Saturday, June 15, 2024

Biden Restores Importance to Medal of Freedom, Announces 17 Recipients Including John McCain, Gabby Giffords, Denzel Washington, Simone Biles, Steve Jobs


Joe Biden has restored the importance of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Next Thursday he’s handing out 17 new medals to people who actually deserve it.

They include late Senator John McCain, former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, multiple Oscar and Tony winning actor Denzel Washington, Olympic athlete Simone Biles, and late Apple founder Steve Jobs.

Other honorees include former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.), Sisters of Social Service member Simone Campbell, former University of Texas at Brownsville President Julieta García, former Vicar General of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Alexander Karloutsos, Gold Star father Khizr Khan, civil rights attorney Fred Gray, Sandra Lindsay, a nurse who was the first American to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee founding member Diane Nash, brigadier general Wilma Vaught and civil rights advocate Raúl Yzaguirre.

During the prior administration, Donald Trump made a mockery of the process, giving out awards to top donors to his campaign as well as clowns like Jim Jordan.

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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