Obama Handing Out Top Civilian Honors Tuesday

President Barack Obama is honoring one of his predecessors today with the Medal of Freedom.

Former President George H.W. Bush is not only being honored for his one term in office but what he's done since. That includes raising cash for Asian tsunami and hurricane Katrina victims.

The Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, has often been a non-partisan one. Bush is among six former presidents and four former first ladies to receive it.

Others being honored today include investor Warren Buffett, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, basketball great Bill Russell and baseball hall of famer Stan Musial.


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  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowunity on Feb 15, 2011 at 12:37 PM
    Tenet, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton.
  • by Blahammed Location: BlahBlahBlah on Feb 15, 2011 at 12:06 PM
    Looks like this irks Barlow too.
  • by to: Histroy Student on Feb 15, 2011 at 09:29 AM
    You failed to give one example of the weapons George Tenet was talking about...
  • by History Student Location: NC on Feb 15, 2011 at 07:55 AM
    Barlow get out your history book. After the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War, the United Nations located and destroyed large quantities of Iraqi chemical weapons and related equipment and materials throughout the early 1990s, with varying degrees of Iraqi cooperation and obstruction. By 1984, Iraq was using poison gas with great effectiveness against Iranian "human wave" attacks. Chemical weapons were used extensively against Iran during the Iran–Iraq War. In early 1980's Singapore gave 4,515 tons of precursors for VX, sarin, tabun, and mustard gases to Iraq. The Dutch gave 4,261 tons of precursors for sarin, tabun, mustard, and tear gases to Iraq. Egypt gave 2,400 tons of tabun and sarin precursors to Iraq and 28,500 tons of weapons designed for carrying chemical munitions. India gave 2,343 tons of precursors to VX, tabun, Sarin, and mustard gases. Luxembourg gave Iraq 650 tons of mustard gas precursors. Spain gave Iraq 57,500 munitions designed for carrying chemical weapons.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Feb 15, 2011 at 06:47 AM
    Remember when George "Jr." gave a Medal of Freedom to then CIA director George Tenet, who told Bush it was a "slam dunk" that Iraq still had weapons of mass destruction? Oh, I'm sorry! I guess I was "blaming Bush" for being an idiot again. Why does that keep happening?
  • by Blahammed Location: BlahBlahBlah on Feb 15, 2011 at 05:07 AM
    Bush and these people are getting honored for actually doing something productive.Man you know this irks him deep down inside.This is going to make pinnochiObamas skin crawl.
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