Saturday, June 15, 2024

Trump Finally Gives Presidential Medal of Freedom–to Two Long Dead Celebs and $55 Mil Republican Donor


Every president of the modern era, starting with JFK, has given out the Presidential Medal of Freedom. No matter the party, the Medal has gone to cultural stars, great composers, directors, actors, etc.

But no one now will accept the Medal from Donald Trump. So he’s giving it to the single largest Republican donor, Miriam Adelson, wife of Sheldon Adelson, donors of $55 million-plus to the Republican Party.

Also receiving Medals are Babe Ruth and Elvis Presley. The former died in 1948, the latter in 1977. No living  entertainment star will get a Medal. None wants it. One of two living sports stars on the list is Roger Staubach.

Other recipient include Senator Orrin Hatch, dead Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and former NFL player and Minnesota jurist Alan C. Page, who is African American and selected, let’s face it, for the optics.

Of the two celebs, Ruth probably wouldn’t be so keen on getting award from Trump. Elvis loved Richard Nixon, so maybe he would have dug Trump. It’s unclear how Scientologist daughter Lisa Marie Presley feels, or her mom, Priscilla Presley.

This is a pathetic list issued by a hobbled White House. The Adelson honor is laughable, a joke. It’s done for money, and nothing else. Sheldon Adelson is so awful they had to give it to his wife instead of him.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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