The committee cited Obama for his "constant practice to promote equality regardless of religion, race, gender and sexual orientation, to strengthen the poor in the U.S. and the empowerment of democratic values, unity and peace in the world."
Presidential medals of X, Y and Z tend not to matter very much. They're awards that governments give out at photo ops.
That's not even the case with the Israeli Presidential Medal of Distinction which is chosen by an advisory committee to the President of Israel. The President of Israel, unlike the President of the United States, occupies a primarily ceremonial position. He's the equivalent of Joe Biden and Shimon Peres who currently holds that position makes Joe Biden look like a genius. Peres is a brain-dead leftist running on his last brain cell and blathering endlessly about nanotechnology.
The Presidential Medal of Distinction is supposed to be given to a honoree who
1. Made a distinctive contribution to the world
2. Contributed uniquely to society
3. Is a model for entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation and vision
The award, which looks like the patch for the Israeli space program or some grape juice soda being spilled on a menorah, was established last year to give Peres something to do with his time.
Since 2012, it has already been awarded six times, which tells you how selective it is. Awardees include Henry Kissinger, a man who hated Israel more than Obama, Hagel and Hamas put together, and got more Israelis killed, which also tells you something about the selectivity.
The actual choice comes from a committee which cited Obama for his "constant practice to promote equality regardless of religion, race, gender and sexual orientation, to strengthen the poor in the U.S. and the empowerment of democratic values, unity and peace in the world." That should tell you something about whoever put that ridiculous collection of words together.
The award committee is co-headed by Yitzhak Navon, another former Israeli president who leans well to the left. The committee also includes, Muhammad Essawi, head of the Al-Qasemi College, which was founded to teach a "moderate" Sufi version of Islamic Sharia law, and a few others.
Obama gave Peres the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Now Peres is giving Obama the Israeli Presidential Medal of Distinction.