Harvey Milk & Billie Jean King to Get Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Posted on July 31, 2009 - 10:42am by Anonymous.

Associated Press:

Obama to Award Presidential Medal of Freedom to 16

The White House announced Thursday that President Obama will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 16 people, including openly lesbian tennis legend Billie Jean King and LGBT equality pioneer Harvey Milk.

Thursday 07.30.09

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/07/30/us/politics/AP-US-Obama-Medal-of-Freedom.html

WASHINGTON (AP)—President Barack Obama is awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 16 people, including political ally Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, tennis legend Billie Jean King and retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa.

The White House announced the list of recipients Thursday.

The medals, representing the nation’s highest honor for a civilian, are the first to be awarded by Obama. He will present them at a White House ceremony on Aug. 12.

Other names on the list are: Race for the Cure founder Nancy Brinker, physicist Stephen Hawking, civil rights activist Rev. Joseph Lowery, and entertainers Sidney Poitier and Chita Rivera.

Former Rep. Jack Kemp, who died in May, and gay rights activist Harvey Milk, who was assassinated in 1978, will receive posthumous awards.

Accomplished in fields ranging from sports and art to science and medicine to politics and public policy and representing a diversity of backgrounds, the White House announcement said the recipients were selected for their work as ‘’agents of change.’’

‘’Each saw an imperfect world and set about improving it, often overcoming great obstacles along the way,’’ Obama said. ‘’Their relentless devotion to breaking down barriers and lifting up their fellow citizens sets a standard to which we all should strive.’’

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Comments

Anonymous (not verified) says:

August 3, 2009 - 4:57pm

I am not saying that these men and women do not deserve to be honored, but why now? It just sounds a little fishy to me when the President decides to pin on a dozen medals on no particular occasion, and to no particular person/persons.

It's my opinion that this boils down to a nothing decision; something ineffectual to foreign policy/relations, as well as doing nothing for any domestic issues.

Mr President, please continue to work on the things that matter, and don't throw us any more shiny balls of tin foil to chase.



Anonymous (not verified) says:

August 1, 2009 - 9:02am

I get that it is currently fashionable to be disrespectful to the President. I see that self-righteous and snide comments are what pass for activism these days. In about 7 months he's done a great deal FOR THE COUNTRY and for gay people. Try this. "Thank you very much Mr. President. Now, what is next and how can I help expedite things?"



Anonymous (not verified) says:

July 31, 2009 - 2:06pm

So, Obama tosses us a bone.
We deserve more Mr. President!
Please leave a little meat on the next one you toss at us!



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