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.