Rule Box.

Liberal is partisan?  And somehow partisan bias wasn't the excuse for handing out the nation's highest civilian honor?

Seems that the seed, itself, violates the red box rules, too.

 
 
 
Hallux
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2.1.2  seeder  Hallux  replied to  Nerm_L @2.1.1    3 weeks ago

Whenever you use the word Liberal it reeks of spewed partisan shyte.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
Professor Quiet
2.1.3  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Nerm_L @2.1.1    3 weeks ago

And not one conservative or Republican among them that I can tell. I could be wrong but I doubt I am.

 
 
 
Nerm_L
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2.1.4  Nerm_L  replied to  Hallux @2.1.2    3 weeks ago
Whenever you use the word Liberal it reeks of spewed partisan shyte.

Would you consider Joe Manchin a liberal?  He's in the same party as Joe Biden.  How about Kyrsten Sinema?  So, how are the differences between those three partisan?

You do realize that being a liberal doesn't automatically make someone a Democrat.  And being a conservative doesn't automatically make someone a Republican.  And it's really not unusual to have liberals and conservatives in the same political party.

Just because Joe Biden is practicing a liberal tradition in a partisan manner doesn't mean the two are interchangeable.

 
 
 
Hallux
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2.1.5  seeder  Hallux  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @2.1.3    3 weeks ago
And not one conservative or Republican among them that I can tell.

Um ... Senator Elizabeth Dole, or is she now a RINO? /s

 
 
 
Hallux
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2.1.6  seeder  Hallux  replied to  Nerm_L @2.1.4    3 weeks ago
Would you consider Joe Manchin a liberal?  He's in the same party as Joe Biden.  How about Kyrsten Sinema?

Yes, both Manchin and Sinema vote with their democrat associates the vast majority of times.

I consider Liz Cheney to be a republican conservative for the same reasons. You?

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
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2.1.7  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Hallux @2.1.5    3 weeks ago

"I could be wrong...."

See my post  #2.1.3 above. My thanks for the correction.

 
 

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