Sunday, October 21, 2007

Those Presidential Medals of Freedom

The Dalai Lama recently visited the White House, where he received the Congressional Medal of Honor. Now there's a difference between the CMoH and that other White House give-away, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. While the Congressional Medal of Honor usually goes to military personnel, those PMoFs as we know, have gone to some interesting folk. Along with those who made positive contributions to society & culture, there are the ... others. You know the ones, those that George W. slaps on the back and says, "you're doing a great job" while everyone else is looking around asking, "who is he talking to?"

So how about a trip down memory lane with some of W's honorees?

December 14, 2004 - the Iraq Pack gets their back slaps of congratulations
L. Paul Bremer III
Tommy R. Franks
George J. Tenet

June 23, 2004
Walter Wriston (former chairman of Citicorp Bank who once said, "If we had a truth-in-Government act comparable to the truth-in-advertising law, every note issued by the Treasury would be obliged to include a sentence stating: 'This note will be redeemed with the proceeds from an identical note which will be sold to the public when this one comes due.'" GOOD POINT Walter! If we had that act, we wouldn't be in Iraq - probably not what you meant, though, is it.)

Norman Podhoretz (A founding and still-believing member of neo-con nation)

Gordon B. Hinkley (LDS Leader - "By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. . . . Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. . . . Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets. We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.")

The rest are an odd smattering of folk - from Doris Day to Pope John Paul II, Julia Child to Nelson Mandela (who I'm assuming George knew was alive when he gave him the medal).

Like son, like father? -- Guess who George Sr. gave a PMoF to when he was prez? None other than Darth Cheney himself.


Blogger buckarooskidoo said...

now, that's going too far, rewarding julia child! she devoted her life to promoting those cheese-eating surrender monkeys. she profaned the award for everyone who followed her. i mean, sacrebleu, monsieur le bush!

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