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Obama to Award Oprah the Medal of Freedom

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On August 8, 2013 @ 7:09 pm In The Point | 5 Comments

I would summon up some outrage, but this isn’t even the hundredth trashiest thing that Obama has done in the White House. This is a cynical government that couldn’t buy class with the entire treasury at its disposal.

So why not?

Or as Hillary would say, what difference does it make?

Also getting the Medal of Freedom will be such luminaries as Bill Clinton, Dick Lugar and Gloria Steinem.

Finally Bill will be able to have a medal of his own after the whole Vietnam thing didn’t work out. Maybe he can try throwing his over the fence with John Kerry.

“The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours,” the president said in a written statement. “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.”

This is just a case for jettisoning the Medal of Freedom. It’s a bizarre artifact of liberal Federalism. There was never supposed to be an American version of the The Légion d’honneur. We don’t have any knighthoods and we don’t need to hand out meaningless awards to important people.

This was yet another bad idea that JFK picked up from Europe and it’s worth abolishing.

 


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